NFC Tech to Provide Clarity in Cannabis Consumption
People should be aware of what they put in and on their bodies, says cannabis entrepreneur Danny Davis, founder and CEO of Origin Labs, Inc. Now, with the merger of NFC technology and cannabis products, getting this information has never been easier.
What is NFC?
NFC stands for Near Field Communication. Simply put, NFC entails tech that allows two devices — one of which is typically a cell phone — to communicate. In addition to its many uses (sending pics, making payments), NFC can also be used to get more information on a certain product just by bringing your phone close to an NFC tag.
One of the biggest advantages of NFC is that there is no need for a scanner app; the information is provided almost instantaneously. Also, NFC chips are now standard equipment on most mobile phones like the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy 8.
Introduced earlier this week by US-based Origin Labs, PearlCBD is the first line of CBD products (lotions, tinctures, creams, and capsules) to incorporate the NFC tag on all their labels. In other words, by tapping your phone with one of these products you will get a plethora of information, such as lab test results and ingredients for that particular batch, and perhaps most importantly of all — the exact CBD and THC content.
This is quite significant as a recent survey showed that 56% of US adults are not aware of the difference between CBD and THC. Another thing to keep in mind is the legality — any product that has a THC content over 0.3% is illegal on a federal level.
Pax Era Pro
Another cannabis-related product that offers transparency to users is the new Era Pro vaporizer. Using proprietary cartridges embedded with a unique NFC sticker, this device allows users to get plenty of additional information about that particular pod; ranging from oil content, strain potency, lab tests, and producer info.
Simply insert the pod in the vape and you will get all the data through your Pax smartphone app.
The only issue here is the ban Apple imposed on vape apps back in November. For the time being, this information is only available on Android devices, however, the company is working on a solution that should become available in a few weeks.
What does this mean for users?
By incorporating NFC tech into cannabis products, users have access to more information about what they are buying and consuming. This has never been more relevant than it is today, especially with the recent vaping crisis being linked to THC-vape pens.
What’s more, cannabis production is still an unregulated area, allowing many companies to market low-quality products and even “cut corners” in their production process.
Hopefully, this kind of technology will expand to all packaging and give users some much-needed peace of mind when it comes to consuming cannabis products.