Tips and tricks to avoid stoner self-sabotage

Self-sabotage is hard to avoid, especially if you’re a stoner. Considering how potent the weed is these days, its pretty understandable. Some stoners can only get baked after completing all of their tasks, while others need to get baked to function in the first place. One thing that is certain, a pot smoker’s productivity level […]

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Building something better with hemp bricks

Have you ever imagined building a giant weed fort from bags of bud or hemp bricks? If so, you are not alone. Technology is a beautiful thing, especially when it comes to cannabis. The future is now as hemp bricks are entering the mainstream, and not just for building forts! Pretty soon, we may be […]

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Everything you need to know about the G Pen Elite dry herb vaporizer

Many years ago, when concentrates were more akin to hash and vaporizers were mostly on tabletops, a portable, pocket-sized vape made just for oil-type concentrates hit the scene. The original G-Pen by Grenco Science made such a splash that the industry started an entirely new branch of products: portable vapes and concentrates. 

These devices have come a long way from the dribbly, goopy, first models, and Grenco dropped in with another flower vape — G Pen Elite vaporizer. 

Our previous G Pen guide had quick breakdowns of each device, but we wanted to take a full look and put together a G Pen Elite review for readers interested in G Pen’s bestselling device.

What is the G Pen Elite vaporizer?

Made specifically to vaporize dry herb, the Elite is not multi-use. It costs about $120 and is accessible online across a variety of retailers, as well as their own shop. Flower consumers will love the size of its ceramic chamber, as the Elite boasts one of the largest on the market. 

What immediately stands out about the vape is its smooth but angular shape, like a maxed-out version of their cartridge pen, the Gio. Grooved sides mean it’s easier to hold and much harder to drop, which is something you may sacrifice with the more modernist type of pocket vapes. 

How does G Pen Elite vaporizer work?

The dry herb vape heats up quickly and provides great airflow for hits that aren’t as weak as some competitor vapes. This is something that Grenco understands — the customer wants high vapor quality and a hit that keeps coming, not a slow leak of weed flavored air. 

Packing dry herb into the heating chamber is simple, the same as other portable vaporizers. Make sure the flower is properly ground and packed in the heating chamber before closing and activating the device. Check the LED display and power button to make sure the device is off before filling or refilling.

Temperature control on the Elite is precise — a Celsius or Fahrenheit reading on the digital control takes the guesswork and color-coding out of the heating process. You can set the temperature using the LED display anywhere from 200°F up to 428°F depending on your vaporizing preferences. 

The battery life is adequate and charging time completely reasonable at a few hours tops. It has USB charging, which makes charging fairly easy.

Is the G Pen good? Is the G Pen Elite worth it?

You don’t lose anything from the adjustments to the standard pocket vape that Grenco has made, namely some buttons and a sculptural shape, and it isn’t lacking anything that another similar model can provide, especially at this lower price range ($119.95). 

Though pocket vapes can’t handle the volume of a tabletop model, Grenco at least tries to make it easy and foolproof with minimal headaches. This model’s ceramic chamber is far easier to clean than a metal heated vape. 

These little tweaks are what makes this a good buy, and the one year warranty doesn’t hurt either.

Photo courtesy of G Pen

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Products You Didn’t Know Could Be Made Out of Hemp

Hemp, what is it really? It just seems to blend into the background of packaging labels or stamped across the forehead of every ‘healthy alternative’ there is out there. It genuinely is a great material. But why has it not been championed in the world as a primary resource for staple goods? This article outlines […]

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Everything you need to know about the KandyPens Rubi Vaporizer

California vape brand KandyPens is known for creating well-made, affordable alternatives to some of the hottest vaporizers on the market. With an attention to detail informing their designs, KandyPens maintain their reputation as a leading vape brand by consistently producing devices that are simple, sleek, and tech-forward. Their recently released oil and e-liquid vape, the Rubi vaporizer, is no exception. 

