A Win For Hemp, Agreement Is Reached in CA’s Assembly Bill 45

Assembly Bill 45 in California has long been a controversial piece of legislation, threatening to all but completely overturn the Golden State’s hemp market. However, according to the United States Hemp Roundtable, an agreement has finally been reached between hemp-industry advocates and Governor Gavin Newsom that would leave the state’s most lucrative hemp markets open and intact, should the bill pass as it’s currently written.

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Is California Anti-Hemp? About Assembly Bill 45

California has always been a beacon of progressiveness; in pretty much all aspects but especially pertaining to the cannabis industry. As a matter of fact, California’s consumer marijuana market is the largest and among the least restrictive in the world. However, when it comes to hemp and CBD products, that’s a completely different ball game. California dispensaries need a special license to sell hemp flower and it’s illegal to infuse CBD in edibles, despite the fact that CBD is federally legal.

The old version of Assembly Bill 45 would have further regulated the production, distribution, and labeling of various hemp-infused products, ban hemp flowers and smokables. The California Department of Food & Agriculture would join with the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) to oversee the implementation of AB45, which would also outlaw CBD vapes and pens, hemp in beer, wine or spirits, and alcohol-based tinctures. In all, it would create a legislative, bureaucratic, and financial nightmare for hemp farmers, business owners, and other industry stakeholders.

“No state has sabotaged hemp as much as California,” said hemp veteran Richard Rose. “They aren’t content with killing the hemp food market for years through their legerdemain, and the birdseed market permanently,” said Rose. “They want to take CBD and smokable hemp down too.”

Furthermore, opponents of the bill claim that AB 45 is being championed almost entirely but lobbyists from competing industries who are looking to disadvantage the industrial hemp market in any way possible.

“The entire bill is crafted by outside lobbyists paid by big marijuana corporations working with HRT (the U.S. Hemp Roundtable) and the California Hemp Council, which have created a multi-million dollar bureaucracy,” said Chris Boucher, CEO at Farmtiva, a hemp ag services company and CBD consultant who also serves as a board member and treasurer at the Hemp Farmers Guild.

An Agreement Reached?

According to a written statement from the US Hemp Roundtable, the smokable hemp ban has been “replaced by a phase-in approach that will permit [its] sale to adults and the immediate manufacture of smokable products to be sold in other states.”

In this reworked bill, many of the negative facets of AB 45 would no longer apply. Various cannabinoids and hemp extracts would be permitted for use in food, beverages, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and pet food. Also, CBD flowers, vapes, and other smokeable items would not be regulated by the BCC.

It’s worth noting that Gavin Newsom is up for a recall in the state, with a vote set to take place on September 14th. That said, it makes sense that he’s backtracking various laws and bills he unsuccessfully supported and promoted in the past. The US Hemp Roundtable hopes to get a final vote on this upgraded version of AB 45 before the recall vote is underway.

Previously, the California Hemp Council had expressed its opposition to the bill, mainly because of its ban on smokable hemp/CBD flowers. The Hemp Roundtable says it coordinated with the CA Hemp Council to remove this oft-disputed provision.

Statement From The US Hemp Roundtable

“We’re excited to report that a final deal has been reached with Governor Gavin Newsom to move to final passage of AB 45, our long-term effort to explicitly permit the retail sale of hemp-derived extracts such as CBD in California. And a highlight of that compromise was the removal of language to ban hemp smokables in the state – replaced by a phase-in approach that will permit their sale to adults and the immediate manufacture of smokable products to be sold in other states.

We are deeply grateful for the leadership of Governor Gavin Newsom who met with Roundtable leadership and was deeply invested in securing passage of this bill. We are also appreciative for the leadership of the California Hemp Council, the voice of the state’s hemp industry, which partnered with the Roundtable, other California stakeholders, and, of course, our amazing bill sponsor, Rep. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, to secure the final compromise. But mostly we are thankful to our grassroots California Hemp Supporters, who made sure that policymakers in Sacramento heard the concerns of hemp farmers, CBD businesses, and product consumers.

Of course, the battle is not yet over. While the bill has sailed through six legislative committees and the Assembly floor with only a handful of no votes, we still will have a final vote on the Senate floor next Wednesday, with one last vote on the Assembly floor next Thursday or Friday. We are asking Hemp Supporters ONE MORE TIME to head to our State Action Center to urge their state legislators to vote for this critical bill.”

The statement urges those from California to send a letter to state lawmakers supporting the reworked bill through USHR’s website.

