- Legalizing cannabis in most states has sparked a race to deliver the healthiest, reliable, and best cannabis strains. If you run a cannabis business, you need to be aware of the new technologies that are changing the way things are done in the sector.
- Lab Tests
- It’s not a new idea to use labs to test things. If you run a cannabis business that takes itself and your customers seriously, though, this is now a must. Consumers will look for these things on the third-party lab certificate when they choose a product:
- Cannabis (different strains)
- Heavy metals
- Aerobic plate count, yeast, mould
- Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli,
To avoid publishing the batch results for each packet (the packaging standards for cannabis are already quite onerous), sellers are using QR codes on packaging and product pages to direct customers to the results for that particular batch.
The process of breaking down cannabinoids like CBD into the tiniest possible droplets is known as nano-emulsion. This improves the substance’s bioavailability in the body by making it easier to mix it into liquids. Nano-emulsion technology has paved the way for a slew of innovative goods, including:
CBD and cannabis-infused foods and beverages in encapsulated tinctures with better absorption.
CBD patches that are applied to the skin
Cannabis lotions for external use
The health concerns of smoking marijuana are becoming more widely recognized, and a new generation of non-smokers is looking for non-smoking alternatives. One of the greatest ways to appeal to this growing industry is to use nano-emulsion technology.
Techniques for Extraction of the Entire Spectrum
Cannabis experts are also researching extraction methods that maintain a wider range of cannabinoids in addition to improvements in nano-emulsion technology. Because they don’t employ CBD isolate, several suppliers label their extracts as “full-spectrum” or “broad-spectrum.”
However, the reality is that most current extraction technologies strip cannabinoids, terpenes, and omegas from the plant, leaving a weaker and less effective product.
So far, advances in supercritical CO2 extraction have avoided the use of solvents and alcohol, which is a great step forward. The industry now has the task of creating technologies that extract as many nutrients as possible from the plant.
While the extraction of authentic full-spectrum oil is still being worked on, the concentrate business has found a solution. Cannabis concentrates such as shatter and wax are typically manufactured with butane or liquefied petroleum gas. When butane is smoked or breathed, certain residues can linger, posing major health risks.
The rosin press, a relatively new technology, extracts the resin without the use of solvents by using heat and pressure. The living resin is pushed out of the trichomes using a hydraulic or pneumatic press in this solventless extraction procedure. To minimise additional heat degradation, the resin drips down onto greaseproof paper on the side.
The trichomes are pressed in this way to produce a golden fluid that looks like cold honey and may be used for dabbing or vaping. Without the use of solvents, the terpene and cannabinoid profile is nearly identical to that of shatter—a significant step forward in cannabis technology.
Materials for Cannabis Construction
People all around the world have known about the use of hemp for fibre and construction since at least the sixteenth century. Hemp’s promise for modern building, on the other hand, is only now gaining traction. According to newer technologies, most plastic polymers, as well as building materials, might be substituted with cannabis and hemp. This opens up a slew of fascinating possibilities:
Individual plastic packaging for cannabis items that is unsustainable can be replaced with hemp-based polymers.
Hemp products could be used to build almost entirely hemp-based homes.
The need for hemp-derived materials is expected to rise, as will the demand for sustainable hemp.
It’s critical to stress the necessity of sustainable production procedures for both cannabis and hemp crops. Cannabis accounts for at least 1% of America’s energy expenditure, or the equivalent of about 3 million cars, including indoor growing. If hemp is to be offered as a long-term solution, the growing procedures for these crops must rebuild rather than deplete the environment’s resources.
The Values that Drive Innovation
The values that affect these decisions have a big impact on final sales when adopting or developing new technology to improve the production and consumption of cannabis.
Yes, customers will always choose a product based on its lower price, regardless of the environmental and social cost. However, the way millennials and Generation Z make decisions is changing. For the vast majority, obtaining the strongest goods at the lowest price is no longer a priority. It’s all about health, sustainability, and ethics these days.
Consider the values that underpin your business and how they relate to your target market while choosing the right technologies. This generation is willing to pay a premium for things that are safe, environmentally friendly, and socially conscious. The cannabis sector is well positioned to pave the path to a healthier world with the appropriate ideals and ideas.