Standing at a mere 4 inches tall, and coming in at just under $50, this chic little vape offers an alternative to the expensive pod systems utilized by similar brands. Whereas Pax offers expensive pods that come prefilled with oil from big canna-brands, KandyPens’ Rubi vaporizer is an open system, meaning the pods come empty, ready to be filled with whatever oil or liquid you want. 

In the e-cig world, the practice of breaking open pods to refill with your own oil is called “Juul Hacking,” and is common among the techie vapers that frequent online message boards. By formalizing this kind of anarchist approach to hacking the pod system in a cannabis vape, KandyPens carved out an untouched niche in the pod system matrix. And when it comes to cost-effectiveness, it’s a DIY system that can’t be beaten.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vape pen or are just curious as to what all the buzz is about, here’s our take on the KandyPens’ Rubi vaporizer. 

What is the Rubi? 

The open system design of the Rubi vape riffs on pod vaping platforms like Pax pods. By allowing users to fill an empty cartridge with the oil or e-liquid of their choosing, instead of being forced to purchase expensive pre-filled pods, they’ve created a much more affordable way to enjoy the convenience of pod vape products. 

Complete with OCELL Ceramic Coil Technology and a 280mAh battery, one of the strongest e-cig batteries on the market, the Rubi is good for about 50 draws per charge. Strong and simple, the Rubi vaporizer is also temperature regulated and air-powered (no power button), meaning all you need to do is load the refillable 1ML capacity pod, and inhale. KandyPens even offers a lifetime warranty on the device.

How do you use the Rubi vaporizer?

Now that we’ve been over what the Rubi vaporizer is, why it’s cool, and what it can do, here’s how it works. 

How to charge the Rubi vaporizer

To charge the Rubi, simply use the micro-USB port with any USB cable, no proprietary charger necessary. The LED indicator light will turn from red to green when the device has charged completely. While the battery lasts a while, it also charges extremely fast, about 30 minutes for a full charge. 

Loading the Rubi Pod

This is far and away the most complicated step to using the Rubi, but it’s still pretty simple. For this device, you’re going to want to think thin when it comes to oils, like distillates sold in syringes at the dispensary. Each pod holds about a half gram of liquid, and you’re going to want the liquid to be at least body temperature to make dispensing it into the cartridge as seamless as possible. 

Steps to load the Rubi vaporizer:

  1. Remove the mouthpiece from the Rubi.
  2. Remove pod.
  3. Open the pod and press the syringe into the opening, filling the pod with oil. Start by filling the tank halfway, as not to overfill it. Replace rubber pod stopper.
  4. “Prime” the Rubi pod by inhaling from the mouthpiece 3—5 times (only needed upon first use of Rubi pod).
  5. Replace mouthpiece into the Rubi.
  6. Take a draw and enjoy.

How to clean the Rubi 

Because there are so few pieces to disassemble, cleaning the Rubi itself is easy. Just remove the pod, and use toothpicks or q-tips to clean in and around the mouthpiece. 

Due to the Japanese cotton around the ceramic coil, the pods can’t be soaked and are thus kind of difficult to clean. According to message board research, some users use white vinegar to clean the pods. While most seem to agree that each pod can last for weeks to months, and three pods only set you back $20, it makes more sense to toss an old one if it’s gross or starts acting funky.

What’s the appeal?

The appeal of KandyPens’ Rubi vaporizer comes down to three factors: discretion, affordability, and versatility. This device could easily pass as a flash drive or Juul and is small enough to hide in a pocket undetected. Its affordability is two-fold: The device only costs $50 and comes with a lifetime warranty. Because of the open pod system, users will save countless dollars on expensive prefilled cartridges over the years. The vape can become whatever you want based on what oil you put on it, even an e-cig.

Bottom line: If you’re into filling your own cartridges to save money, this is the pen for you. If you’re a more casual user, someone new to cannabis, or someone with access to expendable income, I would go with the pre-filled set up as it’s an overall more streamlined product. You can find the KandyPens Rubi vaporizer on their website.

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What is the G Pen? Everything you need to know.

