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VerdePharmHealth and Strain Genie Enter into a Multi-Year Group Purchasing Agreement for Cannabis DNA Testing & Personalized Genetic Analysis for Patients Nationwide

Arrangement Will Provide Personalized Insights To Match Patients With The Right Cannabis Strains, Terpenes, And Dosage Recommendations.

NEW HOPE, Penn.–( BUSINESS WIRE )–VerdePharmHealth, the nation’s premier provider of comprehensive cannabis solutions – group purchasing organization, clinical solutions, and healthcare technology, today announced a strategic partnership with Strain Genie, to leverage its market leadership in cannabis DNA testing and proprietary algorithm that examines over 450 DNA biomarkers to provide personalized genetic analysis and real-world patient insights. Another key focus of the partnership will be real-world evidence studies focused on CINV and pain in 2020.

“VerdePharmHealth will leverage this strategic alliance with Strain Genie to further enhance our unique end-to-end solution and healthcare provider knowledge base via valuable genetic testing and personalized insights that affect cannabis use and patient’s health. Strain Genie’s proprietary algorithm and most comprehensive cannabis-health report will play a pivotal role towards managing appropriate provider interventions and informed engagement during a patient’s journey,” said Jesse Hollingsworth, founder & chief executive officer at VerdePharmHealth.

“We believe that partnering with VerdePharmHealth, an emerging leader in the medical cannabis space, offers the potential to significantly advance personalized cannabis DNA testing. Personalization is an integral, yet missing component of current cannabis-based care,” said Nicco Regente, chief executive officer at Strain Genie. “This exclusive GPO channel partnership further solidifies our mission of generating real-world evidence to accelerate and improve personalized DNA testing. The proceedings of this partnership stand to substantially increase the global standard of care for evaluating a patient response to cannabis interventions and provides physicians with much-needed insights to identify optimal recommendations for patients.”

About VerdePharmHealth

VerdePharmHealth, the first organization of its kind in the U.S., provides comprehensive multi-specialty group purchasing, clinical, and healthcare technology solutions designed to drive high-level commitment and affordability for members through accessibility of quality cannabis products from prequalified distributors and manufacturers and leveraging of clinical services and robust technology to improve decisions for interventions at the point of care and monitor real-world evidence. Utilizing retrospective data and clinical studies for decision-support and standardization of appropriate-use in the care delivery process is a central pillar towards achieving outcomes. For more information, visit www.verdepharmhealth.com or follow VerdePharmHealth on LinkedIn.

About Strain Genie:

Strain Genie provides a genetic analysis service that looks at over 450 biomarkers to generate the world’s most comprehensive and personalized Cannabis Wellness Report. Strain Genie’s reports are filled with insights surrounding how a consumer’s body should metabolically respond to CBD and provide data-driven recommendations for other cannabinoids and terpenes found in CBD products. The CBD Report contains information about an individual’s predisposition to a number of different conditions and connects consumers to cannabinoids, terpenes, and products that peer-reviewed literature has shown to be effective in supporting general wellness.

Forward-looking statements

Matters discussed in this release that are not statements of historical or current facts, such as expected savings and other expected benefits to members and suppliers, as discussed herein, are “forward-looking statements” which may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of VerdePharmHealth and its subsidiaries and Strain Genie to be materially different from historical results or from any future results or projections expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements in the conditional or future tenses or that include terms such as “believes,” “belief,” “expects,” “estimates,” “intends,” “anticipates” or “plans” to be uncertain and forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may include comments as to VerdePharm and Strain Genie’s beliefs and expectations as to future events and trends affecting its business and are necessarily subject to uncertainties, many of which are outside VerdePharm and Strain Genie’s control. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. VerdePharm nor Strain Genie undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise that occur after that date.

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Strain Genie 2020 Review – Best DNA Test for Cannabis?

