Now that 4/20 has come and gone, you may be feeling a little greened out. So if you’re looking to take the edge off without any intoxicating elements, consider the classic hemp preroll. Though the effects don’t hit you as hard as a hefty dose of THC, a few hits of cannabidiol (CBD) flower may loosen you up and give you a sigh of relief at the end of a long day.
Thankfully, since hemp is federally legal in the U.S., you can order CBD flower and joints in a way most convenient for you. Below, check out seven hemp prerolls made for kicking back and letting go.
CBD+Herb Minis from Miss Grass
Each CBD mini preroll pack from Miss Grass is loaded with organic full-spectrum hemp containing CBD and CBG and a unique blend of adaptogenic herbs. You can choose from the XXX pack for pleasure, ZZZ pack for sleep, and the OOO pack for balance. Or go for all three for an ultra-mellow sampling. Customer reviews boast smooth hits and bright flavors.
Special Sauce 3-Pack Prerolls from Friend Leaf
Sun-grown and USDA certified organic, Friend Leaf’s CBD prerolls come with 2 grams of flower in each three-pack offering. Its Special Sauce strain delivers notes of pine and hops while lightly relaxing the body and mind.
Slim Hemp CBD 14-Pack Prerolls from Alive and Kicking
If you regularly microdose CBD, then you may get a kick out of Alive and Kicking’s Slim Hemp Prerolls. Each mini preroll contains 0.3 grams of third-party tested whole flower hemp, so you won’t be getting any stems or pesticides here. Choose from three strains — Lifter, ACDC, and Orange Glaze — before lighting up on a breezy day.
Lit for a Queen CBD Preroll and Lighter from Her Highness
Offering a CBD preroll with an extra long filter to save your nails, Her Highness knows how to treat cannabis with a healthy dose of luxury and self-care. The preroll-and-lighter combo pack contains a single joint of Cherry Blossom flower in a cherry-blossom-flavored hemp wrap, along with a gold lighter that will last — save for the butane.
Something’s Fishy 5-Pack from Dad Grass
Discreet and charming, this five-pack from Dad Grass comes in a sardine packaging sleeve to throw off your friends, neighbors, and kids. Loaded with five classic hemp joints, the hits are mellow and smooth.
Premium Hemp Cigarettes 21-Pack from The Botanical Joint
Latina and indigenous-owned, The Botanical Joint boasts 0.75 gram CBD joints in a 21-pack tin. Each of its strains is tested with a robust terpene analysis that speaks to the quality of The Botanical Joint’s hemp flower.
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In honor of all the moms out there, we’ve curated a special list of hemp-based products mothers will surely swoon over. High-quality CBD topicals always make for a nice gift, but Mom also deserves a thoughtful gesture—a massage at her favorite spa, breakfast in bed, a relaxing afternoon to herself, or maybe just spending some time together.
Along with premium, best-in class CBD products, this list also features fun hemp-related products along with ideas for incorporating the benefits of CBD into a memorable Mother’s Day. From waking up on Sunday morning, to falling asleep at night, the mom in your life will be feeling the love.
1. Cannabis Leaf Waffle Maker by Waffleye
Wake Mom up this Mother’s Day with cannabis-themed waffles. The Waffleye Waffle Maker features a large cannabis leaf design and adds some fun and creativity to breakfast, regardless of whether you infuse your waffles with cannabis or not. If she likes to wake and bake, be sure to check out Waffleye’s cannabis-infused recipes, ranging from easy to more difficult. Top it off with this pure, grade-A CBD maple syrup by Northwoods Maple Farm for an added treat.
2. CBD Coffee by Strava
Strava’s specialty coffee is infused with broad-spectrum CBD for a delicious cup of joe that delivers energy, focus and alertness without the jitters. Whole bean, K-Cup or Nespresso formats make it easy for you to prepare her favorite way. Strava coffee is available in three different strengths of CBD (4mg, 10mg, and 20 mg) so that you can make Mom the perfect morning cup. Not only are the beans delicious and sustainably sourced, but we love how the synergy of CBD and caffeine sets you up for an energetic, fulfilling day, and we think she will too.
3. Italian Sparkling Rose & Prosecco by Weed Cellars
Whether it’s breakfast in bed with mimosas, or an afternoon soaking up the sun and sipping on rose that she wants, Weed Cellars has you covered. This fun brand name reflects the changing times, but none of their products contain THC or CBD. Their sparkling rose and prosecco are produced from Glera grapes in Friuli, Italy—an ideal location for sparkling wines. At $12.99/bottle, both styles showcase a full range of flavors at an affordable price point. Not too dry and not too sweet, these wines hit the mark.