If it feels hard to imagine a time in vaporizer culture before G Pen products, that’s because the brand has had a huge hand in shaping the industry itself. Before G Pen burst onto the scene in 2012 with the first tank system specifically designed for “personal aromatherapy regimens,” the vaporizer industry (as well as the concentrate game itself) was in its fledgling stages. It was an opaque, sticky time. 710 cartridges overflowed with questionable quality distillates, and everyone was pretty confused about how this whole vaporizing thing even worked. 

Flash forward to 2020. With their slew of game-changing, blockbuster products like the Elite flower vape, the Connect concentrate attachment, and the Roam (basically a fully portable dab rig), G Pen still wears the crown. 

Known for sleek, user-friendly designs, high-quality products, and effective marketing techniques centered around celebrity collaborations, G Pen managed to maintain a reputation for putting out some of the best vaporizers in the biz. 

Whether you’re looking to invest in a new vape or just curious as to what all the hype’s been about, here’s our guide to all things G Pen. 

Is the G Pen good? 

G Pen products showcase a winning combination of being user friendly, innovative, and on-trend. Their vapes are extremely easy to use, as they have simplified the process of vaping while providing easy-to-use temperature control much like how Apple simplified the process of computing. Products require little more than the push of a button to deliver high-quality flower and concentrate vapor in seconds.

G Pen maintains brand visibility and a handle on pop culture with constant brand and celebrity collaborations. Whether it’s recording artists like Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, or The Game, big brands like The Fader, Burton, and HUF, or street artists like Natalie Wood and Claw Money, G Pen shines in their product collaborations with the tastemakers of today.  

How much is a G Pen? Is it worth the price?

At the end of the day, the most pressing question when it comes to weed tech devices is “is it worth the price?”

It depends on where you are in your experience level and weed consumption. But depending on your preferences and whether you’re looking to up your weed game, buying a G Pen device can be a wise investment.

Below, check out a little of each of the vaporizers currently available from G Pen. 

The Gio Battery (Liquids) 

The Gio Battery is G Pen’s answer to the pod systems hitting the market like Pax Pods and Dart Pods. Designed for exclusive interface with G Pen Gio Cartridges, which have been created in partnership with brands like Cookies, Caliva, and Humboldt Farms, the Gio Battery breaks down the concentrate vaping platform to its simplest form: insert cartridge and inhale. 

Because each cartridge has been designed to burn optimally at the same temperature and voltage, there’s no need to adjust temperature control. Each hit is formulated to be a perfect — even hands-free — vaping experience. 

Price: $19.95 

The G Pen Pro Vaporizer (Flower)

Sleek and easy to use, the G Pen Pro is a flower vaporizer existing at the intersection of fashion and function. Single-button controls offer three temperature settings that vaporize your “ground material” in a mere 30 seconds. And at a price point below $100, it’s a feasible buy no matter how hard coronavirus hit your bank account. 

Price: $89.85

The G Pen Elite (Flower)

The G Pen Elite vaporizer is like the G Pen Pro on steroids. While they both do the same thing fundamentally, which is vaporize flower, the Elite is tricked out with all the bells and whistles a future-forward stoner could want or need. Complete with an LED display with temperature control, battery life indicator, and the largest fully ceramic chamber on the market, the Elite is perfect for the health-conscious techie in all of us. 

Price: $119.95

The Nova (Concentrates)

The Nova is G Pen’s easy to use concentrate vaporizer pen. Unlike many similar pens from G Pen competitors, the Nova replaced antiquated coil technology with a full-ceramic atomizer, where a patented reverse airflow and ‘check’ ball valve system generate balanced heat to the concentrate heating chamber, providing the most vapor production of any pen on the market. To put it simply, it works much better than other concentrate pens, and at a significantly lower price point than most. 

Price: $34.95

The Connect (Concentrates)

The Connect is one of G Pen’s most innovative (and successful) products to date, revolutionizing the concentrate consumption market with their take on an electronic heating source for a traditional dab rig. Heating to temperature settings within five seconds of activation, a ceramic heating element fits onto any preexisting bong or dab rig, offering the same high-density vapor as a normal dab would, without the hassle and danger of a torch and exposed nail as the heating element.  

