Terpenes may be the key to environmentally friendly plastic.
The supply of fossil fuels is being depleted and at the same time their use is being linked to global warming and other pollution. Some of our previous posts have looked at the use of terpenes as the future of jet fuels. This is because terpenes in addition to being the building blocks of essential oils, are hydrocarbons just like fossil fuels.
Terpenes and petroleum are both essentially hydrogen and carbon atom chains. These chains provide the basic elements aside from oxygen and a spark to create combustion which makes them excellent fuels. Beyond being good to burn, the carbon chains also create structure that helps form the basis of polymers like plastics.
2 groups at Universities in England have developed processes to synthesize plastics from beta-pinene and more recently from limonene. The papers point to the availability of these terpenes from the waste stream of turpentine/lumber and citrus processing facilities in the order of hundreds of thousands of tons a year. The scientists have the process down to between 3 and 5 step transformation from the original terpenes to a variety of polymers. Some of the polymers resemble nylon or polyester while others are more similar to polyactide (PLA) plastics.
The studies referenced work with the terpenes menthol and carveol as well.
The research shows that these environmentally friendly plastics are able to be recycled and are also biodegradable. It’s exciting to see how terpenes can help reduce the use of fossil fuels and pollution.
Here is what you want to know before seeing your regional medical dispensary:You may require a physician’s recommendation, medical cannabis certificate, and/or whatever appropriate documentation is required by your condition. Ordinarily, you must be 18 or older to qualify for a medical authorization, but exceptions could be made in some conditions for minors with especially debilitating conditions. You will often register with a medicinal dispensary. This is to keep your medical cannabis recommendation or certificate on file for legal and regulatory purposes. There’ll be a waiting space. This is to control the flow of patients and product, but a simple dividing wall also gives patients privacy and direct one-on-one contact with a budtender to discuss medical problems. Many times, but not always, your purchases will be tracked by medical dispensaries. This process can assist budtenders and patients monitor effective medicine as well as have a living record of producers and goods for future reference and follow-up. Medicinal dispensaries usually permit you to smell and examine the buds before buy. This might differ from state-to-state.
DOES AN APPLICANT NEED MUNICIPAL APPROVAL BEFORE RECEIVING A RETAIL CANNABIS LICENSE? Yes, municipal approval is necessary before the AGLC will issue a retail cannabis license. Applicants must get in touch with their intended municipality to find out requirements concerning municipal retail cannabis laws, zoning requirements, land-use restrictions, and location requirements concerning how close a retail shop is into a provincial medical care facility, college, or parcel of land designated as a school book.
Keep non-medical cannabis legal Adults who are 19 decades or older are able to:Have up to 30 g of legal dried cannabis or the equivalent on their own person. Share up to 30 g of legal cannabis along with other adults in Canada. Purchase cannabis goods from a Yukon Liquor Corporation licensed merchant. Grow up to four plants per household. It is illegal to provide non-medical cannabis to anyone below the age of 19 and also for anybody under the age of 19 to have any amount of anti inflammatory cannabis in Yukon.It is dangerous and illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis or other intoxicants.