Inventor Builds World’s First Plane Made Entirely From Hemp

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 26 Feb 2021 15:42
Inventor Builds World's First Plane Made Entirely From HempHempearth

What if we told you that cannabis could actually have you flying high? And I mean legitimately flying, not just your regular mowing the grass trips.

Well, a Canadian company has done just that, by creating a plane which is entirely made and powered by cannabis.


Cannabis company Hempearth has created the hemp-fuelled flight, which is made out of composite hemp fibres and said to 10 times stronger than steel.

The plane has a wing span of 36 feet and can fit one pilot and four passengers, thanks to its light-weight build.

But, it doesn’t stop there, in fact, far from it, because all of the interior walls, seats and pillows are all also made out of hemp too.


Hempearth’s CEO Derek Kesek believes that the hemp composite material which is being used to build the plane ‘could replace all fibreglass in aviation and many other industries.’

However, what is arguably the best thing about the aircraft, is the fact that it runs entirely from hemp oil, meaning it’s completely sustainable. Hemp is a completely environmentally friendly material, thanks to the fact it doesn’t require much water to grow and is nutritious to the soil it grows in.

Inventor Builds World's First Plane Made Entirely From HempHempearth

Not only that, the hemp shell of the plane is a lot lighter in weight, and therefore requires a lot fuel to run, while also allowing for more weight to be carried on board, without it affecting the flight.


‘In addition to being one of the world’s healthiest, and most versatile plants on earth, hemp is pound for pound 10 times stronger than steel,’ Hempearth explains on its website.

‘This means that it can withstand a lot more weight before and breaks, and it can bend way further than metal. Great for Aviation.’

In comparison to the materials you would usually expect to see planes made out of, such as steel, hemp has next to no environmental impact.

Inventor Builds World's First Plane Made Entirely From HempHempearth

‘Most importantly, hemp is an environmentally friendly material,’ the website continued.

‘Hemp requires way less water and land to grow than cotton and even puts nutrients back into the soil through a process called phytoremeditation.’

Considering that flight travel is one of the major contributors to carbon emissions speeding up the process of global warming, it’s a no brainer to make the actual building and running of the aircrafts more environmentally friendly.

It’s a win-win.


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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: Technology, Cannabis, Marijuana, Now, plane


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