Price: $149.95

The Roam (Concentrates)  

Brand new and ready for summer adventures, The Roam is G Pen’s first totally portable concentrate vaporizer with a self-contained water filtration system. Basically, this device is a fully functional electronic dab rig in the form of a large, water-filled vape, and it’s compatible with any concentrate you can imagine.   

The first of its kind, The Roam features a spill-proof, self-contained borosilicate glass hydrotube, a full quartz tank, and a 1300mAh lithium-ion battery that heats to temperature within seconds of activation, making for optimal temperature control and delivering perfect dab hits every time. 

Price: $249.95

Where to buy G Pen products

Find G Pen products on their website, with free shipping in the US on orders over $75, or at your local dispensary. All Grenco Science electronics (chargers and batteries) are covered under a one year warranty. 

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Cannabis & Artificial Intelligence: The Arrival of Robopot?

Artificial intelligence technologies are now being crafted specifically for the cannabis industry, and boosters say these two business spheres are on the cusp of a revolutionary convergence.  

New applications of AI in various aspects of the cannabis biz — from cultivation to marketing to financing — are being unveiled at a dizzying clip. 

Smart Growrooms 

Royce Birnbaum, co-founder of CEAD, a Phoenix-based company that develops artificial intelligence applications for the cannabis industry addressed the technology with Grit Daily. CEAD seemingly does not have its own website yet, but is said to be testing its technologies at an R&D center, where the focus is on cultivation. Their systems monitor plant nutrition, growth rates and life cycles. The collected data helps determine feeding and pruning schedules and head off such phenomena as pest outbreaks.  

“One struggle most growers are facing is…the need to have successful, continuous cultivation cycles without potential for deviation or disaster as we see so often in the industry,” Birnbaum said. “CEAD provides any grow operation an unparalleled ability to predict when to water, fertilize and harvest. This will enable an upsurge in quality, while reducing manpower needed to maintain each plant, as well as give a comprehensive overview of all operations and outcomes related to cannabis cultivation.” 

An overview of evolving AI applications for cannabis in Medium notes that devices such as high-resolution crop sensors are being used to give accurate growroom conditions, while robotics are employed to automate or remotely control aspects of plant care. 

Medium cites the Israeli start-up Seedolab, which is offering a self-contained automated hydroponic cannabis “grow box.” As Cannabis Now noted last year, the company is plugging the net-linked device as the world’s first fully automated organic cannabis cultivation product. 

A similar overview on the tech site Produvia says “Automated Marijuana Operations” can “track the growth rate of cannabis plants in their vegetative stage using machine vision and artificial intelligence.” This methodology can also “recommend malting setting and schedules based on CO2, temperature, humidity and PH using artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT’s).” Montreal-based Motorleaf is named as one of the companies pioneering this kind of hi-tech growroom monitoring.

Smart Strain Personalization 

Medium lists several applications beyond the growroom. In Canada, more than 30,000 different strains are being offered on the legal market, often leaving medicinal users at a loss as to which is best for their specific needs or condition. AI is being used to parse existing data from studies and peer-reviewed journals to match strains to symptoms and ailments. Namaste Technologies and Citizen Green are named as companies developing such systems.  

The latter has teamed up with a firm called with Spartans AI to devise the app Prescriptii for this purpose. A promo video for the app on YouTube says it “transforms the patient-retailer relationship and creates better medical outcomes while driving business growth by leveraging innovative technologies and a cryptocurrency-based loyalty rewards program.” 

User reports on effects from particular strains build up a database that over time will refine the process of connecting patients and products — a method that has been used by researchers before

The Produvia review calls this a system of “custom tailored marijuana strains” that can “find weed strains best suited to treat symptoms (insomnia, asthma and cancer) by reading peer-reviewed medical journals and surfacing relevant studies on cannabinoids…” 

CNBC reported on another app called Potbot that uses AI to “read” through medical journals to find studies on cannabinoids, pairing 37 symptoms with branded cannabis strains. 

Potbotics CEO David Goldstein said the company has raised $5 million to date. The app is available in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store. 

