Cannabis cultivation is the foundation of the cannabis industry, leading many growers to develop new methods to yield the best possible crop.
Humans have been perfecting the art of agricultural cultivation for thousands of years; however, the legalization of cannabis in North America has created a demand for new innovations in cultivation techniques and practices. Cannabis companies looking to develop an edge in an ultra-competitive market have been working to rethink and reinvent cultivation technology.
The cannabis industry in its current form is new, but cannabis cultivators have been leaders in agricultural innovation for decades. Producing an agricultural commodity in a black market presented a unique challenge, and growers needed to figure out how to efficiently grow a quality product with limited space, lighting, water and electricity. The resulting “underground” innovations have created a technological foundation for today’s legal industry to build highly efficient growing operations.
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Today, the cannabis industry is out of the shadows. Cultivation technology that at one time would have needed to be developed stealthily is now being carried out in the light of day with the aid of major investment from legitimate sources. The green rush has fueled a wave of innovation as the cannabis space becomes a fiercely competitive marketplace. Cannabis companies are pursuing every avenue to develop a better product at a lower cost than their competition. This involves choosing from a wide range of growing systems including traditional soil, hydro and aeroponics while finding ways to innovate and improve on these methods. Through legislative changes and financial support, cannabis cultivation technology is now developing at a faster pace than ever before.
Cannabis cultivation: A balancing act
Across the industry, cannabis companies are taking very different approaches when they design or license their cultivation systems, but the objectives remain the same. Optimization considerations for grow systems fall into five categories; quality, simplicity, yield size, cost and consistency. A higher-quality product often returns higher margins and results in a better consumer experience. Companies also tend to prefer simplicity in their grow systems to allow for lower labor and maintenance costs. Cultivators look to produce the largest yields possible while keeping the cost per gram as low as possible. Consistency is an important factor as well since repeatable yield and quality ensure a reliable consumer experience while allowing companies to better plan ahead.
Nearly all cultivators consider these aforementioned factors when deciding how to grow their product. Depending on a particular company’s targeted segment of the market, they may accept a higher production cost per gram in order to deliver a high-end product. Conversely, they may prioritize lower costs to deliver a more affordable product. It’s a delicate balancing act that forces companies to seriously evaluate their individual priorities. However, a number of cultivators are beginning to develop techniques that result in a quality product without inefficiencies. By developing innovative growing systems that optimize the process in ways not previously possible, cannabis companies can find ways to optimize quality and cost without making significant sacrifices.
Innovative cannabis cultivation systems
Hydroponics is by no means a new concept in the cannabis cultivation space. It was initially beneficial to cannabis growers as a space-saving innovation, but has stuck around because the method allows plants to grow faster by more easily obtaining nutrients. In the legal era, cannabis companies have been able to continuously improve and optimize these systems to use resources more efficiently, improving growth rates while lowering costs.
Ontario-based licensed producer CannabCo Pharmaceutical has chosen to design its own innovative hydroponic system rather than using a pre-existing commercially available system. By going its own way, CannabCo says that the company has been able to develop a system that can produce cannabis for under 50 cents per gram. CannabCo says that its PHOENIX system compounds multiple technologies that play on each other to enhance the benefits of each factor individually.
“PHOENIX was developed simply because we did not see anything in the market that we liked from a commercial hydroponic cultivation system. It was developed for in-house use, and not to market as a grow technology or system for profit related to marketing the technology,” CannabCo CEO Mark Pellicane told the Investing News Network. “PHOENIX provides CannabCo with a disruptive technological advantage in that the technology was designed to grow a top-shelf quality product suitable for dissemination to the medical industry as well as recreational markets.”
Companies that are looking to save more on space and water are turning to an even more radical vertical farming technique originally developed by NASA. Aeroponics takes the direct nutrient feeding concept of hydroponics while removing most of the hydro component. Instead of submerging the roots of cannabis plants and continuously pumping nutrient-rich water through the system, aeroponics suspends the roots in mid-air with the plant supported by the stock while a system of nozzles regularly sprays the roots with a nutrient-rich atomized mist. This method creates fewer waste nutrients, requires significantly less water and takes up less space per plant than hydroponics. Cannabis company James E. Wagner Cultivation (TSXV:JWCA) is one of the companies currently utilizing aeroponic cultivation in pursuit of low-cost cannabis production.
