Category: Education

Outdoor Grow Season Is Here

For those who cultivate indoors or in a greenhouse using supplemental lights, the grower is afforded a year round grow season. But for those who enjoy growing outdoors using the power of the sun, the location and the date you plant your crop and later harvest your bounty is determined by the photoperiod, the length of the day and the amount of light that gets to your plants.  For outdoor gardens it is best to start your clones or seedlings near the Spring Equinox, allowing them vegetative growth and to create a strong root system until the optimal outdoor plant day, which in Southern California is June 1st. Your plants will continue to increase in size through June and July, then will start to show signs of flowering in late […]

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Six Things You Need to Know About Ojai’s New Cannabis Tax

We wanted to help our Ojai patrons better understand what’s going on in light of the recent passage of Measure G in Ojai. Voters approved Measure G in Ojai by 69.2% of the vote. The text presented on the ballot was “Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000-$1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in the future, until the voters decide otherwise, be adopted?” Sadly, this ballot text was brief to the point of being somewhat deceiving, as it doesn’t present the full picture. Adding to the confusion, we are disappointed that the Ojai Valley News has opted to publish […]

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Getting Started with Cannabis Clones

Living in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, we are lucky to have a pretty ideal climate for growing cannabis. Although Sespe Creek has carried a variety of seeds for years, we often get asked about carrying clones. We have finally found the right partner to supply us; we are excited to be an exclusive partner with Dark Heart Nursery to bring you stable, vigorous, prized genetics from award-winning breeders. See what clones we are carrying now! For those of you unfamiliar with growing cannabis, a clone is not a seedling. It is a rooted cutting that is an exact replica of its mother plant. Clones that are immediately ready to flower are, as the name implies, flowering clones. Those that require more time for its leaves, stems, and roots to grow […]

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Getting Started with Micro-dosing Cannabis

Whether you’re curious or a novice user, it’s always wise to start low and slow when embarking on a cannabis journey. Simply stated, use products low in the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),  then wait at least two hours to see how your body responds.  This method is known as micro-dosing. It’s a technique that helps users new to cannabis avoid feeling over-medicated or out-of-control as their body reacts to the product’s cannabinoid and terpene profiles.  How Cannabis Interacts with the Human Body The cannabis plant contains dozens of cannabinoids. THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most widely known, studied, and consumed. These compounds interact with your body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS) — a molecular system responsible for regulating and balancing many critical processes, including your immune response, heart function, cellular communication, […]

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Sober October Spurs Some Folks to Drink Differently

Anyone who regularly consumes alcohol will likely admit it has some serious downsides. It can be addictive, unhealthy, expensive, and fattening… and let’s not forget those horrible hangovers! Yet, largely due to the coronavirus and the subsequent economic and political fallout, people are drinking more.  In a study published in the JAMA Network Open last month, adults reported drinking 14 percent more during the pandemic than they did the year before. This increase was more pronounced among women (with 17 percent saying they drank more) and those in the 30 to 59 age group (with 19 percent reporting an increase in drinking). So in the spirit of Sober October, a social challenge started a few years ago in which people swear off alcohol for a month to improve health, lose […]

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Welcome to our sustainable practices blog series. This is the first of several installments highlighting our commitment to improving and enhancing our environmentally friendly operational practices. Our journey has been ongoing, but we’re proud of our most recent milestone…becoming a Ventura County certified green business. Recently, through the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) and the California Green Business Network (CAGBN), Sespe Creek Collective became a Ventura County Green Business Program Certified Business. Green business certification is one of the best ways companies like ours can effectively cut unnecessary costs, increase employee engagement and pride, support our communities, and stay competitive. We’re proud that our efforts have been formally recognized and that we’re now part of a statewide network of eco-conscious businesses committed to environmental stewardship. Recent studies show that […]

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Not all Vapes are Created Equal

Nearly everything we do, see, or touch today is somehow tied to technology. And, if you vape, that includes how you consume cannabis.  As a consumption method, vaping has undergone some controversy,  but Sespe Creek Collective stands by all of its products as reputable and safe. Yet, despite their efficacy, not all vapes are created equal.  Vaping uses hot air, rather than fire, to extract THC and other compounds from cannabis. With each inhalation, these compounds are delivered to your lungs in the form of vapor.  You can vape either cannabis flower or concentrates.  Flower requires a dry herb vaporizer such as the PAX 3 Dry Herb & Concentrate Vaporizer kit or the Mini Desktop Air Vaporizer. Concentrates can be in a liquid form such as a vape pen cartridge, or solid forms as in shatter […]

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2020 Local Cannabis Ballot Measures: Where We Stand

If you live in Ojai, the city of Ventura or unincorporated Ventura County, you have a cannabis-related ballot measure to consider this voting season. We offer a breakdown of our position on each of these three initiatives, but no matter where you stand on these issues we hope you will act NOW to request a mail-in ballot, then make a voting plan to drop it off at a local ballot drop box and avoid potential delays using the USPS. Measure G in Ojai- NO Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in […]

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Can CBD-Rich Cannabis Help Boost Your Immune System?

The short answer is, YES! CBD or Cannabidiol is a compound extract that comes from the cannabis plant. One of the benefits of incorporating CBD and cannabis products in general into your health and wellness routine is that they’re known for their anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it may help reduce inflammatory responses such as redness, swelling, and pain. According to Cancer.gov, “Anti-inflammatory agents block certain substances in the body that cause inflammation. They are used to treat many different conditions. Some anti-inflammatory agents are being studied in the prevention and treatment of cancer.” CBD suppresses the functions of your body’s immune system (chicagotribune.com). If you have an autoimmune disease, CBD could be really beneficial for you in helping your body to function more normally. If you are a generally healthy […]

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Sespe Creek Collective Helps Patients Save Nearly $15,000

Since the revival of its Compassionate Care program in January 2019, Sespe Creek Collective (SCC) has saved its qualifying members nearly $15,000 in free or discounted product. And with recent changes to federal legislation, Ventura County’s leading medical and adult-use dispensary and delivery service hopes to expand the program. “We’re an essential business for a reason,” noted Chelsea Sutula, Sespe Creek Collective CEO. “With Covid-19, not only are our Compassionate Care patients more vulnerable due to pre-existing conditions, they’re now facing added financial hardship. We’re grateful and humbled that we can give qualifying patients access to affordable or free medicine through this program.” With the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 34, Sespe Creek Collective is now able to expand its Compassionate Care Program to provide up to $250 in free […]

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