Three exciting ways technology is changing the cannabis industry

Technological developments are becoming more prominent.

Original Article by Maria Loreto

Technology affects just about everything, from the way people interact with one another to how companies function. The cannabis industry isn’t exempt from technology’s reach.

Thanks to marijuana’s legal developments over the last few years, people and businesses are warming to the plant. The more time that passes and the more that technology develops, the more likely it is for cannabis to become involved in the medium, changing the way in which consumers buy and use products.

While it’s too soon to make any grandiose statements, technological developments in the weed industry are becoming more prominent. PCMagazine compiled a few of the most interesting advancements that are affecting the cannabis industry. Here are three favourites:

Personalized products

The use of cannabis varies widely from person to person. Since everyone has his or her own DNA, cannabis affects people in different ways and perhaps produces experiences that differ in key aspects.

According to PCMagazine, some cannabis companies hope to address this by personalizing a person’s highs. CannabisDNA is administering a US$129 saliva-based test swab that creates a profile of a person’s responses to different cannabinoids. Afterwards, a report is produced, showing strains that function well with that user’s system.

While this feature is not accessible for most cannabis users, in the future, marijuana retailers could potentially use the technology to provide customers with products that will do exactly what they want them to do.

Grow lights

Grow lights, which are used for growing cannabis indoors, aren’t a new invention. Still, these lights are expensive and consume large amounts of energy.

LED technology, which has been embraced by NASA to successfully cultivate plants in space, could soon be used by cannabis growers. These bulbs produce a wide-band light spectrum that produces less heat, thereby creating fewer issues for growers when it comes to temperature control.

DNA sequencing

One of the reasons that cannabis is so popular (and profitable) is because of its malleability. While this creates endless therapeutic and recreational opportunities, it also doesn’t allow for predictable products; a person might buy the same product twice and get different variations of THC.

DNA sequencing aims to create cannabis plants that are more predictable, mapping out its genome and providing a blueprint with which companies can work. The use of this technology could result in cannabis plants that are THC- or CBD-exclusive, that have different colours and flavours, and more.

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