4. Farming Sleeves & Apron by Farmers Defense
Maybe your mom’s not the type who likes to sit still and be pampered. That’s okay. Gift her farming sleeves and a durable farmers apron, designed for trimming, gardening and any other plant work. Equipped with multiple pockets, including a double-lined canvas pocket for shears, this apron will help keep her comfortable and organized so she can stay focused on enjoying her time outside, where she loves to be. The sleeves offer extra protection, and new floral patterns just dropped for the ladies.
5. Releaf Body Oil by Papa & Barkley
Treating your mom to a massage is a no-brainer if you want her to take some relaxing time for herself. Go a step further and consider giving her Papa & Barkley’s Releaf CBD Body Oil, which she can use at home or bring to her massage for a truly indulgent experience. Great for post-workout recovery, soothing aching muscles and promoting healthy skin, this body oil glides on easily and absorbs quickly. She will most definitely be thanking you later.
6. CBD Bath Soaks by Not Pot
Hopefully the mom in your life is getting some time for herself this Mother’s Day. Maybe she likes to get some movement in with a long run, yoga class, or HIIT workout. Help her wind down post-workout with Not Pot’s CBD Muscle Soak. The muscle-relieving combination of peppermint essential oil, epsom salt, dead sea salt and 300mg of sustainably sourced CBD will melt away any tension and soothe muscles. Bundle it with Not Pot’s Sleep Soak, which is perfect for releasing anxiety and preparing mind and body for a night of restful sleep after a long day.
7. Releaf Drops by Papa & Barkley
As the saying goes, “moms have the toughest job in the world.” Make it easier on her with Papa & Barkely’s Releaf Drops, made to provide daily stress relief and relaxation. This tincture also aids with mental focus and clarity, as well as help falling and staying asleep. Made from simple, all-natural ingredients grown on Colorado farms, this tincture has a rich, earthy flavor and is easy on the palette.
8. CBD Cool Stick by Wildflower
Wildflower’s CBD Cool Stick offers quick and convenient relief from muscle, joint, inflammation and back pain. Once applied to the affected area, the unique blend of therapeutic ingredients will immediately cool and soothe. Available in 300mg and 150mg strengths of broad-spectrum CBD, this is a great product for moms of all ages to have on-hand. A true life saver for nagging pain, Wildflower’s Cool Stick will help her to stay present on the things that matter to her.
9. Luxury Beauty Serum by Saint Jane
Help Mom look and feel her best with Saint Jane’s Luxury Beauty Serum. Deemed a cult favorite, this award-winning serum has been called “the holy grail of face oils.” Packed with clean botanicals, rich active nutrients and soothing hemp extract, this all-in-one calming and anti-aging treatment hydrates while reducing irritation and visibly improving redness and fine lines.
10. CBD Melatonin Tablets by TIKVA
Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep, but especially Mom. There are a lot of CBD products to help ease the mind and prepare for slumber, but we think TIKVA’s CBD Melatonin Tablets are especially effective, thanks to their partnership with Panaxia Pharmaceuticals. CBD and melatonin synergistically work together so that you can fall asleep easily, stay asleep all night and wake up feeling refreshed. Formulated by PhD’s, the tablet form also offers an easy way to add the benefits of CBD to her wellness routine—something to keep in mind if your mom is new to hemp.
Earth Day is a great time to check in with yourself and think about what you can do to better support this heavenly body we all occupy. That could mean actually taking the time to recycle correctly, or choosing public transportation over an Uber. But another (and, honestly, more fun) way to celebrate our planet is to consciously support the cannabis brands that prioritize environmental stewardship.
But there’s also a bigger picture to consider.
A look at the long-term environmental impact of cannabis cultivation demonstrates how vital it is that everyone — especially those in the industry — does their part to prioritize Earth’s health. There are a lot of different ways to for big companies to practice sustainability — and as a consumer, you can get in on the action by ditching disposable vape cartridges or buying your bud from a local source. Some critics think family farming could herald in a greener future for cannabis, while others have hopes for responsibly grown cannabis on a larger scale. But no matter the outcome, cannabis (and the cannabis industry) can still be a part of the plan to keep Earth happy and healthy.
