Sourced from Jointly.
It’s not an exaggeration to say there’s an app for everything these days. From locating a nearby cuddle partner (Cuddlr) to discerning whether or not it is dark outside based on current location (Is It Dark Outside), mobile applications have unlimited potential uses.
The cannabis industry has taken advantage of this creative opportunity by inventing hundreds of apps that not only aid consumers; but also amateur and experienced growers and vendors. These canna-apps fulfill a variety of unique demands, including social networking, journaling, obtaining 420-friendly housing, calculating THC consumption and edible dosage, news, etc. Simply put, if it’s cannabis-related and can be run on an operating system, it’s probably on a digital store!
So why use an app over a readily available cannabis-related website anyway? Firstly, apps (depending on their purpose) do not require internet connection, so you can access them wherever and whenever.
WHIZ, a tech and web development company, reports that offline apps still “[provide] content and features,” storing “data locally and then [uploading it] once a connection is made.
In terms of convenience and speed, apps may also prove superior. “Mobile apps provide better user experiences, load content faster, and are easier to use,” reports Ruby Garage, which develops software including apps.
Additionally, apps have an advantage of stored settings, allowing for more personalization unavailable on public websites. This means users experiences are “based on their interests, location, usage behavior, and more,” reports Wingify, a software engineering company.
Considering these benefits, and the intimidating number of canna-apps to investigate, Emerald rounded up some of our favorite consumer apps. We divided our selection based on the goal of the user, providing some direction for those unfamiliar with these applications.
There’s an app for That: 6 Apps for Cannabis Consumers
Jointly: free on App Store and Google Play
Jointly places their emphasis on “purposeful cannabis consumption” as a means to “help people achieve their wellness goals consistently and reliably,” according to their website.
For Jointly, conscious consumption isn’t about getting high (more apps to assist with that below). On the contrary, it’s about using cannabis with the intention to manage “pain and stress” or stimulate creativity and relaxation.
The app places users on the path to wellness. It does this with three simple steps. First, choose a goal. Then track the results, and discover new ways to reach the desired result. Additionally, users can report the details of their cannabis consumption and “track the 15 factors that impact [the] experience […]. Things like dose, how you consume it, hydration or hunger levels, exercise, rest, and surroundings,” reports Jointly. With this information, Jointly helps to optimize the user’s consumption experience.
And it works! Since their launch in April of 2020, Jointly reports that “on average, people feel 38% better after optimizing their cannabis consumption with Jointly.”
Moms or child-rearing adults might find this app extra appealing. According to a press release, of Jointly’s 75,000 users, most are women between the ages of 30-45, presumably with young children.
It is unsurprising that contemporary mothers find themselves facing backlash for making the transition from a relaxing glass of wine to a bowl or two, considering cannabis’ often taboo reputation. However, Jointly is helping moms be responsible cannabis consumers by enabling them to “journal, finetune and replicate their responses to cannabis,” reports a Jointly press release. Thus, for those engaging in careful consumption with or without kids, Jointly deserves an investigation.
Simleaf: $2.99 on App Store and Google Play
Trying to learn how to grow cannabis without investing in classes or expensive equipment? Simleaf is a 3D game-like environment. It allows users to navigate the process of growing cannabis “in a realistic way,” according to their website.
Developed by real growers using accurate data, the user interacts with their plant regularly. And the outcome is “directly related to the care the plant receives.”
According to Simleaf, users “can manage light, temperature, humidity, water levels, nutrients and pH levels[…].” The look and growth of the plant is largely based on the strain’s genetic makeup, so each cycle “produces unique, one-of-a-kind plants,” the company adds.
Once a cultivator successfully grows a plant, they can crossbreed it with others, creating even more potential hybrids. And don’t worry — useful tips and educational information are readily available whenever they might be needed. The app even allows proud growers to share photos of their leafy babies!
New Cannabis Ventures: Free on App Store and Google Play
For those interested in hard news, New Cannabis Ventures (NCV) “highlights promising companies and influential investors in the cannabis industry,” reports their website. As cannabis evolves from an illicit substance into a legal commodity, NCV wants to provide accurate and timely information on the “highly regulated but quite complex” industry.
