Marijuana tech company Leaf has made growing marijuana available to the masses, thanks to their new”plug and plant” marijuana grow box that’s controlled with an iOS app.
Leaf is yet another creative tangent for marijuana consumers who already have the ability to contact a doctor for a medical examination and medical marijuana card—all from the comfort of their own homes. These same consumers can now grow high-quality marijuana from the comfort of their cellphone.
The integration of this growbox allows for someone as daft as myself to actually become something of an horticulturist. Leaf’s device is a 4′ x 2′ box that will fit two plants, which will yield between 4-5 ounces of weed.
Leaf’s system will automatically monitor everything your plants need to grow and produce dispensary worthy, top shelf cannabis. It will sense if your plants need nutrients and will automatically feed your lovely fauna accordingly. If your plants need more light, the system will brighten the environment. The user can use the app to control all these variables manually from their smartphone.
Users can use the app as a social media connection as well, and link with other users to exchange grow tips and offer support for newbies. Leaf has a built-in HD camera that automatically creates time-lapse videos and lets the user or the user’s friends see a live stream of the grow.
Advanced Nutrients, a forerunner in the cannabis nutrient field, is a major investor in Leaf’s system. The company will be providing Leaf with nutrients that they will put inside individual, disposable pods, allowing them to be replaced similarly to an ink cartridge in a printer.
The unit’s retail cost upon release will be a modest $1,500 with an additional $150 in nutrients tacked on for each grow. That might seem a bit steep, however, co-founder and CEO Yoni Ofir said that eventually the company hopes to drop the price of the actual device and generate its primary revenue from refills (à la Keurig). Additionally the estimated dollar value from each grow will be approximately $1,200.
Leaf is currently available to buy online.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.
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