Winter Olympics feature Canadian hemp fibers in luge, bobsled tracks

(A version of this story first appeared at Hemp Industry Daily.)

Canadian Greenfield Technologies, an engineering and manufacturing company specializing in hemp products, sent more than 60,000 pounds of its NForce-Fiber for use in the luge and bobsled tracks at the Beijing Winter Olympics that opened Friday.

The fibers were used in place of plastic fibers as a concrete strengthener.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company sells hemp fibers for outdoor construction projects that use sprayed concrete – commonly called shotcrete – such as outdoor pools and skate parks. The fibers strengthen the concrete.

Canadian Greenfield Technologies also makes consumer hemp products, including cat litter, hemp-derived potting soil and food-preservation pads.

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Earlier this week, the company sold its hemp-products division to Hempalta, a newly formed hemp company also based in Calgary, for an undisclosed price.

Canadian Greenfield Technologies retains its NForce-Fiber products and its business selling proprietary fiber processing equipment.

Hempalta is led by Darren Bondar, a former CEO of marijuana retailer Spirit Holdings.