“We definitely see there’s interest in the industry, for sure,” Goldstein told Produvia. “It’s one that has real potential in the United States and internationally. A lot of investors like non-cannabis touching entities, because they feel like they are hedging their bets a little bit.” 

The financial end of the biz is of course also utilizing AI. Produvia reports that researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens, are developing an app to “predict stock markets based on social media mentions of #marijuana using data mining.” 

Smart Unemployment?

There is definitely a sense of anxiety underlying the enthusiasm here, however. In a YouTube exercise in mutual promotion, Lior Romanowsky, founder and CEO of Spartans, was interviewed by Yael Rozencwajg, CEO of its partner Blockchain Israel. Romanowsky said cannabis companies “are at a point where they understand that f they don’t implement artificial intelligence today or tomorrow, they will be at a disadvantage relative to all their competitors… and that’s really crucial.” 

And amid this seeming inexorability, the same questions are raised about potential social displacement caused by automation of the cannabis industry as in any other economic sector. 

A March 2017 headline in the New York Times vindicated what many Americans have long intuited: “Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs.” The story quoted an MIT study that found: “Robots are to blame for up to 670,000 lost manufacturing jobs between 1990 and 2007… and that number will rise because industrial robots are expected to quadruple.” In some areas, “each robot per thousand workers decreased employment by 6.2 workers and wages by 0.7 percent,” although nationally the effects were smaller, because jobs were created in other places. In Detroit, “each robot per thousand workers decreased employment by three workers and wages by 0.25 percent.”

This inevitably brings to mind the recent news from British Columbia, where the leading Canadian licensed producer Canopy Growth has shut down two huge greenhouse facilities, laying off hundreds of workers. The decision seems to have been informed by a determination that the market had been overestimated, and that outdoor cultivation is more cost-effective. But in the near future, the lure of robot-grown cannabis may also enter the accounting of downsizing and worker lay-offs. 

TELL US, do you think growing cannabis will become something that is fully automated?

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Why Israel Is (and will continue to be) A Global Leader in the Cannabis Industry

When we think about legal cannabis
products, there is a certain level of expectation there. The fad of “everything
CBD” has faded over the last year and people are looking for more a product
that’s merely, CBD-infused.

The cannabis products of today need to be more professional, safe, accurate, and efficient – and this applies to everything from raw flowers to highly processed pharmaceuticals. People want to know what’s in their products and where it comes from, and large stores and pharmacy chains, like CVS for example, will only sell products that contain safe and legal ingredients.

In the very-near future, we can expect to see Israel leading the way in the production and verification of safe cannabis products. Let’s take a look at why this is.

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Strong History of R&D

The United States has
always struggled with even the basics of cannabis-research, starting with a decades-long
prohibition against the plant. Even with more social acceptance and legalizations
at the state level, the government is slow to the punch, not even providing
proper flower for researchers to conduct studies (the few that are allowed to
anyway).

In Israel, the situation
is entirely different. “Israel isn’t just at the forefront of medical cannabis
research,” writes Swiss
medical cannabis company Cibdol. “It is out in front by some margin.” U.S. News
and World Report referred to
Israel as “The Holy Land of medical marijuana.”

Israel has a long history with cannabis, dating back to the 1960s when Raphael Mechoulam, AKA The Father of Cannabis Research, initially discovered endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. It was his curiosity about cannabis as a healing plant that led him to a police station in 1963, where he obtained his first sample – 5 kilos of hashish – to use for research purposes. Mechoulam then developed a relationship with employees at the Israeli Ministry of Health, who gave him permits to continue getting cannabis products for his studies over the next few decades.

He and his research group were the first to isolate and fully synthesize the major plant cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinolcannabidiolcannabigerol and many others. He has also conducted many studies on Anandamide, an endocannabinoid responsible for homeostasis and referred to as the “bliss molecule“.

He currently runs a research program at Hebrew University, where he still studies the use of cannabinoids to treat various conditions and illnesses, including cancer.