Expert opinion:
  • DNA Test for Specific Genetics Traits to Treat with Cannabinoids
  • A Quick and Easy Cheek Swab, Followed by Fast Results
  • Detailed and Useful, but a Little Confusing
  • 5 Standout Features of Strain Genie
  • Good Price for the Report, Too Expensive for the Testing Kit
  • Very Helpful, but Not a Lot of Options
  • Probably the Best Cannabis DNA Test Out There, But Could Use Some Improvement
  • FAQ
  • Health & Wellness
  • Health & Wellness

DNA Test for Specific Genetics Traits to Treat with Cannabinoids

I wanted to find out how my body uses and processes cannabis, both medicinally and recreationally. I also wanted to see what specific strains of cannabis could provide me with the best effects when treating certain genetic diseases and risk factors.

I was intrigued by the fact that Strain Genie was started by a PhD neuroscientist who was convinced that the billions of neurons in the endocannabinoid system could be matched to specific genetic components, thereby maximizing the treatment effects of cannabis. So I ordered the kit and put Strain Genie to the test.

Did Strain Genie give me the insights I wanted? Or was it just a waste of money? Here’s what I found out.

A Quick and Easy Cheek Swab, Followed by Fast Results

I ordered the test kit from the website, and it arrived at my apartment three days later. It came with easy-to-follow directions on how to obtain my DNA sample and send it back for processing. It even included a prepaid return package for my sample, so I wouldn’t have to pay anything extra (note: return postage is only valid for the US and Canada).

Strain Genie offers two ways of getting a cannabis report:

  1. Ordering a DNA testing kit from the website.
  2. Uploading raw DNA data into Strain Genie’s system.

The DNA testing kit from Strain Genie is substantially more expensive than most other DNA testing kits from ancestry companies like MyHeritage, AncestryDNA, and 23andMe.

A much better way of getting your full cannabis report from Strain Genie is by ordering a DNA testing kit from one of these cheaper ancestry companies and uploading the raw DNA data into Strain Genie’s system. This is much more cost-effective and gives you way more value. Even if you don’t care about an ancestry report, your full cannabis report will be significantly cheaper than if you just order the cannabis DNA testing kit from Strain Genie.

Detailed and Useful, but a Little Confusing

I received my results a little over a week after returning my sample (on April 20th!).

The report was extremely detailed – colorful, easy-to-read, and included lots of helpful recommendations and insights into my genetics. It listed how at-risk I was for a wide range of genetic disorders from 13 different categories – from musculoskeletal health to heart health to eye health. It also gave me a list of recommended terpenes as well as a recommended THC:CBD ratio.

I found the layout and language of the information to be a little confusing. And there was no information on how to make sense of the report. For example, is my THC/CBD metabolism “slow” or “normal” or “ultra-fast”? What does a “normal” risk for “CBD metabolism (slow)” mean?

I was unsure if the listed genetic markers meant that they were risk factors, or if these were just the genes that Strain Genie tested for (and a “normal” result means that there’s nothing out of the ordinary).

I asked this question on the customer support form on the website, and I was told that a “normal” result means there’s a low genetic risk of developing the disease, though that doesn’t mean you won’t develop it. I’m glad I know how to understand the report now, but I would’ve much preferred it if this information were explained more clearly in the “How to Read this Report” section.

A couple times, the report failed to offer me much information. For example, in the “Cardiovascular Health” and “Cannabis-Induced Impairments” sections where I received at-risk results, the most useful part – the terpene recommendations – was somehow missing.

Some other results were just perplexing. I’m very anxious, highly empathetic, and immensely introverted. I know that this is only a genetic risk assessment, but receiving “normal” results here leads me to question the usefulness of these assessments. And how exactly are these terpenes going to make me more empathetic and less susceptible to PTSD?

While there are detailed write-ups about how these specific diseases/disorders affect humans and how cannabis can help, there’s no information around what these results actually mean. I found it fascinating to learn about my body in this way, but I was also left feeling a little confused.

I’m still a bit unsure about how actionable this information is. For starters, Strain Genie told me that my DNA will respond best to products found in the “Medicate” category, which is mostly CBD-based products. But I know that I don’t respond well to CBD products, and I’ve already tried many of Strain Genie’s “personalized” top recommended products.

(Note: Strain Genie makes you pay an additional fee to “unlock” the CBD report.)

I brought these results into several local dispensaries, and most of those stores didn’t have the strains or products listed on my report. The dispensaries I went to were able to “get close” with similar terpenes and THC:CBD ratios, but I was unable to find almost all of the strains listed.

