A rose by any other name, or why we don’t call it marijuana (or weed) anymore

When Sespe was founded in 2010, our motto was “Weed for the People”; it was quite fitting in the context of our humble beginnings, operating out of the CEO’s kitchen. It had a bit of a defiant feel to it, almost a battle cry, also appropriate to the atmosphere of the time. Our mission then was to bring safe access to the people of Ventura County, a hostile environment where their needs had been ignored, put off, or outright refused since cannabis first came to California. In those early days the powers that be were still overwhelmingly opposed to our efforts, and we needed to channel our inner revolutionary to get where we are today. Throughout the years, our mission has not changed; however it has grown, as we have, […]

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The Hemperor, Jack Herer

In these heady days of legalization and safe access, we must not forget the pioneers who helped get us here. Jack Herer is one such pioneer, whose 1984 book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” (available to read online for free) is an authoritative history of hemp and cannabis, documenting the 10,000 year relationship humankind has had with this plant, and exposing the 20th century conspiracies and propaganda that resulted in the deadly prohibition that we are only now emerging from. As a veteran of the Korean War, Herer was one of the first veterans leading the fight to legalize cannabis, and took the fight all the way to President Reagan himself. Herer’s passion, dedication, and tireless activism were instrumental in the early days of California’s legalization movement. If you’re interested in learning […]

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Proposed changes to cannabis regulations

Fed up with the bans on cannabis delivery in your city? Frustrated with the excessive, hard-to-open packaging on your favorite products? NOW is the time to speak out and voice your opinion to the state’s regulators. If you support these changes (as we do) it is vital to get your opinion on record, as we can be sure that there will be some opposition. The latest version of California’s Cannabis regulations have been released for public comment until August 27. Three of the biggest changes this latest version seems to be tackling are: Only requiring the child-resistant exit packaging instead of individual product child-resistant packaging. Allowing authorized delivery employees of licensed marijuana businesses to deliver into ANY California jurisdiction. Increasing the THC limit on edibles that can be dissolved in […]

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Bathing in Cannabis

Far beyond a traditional topical and so different from an edible, cannabis baths are in a category by themselves. Immersible cannabis therapy delivers a powerful mind/body effect that brings countless benefits with little to no psychoactivity. Anyone who has used topical cannabis knows that this medicine is capable of exerting its effects directly on the body without first being processed through the system. The reason for this is that the skin is absolutely packed with cannabinoid receptors. CB1 and CB2 receptors are found in epidermal keratinocytes (90% of all skin cells), nerve fiber bundles, mast cells, macrophages, and the epithelial cells of hair follicles, sebocytes and sweat glands. In addition to this, recent research has revealed that multiple members of the transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channel family can act as […]

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UPLIFTED LOCAL: Kristyn Pratt King, Fillmore

In 2014 Kristyn Pratt King was a healthy mother in the greatest shape of her life. One evening, in her regular kickboxing class, she noticed her hands were going numb. She didn’t  think much of it, and continued on with her training. As she was walking to her car to return home to her husband and two year old boy, she noticed her sensory awareness changing. “I noticed I was having tunnel vision. I didn’t feel safe driving, so I went back into the studio to ask for a ride home.’’ Once inside,  she fell unconscious. Luckily, a woman waiting for the next class to begin was a nurse.  “She administered CPR on me, and someone called the ambulance” she said. Once she arrived at the hospital, they could not sufficiently […]

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Aurora's daily regimen

Oak View’s own, Aurora, shares her story of how her discovery and use of medical cannabis miraculously changed her life’s trajectory, and refined her existence.

Seventeen years ago, Aurora’s life in New York was radically altered by a devastating accident which rendered her with brain injuries, and nocturnal seizures. When doctors were finally able to understand and diagnose her condition, she began what she calls her ‘’pharmacological odyssey’’. After running the gamut of recommended pharmaceutical medications, she was left with a significantly diminished sense of self. […]

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Get Involved! Support SB-1302 and AB-2215

We’d like to express serious gratitude to Senator Ricardo Lara, who introduced SB-1302 this past Friday in the California Senate. “This bill would prohibit a local jurisdiction from preventing delivery of cannabis or cannabis products on public roads, or to an address that is located within the jurisdictional boundaries of that local jurisdiction, by a licensee who is acting in compliance with MAUCRSA and who is acting in compliance with any license, permit, or other authorization obtained from another local jurisdiction. The bill would include findings that the changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern, rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities, including charter cities.” If this bill passes, cities like Fillmore, Santa Paula, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Ventura would no […]

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