Marijuana has come a long way since the ‘60s. We are starting to live in a day and age where it’s becoming the norm, and as fast as technology is advancing, marijuana is too! With the industry booming (cannabis and technology), it’s hard not to pay attention.
Check out just a few ways cannabis, and its recent steps towards legalization, have been changing the technology industry. Surely, these few things are only the beginning of a quickly booming industry.
LED lights are replacing most of our light sources in our household and workspace. Why? Well, they consume less energy as opposed to HPS (High-Pressure Sodium) bulbs. While, in the past, HPS bulbs were the standard for all illicit and legal productions, LED is taking over the industry by storm.
CREE, quite possibly the kingpin of LED and lighting technology, produces better bulbs which equals out to better yields and more profit. With less climate control technologies for private or independent companies to rely upon. Since the LED bulbs are a tad bit more expensive, in the end, the profits should even out the amount spent on LEDs.
Looking back in time, vaping has been around for a while with the first modern e-cig coming to surface around the mid-2000s from a Chinese company called Hon Lik. However, it has just become a popular trend not too long ago when looking at the grand scheme of things.
The traditional methods of consuming marijuana still exist to this day, but the technology has come a long way, creating a variety of methods of partaking; some companies are even accepting bitcoin as payment, which shows you the rapid way technology is affecting every part of our lives.
Vaporizing is a smokeless and combustion-less way of consuming either marijuana or tobacco for that matter. For many, it’s considered a “safer” alternative to smoking, but this can be subjective.
Yeah, you heard that right. There are breathalyzers for alcohol, and now, there are breathalyzers for cannabis consumption. What does this mean? Let’s put it this way. There is a fine line on how much alcohol a person can consume before getting behind the wheel, getting pulled over and finally arrested. See, with pot, it’s not that easy.
Up until this point, there has been no “legit” way of checking to see how much cannabis an individual has consumed during let’s say; a traffic stop. If an officer senses something is up with the driver. As of recently, there is a small line of private companies developing such a technology, but as of now, the devices are still in early development.
This Isn’t the End!
As it shows, marijuana is here, and it’s here to stay. With more and more states in the US fighting to legalize marijuana for recreational use, there is a lot of political and technological challenges that, for some, make it challenging to pull the trigger on legalization. But for now, only time will tell how far we will go with this, so strap in, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!