New evidence suggests that pressed and woven hemp wood is as much as twenty percent harder than oak. Additionally, wood derived from hemp grows at a rate of one hundred times than that of oak. This makes it a sustainable alternative for furniture made from hardwood.

It is now legal to grow hemp in the United States. The status of hemp was for a long time illegal in the United States due to the relation hemp had with the drug war. The development of wood from these plant fibers has been in the works for the last ten years. Recently a large factory has been financed in order to produce wood from these interwoven and pressed and pulped fibers of the marijuana plant.

Though it seems similar in nature to particle board, in reality due to the long fibers attainable from hemp, the wood has a much more natural grain and look. (Pictured above)

Though the most important factor is that it takes only 6 months to mature and be able to produce wood, whereas Oak trees for hardwood furniture often reach ages of 50-60 years before harvest.

Another important factor is the pricing, which is expected to be significantly more affordable than Oak.

The new start-up company Fibonacci will be a heavy player in the hemp wood industry, which is run by Greg Wilson. Fibonacci uses technology that was mainstreamed by the Chinese strand-woven bamboo industry, in addition to technology developed at Wilson’s other company SmartOak. The technology Wilson developed at SmartOak involved creating engineered wood products using logs.