Indicator Aims to Quantify your High

Vermont professor, Ari Kirshenbaum, has developed an app to help quantify your high. Indicator is a free app using artificial intelligence and data analytics to measure and record how cannabis products affect them. Kirshenbaum believes this data could promote insight and awareness into cannabis effects and help create better safety efforts.

Kirshenbaum received a $224,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in September 2020 and used it to develop the mobile app. The app measures the effects of cannabis on a user’s neurocognitive functions from reaction time to concentration. The app uses “brain games” which have been proven successful in distinguishing THC effect from impairment by alcohol, other drugs, or dementia. Kirshenbaum had two stages of motivation for this research. His first stage was inspired as a concerned father who wanted to make the roads safer. He was later diagnosed with cancer and was opened to the possibility of cannabis as a therapeutic method. However, many people are concerned that it will impact their day-to-day skills and opt out. Kirshenbaum hopes to help individuals learn how THC affects them and potentially open them up to a helpful therapeutic treatment.

Kirshenbaum hopes that at the very least, the app will help to educate cannabis users about how different products and doses affect them. The ultimate goal is to gain a better ability to “quantify high” and work with all interested parties to promote safe and informed cannabis use.

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