Domo arigato, meet Mr. Budtender Roboto. We don't want you to think we endorse tech innovations that take job opportunities away from your favorite neighborhood budtender, but this app is a pretty cool and potentially useful innovation.
PotBot, a new app by Potbotics, relies on user-submitted data (e.g. weight, gender, medical condition, and frequency of cannabis use) to tailor strain and dosage recommendations for medical cannabis.
"Patients who are recommended medical marijuana are given very little information on the different strains available to them on the market," the folks at Potbot explain on their site. "There are more than 750 strains of cannabis to choose from and many methods of consumption such as tinctures, dabs, edibles, lotions, vaporizers and sprays. Choosing the wrong strain and form of ingestion can aggravate symptoms instead of alleviating them."
All you have to do is fill in your age, weight, gender, how often you consume, and your location - data which PotBot obviously collects and analyzes for data-mining purposes - the tool spits out your personalized "Cannabinoid Overview." It includes the recommended cannabinoid ratio to treat ailments including epilepsy, ADHD, Crohn's and depression.
The company explains in a video primer that consuming cannabis can correct imbalances in your body's endocannabinoid system, as the chemical compounds in marijuana - most famously, THC - act on cannabinoid receptors in cells.
"At Potbot," the video explains, "we calculate the individual effects of each cannabinoid, and delve farther into the synergistic effects of the entire cannabinoid profile in order to accurately recommend the appropriate levels of each cannabinoid for your ailment. These tailor-made cannabinoid percentages, displayed on the 'Recommended Cannabinoids' page, are calculated to maximize the therapeutic value a patient can receive from cannabis."
The tool also hooks you up with a list of strains that match your ideal cannabinoid ratio, preferred consumption methods, and a map of cannabis-friendly doctors and dispensaries in legal states.