There’s a new way for you and your crew to get “high.” In a win for everyone from environmentalists to cannabis activists to stoned college kids looking for a cool link to text to their buddies, Canadian company Hempearth has pioneered the world’s first cannabis-powered airplane.
This canna-plane (you have our permission to call it that) is fully powered by hemp oil, emitting far fewer toxins into the atmosphere and eliminating the need for fossil fuels to power the flight. But that’s hardly the coolest thing about it. Cannabis makes up at least a portion of each major component of the plane — the wings, the seats, even the plane’s structure is infused with hemp.
Attracting stoners isn’t the only reasoning behind using hemp in the plane’s production. Hemp can hold nearly twice the weight of steel without breaking and can withstand the bends that come with air travel, making it stronger than steel.
The plane boasts a 36’ wingspan and has enough room to carry five people including the pilot. This invention isn’t going to replace commercial jetlines anytime soon, but hey — we’ve got to start somewhere. “This is the kind of future we all want here on Earth,” Hempearth CEO Derek Kesek told High Times.
Because hemp uses fewer resources to produce than steel, it can be used to help modern industry reduce its environmental impact. Innovations hoping to make air travel less hazardous to the environment have made headlines in recent years. The Airbus A320neo features an engine that is more energy efficient than most commercial airliners, and The Guardian reported on the first round-the-world trip made by a solar-powered plane back in 2016.