Curious about how cannabis itself can uplift our planet’s well-being? Check out some of these ways this plant can make a positive difference, not just on Earth Day, but far into the future.
Hemp Provides Sustainable, Alternative Goods
From textiles and paper to housing, food and fuel, there are so many uses for hemp that could completely change how everyday items are produced and consumed forever.
Hemp is easy to grow, freshly legal and best of all, it’s a zero-waste plant: Everything from the seeds that can be eaten or used in wellness products to the stalks that can be converted into hempcrete, a building material which can be used to construct ecologically-friendly houses.
Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation Can Help Reverse Climate Change
There are ways to mindfully grow cannabis that can actually help the environment. Farms like Beija Flor in southern Mendocino County that utilize a carbon sequestration model make a major difference, with plants that capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to help mitigate or defer global warming and reduce the consequences of climate change.
Carbon sequestration occurs naturally with trees and plants, but intentionally using cannabis as tool to improve the planet might just be a game-changer.
Legal Grows Help Save Energy and Water
In states where cultivators can’t grow cannabis legally, they are forced to use clandestine methods that can cause major environmental damage. This fallout may include severe water depletion, massive carbon emissions and overall energy waste. Legalization would have a significant impact on reducing the number of illegal grows that hurt and drain the planet’s resources.
And coupled with the emergence of progressive techniques like dry farming, a cultivation technique that involves using no water whatsoever, there is hope that legal cultivation can further reduce its carbon footprint.
Hemp Can Revive Damaged Soil
Hemp can replenish the nutrients in soil through a process called bioremediation, which cleans up environmental pollutants and toxins. This means the plant can be used to help reverse previous damage — a property that could majorly impact on the future of farming and cultivation. It’s even been referred to as a “miracle crop” due to its clear contaminated soil of things like metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil and other hazardous materials.
Hemp Can Help Stop Untimely Deforestation
The permanent destruction of forests in order to make paper products or building materials has caused irreparable harm to the trees on the planet. Hemp not only grows much faster than trees, it also takes much less hemp to produce the same amount of goods, which makes it an excellent raw alternative for both wood and paper.
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To be clear, the recent court decision is not specifically related to hemp in food, but by clearing hemp tea sellers of trafficking charges, the German court ruling opened a door to allow hemp products in food.
The world of cannabis just got bigger as a German court ruling opened the door for hemp to be used in food. This is as exciting as the advent of delta-8 THC products, and the ability to get the same kind of benefits as standard THC, while experiencing less psychoactive effects, and less anxiety. We can even help you get started if you’re a beginner with this new THC. Check out our awesome delta-8 THC deals, and join in on the excitement!
Germany and cannabis
Before getting into how a German court ruling on drug trafficking could allow hemp in food, let’s take a look at how cannabis is governed in Germany. According to Germany’s Federal Narcotics Act, cannabis possession is illegal and offenders can face up to five years in prison. Use crimes are not specifically mentioned in the Act, and therefore, offenders are usually sent to some kind of program instead of prison, at least for small amounts. In Germany, the term ‘small amount’ is judged not by the quantity held, but the quantity of THC within the product. And different regions of Germany use different amounts to denote this ‘small amount’. Generally speaking, it means in the neighborhood of 6-15 grams.
Cultivation, sale, and supply crimes are all illegal. Most of these crimes can earn an offender up to five years in prison, although supply crimes can go up to 15 years, depending on the specifics of the case. Supplying to minors, using weapons, and/or having very large quantities are some of the extenuating factors that can lead to higher prison sentences.
Germany does have legal medical cannabis. This started in 1983 with nabilone – a synthetic derivative of THC. In 1998, the pharmaceutical THC medication dronabinol was also approved. However, it wasn’t until 2017 that the country instituted a real medical cannabis program, opening the door for more disorders to receive treatment with cannabis medications. Since 1996, Germany has also allowed the legal cultivation of industrial hemp.
In 2019, Germany passed a law to institute a regulated system for the export of medical cannabis products. In that same year, Germany was both the biggest importer AND exporter of cannabis oils in the EU. Obviously, there’s a disconnect here, as Germany is putting precedence on its export market, rather than supplying itself first.
In 2019, Germany paid out approximately $240.9 million for cannabis oil imports, making up 7.8% of the market that year. It was second only to the US. That year it also exported $229.8 million, making it the 4th biggest global exporter of cannabis oil, and the biggest out of the EU, accounting for 8% of the global market.