$2 Million Going To Cannabis Cancer Research Led By Professor Mechoulam

What’s Happening Today

Aside from Mechoulam, other Israeli companies are conduction
ongoing research on medical cannabis. The Isreali Health Ministry and the
Israeli Agricultural Ministry have a designated budget of 8 million NIS (2.1
million USD) to fund new cannabis research. There’s a whole slew of projects
they want to work on and so far, 13 have been approved, but there will be three
main areas of focus:

  1. Strains: They will be identifying and producing new strains and studying the effects of these strains and what ailments they could best alleviate.
  2. Medicine: New studies on how cannabis can be used to combat cancer, improve vision, increase the body’s likelihood to accept a transplanted organ, and decrease symptoms of autism in children and adults are on the books.
  3. Cultivation: They are hoping to improve watering and fertilizing techniques, and find new ways to protect cannabis crops from pests and diseases. 

Additionally, there is a heavy focus on technology and “agritech” in the Israeli cannabis scene. The future of agriculture involves technology and automation and we can expect to see things like automated grow rooms, smart growing systems that collect and store data, and companies that utilize, manage and sell that data. Agriculture is a lot more than just growing and gardening in today’s world.  

Technology in Cultivation – Smart Farming Innovations For Hemp and Cannabis

As far as business goes, there are various opportunities for Israeli companies to make a name for themselves in the coming years. “Companies that have cash and are smart enough will benefit now because many of the [Canadian] larger LPs will no longer be able to hold on to all the assets they bought when the stock market was better,” Nadav Gil, the Head of the Cannabis practice, as well of Global Investment and Innovation Incentives practice at Deloitte Israel, in an interview with our friends at CannaCAST.

“There are a few Israeli companies
with good management and money as well because they raised significant capital
in the beginning stages,” he continued. “If they work wisely, they can find
themselves going into acquisition to buy a plant or a farm in Europe that
belongs to the LPs, or in North America. And remember, this will not last
forever because once the federal laws change in the United States, the
americans will buy everything.”  

A good opportunity for many smaller
businesses, not just Israeli, to purchase another farm or facility to expand
their business in the future.

Looking Forward

Israel will become the go-to place to
create products that are “science-based”. Demand has evolved, not just from consumers
but from government agencies as well. Everyone wants to know what is in the
product you’re selling, and rightfully so. There should always be transparency when
it comes to ingredients in products that are made for human consumption, but
with this transparency comes another demand, quality.

Israel can bring the “science-based”
aspect to many cannabis products. Because of the existing research, medical and
university infrastructure, and regulation regarding cannabis R&D, that will
make this tiny nation the future epicenter for trusted cannabis products – ones
that actually deliver therapeutic results and not just fun products in pretty
packaging that are just riding along on the CBD hype from a couple years ago.

Gil added, “The world understands that
the product of tomorrow, will be a product that can be clearly explained.”

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Automation and Technology in the Cannabis Industry

The days of “mom-and-pop shop”, small cannabis operations are becoming few and far in between as the industry demonstrates that it’s not immune to the wave of automation.

At the moment, cannabis industry employment is on the rise; and that trend can certainly continue upwards for higher-end careers. But just like any other industry, the lower end cannabis jobs are at the mercy of automation and are slowly being replaced by robots, AI, the IoT, and other modern technologies.

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Medical Chatbots for Symptom and Strain Advice

In the United States, “quality healthcare” is becoming harder and harder to come by, and short of being seen in the emergency room which can take 12 or more hours, there are almost no options for patients who just need some last minute medical advice. This unfulfilled need is what gave way to the creation of the medical industry chatbot.

Artificial intelligence has been used in the healthcare settings for decades. The first ever chatbot dates back to 1964, when researchers at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory created ELIZA, a robot built to function as a virtual therapist by rearranging the patients’ words and asking questions to emulate intelligent conversation. 

However, when it comes medical cannabis, the concept of chatbots
and artificial intelligence is relatively new. Just like with a regular,
healthcare AI, you would tell the chatbot your symptoms and as much medical
history as you feel comfortable disclosing. The chatbot will then use this
information to suggest strains and products to help with your symptoms. It’s a
convenient way to get some wellness advice without even having to leave the
home.

