Category: Our Medicines

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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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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Vape Pens – Seven Ways They Take You to Seventh Heaven

1. Health The #1 reason to try anything new is because it’s healthier. While using a traditional vaporizer is still technically the healthiest way to inhale medical cannabis, vape pens are a very close second. The reason is simple: No fire. Remember, fire bad. Grrrr! “Anytime you set something on fire and inhale smoke, you are hurting your lungs, because you are a human, not a dragon, and you breath air, not fire.” – Winston Churchill (did not say this ever) Although the vapor that comes out of vaporizers and vape pens isn’t pure air, it is MUCH cleaner than smoke, and the amount of unhealthy, unwanted particles in your lungs is reduced dramatically. Perhaps the most immediately appealing side-effect of vaping is the elimination of smoker’s cough. Vape pen […]

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Tush Kush has Arrived!

You might be somewhat perplexed, squeamish, or curious upon hearing this exciting (we think) news. But rectal / vaginal administration of cannabis has many advantages. In addition to being a viable option for patients who can’t ingest or inhale cannabis, cannabis suppositories provide faster uptake and longer-lasting effects compared with other inhaled or ingested methods. Suppositories are also very efficient; up to 70% of the medicinal compounds in a suppository are bioavailable. Suppositories may be an ideal choice for patients experiencing severe nausea, surgery patients who are fasting before a procedure, and patients with gastrointestinal sensitivities or throat and lung issues. There are also anecdotal reports of patients finding relief for conditions like Crohn’s Disease, prostate cancer, and other rectal and pelvic diseases. We’re offering patients a special low rate on this […]

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Topical vs. Transdermal: new medicines from Mary’s Medicinals

For years, we  have offered topical cannabis preparations, which are considered non-psychoactive because a topical medication is intended to have an effect at the site of application. The use of topical medications does not result in significant drug concentrations in the blood and other tissues. Examples of topical medications include antibiotics for skin infections, corticosteroids for skin irritation, and some anesthetics. Topical cannabis can be excellent for eczema and psoriasis, minor burns, irritation, and rashes / itching, and many patients report localized pain relief as well. Transdermal medications, like the new products from Mary’s Medicinals, are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.  When a medication is applied to the skin, whether the effect will be local (in the tissue beneath the site of application), or systemic depends on the preparation, […]

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The Family Tree of OG

OG Kush is a legendary strain whose origins are bit mysterious. The most likely theory states that sometime in 1993, a guy who had original Chemdawg got together with a guy who had a Lemon Thai x Paki Kush male he called the “secret ingredient”, and the brilliantly balanced hybrid OG Kush was born. It became wildly popular by 1995, and remains a staple in California dispensaries. Growers have worked with this strain extensively over the past twenty years, creating an amazing variety of phenotypes and hybrids. Phenotypes have the same genetics, but differ in the expression of the genetic instructions, which are influenced by environmental and developmental conditions. The fantastic variety of phenotypes shows the versatility of the OG genotype, which gives growers so much to work with. The following graphic shows the […]

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The 18-plus Club

While THC content is not the only measure of a good strain, it is still an important metric, especially for those with higher tolerances or more severe symptoms.  For those patients, we are happy to be able to offer twelve — that’s a full dozen — strains in our “18-plus” club.  This is a tribute to the knowledge and skill of our member/cultivators, who have been consistently knocking it out of the park lately (especially with that Jupiter, which is almost one fourth THC. One fourth.) Our medicines are tested, and all THC measurements are the net THC (tests measure THCA, but the lab takes into account the weight that the THCA will lose when it is heated, or decarboxylated). And if you’re wondering just what almost-24% THC looks like, well, […]

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Juicing Raw Cannabis

The world has discovered the health benefits of juicing in recent years, and Sespe Creek Collective hopes to start regularly bringing those benefits to our patients. Juicing helps pull the essential oils, minerals and vitamins out of plants into an easy to consume, nutrient-dense form. This holds true for the cannabis plant as well. Prior to drying or heating (from baking, vaporizing or smoking) the plant has little to no THC/CBD because the plant itself creates THCA/CBDA, or THC/CBD acids. THCA/CBDA becomes THC/CBD through a process called decarboxylation which occurs through heat. While still in its acidic form the THCA does not have psychoactive effects. It instead works on the endocannabinoid system to create neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. It has been used in the treatment of epilepsy, cancer, autoimmune and […]

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Saluting an Old Friend

We just realized that we’ve had Blue Maui (the strain formerly known as Elvis) on the menu for almost two years! Remembering how excited we were to discover this strain, and now it almost feels like we take our dear friend for granted. He’s always there for us, reliable and consistent, month in, month out, and it’s time to show our buddy some love. We’re doing that this weekend by lowering the donation to $15/gram, $45/eighth (the discounts go all the way to the ounce price, which will be $300 — but it’s this weekend only!). Blue Maui is fantastic against depression, and gives great relief from stress and pain while remaining upbeat and energetic. The donation goes back to the regular amount on Monday, so now’s the time to […]

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Five Strains under $200/oz (and one honorable mention)

It’s a great time for bargain-hunters, with FIVE strains currently priced at or under the $200/oz mark, and one at $205 — and this isn’t counting the two different types of shake (House, and Blue Maui) we have! We’ve even included two wallpaper-sized pictures for your enjoyment. Girl Scout Cookies $200/oz | 13.0% THC | 60/40 Sativa Dominant | Delicious! Lemon Meringue $150/oz | 8.75% THC | 60/40 Indica Dominant | Light and energizing! Cherry Pie $200/oz | 8.33% THC | 60/40 Indica Dominant Blackberry Outdoor ** **EDIT: ounces no longer available. | 16.53% THC | 70/30 Indica | POTENT! Blue Maui Popcorn $160/oz | 17.16% THC | 80/20 Sativa | Untrimmed, top-shelf potency Larry OG (honorable mention) $205/oz (so close!) | 13.04% THC | 70/30 Sativa | Sativa without […]

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