The ability to quickly change and adapt is ingrained in the fabric of the cannabis industry thanks largely to prohibition. From cultivators evading law enforcement by growing in remote locations or indoor operations, to the development of industry best processes in the absence of regulatory guidance, to the creation of software and solutions in support of the cash-only requirements, the cannabis industry has never been without innovation.
Now with growing societal acceptance, the evolving legal landscape and an influx of investor capital the cannabis industry has become a hotbed of innovation, with some creative companies even working to redefine how we interact with and consume the plant. With every new industry comes innovation, and cannabis is no different. Keep reading to find out which 5 cannabis tech solutions have recently caught our eye.
THAT APP THAT LETS YOU BE YOUR OWN BUDTENDER
In addition to the fact that no two people experiences a single cannabis strain in the same way, we’re also finding out that what we think we know about strain differences may not actually be accurate. With the ReleafApp, you can easily track your experience with cannabis products, dosing amounts and consumption methods in order to better understand what works best for you. You begin by entering as much data as possible – what’s ailing you, the strain or product you’re taking, testing information, where you bought it, what equipment you used to consume it – before marking the effects of your cannabis using the “Feels” icons or your own notes. Releaf’s simple interface encourages as much interaction as possible with every puff or dose, so being able to track your experience once those effects kick in is absolutely doable. And by using Releaf to track every sesh, over time the app is able to translate those sessions into patterns that reveal what worked best for your symptoms. After all, a budtender can only tell you so much.
LEVO HELPS YOU GET YOUR INFUSE-ON
Levo is a sleek little appliance that makes infusing your own oil and butter super easy. If you’ve ever done an herbal infusion you know what an involved, messy process it can be. From decarbolyation, to slow cooking the oil for hours, to straining the plant material, to cleaning up at the end of it all – Levo has managed to put all of these steps into one machine. Simply place your cannabis into the herb pod, add your oil or butter, choose from one of three settings (Activate, Dry, Infuse), set the temperature up to 200°F, and let Levo do its thing. The silicon stirrer does the hard work of infusing without aeration to extend shelf life, and at the end of the cycle you wind up with up to 16 ounces of infused goodness. There’s nothing to strain and the reservoir is dishwasher safe so cleanup couldn’t be easier. Levo’s upcoming app will enable users to program their infusions from anywhere, and the website is full of recipes and tips to help guide your infusion journey. While Levo doesn’t specifically position itself as a cannabis accessory, in a market like California’s where edibles have gotten more expensive and edibles makers are disappearing from the industry, this appliance can help empower fans of edibles and topicals to save money and tap into their creativity by making their own.
PLUG AND PLAY VAPORIZATION WITH WISP
Sort of a Kuerig for herbs, the Wisp Vaporizing System replaces flimsy vape coils and leaky screw on cartridges with an intelligent pod system. All the user does is unwrap a pod, pop it in and turn on the Wisp. Its microprocessor heats the contents of the pod and fills the sleeve of the Wisp Vapor Bottle with vapor. When the process is over, simply remove the vapor bottle and inhale at your leisure – it’s that simple. For people who prefer vaporizing their cannabis, the Wisp offers consistent results every time with minimal fuss, plus the pods are 100% recyclable. You can purchase it and an assortment of herbal and botanical Wisp pods online, but the cannabis pods are only available for purchase in Massachusetts for now.
DABBING MADE EASY WITH PEAK
I have a confession: part of why I haven’t explored dabbing is because I have no idea how to do it. Anytime I see the water pipe, torch and nail required for taking a dab I feel somewhat intimidated, which is why Puffco’s Peak is now on my wish list. With the Peak, all you have to do is add your concentrate, hit a button and when it’s ready, inhale. Puffco has designed a straightforward user interface that’s easy and intuitive for newbies like me, and the Peak’s 4 heat settings help guide the experience whether you’re a beginner or daily dabber. It’s portable enough to take with you, heats up in just 20 seconds, and there’s even a Sesh-mode for when you want to dab with friends. One 2-hour charge delivers up to 30 dabs, making this a perfect solution for anyone who loves their concentrates.
HOME CULTIVATION MASTERY WITH GROBOX
Cloudponics was launched as a result of co-founder Nicolas Ruiz’s frustration with the underground cannabis market in his native Chile. Ruiz grew tired of buying weed illegally and 12 years ago decided to try his hand at growing his own. As anyone who’s grown cannabis will tell you, there’s a lot of trial and error in a process that take years to get right. “I killed a lot of plants”, Nicolas admitted during a demo via video chat, adding that he would go away on long weekends and return home to dead plants. But the seeds of determination had been planted, and the civil engineer started working on an automated solution: enter the GroBox.
GroBox is a self-contained indoor cultivation system in a box that kind of looks like a medium-sized refrigerator. The brain of the box connects to WiFi and through the app, the home cultivator selects a strain-specific grow recipe. All that’s left to do is fill tank with water (it holds enough to last 3-4 weeks), plant the seeds or clones and the system does the rest, managing everything from the the temperature and humidity, to the distribution of nutrients. When plants reach the flowering stage, there’s more human monitoring required but the app guides you every step of the way. GroBox has an odor filter that is 100% effective as long as you keep the door closed, although it is ok to occasionally open the door and look at your babies, and the box even dries the bud for you after harvest.
Originally geared towards growers, Nicolas says GroBox has really caught on with customers trying cannabis cultivation for the first time, because not only can you grow as many as 6 plants every 3-4 months depending on the strain – which translates into roughly 16 ounces of medicine – but growing your own is deeply satisfying. I’m already saving my pennies!
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