Florida Marijuana Company Invents Way to Grow Marijuana Faster, Without Soil

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In the context of marijuana growing or not, you may have heard of hydroponic gardening, but a marijuana company in Florida is growing marijuana plants out of thin air in a process called “Aeroponics.”

A local Florida news affiliate is reporting that Tampa Bay is home to an agricultural revolution: growing plants without soil, sand, gravel, liquid, or any other substrate.

Although Aeroponics as a plant growing technique has been around for a while, used to grow lettuce and wheat with the plant suspended in mid air, roots exposed and everything, and nourished and watered with a nutrient rich mist, the St.Petersburg marijuana company has mastered growing the marijuana plant in record time using this technique.

Doug Fyvolent of Solaridy says aeroponics are have resulted in “Growing the plants 10 percent faster.” The marijuana company uses a ten-foot-tall proprietary “CropTower,” which makes good use of space as well, growing upward and not outward. Doug says they got the idea from NASA scientists researching methods of gardening in space and improved on their techniques.

Fyvolent masterminded Solaridy after researching the marijuana industry and learning that having enough space was a major problem for cannabis growers. Fyvolent touts the space-saving, square-footage maximizing benefit of his product:

“It allows you to maximize the square footage you already have, saving you the headaches, costs and time of looking for a bigger warehouse.”

The CropTower comes equipped with special cups that prevents the suspended plants from falling out. The custom design for the waterfall system for keeping the plants hydrated and nourished took two years to develop: “We will pump the water in and it will rain over the roots, then we recycle the water into a tan.”

The CropTower can really maximize square footage for a small marijuana company that grows its own plants. Taking three square feet as an example, a grower should be able to grow about nine cannabis plants on the ground, which should yield around two pounds of viable marijuana plant matter.

Using the CropTower, however, a marijuana company can grow 104 cannabis plants in the same amount of space, yielding around 30 pounds. The way the CropTower works is by keeping the roots of the plants moist. The company says it allows pesticide free growing as well and fewer worries about bugs.

Presently the Solaridy crop tower is being leased for use by cannabis growers in Denver, Colorado but Fyvolent hopes that future changes to marijuana laws in Florida will open the door to using the product in his own state.

Marijuana’s Impact on the Brain in This New Study Should Encourage Investing in Marijuana

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Investing in marijuana keeps looking better and better. Earlier this month researchers at Oxford University in the U.K. published the results of a bombshell study that found marijuana can have a positive impact on a brain in decline.

Doses of THC appear to improve memory and learning abilities in older mice suffering from cognitive decline. The implications for human sufferers of age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other forms of dementia are full of hope.

Researchers are studying THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in a £10 million ($13 million) program to “identify new medical therapies through research into the molecular, cellular and systems mechanisms of cannabinoids.”

In the study, published by Nature Medicine, and publicized in a highly cited Newsweek article, “researchers led by Andreas Zimmer, from the University of Bonn, Germany, have shown how THC can provide significant benefits to mice when it comes to age-related cognitive decline.”

To study how THC might affect a brain in decline, researchers administered small doses of THC to mice at 2 months, 12 months, and 18 months- the latter two control groups representing mature and elderly mice.

The team did three experiments.

The first involved teaching mice to navigate a water maze. As expected mature and old mice performed worse than the young group. Then the team treated the older groups with THC, and amazingly found a significant improvement at the task. (Interestingly enough the young mice did much worse after receiving THC doses.)

The second test involved teaching mice to locate objects. Older mice given THC were able to perform as well as the younger mice that had not been administered with the drug.

The third test was related to partner recognition of other mice and also demonstrated the efficacy of THC in improved cognitive performance for mature and elderly mice.

The team wrote:

“Together, these results reveal a profound, long-lasting improvement of cognitive performance resulting from a low dose of THC treatment in mature and old animals.”

The Motley Fool, an Alexandria, Virginia-based financial services and investing company said Sunday that these findings should encourage investing in marijuana businesses:

“The marijuana industry, and marijuana stocks for that matter, have been expanding by leaps and bounds over the past two decades. What was once a completely taboo industry has become a thriving source of legal growth, at least in some states…

What studies like this do is really fan the flame of what might be possible with cannabis-based medicines. While many of the ongoing studies are considered informal in nature — i.e., they’re not being overseen by an accredited regulatory body like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — some developing pot-based drugs have really turned heads.”

If investing in marijuana is of interest to you, then you may be excited to know about the first actively managed marijuana ETFs on their way.

Marijuana Businesses Better Stock Up On This Product in 2017

There are some big changes happening in cannabis consumer preferences that marijuana businesses should pay close attention to in 2017!

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Earlier this year the California-based marijuana delivery service called Eaze (known as “The Uber for weed”), released its second annual “State of Cannabis” report.

The report draws on data from 250,000 California users and a survey with 5,000 respondents to provide a very comprehensive picture of your customers if you’re in the marijuana industry.

If you’re not selling cannabis oil cartridges as part of your marijuana business and making a concerted effort to advertise this product category to your clientele, you’re missing out on a big opportunity in a rapidly growing cannabis product segment.

According to Eaze’s first report at the beginning of 2016, marijuana oil cartridges for vaping were a mere 6% sliver of overall sales for the past year. This year sales of marijuana oil cartridges are up over 400% making up a full 24% of the delivery service’s sales.

As more cannabis consumers take to vaporizing their weed, fewer and fewer are purchasing the raw plant itself. Over the last year sales of the marijuana plant’s raw flowers fell from 75% to 54%.

Customers are less interested than ever in lighting up and smoking, when they can use a cleaner, less harsh vaporizer, or purchase any number of edible cannabis products ready-made, that they don’t have to prepare themselves.

Finally, consumer purchases of flowers, edibles, and concentrates that are primarily CBD-based has increased 38% over the last year.

CBD or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that is remarkable for providing consumers with many of the palliative and medical benefits of marijuana, without producing the characteristic psycho-active “high” that is caused by THC.

Marijuana businesses that are paying attention will cater to the increasing consumer demand for these product categories.