How marijuana technology has changed the industry from cultivation to consumption.
The cannabis industry is on a tremendous upswing, with numbers expected to reach $31.4 billion by the year 2021 (this according to Grand View Research, a cannabis market research firm). One of the factors that is pushing the industry ever upwards is a surge in marijuana technology that’s helping produce better crops, ensure the highest safety standards, connect consumers and cannabis businesses, and provide a variety of new options for consumption.
The world of cannabis technology is fast-paced and ever-changing, but it has left a lasting impact on a few different sectors within the burgeoning market.
As with all the other fields in the agriculture industry, cannabis cultivation has benefitted from the evolution of marijuana technology over the years. Marijuana growers are constantly finding new ways to grow more robust crops in less space and with less labor required. Government regulations can often create a nightmare of paperwork – especially for small businesses – but cannabis tracking software helps eliminate some of the mess in order to allow farmers to focus on what they do best. Cannabis technology has helped the cultivation sector in the following ways:
One of the biggest changes in the cannabis cultivation sector has been in terms of lighting technology. Over the years, many growers have shifted from options such as high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps to LED lights. This is because LEDs direct their light on the plants, rather than wasting energy lighting up the walls or the aisles. While LEDs have a higher up-front cost, cannabis cultivators find that they pay for themselves over time by saving huge amounts of electricity. Cannabis growers say that LEDs allow them to grow high-quality products at a savings – a savings that gets passed along to their customers.
As cannabis technology has evolved, the look of cultivation spaces has changed, as well. While some cultivators opt for more traditional soil-based growing techniques, others are experimenting with hydroponics, which forgoes soil in favor of a nutrient-rich water solution. Aquaponics takes hydroponics one step further by adding in fish and other aquatic organisms. Their waste products are broken down to create nutrients for the cannabis crops.
These types of growing methods have given rise to space-saving strategies that allow cannabis cultivators to make better use of the room they have to grow. Stacked and vertical farming, for example, allows cannabis farms to cultivate a greater number of plants than using traditional grow strategies.
Intelligent automation is driving improvement across many different industries – including cannabis cultivation. Automation can be used for everything from creating and controlling the ideal grow environment (lighting, temperature, water, etc.) to trimming the plants. Sensors throughout the environment send reports so that conditions can be adjusted accordingly (and automatically). There are even smart heaters that allow cultivators to bring the soil in a particular plot of land to a specific temperature using their smartphones. This kind of marijuana technology has made cultivation less labor-intensive and allows farmers to get more controlled, consistent results.
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