High Tech Helmet Could Help Doctors Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Cannabis and tech industries continue to join forces in new ways - especially in the medical field.

One problem researchers hope to address is the ambiguities surrounding medical marijuana. Right now, medical users are issued a prescription from a doctor, but then it's up to them to figure out which strain or cannabis product works best to manage their specific symptoms.

Palo Alto-based Potbotics, founded in 2013, aims to remove some of that guesswork. Fortune Magazine has featured Potbotic's "wireless EEG (electroencephalography) helmet." The device "allows GPs to capture brain waves and analyze a patient's neural response to cannabinoid stimulants so that the right strain and cannabinoid level can be recommended."

In other words, the headgear purportedly maps neural pathways and suggests the type of cannabis that would offer the greatest relief.

Potbotics is also working on PotBot, a virtual budtending app available for both desktop and mobile. They also design interactive in-store kiosks for dispensaries equipped with a point-of-sale system, facial recognition, and encrypted cloud infrastructure.

High tech, indeed.

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Most people know that to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car is very dangerous — not just for the driver and passengers, but for anyone else sharing the road. For cannabis consumers, however, understanding levels of impairment is not so straightforward. To date, there is not yet a technology used by law enforcement that can accurately detect cannabis impairment similar to alcohol breathalyzers.

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