An interview with the founder of strain identification and dosage tracking app Strainprint.
Whether you vape it, smoke it, eat it, or swallow it – your cannabis just got a whole lot more effective.
At a time when most of the world was asking why we would ever need an app to track cannabis usage, Stephanie Karasick was asking “why wouldn’t we?”
“I started off trial and error, mostly positive results to the point where I was able to put the movie that plays in loop in my head on pause..it [cannabis] would give me a break and make me be present and joyful. I had never experienced joy, it just wasn’t possible.”
Then there was cannabis, and now, there is Strainprint.
The Toronto native and founder of strain identification and dosage tracking app Strainprint discovered the need for weed accountability not as one might expect. One day when Stephanie was going to see her therapist for the PTSD she was suffering, the doctor suggested ever so casually, “Why don’t you try smoking weed?”
Here’s the kicker – Stephanie was never a fan of smoking marijuana. You read that right – the mind behind the first strain identification and dosage tracking app didn’t like getting high.
Around the time Stephanie was seeking medical cannabis treatments, vaping was the “thing”, and thankfully, it was a great way to reintroduce herself to marijuana use. Now that she found her preferred method of intake, the next step was to find the best strain, a task that proved very difficult. Not educated in the taboo (at the time) topic themselves, medical professionals offered no guidance. But thankfully, Stephanie is a problem solver.
“I kept a little journal and wrote down the day, strain, amount I ingested, how many puffs, how it made me feel — I noticed a difference — certain strains made me feel focused, tired, jumpy…I would go on Luminosity to test reflexes and I became ultra mindful of what I needed.”
As she continued doing this, she would simultaneously scavenge the internet desperate for something to keep track of this information for her. There was nothing. So, she asked her husband to create a “fancy Excel sheet” and $200 later, a developer created an amateur version of what would soon become Strainprint. At the time, Stephanie had no clue how influential her fancy Excel sheet would be for the cannabis industry. Now, it’s safe to say she has a better idea. Strainprint is changing the way we experience marijuana.
“If I go into a doctor’s office and say, ‘I have rheumatoid arthritis’, my doctor can type in information and suggested strains pop up for patients – that’s my vision, that’s what I think about day and night; how we’re gonna take this data that we’re amassing rapidly and be able to compartmentalize it, and use it for good. This is a transparency that, I feel, is very important because it’s not shameful and hidden.”
Whether you smoke recreationally or medically, one thing is for sure: we could all stand a chance to mellow out every now and then. To Stephanie, it was more than that – as a sufferer of PTSD, it was her clarity.
So what about those of us who smoke weed for fun?
Don’t worry, Strainprint was made for you, too.
In a nutshell, the app is for anyone who wants to use marijuana more purely. Recreational users have reported reduced usage (hello, saved money!) and more effective marijuana consumption (goodbye, unproductive sloth effect when you were going for the exact opposite) with the app. Just as medical users may use trial and error to find the best strain for their symptoms, recreational users can do the same for their preferred experience.
Want to be focused for a certain task? Need to relax after a long day of work? No problem.
Consider Strainprint your personal cannabis guru to help you find the perfect type, intake method, and amount.
Download Strainprint today and watch your wildest cannabis dreams come true.