Final Thoughts

 If everything goes according to plan, the vote on Assembly Bill 45 will take place sometime within the next week, then all it needs is a final signature from Gavin Newsom to go into effect. Check back with us for any important updates on this piece of legislation and other.

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Hemp Paint & Wood Finishing: For Natural Home Improvement

Prior to the criminalization of hemp in the 1900’s, it was used for a large variety of industrial products, as well as for medicine. When prohibition came around this all ended. Now with the laws once again reversed, all the benefits of using hemp are coming back into play, including things many of us never thought of. Like hemp for paint and wood finishing. Great alternatives for those who want a more natural way of home improvement.

Industrial hemp products are making a comeback, and that’s great! But there are so many other uses of cannabis, like medicinally or recreationally. And for these, there are excellent products on the market from standard delta-9, to delta-8 THC, to a variety of other compounds. We’re committed to spreading the cannabis word, and have a great selection of delta-8 THC, delta 10, thcv, thcp, thc-o, hhc and even legal Delta 9 THC products, along with a bunch of other compounds, to ensure you get the product that you want and need.

What are hemp paint and hemp wood finishing oil?

Some people are totally cool with the standards of harsh chemicals, and man-made, often toxic products, while some of us like to do things more naturally. For the second category, the idea of hemp paint is a breath of fresh air from the standard market. We already know that hemp can be used to build structures via hempcrete, but it doesn’t stop there. Hemp materials can also be used to paint buildings and for wood finishing projects, a great natural way for general home improvement. These are (or, can be) green products, great for the natural health folks out there, and are eco-friendly, with way less impact on the environment.

Hemp paint and wood finishing products are chemical free and biodegradable, which is certainly a change from the norm. This means a non-toxic product, and most certainly lead-free. Since these products don’t use VOCs, they also don’t leave the finished product/space with an odor that won’t go away. Hemp paint uses hemp oil, and unlike standard paints which release fumes which the user can breathe in, hemp paint and wood finishing products are almost entirely odorless. All of this is even more practical for houses with children.

These products are highly sustainable, and can outlast many standard products on the market. Hemp paint and wood finishing products can be used on a lot of surfaces, from wood (of course), to leather, to your walls, to many other items. It even helps protect the surface that it goes on.

non-toxic paint

So, to make hemp paint, do you squeeze a hemp plant and paint comes out? No, not quite, but not a whole lot more complicated either.

Is hemp paint an alternative for all paint?

It should be remembered that even before adding hemp oil into the mix, there are more than one kind of paint out there. Most of the paint used for houses, for example, are oil or water-based. Oil based paints are known for being thicker, shinier, and generally more durable, and also take significantly longer to dry. On the other hand, water-based paints are thinner, quicker to dry, and provide a matte finish. It’s more common to see oil based outside (makes sense what with rain), and water-based paint inside. Hemp paint uses hemp oil as its oil base, and therefore is not interchangeable with water-based paint, though it can often be used in places where water-based paints are used.

Even within these basic categories, there are different kinds of paint. Like enamel paint, an oil-based paint known for its sheer durability, and which can be found as a glossy, or semi-glossy paint. Then there’s latex paint, which confusingly doesn’t contain latex, but which is an example of a water-based paint. Acrylic paint is another form of water-based paint, which specifically uses acrylic as a binding agent.

Yet another type of paint, which isn’t exactly a paint, but which fits the category, is primer paint. This is what’s applied before using paint, and helps the paint stick to the surface being painted. This can be oil-based or water-based, and should be used in conjunction with a paint that is the same, so water-based primer with water-based paint, and oil-based primer for oil-based paint.

These types of paint can be modified for different reasons by adding chemicals for specific purposes. Some are mold and mildew resistant, some are fire retardant, and some are anti-condensation. These specific mixtures do require additives as these benefits are not otherwise a part of either standard water-based or oil-based paints. Hemp oil paint provides many of these benefits, without the added chemicals.

How are hemp paint and wood finishing products made?