Strain Genie advertises on its website that it will help locate local stores and organize pickup and delivery based on your product recommendations (if cannabis is legal in your jurisdiction, which it is in mine). However, I have clicked every button on this report, and I can’t find that information anywhere.

Since the report listed a lot of different recommendations for a lot of different purposes, it seemed like Strain Genie was trying to get away with saying, “you just have to try them all out until you find the right one.” This is the exact reason why I thought getting a DNA report for cannabis would be useful! I wanted something actionable to help me narrow down the 20,000+ cannabis strains out there and tell me specifically what’s going to work best for my body.

While there aren’t 20,000 products listed in the report, Strain Genie recommended 183 cannabis strains and 189 cannabis products. I’m a pretty casual recreational user, so there’s no way I’m ever going to try 372 products to find “the right one.” Around 20 recommended strains and 20 recommended products would have been nice, but having almost 400 recommendations is overwhelming and doesn’t give me a lot of helpful insight.

That said, I did find the report useful. Sure, it helped me understand my body’s genetics a little more, and it gave me a great starting point to help locate the best strain of cannabis for me and my DNA. While I’m still searching for “the right one,” Strain Genie’s report did indeed offer some much-welcomed clarity.

5 Standout Features of Strain Genie

1. Analysis of Over 50 Medical Traits Across Ten Categories

Strain Genie tests DNA for common diseases and disorders in more than ten health and wellness categories. Examples include “Sleep” (which tests for things like poor sleep quality and restless legs syndrome), “Skin Health” (which tests for things like psoriasis and eczema), and “Musculoskeletal Health” (which tests for things like arthritis and osteoporosis).

2. Cannabis-Related Warnings

The Strain Genie report tells you specific marijuana and cannabis-related warnings, like how slow or fast you metabolize THC and CBD, how susceptible you are to cannabis-induced psychosis, and how at-risk you are of developing a cannabis dependence. This helps you optimize your cannabis usage and safeguard against the potential pitfalls associated with cannabis use.

3. Strain and Product Recommendations for Desired Uses

The report lists out specific marijuana strains and cannabis products depending on what you want to do. There are six “activity groups”: Energize, Medicate, Chill, Create, Sleep, and Elevate. The report tells you which strains and products you could benefit the most from.

4. Terpene + Cannabinoid Recommendations

Terpenes and cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis, and can have dramatic effects on how your body and mind processes and reacts to cannabis. Strain Genie analyzes your body’s unique DNA and recommends which terpenes and cannabinoids are best for you and your genetic code for each category.

5. THC/CBD Dosage Calculator

Strain Genie knows that getting the right dosage is crucial to having a good cannabis experience. The DNA report includes a dosage calculator that asks you a few questions, like your weight and your frequency of use, to help identify how much THC and CBD you should be dosing with.

Similar Tests to Consider

  • GreenWay DNA: This is a similar cannabis DNA test that looks at 20 genes and 40 genetic variants with regards to cannabis. Strain Genie is better because it looks at more genetic markers (over 450) and tests for more conditions (over 50 vs. three). Plus, your results come more quickly, and you can upload raw data to Strain Genie and save a lot of money on the testing kit (something GreenWay doesn’t offer).
  • 23andMe: This popular ancestry DNA testing company offers a health and wellness test that analyzes your risk status for 40+ genetic diseases (like Cystic Fibrosis and Bloom Syndrome) and genetic relationships to food, alcohol, and caffeine. While this is great added information to have, it doesn’t tell you how your body relates to cannabis, nor does it offer cannabis strain/product recommendations based on your genetics.

Good Price for the Report, Too Expensive for the Testing Kit

Strain Genie’s DNA testing kit is pretty expensive. If you purchase the at-home DNA kit, you’ll be spending a couple hundred dollars ( $199.99 ) – plus extra, if you choose to unlock extra reports like the one that focuses specifically on CBD.

There really aren’t too many direct competitors in the market for this particular niche, which is probably how the company can justify its higher prices. GreenWay, for example, offers its report at a cheaper price ( $159.99 ), but you get far less information.

