This medical marijuana start-up uses artificial intelligence to find which strain is best for you
Artificial intelligence is being used to improve banking, marketing, the legal field — and now to find which one of the more than 30,000 strains of medical marijuana is best for you.
Potbot uses AI to "read" through peer-reviewed medical journals to find studies on cannabinoids, the active compounds in marijuana. Using the research, it pairs 37 symptoms like insomnia, asthma and cancer with branded marijuana strains to find which type of weed is best suited to treat each one.
The company has raised $5 million to date, according to Potbotics CEO David Goldstein. Part of the reason for its success is the technology doesn't actually involve marijuana directly, making it completely legal he said. The app is available in Apple's App Store and the Google Play store. In addition, the bigger pharmaceutical companies haven't entered the space, giving the marijuana industry a "start-up mentality."
Hindu Kush (Indica)
In most cases, today's Hindu Kush is still pretty much the same strain as that spread around the world from the Orient. Of course, you don't have to go to far-off locations to enjoy the medicinal benefits of Hindu Kush marijuana; you can grow your own in your home. In fact, modern strains of HK do best when cultivated indoors where all environmental conditions can be controlled meticulously.
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Budtending Is a Real and Important Job
Budtenders working in weed dispensaries have a lot of influence over their customers, especially those who aren’t sure what they need, want or are looking for.
Thankfully, most budtenders are knowledgeable and very helpful.
While many started off behind the counters when the industry was still operating in the so-called “legal gray” area, they have learned on, and off, the job.
One young woman told LA Weekly that with widespread legalization, budtending has become a job to be taken seriously.
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