A couple of weeks ago, I received a request to review an application that was relatively new to the app store called Strainprint. According to their site, “[Strainprint’s] mission is to help people use cannabis in the most effective way possible. By guiding patients to track their own cannabis intake, we will help to refine and improve treatment. It is our aim to advance the scientific understanding of cannabis and its legitimization as a therapy.” This is a unique idea and I believe the premise is something that could be really beneficial to the study of the effects of different strains of marijuana. So, I decided to give it a shot! Here are my thoughts:

Pros:

– The setup process for Strainprint couldn’t be easier. If you use cannabis to treat any medical conditions, you’re more than likely to find the condition on the extensive list the Strainprint provides. In addition to that, you can select the symptoms you experience as a result of the condition and that really impressed me. You can really narrow it down, which is helpful when you use the Snapshot feature.

– Almost as extensive as the list of conditions and symptoms are the list of strains from which you can choose! If you know nothing else about cannabis, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of different strains of cannabis to try. The best thing about this aspect of the app is that, if for some reason, you can’t find your strain on this list, you can add it! Can’t beat that.

- Getting to the meat of this app, the purpose is to track your cannabis usage, as well as your feeling after the fact. Doing this, ideally, will allow you to get an idea of which strains work best for you. One feature that I was insanely impressed with was that you’re allowed to pick “recreational” as a symptom. While there are many people that use cannabis for legitimate medical conditions, there are much more that that don’t, so this is a cool addition. After answering a couple more questions, you’re on your way to tracking your session.

Cons:

– One of the questions when initiating your session is “How many puffs did you consume?” and personally, I believe this question is kind of unrealistic based on the injection methods.


– There are technical issues with the application from time to time. As a power user of iPhones, I understand that a simple app reset could fix the freezing, but I found that the app froze more than I would have liked.

Overall, I’m a fan of this application, but like with many things, it just needs a little work to improve. The successes, however, far outweigh anything else about it. I suggest you try it for yourselves! I love it! It’s available in both the iOS App Store and Google Play. You can find them at Strainprint.ca!

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