For people who use cannabis for medical purposes, such as pain management, anxiety and sleep, evaporating the drug can be a bit of a trial and error process, as you may not be completely sure of the exact dose you are receiving as you can with a standard edible or pill. Manufacturers of the intelligent cannabis device Mode say it solves the dosing problem by using a high-resolution pressure sensor to determine how much the user inhales and a prediction algorithm that determines how many micromilgrams the user receives by inhaling based on the cartridge.
The company says it has used hundreds of cannabis cartridges through its testing machines to identify each person̵
People treat many different medical conditions with cannabis, some use different varieties to treat more than one condition. For example, a user may need a different dose – and possibly a different mixture – of cannabis to treat anxiety during the day than they would use as a sleep aid at night. Therefore, the ability to fine-tune the number of milligrams would be useful.
“It’s not just another vape device that hits and blows clouds all day,” said Fashion co-founder Izzy Kirsch in a demonstration of Zoom during the Consumer Electronics Show. “You can take a milligram pill, so to speak, and continue your day.”
So, let’s say you use cannabis for sleep and you know what dose you want. Insert your cartridge into the mode device, set it to a dose of between 1 and 5 milligrams, and inhale. The device switches off its heater and vibrates, giving haptic feedback when you reach the desired dose.
Mode co-founder Mark Wagner said during the CES demonstration that the company is software-oriented, so instead of building a special dose sensor, it is working on fine-tuning the algorithm, developed in part by a former head of data science at Jawbone. . In addition to a pressure sensor, Mode has temperature, movement and orientation sensors that help create the ideal dose.
The device also has a mobile application that allows users to track their dosage over time, which is useful information if you are testing a new strain or if you decide that your dose is too strong or too weak. The device bases its measurements on the information of the cartridge manufacturer. For people who buy cartridges at a dispensary where the product is in a certain quantity, the Mode device, which relies on manufacturer information, seems reasonable. However, it is worth noting that the black market and counterfeit cartridges may not provide the same level of accurate information (and could potentially lead to serious illness).
In the relatively new market for medical cannabis, patients may end up going through many trials and errors in finding the strain and cartridge that gives them the amount they need – even the batteries used with standard cannabis cartridges can vary wildly. on which to deliver your dosage. So a device that gives the user more control over how much you consume is a welcome addition.
Mode says its device is made of medical materials, including a tear-resistant silicone air passage that runs from the bottom of the device to the cartridge, separate from all of its electronics except the pressure sensor. It uses high quality stainless steel on the heat shield in the tube, and the outer case is made of raw ABS plastic; the company says it stays away from paint, which can lead to emissions.
The mode uses USB-C charging, with a custom battery of 385mAh. It can provide between a week and two weeks of battery life for a user taking 5 to 20 mg a day, “and not for someone who is constantly shredding cartridges,” Kirsch said.
The mode is available for pre-order and will retail for $ 100 when available later this year. Directing the company to the beginning of summer.