Companies operating in the cannabis industry are in existence because of the marijuana plant, which is cultivated and harvested to manufacture marijuana products and services. The marijuana plant is harvested through trimming, a process through which the farmer separates the stem and leaves from the flower. When trimming is done correctly, the marijuana plant dries properly and the buds are highly potent and appealing to customers when taken to the market. When there are many plants to be harvested, trimming can be quite tiresome and time-consuming.
Innovators in the cannabis industry are working on developing a faster process of trimming through the use of technology, and the first discovery will garner a lot of profits since farmers are looking for a way they can harvest faster.
Hand Trimming is Rudimentary But Popular
The most popular method of trimming marijuana during the harvesting season is hand trimming, which has been in use for several years now. However, the technique is rudimentary and time-consuming.
The only technological improvement that has been made on the hand trimming equipment is the design of the scissor blade. The design enables the blade to cut through the marijuana plant easily.
The scissor blade is fitted with springs to reduce the amount of effort used when cutting, and the curve blade was adapted to enable the blade to cut into tight spaces.
Despite the improvement in the blade design, the hand trimming process is still rudimentary and time-consuming even though it is the most used method of harvesting across the globe.
Trimming Machine Technology
In the past few decades, there has been a wave of new cutting machines in the marijuana sector. The trimming process is made faster by the device since one machine does the work of several workers in a hand trimmer.
However, the downside to the machines is that they may result in a significant loss of trichomes. Another disadvantage is that many leaves may be left on the bud since the trimming mechanism is not as precise as a hand trimmer.
When trimming buds from the larger branches, trimming machine technology is very efficient, but it requires the intervention of a hand trimmer to cut the water leaves from the buds with the use of trimming scissors.
The Soft Tissues of the Marijuana Plants Make it Difficult to Trim
The marijuana plant is comprised of soft tissues, especially the buds, which are the essential parts of the plant, and this makes it challenging to use harvesting machines.
Harvesting should be done with caution to avoid dislodging trichomes, which are very delicate, from the marijuana flower.
The technology used in harvesting other crops cannot be incorporated in the marijuana sector because of the delicate nature of the marijuana plant.
Compared to other crops, marijuana plant growth is not uniform as some are tall and others short and bushy; thus, machines used for other crops cannot be used for cannabis plants. And this makes the process of designing a trimming machine for marijuana crops a little challenging.
Once such a machine is developed, it will be a revolution in the marijuana industry. Experts believe industry players like Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS) and Dama Financial must have heard a lot of complaints from farmers who are struggling to trim their plants manually, so a mechanized solution would be welcome to all.
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