Some Alberta cannabis cultivators will be fuelling winter Olympic bobsleds instead of bongs.
Industrial hemp fibre, processed in Calgary from cannabis plants grown in southern Alberta, will help pave the way for safe, stable bobsled and luge runs at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.
Last week, the first 163-kilogram shipment of Canadian Greenfield Technologies’ NForce-Fiber left its southeast Calgary plant for China to reinforce concrete used in the construction of the Xiaohaituo track near Beijing.
The company’s one-of-a-kind product has already been used to shore up concrete in numerous swimming pools and skateboard parks throughout North America.
But the Beijing contract is a marquee one, said general manager Stephen Christensen.
“I thought we’d be successful, but there aren’t a lot of concrete projects like a bobsled track,” said Christensen.
“We’re getting some international acknowledgment.”
The raw hemp comes in bales from three producers in the Lethbridge and Mossleigh areas, and undergoes intense engineering at the Calgary facility.
Third-party testing for possible Olympic use was conducted last year in Vancouver, trials that further confirmed the fibre’s advantages over concrete reinforcements such as plastic and glass, said Christensen. [Read more @ Calgary Herald]