Strainprint Patient Profile: Jennifer Raymond – How Medical Cannabis Changed My Life – Living Symptom Free

The best part about Strainprint is the fact that we get to support patients on their medical cannabis journey, help them live symptom-free and meaningful lives. This is a cause we are passionate about and we love hearing the profound stories from our app users.

Out of that passion, comes our patient profile focused blog series which will profile our app users’ medical cannabis journeys, how medical cannabis is improving their lives, and how those that are facing similar challenges can share in and learn from others.

To kick off our first in the series of patient profile blog posts, we caught up with medical cannabis patient, and Strainprint app user, Jennifer Raymond.

Jennifer’s Journey

Jennifer is a 32 year old wife, mother of two active boys (aged 4 & 16 months) from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and though she is a Graphic Designer by trade Jennifer recently started her own Doula business, Prairie Mama Birth Services.

In her spare time (if and when she has any) Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family…..and sleeping (which is hard to do at this stage in her life!)

Her journey started back in January when she started to feel debilitating pain, pain so horrible that often she wasn’t able to function, instead she would retreat to the kitchen, sit on the floor and cry quietly (so her children couldn’t hear her).

Eventually, after extensive medical testing Jennifer was diagnosed with a very rare type of arthritis in addition to severe psoriasis which comes and goes. Alongside the flare ups comes spots on her body, as well as severe joint pain. The medical term for her condition is psoriatic arthritis.

She was given several prescriptions which did at first help with inflammation. The challenge was the medication only worked for a temporary period of time, and then eventually stopped providing any relief at all.

Jennifer was at a loss, with two young children, a full time job and incapacitating pain, so much so that she could not even pick up her 16 month old son. Her husband suggested she try medical cannabis.

Initially she was quite reluctant to try it. She’d never tried cannabis before and remained unreceptive to the idea for a period of time. Eventually her options ran out and she decided to give it a try.

In Jennifer’s words: “It worked like a hot damn.” Currently, she takes oil 4 times per day and has also been vaping.

She goes on to say, “I can now actually function and not been constantly cringing in pain. I am finally able to be the mother and wife that I am meant to be, in addition to being able to work on my passion of becoming a practicing doula, using cannabis has completely transformed my life.”

“I can now sit and play with my boys, pick them up, and be the mom I want to be. It’s made my life worth living again.” Jennifer added.

Jennifer & the Strainprint App

Jennifer started using the Strainprint app fairly soon into her medical cannabis journey after she got her first oil. She came across the app by doing a Google search. Having never used cannabis before she found the app incredibly helpful in tracking how each strain impacted her daily life.

In addition, due to the debilitating pain caused by arthritis, though the clinic gave her a journal to keep track of her intake, she could barely hold a pen and write due to the pain. When using Strainprint, with a few small taps of her phone screen, Jennifer was easily able to track her sessions.

She also had a design appreciation for the app: “Being a graphic designer I loved the clean look of the app, and the fact that it was easy to use. I also carry my phone everywhere for work, so I don’t have to worry about carrying around a paper journal.” Jennifer said. “My favourite feature is the pop-up notifications that ask how I’m feeling. I also love that fact that I have a tool to take back to my clinic to show them the amazing results I’ve been getting, what is working well, and what isn’t working so well.”

Jennifer uses the app every day, ensuring that she tracks each and every session. An added benefit for being such a loyal user, is that she’s earned a bunch of points and most recently got a free vape which she’s been putting to good use.

Advice from Jennifer

“If I could give one piece of advice to anyone suffering from a medical condition that isn’t being effectively treated, is to open your mind up about medical cannabis and give it a try. My only regret is that I didn’t try it sooner. It’s been a complete game-changer and has allowed me to live my life to the fullest, symptom free.”

Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd. (“Strainprint”) Opens its Ambassador Program With Denver-based IMPACT Network

 

Strainprint, leader in cannabis data collection and strain efficacy reporting.

TORONTOAug. 23, 2017 /CNW/ – StrainprintTM, the leader in cannabis data collection and strain efficacy reporting, is pleased to announce the launch of its Ambassador Research Program.  The Strainprint Ambassador program is available to qualified researchers that use Strainprint’s revolutionary data gathering and analytics tools to conduct observational cannabis studies in relation to specific medical conditions.

“From inception, Strainprint was developed with research in mind.  The Ambassador program is just one more way that we are working to advance the study and use of cannabis as a legitimate therapeutic for a variety of symptoms and conditions,” said Dave Berg, Strainprint Chief Technology Officer.

Ambassador researchers get a study-specific version of the Strainprint mobile app for their patients and get subsidized access to their segregated, confidential patient data-set through Strainprint’s upcoming web-based clinical interface and analytics platform.  In exchange, Strainprint receives a credit as the key data collection and analytics tool on any published Ambassador research and all anonymized data becomes part of the Strainprint community.  Strainprint will also begin to feature Ambassadors as guest Bloggers in key medical cannabis education.

One of the first Strainprint Ambassadors is IMPACT Network, http://www.impactcannabis.org, a Denver-based 501c3 nonprofit research institute registered with the U.S. National Institute of Health.  IMPACT Network’s WMEDS study will be the first longitudinal study of cannabis for women’s health.  “Our mission is to Improve marijuana policy and accelerate cannabinoid therapeutics for women worldwide. The Strainprint app is the best tool we’ve found for our research and reporting needs,” said Dr. Michele Ross, Founder & Executive Director of IMPACT Network.

The Strainprint App can be downloaded from both the iOS App Store and GooglePlay Store.

