Quantum Mob recently started exploring all avenues of growing and distributing cannabis. We thought we would begin with the  first step in the supply chain: manufacturing. While hemp and cannabis are different products altogether, their processes are relatively similar and in order to compete in the current market, cultivators need to incorporate modern software technology.

The cannabis space expands and functions just like any other business should. So, we start at the beginning: cultivation. Processing and agricultural machinery is a key first step into the production of cannabis. You need to gather the raw materials and ensure your hardware is as efficient and effective as possible. Post-legalization, the industry has seen a significant increase in consumer consumption - so much so, that growers are struggling to keep up. While their yield may be maximized, the volume of consumable product has remained relatively the same, and because regulations prevent expansion and distribution without approval, there is a lot of waiting around. But there’s still room to educate and learn...

While the fibres in both hemp and cannabis can be used for “composites and textiles”, explains Bruce Ryan, Founder and CEO of CannaSystems, around 70 percent of the materials can be made into ‘core material’ which is now finding new applications in building construction. A company in Calgary, Just BioFibre, has combined materials with lime and water to create lego-like bricks that get stronger over time; ideal for sustainable housing.

Hammer mills beat the hemp and turn it to dust for it to be molded into effective shapes.

Growing hemp has been a legal industry for over 20 years and now, post-prohibition, the industry is looking to gather and use marijuana the same way. Hemp started to be enhanced as an alternative to a material called sisal, most commonly used for cat scratching posts. Sisal was being used as a material for its long fibres; CannaSystems was determined to do the same with hemp and uses technology to regulate the materials and ensure the best growing conditions. Analyzing everything from room temperature to sun exposure to humidity levels can guarantee producers the best and largest yield possible - especially because it can also tell you the best time to extract.

While regulation and governments have somewhat tainted the sector, legalization has still triggered businesses to expand. Permit applications have doubled since Canada approved recreational Cannabis use and there has been massive growth in the US as states begin the legalization process. This has allowed external entities to learn about weed, and those already involved are learning how to develop successful, lifelong brands. Moreover, while both fresh and mature firms are working, studies show that consumers grow less invested as time goes on. Without contemporary technology, businesses will struggle to last longer than a few years.

Following the implementation of software tech, cultivators and farmers are encouraging the development of both products and supply chains; one of the large portions of the cannabis space is promoting and partnering with our colleagues. We all want to be as informed and helpful as possible while satisfying an increasingly expansive demand. Distributing out the supply chain also makes the entire process more cost effective and ensures the largest yield from each plant, guaranteeing a brand’s spot in the $60 billion industry.

By incorporating Quality Efficiency Management Systems, and specific CRM and ERP softwares that allow for custom machinery to record and improve the maximum yield, growers, cultivators, and producers - similar to that of CannaSystems - are able to make their mark on the space and benefit as both business owners and consumers.