Technology and innovation in the cannabis industry are fast and furious. Here are some of the baddest new products on the market today.
Marijuana Grow-Op Lighting
Interest in LED lighting is hot right now. And thanks to longer-lasting diodes and lower power need, they produce ample light for a more extended period without maintenance. For a more expensive investment, LEDs present a lower cost of ownership than high-pressure sodium metal halides or T5 fluorescents.
On top of all that, savvy creators are making LED systems with custom light spectrums and plug-and-play light recipes that work with a native app so that growers can use strain-specific lighting to maximize the phenotype responses of specific cannabis strains.
Cannabinoid Extraction Technology
Solvent extractors and rosin presses are getting more sophisticated each day, but there’s always room for improvement.
Techniques that were once hazardous have given way to methods and tools that won’t burn down your house. And they’re speedy too! If you dab, you’ve probably already tried solventless extracts that were made in seconds using this latest technology.
Isolating Terpenes From Cannabis
Juicy and delicious “terps” sometimes need some coaxing out of the plant material by way of isolation technology which has also benefited from innovative advancements. (Ultimately made possible because of consumer interest.)
Here’s where we see some crossover tech from both the fragrance and essential oils industries. Steam distillation is one such example that works as well for cannabis as it does for other botanicals. The technique uses rising steam to pull the oils from the plant material it passes through. Even the water by-product from this process is useful.
Because of this, you can expect to see more products boasting isolated terpenes in the coming years.
Rosin Presses, The Truly Solventless Extract
The demand for solventless extracts has made the race for better press tech competitive. Large hydraulic or pneumatic cannabis presses have been supercharged to operate at pressures more than 20 tons. While small personal at-home rosin presses can process small amounts of hash oil without the use of a hair straightening iron. By using less heat, both methods preserve more terpenes, and that makes everyone happy.