What does the future of work look like in the cannabis industry?
Legalization has allowed several cannabis-related industries to come out of the woodwork and thrive. However, the continuing stigma stifles creativity and affects how the world of cannabis progresses.
Looking through a future-fiction lens, I attempted to think outside the box to consider what jobs might exist in twenty years.
Terpenes are the “essential oils” of plants, responsible for giving cannabis its flavor and aroma. What can cannabis do for the food and drink industry, especially as we learn to extract cannabinoids more efficiently?
What if AI could tell us what it’s like to use cannabis? What would their experiences and the corresponding data tell us about how cannabis affects our bodies?
How will users ingest cannabis in twenty years? How will that affect the ritual and communal aspects of its consumption? What will “getting together for a safety meeting” look like?
Hemp eclipses cotton. It has a shorter life cycle (four months vs. 10-20 years) and requires much less water. With precious resources dwindling and legalization probable, how will hemp become a viable alternative in the industry?
Shipping containers could provide community and sustainability while preserving space in a crowded future Los Angeles, potentially incorporating each touch point in the cannabis growing process.
As scientific research evolves, we will learn more about how cannabinoids affect strains, and how they each uniquely contain different psychoactive and medicinal properties. How will genetics customize the experience, for both medical and recreational purposes?
A short piece that imagines a day in the life of Marie Jayne, a CEO in the cannabis industry