Top left; Popular Mechanics published this in 1937. By 1938, the cabal of Hearst (newspaper giant), Dupont (nylon invented the year prior) & Anslinger (Government employee) had made it so difficult to grow industrial hemp that it slowly choked out the hemp industry to a point it was almost erased from history.
1. Hemp is the most productive, practical, and profitable biomass farm crop on Earth – it is free of sulfur and other contaminants & produces charcoal similiar in calorific value to thermal coal. Through the process of gasification, synthetic gas can be produced, with the waste being biochar, fast becoming the go-to natural source for soil enhancement.
2. Fabrics made from Hemp are stronger, have better thermal properties, more absorbent and more durable than cotton. Treated with an enzymatic process, textile mills can spin and weave hemp fiber as smooth as silk and as intricate as lace.
3. In Spain & France, hemp hurd is processed to make specialty cigarette paper and, not to long ago, the paper used in books such as bibles. Hemp paper thousands of years old proves it is a valuable pulp that requires less corrosive chemicals to breakdown & whiten the lignin.
4. Compressed agricultural fiberboard (CAF) using Hemp offers outstanding resistance to shock waves and earthquakes, have good insulating qualities with thermal performance on par with solid wood, but have only 40% of the density of wood making for a lighter structural product. They are more resistant to mold and decay than wood with no toxic fumes. BMW has been using hemp to manufacture interior panels for over a decade. Another company, in Kentucky, USA has been commercially selling 100% pressed hemp as an alternative to oak flooring.
5. The hemp core itself has a very low lignin content that is not only perfect for paper, but extruded plastics as well. With its high proportion of cellulose, the only thing stopping the change from petrol-based plastic is enough steady supply.
6. Hempcrete is a concrete substitute that is fast becoming a superior method to constructing building walls while sequestering carbon in its walls.
7. The tensile strength & lighter weight makes hemp fiber appealing to the entire transportation sector, as it means vehicles can be built lighter & stronger than fiberglas panels, thus making the vehicle more energy efficient. Current work into wind turbine blades & areophane wings has been under development for some time, but a reduced & inconsistent supply has slowed progress.