YouTube is the new television, with videos ranging from toys reviews, beauty, travel, documentaries, teasers and a lot more. Suddenly, more people are uploading different contents that can somehow interest viewers. For those who are looking for information about cannabis, YouTube is also a good place to watch informative videos or ‘vlogs’.
Aside from documentaries about cannabis, recipes and product reviews can be found here. If you’re looking for videos to binge watch on your free time, check out these six YouTube channels:
That High Couple
From munchies mukbang, CBD oil review, recipes and tutorials, That High Couple on YouTube is definitely a must-watch. This couple explores and creates interesting cannabis-related contents for its more than 39,000 subscribers on their channel. All their videos are all about marijuana and the best thing is that they answer a lot of questions, even on the comment section.
The couple even has videos providing information to viewers on marijuana-friendly hotels, best dispensaries to visit and product comparison, especially for the stash. Plus, they are great hosts, providing more insights about cannabis and its responsible use. That High Couple uploads two new videos each week and approximately nine videos a month.
Cannabis Saves Lives
If you prefer inspirational videos with real-life footages of how marijuana has helped people with their conditions, the Cannabis Saves Lives channel is for you. It contains a lot of stories of different individuals that cure of using medical marijuana. This YouTube channel also uploads contents for dog owners who use CBD oil for anxiety, bone cancer and a lot more.
Informative videos explaining how cannabis can fight cancer can also be watched on this channel. Moreover, a guide to growing marijuana is also explained and a lot of news concerning cannabis legalization and updates.
Having its own platform, watching the Cannashow will give you radio and podcast vibes with the host talking about marijuana education, issues and more. Each episode tackles different topics and related to cannabis, for instance, in episode 2, the host talks about Medical Marijuana Card and why he has it. In that specific episode, you’ll find out how you can get one and if you are eligible for one.
Basically, watching these videos will give you tips on how to grow cannabis, score the best buds and a couple of reviews for the different stash.
Cannabis Training University
Although the channel doesn’t have any new contents, there are videos that can help you create cannabis meals through recipes. It is an informative platform which also tackles about news and issues surrounding the marijuana market. Furthermore, current findings of the potential of cannabis in treating cancer are also reported in this channel.
For a feel-good content about cannabis, this channel is for you. Coral Reefer is traveling the world in search for the best marijuana stash and bongs. In her channel, she uploads videos about marijuana tolerance, best edibles to purchase, CBD product reviews and medical marijuana papers. She also tries to smoke marijuana outdoor, smoke two joints in one sitting and a lot of bizarre things. Overall, her contents are both quirky and at the same time, informative.
If you’re seeing a lot of CBD or cannabidiol products going viral on the Internet, then you need to do a little research. Try to watch Endoca CBD’s channel on YouTube and be amazed by the wonders of nature. In this channel, you’ll learn facts about Cannabis and why you should try it. New videos are uploaded every month, containing information about CBD and the marijuana plant.
These are just some of the YouTube channels you can check out for informative videos about marijuana and CBD. You can get insights, more tips and information about the trending topics about cannabis.
Flowhub Raises $23 Million in Series A Funding
Cannabis retail management software vendor Flowhub successfully raised $23 million in the Series A funding round. Flowhub is a retail management platform for marijuana dispensaries.
The Series A funding round was led by e.ventures, Evolve Ventures, who is supported by Kraft Heinz, and Poseidon. Other notable investors in the company include 9Yards Capital, former NBA commissioner David Stern, and co-founder and former chief executive officer of Venmo Iqram Magdon-Ismail.
In a press release by Flowhub, founder and chief executive officer Kyle Sherman said “what we are experiencing right now is an end to cannabis prohibition and Flowhub is one of the front lines of this movement. Every legal transaction completed with the Flowhub retail platform is a positive step forward, and we are committed to helping our customers build thriving cannabis businesses. With this investment, we will continue to automate the cannabis supply chain, retail and reporting processes and bring to market technology solutions that are not only shaping the cannabis retail business, but also driving forward the future of legalization and de-stigmatization.”
Flowhub’s Innovative Products
The company’s wide range of offerings currently includes online-ordering features, in-store purchases, integrated features in partnership with LeafBuyer and Leafly, and an updated software which highlights its mobile inventory system. The Cashier App has also been enhanced to work with other devices such as an iPad and other similar tablets and gadgets.
Dispensaries will also reportedly gain access to easier and more hassle-free customer identification methods by using handheld devices programmed with Flowhub software.
Its integration with LeafBuyer, Leafly, as well as Dutchie, “allows cannabis businesses to stay on top of crushing compliance mandates and to create the ideal cannabis tool stack that best serves their business needs.”