What is this hemp tea case?
The German hemp tea case involves Marcel Kaine and Bardia Hatefi, operators of the store Hanfbar, in Braunschweig, Germany. Hanfbar was a retail store that was selling hemp tea. It was announced in 2020 that prosecutors in the case were seeking jail time of three years, and 2.5 years respectively, according to the newspaper Braunschweiger Zeitung. Hanfbar had been selling CBD oil, as well as hemp food and drink products since 2017.
The meat of the case is in the idea that hemp tea is technically banned under the German Federal Narcotics Act. The reason for this, is that the law states that hemp products can’t be used for the purpose of intoxication. Ingestible products are generally regulated by (BfArM) the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, which follows rules set by (BfR) Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. BfR is a part of the Ministry for Food and Agriculture which offers scientific advice for food consumption regulation. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture set the following guidelines about THC use in ingestible products:
- Beverages can have up to 5 micrograms per kilogram of beverage
- Oils can have up to 5,000 micrograms per kilogram
- Food products can have up to 150 micrograms per kilogram
The defendants in the case argued that the charges were unjust, and that similar products were already widely available. Hanfbar is actually a vegan café, and the products being sold were hardly meant for intoxication. In fact, the view on hemp according to Hanfbar, is that its “the key to a sustainable and conscious lifestyle.”
Prosecutors claimed the defendants showed a “blatant lack of understanding about the illegality of their actions”, and were unable to be worked with given their indifference to previous police raids. The defendants in question were originally charged with drug trafficking…for selling hemp tea, and found guilty! As it turns out, the prosecutors are now eating their words.
German court ruling now allows hemp in food products
On March 26th, 2021, it was reported that (BGH) Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, annulled charges against both Kaine and Hatefi. They did so on the basis that the Narcotics Act does not actually ban the sale of hemp leaves and flowers directly to consumers for consumption. By overturning this case, going against a regional court ruling, and setting this new legal precedent, the high court of Germany just opened the door for hemp to be used in food products throughout Germany.
The Federal Court of Justice didn’t come down on lower courts for an error in judgement, but it did state that regional courts had not fully examined whether the defendants had meant their products to be used for intoxication purposes.
According to Hempro International GmbH, one of Germany’s leading hemp companies, “From now on it is more a matter of the actual intake of the psychoactive substance THC… The supply and possession of unprocessed industrial hemp products to end consumers is therefore not subject to the Narcotics Act as long as deliberate abuse for intoxication purposes is excluded.”
Hempro, for its part, has current legal proceedings of its own regarding cannabis. The company is actively suing the city of Düsseldorf after it banned marketing and sales of CBD products in extract form. It also has a case against the city of Braunschweig since 2019, which contests the city’s use of a stop-sell order that was levied against one of the company’s wholesale buyers. In light of this legal reversal for Kaine and Hatefi, Hempro hopes that its own cases will be resolved soon.
The verdict was also celebrated by (BvCW) Germany’s Cannabis Industry Association, which released the statement: “This means a great relief for the sellers, who have so far been often affected by raids that damage their business.”
It’s possible this verdict will, in fact, influence the cases Hempro has in the works currently. The more substantial outcome, however, is that the highest court in Germany just said that so long as the intention is not to cause intoxication, that hemp leaves and flowers can be used in food and beverage products at will. As most people don’t go to hemp when looking for intoxication, this would include pretty much any edible hemp-based product.
The case also highlights how a ruling in one specific avenue, can have resounding effects throughout an entire industry, and beyond. This is similar to France vs the EU, where the EU’s ruling that France cannot restrict imports of CBD oil into France by other EU countries – that were made in compliance with EU law, made CBD legal throughout all of the EU. In the current case, by Germany trying to put a couple guys out of business, what the country actually ended up doing, was expanding the legal boundaries of the hemp industry to include food and beverage products.
There’s something special about a case like France vs the EU, or the German hemp tea case. Maybe because the intent was so malevolent, that the opposite and stronger outcome feels that much more like a victory. And in both instances, new case law was essentially formed by governments trying to impose unnecessary and unfair restrictions on their people, and losing. So, here’s to Marcel Kaine and Bardia Hatefi, two of today’s current cannabis heroes, who successfully fought to overturn their verdict, and in doing so, elicited a German court ruling that now allows hemp to be used in food.
