The innovation network “InnoHemp” is planning to promote the development of innovative cannabis products. The products are cannabis protein, which is easily digestible and can be considered a complete substitute for animal protein; cannabis fibers, which provide durability and will be used in the automotive industry; and also cannabinoids as functional ingredients in natural cosmetics.
The current demand for cannabis products is based around cannabis-based foods, cosmetics, and textile industries. This has also led to an increase in cultivation areas in countries like Germany.
People are now aware of the health benefits of the cannabis plant (which contains omega-3 acids, high protein, and iron) and no longer automatically associate it with drug use.
Although the advantages of cannabis have been known for decades, there is an enormous backlog in the field of research and development due to the long-standing ban on cultivation.
However, many governments have relaxed cannabis cultivation and trade laws, making the plant a serious international economic factor.
Joint development for cannabis products
The innovation consultancy EurA has taken up this challenge with the research and innovation network “InnoHemp.” Its goal is the joint development of innovative cannabis products.
The network pursues promoting innovations in all stages of cannabis utilization. From cultivation and processing to new end products, and identifying further potential uses.
The target groups are primarily companies that process cannabis or want to produce and market cannabis products.
Vegetable protein-based cannabis products from cannabis seeds
Because of the vegetarian/vegan boom, as well as the sports nutrition boom, herbal alternatives are increasingly in demand. Cannabis seeds are excellent for the production of vegetable protein and contain all essential amino acids.
Cannabis protein is easily digestible and can be considered a complete substitute for animal protein. In addition, no pesticides are necessary for cannabis cultivation.
Development of fiber composites for the automotive industry
Cannabis fibers provide convincing stability and durability. Mass-produced plastics such as polypropylene (PP) can be significantly improved in their mechanical properties by natural fibers and in some cases even replace high-quality plastics.
For example, new natural fiber-reinforced plastics can be developed with cannabis fibers, which is of particular interest to the automotive industry.
Cannabis products include natural cosmetics containing cannabinoids
Cannabis plants and cannabis extracts contain a large number of previously unused cannabinoids, such as cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabichromene (CBC). First scientific studies have shown the high bioactive potential of these cannabinoids.
In addition to their use as an additive to dietary supplements, the focus is therefore on the use of cannabinoids as functional ingredients in natural cosmetics.
The “InnoHemp” network, founded on the initiative of EurA AG, is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) as part of the “Central Innovation Program for SMEs” funding program.
The network management of EurA AG professionally accompanies the partners from the idea to the marketing. The objective is to win further players, to further develop innovative cannabis products and to create trust and acceptance in cannabis and its various exploitation possibilities.
Currently, four research institutions, 10 small and medium-sized companies, and one large company are participating in “InnoHemp”. However, the network is to be further developed and expanded and is open to new partners.
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