This Is The House That Hemp Built

It's the US' first house to be made from hemp, the fibre that's harvested from cannabis plants. Funnily enough, it's located in Ashville, North Carolina - but don't drop by expecting to smoke it to get high, whatever you do.

Mixing hemp with lime and water to create "hemcrete", the house was built by eco-friendly construction company Push Design, after successful builds in other corners of the world. In the US, however, the supply isn't that great as it's illegal to produce it, so the cost of importing hemp from Europe makes the whole project much more expensive.

This particular house was built using hemp from the UK and lined with paper panels which are 100 per cent recycled. Apparently it's given neighbours a real green eye, and Push Design has already been contracted to build several more houses - but if anyone was thinking of smoking it to get high, Push Design says that it'd take "smoking 2500lbs of the hemp to get high", which equates roughly to the master bedroom.

I'm sure someone from our comments field would be willing to give it a shot. [Push Design via GizMag]


    Yeah, I'm really waiting for people to 'get over' the marijuana thing. If you try to smoke a hemp product (tshirt, rope, whatever), you know what will happen? NOTHING. It's the same as burning any other material.

    If you eat a poppy, you don't get high on opium. It's the same deal.

    Especially living in a country where megalitres of water are wasted on crops like cotton that weren't meant for this climate, it always hurts to see the juvenile attitude towards amazing products like hemp.

    And don't try making a reply to this comment about weed. Seriously, it's really, really, really unoriginal and boring.

      Totally agree. Cotton is insane in a climate like ours, hemp is more water-efficient and produces a wide range of useful products. Hemp for rope, fabric or oil has virtually no cannabinols. It's just another crop.

        +1 to the whole cotton consuming ALOT of water versus its yield. If Australia had any clue in government (even that waving hand musician guy) they would use some of our ABUNDANT land here to cultivate mass hemp as fibre in its many forms & (this is where AU benefits even more) export it.

        Considering it was used thousands of years BC. Makes you wonder wtf we've been avoiding embracing it. Possibly the whole 'it grows like a weed, it will be hard to monetize' typical monetary trap.

    Hemp Buildings are not new in Australia. In fact, Australia leads the world in hemp building technology as you can build a house of hemp without any processing machinery here. The US and UK houses require massive factories and lots of energy.

    Support to expand without big corporations.

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