The race to grow hemp for CBD, seeds, oil and other uses has opened the door for other uses for the plant. Hemp has a dense woody core, and several tons of dry straw material are produced per acre.
Finding uses for these products adds to the value of the crop and makes productive use of what might otherwise be wasted.
Companies are stepping up to help in production. Industrial Hemp Latvia is the company that developed the HurdMaster MD1000 micro-decorticator. The machine is for small farms and works to separate the woody stalk that makes up hemp’s inner core from the exterior bast fibers. The machine is made to process the hurd for farms from 5-10 acres. The hurd that is processed can then be used for hempcrete, animal bedding or litter, or plant bedding.
The bast fibers are available to be resold for their respective uses as well. These fibers are the part that is used for making fabrics used in bags, clothes, and shoes. Canvas is made from the fibers too, as is hemp rope and netting.
The first three machines of their initial production line went to companies that pledged to buy another and donate it to a worthy humanitarian cause.
One cause being considered are Adrar Nouh in Morocco. It’s an initiative focused on helping housing situations in remote locations in Morocco’s Excessive Rif and capitalize on the cannabis straw produced in the area.
Another cause is helping earthquake victims in Nepal. Shay Hemp Ino-Ventures is a company that is looking to use hemp as part of a mass scale rebuilding initiative after the earthquake in 2015.