With an unprecedented, unforeseen speed, we see cannabis technology automating the industry in ways we couldn’t have even imagined just a few years ago. Thanks to the legalization in over half the country, at least medicinally, we have been able to research more on the plant, discovering ways to speed up every step of the process for various cannabis products.
From cultivation to extraction or processing and sale, cannabis tech has managed to automate every aspect within the cannabis industry. We’re going to dive in today to show you how cannabis tech is automating the entire industry – and how that helps not only cannabis consumers, but also dispensaries and other marijuana-related businesses. We’ll look at each step of the process, from seed to sale, and explain how that step is being automated conveniently and efficiently.
Planting Made Simple
There are thousands of different cannabis strains. These strains each have varying levels of CBD and THC, they all have different flavors, effects, strengths, and benefits. Prior to legalization, you really just got the strain that was available, but now, the options are bountiful and plenty. To cut out the strains that don’t sell well in any type of environment, Headset is available to cannabis growers, dispensaries, and other related businesses alike.
Published in real-time, you can make data-driven decisions to cut costs overall on products that, ultimately, will not sell as well as others. Planting cannabis and the data we can churn from it is being automated at a rate we never thought possible, and we are just here to reap the benefits.
Cultivation More Precise
While many amateurs make the mistake of thinking cannabis is an easy plant to cultivate, it’s a surprisingly sensitive crop to grow. To maximize the potency, efficacy, and efficiency of the cultivation process, there are a wide range of variables to consider. Cannabis strains each require a precise balance of light, water, and moisture to bloom to their most potential.
The biggest factor that can’t be accounted for with cannabis cultivation is human error – which is a factor that’s reduced greatly thanks to automation. There are various startups, like Edyn, that have perfected technology that monitors and manages humidity, light, soil acidity, and temperature data with streamlined connectivity. By simply using Wi-Fi, you can regulate, automate, and optimize every harvest cycle.
Tightened Security Measures
As the cannabis industry continues to bloom, the value skyrockets, causing a more urgent need for stringent, impressive security methods. For growers, dispensaries, and even consumers alike, keeping those valuable plants safe while they’re being cultivated is of the utmost necessity. In fact, cannabis farms are switching to automated robots that help guard crops alongside fellow human security teams to lock down parameters and keep everything securely locked down.
These automated robots come from Hardcar Security and other tech security services that are jumping into the cannabis industry before it’s too late. Though the robots can’t replace an entire human team, it does minimize costs of security overnight. These robots are instead designed to work together with a human security team, designed to offer early intruder detection. This allows an appropriate security staff member to call authorities or respond to the threat.
Automated Trimming Changes the Game
Prior to these cannabis tech automation companies blooming, trimming down cannabis used to take hours of man power and effort. Bloom Automation, is a startup that engineered cutting-edge robotics in the form of automated robots to do the dirty work of trimming for you. The next big step for the cannabis industry, Bloom uses robots with computer vision and cameras to pick out only smokeable buds from unwanted leaves and other undesired scraps of the plant.
A human worker trimming cannabis branches may be stuck on one branch for an hour or more, while the robots at Bloom can handle a branch in four minutes flat. Not only is it faster, but the buds that Bloom can provide are aesthetically better looking.
Error-Free Tagging and Packaging
As mentioned again, human error calls the need for automation, improving the accuracy and even the speed in which cannabis products are packaged and tagged. Many farms are automating the packaging process, improving revenue as they get down to flawless weight accuracy and faster packaging times overall.
Likewise, there are cannabis technologies that can digitally tag and track the plant from seed to sale. This allows businesses to easier comply with the strict government regulations in place, tackles illegal sales, and improves the revenue of your business by allowing you to keep even finer-tuned tabs on your product.
Delivery Straight to Your Door
Finally, California is really upping their automation game with the legalization of cannabis delivery statewide. Now, with a few taps on your phone, you can order cannabis or a cannabis-related product to be dropped off right at your door. This means patients that otherwise did not have access to a dispensary or other cannabis business can now order the cannabis products they desire and have them delivered to them.
Those hesitant towards automation are worried about the jobs at stake when everything becomes automated. On the contrary, these automated technologies for the cannabis industry are not meant to take anyone’s job – they’re meant to alleviate a serious pain point in the industry, as well as improve efficiency for business owners everywhere.
It’s easy to see how cannabis tech is automating the industry when you break down each aspect from seed to sale and see that automation is playing a role in all of them. What do you think is next? What part of the industry could still do with some better automation?