Global warming will one day wipe out the planet Earth. Prominent scientists say we’re probably in The Matrix and many others believe that human beings are a generation away from being the domesticated pets of AI robots. The future is so bright I gots to wear shades, but their also to cover up my red eyes from smoking so much.
One of our biggest questions for futurologists and technological prognosticators is: just when are we going to be able to 3-D cannabis? In all seriousness, it might not be that far off. For awhile now, scientists have been able to print replicas of organic material. While testing to print 3-D organ transplants, mankind has successfully printed a weird-looking but supposedly functional human ear, branching artery patterns, and embryonic human hearts made of biological matter.
Not only have scientists had luck with printing biological material, they’ve also successfully printed pharmaceutical drugs. Earlier this year, Spritam became the first ever 3-D printed drug to get the approval of the FDA. Spiritam is a pill used to treat epilepsy, so perhaps if the active ingredients of the drug can be synthesized, coded and spit out of a printer, then the same could be done with cannabinoids like THC and CBD.
Combine these cannabinoids with biological matter like the organ people have been having luck with and maybe you could have some fresh bud at the press of Control+P. But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. Kind of like people who read this article, an April Fool’s joke from Leafly claiming the launch of a 3-D cannabis printer.
What is possible, in the here and now, is using 3-D printer technology to expand the cannabis field in ways other than printing the buds themselves. Printable hydroponic grow equipment is available. Users have to print off the set-up pieces by piece (sometimes up to 50 pieces are involved) and though there are probably more practical ways to get your hands in this equipment, it’s still kind of cool.
Another facet of the cannabis world being moved forward by 3-D printing is the virtual headshop. Companies like Printabowl are using the technology to help make better, cooler bongs. The company doesn’t currently print the bongs themselves (for one thing, the plastics used most often for items might be toxic to smoke), and instead use the printer to shape moulds which they then use to cast porcelain.
But don’t worry. Once the AIs take over, they’ll probably figure out how to close the cannabis printing gap and we’ll be able to get high all day while they walk us and rub our bellies. Sounds like the life.
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