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The Canadian cannabis company Hempearth has designed the world’s first airplane that is made from and powered by cannabis. The primary material used is hemp – the non-psychoactive member of the cannabis family. Not only does this totally functional plane run on 100% hemp oil, but it was made entirely from cannabis. Everything from the seats, the wings, the plane walls and even the pillows contains hemp. This natural and earth-friendly material had been used for numerous purposes since ancient times, but in recent decades it fell into disuse due to confusion with its psychoactive cousin marijuana. This is finally changing as people realize the benefits of hemp, and this airplane is a symbol of that change.
Hemp is economical and easy to grow using very little water. In addition to being environmentally friendly, it is ten times more durable than fibreglass, flame retardant, and extremely lightweight. Hempearth CEO Derek Kesek says: “This plane project is our first experiment with industrial hemp, and we plan to explore many other uses. Once we establish structural testing and information from this project we will apply it to other forms of construction. The sky may not be the limit.” Even though hemp is not psychoactive, Canada’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana could boost the use of hemp in that country by eliminating the false stigma that has been attached to all cannabis products.The Canadian cannabis company Hempearth has designed the world’s first airplane that is made from and powered by cannabis. The primary material used[…]
First Hemp Airplane Stronger than Steel
Hemp can be used to make pretty much anything, from clothing to fuel, and even houses. A company called Hempearth is even developing the world’s first hemp airplane.
Derek Kesek, the company’s founder, says that the hemp material that he made the airplane out of is 10 times stronger than steel. Kesek says that at least 75 percent of the plane will be made from hemp, instead of fiberglass, which is typically used for an aircraft of that size.
Meanwhile, the wings, seats, pillows and outer shell of the aircraft will be made out of hemp, and the plane will even be powered by hemp biofuel instead of traditional gas or jet fuel.
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When speaking with reporters, Kesek made a clear distinction between hemp and its psychoactive counterpart, making a point to insist that the plane will not be made out of a psychoactive substance.
Unlike its psychoactive counterpart, the hemp plant does not contain THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient that many pot users seek out for recreational and medicinal purposes.
Kesek hopes that the hemp plane will make its first trip from Kitty Hawk, N.C., where the world’s first successful aircraft flight took place.
However, this flight has been planned for over 5 years, as the aircraft has been in development for at least that long.
Kesek has recently launched a GoFundMe Campaign to help him raise the $125,000 that is needed to complete the project.
So far, it seems like Kesek and his team have not even raised $1,500, and the most recent donations appeared to have come in over 3 months ago.
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Unfortunately, if Kesek is not able to raise the funds, his company will not be able to follow through on their promise to build the world’s first hemp airplane.
However, his team has opened the door for people with more resources to give it a shot themselves.
Still, Kesek is optimistic about the project, and said that he eventually wants to make a space ship out of hemp one day.First Hemp Airplane Stronger than Steel Hemp can be used to make pretty much anything, from clothing to fuel, and even houses. A company called Hempearth is even developing the world’s first hemp ]]>