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The future is looking bright for cannabis growers. Revolutions in the way we grow our food are hand in hand with ideas to grow cannabis in more efficient ways. Some of these growing ideas could change the industry… and the world. From innovators across the globe, here is some incredible High Science.

Automated home grow system

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Growing at home could soon be as simple as Plug-and-Plant. The creators of Leaf have built a complete system that allows you to control pH, air temp, humidity, plant growth, etc. all through the companion smartphone app. It even adjusts the environment based on the particular strain you are growing. Now you won’t have to worry about suspiciously frequent trips to your garage when all you have to do is open your phone to see how your babies are doing.

Now you won’t have to worry about suspiciously frequent trips to your garage when all you have to do is open your phone to see how your babies are doing.

Get more plants under your lights

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The problem with growing lots of plants is the number of lights and amount of space a larger home grow can take up. Not any more. Get the most out of your lights and space with Design Libero‘s or Volksgarden‘s rotating garden. One light hits the tops of every plant from the same distance, giving quality coverage. The system is fully hydroponic, with plants suspended in individual coco-coir containers, rotating to dip into the water at the bottom. Not only will systems like this triple the amount of cannabis you can grow in a given space, but it will cut your power consumption down too.

The system is fully hydroponic, with plants suspended in individual coco-coir containers, rotating to dip into the water at the bottom. Not only will systems like this triple the amount of cannabis you can grow in a given space, but it will cut your power consumption down too.

Vertical hydroponics

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Along the same vein, vertical grows multiply the grow space for each light, reducing needed floorspace, giving you more bud for your buck. Turn your Sea Of Green into Walls of Green, and watch your profits, and your buds, stack to the ceiling!

Aquaponics

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Nature knows best when it comes to growing plants, and she uses a balanced system. Now you can too, saving money on nutrients and care time in the process. A big movement in urban farming is the concept of creating a mini-cycle of plants and fish helping each other be healthy. Fish create nutrients for plants, and plants clean water for the fish! On large scale, both plants and the fish can be farmed for food, making the system lower maintenance and cheaper than having both systems seperate.

Floatillas

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Taking the idea of Aquaponics into the grand scale, Forward Thinking Architecture’s triple-decker floating barge sports a solution to the growing food shortage, and possibly to local restrictions on commercial cannabis growing. If a dozen fish can provide nutrients for a couple plants, how many plants could you grow with a whole ocean of fish?

Well, this Smart Floating Farm features 2.2 million square feet (2.04 sq km) of fish farm, hydroponic gardens, and rooftop solar panels to power itself. Capable of being anchored in oceans, lakes, or rivers, this system is estimated to be able to produce 8 tons of plants and vegetables, and 1.7 tons of fish per year. All-you-can-eat cannabis sushi, anyone? If it produced 8 tons of cannabis, at $2,500 a pound, that’s $40 million dollars worth of weed every year coming off just one of these floatillas! Sold in $250 ounces, (a little below U.S. average) that’s $64 million a year!

The hydroponic traveller

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Taking the concepts of environmental preservation and growing population into account, this potential future system could mean thousands of miles of beautiful buds stretching across the world, harnessing the spirit of Johnny Appleseed for other plants, inluding cannabis.

Using solar panels along the track and pipes to transfer water, the system proposes to convert ocean water into clean water to feed plants anywhere along the system, and convert waste into fortified nutrients for the crops. All care for the plants, from water and nutrients to harvest and transportation to market are all combined into the system. In addition, it acts as an efficient public transportation system, helping to reduce the number of cars on the road, which helps fight pollution. Now that is a way to grow the future!

Do you see a future where cannabis is as every day as flowers and vegetables? What new grow technology is being born in your basement?  Share your thoughts with us on social media  or in the comments section below.

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