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December 09, 2019

8 Technological Advancements in Hemp Industries



Cannabis is popularly known as Marijuana. It is a psychoactive drug used for both medical and recreational purposes. This plant existed for so long and was heavily claimed to have therapeutic healing capability, especially to a person who is suffering from a severe illness.



Marijuana has faced a lot of challenges when it comes to the approval of its medical usage. Many opposed to the said proposal because it can lead to addiction. In fact, there are lots of governing laws prohibiting the production and usage of Cannabis. In some other countries, they even criminalize the usage of Marijuana.

While it is true that Marijuana is an addictive substance, the hemp industry continues to cultivate it for medicinal purposes. Despite the federal limitations they face, institutions like uphempo even made the Marijuana industry bigger by creating technological innovations to make the production of Cannabis broader.

Hence, they constantly research and launch viable ways to improve the usage of Cannabis. That said, let us take time to read the most recent innovative technologies that hemp industries are developing to make the most out of Cannabis. These things will surely change your vision of seeing Marijuana as a whole.

Manufacturing and Cultivation Machinery

Throughout the years that Cannabis has existed for medicinal purposes, the hemp industry continues to offer significant innovations with regards to the cultivation and machinery to develop these plants more efficiently. It gives every farmer the ability to make the plantation and harvest of Marijuana triple in volume.

One example of these newest technological inventions of the hemp industry is machinery developed by Candian Greenfield Technologies Corporation. They have a design that allows every farmer to separate and process raw hemp separating the hurds, fibers, and leaves upon harvest. It is easier for farmers to manufacture and distribute Cannabis for commercial sale.

Another machinery develops a tool used to convert every hemp to seed oils, sugars, lignin, flowers, and pulp. These components are achieved quickly, which the hemp industry use as ingredients to mix with other products for medicinal purposes. The technological innovations through manufacturing and cultivation machines make every hemp industry capable of producing Cannabis medicines more than traditional farming.

Fuel Outputs

Aside from using Cannabis for medical purposes, the hemp industry has introduced this to the market that can produce cellulosic ethanol used for biofuels. It may sound impossible, but it is true.

One of the most popular and conventional biofuels known in the market is corn-based ethanol. Actually, these are biofuels known in the long run, which may produce harmful ethanol, not only harming the people but the environment as well. Besides, hemp is also utilized for fossil fuel production that is sustainable for powering cars and electricity-making.

Plastic Production

Fuel outputs may come as one of the most significant technological innovations of hemp, and plastic does the same thing. Unlike the regular plastics you can find, hemp ones are known to come as lightweight and more durable. They are also environmentally-friendly because they can come 3D printed and biodegradable.

Paper Creation

According to statistics, the paper industry produces around 400 million tons of paper each year. Also, the industry needs to cut an approximate of 17 trees only to create a ton of it. Analyzing it more deeply, each tree needs 20 to 80 years before it matures to produce the said volume of paper. It takes so much effort before a paper gets produced.

That said, the hemp industry eases the problem of every paper industry. It only takes four months for hemp to be grown and fully produce a paper. It aids the burden of waiting for trees to get down just to produce a ton of paper.

Batteries and Supercapacitors

David Mitlin, a well-known engineering professor at Clarkson University, has discovered in 2004 that hemp is amenable to produce carbon nanosheets, which is utilized as electrodes for supercapacitors. The nanosheets work like graphene, which is one of the world's strongest metals.

The nanosheets produced by Mitlin from hemp are more powerful compared to regular graphene. It can even power cars, houses, and even more, which only costs around $500 per ton compared to graphene, which may come $2,000 per gram.

Furniture Construction

Aside from plastics, fuels, and batteries, hemp fibers can also be used for furniture construction. The "zeoform" content of hemp are molded to produce chairs and tables. Besides, they also make excellent finishes instead of traditional wood. It is the main reason why designers take their furniture making to a whole new level by utilizing hemp as their main material.

Clothing Fabrication

Cotton is the most popular tool used to make clothes. Actually, it needs a lot of water to create a whole clothing masterpiece. For hemp fibers, it only requires less than 50% of water to make a clothing material. Also, it does not only make a plain cloth but also produces a bacteria-fighting fabric.

Household Goods

The mentioned things above are impressive technological adjustments that hemp and Cannabis may provide. As such, innovation doesn't stop there. There are other hemp inventions that you may not have known, yet you can find it in the comfort of your home. Some of which are as follows:

  • Cosmetics
  • Beverages
  • Tablecloths
  • Sunscreen
  • Shoes
  • Jackets
  • Jewelry
  • Candles
  • Soap
  • Laundry detergents
  • Animal Feeds

The list of many technological innovations that hemp fibers and Cannabis is limitless. There is still a lot more to know, and the list might get longer.

Takeaway

Until now, there are still areas, especially in the United States, that prohibits the production of hemp and Cannabis. They still believed that people may abuse this substance and can lead to addiction, causing more damage to every humankind.

On the other hand, the future looks better for the said industry. It is because they continuously make an effort to innovate hemp fibers and Cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. Hence, with the given technological realignment above, the future of Cannabis looks even brighter and more progressive. 



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