26 Mar '12, 3pm

An entirely pot-based suburban idyll starts with this house made of hemp-based bricks:

An entirely pot-based suburban idyll starts with this house made of hemp-based bricks:

This North Carolina house is made of eco-friendly hemp-based bricks, and the company that makes them wants to start building a similar house in California. Throw in a natty hemp suit and Cheech and Chong’s marijuana-resin car, and you’ve got most of the recipe for an entirely pot-based suburban idyll. Hemp Technologies manufactures “hempcrete” bricks, made from the woody stems of cannabis plants. The hemp is mixed with lime (the mineral, not the fruit) to form a termite-resistant, mold-resistant, earthquake-resistant material. Even better: The lime actually sucks carbon dioxide out of the air. Hemp Technologies estimates that their proposed California project, a 500-square-foot home near Santa Barbara, would sequester about 12 tons of CO2. You can’t actually smoke these houses — hemp has only trace amounts of THC, the stuff that makes pot fun cool dangerous, kids! So in th...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/your-next-house-could-be-made-of-pot/

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