Category: Education

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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Cannabis Options for Pre-, Peri-, or Post-Menopausal Symptom Relief

Since the dawn of time, pre-, peri- and post-menopausal women have had to endure a spectrum of hormonal shifts ranging from the irritating to the debilitating. Often these changes bring bouts of pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, mood swings and more. To quell their symptoms, women traditionally have relied on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), sleep aids and a good dose of tolerance.  While NSAIDs can be effective for decreasing symptoms aggravated by the prostaglandin —  an inflammatory enzyme that increases when progesterone decreases during menses — frequent, high dose use is known to adversely affect the gastrointestinal system and potentially the liver. This is one reason why women are exploring non-traditional options.  Lately, women are increasingly reporting that CBD and THC products are their best alternative for treating menstrual pain. A 2019 […]

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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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What is Delta-8?

When you think about cannabis you probably think of THC (aka delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), but have you ever heard of Delta-8? Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t, there isn’t even a Wikipedia page about this cannabinoid. While you might not have heard of Delta-8, it’s been on researchers radar for years as one of the four most researched cannabinoids. You might be asking yourself “why haven’t I heard of it?” While Delta-8 is present in most cannabis plants, it isn’t as abundant as THC. But with recent advances in technology making it easier to isolate specific cannabinoids, Delta-8 has been getting a lot of press.  If you analyze and compare Delta-8 to THC’s chemical structure you’ll find that Delta-8 is very similar, with only a slight difference in the location of […]

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