They note that it is “extremely challenging to identify legitimate companies, real investors and capable service providers” in this ever-changing industry. As a result, they devote their time to educating and “connecting […verified] entrepreneurs, investors, and professional service providers.”
The app, which is very similar to the website except in design and mobility, allows the user to stay on “top of the latest trends,” according to the Apple Store description. Users can also delve through a variety of articles about products, news, information on stocks and cannabis careers.
Additionally, investors and entrepreneurs can network on the app. According to the NCV Media, they can use the app to “become familiar with leading professional investors, get to know other companies in the space, connect with potential investors, identify ancillary companies that can help [them] succeed, attract media attention and build brand awareness.”
Potbot: Free on App Store and Google Play
Beyond the realm of recreational cannabis use, mobile applications like Potbot can help patients determine which strain may help treat their illness. According to Potbot Inc, the app’s “unique cannabinoid-based algorithm uses the latest peer-reviewed research to recommend strains in the local area that have the best chance of relieving a patient’s symptoms.”
With “more than 30,000 strains of medical marijuana” available according to CNBC, patients normally endure a stressful process in trying to learn which strain is best suited for their individual needs. Those who are unfamiliar with the terminology and culture associated with cannabis face an even greater obstacle. But with Potbot, “patients no longer have to spend countless hours, days, and sometimes weeks doing the research needed to educate themselves,” reports Potbot Inc.
Instead, users simply input their basic information into the app and the condition they wish to treat. The conditions range from depression, to anxiety, digestive cramps, Hepatitis and Tourette syndrome. Potbot then recommends the strains best suited to their needs — it’s that simple.
Users can also access their recommended cannabinoid ratio, potential consumption methods, nearby doctors and dispensaries. Personalization, increased confidence, time saved; what else could a user want?
WeedPro: Free on App Store or Google Play
WeedPro is perfect for all users, whether they’ve only smoked a nameless indica or can name the CBD content in a nug of Wedding Cake. According to Denovo Studios LLC, WeedPro is the “go-to app for cannabis strain information.” Specifically, users can “search through thousands of strains and save personalized notes and favorite strains all in one place for easy reference later.”
Descriptions include a full history of the strain and reviews from cannabis experts and other users. According to Denovo Studios, the app also details: “flavor, potential for treating conditions, THC content, flower type, and genetic breakdown.”
Furthermore, the app allows users to save and rate their favorite strains, making this information readily available whenever they might need it. For example, the “flavor” category is instrumental in determining smoke aroma or taste in an edible creation. The strain description may also include potential effects and sensations. This info is helpful for users who are unsure of what strain they want, but know the kind of experience they are searching for.
The search bar comes equipped with numerous filters, including strain type, effects, and potential symptoms or conditions to treat. This feature is especially helpful for those new to the cannabis world. A friend mentions a strain in passing that is unfamiliar; some quick typing later, and the WeedPro user is filled in.
Blenddy: Free on App Store or Google Play
Created by Ken Mak, Blenddy describes itself as an “on-demand sesh manager.” The app records user input in order to “raise [their] health, emotional, and active mental wellness” during cannabis consumption, according to their website.
Similarly to Jointly, Blenddy helps users repeat their perfect cannabis experiences. They do this by tracking three main items. This includes: their method of consumption, the quantity they consumed, and the impression or effect it had on them, reports Blenddy. Never worry again about whether a dose is too high or a strain is unappealing. Simply examine the “My Stash” tab where the data is safely stored and easily accessed.
Additionally, the app allows users to “tag” cannabis products they’d like to try in the future while recalling “any cannabis flowers, edibles, concentrates, compounds and CBD products” previously sampled, reports daCompany Tech.
Need to hear that perfect playlist while you consume? Blenddy encourages users to pair their favorite products with Spotify playlists through their app, setting up the ideal mood.
Even More To Check Out
To some readers, it might seem clear that we have left out two of the big boys: WeedMaps and Leafly. Both, which we explored in Most User-Friendly Online Shopping Platforms for Cannabis Consumers, also have apps that deserve attention. However, in this piece we wanted to highlight some lesser known cannabis-related apps. Additionally, Emerald encourages readers to do their own research into the dense realm of cannabis apps.