As the cannabis industry enjoys a boom – thanks in no small part to the flourishing medical cannabis sector, coupled with the growing legalisation of marijuana across the world – we welcome in a new era for the industry as a whole. In this article, we take a closer look at what this means for growers.
With more at stake, standards are rising, and will continue to rise. Medical cannabis is now legal in 33 U.S. States, and with more expected to follow suit, quality improvement across the board is a given. As strains are carefully cultivated to offer medicinal benefits, geneticists are working to better understand cannabis, and refine the growth process. This is good news for the industry, bringing a standardisation of the entire process as the scientific community builds a deeper understanding of all aspects of marijuana, and will affect how we grow and cultivate plants, bringing greater understanding and methods of plant care, such as strain development and treatments of pathogens, extending through to cutting, packing and distribution.
This standardisation falls under the W.H.O.’s good agricultural and collection practices (GACP), ensuring a quality of growing and processing, along with a new level of professionalism which is beneficial to both growers and consumers.
As the cannabis industry expands and becomes ever more lucrative and legitimate, enjoying the benefits of legal status in some areas along with a new surge in funding, horticultural experts are moving across from traditional crop farming, bringing with them a wealth of expertise which will filter down to independent and hobbyist growers, helping to tighten process and troubleshooting across the board.
Growers can take advantage of this revolution as they enjoy greater ease of access to high-quality tools and equipment, utilise new methods of growing cannabis, as well as new breakthroughs in heating and lighting methods, and having more widely accessible information on every aspect of their craft. This information offers many benefits, perhaps most notably the risk of crop failure being greatly minimised as scientifically-researched study helps make troubleshooting a faster, easier and more efficient process. In addition, horticultural experts continue to develop new biostimulants specifically tailored to cannabis crop growth. Such weapons being accessible to growers can mean everything from greater yield, higher THC content and all-round better plant health and vigour. With this information easily within reach through user-friendly internet sites such as Seedsman, growers will continue to find ways to refine their end product.
The future for growers is bright in this brave new world with science at its forefront like never before, and while the tech age lifts up the cannabis industry, offering state-of-the-art benefits such as A.I. to monitor water and Ph levels, and even plant genetics, more big industry is lending its knowledge and expertise to the cannabis game. For example, the Propane Education and Research Council has added a page to its website called Propane For Cannabis Growing, and helps visitors learn how Propane can be a reliable source to heat and power greenhouses for cannabis growing specifically.
As regulation and demand becomes greater, so too does efficiency. In an industry which survives on output, and strives for what has traditionally been an all-too-often-elusive consistency, the professionalisation of the cannabis industry continues to make that consistency more attainable, and while some casual growers will be forced out, many will thrive, flourish and expand as new developments make for better and more consistent yields. As big industry moves to meet growing demand, availability, affordability and quality of solutions will increase, and that’s good news for growers everywhere.