In an exclusive interview with Crunchbase News, Sherman revealed that their location in Denver, Colorado is key for achieving success in the field, saying “Colorado is ground zero for regulated cannabis – both medically and legally.” Sherman states that innovations from Colorado help pave way for legalizations within other states to push through.
In total, the amount raised by the company comes to $27 million. Based on its press release, the company intends to use its funding towards product innovation, adding more members to their team, and expanding its network of clients.
Square Gives Payment Solutions to Cannabis Companies
Last Thursday, October 3, 2019, Square Inc. announced its plans to provide payment processing services to cannabis retail companies. Square Inc. initially opened its digital payment solutions to CBD businesses as part of its beta program.
The payments processor company opened its services to a number of CBD businesses last May 2019. The warm reception urged the company to roll out its program to more businesses in the field. The initial roll-out allowed approximately 1,000 partners to use Square’s services on an invite-only basis.
Square’s partnership with businesses that sell CBD products aims to provide more accessible financial services to those in the industry. Under their programs, a variety of cannabis-based firms can bill their customers using different credit card companies. The list of services also includes hardware, inventory management, and payroll assistance.
Sivan Whitely, general counsel at the company, says the “purpose is economic empowerment, and we’re always looking for ways for people to thrive and participate in the economy. This is an industry that’s been underserved,” she added.
In one of their press statements released, Square sad “we believe everyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy. Today, we’re thrilled to launch our CBD early-access program, which allows businesses in the U.S. to sell CBD products on Square quickly, easily, and securely.”
For products to qualify for selling from the Square platform, goods must contain less than 0.3% THC in compliance with the Farm Bill’s conditions.
The company’s decision to open its doors to the cannabis market stems from the continuous demand for marijuana products in the market. Based on the article released by Bloomberg, the legal marijuana industry is slated to make a whopping $13.8 billion next year. Come 2025, the market is expected to grow by a massive 24%.
Cannabis businesses who wish to take part in Square’s services will be charged 3.9% and 10 cents fee per transaction using a physical tap or swipe of a credit card. Meanwhile, online purchases will charge merchants with a 4.2% and 30 cents fee.
While the cost of placing products on the platform come with higher fees, these reportedly allow CBD brands to showcase their offerings on a much larger scale. In addition, Hudson Gaines-Ross of Plant People, a CBD brand, believes the fees allow companies to invest in different sectors necessary for success in the business, including digital strategies, hiring, and marketing ploys.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Cannabis Industry
The AI (Artificial Intelligence) industry is expected to make significant contributions to the cannabis sector. The rise in the number of investors and the amount of funds can potentially aid marijuana-related organizations in adopting innovative tech, including AI.
CROP Corp. CEO and Director Michael Yorke remarked that AI can aid in the cultivation and monitoring processes of cannabis growing companies. Artificially intelligent sensors combined with high-definition cameras have the potential for keeping track of inputs in the cultivation site. This includes monitoring various growing aspects including water, pH level, and CO2 levels, as well as temperature, humidity, feeds and light.
With an AI keeping an eye on these factors, cultivators can cut down the time spent monitoring their crops, while still ensuring the quality and quantity of yields. Moreover, trimming and de-leafing is also seen as a viable area in which AI can be applied.
Other parts of the cultivation process that can be automated by machines and codes include planting, detection of diseased plants, healing, and removal of sick crops and prediction. AIs can also be taught to identify the sex of crops for propagation. This technology can also enable the creation of new strains and strain customization to achieve desired effects.
Technology can also help in the aspect of sales and marketing of Cannabis products. Apps, websites, and social media platforms are just some of the avenue where technology can be used in the cannabis industry
All these predictions about the use of artificial intelligence in the cannabis world are likely to lead to the more immense growth of the sector.
Cannabis Legalization and Artificial Intelligence
However, experts note that the lack of federal legalization can stand in the way of these developments. With the current state of marijuana legalization in the United States, cultivators are in need of advanced tracking mechanisms in order to comply with the complex regulations currently in place.
Nabis Holding president Mark Krytiuk said that the current regulations “[require] businesses to follow detailed rules that govern every area of the industry.” He also emphasized that “even the smallest error can cost a cannabis business thousands and incur harsh punishments such as losing their cannabis license.”
Because of this, automation technology cannot be implemented without ensuring that every regulatory law will be considered. It is important to note that compliance is one of the biggest reasons that many marijuana businesses fail.
Meanwhile, Krytiuk said that AI can aid in tracking state-by-state regulations, allowing retailers to keep an eye on any development with regards to marijuana laws in their respective states. This will enable them to grow, package, distribute and sell their products knowing that they are following updated regulations.
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