In the United States, future trends in the cannabis space continue to expand with new vapes, liquids and dry herb products and technologies.
Multi-use devices, greater temperature control, and fast heating with less waste are three top trends advancing in the future. Moreover,
other trends include the rise of pre-rolled joints. Rather than maintain the original cylindrical pen shape, these joints will be innovative designed to lower-dose delivery and be applied for specific uses.
I searched cannabis magazines, analysis sites, delivery system manufacturers and sellers, and other magazines. I noted the future of the higher-end Cannabis, their acclaimed devices, and categorized upcoming needs/trends below:
MULTI-USE DEVICES, FOR DRY HERB AND CONCENTRATE
Cutting-edge portable vaporizers have entered the cannabis space. These portable vaporizers feature water filtration designed to be used with the cannabis flower.
Some vaporizers can heat up to 200-500°F. Most come with a removable mouthpiece, a magnetic lid, and fresh air intakes. Others use Dynamic Conduction Technology and an all-glass air path which provides and even heating experience. New technology offers the ability to heat up the vaporizer to up to five temperature levels allowing for fresh and potent hit.
Also known as closed systems, pre-filled cartridges continue to grow in popularity and thus in sales. Almost 250 brands operate in Colorado, Oregon and Washington today and those numbers continue to increase.
PRE-ROLLED IS INCREASING FASTER THAN VAPING
The rise of the pre-rolled trend is due in part to convenience. Marijuana's traditional flower buds are too messy and require complicated preparation in order to be smoked. Pre-rolled edibles for example, are simple to eat and can be tapered out to avoid an overdose. The pre-rolled joints are simple, easy and traditional, just like smoking a cigarette.
DESIGNS AWAY FROM CYLINDRICAL PEN SHAPE
In the future, the cannabis market aims to see more proprietary delivery devices. The hope is that these devices will command higher price points and keep cannabis consumers "locked into their proprietary formats.” Pods have become a fashionable commodity. They are shaped like a metallic USB drive. Instead of having to unscrew a cap and the chamber with liquid, users inhale to active the heat source.
With technological advances in heating technology, the cannabis industry wants to see more devices with variable temperature and less waste. Sophisticated vaporizers like the Firefly2 have sensors on each side of the bowl. The sensors indicate when the vaporizer is ready to heat up.
In addition, its uni-body design comes with a secure magnetic face plate that is easy to remove. The user can access the bowl and fill it with his/her favorite herb. This device also comes with a concentrate pad.
Pre-dosed or self-contained vaporizers are more associated with medicinal reasons and provide low level effects. However, the more advanced vaporizing models offer higher levels of THC.
A recent published patent from Apple has brought out speculation that Apple may be entering the vaporization and vaping market. With the rise of the Firefly2, vaping apps were introduced. They can be customized, control the temperature and provide information.
The growth of trends and technologies are based on brand surges, affordability and the consumer's demand for variety. As the industry grows, it brings in newbies to the world of cannabis. The market growth is combined with the sales of medical and recreational marijuana.
Transdermal patches, for example, allow the user to enjoy the THC and other cannabinoids to slowly enter the bloodstream. These patches provide long-term relieve and are expected to grow as they enter the world of science.
In summation, trends in products and technological advances seem bright for the future in the United States. Consumer demand continues to grow for less expensive, easier and innovative ways to enjoy cannabis.