http://www.ratical.org/renewables/plywood.html Now, the next time the
police raid you, you can tell them you were just growing a new house.
If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing
- Terry Venables
Life just ain't life without good music. - JOAT
Web Page Update 29 Sep 2003.
Some tunes I like.
We get it. JOAT was making what some people refer to as a "joke".
Webster's defines a joke as "Something not said seriously, or not actually
meant; something done in sport." I'm pretty sure JOAT (being an old geezer
and all ;-)) is aware of the properties of industrial hemp.
I guess I missed that one. I had worked on hemp and hemp like materials for
some projects. There were serious problems with the gov't not wanting
industrial hemp running around. They couldn't tell the difference between
it and the pharmaceutical stuff, so they wouldn't permit it to be farmed.
I also suspect that this is why there is so much support from the,
shall we say herbally-induced reality-challenged, for pushing hemp as an
industrial product. It provides greater cover for raising the illicit
... and please, drop the "pharmaceutical" connotation -- call it what it
really is, "pharmaceutical" simply is attempting to legitimize the
utilization of this substance for altering one's conciousness. (Don't
try the "alcohol is the same" argument either. It is not.)
completely wrong. anybody that knows anything about cannabis sativa would
never grow it with hemp. It's a completely a different genus, it has
absolutely NO "pharmaceutical" value. It also carries a completely different
heat signature than sativa. If it was to be grown in with hemp, the chances
of it being anything but trash is highly unlikely. If you truly want to find
out about why the government is against water hemp(acnida cannabina) do a
search on Dupont and nylon.
What is this "alcohol is the same" argument you speak of? I don't
think I've heard that one yet. Are you saying that alcohol is not
consumed to alter one's consciousness? If so, I wonder why there was
such an outcry among this group when some people stated they
occasionally have a drink while woodworking. I'm sure the proponents
will be glad to hear of your endorsement of drinking while woodworking
since it is not used to alter consciousness.
Yes, I am saying that one can take a glass of wine, or drink a beer
and do so without altering one's conciousness. Some people drink a glass
of wine with a particular meal to enhance its flavor, not to lose touch
with reality. You cannot say that of someone partaking in smoking hemp
-- the express intent is to alter one's concious state.
It is a popular myth that proponents of industrial hemp would like to use it
as cover for the illicit stuff. Industrial hemp is grown in tightly spaced
rows to encourage fiber and oilseed production. Drug hemp is grown widely
spaced to encourage leaf and bud production. No grower of drug hemp would
ever want his carefully bred plants cross pollinated with industrial hemp,
it would lower the THC content of the product. Hemp is a great source of
superior fibers that could replace cotton as a cash crop for many struggling
farmers. Over 50% of the pesticides used in the US are used in cotton
production. Cotton strips the land depleting the soil and contributes to
soil compaction. Hemp has far fewer natural pest and does not deplete the
soil the way cotton does. Hemp fibers are also valued for the fine
linen-like paper that can be produced. Hemp requires far fewer chemicals to
refine into paper and could potentially save our rivers and streams from
pollution. Fewer trees for paper production would mean more plentiful lumber
at lower prices. Don't take my word for it, do some research. There is a lot
of good data out there on industrial hemp.
You should stop hanging out with pot-heads and do the research on hemp. It
is one of the most usefull plants known to man that could help our farmers
and the environment. Hemp is widely grown as a cash crop in Canada and
Read the article. Good stuff, but I have some pertinent questions:
1) The article mentions "plywood" but is really about MDF. I
generally avoid ANY kind of particle board, including MDF, because a)
it's heavy, b) it's weak for its weight, c) it's prone to
disintegration when wetted, d) it makes too much dust, a nuisance and
a known health hazard. Is there really such a thing as hemp plywood,
a product formed of laminated veneers?
2) The article mentions hemp lumber. Do they mean something like
strandboard, the engineered lumber I see going up in all kinds of
3) If they really can make hemp plywood, how about hemp marine ply?
Will the hemp-derived glues be water-resistant? Will hemp plywood
glued with traditional adhesives have a suitable strenght/weight ratio
for boat building?
It would be very good to see a truly renewable building resource for
everyday utilitarian use so we can save the beautiful wood for
important uses and quit cutting down the forests for less-valuable
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