Bringing innovation into the cannabis industry has been quite tricky because of the ban it had to face for years. However, the positive news is things are changing for the better since the last decade, with several states legalizing cannabis consumption for medicinal and recreational uses.
Several scientific breakthroughs have marked the past decade for this industry, which has immensely helped bring better products to the market. From edible gummies, capsules to vaping liquids, the product range have also expanded thanks to advanced technology intervention. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the new era of cannabis consumption.
So, how is technology transforming the cannabis industry? Here are all the answers that you need
1. DNA Sequencing Efforts Underway For the Industry
The cannabis plant is like the wonders of nature, with all its brain-changing, emotion-altering chemicals. However, there is a considerable variation between the different plant strains, which leads to variance in the balance of CBD, THC, and other elements.
In such a scenario, the modern genome can be the key to unlocking the plant’s ultimate potential. Several top growers across the country are making efforts regarding DNA sequencing. Their studies aim to figure out a proper blueprint for how the plant can generate many chemicals.
The customized breeds that arise out of these studies might have better flavors and be easier to cultivate. Work is also in terms of making cannabis more beneficial to the health and wellness of the consumers.
2. Bringing More Customized Products to the Consumers
It can be tough to find the right blend of CBD and THC for every individual because how cannabis affects a person also depends on the user’s specific biochemistry.
Several companies have come up with solutions to this problem by bringing customized products to the consumers. Some companies use a saliva-based swab test from the consumers that consider several genetic markers to point out the right blend for the users.
From oil to beverages, hash to shatter, beauty and hair care products to pillows, vape pens to puff, chocolates to edibles, gummies to different treats for dogs – a wide range of cannabis products will amaze you.
3. The Role of Technology in Marijuana Cultivation
Due to the rapid inroads made by technology in the cannabis industry, there are new modes of extracting and planting CBD from the plants.
Nowadays, cultivating cannabis has become more efficient due to remote sensors that continuously monitor plants’ growth. These advanced sensors inform growers about the amount of moisture and CO2 in the air and the soil’s electricity conduction rate.
Changes have even come in the way people consume cannabis, as they now have a greater awareness of the options and the THC levels.
4. Special Growing Lights for Ensuring Healthier Crops
Cannabis plants are voracious for wide-spectrum light, and the way these lights are arranged for the crops have changed considerably in recent years.
There is no denying that the sun offers all the light the plants need to grow. But what about cultivating the crops in an area that doesn’t have ample sunlight? The use of LED grow lights for large-scale indoor operations has solved this problem once and for all.
The new LED grow bulbs emit the much-needed wideband light spectrum instead of covering only the blue or red frequencies, as noticed in many earlier models. Besides, the LED grow lights generate less heat than other bulbs, which lets the growers save up on ducting and temperature control.
5. The New and Improved Process of Nano-Capsulation
The chemical nature of CBD happens to be the biggest obstacle to its widespread distribution. Being an oil fails to keep it water-soluble, and that is why it gets separated over time when added to most liquid products.
CBD also has low bioavailability, i.e., only twenty percent of it reaches your bloodstream upon oral consumption. Thus, Nano-encapsulation technology has been nothing short of a boon for the industry in solving both these issues.
In this technology, the cannabinoids are encapsulated in smaller emulsions to improve bioavailability significantly. The smaller emulsion also allows the product to blend in with water to make it easy to consume smoothly. This technology is still under development, and as it advances further, there will be more products on the market that will have cannabinoids included.
6. Revolutionizing the Extraction Process with Biosynthesis
The traditional methods of extracting cannabinoids from the raw plant are the most widely used by the producers. The conventional methods’ biggest downside is the high cost associated with them, making the final products costly.
Biosynthesis of cannabinoids offers the perfect solution to this issue as an affordable way of producing THC, CBD, and other such cannabinoids. The top producers have come forward to invest in the technology that might modify the entire supply chain of cannabis for the better.
This new technique of extraction focuses on using microorganisms for developing yeast strains that might produce valued cannabinoids. Furthermore, this technology improves product quality, lower production costs, and finally, lower the end products’ price.
Though the industry has come a long way in technological advancements, many milestones are still to be covered. The good news is that, with this continuing wave of legalization across the country, it does not seem like reaching those milestones are too far fetched.
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