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Cannabis and the Common Cold: Helpful or Hurtful?

We’ve all been there. One moment you’re feeling great, the next moment your energy’s zapped, you can’t breathe, your head’s pounding and your throat feels like sandpaper. Welcome to the cold and flu season. While plenty of rest and lots of fluids are a prescription as old as time, some people believe there’s a new over the counter (OTC) remedy to consider. It’s cannabis. But is it helpful or harmful? Let’s explore. On the positive side, cannabis contains cannabinoids and terpenoids, compounds that are purported to offer anti-inflammatory effects on the body, which may help to reduce inflamed sinuses, headache pressure and puffy eyes and face. Moreover, cannabis’ uplifting effects can lessen general aches and pains, which are common cold symptoms. However, cannabis opponents may be more likely to claim […]

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Get to Know our CEO, Chelsea Sutula

There’s an old adage that says: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. For Chelsea Sutula, CEO of the Sespe Creek Collective, this statement has never rung truer. Following a devastating arrest, seizure of business and personal assets including her pets, and a long-fought legal battle that ended in complete exoneration, Chelsea knows first-hand that despite her best intentions to bring cannabis to the masses, her journey has been fraught with challenges. Fortunately, today Chelsea’s business is thriving and she’s finally able to grow her business unencumbered. Recently, in an intimate interview with the hosts of the Topa Talk podcast, Chelsea shared some of the trials and tribulations associated with being a female dispensary owner and the first Ventura County dispensary to become licensed for adult-use cannabis. Chelsea […]

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Sespe Says No Price Increase Despite New State Tax

Happy 2020, Sespe Community! We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received from the community during our first two years in business, making us one of Ventura County’s favorite dispensaries. And we want to say thank you.  So here’s the good news: Sespe Creek CEO Chelsea Sutula has pledged that while the state of California has increased the amount of excise tax cannabis retailers must pay for licensed cannabis products, Sespe Creek will not be raising prices in response. The advertised price on Sespe’s menu includes all taxes and will remain unchanged despite the state’s determination to squeeze even more out of cannabis consumer’s wallets. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDFTA) evaluates the tax markup rate on cannabis every six months. Based on CDFTA analysis, effective January […]

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Gifts for the Cannabis Aficionados in your Life

Season’s Greetings, Sespe Community! We’re closing in on the holidays and we have exactly the gift ideas — and special deals! — you’re looking for, for the cannabis aficionados in your life. 1. A Lowell’s Stocking. Lowell’s makes some of the most popular cannabis pre-rolls in all of California. Treat someone you love to a Lowell’s stocking, filled with a pack of eight Zen Hybrid pre-rolls, a keepsake pre-roll container, matches and more!  2. A Personalized Pack of Lowell’s Pre-Rolls. Don’t need a stocking? No worries. Lowell’s is also selling individual packs of sativa hybrid holiday pre-rolls. Stock by Sespe Dec. 14 (11:30 – 4 p.m.) to get your pack personalized!  If you’re on a tight budget, we have plenty of single Lowell’s “Holiday Sativa” pre-rolls for sale. 3. Camino […]

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A Very Sespe Thanksgiving

Happy Holidays, Sespe Community! We know this month can be a little stressful. Don’t fear: we have you covered. Our team put together a list of our favorite discrete cannabis products, all known for their calming effects. And guess what? A lot of them are on sale. 1. Sip a cup of cannabis-infused tea with honey. The chilly holiday weather provides a great excuse to try out Kikoko’s Positivi-tea, which comes with 10 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD per cup. Note: If you’re brand new to cannabis, 10 mg of THC may be a bit much, so slip slowly! Hot tips: individual packets of Positivi-tea are 50% off at Sespe through 11/27, and beginning 11/27 (Green Wednesday) Kikoko’s signature cannabis-infused manuka honey will be 25% off — […]

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Celebrating Legalization with a Special Guest

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been three years since California voters went to the polls to voice their support for legal, accessible cannabis. The vote on Nov. 8, 2016 cleared the way for Sespe Creek’s opening one year later, as Ventura County’s first-ever permitted cannabis dispensary. We celebrated our two-year anniversary last week with a very special visitor: our Congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley! It was an honor to share our work with our representative in Congress, and we’re delighted to have an advocate in D.C. We’ve made so much progress for our patients in the past three years, and it’s important to reflect on how far we’ve come — and the work left to do. November 8 is the anniversary of legalization in California —  but here at […]

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Self Care with CBD: The Honeyshot Antioxidant Glow Facial

Happy fall, Sespe Community! The transition into a chillier season is a great time to think about self care. Today, I’d like to introduce you to another of our incredible vendors: Kikoko — a woman-owned California cannabis business that creates cannabis-infused honey and teas. Kikoko shared a recipe for an at-home facial using one of their CBD-infused honey products, so, as your resident cannabis and skincare enthusiast I had to give it a try! Here’s Kikoko’s recipe and instructions for their Honeyshot Antioxidant Glow facial: Manuka honey has powerful antibacterial and antioxidant benefits. The brightening power of lemon juice and the calming effects of fresh lavender reveal smooth, glowing skin. INGREDIENTS Freshly squeezed juice from a lemon (Sespe tip: use no more than a tablespoon of lemon juice) 1 tbsp […]

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Vaping: The Information You Need

Sespe Community, We understand that many are concerned about the safety of vaping products following news reports of a vaping-related illness. We want to take a moment to get you up-to-date on the news, as well as assure you that we only work with manufacturers with the highest quality standards.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that folks who use vaping products, “should not buy these products (e.g., e-cigarette or vaping products with THC, other cannabinoids) off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.” The State of California offered similar advice: “Cannabis products sold by licensed retailers must comply with strict state testing standards to ensure that they are produced safely, properly […]

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An Appetite-Suppressing Cannabinoid?

Sespe Creek is proud to be one of just twelve dispensaries across California offering Flow Kana’s limited edition Pink Boost Goddess — a THCV-rich indica hybrid strain grown by Emerald Spirit Botanicals in Mendocino County. What’s THCV? I had the same question. It’s a cannabinoid that is closely related to THC, and is primarily found in North African cannabis — think Durban Poison. According to Flow Kana, THCV is anecdotally known for anxiety-reducing, appetite-suppressing, and general relaxed effects. Interestingly, THCV usually appears in sativa strains, but Pink Boost Goddess is one of the rare indica-leaning strains.  Leafly put together a helpful guide to THCV: ongoing research indicates that in addition to being an appetite suppressant, this cannabinoid may help reduce anxiety, and may be helpful in treating Alzheimers, Diabetes and […]

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Sespe Pairing: Acapulco Gold + Baby Boomers

Greetings, Sespe Creek Community! We’re back with another pairing suggestion for you — one that I can (almost) guarantee will lead to stimulating conversation and multi-generational bonding. I personally heard the legend of Acapulco Gold a few years back — during a conversation at Ojai’s Rancho Inn. The strain remained an intriguing mystery until I saw it for sale at Sespe Creek. Of course, I had to purchase it. Henry’s Original offers pre-rolls of Acapulco Gold, sold as singles and in a four-pack. It’s a lovely, energizing sativa strain with approximately 17 percent THC.  I happened to pull my Henry’s Original pre-roll out of my purse while visiting with two members of the Baby Boomer generation (I’m a millennial myself), both of whom exclaimed, “Acapulco Gold?! I remember this from […]

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