With the widespread societal acceptance of cannabis on the rise, it is no surprise that cannabis technology has developed at a substantial pace. As cannabis has emerged from the underground, we’ve seen legitimate businesses crop up throughout the country.
The gradual legalization of marijuana has ushered in a new era for cannabis-centric business owners, but bringing cannabis products to consumers has presented several challenges. Thankfully, numerous cannabis technology advancements have streamlined the process of growing, selling, and consuming marijuana. A great example of this advancement is having numerous online pot stores in Canada and the US.
New Extraction Machines
Cannabis extraction (the process of heating and pressurizing cannabis into a more potent concentrated form) used to be a crude process, but new machines like hash-washing machines, CO2 extraction tools, and state-of-the-art closed-loop extractors are changing the game. One of the exciting brands in this space is PurePressure, whose rosin presses have become heavy favorites of cannabis labs across the nation.
Rosin is a cannabis product that has recently surged in popularity. It’s an extraction made from the kief—the sticky part of the cannabis plant that holds the bulk of the cannabinoids. Because extracting rosin is simple and requires no solvents, a growing number of people are making their own at home. A rosin press is a small machine that smashes the nugs flat and extracts resin using a combination of heat and pressure.
Hydroponics & LED Grow Lights
Indoor growing operations can be tricky, even for the experienced green thumb. Past generations have had to contend with terrible grow conditions and inefficient lighting, often in a dark and poorly ventilated environment. Thanks to hydroponics and LED grow lights, a tropical climate is no longer a growing requirement.
LED technology for plant growth has proven effects on the health of plants. What makes these lights so special is their ability to emit a wide light spectrum. Before this innovation, lights used for cannabis growth were restricted to blue or red frequencies.
Right now, LED lights are still a luxury, so you might pay a premium for them. However, as they’re becoming more and more popular, we’re already seeing the prices decrease.
In the same vein, hydroponics has also made growing cannabis much easier. Hydroponics provides incredible speed and efficiency. Compared to plants that are placed in soil, hydroponic plants can grow up to 50% faster.
This is due to the method by which nutrients are delivered to plants. Nutrients are directly deposited into the root of the plants as opposed to being deposited in the soil. Without soil for the roots to sift through, nutrients are easily accessible. This increases growth speed and plant health.
Specialized POS Systems
One of the biggest challenges facing the cannabis industry is the sales process. A lot of banks still won’t work with canna-businesses, and most point-of-sale (POS) companies likewise limit the industries they’ll work with.
In response to this need, a number of comprehensive sales systems have been developed specifically for dispensaries and other cannabis retail organizations. A fully equipped cannabis POS system may include payment processing, cash register services, direct delivery processing, inventory, and sales tracking, and more—both in-store and online. This is a game-changer for businesses that have struggled to find a foothold in their emerging legal industry.
How Technology May Change the Future of Cannabis
We’re seeing even more exciting technologies taking shape every day: new carbon filters for better eco-friendliness, new solventless extraction methods for cleaner cannabis concentrates, new consumption methods for people who want the benefits of cannabis without the smoke (e.g. cannabis capsules and even chewing gum).
As more and more states legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana, only time will tell how the industry continues to evolve.