Hemp oil paint is made by mixing the pigment of choice with hemp oil, and adding in oil until the consistency is like other oil-based paints. As these are newer products – only now hitting the market, it might be beneficial for prospective users to know how to make this kind of paint themselves. Since its a newer industry, not as much has been written on it yet, but instructions can be found.

eco-friendly paint

Last year, a kind soul responded to a forum post in ‘Hempbuzz’ with DIY instructions for hemp paint. At the time this kind soul wrote them, there was even less official market, whereas today you can buy products. However, since it might be easier for interested parties to create their own, here are some basic instructions for making hemp paint on your own according to what was posted:

  • 1: On a clean surface, you don’t mind getting paint on, place a small mound of pigment; make a basin in the center of this mound.
  • 2: Slowly add hemp oil to the pigment, a few drops at a time.
  • 3: Using a spatula, fold the pigment into the oil; blend and apply pressure as you mix. Once the mixture has the consistency of a thick, tacky paste and looks dry, you have added the proper amount of oil.
  • 4: Put your muller on top of the paste; while holding it firmly (with the heel of your hand down and thumb up), move it in a circular motion from the center of the paste outward, spreading in a thin layer as you grind. The more you grind, the softer it will become.
  • 5: Once you have spread all the paste out, scoop it back to the center in a pile and begin again.
  • 6: If it becomes too runny, add a small bit of pigment.
  • 7: Once your paste has reached your preferred consistency, you’re ready to store it, or paint!

Hemp paint on the market

Even just a year ago this did not seem to be a thing, but the good thing about this new hemp revolution we’re experiencing, is that new products, and ways to use hemp, will be coming out continuously, and gaining momentum fast. Whereas last year no one seemed to be aware of producers of such products, today you can actually buy hemp paint, though admittedly, the offerings are not very wide just yet. I expect that by this time next year there will be tons of hemp paint options filling shelves in home improvement stores.

For now, there are a few options available, and interested parties can look into these companies further. The first one is Berkin Enerji, a Turkish company that actually specializes in cleaning oil storage tanks with Electro Chemical Reaction Steam Generator Technology which was developed by the company. The company also offers a line of Hemp Paint products, including: interior paint enhanced with hemp seed oil, insulation plaster, thermal insulation plaster, elastic exterior coating, waterproof coating, roof insulation plaster, construction foundation plaster, adhesive plaster, zeepas 2K apoxy, zeepson solventless epoxy, U-Pox finishing paint, zinc phosphate epoxy primer, and stone insulator.

The site gives plenty of detail about uses and benefits, though it should be noted that the company isn’t a green company, per say, and uses hemp as a benefit to create stronger products.

hemp oil paint

Another company entering the hemp paint arena is Graham & Brown, a UK company. This company also offers an array of painting, building, and home improvement equipment using hemp, ranging from $8-96. Products on offer include: hemp paint, hemp gloss lacquer, hemp matte emulsion, hemp primer and undercoat, and hemp resistance ultra matte emulsion. This company is very much geared toward eco-friendly products, and uses ingredients for their products which are VOC free and generally less harmful for the environment.

I had an issue pulling up the hemp product pages or adding them to a bag, which could simply indicate being out of stock. Interested painters should contact the company for more info, as the company is active, and these products are listed.

Another company that’s in on the game, Fusion Mineral Paint, doesn’t produce hemp paint, but does produce Hemp Oil Wood Finish ($15).  With the super easy instructions of putting it on, and spreading it around, this finish is food safe, has no chemicals added, no preservatives or VOCs, is biodegradable, and uses 100% natural hemp seeds. This is great for people with chemical sensitivities that would have a hard time with harsher finishes. It also helps revive, protect, and condition wood, which is great for older pieces or restored work.

Conclusion

The world of industrial hemp products gets bigger every day, with this new inclusion of hemp paint and wood finishing products joining the likes of hempcrete, hemp clothes, hemp plastic, and even hemp batteries. For those who want it, the world can be a much cleaner place, and as these industries gain more traction and grow further, it can mean substantial help for a suffering environment, and healthier options for individuals.

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Fakkuappu: Japan Struggles with Cannabis Reform

Every country that creates new laws for a not-to-be stopped global cannabis revolution has faced problems when trying to implement “new” regulations—and so far, the Japanese are no exception.

This year, indeed, has seen repeated flubs and embarrassing false starts that so far, have run into significant problems when it gets to the nitty gritty details. 

This begins with the fact that despite increased liberalization just about everywhere else, the Japanese appear to be going backwards in terms of cannabis reform.

Namely, as of June 11, a health ministry panel stated that (high THC) cannabis use will be criminalized (due to concerns about “young people’s ‘abuse’” of the drug). 

In the meantime, cannabis-derived medications (which are currently restricted in Japan), will be permitted, including by import.

Beyond this, however, even legal hemp farmers are not entirely out of the woods.

A History of Cannabis Reform in Japan 

The current Japanese law on cannabis was enacted right after WWII, in 1948. 

