Industry experts described 2017 as the year of the greatest explosion of tech innovation the cannabis market has ever seen. Marijuana legislation is traveling through North America at a rapid pace. Nine states plus D.C. in America have legalized weed for recreational use and the herb is set to become fully legal in Canada in July. With this in mind, it is not a surprise to learn that ‘CannaTech’ is only getting started with new developments now the norm.
In this article, we look at five exceptional pieces of cannabis technology that will blow your mind.
1 – The ‘Smart’ Bong
The Puffco Peak was unveiled at CES 2018 in January and is essentially the first ‘smart’ bong in the world. At first glance, the Peak looks like a typical desktop vaporizer but it is a real gamechanger in the weed industry. While the heat-up time is nothing special at 20 seconds, it can do something your bong can’t; it works wirelessly which makes it the perfect vaporizer for group sessions.
There are four pre-programmed heat settings along with a ‘boost mode’ that gets rid of leftovers and ensures nothing is wasted. In the past, desktop bongs were large and unwieldy affairs. They were heavy and you couldn’t move them from the table because of all the associated parts and wires. None of these issues exist with the Peak which is light and small enough to fit in one hand.
One of its coolest features is the Intelligent Temperature Calibration. This feature ensures that the device maintains a consistent experience when using it in a group. With a typical bong, it is almost impossible to guarantee consistency but the Peak is a completely different animal. When it is used, the Peak changes its heat settings to account for the temperature change. The result? Outstanding flavor and vapor every single time, no matter how many people use it.
It takes two hours to charge the Peak fully and a full battery gives you an impressive 30 cycles. The device uses an LED light band to show the battery level and heat cycles. With all this technology, the Peak doesn’t come cheap. It is currently available for approximately $370. By the way, it is designed for concentrates.
2 – Automatic THC Infusion
Hands up who’s tried to create edibles? Now, hands up who’s made a complete mess of it? If you love edibles but hate trying to make them, the Magical Butter Kit could be your new best friend. As you know, you have to combine your weed with a fatty substance such as butter to feel the effects of the THC. However, infusion is a pain because if the temperature gets too hot, the butter burns and the THC content is diminished.
Rather than spending an hour standing over a stove hoping to create a semi-decent edible, you can allow the Magical Butter Kit to do everything for you, so long as you have $210 to spare. It combines an immersion blender with a heating unit and digital thermostat. It grinds, heats, stirs and even seeps your weed extract and guarantees a perfect infusion every time. All you have to do is measure out your ingredients, set the time and temperature, and the Magical Butter Kit does the rest.
3 – Weed Apps
The sky’s the limit when it comes to this particular cannabis technology. It is only relatively new and already, some exceptional apps allow you to control your vaporizer at the touch of a button. Widely regarded as one of the best portable vaporizers on the market, the Firefly 2’s app enables you to take things to the next level.
The company has significantly upgraded the app recently. Originally, there were six pre-set temperatures; now there are 31! You can control the temperature in 10 degree (Fahrenheit) increments with a range between 200 and 500 degrees. In what has been described as a more ‘streamlined’ app experience, you can use the slide to play with the temperature. The Pax 3 is another example of a vaporizer controlled by an app, although it has more ‘traditional’ controls than the Firefly 2 which is almost entirely app-based.
4 – Plug ‘n’ Plant – Home Grown Marijuana Made Easy
If you’ve always wanted to grow your weed indoors, the LEAF marijuana grow house is a dream come true. It may look like a small refrigerator but the LEAF system is your chance to grow weed like a professional. If you’re a California resident for example, you can grow six live plants individually; you’re allowed to grow even more for commercial use if you get a license. We urge you to check your state’s laws to ensure you’re growing the legal amount.
With the LEAF, you have full control over the plant’s growth because you can monitor it via daily reports and a live video stream! Use the iPhone or Android app for a brand-new marijuana growing experience. Features include:
- HD camera
- Carbon filter
- BIOS LED Light
- Water exchange system
- Dosing system
- Air control system
- O2 enrichment system
- Water sensing system
Best of all, you don’t need any previous growing experience because the LEAF basically does everything for you. However, we would recommend thoroughly researching the science of marijuana growing first before you spend over $2500 on this device! After all, the LEAF only works properly when you know the right lighting, temperature, humidity, pH balance, and nutrient dosing; all of which you can control with the app.
It is possible to connect your water and sewage system to the LEAF for easy watering. If you’ve grown weed before, you’ll know all about the odor it produces which can take over a property! Fortunately, the LEAF comes with a carbon filter to prevent the smell. The ‘drying mode’ allows you to ‘cure’ your cannabis. By the way, you can also use it to grow strawberries, basil, spinach, peppers, and kale, but why waste the technology when you can grow amazing weed?
5 – Wisp Vaporizing System
Although it probably won’t change the world of weed, we love the new Wisp system which has been dubbed the ‘Keurig of marijuana’. It is currently on sale for just $149 having cost $100 more upon its original release. It offers a convenient and consistent vapor experience every time. All you have to do is insert a pre-packaged pod into the device. Each pod is designed for single use and is pre-filled with lab-tested, premium quality herbs. Place the pod in the Vapor Bottle, add the bottle to the Base and press the power button (which has a cute cloud design).
To be clear, the Wisp is not for experienced users and is probably inefficient compared to a premium-quality vaporizer like the Puffco Peak. However, relative newcomers will enjoy the flavored vapor and know they are certain to get the same level of vapor each time. It is particularly useful for first-time users with arthritis for example. There is one slight problem: You can only purchase the Wisp in the state of Massachusetts although the company maintains it will be branching out in the near future.
Final Thoughts on Cool Cannabis Technology
We hope you found this list useful but we guarantee that next year’s offerings will be even better. When you think about it, the North American weed industry is only getting started. Legal marijuana sales totaled around $10 billion in 2017, a 50% increase on the 2016 figure of $6.6 billion. By the end of 2018, cannabis will be legal in Canada and we believe that New Frontier Data’s estimate of the market being worth $24.5 billion a year by 2025 is conservative.
By that time, the industry will also have created at least 255,000 new jobs and as new legislation is passed and more American states legalize cannabis for recreational or medicinal use, the market will become even bigger. Obviously, the more money that’s in the weed market, the more it is likely to attract the finest technological minds.
Who knows what technology will do to the industry? Already, we have gone from gigantic, clumsy vaporizers to handheld versions you can control via an app. Today, it is possible to grow like a pro or sit back, relax, and allow a machine to do the hard work of infusing your edibles with THC, CBD or your cannabinoid of choice. As for tomorrow, we suggest you use your imagination!