Cannabis could be used to make cushions after research by Scots scientists

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Farmers could soon be growing cannabis to make ­eco-friendly foam cushions thanks to research done by ­scientists in Scotland.

Researchers at ­Scotland’s Rural College have found hemp – a plant best known for its ­hallucinogenic variety – can be used to make greener versions of ­environmentally damaging petrochemical products such as insulation, foam cushions and packaging.

Polyurethane alone is worth £14billion worldwide and there is no reason why hemp cannot replace that.”

The growth of hemp has been restricted by global governments because of its links with cannabis oil but the plants used in the research are from a different type of hemp.

The research comes after the first hemp farms were set up in Scotland.

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