Up until this time, cannabis was a valued part of culture and religion of the country. After 1948, thanks to the American occupation, the Cannabis Control Act essentially copied American legal attitudes of the time.

It was only thanks to the direct intervention of the Emperor that the hemp industry was saved from complete extinction. Namely, the hemp industry was allowed to flourish as a permitted industry.

Sadly, however, hemp farmer numbers have steadily dwindled since the 1950s thanks to the expense of obtaining a license and, until now at least, a receding demand for natural fibres.

Beyond limited commercial production, the current law prohibits the possession and cultivation of “cannabis.” Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, was banned from entering Japan for 11 years after being busted for bringing just under eight ounces of marijuana with him on a visit in 1980. National companies like Toshiba have removed sponsorship of athletes caught with the drug.

Yet, while there is a considerable criminal penalty for both (five and seven years of working prison terms, respectively), with additional fines that can range from two to three million yen, there is no criminal punishment for its actual use.

If this were Holland, such grey areas of the law might be enough to spark a whole industry. For the Japanese, however, no such luck. Indeed, in 2018, when Canada legalized recreational use, the Japanese government issued warnings that it was still illegal for Japanese nationals living abroad to use cannabis, even if they lived in a place like Canada where recreational cannabis use became legal.

However, one of the largest reasons for this lack of clear-cut regulation is the fact that hemp in fact has been used for centuries in the country—including to make special “shimenawa” ropes for Shinto shrines. Commercial sale of CBD has been permitted in Japan since 2016.

Yet, it is not as if the stigma about use has not grown up through the weeds. Of late, this suspicion has even fallen on cultivators. Indeed, recent debate about changing the law here to criminalize use began with a discussion about farmers who cultivate and handle the plant (namely, that it is obvious that they are in a position to accidentally inhale cannabinoids as they work).

As of February of this year, the Japanese health ministry presented test results showing that cannabinoids had not ended up in said farmers’ urine. As a result, the panel decided to move forward on setting out penalties for unauthorized, non-medical use, despite objections from three of the panel’s 12 members.

Last year, in 2020, 5,273 people were involved in cannabis-related cases logged by the police and the health ministry’s Narcotics Control Department. These numbers have doubled in just the last five years. Individuals under 30 accounted for 65 percent of the total.

However, despite the current focus on prosecuting “users,” the current regulations for hemp farmers are still causing problems on the agricultural side of the equation too. 

As of September, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will release a new report setting out clearer guidelines for the hemp cultivation industry. One change will be to allow farmers to sell hemp nationally—in other words outside of their local prefecture (or state). Another will be to reduce the amount of time that surveillance camera footage is required to be stored (it is currently five years).

If this is reform, Japanese style, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Judge Rules Texas Ban on Smokable Hemp Unconstitutional

Texans will have the ability to legally manufacture smokable hemp products after all. A judge in the Travis County District Court in Texas ruled that a ban on smokable hemp in the state is unconstitutional—siding with several hemp companies that filed a lawsuit, challenging the 2019 ban on smokable hemp products passed by Texas lawmakers.

Last year, four hemp businesses filed the lawsuit in a Travis County District Court against the Texas Department of State Health Services and its commissioner—John Hellerstedt. In the end, they prevailed. This follows a ruling last week that allows smokable hemp to be sold in Texas. With the latest ruling, smokable hemp products can also be manufactured in the state.

Judge Lora Livingston of the 261st District Court sent a letter dated August 23 with her ruling to toss out the ban in the case Crown Distributing LLC, et al. v. Texas Department of State Health Services, et al. The judge indicated in the letter that a final judgment should be prepared and submitted for her signature soon.

In the ruling, Judge Livingston ruled that Section 443.204(4) of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Section 122.301(b) of the Texas Agriculture Code violate the Texas Constitution.

Section 443.204(4) of the Health and Safety code reads “the processing or manufacturing of a consumable hemp product for smoking is prohibited.” Section 122.301(b) of the Agriculture Code clarifies that a state agency “may not authorize a person to manufacture a product containing hemp for smoking.”

Judge Livingston ruled that “25 Texas Administrative Code Section 300.104 is invalid in its entirety.” Section 300.104 regards the manufacturing and sale of hemp, specifically.

The judge also granted a permanent injunction against the Texas Department of State Health Services from enforcing the ban via the sections above.

According to locals, the ban didn’t apply to using smokable hemp—only manufacturing it—so Texas residents were routinely crossing state lines or going online to buy it.

Several months ago, the Dallas Observer reported that Texas law enforcement officers keep confiscated hemp-derived products in general, which are legal at the federal level under the 2018 Farm Bill. 

