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How Smart Weed Could Make Pot the Go-To Painkiller

Flowering marijuana plants grow at the Smokey Point Productions facility in Arlington, Washington, U.S.
Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg

Making it easier to calibrate the correct dose of medical marijuana may prompt more physicians to prescribe it as an alternative to painkillers such as opioids, according to one Canadian company.

Toronto-based Resolve Digital Health has developed a smart inhaler into which patients insert a pre-measured, single-use cannabis pod filled with dried bud or oil. They then use a mobile application to measure the effectiveness of each treatment, monitor their symptoms and track their consumption, so that dosage levels and marijuana strains can be adjusted as required, Chief Executive Officer Rob Adelson said.