Slowly but surely, the world is opening its eyes to the superpower crop that is hemp. Through ongoing product development with hemp growers across the globe, Stronga are at the forefront of modern hemp drying systems. Read on to learn what hemp really is; what it is used for; and how Stronga fit in to the harvesting and curing process.
Ventilating and drying hemp quickly post-harvest is one of the most important steps as it determines the ultimate product quality. These are important considerations to optimise the income from your hemp crop:
In earlier days, hemp would be manually hung upside down on wires. This slow, labour-intensive and expensive process can work in very small scale operations but has many problems, including, large space requirements, while umbrella-shape hung stalks result in less airflow to the centre of the plant, causing more mould to grow in the centre portion.
As hemp growing expands rapidly in the USA and other markets due the recent changes legalising hemp growing, Stronga will work closely to help clients at the forefront of developing energy-efficient hemp drying solutions. Hemp growers around the world are turning to Stronga’s continuous FlowDrya systems. We are currently working with hemp farmers to build the perfect solution for their hemp drying needs.
Did you know that hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man? It has been used for paper, textiles, and cordage for thousands of years, dating back to 8,000 BC. So, what exactly is industrial hemp, how can it be used, and how does it differ from its cannabis cousin, marijuana? Read on to learn more.
There are many varieties of the cannabis plant. Industrial hemp, which originated in Central Asia, refers to the non-psychoactive varieties of Cannabis Sativa. Industrial hemp and marijuana both come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and can be distinguished by use and chemical composition.
While industrial hemp can do a lot of things, one thing it can’t do, unlike marijuana, is get you ‘high’. This is because industrial hemp contains THC which your body processes faster than you can smoke it.
Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant with uses spreading across sectors. Discover below how this superpower crop has the ability and flexibility to positively affect a number of the world’s most significant issues.
Industrial hemp is becoming a hugely popular medicinal product to treat a plethora of conditions.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted and put into oil and creams. Oils are generally used as ingredients in cooking, while creams can be applied to injuries for temporary pain relief. Using CBD oils and creams as an alternative to synthetic medicines could be an extremely important development in treating injuries, anxiety, and depression. There is even research to suggest that CBD could be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Incredibly, hemp has some amazing qualities that make it an extremely good component of clothing.
Firstly, it is thermodynamic. This means it will keep you warm when it is cold and cool when the weather is hot. It is also extremely soft while still being hardwearing, with the added bonus of being suitable for those who have allergies to synthetic materials. Some of the labels using hemp fibres include Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
While a large portion of the world’s population live in houses made from bricks, concrete, or wood, we may be looking elsewhere when it comes to building our future homes.
When used as a building material, industrial hemp is extremely durable, environmentally-friendly, and versatile. In fact, structures made from hemp can be around 7x as strong and half as heavy as those made from concrete, while also being extremely good at insulating.
Because of its health benefits, humans can consume hemp in numerous ways. Of the many ways, using hemp, we can make salad oil, eat them in the same way you eat regular nuts, and add hemp seeds to produce baked goods. Hemp is high in essential fatty acids and amino acids which important to a healthy diet.
Hemp can be used in pet food since it has so many healthy proteins. When given to cats, it makes their coats shiny and healthy, and it can also be used as a dietary supplement for nourishing dogs, cows and horses.
Industrial hemp can provide a low cost and super-absorbent bedding material for farm animals. Along with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, hemp bedding doesn’t contain some of the problematic phenols that are in other plant-based bedding.
Plastic products made from industrial hemp are biodegradable and can aid in reducing waste deposited in landfills. In the past, hemp uses spanned packing materials and products like CD jewel cases.
On top of the other amazing uses of hemp, it can also be used to make fuel such as bio-diesel. The petroleum industry has recently embraced the use of hemp in making its products. Ethanol production is also popular in the hemp industry.
In the USA in 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act strictly regulated the cultivation of all cannabis varieties. As a result of this long-term prohibition, a lot of people forgot about the incredible uses for hemp and misidentify it with its cannabis cousin, marijuana.
That is, however, all about to change as the world opens its eyes to industrial hemp. There is an increasing interest in growing industrial hemp for CBD production as it becomes legalised in countries across the globe, not least the 50 US States. Among the top hemp growing nations are North Korea (#6); Chile (#5); France (#4); USA (#3); Canada (#2); and China (#1 hemp growing nation).
Industrial hemp is extremely easy to grow in the right temperatures, with little need for the use of chemical fertilisers. As the world becomes more interested in the ecological impact of what we consume and produce, we can expect hemp products to be front and centre of our efforts to curb the damaging elements of our behaviour on the planet.
Because the revitalised hemp industry is still young, many operators lack suitable equipment, infrastructure and systems to deliver a quality product.
Industrial hemp processing is experiencing a renaissance as growers rediscover 100 year old technology and innovate new equipment, products and processes to create a 21st century hemp industry. Working together with early adopters across the globe, Stronga are pioneering the modern-day hemp drying market. Contact us today to discuss your hemp drying project – firstname.lastname@example.org.