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How can we feel more balanced and grounded? How can we be our best selves more of the time?
These are the questions CEO Doug Siegel wanted to answer when he founded Zolt, a CBD wellness company bringing harmony to consumers through “plant-powered super drinks.”
Having worked in the beverage industry for 17 years, Siegel understood the importance of flavor and aroma. He wanted to combine this knowledge with emerging food technologies to give people a product that was properly dosed, tasted good, and actually worked.
So, he teamed up with experts in emulsification, atomization, agglomeration, and other fields relating to hemp’s bioavailability. And after an immense amount of research and development, they arrived at a solution for a tasty, convenient and effective ingestible hemp format: Zolt.
“Zolt is designed to help people stay calm, focused, engaged, and positive,” Siegel told Cannabis Now. “With all that is going on in today’s world, a little goodness and help for our body is important.”
Zolt’s hemp drink mixes are commonly referred to as “mixie sticks.” Simply mix the packet’s contents with water, or your favorite tea or smoothie (each blend includes suggestions for the best combo!) The mixie sticks are formulated with organic adaptogens and antioxidants for use throughout the day, and a blend of 20mg of water-soluble CBD isolate or full-spectrum hemp is combined with different flavors to either invigorate, energize, or relax you.
The Zolt product line has something for every moment – there’s Rise and Rise+, designed to prepare you for your day, Dial-Up+ for an afternoon boost, and the Dreamy Honey Citrus Tea bedtime formulation, designed to soothe your mind and repair your body as you sink into sleep. Zolt’s caffeinated Boost+ mix helps promote immunity, while Balance is perfect for maintaining harmony every day.
Each mixie stick is packed with delicious flavor and contains adaptogens and antioxidants sourced from premium ingredients to supercharge each beverage’s wellness potential.
Quest for Convenience and Accessibility Leads to ‘A-ha’ Moment
Siegel’s motivation to create Zolt stemmed from his own personal wellness journey. After trying a variety of CBD edibles and tinctures, he realized he was more relaxed, focused and capable of doing so much more. The small stuff didn’t interfere with his every day anymore.
“It was amazing to realize the effects of CBD and be more balanced throughout the day,” he said.
Siegel began immersing himself in the world of hemp. He researched and evaluated the effectiveness of different hemp formats, and how combining hemp with other super-plants can be monumental in helping people bring balance and wellness into their lives.
He knew the demand to integrate CBD into wellness regimens was growing but acknowledged that its most common formats were full of friction, whether smoking, vaping or using a tincture.
There simply had to be a better way.
“We realized that we needed to design a systematized approach to building plant-powered performance products that people can easily incorporate hemp into their daily routine,” Siegel explained.
Previous experience in the beverages space inspired Siegel to develop a line of high-quality and delicious ready-to-mix concoctions that were simple to use but incredibly beneficial. Intensive research and development led him and his team to water-soluble CBD, opting for both full-spectrum and isolate depending on the mixie blend.
“Ultimately, we created a totally new, far smarter, wildly effective portfolio of plant-powered super-drinks derived from and inspired by hemp.”
Sustainability: Another Important Focus for Zolt
For Siegel and the rest of the team, helping people live healthier lives isn’t the only goal. Our planet’s well-being is also at the forefront.
This is evident in the company’s decision to use a water-soluble powder in their products. Removing water weight cuts down on the need for plastic containers and reduces freight, lowering the company’s carbon footprint. Consumers are encouraged to pour their Zolt mixes into reusable water bottles to curb further waste. According to Siegel, the company is also exploring more environmentally friendly and recyclable packaging options for the future.
In addition, Zolt donates one percent of proceeds annually to the National Young Farmers Coalition. This nonprofit and advocacy group is focused on helping the next generation of agriculture professionals adopt sustainable and equitable practices that will ensure their own success, as well as the environment as a whole.
“It’s everyone’s job to participate in social responsibility,” said an impassioned Siegel. “Businesses who recognize this can transcend these messages to their employees and customers, who themselves are consumers, neighbors, and friends – it starts the conversation and betters our communities.”
Innovation and Compassion Are the Future
Despite its already robust catalog, Zolt is adding even more options to their product line, in an effort to benefit as many lives as possible.
A terpene-derived mix that’s hemp-free is on deck. This line will focus on the potential powers of the molecules responsible for hemp’s unique aroma, flavor and entourage effects.
