The future of cannabis seems bright and clear. The hemp-derived CBD sales are expected to hit an all-time high of $23 billion (USD) by 2025. So, it’s essential for both existing companies and new start-ups in the industry to know what it takes, and what is the real tech for growing exceptional cannabis.
Basic/Traditional Aspects of Hemp Farming
The planting of this wonderful God plant begins at the end of May or by the beginning of June. Depending upon the hemp quality, the shrubs/seeds like do si dos strain can be planted in batches of 2000-4000 per acre of land.
It takes around ten to twelve days to sow the seeds. Unlike orthodox marijuana or hemp seeds, auto-flowering Marijuana seeds need less cultivation time. If the seeds are not auto-flowering, it can take from approximately four to six weeks for plants to be harvest-ready.
What Happens When it’s Time to Harvest?
After four to six weeks, owners hire a workforce to harvest the fully grown hemp. A team of 20 can harvest a three-acre field in about three days.
The Hemp Stripper: Where tech meets traditional
In an outdated hemp plantation, three or four workers would’ve spent a week in detaching leaves and buds from the plant. However, with a high tech hemp stripper, it can be done in a day or two with just one worker on the line.
Advanced AI and Hemp Industry
Robot’s Action + AI’s Knowledge = Excellent Cannabis Farming
The big fish in the sea of the hemp industry is already using top-notch (artificial intelligence (AI) for taking their game to the next level. Artificial intelligence and robots can be used in the following ways:
- AI uses smart sensing tech to find rotten leaves in the growing/harvested plants
- A powerful product of robust AI is the learning robot. It can help evaluate the things that work for a certain plant type. This way the owners don’t have to remember minute details like humidity, temperature, etc.
Some fine examples of these robots are Farmbot and Seedo. Both of these are important for tech-savvy growers as they capture the plants’ photos and note their data for future needs.
These robots also jot down influential factors like lighting, humidity, nutrients, and temperature that boost the healthy growth of all plants.
Hydroponics: A Different Approach
Every seller is not a tech-savvy person, and many of them don’t owe acres of land to grow cannabis. That’s why hydroponics is popular. You just need a small space with integrated pipelines, an air pump, and a water pump. The water flows through the pipelines where the cannabis is planted. But wait, where is the soil? Water is soil, literally as It contains all the nutrients essential for healthy growth.
The Last Step: Extraction
It is of three types:
- CO2 extraction – It is considered best in the industry because the resultant CBD oil is free of any chemical impurity.
- Ethanol extraction – This method is used to extract vaping oil and tinctures. Considering the high flammability of ethanol, this method is also the most dangerous one.
Vertical Farming: A New Solution
This is the most cost-effective method as it saves the space required. It also results in an increase of the product from five to six times.
We hope this brief overview of tech for growing cannabis helps in understanding the actual process which is very complex. For more insightful knowledge, visit this infographic.