The patented Zeoform can be used for plastics as discussed in #3 above, and it can be used to make furniture like tables and chairs. Zeoform can be molded and coated in a variety of finishes making it an excellent replacement for wood. Even designers are getting involved in taking hemp technology to the next level. Furniture designer Werner Aisslinger partnered with BASF Acrodur (a division of BASF) to design and manufacture a hemp chair using BASF Acrodur’s ecotechnology.
Did you know hemp needs 50% less water than cotton does in order to produce a yield 200-250% more than cotton? Hemp can be used not just to make fabric but to make bacteria-fighting fabric. Scientists in China developed a blend of hemp fibers in the 1990s with a high resistance to staph bacteria. Since staph infections are so common and can be deadly for some patients, this type of technological innovation is extremely important to the healthcare industry. Colorado’s EnviroTextiles manufactures a hemp-rayon fabric blend that research studies have found to be 98.5% staph resistant. It’s also resistant to UV and infrared wavelengths. For years, scientists have been researching ways to develop materials from hemp that can replace both the plastic and metal components of cars. They’ve discovered that hemp fibers, which have a higher strength to weight ratio than steel and are significantly less expensive, are the solution.
Hemp-based materials are also biodegradable, and they typically weigh 30% less than materials currently used in car manufacturing. That means cars made with hemp-based materials will see a sizeable increase in fuel efficiency compared to cars made with plastics and metals. Considering that hemp fibers are less expensive to manufacture than metals and plastics, it’s not surprising that companies like Diamler/Chrysler, BMW, and Audi Volkswagen are already using hemp materials in their cars. However, it’s not just the big car companies that are using hemp. After entrepreneur Bruce Michael Dietzen built his own hemp car (like Henry Ford did in 1941), he started a company, Renew Sports Cars, which builds custom hemp bodied sports cars. Hemp technology can be found in a wide variety of household goods. Aside from foods and essential oils, consumers can also find hemp water filters, glasses, pens, and more. In fact, a quick Google search reveals far more products than you probably thought could be made from hemp. Here are some of those hemp products: Sunscreen Cosmetics Beverages Towels Tablecloths Shoes Jackets Hats Wallets Belts Jewelry Shampoo Soap Candles Dog toys Animal feed Curtains Laundry detergent. The list goes on and on, and as more innovative technologies continue to disrupt the hemp industry, we can assume this list will keep getting longer. What’s Next for Innovative Technologies in the Hemp Industry? Since industrial hemp has been illegal for so long in the United States, companies haven’t been able to research and develop technologies that cultivators, manufacturers, and consumers need. In many instances, technology is simply not available. For example, law enforcement needs technology that can detect legal hemp and differentiate it from cannabis. Without adequate technology, not only are new process and product innovations limited, but prices to consumers remain higher than they could be. Fibonacci’s efforts to make the price of HempWood comparable to oak by 2020 is a perfect example. Despite the delays and barriers, companies continue to push boundaries to develop new technologies that will drive the hemp industry forward. With goals to expand uses of hemp, develop new methods for hemp cultivation and processing, and launch new hemp products – and doing so faster, cheaper, and with higher quality – it’s certain we’ll see many innovative hemp technologies debut in the future. Due to its powerful healing properties, CBD oil has become immensely popular. According to numerous studies, it offers many health benefits and research shows it can help with various medical conditions such as depression, pain, and anxiety. However, as more and more people purchase this product, there’s confusion about how to store CBD oil.
Some people suggest keeping it in the fridge, while others put it in a cupboard. Can it stay on your kitchen counter, or does it need to be stored away from direct sunlight?
Here’s everything you need to know about storing CBD oil. If you want to enjoy all the benefits of CBD oil, you should store it properly. Storing CBD oil properly will prevent the compounds from degrading and will help the oil maintain its benefits and viscosity. But just because the label says to keep it in a “dark and cool” place, should you refrigerate your CBD oil? In fact, no, you don’t need to keep your CBD oil in the fridge.