Over the last couple of months, more and more nations made efforts to remove CBD from the list of dangerous medicines because the ingredient proved to be an effective alternative solution to over counter drugs, having fewer side-effects than most of them. The CBD industry is expected to reach $22 billion by 2022, and technology may play an essential role in its rise. With the pandemic altering the supply chain, CBD developers and farmers had to use the only tool that could help them reach their target audience, technology. Technology registered a sky-rocketing evolution in 2020, and the CBD industry didn’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of its advancements.
What makes CBD farming different from traditional farming? The first requires using complex pieces of equipment and machines that can complete actions like digging, planting, and plowing. CBD farming requires exact measurement of temperature, soil, air, water, and tech devices to aid farmers in harvesting hemp plants. The cannabis industry uses techniques driven by technology to transform the hemp plant into different CBD products like oils, creams, and vapors. Some products are produced using only hands because they require careful handling, but others allow technological-driven tools.
This article explores the ways technology helps the CBD industry to thrive and reach maturity.
Technology can improve CBD extraction
A couple of years ago, there were limited solutions available for CBD extraction. But the adoption of technological-driven devices provided new forms of extraction, and therefore a more comprehensive range of end-products. Nowadays, the most popular and advanced method on the market is supercritical CO2 extraction that uses increased temperature and pressure to transform gaseous CO2 into a supercritical fluid. In this state, CO2 has both liquid and gas properties and acts like a solvent that separates the different compounds of the plant. Experts consider supercritical CO2 extraction the cleanest, safest, and fastest technique to extract waxes and oils from hemp flowers.
Improved techniques of cultivation and growth
Hemp plants are pricey and challenging to cultivate because they need specific conditions. While light and natural conditions aren’t concerns when the farmer lives in a warm climate, the ones that grow plants indoors have to invest in top-notch equipment because they need to install high-intensity discharge bulbs to create a proper environment for cultivating cannabis. As expected, these high-intensity bulbs are expensive and have high energy consumption levels.
The advent of technology has provided cannabis farmers with alternative, more affordable and eco-friendlier, LED bulbs. Led bulbs aren’t designed to serve only residencies and warehouses; they can also benefit the CBD industry because they provide a light spectrum, produce less heat, and allow farmers to control and regulate the temperature to create a proper environment for the cannabis plant.
Nanotechnology can increase CBD bioavailability
Without the implication of technology, CBD products have low bioavailability. When taken orally in the form of edibles or oil, the human body absorbs only 20% of the substance into the bloodstream and eliminates the rest of 80%. Why? CBD in the form of oil isn’t soluble, and the human body simply cannot absorb it. In this context, researchers have been looking for a solution to increase its bioavailability. The higher its bioavailability is, the more efficient CBD is. Nanotechnology seems to offer the answer to this problem because it can ensure that CBD molecules enter the bloodstream and the human body absorbs more than 20%. Nanoencapsulation reduces the size of cannabis molecules and facilitates absorption. It can also be used in integrating hemp in emulsions to allow the substance to blend with water.
Technology allows CBD producers to develop personalised products
All consumers are different in terms of individual biochemistry, and this means that they process chemicals differently. For some people, edibles can work well, whereas they don’t affect others. Therefore, it’s challenging for someone exploring the CBD industry for the first time to find the right product for their needs.
But if farmers and producers can use technology to create biochemically tailored products from CBD hemp flower, they can deliver products that meet the consumer’s unique physiology. With the help of technology, CBD companies are creating products according to their clients’ body reactions to different products. Some of them even allow customers to customize their products.
The present market is saturated with the same products that share the same quality. But clients are looking for special CBD products that meet their unique needs. Producers can now research their audience’s needs and tailor their products to offer wider ranges of personalized products.
Blockchain technology improves transparency
People are more concerned about the ingredients the products they use contain than they used to be in the past. And they have the right to know what CBD products contain because each component can impact their health.
The CBD providers that use blockchain technology provide their clients with complete knowledge because they allow them to trace the product back to the farm that grows the hemp plants and the manufacturers that produced the oil or edibles, revealing all data. The blockchain technology provides complete data from the place, date, and production process to the full list of ingredients the product includes.
Some companies are already working to make blockchain integration possible because they’re aware the technology would allow them to stand out on the market and attract more customers. Until all companies integrate blockchain into their processes, buyers can scan the product’s receipt to find out more about its origin and the production process. When producers include the technology into their processes, they can provide new standards for the industry.
That’s a wrap
The CBD industry is continuously evolving, and technological advancement can only help it. The latest developments are providing the sector with new opportunities to evolve and grow. The future is looking bright for the companies willing to embrace the advancements tech can introduce in the industry.