With the legalization of cannabis in many countries and growing social acceptance, cultivation of the plant has become an area of interest for technological innovation and emerging trends.
Looking into the future, there are several modern technologies or approaches from which cannabis cultivation could benefit. And it could also work the other way around. The fact that marijuana cultivation is close to reaching a volume of $100 billion annually makes it attractive for scientific and industrial developers to direct their investments to the cannabis market.
The following is a summary of the trends and technological advances that will have a potential impact on the cannabis consumption and market.
Technological advances in production
Technology is revolutionizing the way cannabis is grown and processed. Advances in LED lighting, smart irrigation systems and automation are improving crop efficiency and quality. In addition, the application of controlled cultivation techniques, such as hydroponics and aeroponics, allows for faster and more sustainable plant growth. These innovations not only increase production, but also reduce costs and improve product consistency.
Another technique that has been under development and consideration for cannabis is cell culture. This cutting-edge technology involves growing plants from single cells in a controlled laboratory environment. This approach eliminates the need to grow whole plants, reducing the space, resources and time required. It also allows for the production of specific cannabinoids in a more efficient and consistent manner.
Research and development of varieties:
With legalization, the budget for cannabis research has increased considerably. Scientists are studying the therapeutic properties of different strains of cannabis and working to develop strains with specific cannabinoid and terpene profiles to treat various medical conditions. Genetic engineering is also being used to create cannabis plants with improved characteristics, such as higher CBD or THC content, disease resistance and adaptation to different climatic conditions.
Medical and therapeutic applications
Now that its medicinal and therapeutic properties have been widely recognized, cannabis is being used to develop pharmaceuticals to treat conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy, insomnia and anxiety. In addition, cannabinoid-based therapies are being investigated for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Blockchain and cryptocurrency applications:
As a transparent and decentralized transaction recording system, the blockchain can provide security and traceability in the cannabis supply chain. This in turn ensures product authenticity and facilitates regulatory compliance. At the same time, giving users the possibility to use cryptocurrencies in relation to cannabis provides them with the solid framework that many banks still refuse to provide.
Trends in consumption
Cannabis consumption has also undergone significant changes in recent years. The trend towards vaporization has gained popularity, as it is considered a safer and more discreet way to consume it compared to smoking it. In addition, more and more edible or drinkable products containing cannabis are appearing.
Here in Barcelona we have the best dispensaries and cannabis clubs where people can access a varied menu of cannabis products. And not only the "asos" provide a private and safe space where you can consume cannabis within the framework of the law, but also provide elements and accessories to try other methods of consumption not so common.
If you want to try a vaporization method or some other technique and you don't have the elements, you can become a member of a cannabis association just by applying for an invitation on their website. In the club you will find staff trained to advise you and also provide you with the elements you need.
The future of legal cannabis almost everywhere in the world is much closer than it seems. With this, the market and demand will grow, and therefore also external investments in research and technology development. Hopefully this will lead to a more transparent market, healthier products and medicine available to everyone.