Hemp-Based Materials for Affordable Housing - Texas A&M University Awarded $3.47 million by the Department of Energy

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Texas A&M University has received $3.47 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) to fund a project to 3D print hemp-based construction materials known as hempcrete, with an emphasis on producing affordable housing.

The goal is to use the crop in 3D printed engineering projects that are ecologically friendly. One of the most recent instances of the federal government embracing the potential of a cannabis plant variety was made lawful by the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere (HESTIA) program of the DOE is providing funding.

Researchers from Texas A&M University are attempting to 3D print new resilient structures out of hempcrete, a lightweight, environmentally friendly concrete substitute made of hemp powder or fibers, lime, and water. Hempcrete has the potential to reduce the environmental impact of conventional construction techniques and increase housing availability and affordability.

Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last year that it had granted a $100,000 grant to a business in Washington State to aid in the creation of sustainable bricks produced from industrial hemp.

The DOE stated late last year that it is independently funding a project to create hemp fiber insulation that is intended to be healthier for the environment and the general public than traditional solutions.

Since the crop was made lawful by the federal government, interest in hemp's potential and its components has grown significantly.

While this is going on, leaders of the House Appropriations Committee have included a number of relevant provisions to recent spending bill reports that promote the investigation of hemp as an ecologically friendly replacement for plastics. According to his office, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH), a panelist and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has been an advocate on the matter.

Medical Marijuana in Texas

While this is going on, leaders of the House Appropriations Committee have included a number of relevant provisions to recent spending bill reports that promote the investigation of hemp as an ecologically friendly replacement for plastics. According to his office, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH), a panelist and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has been an advocate on the matter.

Patients in Texas must first seek a prescription for medicinal marijuana from an MMJ physician who has been authorized by the state. The Compassionate Use Registry Texas (CURT) will then receive the patient's marijuana prescription from the physician. Qualifying patients can purchase cannabis for medical purposes from any Texas marijuana dispensary after registering on the CURT.

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William Davis is a CBD and MMJ enthusiast working with Quick Med Cards. He has been covering cannabis-related stories for many years and has been involved in educating readers about the potential benefits this tabooed plant can have.

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