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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This Massachusetts Democrat - and 2020 presidential candidate - has a strong history of supporting veterans' access to medical marijuana. Over the years, Congressman Seth Moulton has acted as the primary sponsor on three cannabis-related bills—all of them focusing on improving veteran access to medical marijuana. As an Iraq War vet himself, Moulton has taken a strong stance in supporting the health and well-being of other veterans who continue to be barred from accessing medical marijuana - even in states where it's legal - because federal prohibition prevents Veterans Affairs from letting vets use medical cannabis.

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