In my opinion, you’d be much better off getting one of the top recommended ancestry tests (like MyHeritage or AncestryDNA) and then uploading the raw data into Strain Genie to get your cannabis report.

Regardless of what you decide, there’s a simple payment processing option on the website, just fill in your credit or debit card details and that’s it! If you do order an at-home test kit, shipping is free if you’re in the US, otherwise pricing varies by location. Return postage is included for the US and Canada, but is an added expense for those in other countries.

Very Helpful, but Not a Lot of Options

While most DNA testing companies have a range of support options, Strain Genie only has two: an FAQ and an email address/website form. The FAQ is okay, but both times I had questions, I needed to fill out the form on the website to speak to a customer service representative.

Both times my questions were answered in under 24 hours – and by the CEO himself!

Nicco was extremely friendly, helpful, responsive, and made sure that I was satisfied with the answers I received.

It’s clear that Nicco and Strain Genie care about customer satisfaction, though I would like to see some more options – like phone and live chat – in the future.

Probably the Best Cannabis DNA Test Out There, But Could Use Some Improvement

Overall, finding the right kind of cannabis for your specific body chemistry is a long journey, and it’s nice that Strain Genie exists to help demystify the cannabis selection process.

The reports and insights I received from Strain Genie were indeed helpful and gave me valuable insights into my body’s reaction to certain terpenes and cannabinoids. While I think it would be better if the report were clearer and recommended fewer products, the report was definitely valuable to me.

But again, it’s much more cost-effective to get a DNA testing kit from an ancestry DNA company like MyHeritage or AncestryDNA and simply upload the raw DNA data into Strain Genie to get your personalized cannabis report. Plus, by doing so, you’ll also get some interesting information about your ancestors and family heritage!

FAQ

What makes Strain Genie unique?

As the at-home DNA testing market continues to gain popularity, more and more niche tests are popping up. Strain Genie focuses specifically on how your unique genetic code affects your response to cannabinoid products. You’ll learn if you are genetically predisposed to develop a number of common medical conditions, which could be treated with cannabis. You’ll also discover how slow or fast you metabolize THC and CBD, and what strains and dosages are right for you.

How does a Strain Genie test work?

The process of taking an at-home DNA test is incredibly easy. Once you order the kit online, it will arrive at your doorstep within just a few days. Inside the kit, you’ll find everything you need to submit a saliva sample via cheek swab. You can also fill out an optional questionnaire about products you’ve already tried, which will help the company make better and more personalized recommendations. After you send back your DNA sample, you’ll receive your report online within one to three weeks. Alternatively, if you’ve had your DNA tested by another company, you can upload your raw DNA, which is faster and costs significantly less.

How much does a Strain Genie DNA test cost?

Expect to pay a couple hundred dollars if you order a Strain Genie at-home test kit. Compared to competitors, this is one of the more expensive options available. However, you receive a fair amount more information than you would get from GreenWay DNA, for example. If you are located in the US, shipping and return postage is included; if not, costs vary by location. You can save a significant amount of money by instead choosing to upload your raw DNA data, if you have already taken a test with another company (e.g., MyHeritage or AncestryDNA).

How can a Strain Genie DNA test benefit you?

When you know the strains and dosages that are best suited for your genetic makeup, you can get the greatest value from using cannabis, either medically or recreationally. THC and CBD have been shown to effectively help people deal with things like sleep issues, mood disorders, and chronic pain. However, we all respond to terpenes and cannabinoids differently – what might be a low dose for one person could be too strong for you. Knowing your ideal strain and dosage allows you to feel the benefits of cannabis more quickly, saving valuable time and money.

Who should consider taking a Strain Genie DNA test?

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to consider taking a Strain Genie DNA test. For example, if you have a health condition and would like to start using medicinal marijuana in a measured and informed way. You may also be looking to improve your experience using cannabis recreationally, and want to know your ideal strains and dosages. There are so many product options available nowadays that having an idea about what will work best for you can save tons of time otherwise spent on trial-and-error. By taking your cannabis health report to a dispensary, you can more quickly make an informed selection, based on your DNA.

Do you want to find out what your DNA says about you? Read our 2020 Strain Genie review to learn more about this DNA test kit and what it offers.