The Hemp Industry Rejoices Ban Lift on Smokable Hemp

Hemp industry insiders across the board were thrilled with the latest legal curveball—considering the vast potential of hemp cigarettes and similar products. As more people become interested in smoking cannabis during the day without it impacting workflow and motor skills, hemp cigarette products are booming.

Smokable hemp products are frequently a hot topic among opponents to cannabis reform because they are almost indistinguishable from cannabis products. They are favored by some consumers because they offer fast delivery of hemp-derived CBD. Due to their popularity, smokable hemp-derived CBD products represent a significant share of the overall CBD market.

“Today’s ruling is a major win for Texas’ hemp industry, and may set a new standard in similar cases across the country,” President of Texas Hemp Growers Zachary Maxwell said in a release. “The attorneys behind the Texas Hemp Legal Defense Fund fought hard, brought fact-based arguments to the courtroom and proved the undeniable financial harm caused by this cavalier ban.”

Hemp Industry Daily called it a “watershed decision” that unlocks Texas to a hemp market that could potentially generate $400 million in annual sales by 2025.

Several other states are moving in the same direction. A few years ago, a judge in Indiana also ruled that banning smokable hemp was unconstitutional. Earlier this year, a similar bill passed in Louisiana, allowing smokable forms of cannabis.

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Hempcrete for Industrial Building – An Answer to Cement Pollution Problem

Much like with hemp plastic, which has the ability to cut down on our global plastic use, replacing it with a biodegradable material which doesn’t kill the environment to make, and hemp batteries, which are still being investigated as an alternative to the standard, hempcrete is hemp’s answer to building materials, and comes with massive benefits for both industrial and private building projects. Here’s a little on what it is, and how it can help.

There are tons of hempcrete benefits for industrial building, but that’s just one great aspect of the cannabis plant. Most of us are more familiar with it for its medical and recreational benefits. Much like the appearance of hempcrete, there are also tons of new products in the medical and recreational space, like THCV, THCA, and delta-8 THC. We encourage you to use hempcrete for building projects, but if you’re looking to take the edge off after working, take a look at our deals for delta-8 THC, and many other compounds, and be glad that expanding industries means lots of new options.

Standard building: concrete, cement and CO2 emissions

The first thing you’ll notice about hempcrete is that the name of the building material sounds much like the more well-known one that has been used in the last couple centuries for mass production in building materials, concrete. Concrete, and particularly cement, production account for a huge amount of CO2 emissions, meaning the standard building industry creates a lot of greenhouse gases, and leaves a major carbon footprint on the earth. This is more related to cement, while concrete production means digging into the ground and ruining the topsoil, which is the fertile, growing layer of soil.

Concrete is a hard, chemically inert building material made from an aggregate of (generally) sand and gravel, which is bonded by cement and water. Cement for its part, is a mixture of limestone, clay, and sand which is heated in a kiln to about 1450 Celsius to produce ‘cement clinker’, which becomes standard cement after it is cooled, ground down, and mixed with other substances. 40% of the emissions related to cement production have to do with the fuels used to heat the kilns. There is also 60% created in the process of lime being heated in the kiln, which releases CO2 into the kiln, in a process called calcination. This does create a carbon footprint in the manufacture of cement and concrete. All of this accounts for an entire 8% of global CO2 emissions.

Cement only makes up approximately 7-10% of concrete, the rest is the sand, gravel, and water. The making of concrete, and cement, essentially requires use of some of the more basic raw materials found on earth. The cement industry, through it’s release of carbon dioxide, actually accounts for as much as 25% of all industry CO2 emissions. This, along with the statistic that per each dollar of revenue, it produces the most CO2 emissions. While it is cement, and not the rest of concrete production that is responsible for this, cement is an integral part of making concrete, which means cement CO2 emissions have been very hard to get around.

CO2 emissions cement

How widespread is use of these materials? They’re literally everywhere. Think about the majority of sidewalks, many houses, most office building, most building structures, dams, on highways, and in tons of other places. Nearly everything we come into contact with in terms of industrial building, involves the use of cement and/or concrete. With increasing issues related to the destruction of our planet, atmosphere, and breathing air, looking for building materials with less carbon footprint, becomes even more important, and this is where hempcrete comes in.

What is hempcrete?

