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05
Mar

Why Companies Are Integrating AI Into Industrial Cannabis Cultivation

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Technology’s constant innovation has forced many industries to start adapting to mechanical and automated processes to take advantage of these brand new economies of scale. In the last decade or so, this technological integration has been driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), the next step in enhancing the precision, automation, and productivity of industrial processes. The cannabis industry is no exception. In an environment where figures like temperature and THC concentration can make or break an entire batch of product, AI has become an integral part of industrial cannabis cultivation. 

Thu
04
Mar

NASDA Continues The Push For 1% THC Hemp

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The USA’s National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has formalised its support for increasing hemp maximum THC levels.

The 2018 Farm Bill defined hemp as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant with a delta-9 THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent by dry weight. Above that and the cannabis is considered marijuana and therefore illegal.

The 2018 Farm Bill was an important step forward for the USA’s hemp industry, but is proving to be more restrictive compared to some countries where the maximum allowable THC limit is 1%. The 0.3 percent level greatly increases the risk of “hot crops” that subsequently have to be destroyed and can result in the farmer facing criminal proceedings.

Thu
04
Mar

Finding Green Cannabis Packaging in a Plastic-Polluted World

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It’s not just the turtles and the fish we need to worry about, humans are now breathing in microplastics from all types of packaging.

According to the lead researcher of a Utah State University study, microplastics are turning into dust and are contaminated with toxic chemicals, plastic fragments, and metals.

These contaminants are in 4% of the air we breathe.

The cannabis industry’s interest in pollution awareness is escalating rapidly.

Wed
03
Mar

We Need to Take These Steps To Make the Cannabis Concentrates Market Mainstream

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A decade ago, I was spearheading company growth for Atlas Snowshoes, which had just invented and launched a modern snowshoe. Some consumers associated snowshoeing with flimsy equipment, tedious exercise and winter vacationers who prefer to veer away from ski resorts.

That simply wasn’t going to work.

So we utilized innovative engineering and design to create equipment that people want to own and developed partnerships with major ski resorts around the world to create the luxury snowshoe experience known today. The lessons I learned then serve me well now as I face challenges – both similar and new – in the cannabis industry.

Tue
02
Mar

CBD Vaping: What's the Difference Between CBD E-liquid and CBD Oil?

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Cannabidiol or CBD is taking the market by storm. Part of CBD’s fame is the anecdotal health claims and therapeutic effects that treat various ailments. It has positive effects on anxiety and pain relief among other benefits. 

While there are many methods of consumption, at the center are CBD e-liquid and CBD vape juices. To most users, these two products are quite confusing. And with the CBD industry at its infancy stage, there’s a lot of misleading information online leaving you unsure which one to trust. 

Tue
02
Mar

Software Solutions for Scaling Cannabis Extraction

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From the point of view of cannabis extraction, scaling production isn’t always a simple equation.

Scaling extraction means putting together puzzle pieces, often within rigid constructs of local regulations, astronomical equipment costs, and overwhelming data management. 

Even when a new extraction machine is financially feasible, local laws may restrict the handling of dangerous materials.

Worse, the backend data management piece can easily inundate a producer who’s used to working within a network of Excel sheets.

Profitable growth in the cannabis concentrate sector means hitting the sweet spot in a Venn diagram, comprising efficient output, compliance management, and robust production-tracking protocols. 

Tue
02
Mar

Here's How Climate Change Will Affect the Global Cannabis Industry

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The emerging legal cannabis industry is going global, with a growing list of countries that have legalized cannabis for adult and/or medical use, and even more countries exploring a similar move. At the same time, the world’s climate is changing, with extreme weather patterns picking up in frequency and severity all over the world.

Climate change is affecting virtually every aspect and sector of the agriculture industry, and that is likely to be the case for cannabis too as outdoor cultivation is permitted in more areas. As the global cannabis industry continues to expand across the planet, and climate change, unfortunately, marches on, the problem for cannabis entrepreneurs is going to be more pronounced.

Tue
02
Mar

Meet the cannabis moms and entrepreneurs that Facebook and Instagram are banning

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The origin story for Mothers Mary, an online community of mothers who consume cannabis, begins on Facebook.

Mon
01
Mar

Tips to Make Your Cannabis Production More Sustainable

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A diverse group of cannabis cultivation and manufacturing experts came together in January to form the Sustainable Cannabis Coalition (SCC). Members of the group will work proactively with their industry peers to promote proven sustainable best practices that can be implemented at scale across the cannabis market.

Mon
01
Mar

Terpene Profiles May Shape the Future of Cannabis

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It’s fascinating how people choose their cannabis products, especially terpenes and flower.

It wasn’t that long ago when the only option was cannabis flower via a local unregulated dealer, and likely only one or two options were available at that.

The “I will take what I can get” strains were the most popular because, well, that was all that was available.

Zoom forward to today, and cannabis is legally available in several markets for medical and/or adult-use purposes, and the options are staggering.

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