About StrainprintTM:
Founded in Toronto in 2016, StrainprintTM Technologies Ltd. is a Toronto-based software company providing enterprise grade analytics and consumer solutions for the medical cannabis industry. Strainprint manages the gathering and analysis of real-time cannabis consumption data and ranks specific strain efficacy against conditions and related symptoms. StrainprintTM data supports cannabis researchers globally and provides advanced intelligence to licensed producers to optimize grow operations and to clinics to improve treatment recommendations.  For more information visit www.strainprint.cafacebooktwitterlinkedin

SOURCE Strainprint Technologies Ltd. 

For further information: Media Contact: Jessica Moran, Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd., media@strainprint.ca

Strainprint Guest Blog: 5 Lessons that Changed My Perspective on Cannabis

Recently, we came across this phenomenal blog: Flower & Freedom (https://flowerandfreedom.com/) written by Bethany Rae. This blog post really resonated with us at Strainprint and we are compelled to share.

Have a read about Bethany’s medical cannabis journey and the invaluable information she’s learned, and is sharing, along the way:

5 Lessons that Changed My Perspective on Cannabis

Bethany Rae, Flower & Freedom Blog (www.flowerandfreedom.com)

You are not alone if you’ve spent most of your adult life believing that cannabis is bad for you. I used to think cannabis was unhealthy, but it turns out it’s a lack of knowledge and education that is unhealthy. We have a lot to catch up on, having had cannabis research and science education restricted for the greater part of the 20th century. It’s time to take on the knowledge we need to be safe and educated consumers of cannabis. Cannabis was a healthy addition to my life once I took the time to understand the following lessons and apply them to my personal consumption.

Cannabinoids: How cannabis interacts in the human body
Did you know your body makes its own version of cannabis? Cannabinoids are the complex chemical compounds in cannabis that mimic naturally occurring compounds produced by our body, called endocannabinoids. There are many cannabinoids, the most famous being THC and CBD, and they bind to our receptor sites throughout our brain and body, modulating mood and feeling. Recent research has proposed that if your body is not performing optimally, it may be because of a lack of naturally-produced cannabinoids in your endocannabinoid system, resulting in cannabinoid deficiency.

Consumimg cannabis could help maintain cannabinoids at optimal levels, also known as homeostasis. Understanding how cannabis is interacting in your body is the first step to understanding how cannabis can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
THC vs CBD: Not all cannabis products will get you high
Want the benefits of cannabis without the high? Focusing on products lower in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and higher in CBD (cannabidiol) may provide the solution.

THC has the strongest psychoactive properties and CBD is non-psychoactive, providing pain relief and anti-anxiety effects. Although THC is proving to have many medical applications, including chronic pain relief, for those who are new to cannabis and are concerned about the euphoria and high, starting out with CBD products may be the ideal solution.

Terpenes: Aromas that drive the mood and feeling
Ever wondered about the difference between sativa, indica and hybrid? Turns out it’s the aromatic flavours in each strain, called terpenes, that make each strain unique. The combination of flavors, also known as the terpene profile, drive the mood and feeling of each strain. A sativa is usually more energetic because of the presence of the limonene terpene, a citrusy flavour also found in fruit.

An indica strain, more famous for relaxation and sleep, gets these effects from terpenes such as myrcene. A hybrid strain might have more of a balance of terpenes, but is likely dominant in one or more of the terpenes, leading it to be labelled sativa dominant or indica dominant. Some terpenes are known to assist with relief for certain disorders, such as caryophyllene for anxiety and linalool for depression, so getting to know your terpenes can make all the difference when selecting the right strain for you. Methods of Consumption: Different results for different intentions.

Consuming cannabis does not have to mean smoking a joint, pipe or bong. There are many different ways to experiment, depending on the desired effect and personal preference. Consuming cannabis can be a simple as applying a topical lotion or salve. The active compounds are absorbed through the skin in a targeted area for pain relief, without any psychoactive effects. Vaporizing cannabis gets quick results without the plant combustion caused by smoking. Oil drops provide an excellent alternative to inhalation. Placed under the tongue, they are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Capsules and precisely-labelled edibles take longer to come into effect, but for many people offer lasting pain relief.

Finding the method that best matches your intentions and desired effects is the key to enjoying your cannabis consumption.

Bethany Rae, Flower & Freedom Blog (www.flowerandfreedom.com)

Microdosing: The smallest amount for the desired effects
Understanding that I could get the best results from the smallest amount possible, changed my relationship with cannabis. Microdosing is using a dose so low that it’s unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow the cellular response and benefits. My low tolerance to THC means that I can test and enjoy cannabis throughout my day, using tiny amounts and without getting too high. I look for products low in THC or I reduce the amount consumed as there are limited microdosing products on the market.

I might apply 2-3 drops of cannabis oil under the tongue, take one draw on my vaporizer or consume a low dose capsule to experiment with my optimal microdose level. See my post on Why I Microdose Cannabis for more.

Ultimately your experience is up to you, so I hope you take the time to learn and improve your cannabis experience. Focus first on your intentions. Are you hoping to improve your night’s sleep? Are you looking for some energy throughout the day? Using your cannabis 101 knowledge, you will be able to make better choices for your health and lifestyle. We’d love to hear about your experiences! Join us on Facebook for more interactions with Flower & Freedom.

Bethany Rae, Flower & Freedom Blog (www.flowerandfreedom.com)

Strainprint Featured in High Canada Magazine

July 22, 2017 – Strainprint was recently featured in High Canada. Our story focused on innovation within the industry.

You can read more on the article (attached) or click on to the edition link directly (below). The Strainprint story on page 71.

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/79cd39_c490f50fbb2c4e22a96e663f23b94d0f.pdf