Major CDB producers, together with robotic companies, bet that the rise of regulation activity with help to accelerate automation, and consequently, optimization of the cannabis production at every stage of the product life cycle.
According to Josh Kern, Lux Research analyst for autonomous systems, shared that so far only a few companies offer robotic solutions, while the “development of state specific cannabis regulations remains in flux”. Yet with more regulations, the industry will likely to optimise itself with robots. For example, Bloom Automation has already launched robotic solutions for harvesting cannabis, that claim to double human efficiency.
CEO and Co-Founder of Hemp Depot, one of the major CBD producers in the US, Andy Rodosevich, shared that “all weeding of entire farms is currently done by hand”, as the hemp production does not use pesticides. He admitted that so far the industry lacks customized solutions his company needs, and shared an opinion that robotics have an opportunity to enter CBD industry “from many directions”:
“In the not too distant future, we expect to see manufacturers and robotics present at every stage of the cannabis product lifecycle”
Carl Silverberg, senior VP from industrial computer vision company iUNU, also shared that there is huge opportunity for optimisation in CBD industry, using robotic solutions. iUNU offers robots for indoor growing, and according to Silverberg, robots are already more efficient:
“The reason is that robots are infinitely more efficient, the data they collect is instantaneous, and it only takes them an hour to scan a football field-sized greenhouse. They see every plant in a greenhouse because they’re looking at it from above, whereas a human being has to try and see as much as they can from a ground-level view. And a robot always operates at peak efficiency, whether it’s the beginning of the day or the end of the day”
In addition to cultivating, harvesting, or processing cannabis, robotics can also add efficiency at the testing stage of the product life cycle, shared earlier the CEO of Think20 Edward Sedwicki:
“As this market grows, Labs look to expand without jeopardizing quality, the need for robotic automation is going to play a major role in the future of cannabis testing”
As Future Time previously reported, Global Cannabis Applications Corp (CGAC) also bets on tech to accelerate the rise of cannabis 3.0 stage of development: according to the CEO of CGAC Brad Moore, AI and blockchain technologies, combined with regulatory actions, will help to trace the products from its origins, ensuring the quality of CBD-products, while doctors and customer will be able to rely on real-time verified and customized data in making health-related decisions.