SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Time is running out to reserve your GroBox in-home cannabis growing system, hydroponics innovator Cloudponics announced today. The pre-order campaign will close on 5/15 so that Cloudponics can move forward with production and deliver the first units of GroBox in Summer 2016.
Cloudponics GroBox is a fully automated, Internet connected in-home growing system that makes it easy to grow your own cannabis for legal recreational and medicinal use from the convenience of home. The GroBox is completely self-sustaining, and can run by itself for up to 3 weeks without needing a water refill.
Paired with the Cloudponics app for iOS and Android, a digitized personal growing assistant that monitors the entire grow process and automates everything from water to light to nutrition, GroBox is simple yet flexible enough that anyone from a beginner to an experienced grower can grow their own cannabis in about 3 months' time.
In the long term, Cloudponics GroBox can be used to grow a variety of plants and produce, however the system's current setup has been designed specifically for the needs of cannabis users, with special features including odor-removal technology and an automated doorlock, GroBox is designed to ensure the security and discretion of your plants.
Cloudponics has partnered with two of the most trusted, most well-regarded cannabis growing brands in the world to build GroBox. The system's LED growing lights come from LED technology innovator Black Dog LED, while the system's nutrients come from General Hydroponics. "These brands are truly at the top of their fields," says Cloudponics CEO Pepijn van der Krogt. "Customers trust them, and they trust their products, and we're honored to have them as part of the Cloudponics story."
When asked about the timing of GroBox, van der Krogt points to the rapidly expanding acceptance and legalization for recreational and medicinal cannabis use in the United States. At least 24 states and Washington D.C. have introduced some form of marijuana legalization, with four states legalizing recreational use for adults.
"The rapid spread of cannabis legalization has given rise to a really exciting culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in the cannabis space," van der Krogt observes. "People are searching for the most efficient, cost-effective and convenient ways to integrate legal cannabis into their lifestyle, and with the GroBox our goal is to be a part of that process."
Cloudponics CPO Nicolas Ruiz points to several advantages that the GroBox system has over other cannabis procurement methods. Growing cannabis at home provides users with complete visibility into what they're consuming and what went into growing it -- a transparency that can sometimes be lacking with third-party growers. Over time, the Cloudponics system also becomes a more affordable alternative to paying for cannabis from dispensaries -- an expense that can add up to over $5,500 per year for regular users. "GroBox pays for itself with the first harvest," Ruiz says.
Growing as much as 8oz.'s worth of cannabis in just 3 months, GroBox has the added benefit of eliminating the hassle of having to leave home to refill your stock - a benefit which, Ruiz points out, may be particularly appealing for medical users. "When you're suffering head-splitting migraines or debilitating nausea, the last thing you want to do is go out and wait in line at the dispensary, only to find out the strain you need is not available," Ruiz points out. "GroBox takes that inconvenience out of the equation."
Cloudponics was founded in Chile by van der Krogt, an industrial engineer who migrated from the famously cannabis-friendly Netherlands and his co-founder Ruiz, a civil engineer and avid cannabis grower from Chile. In 2014, the Cloudponics team was selected for inclusion in Chile's prestigious startup accelerator, Startup Chile -- even though marijuana use is currently illegal in the country. In 2015, the company moved to the United States, setting up shop in one of the nation's most forward-thinking cannabis cities, San Francisco.
Customers can pre-order their Cloudponics GroBox now on cloudponics.com with a downpayment of $190. Customers who preorder now will be able to purchase the system for $1490 - 40% off the system's MSRP of $2490. Units are expected to ship later this summer.
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