Hemp Unhampered – No Hallucinating – Just Cheap Organic Housing

A woman , in a field of mature plants head high, holds an armful of hemp stems.
Klara Marosszeky, founder of the Australian Hemp Masonry Company, harvesting hemp in Ashford, New South Wales.

When it comes to so-called drugs, America has had an up and down history of familiarity with them. From 1937 to 2018, growing hemp was banned because regardless of its other usage, the hemp family of plants included that ‘bring-on-the-giggles and munchies’ drug — Marijuana.

During that time, the use of non-hallucinogen hemp plants suffered the same withdrawal effects as ‘weed’ in all its various descriptions and namings of illegal satisfaction. Fortunately, knowledge of hemp’s cultivation, as well as use in a variety of useful manufactured processes, was kept alive.

Just kidding. Essential agricultural knowledge has been lost over nearly a century of absence as a legal crop. That loss extends to ways using this jack-of-all-uses organic material.

In fact America is far behind in exploiting a material that could bring bright promise to affordable housing. Hemp offers considerable promise as a ‘green’, practically carbon-neutral building material, at a time when more deeply housing must be built if there is any hope of ending the housing crisis.

What does a hemp-rich future look like for an organic, relatively inexpensive material? Read more in The Guardian:  ‘It’s almost carbon-negative’: how hemp became a surprise building material