Anthony Nérons hemp revolution | Hashish now

Most teenagers haven’t decided what to do with their lives. And if so, their aspirations are likely to shift and change as doors open and close as adolescent idealism gives way to pragmatic considerations.

But as a teenager, Anthony Néron already had a plan: “I knew very early that hemp was an answer to the environmental, social and economic crisis,” he says. “It was really my intention to do my part to make this world a better place.”

And so Néron started a hemp clothing line at the age of 18, learned clothing design and honed his sewing skills. He worked on the sewing machine for two years, making hemp clothing that he hoped could bring some sort of revolution until his big dreams collapsed under more practical discoveries.

“Clothes from China were way too cheap for me [compete with], “he explains.” I couldn’t make a living from it. “

Anthony Néron feels how the wall correctly places billions of grains of sand, carving the corners and polishing the entire surface with a river pebble until the wall becomes a solid and impermeable stone.

But as fate would have it, a new door opened for him: Néron received an invitation to visit the first hemp-concrete house in Quebec. He became a helper on the construction site and developed relationships with the craftsmen. He followed them to other construction sites and studied for four years.

It was a natural fit. His mother was a designer and often brought him along on projects, which gave him small jobs on construction sites. And after getting to know the peculiarities of hemp concrete construction, he was ready to set up his own vision: Art Du Chanvre.

After working for hemp concrete on many construction sites, Néron saw the need for a different look. Most of the houses he worked on were in rural areas and had a rustic feel to them. “It wasn’t for everyone,” he said. With Art Du Chanvre (translated Art of Hemp) based in Quebec, Canada, Néron combines hemp and lime construction with a more refined and minimalist aesthetic.

“My goal was to create something very universal,” he said. “I wanted to bring hemp concrete into a contemporary design. I have never given up on my dream of making hemp a solution for everyone. “

Art Du Chanvre believes that choosing to build with healthy ingredients and surrounding yourself with materials that respect the environment is one way of caring about the future.

It is clear that Néron is focusing on the plant’s revolutionary properties for good reason. Hemp concrete offers a number of advantages compared to conventional building materials. It is fire and pest resistant. It keeps the interiors cool in summer and warm in winter. It is airtight and yet breathable at the same time, making it practically immune to mold and other moisture-related problems. Why aren’t all houses made of hemp concrete?

Currently, building a house out of hemp concrete costs around 10 percent more than conventional materials. However, these costs are expected to decrease as more people adopt the material, and likely more people will switch to hempcrete, realizing that they can save money on energy bills in the long run while maintaining a structure that will last for centuries .

“People are afraid of change,” says Néron. However, he hopes that his clean and modern constructions will help bring hemp to a wider audience. At Art Du Chanvre, Néron prefers to focus on beautiful lines and textures, while using white and gray to create a canvas for eccentric furniture, colorful decor, and elegant art.

Natural materials – lime, hemp, and clay – are loaded into a van.

There is also the subject of education – many simply do not know the material. Néron says an essential part of his job is teaching others about hemp concrete. This is why he travels frequently to speak at various conferences.

“Construction can literally lead to a revolution,” says Néron. “When we use hemp and build buildings, we not only stop pollution, we also clean the earth.” Hemp captures carbon as it grows while releasing oxygen and can also help remove heavy metals and toxins from the soil. Traditional building materials that hemp oil can replace are petroleum by-products such as floor wax, sealant, and house paint.

“You have the oil industry in the construction industry and you have too much power,” says Néron – citing another challenge he encounters in his hemp revolution.

Anthony Néron has a tool for working with hemp concrete – a medium that keeps interiors warm in the winter months and cool in the hot season.

The good news is that hemp concrete is catching on. Néron says he’s seeing increasing interest, especially in the United States. “The most receptive and open-minded people are Americans,” he says. “I have more and more calls from the USA”

And while hemp and psychoactive marijuana are two very different plants, the liberalization of cannabis laws is driving both of them forward. “[Legalization] opens many doors. People will stop looking at cannabis and hemp as drugs, ”says Néron. “It’s a really good thing and we have good years ahead of us.”

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

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