Automated Budtenders Coming to a Dispensary Near You

Being a budtender is one of the best introductory jobs in the industry. It’s a great way to learn about different strains, what conditions cannabis is being used for, and general industry trends. I myself started out as a budtender in a SoCal dispensary 10 years ago. Unfortunately, budtending may become an obsolete job in the near future.

Greenbox automated budtender

Companies like Greenbox
Robotics are working on numerous, vending-machine-style dispensing systems that
shop owners can use to minimize or completely eliminate the need for human
budtenders. Although the technology isn’t quite there yet, a few select dispensaries
are already testing out protypes of these products.

According to CEO
Zack Johnson
, “The biggest obstacle was establishing the
communication between two vastly different technologies. We had to create a
hack between the fully integrated touch screen and the robotic arm to properly
deliver the products that customers added to cart.”

If I’m being honest, it’s
not a far cry from the current state of dispensaries – at least in Southern California.
With all of the flower being prepackaged, the budtenders don’t get to smell it,
sample it, or even look at it properly – so naturally, they won’t be able to
make very informed suggests to patients looking for products. At many
locations, their main function is cashier, very minimal knowledge is exchanged.

Cultivation – From Home Gardens to Large-Scale Operations

Historically, it’s been quite a challenge to set up your own indoor grow room. There are many elements at play that need to be thoroughly considered including space, temperature, lighting, watering, and humidity. Not only that, but indoor grows require daily monitoring to keep track of growth, and that just isn’t feasible for everyone.

Enter IoT with devices such as Seedo, Cloudponics, Leaf, and many others. These companies utilize modern technology to offer consumers fully automated growing stations that can be monitored from anywhere where there is internet connectivity.

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“The intersection of cannabis cultivation and IoT will have a great impact on everyday consumers, especially those who consume cannabis medicinally,” explained Nicolas Ruiz, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer of Cloudponics. “People will have the ability to control the quality and quantity of their cannabis without the fear of pesticides, sales taxes, or reliance on brick and mortar dispensaries.”

But this isn’t just for the modest home grower, large-scale operations are also taking advantage of these new innovations to improve their crop output and meet a continuously increasing demand for high quality flower. For instance, many growers are retrofitting their farms with agricultural sensors and connected farming systems that allows them to control their cannabis growing environments remotely from their smartphones, tablets, and computers.

What’s even better is that these systems are storing data, so the longer they run, the more they can use predictive insights to help you increase yields, crop resiliency and energy efficiency. Basically, they learn more about your personal crop needs as time goes on and eventually, they grow your crop mostly on their own. At the top end of automation, you will simply need to program your system it and will grow your cannabis and hemp for you.

Remote Monitoring of
Medical Cannabis Consumption

In the United States, the use of medical cannabis is more individual since doctors are still not allowed to prescribe it and are often hesitant to even suggest it to their patients. However, it’s a completely different ball game in other countries across the world.

IoT cannabis
The Syqe Inhaler, which uses IoT to be remotely controlled by doctors

Take Israel for instance, where cannabis has been studied for its medicinal properties since the 1960s and cannabinoid-based medications are much more prevalent. Devices such as the Syqe Inhaler, created by Israeli biotech company Syqe Medical, connects to the internet to allow doctors to remotely monitor their patients’ doses.

Jeff Seigel, co-founder and managing editor of Green Chip Stocks mentioned that “if we want to further legitimize the efficacy of medical cannabis, we must treat it no different than any other form of medicine, which is oftentimes carefully monitored by health care professionals. The data collected from this kind of technology (Syqe) will also help health care professionals treat patients with a new level of precision that we’ve never seen before.”

Final Thoughts

So basically, we’ve already reached a point where medical advice, healthcare monitoring, cultivation, and certain aspects of the customer service experience are already partially automated. I’m a firm believer that there are some areas where human interaction just can’t be replaced by AI, but certain jobs will continue to be outsourced to robots. By 2025, we’ll see a lot more automation throughout many sectors of the cannabis industry.

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