Technology has changed the way we live, work and play—and even how we consume cannabis. From advanced extraction technologies to virtual reality in the workplace, technology impacts cannabis from the time it’s put into the ground until it exits our lungs in a satisfying exhale. Here’s a closer look at four of the most compelling, impactful, and innovative uses of technology in the cannabis industry to-date.

1. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

When it comes to virtual and augmented reality, we tend to first think about its role in entertainment and gaming, but its potential impact extends as far as cannabis grow sites and retail spaces. Virtual reality (VR) refers to full immersion in a virtual world, while augmented reality (AR) refers to partial immersion, such as when your phone or device creates content within the real-world (think Pokémon GO).

WeedVR, for instance, brings you into a virtual dispensary where you can ogle at, inspect, and even smoke your favorite buds in a cyber lounge. There’s even functionality in the works to make virtual purchases from partnering retailers—coming soon for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, you can now imagine yourself buying buds before even stepping into a shop.

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