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Ever medicate with a sedative strain before bed and notice a huge difference in the way you slept?

Some call it a “night-cap”, some call it a “bedtime toke”. No matter what you call it, medicating before bed can have numerous health benefits, including the obvious…a good night’s sleep!

Want to know what strains will help you sleep like a baby? You’ve come to the right place…

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Hello Solevo Family! As we start to close out such a monumental year for both Solevo Wellness and PA Medical Marijuana patients, we wanted to celebrate what’s going on in our country, as it pertains specifically to cannabis culture.

With that in mind, what better way to celebrate marijuana in the United States than by educating ourselves on how we got to this point?

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Over the last couple months, a number of new vape batteries have been introduced to the medical marijuana market. This means new choices for patients but also new information to consider as patients consider which (if any) of the new devices to invest in. The objective of this post is to provide information to help with that decision making process.

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caregiver

It is likely that you know someone who has a condition that is certifiable to be treated with medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. It is also likely that you know someone who may not be able to pick up their own medical marijuana. Maybe it could be that they don’t have a caregiver, or maybe their age or illness prohibits them from making a trip to the dispensary for themselves.

Lucky for us, in Pennsylvania there is an option to become a caregiver for patients unable to obtain medical marijuana on their own. 

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CBD

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is quickly becoming the most popular and sought after cannabinoid. Whether it be for its health benefits or lack of the psychoactive “high” you get from THC, CBD is becoming a popular choice for everyone from soccer Moms to experienced medical marijuana connoisseurs. 

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Hello Solevo Wellness Family!

We are so excited to kick off our “Meet the Solevo Team” segment of Solevo News. Up first is seemingly everyone’s “favorite” patient care consultant, TJ Krol. We’re not sure if it’s the hair or the constant smile, but TJ continues to win the hearts of patients. He works exclusively at the Solevo Wellness Squirrel Hill location and you find his notorious smiling face standing at station number 3.

Let’s get to know a little more about TJ, shall we?

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The Dart Pod System

Oh yes! You read that right. CCell’s first Pod System, Dart, is coming soon to Solevo Wellness! Solevo Fam, are you ready to get your hands on the newest pod vaporizer on the block?!

Want to know what’s so special about CCell’s Dart? Let us tell you…

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What is synthetic marijuana?  This term may be new to some, but others may have recently heard about this dangerous and often abused product. Synthetic marijuana is most commonly referred to as Spice or K2 in media reports. There are five important things you should know about synthetic marijuana including what it is, what it looks like, how it’s used, its effects on the body, and its street names.

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It’s August 15th, which means it’s officially been 6 months that the PA medical marijuana program has been providing a new choice for relief! We were the first Pittsburgh dispensary to open and we’re having a (half) birthday celebration to look back on where we’ve been and thank our patients for pushing us to get even better.

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Are you wondering how to store medical marijuana products properly? There are a few key elements to consider when storing cannabis for any short or extended period. Overall, cannabis is best when stored in a cool, dark place. Well-stored cannabis products can last a very long time without sacrificing degradation and quality. Now that dry leaf medical marijuana has officially been released, patients may have questions surrounding the care of this new form of medical marijuana. There are certain key elements to consider, as well as general tips, for how to store medical marijuana products.

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The Fast Track line is going digital.

The Fast Track line has been a work in progress at Solevo since it launched in May. We implemented the new system to address concerns from some of our regular patients who wanted a faster option to get their medical products from the dispensary. The current process is paper-based. It works, but it was never designed to be the long term solution. We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes to prepare a new digital system to make the process simpler and faster, and we’re now taking sign ups!

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Interested in learning more about medical marijuana and HIV or PTSD? Now is your chance to do so by joining us at the next Solevo Wellness medical marijuana education event on Wednesday, June 27th.  Solevo Wellness is presenting an ongoing series of educational programs so you can learn more about a healthier future. Our second event will focus on HIV and PTSD, and how medical marijuana can be used to provide relief for people affected by these conditions.