Other companies are taking a mix-and-match approach in search of their cultivation edge. Pure Global Cannabis (TSXV:PURE,OTC Pink:PRCNF,FWB:1QS) has developed a unique “multi-ponic” system that takes elements from hydroponics, aeroponics and three other vertical farming techniques. Pure Global’s system creates a “closed-loop” that allows for better and more efficient distribution and absorption of nutrients. The system allows growers the flexibility to adjust the growing conditions for the needs of each unique stage of the plants’ development.
A number of growers are now leveraging internet-of-things technology and automation in order to reduce production costs and maintain consistency. By using an array of sensors and artificial intelligence to automatically see to the plants’ needs, companies are able to cut down on man-hours and reduce the potential for human error that can prove unpredictable for quality and yield size. Water Ways Technologies (TSXV:WWT) has designed an interconnected system to be licensed by cannabis growers and small-to-medium-size-farmers. The CANNAWAYS system uses internet-of-things connectivity to automate the irrigation, fertilization and climate conditions of hydroponic crops.
Necessity breeds innovation, and in a market as competitive as the legal cannabis industry, innovation is necessary to build and maintain an edge over the competition. Companies that are able to find new ways to grow a better, more consistent product at the lowest possible cost could be well-positioned to find the competitive edge that it takes to thrive in the cannabis business.
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CanBud Distribution Corporation Closes 2M Second and Final Tranche of its Oversubscribed Private Placement Offering
CanBud Distribution Corporation (CSE: CBDX) (FSE: CD0) (“CanBud” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has closed the final tranche of its oversubscribed non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $4,730,000 (the “Offering”).
The Corporation issued a combined total of 39,409,346 units (each a “Unit“) at price of $0.12 per Unit, with each Unit comprised of one common share in the capital of the Corporation (each a “Common Share“) and one common share purchase warrant (each a “Warrant“). Each Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one additional Common Share at an exercise price of $0.22 within 24 months of the closing of the Offering (the “Warrant Term“), provided, however that if the closing price of the Common Shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE“) (or any such other stock exchange in Canada as the Common Shares may trade at the applicable time) is $0.25 or greater per Common Share for a period of five (5) consecutive trading days at any time after the closing date of the Offering, the Corporation may accelerate the Warrant Term such that the Warrants shall expire on the date which is 30 days following the date a press release is issued by the Corporation announcing the reduced warrant terms.
Thoughtful Brands Inc. (CSE:TBI)(FSE:1WZ1)(OTCQB:PEMTF) (the “Company” or “Thoughtful Brands) announces that the letter of intent with Franchise Cannabis Corp. (“FCC”), previously announced in January, has been terminated. The previously announced European joint venture with FCC will continue and allow the Company to launch and tailor its products to European consumer demands
In connection with termination of the merger transaction with FCC, the Company has agreed to pay FCC $100,000 in cash and to issue FCC 5,000,000 common shares of the Company at a deemed value of $0.05 per share. The common shares will be subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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Strategic sale of non-core assets by Lobe adds non-dilutive capital and shareholder value
Lobe Sciences Ltd. (CSE: LOBE) (OTC Pink: GTSIF) (“Lobe” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce, further to its press release dated February 23, 2021, that it has completed the sale to Ionic Brands Corp. (“Ionic Brands”) of Lobe’s non-core cannabis assets relating to Washington-based Cowlitz County Cannabis Cultivation Inc. (“Cowlitz”) held by Lobe’s subsidiary vendor, Green Star Biosciences Inc. (the “Transaction”).
Seattle Area Grocery Chain Metropolitan Market to Begin Carrying KOIOS and Fit Soda on March 22, 2021
Adding to its existing presence on the west coast of the United States, all five KOIOS™ flavours and all four Fit Soda™ flavours will be carried in Metropolitan Market stores beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021. Serving the Seattle-Tacoma area (population 3.87 million), Metropolitan Market is one of five chains under its parent firm Good Food Holdings, which has a total of 51 stores in California, Oregon, and Washington State.
Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV; OTC: KBEVF) (the “Company” or “Koios”) is pleased to announce that beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021, Koios’ entire line of canned beverage products will be sold at all locations of Metropolitan Market, an urban format supermarket chain in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State. In Q1 2021, the Company announced multiple placements of its beverage products with regional grocers in markets on the west coast of the United States including Market of Choice in Oregon Jensen’s in Southern California and major natural grocery chain Sprouts Farmers Market which has a substantial west coast presence with over one third of its locations (360+ stores across 23 states) in California as well as Washington State 1 . The Company has also recently announced other developments relating to its expansion efforts being undertaken in 2021 such as an in-house beverage canning facility and distribution agreements with regional and national wholesale partners.