One of these terpene-derived products is Peak, in Clementine flavor, which features sativa-dominant terps meant to invigorate and encourage focus. Zolt’s hybrid terpene blend, called “Even,” features vegan collagen, which is a lime mint flavor, and is designed to promote balance and hydration. Last but not least in this line, is the indica-inspired Dreamy Ginger Honey Tea (also containing vegan collagen and melatonin), which will help send consumers into a peaceful slumber. All three varieties also include prebiotics to support gut health for a holistic wellness approach.
While new product innovations are exciting for the folks at Zolt, it all goes back to their passion in making the world a better place — one mixie stick at a time.
“We strive to do what’s right, no matter what. We live up to a standard, always.” Siegel said. “Our goal is to help people understand the benefits of hemp and other plants so they can live their day to the fullest, every single day.”
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Most teenagers haven’t decided what they want to do with their lives. And if they have, it’s likely that their aspirations will morph and change as doors open and close, as youthful idealism makes way for pragmatic considerations.
But as a teenager, Anthony Néron already had a plan: “I knew very early on that hemp was an answer for environmental, social and economic crisis,” he says. “It truly was my intention to bring my contribution to make this world a better place.”
And so, Néron started a hemp clothing line at 18 years old, learning the clothing design trade and honing his sewing skills. For two years, he toiled at the sewing machine, crafting hemp clothes that he hoped could bring a revolution of sorts, until his big dreams crumbled under more practical realizations.
“Clothing from China was way too cheap for me to [compete with],” he explains. “I couldn’t make a living out of it.”
But as fate would have it, a new door was opening for him: Néron received an invitation to visit the first hempcrete house in Quebec. He became a helper on the site and developed relationships with the craftsmen. He followed them along to other job sites and apprenticed for four years.
It was a natural fit. His mother was a designer and would often bring him along on projects, giving him small jobs on construction sites. And after learning the ins and outs of hempcrete construction, he was ready to strike out on his own with his vision: Art Du Chanvre.
After working on many hempcrete job sites, Néron saw a need for a different kind of look. Most houses he worked on were out in rural areas and had a rustic vibe. “It was not for everyone,” he said. With his Quebec-Canada based Art Du Chanvre (which translates to Art of Hemp), Néron combines hemp and lime construction with a more refined and minimalist aesthetic.
“My goal was to make something very universal,” he said. “It was my intention to bring hempcrete into contemporary design. I never gave up on my dream on making hemp a solution for everyone.”
It’s clear that Néron is focused on the plant’s revolutionary properties, and for good reason. Hempcrete offers a wide variety of benefits compared to traditional building materials. It’s fire- and vermin-resistant. It keeps interiors cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s simultaneously airtight yet breathable, making it virtually immune to mold and other humidity-related problems. So why aren’t all homes built with hempcrete?
Right now, it costs about 10 percent more to build a house out of hempcrete compared to traditional materials. However, that cost is expected to drop as more people adopt the material, and more people likely will switch to hempcrete with the realization they can save money in the long run on energy costs while getting a structure that will last centuries.
“People are kind of afraid of change,” says Néron. But he hopes that his clean and modern constructions will help bring hemp to a broader audience. With Art Du Chanvre, Néron prefers to focus on beautiful lines and textures, while using whites and grays to create a canvas for eccentric furniture, colorful décor and elegant art.
There’s also the issue of education – many are simply unaware of the material. Néron says a significant part of his job is teaching others about hempcrete, so he travels frequently to speak at various conferences.
“Construction can literally lead a revolution,” says Néron. “If we’re using hemp and making buildings, we’re not just stopping pollution – we’re also cleaning the earth.” Hemp captures carbon at it grows, while releasing oxygen, and can also help remove heavy metals and toxins from soil. Meanwhile, traditional construction materials that hemp oil can replace are petroleum byproducts such as floor wax, caulking material and house paint.
“You have the petroleum industry in the construction industry and they have too much power,” says Néron – citing yet another challenge he runs up against in his hemp revolution.
The good news is that hempcrete is catching on. Néron says he is seeing more and more interest, especially in the United States. “The most receptive and open-minded people are the Americans,” he says. “I have more and more calls from the U.S.”
And while hemp and psychoactive marijuana are two very different plants, the liberalization of cannabis laws are propelling both forward. “[Legalization] opens a lot of doors. People are going to stop considering cannabis and hemp as a drug,” says Néron. “It really is a good thing and we have beautiful years ahead of us.”
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