Hempcrete sounds much like the material it’s meant to replace, concrete. Hempcrete is an alternate building material made from all-natural materials lime and hemp. Lime, of course, is a main component in cement production, with the heating of it leading to the majority of the CO2 emissions involved. In hempcrete production, the inner core of the hemp plant is used which has a woody consistency, called the ‘shiv’. It’s naturally high content of silica makes it great with binding to limestone. This is, in fact, a property unique to the hemp plant among other natural fibers.

The hurds and lime are mixed together with a sufficient amount of water. When this happens, a chemical reaction takes place with the lime and water, which creates a sort of glue which covers the hemp particles and binds them together, creating something called ‘bonded cellulose insulation’. Once everything is set and dries out, the final material is hempcrete. When substances like concrete or plaster are made, the idea is to fill the space between particles to make the substance firm and strong. This is not the case with hempcrete, where the hemp particles are only coated by the lime-binder so they can stick to each other. This means there is void space throughout the material.

Not all hemp is created equally, however, and we already know there is a massive difference between strains when it comes to medical effects. This is true of industrial effects as well. For example, some strains have more fiber. More fiber increases density and strength, which can be good at times, but which minimizes thermal abilities. When building, it’s important that builders use the correct hempcrete for their building project.

Now, when making cement, lime is heated to temperatures which cause the massive CO2 emissions. The interesting thing about hempcrete? Not only is CO2 not released in making it, but it can actually take CO2 out of the air and hold it, or sequester it. How much? According to research, as much as 19lbs of CO2 per cubic foot of hempcrete (approximately what three refrigerators release in a year). In this way, not only would hempcrete not add to CO2 emissions, it would help clear CO2 from the air. Kind of a double whammy in the helping environmental issues department.

Now, one thing to be made clear, is that hempcrete would not actually be a 100% replacement for concrete. Hempcrete doesn’t have a lot of mechanical strength, and therefore can’t be used to support large weights. Obviously this is a drawback when considering that buildings require materials that can hold a lot of weight, like concrete. On the other hand, the idea that more fibrous hempcrete creates a more firm and solid material, might indicate that a form of hempcrete might be made in the future which could do this job.

hemp building materials

What are hempcrete benefits for industrial building?

There are plenty of hempcrete benefits when it comes to industrial and private building. Here are a few of the main ones to consider.

  • The first benefit, is that it doesn’t leave a carbon footprint like cement, and works oppositely, actually helping to rid the environment of excess CO2. This is like a reverse carbon footprint.
  • One of the main things hempcrete is known for, and one of the major benefits for industrial and private building projects, is its ability for insulation. This ability comes from hempcrete’s capability to stay structurally intact in humidity. Because of the porous structure (space between particles), hemp can absorb moisture directly into its cellular structure. The moisture can be stored or released based on changing weather conditions. According to a French study, one cubic meter of hempcrete can hold as much as 596kg of water. This means it can sustain up to ~ 93% humidity over a long period of time, without ruining the structure.
  • Another benefit is that lime is antimicrobial, and by biding to the hemp particles, it creates surfaces on which bacteria and funguses can’t grow. Other insulation materials can more easily grow mold, hempcrete will not. Mold is a major issue in most insulation materials, making hempcrete a better solution in this vein.
  • While hempcrete can’t sustain the same kind of weight as concrete, it can aid in weight support, particularly when cast around framing – conventional or double-studded. A Canadian study found that under certain circumstances, hempcrete infill along with standard wall studs, was able to increase support ability by 3-4X.
  • Hemp hurd is actually a byproduct of other industrial hemp activities that rely on materials like fiber and seeds. So as industrial hemp is grown more for these aspects, there is a growing amount of hurd left over that can be used in insulation. As of right now, this material can be compressed to fuel pellets, or used in products like animal bedding, but as hurd is not used in primary industrial hemp markets, there is plenty available specifically for insulation purposes, and its use in this way helps more of the hemp plant to be used without waste.
  • When creating hempcrete, there are some issues with lime being caustic, and requiring safety equipment to work with (though minor in comparison to other industrial chemicals). However, once fully dried, unlike insulators like asbestos which are now associated with massive health issues, hempcrete will release no toxins into the air around.
  • The high thermal capacity of hempcrete makes it good not just for insulation, but for structuring/covering walls as well.
hempcrete benefits industrial building
  • Since it’s made from hemp, and contains a porous structure, hempcrete is significantly lighter than concrete, about 1/7th the weight. On the downside, this also makes it significantly weaker in terms of supporting weight, at about 1/20th that of concrete, which is why, unless a newer stronger version can be formulated, it can’t totally replace concrete.

Why aren’t we using this much better material en masse already?

