Scientists suggest cannabis for Turkey’s domestic production

A ‘Cannabis report’, prepared by scientists from Ankara University, indicates that cannabis can be used widely as raw material in many industries, from automobile production to building construction and from the health sector to the textile industry, according to news of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.

Scientists from the faculties of Pharmacy and Agriculture are set to release a report on how cannabis production would benefit the development of Turkey. Planting cannabis has been brought to Turkey’s agenda following Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s explanation, in which he said they have planned to plant cannabis in his home town of Rize.

In the report, it was pointed out that cannabis can be used as a ‘raw material’ in many industries. “The plant embodies great export potential.”

Besides the automobile sector, where cannabis can increase the durability of car bodies, it can also be used in isolation building due to it being durable and flexible, as well as in the woodworking industry, in the production of natural construction materials with cannabis shavings, wooden parts, fabric, warp, isolation materials, cosmetics, biodiesel, generating energy by biomass, cannabis oil, food and bait, the paper industry, banknotes, cigar paper and tea bags.

According to the report, forbidding the planting of cannabis would cause a considerable amount of income loss for the Turkish economy.

Cannabis can be produced everywhere

The scientists pointed out that other advantages of cannabis production are that it consumes less water and does not need pesticides.

Findings in the report suggest that around 31.5 million tons of biodiesel can be produced if cannabis is planted in 15 percent of Turkey’s arable lands. “If the industrial cannabis producing is increased, that means the cost of raw material of bait, which constitutes 60 percent of meat production, will drop considerably.”

Producing cannabis is legal in 38 states of the US, while Israel and Germany have been continuing the research and development (R&D) on cannabis production in many industrial sectors.

Cannabis advantages  

Cannabis, which is grown in just four months, could produce 25 acres of woodland. It can also be recycled as paper eight times, whereas trees only three times.

It is also known as nature-friendly since soaps and cosmetic products that are produced from cannabis don’t pollute water. It can also be used to replace plastic products as it is biodegradable.

The grass also has a painkiller effect and is used for the treatment of about 250 illnesses, some being glaucoma, arthritis, rheumatism, heart illnesses, epilepsy, asthma, stomach problems, sleeplessness, and vertebral illnesses.

Cannabis contains Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9, potassium, magnesium, copper, folate and many vitamins such as Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.

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