In places where marijuana is grown illegally, the operations need to be kept secret. In many cases, that means growers have resorted to indoor farms, using artificial light and carefully controlled humidity to ensure the best crops. While growing all types of marijuana is now perfectly legal in an ever-growing number of U.S. states, there are still growers in legal markets who are sticking with the indoor model.
Why? Well, for a pretty simple reason, actually.
LED Lights Make Weed Better
Light emitting diodes have grown popular as an alternative to fluorescent lights, as well as to traditional incandescent bulbs, because of how little electricity they use, and how long they last. They’ve also, thanks to developments in manufacturing, become quite affordable. According to Wired, though, LEDs are growing more popular with marijuana growers because they can actually increase the power of their product through carefully controlled wavelengths of light. The cannabis plants receive a very specific wavelength of light (which is both soothing, and magenta in color), and that specific wavelength leads to a stronger, more powerful plant by the time it’s harvested.
Cannabis isn’t the only industry that’s been turning to indoor growing as a way to overcome production problems, either. Industrial farming operations are embracing an idea called vertical farming, which refers to growing plants in tall buildings. What companies have found is that by controlling every aspect of the growing process, from the type and amount of light that plants get, to the humidity in the air, is that they can grow more plants with fewer inputs, and their crops are kept safe from exposure, insects, and other problems. In short, indoor farming using LED lights, along with other technological advances, takes a lot of the guess-work out of the growing process, and helps companies big and small produce more product with fewer losses. It also means they can grow a product locally, even if locally is in the middle of a major city.
Will It Be The Wave of The Future?
Technological tinkering is not new to cannabis growers. The difference is that now companies can bring their full focus and resources onto making cannabis plants better with no worry about government interference or legal charges. The result is that we’re likely to see a bigger variety of plants, each of them bred for a different use medicinally or recreationally.
A bigger variety than we already have, that is.
Of course, there are some arguing that the booming indoor-cultivation industry is adding a whole host of new problems to electrical grids, and is becoming a huge consumer of energy. As more states legalize, citizens can expect more legislation and monitoring of cultivation habits.
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