But these days, the industry has become a much more sophisticated one.
More specifically, savvy technology has emerged within the industry, being applied to various aspects and effectively changing things up.
What types of technology are being implemented in the cannabis industry, and what are some of the companies behind them?
Seed to sale technology involves in-depth tracking of the production and sale of cannabis products to satisfy legislation. It allows the government to ensure full compliance within the cannabis industry and makes use of specific software tools used to maintain accurate tracking.
Seed to sale technology helps to determine where cannabis came from and where it's headed. It can also be used to track strains and the amount of a specific cannabinoid in them. Thanks to such technology, consumers are able to compare new strains to existing ones and producers can make sure that the products they send out make it to the right people.
Electricity can be an enormous expense for cannabis manufacturers, and as the industry continues to grow, energy use will continue to be a big issue. As such, many are looking for a more renewable resource to slash costs while still keeping operations high.
More specifically, solar power and batteries may be an ideal solution to deal with sky-high electricity costs. They're more energy efficient and can save a great deal of money.
Even simple lighting upgrades can help save energy - such as LED lights - and when combined with solar and batteries, cannabis growth operations can cut back on energy use to store crops, particularly during peak times when electricity costs are highest.
AI isn't reserved just for gaming, smart home devices, or drones. It's now being integrated into the world of cannabis farming.
Companies like Motorleaf are using AI to farm their cannabis plants, but not necessarily to do something other than what human farmers would do. Instead, they're implementing AI as a means of ensuring continuous farming that never stops and to increase the speed at which the necessary tasks are carried out.
A robotic farm makes it possible to be self-regulated around the clock. From air purification, to water content, to climate control and beyond, AI can make farming cannabis extremely efficient and effective.
Robots on the farm can determine the most efficient way for tasks to be performed, thereby cutting back on the amount of time to perform them, and ultimately creating better yields per dollar.
This type of technology may be seen in various other parts of our everyday lives, but it's revolutionary in cannabis farming and is innovating the industry in ways we've never seen before.
Biosynthesis of cannabinoids involves the production of complex molecules in living cells or organisms. Biosynthesis can naturally create cannabinoids - in addition to extracting them from the cannabis plant - resulting in a product that is exactly the same as what is derived from the plant itself.
Medical and consumer cannabis products may start to include cannabinoids created from biosynthesis instead of those extracted from actual cannabis plants, which could potentially slash demand for production. This is especially true of cannabinoid biosynthesis technology scales to great proportions.
Perhaps the wildest approach to a personalized cannabis experience is one in which your DNA itself helps you find the perfect strain. It sounds like science fiction, but one company claims it has the ability to do just that. Endocanna Health is offering a service that uses the same DNA analysis techniques touted by companies like 23 and Me. The company claims that it can use a sample of your DNA to provide an Endocannabinoid DNA Variant Report, which you can use to determine which THC:CBD ratios will provide the medical or recreational outcomes you’re looking for. The company also says that if you’ve gotten a report from other popular DNA testing and analysis companies like 23 and Me or Ancestry, it can generate this data from those reports.
Companies That Are Contributing to the Technology Cannabis Industry
There are a number of emerging companies that are contributing to cannabis tech in the industry and changing the game, including the following.
Cloudponics makes it easy and convenient for both recreational and medical cannabis enthusiasts to grow and use their own marijuana at home. The company offers fully automated systems that are used to grow plants right from seed to harvest and can be easily controlled from any mobile device.
Cloudponics is the first company of its kind to develop automated grow boxes that can be controlled at home, which they've dubbed the "GroBox Gen 3." The automated system comes with "Grow Control," a controller that lets users remotely monitor their indoor plants and control the climate, pH levels, and nutrient dosing.
Their app allows users to choose the specific strain, keep the plants locked, configure lighting, and even receive task reminders.
When it comes to consuming cannabis to achieve specific results, exact dosing is important. Dosist makes accurate dosing easy with its exclusive line of dosing pens specifically designed to deliver the precise dose needed.
To ensure a safe and controlled dose, the dose pen uses vaporization elements to activate specific cannabis compounds and heat the formula to an exact temperature. The compounds are then delivered to provide the user with just the right level of effects. Through optimized temperature, airflow, and time control, consistent dosage is ensured.
A subtle vibration will notify the user when the exact level has been consumed; it then automatically shuts off after 3 seconds.
Taking the idea of accurate dosing and applying coffee pod technology, the Wisp is a unique vaporizing system that was quickly labeled “the Keurig of cannabis” by numerous publications when it was unveiled. The concept is simple: consumers insert a pre-packaged cannabis pod, press a button, and inhale. Wisp states that the brand will be working with authorized suppliers to provide high-quality, tested strains for its pods.
As cannabis use becomes increasingly popular and the industry continues to grow, it's no surprise that technology will continue to play a growing role. Both consumers and producers can stand to benefit from many variations of technology, though other types could shake things up and even complicate things for some dispensaries and manufacturers in the industry.