When you thought you had seen it all, think again – today we introduce you to the world’s first cannabis-made airplane. Yep – you heard us right!
The incredible brainchild of hemp enthusiast and environmental advocate Derek Kesek, this eco-friendly plane is the first of its kind and a real break-through amongst cannabis advocates and environmentalists alike!
But can a plane be made entirely out of cannabis? Stick around to find out.
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The world’s first cannabis-run airplane is now ready after years in the pipelines, but it hasn’t been an easy run for the men behind the idea. Made from and powered by cannabis, this plane encompasses everything you could want in a plane, but with a twist – it’s made from a minimum of 75% hemp!
The former organic restaurant owner, and now CEO of cannabis Company Hempearth, Kesek has been looking for ways to make a significant impact on the environment for years. Kesek founded Hempearth back in 2002 and has since produced a range of innovative cannabis products, but nothing quite like this!
Striving for more, Kesek wanted to come up with a hemp product that would pique the interest of a range of ages to promote a more sustainable way of life, and then it hit him – who doesn’t love planes?! Despite numerous setbacks in the design stages, with many plane designers knocking Kesek back describing his vision as crazy, he eventually found a company as keen as him; thus Kesek and Velocity Inc. got started on this groundbreaking process.
Kesek’s primary drive was to build something sustainable while promoting the versatility and eco-friendly properties of hemp. With so many years of bad press and a continuously controversial topic, Kesek’s dream was to change people’s perception of cannabis, and allow them to see it for what our ancestors did – an incredibly versatile building material.
Thus, the plane had to be eco-friendly and provide a more attractive option for the future when compared to regular aircraft. With this in mind, the plane’s exterior structure is made entirely from hemp, and inside can be found many items which are also made from hemp, including the seats, fabrics and safety belts.
Kesek, along with Velocity Inc., was under no illusions that this plane would need to contain some other materials, but with a minimum of 75% hemp in the entire machine, this allows for a considerable proportion to be biodegradable in years to come.
The wingspan of the plane is 36 feet, and as a first model it is a snug plane, fitting one pilot and four passengers. So, with both an exterior and interior designed to be perfectly eco-friendly, what makes this bad boy go?
Kesek wanted to make the plane accessible for the here and now, so although it can be run entirely from hemp oil it can also be run off diesel for those who cannot get access to hemp ethanol straight away.
What Does This Mean for the Future of Cannabis?
Amongst the sheer excitement that there is now a fully-functioning plane made of cannabis, there is also a much higher thing to focus on here. The design of this plane means that it would be 2 to 3 times less expensive to fabricate, and because 75% of it will eventually go back into the earth, it is massively beneficial for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Currently, most planes are made from aluminum, which is significantly heavier than hemp and therefore more costly to run and less fuel efficient. This new plane design offers durability, and with hemp being ten times stronger than steel, a hell of a lot easier to run!
It doesn’t just stop there; hemp is easy and cost-effective to cultivate, requiring minimum effort and limited water, and it also puts nutrients back into the soil! When we compare this to steel, it is a no-brainer, especially when you factor in the cost of production.
Derek Kesek’s dream is to create a world which is progressive, and this is undoubtedly a mammoth step in the right direction!
Now the only thing left is to hope and pray we can take a flight on the hemp plane sooner rather than later, what do you think?!