This is a great question, and goes back to why hemp was illegalized in the first place, and is also relevant to the use of oil/natural gas-based plastics instead of hemp plastic. Back in the early-mid 1900’s, there were industrial chemical companies headed by families like the Duponts which didn’t want competition, and still rely on the oil industry today to make products. Oil companies are some of the biggest contributors to electoral campaigns and the sitting ducks in office who never seem to do anything useful. There was also a paper industry and a pharmaceutical industry that didn’t want competition back when prohibition was just starting.

Of course, the cement industry and concrete industries are quite large themselves, with the cement industry expected to be worth $682.3 billion by 2025. The global ready-mix concrete market size is expected to reach 1.2 trillion by 2027. Together in 2020, the cement and concrete products industries were worth $333.26 billion. The idea that those who run the corporations in these industries wouldn’t do a lot to protect against new materials that could cut into revenue, is ignoring basics of general life and industry. The size of these industries will make it hard for newer and better materials to come out, unless such corporations can themselves find ways to benefit from them.

Technically, since hempcrete is made from a plant and lime, it has the capacity to be made much more cheaply than concrete which requires digging into the earth, and much longer processing because of the cement. However, because right now there is opposition by building corporations, not that many companies operate in the hempcrete space yet, making it more expensive at the moment, even though its production is generally less expensive with all other things being equal.

Hempcrete for Industrial Building – Conclusion

There are a couple things to understand about hempcrete benefits for industrial and private building. It has a lot of positive attributes that can make buildings overall stronger and better, but its also, like with plastics, against massive industries that don’t want competition from better materials. The existent industries, however, show the extent of the value that a hempcrete market is capable of having if it can start to divert from these other industries.

Will it happen? I think so. Soon? Hard to say. As environmental problems increase, looking to materials like hempcrete becomes even more important. But the rich tend not to care about their own environment, and so the first obstacle, is gaining momentum to start cutting into these already existent, and dominating, corporations.

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Pot Power Couple: Beyoncé Builds Hemp Farm as Jay-Z’s Company Appoints CEO

In what Business Insider called “the world’s top power couple,” Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Beyoncé branched out beyond the fashion, movie and music industries to invest in cannabis—both with a heavy focus on social equity and reparations for the impact of the War on Drugs. 

Last year, Beyoncé’s BeyGood organization partnered with the NAACP to provide new small business grants for Black-owned businesses. A $10,000 grant was given to The Gift—a  Maryland-based cannabis company founded in 2018.

But recently the diva is getting involved with hemp herself. During an interview with Harper’s Bazaar published on August 10, Beyoncé explained how she discovered the powers of CBD, notably for soothing her muscles and for helping her fall asleep.

Touring constantly can add up for the 39-year-old. “I discovered CBD on my last tour, and I’ve experienced its benefits for soreness and inflammation. It helped with my restless nights and the agitation that comes from not being able to fall asleep,” she said.

Beyoncé explained that she also believes in the healing properties of honey—which is what eventually led her to decide to build a hemp and honey farm. “I’m building hemp and a honey farm. I’ve even got hives on my roof!” she added. Unfortunately, there aren’t more details about the farm, such as whether or not she plans to go commercial with hemp, such as actor Jim Belushi.

Raw honey itself is packed with nutrients and provides medicinal qualities, and CBD-infused honey is already a thing, with dozens of companies catching onto the craze. While Jay-Z’s MONOGRAM offers THC-rich flower products, people are already speculating about a hemp/CBD line with Beyoncé’s name attached to it.

The Parent Company and Jay-Z Appoint CEO

Meanwhile, Jay-Z continues to stay busy with his numerous pot investments. On August 16, The Parent Company announced that it appointed Troy Datcher as CEO. The Parent Company is behind Jay-Z’s MONOGRAM line of cannabis products.

Effective September 8, Datcher’s historic appointment represents the “first time a Black CEO will lead a major public U.S. cannabis organization,” the press release reads. 

“I’m truly honored to be at the forefront of shaping the future of the cannabis industry with The Parent Company,” Datcher stated. “This is a tremendously strong company that is poised for continued growth and we have a unique opportunity to disrupt a sector that has disproportionately impacted communities of color—including my own—for far too long.

Troy Datcher, Incoming Chief Executive Officer of The Parent Company (CNW Group/TPCO Holding Corp.)

“This is a chance to partner with cultural powerhouses like JAY-Z and Desiree Perez to rectify the wrongs of prohibition, eradicate antiquated laws and create a new cannabis infrastructure rooted in diversity, equity and justice for our communities. Together, we can shape a legal cannabis industry that is reflective of our entire culture in California and beyond,” said Datcher.

