Thanks for downloading our app! We truly believe that people who use Releaf to guide their cannabis treatment can start feeling better, faster.
In practice, Releaf is simple to use -- just tell the app what symptom you would like to treat and what cannabis and equipment you’re using for a session, then keep letting it know when you dose and how you feel, until you’re done. Afterwards, you rate the session and get helpful graphs and data. Handy, right?
But if you’re a first-time user, you’ll probably notice that there are a lot more little steps along the way. Let's take a look at how to start a new session.
Starting a New Session
After you launch the app and have navigated through the intro screens, you will be taken to an empty Session Dashboard (your dashboard will be updated with content as soon as you complete your first session).
Tap the “Start a new session” button. You will then be prompted to make your selections for your primary symptom, equipment, and cannabis.
Selecting Your Primary Symptom
Every session you log in the app will be symptom-specific. Session onboarding begins with you selecting your primary symptom from the list. If you’re experiencing more than one symptom, select the one you wish to focus on treating for the next few hours.
Let’s say you regularly use cannabis to alleviate anxiety, stress, and occasional back pain. Right now, your back is killing you and no matter what you do, you can’t get comfortable. You decide that this symptom takes precedence over your anxiety and stress, so you select “pain - back” from the list.
Once you select a primary symptom in the list, you will be taken to the next screen. You can always go back and select another symptom if you change your mind before beginning your session
Selecting Your Equipment
The second step is to choose the equipment you’re going to be using for this session. Pre-loaded into this list are three generic equipment options for you to choose from: joint, pipe, and vape.
If you would rather add a more specific piece of equipment, tap the (+) icon in the bottom righthand corner of the screen above.
Let’s say you want to medicate with your water pipe that’s reminiscent of the Caterpillar’s piece in Alice in Wonderland. You tap the plus icon to enter in information about that piece.
Be sure to give your piece a name in the first field provided (hint: you can use Emojis to liven things up!). Categorize your equipment by tapping “vaporizer,” “pipe,” or “joint” in the bar below its name. Sub-categories may appear, depending on what you select.
Tap the “Save” button to proceed with your new piece of equipment.
Now it’s time to select your cannabis!
Selecting Your Cannabis
The most important section of the pre-session selection procezss is, you guessed it, selecting your cannabis! If this is your first time using the app, you will be taken to the “Add Cannabis” screen below after selecting your equipment.
Type the strain name of your batch into the field provided, and select the species if you know it. These two fields will be pre-filled the next time you add a new batch of the same strain.
The rest of the fields on this screen are batch-specific. Because cannabis changes from batch to batch, these fields will need to be filled out every time you add a new batch. By completing as many of the fields as you can, you will be able to get the most out of Releaf’s personalized feedback feature as you continue to log sessions in the app. To input more cannabinoid percentages than the two shown, tap “more cannabinoids” to view a complete list of cannabinoids. To input terpene values, tap “show terpenes” to access all terpene fields.
Let’s say you purchase one gram of the strain Chocolope during every monthly visit to your dispensary. Chocolope, which is bred by crossing Chocolate Thai with Cannalope Haze, is a sativa that sometimes produces dreamy, uplifting effects for its users.
No two yields of Chocolope are exactly the same, however. Due to the inability to keep 100% of factors constant during the breeding process, every new yield of Chocolope will produce a different cannabinoid fingerprint. Every time you purchase a gram of Chocolope, it will always be a sativa, but it will not always contain the same amounts of THC, CBD, CBG, and so on.
Releaf takes this into account. Even the slightest of differences in cannabinoid percentages between batches of the same strain can lead to different effects in the patient. This is why we want you to track your cannabis batches, not just your cannabis strains. By completing as many of the fields as you can, you will be able to get the most out of Releaf’s personalized feedback feature as you continue to log sessions in the app.
You can also use the “Notes” field to enter in any miscellaneous information about your batch.
If you don’t know much about your cannabis, that’s okay too! We know testing data is not always available. Enter the information that you do have, and we’ll handle it from there.
Tap “Save.” at the bottom of the screen to proceed!
Selecting Your Cannabis (for experienced users)
If you’ve already logged a few sessions in the app, or if you’ve already added your cannabis via the main menu, you will be prompted to select your cannabis for your upcoming session from a list. (If you’d like to add a new batch, you can always do so by tapping the + icon in the bottom righthand corner of the screen).
To the right of every strain in the list, you will see a pink heart and a teal heart. The number inside the pink heart tells you how effective that strain was for the symptom you just selected. The number inside the teal heart shows you an overall average of how you rated that strain every time you completed a session with it.
Let’s refer to the screenshot above as we revisit our back pain scenario. Chocolope is the only strain in the list that has a rating in the pink heart. This means that you’ve rated it an average of 5/5 for treating back pain.
