The industry of medical cannabis has had quite considerable growth during the last years. But what has happened to other sectors of the economy that have tried to enter this industry? What advances have been done with hemp -fiber based products?
We know that cannabis has been researched and used for many years; therefore, cannabis fiber could be considered a perfect and ecological base to make resistant and friendly cars with the environment.
Let's look at the advances that the automotive sector has had throughout history with respect to the plant.
Henry Ford, in 1941, created a prototype vehicle with bioplastic bodywork using hemp fiber, making this innovation a sustainable model and more resistant than steel or fiberglass, known as Hemp Car or 'The Cannabis Car', although it is officially called Soybean Car. This vehicle was presented in the Dearborn Day of the same year.
Its manufacture: made of hemp, soybean, flaxstraw, ramie (a vegetable fiber used in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East for millennia), stuck by a cellulose resin extracted from soybeans, propelled by hemp fuel, made from agricultural waste. The idea for the material used in its manufacture came from the chemist George Washington Carver, with the help of the Soybean Institute and, above all, the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, United States.
Currently, component manufacturers such as the French Faurecia use tons of a variation of this plant, known as hemp, to extract the fiber and produce biomaterials.
Among the benefits of using biomaterials in cars is that they reduce the weight of the components, which saves fuel.
There are many countries where the plant is not legalized so it is impossible to mass produce these vehicles to export to countries. Due to these the production costs per order are between 40,000 dollars approximately, without adding the requirements of the client.
This is only one of the edges of the cannabis industry that proves necessary that it is legalized in all the countries, to get the most of this wonderful plant that every time seems to surprise us more and more.