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 local medical dispensary:You will need a physician’s recommendation, medical cannabis certification, and/or whatever appropriate documentation is needed by your state. Ordinarily, you need to be 18 or older to be eligible for a medical consent, but exceptions could be made in some states for minors with especially debilitating conditions. You will usually register with a medicinal dispensary. This is to maintain your medical cannabis recommendation or certificate on file for regulatory and legal purposes. There’ll be a waiting space. This is to control the circulation of patients and product, but a straightforward dividing wall also gives patients solitude and direct one-on-one contact using a budtender to candidly discuss medical issues. This procedure can help budtenders and patients track effective medicine in addition to have a living listing of producers and goods for future reference and follow up. Medicinal dispensaries usually allow you to smell and analyze the buds prior to purchase. This may vary from state-to-state.
Yes, municipal approval is required before the AGLC will subject a retail cannabis license. Applicants should get in contact with their planned municipality to find out requirements concerning municipal retail cannabis laws, zoning requirements, land-use limitations, and location requirements concerning how near a retail shop can be to a provincial health care centre, school, or parcel of land designated as a school book.
Keep non-medical cannabis legal Adults that are 19 years or older are in a position to:Possess up to 30 gram 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 crops per family. It is illegal to present non-medical cannabis to anyone below the age of 19 and also for anyone below the age of 19 to have any quantity of non-medical cannabis in Yukon.It is dangerous and illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis or other intoxicants.