The second strain in the list, Fool’s Gold, does not contain a rating in the pink heart. This means you have not yet used it to treat back pain. Its overall teal heart rating of 5.0, however, means you’ve found it to be very effective in treating other symptoms.
To further guide you in selecting which cannabis to smoke, refer to the three icons sitting below each strain name. You will come to know the meaning of these icons very well once you start logging sessions on a regular basis. Each icon represents a Feel, or feeling, that you experienced while on that strain in a past session.
By looking at your cannabis list above, you know that Chocolope has proven to be effective in the past at treating your back pain, but you also know that it’s caused you to be forgetful in the past. You haven’t yet tried to treat back pain with Fool’s Gold, but you know from previous sessions that it tends to make you feel relaxed, focused, and peaceful. Maybe it will effectively combat your back pain. Perhaps now is the time to try it!
Make your strain selection by tapping its name in the list. Now you’re ready to begin your session!
Logging a Session in Releaf
Now that you've completed session onboarding and selected your primary symptom, equipment, and cannabis, you're ready to begin your session!
Symptom Level & Puffs
Before you take your first puff, pause for a moment and make a pre-session assessment: How do you feel right now?
The symptom slider on the right side of the screen runs on a scale from 0-10, with 0 being symptom-free and 10 being the most severe.
Let’s say the pain in your back is much worse than usual today; you got suckered into helping a friend move over the weekend and your muscles have been intermittently seizing up all day. You’re hurting!
Drag the symptom slider to the appropriate number and release. The top bar will flash to indicate that Releaf has captured this data.
NOW it’s time to take your first hit. Tap the PUFF button once you’ve done so to officially start your session.
While in a session, Releaf will record your experience in real time. Whenever you feel a change in your symptom level, adjust the slider accordingly. As you continue to smoke or vape for the remainder of your session, be sure to keep track of every hit you take by tapping the PUFF button.
A white flash over the top bar indicates that your data has been captured and saved.
There are two other ways to keep track of your experience during a session: Feels and Notes.
Recording Your Feels
Tap on the Feels icon in the bottom navigation to open up the Feels panel. This screen contains a selection of common side-effects pertaining to the body and mind.
When you find yourself experiencing one of the Feels above, simply tap on it to indicate its occurrence. When that feeling no longer applies to you, tap it again to deactivate it. Just like the rest of your in-session data, Feels are captured in real time.
Let’s say that after taking a few puffs, you decide to take a walk around the neighborhood. You start to feel better than you have all day, in fact, you feel rather light on your feet! You open up the app and tap “Light” in the Feels panel. You also realize that the pain in your back has lessened substantially. You navigate back to the Symptom panel and drag the slider down to 4.
After a little while, you start wondering why you don’t take walks more often. You begin to realize that recent stress at work has been discouraging you from doing anything active when you come home...anything besides plopping down in front of the TV with a beer in hand feels like too much of a feat. You decide you want to make a change, and make a promise to yourself to go on a walk every night after you get home from work. You navigate back to the Feels panel and tap “Reflective.” You up the Feels panel and tap “Reflective” to indicate that something about this experience with cannabis has triggered you to feel introspective.
You get back to your house and all you can think about is finding something to eat...ASAP. You tap “Reflective” again to turn it off, and tap “Hungry” because you have a serious case of the munchies. While still feeling light on your feet, you go off in search of something to snack on.
Use the Notes feature to record any thoughts, ideas, or experiences you have while you’re treating with cannabis. This is also a great place to jot down something you want to bring up to your doctor or budtender during your next visit.
To capture a note, tap the Notes icon in the bottom navigation. This will take you to your Notebook. Tap the pencil icon to bring up a text field.
Tap the pencil icon to create a new note. Type out your note, then tap “Submit.” Your timestamped note will appear in your notebook.
Notes are here for your reference only and will never be shared or aggregated along with other data.
For the duration of your session, keep track of your symptom level, doses, feelings, and notes using the features we explained above.
Ready to end your session? See our third installment of this blog series: "Getting Started with Releaf: Ending a Session."
We recommend running sessions between 20 minutes and four hours to maximize the amount of meaningful data recorded.
When you are ready to end your session, tap the “End” button in the upper righthand corner of the screen, then tap the appropriate action:
Continue session - return to your active session.
End & save - end your session and save your data. You will then be given the opportunity to rate how successful your session was.
Discard session - end your session without saving your data, and be returned to your Session Dashboard.
You're finished! Congratulations on logging a session in Releaf. If you have any feedback, questions, or suggestions, we're always willing to hear them. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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Pinene, which is responsible for giving pine trees their lovely scent, is also found in rosemary and cannabis. 🌲 The therapeutic benefits of this terpene include:
- pain relief
- inflammation reduction
- cancer cell growth inhibition, and
- the slowing of bacterial growth.
Evidence also shows that it can help increase airflow to the lungs, which may be helpful for respiratory conditions, such as asthma.