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Terrapin Cartridges and TerraPods: 2 Products Patients Should Know

Terrapin cartridges continue to be in high demand. This is especially true within the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program and at Solevo Wellness. PA patients initially gave Terrapin a warm reception when the grower first launched in Spring of 2018. Terrapin expanded their cartridge line back in the Fall of 2018 with the introduction of TerraPods.

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5 Medical Marijuana Strains to Ignite Creativity

It is a common misconception that all medical marijuana strains make you lazy and unmotivated. This is less than half true. While there are some Indica strains that will put you right in the couch, there are other strains that are actually known to heighten focus and spark creativity.

Looking for relief from your symptoms while igniting your creative spark? These five medical marijuana strains should be able to help…

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Whole Plant Medicine: The Entourage Effect

Have you ever looked at the cannabis plant? If you really look closely, you’ll see shades of green, sometimes purple or white, and often the buds are covered in crystal-like hairs. Have you ever wondered what’s all in those beautiful flowers that give medical marijuana its color, smell and taste? In addition to cannabinoids, cannabis plants… like most plants, have terpenes. Using the mix of cannabinoids and terpenes is what we call, whole plant medicine.

If you’re curious about why whole plant medicine is so important, you’ll want to continue reading…

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5 Strains For Every Type of Valentine’s Day Celebration

Love is in the air, because the calendar said so! As most of you know, today is Valentine’s Day! Whether you celebrate this “holiday” or not, we’re positive you’ll love this post. Today we’re talking about the 5 best strains for Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re looking to set the mood, or lift your spirits enough to forget you’re single, we’re here for you!

*Please Note, strains listed may or may not appear on the Solevo Menu. For a list of today’s available strains please click here!

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Treating Cancer with Medical Marijuana: RSO vs. Distillate

Hearing the word “cancer” is often remembered as the scariest moment in any patient’s life. Luckily for us in Pennsylvania and other states that have legalized medical marijuana, treating cancer is not as scary. Cancer patients both current and in remission have turned to medical marijuana to treat both their cancer and its symptoms. Need to know how it works and what forms work best? Here’s an overview…

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Meet The Solevo Team: Kalli Osborne, Patient Care Consultant

Hello, hello Solevo Fam! Today is a special day for “Meet the Team”. We are going to be talking about one of our Squirrel Hill receptionists turn Cranberry Township PCC, Kalli Osborne. What makes Kalli so special, among other things, is that she has the privilege to not only get to know our new patients up north, but also to say that she has spent time with our Squirrel Hill patients too!

If she isn’t at home snuggled up with her fur kids, you’ll find Ms. Kalli behind the counter, helping patients live their best lives… want to know more about her? You’ve come to the right place.

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5 Strains to Help Cope with Winter Weather

Winter, the season everyone either loves or hates, has arrived. With this season comes shorter days and, of course, snowfall and other winter weather. Whether you love or hate winter, here in Pittsburgh it’s something we have to learn to cope with. No worries, you don’t have to do it alone! Here are 5 medical marijuana strains to help you cope with winter weather.

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Indica vs Sativa: The Two Types of Medical Marijuana

As most of us know, medical marijuana can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions and the symptoms that accompany them. However, what most of us might not know, is that there are two species of cannabis plants: Indica and Sativa. While they both promote healing and ease ailments of illness, each offers a different set of therapeutic benefits. Knowing the difference between the two types of medical marijuana may help patients to be more successful on their journey to health and wellness.

Indica vs Sativa: What’s the difference? Let’s dive right in…

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Meet the Solevo Team: Richard Greer, Pharmacist

What’s up, Solevo Family?! It’s time for another Meet the Team! This week we’re going to be talking about Solevo Wellness pharmacist, Richard Greer.

No, not the guy from “Pretty Woman”. You’re thinking of Richard Geer. We’re talking about Richard Greer, one of the pharmacists at our Solevo Wellness Squirrel Hill location. When Richard isn’t giving some of the best pharmacy advice on the Forward Avenue block, he’s probably dropping a fire freestyle in the break room for his coworker’s enjoyment.

Want to learn more about The Notorious Richard Greer, we’re here to help…

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5 Sedative Strains for A Good Night’s Sleep

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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Marijuana in the United States: A Nation Going Green

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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Vape Batteries – Comparing G Pen, CCell Dart, and PAX Era

Beginning in late 2018, 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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Becoming a Caregiver in Pennsylvania

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: What MMJ Strains Have It?

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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Meet the Solevo Team: TJ Krol, Patient Care Consultant

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 CCell Dart is Coming Soon to Solevo Wellness

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? (5 Things You Should Know)

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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Thank You For 6 Months of PA Medical Marijuana

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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How to Store Medical Marijuana (Including Dry Leaf)

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 – Sign-ups Start Today

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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Medical Marijuana Class is in Session on Wednesday, June 27th – HIV/PTSD

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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First Clinical Trial Could Show Medical Marijuana Helps Children with Autism

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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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Marijuana For PTSD Treatment

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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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First Pittsburgh Dispensary Opens Today!

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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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Our Pittsburgh Dispensary is Approved to Open!

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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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Can Medical Marijuana Help End Opioid Addiction?

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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 Dispensary Update

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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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Medical Marijuana and Opioid Addiction: Promising Signs for Patients

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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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