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America’s First House Made of Cannabis Built in North Carolina

Using a mix of industrial hemp, lime and water known as “hempcrete,” a home composed mostly of cannabis has been built in Asheville, North Carolina by Push Design. The eco-friendly design and construction company plans to build several more of the homes in the Asheville area and then across the country.

Buildings made from hemp are nothing new; its been done for thousands of years in Asia and the Middle East.

Hempcrete emerged as a viable alternative construction material in Europe in the 1960s but a strict regulatory climate in the United States has made local cultivation of the plant, closely related to marijuana but without the intoxicating effects, a non-starter.

This is unfortunate, as hemp is a remarkable plant. It is fast-growing, sustainable and extremely durable. It is estimated that a house made of hempcrete will last 600-800 years; the walls actually harden as the home ages.

Hempcrete is also very energy efficient and actually absorbs carbon from the atmosphere, an invaluable quality in this age of climate change.

Uptight types who worry about people smoking their houses to get high need not worry: you’d have to smoke more than a ton of the plant in order to get stoned.

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2 Comments

  1. ShivaDecember 1, 2010 at 1:21 pmReply

    If someone burns this place down, I wonder if the whole town will be stoned for the next few weeks?

    • BrettDecember 1, 2010 at 1:52 pmReplyAuthor

      Hardly. You’d have to smoke over 2 tons of the stuff to get high. Then again, a house is heavy…

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