This free event will be held from 6pm – 9pm in our Community Room at Solevo Wellness on Wednesday, June 27th.  You can visit our events page to get more details and register for an educational and interactive evening at our dispensary.

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What Are Terpenes?

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Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give cannabis its distinctive flavors and smells, ranging from citrus to pine, to berry, and mint.  These organic compounds provide aroma and flavor not only in cannabis but also a variety of other organisms, including herbs, fruits, and plants. And they do more than simply provide scent.

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Did you know that April is National Autism Awareness Month and that the 10th annual World Autism Awareness Day is Monday, April 2nd? As we get ready to change the calendar, we’re especially grateful to be located in Pennsylvania, the only state that currently has approved medical marijuana for helping to treat autism. While we wait for additional states to approve treatment (Minnesota joining in July), we are staying as informed as we can and particularly keeping tabs on an encouraging clinical trial that could document the benefits that medical marijuana can have.

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On September 1, 2017, the New York Times published a letter by former Marine sergeant Thomas James Brennan that supported medicinal marijuana use. Brennan used his personal history with Traumatic Brain Injury to make his point. The medication he was initially given was a mix of prescription opioids and antidepressants. They briefly numbed him, but never fully relieved all his symptoms.  Then they stopped working altogether, a signal that his body had become tolerant of the prescribed doses.  He faced a choice of getting higher doses of dangerous and addictive medicine — or looking for another option.

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Today, our dispensary in Pittsburgh opens its doors to the public for the first time! The building will be open between 2:00 – 4:00.

All those who are interested are welcome to see a first for Pittsburgh and for all of Allegheny County. The 7,000 square foot dispensary, which is located at 5600 Forward Ave in Squirrel Hill, is “a cross between a pharmacy, a doctor’s office and a jewelry store”, according to COO Sam Britz. The environment was constructed to echo Solevo’s commitment to high clinical standards and medication quality. It is also designed to be highly secure, to provide the highest level of safety for patients and for the community at large.

We expect our medicine to arrive next Thursday, 2/15. Prior to that, visitors can see the facility and meet the team on the days listed below.

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Today is a big day for Solevo Wellness and for medical marijuana in Pittsburgh! We are the first Pittsburgh dispensary to be approved for opening by the PA Department of Health. In fact, this is a first for all of Allegheny County! Our location at 5600 Forward Ave in Squirrel Hill is fully compliant and we’re just around the corner from opening our doors to qualified patients. We’re grateful for the support we have and for all the hard work from our team members that has brought us to this point. Now things get really exciting!

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In late October, President Trump ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to classify addiction to opioids as a public health emergency.  However, his original promise was to call the American opioid addiction epidemic a national emergency, a far more serious designation.

What does this declaration mean for healthcare providers? As long as they prescribe opioids, there is a risk that patients will become addicted. Some officials and members of Congress have estimated the cost of effectively treating this full-blown epidemic to be in the tens of billions of dollars. It’s time we take steps to help end opioid addiction.

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Pittsburgh is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary.

The Solevo Wellness location in Squirrel Hill is on track to open its doors in January. The team is growing with 10 hires already in place, including new General Manager Rocco Levine. WTAE caught up with Rocco and COO Sam Britz for a progress update and a peak at the construction progress. Check out the video from our dispensary over at WTAE.

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The United States in general, and Pennsylvania in particular, are currently in the middle of an opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.  To help combat this, dispensaries like Solevo Wellness will provide medicinal marijuana as a healthier pain relief alternative for qualified patients. This can lower the risk of opioid addiction and cut down on tragic deaths associated with overdose.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health has opened the medical marijuana patient registration portal!

There are 4 steps that qualified patients must take to obtain PA medical marijuana. The second step is still pending additional information from the Department of Health, but now is a great time to start preparing. Read on below:

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