Datcher formerly worked for The Clorox Company, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. While there, Datcher deployed global sales plans for over $6.7 billion in annual revenue across The Clorox Company’s list of brands.

MONOGRAM, a part of The Parent Company, launched a series of campaigns to bring awareness to social equity issues, as people remain in jail for doing essentially the same thing as corporate cannabis businesses do, minus the licenses. Long-term data shows that Black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis than white people despite nearly equal usage. Furthermore, people with cannabis arrests have trouble participating in the legal industry.

“Troy’s business acumen, strategic thinking and leadership skills are invaluable qualities that will be critical to our organization’s growth,” said The Parent Company Chief Social Equity Officer and Board Member Desiree Perez. “He understands and embraces the unique responsibility we have to redefine the cannabis industry and establish a new precedent for cannabis entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. I look forward to watching him grow into this position and taking The Parent Company to new heights.”

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Clean the air with Cannabis – An Environmental Wordsearch

BC is burning. Forests all over the world are in flames right now. When you also consider all the effects of air pollution and carbon emissions, the threat to our lungs has gotten quite real.  According to the Annual State of the Global Air Report published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), ninety percent of […]

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FDA Rejects Filing of Charlotte’s Web Hemp as a Dietary Extract

FDA released a letter that questioned how safe Charlotte’s Web is, and if it should be labeled as a dietary supplement. 

The FDA letter was sent out on August 11 with an explanation regarding why it felt it was necessary to address the uncertainty of CBD products. “FDA has concluded that CBD products are excluded from the dietary supplement definition.” The letter was in response to Charlotte’s Web’s initial filing of a New Dietary Ingredient notification (NDI) that was originally submitted on March 31, 2021.

After concluding that CBD products are excluded from being listed under the definition of a dietary supplement, Cara Welch, Acting Director of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs elaborated on the issue. “FDA has also determined that CBD was not marketed as a dietary supplement or conventional food before it was authorized for investigation as a new drug. FDA has concluded based on the record that your NDI 1202 is carefully designed to ensure consistent levels of CBD, and that it is produced from your proprietary that provide robust levels of CBD. In addition, your NDI 1202 contains a significant amount of CBD per mL and you also appear to market ‘full-spectrum hemp extract’-containing products as CBD products.”

Charlotte’s Web responded to the FDA’s letter with a public press release on August 11 that was signed by Tim Orr, Senior Vice President of Charlotte’s Web, Inc. “Today the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published an ‘objection’ to Charlotte’s Web’s New Dietary Ingredient notification (NDI) submitted for our full spectrum hemp extract (FSHE), due largely to its drug preclusion provision. This response from the FDA indicates to Charlotte’s Web that without legislation by Congress, this market will remain unregulated.”

Orr further wrote that the company has been working with the FDA for 18 months and has provided more than enough information about their “cultivation, extraction, manufacturing, use and safety” of their proprietary FSHE. 

“The FDA letter asserts that a FSHE cannot be used in dietary supplements because it is precluded and expresses safety concerns. Regarding safety, the conclusions drawn by the FDA do not appear to be based on the data provided in our NDI application.” The company also published a document that it sent to the FDA, dated August 3, stating that they “are disappointed in, and strongly disagree with, not just the FDA’s conclusion and reasoning but in the fact that FDA’s letter contains significant factual inaccuracies.” 

Charlotte’s Web released a 48-page document addressing each and every concern that includes trade secrets and commercial, confidential information that has been redacted for the sake of the public response, with the hope to address FDA’s inaccurate concerns. This includes correcting the FDA’s claim that Charlotte’s Web did not provide data on a study that the company submitted (Dziwenka et al. 2020), which was published in the journal Toxicology Reports, among other corrections.

The situation is evidence toward the desperate need for the cannabis industry to have a reliable and solid regulatory foundation. “We have been working with FDA to develop a clear and strong regulatory framework for full spectrum hemp products that protects consumers while offering them access to these important products,” Charlotte’s Web’s statement concluded. “We will continue to do so. We are, however, puzzled about how the agency intends to move forward to develop this framework.”

Legislation has been introduced in both the House of Representatives as well as the Senate to address the need for hemp CBD as a dietary supplement, which would help address the current uncertainties that companies such as Charlotte’s Web continue to experience. “The need for a clear regulatory framework—soon—is clear and we will continue to work for that outcome.”

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