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The future of the hemp industry linked to a car from 1941

What does a car from 1941 have to do with the future of the hemp industry? A lot more than you might realize. No matter how well-versed you might be about the benefits of CBD Oil, there’s still so much to discover. There’s a lot to hemp that spans well beyond producing CBD oil.

 

Believe it or not, the visionary behind the assembly line technique of mass production, Henry Ford, was the first car manufacturer to produce a hemp-based car. That’s right. Over 80 years ago, Henry Ford created an eco-friendly car using hemp. Suppose you already enjoy the health benefits of CBD oil or are just starting your journey into the world of hemp. In that case, we believe you’ll enjoy learning some history behind the hemp industry that’ll surprise you.

 

What is a Hemp-based Car?

The first hemp-based car was a vehicle Henry Ford invented in 1941, just before World War II. Mr. Ford built this eco-friendly car out of plastic from hemp and other plant material that ran on hemp fuel. The car’s plastic panels had an impact strength ten times stronger than steel, and the car was to run on hemp-ethanol. To put this in perspective, making materials from hemp is nothing new. Human beings figured out that hemp had strong fibers used for rope and textiles at some point in history.

 

“The experimental model […] was a step toward materialization of Henry Ford’s belief that someday he would “grow automobiles from the soil.” —Popular Mechanics, December 1941

 

Was Henry Fords’ prototype the world’s first eco-friendly car? More likely than not, it was. And if circumstances had permitted, the automobile industry would be a leader in fighting climate change today. If consumers desired Henry Ford’s hemp-based car back in 1941, the automobile industry would be much greener today.

 

Why don’t we have hemp-based cars?

In 1941, Hemp-based cars weren’t mass-produced for two reasons: they cost too much to produce, and there wasn’t enough public demand for them. Both reasons are relevant to the hemp industry and its future. The cost to build these eco-friendly cars is worth focusing on because it relates to a significant challenge facing the hemp industry today – the cost of doing what’s best for the consumer (and the planet). 

 

Most companies in the space can’t afford and don’t want to invest in proper testing. And right now, they don’t have to because the current laws don’t currently require it. This lack of regulation means consumers are likely purchasing low-quality and potentially harmful products. Unlike the hemp-based car in 1941, the demand for products with CDB is exceptionally high (no pun intended). The opportunity for companies within the hemp industry isn’t in how much product it can produce and sell to meet today’s demand. It’s in the willingness to invest in the consumer by making the highest quality and proven CBD products possible. The desire for the product is already there. Will innovation win over greed? If it does, the hemp industry as we know it today could be an even bigger player in the health and wellness space in the future. The car industry would be a much different industry had it done this back in 1941 with Henry Ford’s hemp-based car.

 

No matter what happens, the hemp industry will continue to grow due to the popularity of the multitude of potential health benefits its products offer. The real question is, how much of a positive impact can this industry have when it comes to improving the health of its consumers?

The desire for CBD oil already exists. But will innovation win over greed?

The Future of CBD oil is in the past

The automobile industry has quite possibly had the most significant impact on society. Few industries can rival its influence on how people think about themselves and the world. What stands out about Henry Ford’s hemp-based car of 1941 is how that one moment changed the course of history. Imagine if the world wanted his eco-friendly vehicle. There are probably fewer cars on the road because they’re so expensive to build. Climate change might be less of a problem than it is today. Other industries may be much further along in making more eco-friendly products and services than they are today. This pivot didn’t happen in 1941, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen today. What’s unfortunate is how the automobile industry missed out on 80 years of innovating eco-friendly cars.

 

Hemp industry growth dependent on consumer

When you thought the car industry couldn’t get any better, hemp comes along and shows us differently. The irony is that the hemp industry presently has the same opportunity to lay a foundation for a massive positive impact on health and wellness. The decisions the industry and individual producers of hemp products make today will have repercussions for years to come. Paying for proper testing, providing complete transparency of what’s in every product, and producing in smaller batches is best for you, the consumer. If more businesses go down this path today, we’ll look back on the industry decades from now and marvel at how much better the health and wellness industry is for it.

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