Innovative Technology for the Cannabis Consumer Simplifying DIY Projects

by | Feb 7, 2018

Written by Kristina Etter

A freelance writer and journalist based in Colorado, Kristi is a seasoned pro in cannabis industry content creation and reporting. Her career includes two decades of corporate IT roles at major firms like Maytag Appliances, Wells Fargo Financial, and DuPont Pioneer, which provided her with a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and cannabis.

Advanced technology is driving the cannabis industry, not only from the aspect of manufacturing and production but also for the DIY cannabis consumer. While the price of emerging technology can often keep it out of the reach of the average consumer, a few products have found their way into the market to bring science and precision into consumer’s homes.

Advanced grow systems, at-home potency testing, and precision cannabinoid activation appliances top the list of most innovative, advanced technology products in the cannabis consumer market. Regardless of experience in growing or processing cannabis, these glorious gadgets can help consumers get off on the right foot.

Ardent Nova: Easy Decarboxylation

After the harvest is complete, many consumers make their own cannabis-based products such as edibles, topicals, and tinctures. Part of the process of a successful DIY cannabis product is decarboxylation or activation of the cannabinoids by slow heat. Ardent Cannabis has perfected the process of decarboxylation for potency, and condensed high-tech precision into a small, countertop kitchen appliance called the Nova.

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While traditional methods of decarbing can waste up to 50% of the cannabinoid content, this amazing little device, which stands only 7” tall, provides laboratory-grade decarboxylation for patients and caregivers. Using controlled heat and high-tech sensors, the Nova maximizes cannabinoid availability and activates cannabinoids for edibles, extracts, and tinctures. Easy to use, this device can hold up to one ounce of flower or five ounces of kief, and provides the perfect decarb, while preserving the terpenes for the highest quality homemade cannabis products possible.

When activated the Nova uses high-powered sensors and a precision heating cycle which activates the most cannabinoids possible without burning the material or losing potency. As a smart device, the Nova creates the perfect bio-availability for the cannabinoids in raw cannabis material or concentrates within 90-120 minutes.

tCheck: Dosing Accuracy

While commercial operations are required to send their products to a lab for potency testing, tCheck would rather bring the lab to you. An application-specific UV-Vis spectrometer, the device works by shining a specific wavelength of light through the liquid and measuring the amount of light that shines through. The light emitter, tray, and receiver are all calibrated for consistency, allowing the tCheck to create an accurate measurement each time. This measurement is then translated into a specific reading of THC potency, as well as, CBD potency.

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tCheck 2 image is courtesy of tCheck.

In fact, with accessories, the tCheck can even test the potency of cannabis flower, providing valuable information for small, personal operations and caregivers. As with many technology solutions, the tCheck app for your smartphone logs your results, and keep track of previous tests.

In the legal cannabis space, we have already witnessed huge leaps in multiple forms of technology. From growing and curing, to processing and testing, as long as there is a demand for at-home cannabis solutions, the technology will continue to push the cannabis market forward. In the long run, the lessons learned through tech advances on the commercial side of the market will lead to advances for the savvy home-grower, as well. 

Home Grow Tech for the Cannabis Consumer

We admit, that not all cannabis consumer businesses survive the game. Unfortunately Seedo, a company we originally covered in this article previously is no longer in business. However, if you’re looking for the latest and greatest in Home Growing Tech, then I highly encourage you to check out our comprehesive article on home grow systems.

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