What Are Terpenes?

what are terpenes

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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The 2018 Pittsburgh Medical Cannabis Conference Starts Tomorrow

pittsburgh medical marijuana conference

The 2018 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo starts Thursday, April 12th and will run through Saturday, April 14th. The Solevo Wellness team will be in booth #413 where there will be complimentary neck and shoulder massages and other giveaways.

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First Clinical Trial Could Show Medical Marijuana Helps Children with Autism


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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Low Inventory at Solevo and Dispensaries Across the State


As many of you know, we’ve been dealing with low inventory which has made life frustrating for some of our patients. The purpose of this post is to communicate what’s going on, the reasons behind it, and how we expect it to be fixed.

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Dispensary Hours Update – Sunday 2/18

Due to limited inventory, our hours over the next few days have changed. We are working with our grower/processor to get a shipment in early next week, and we will provide updates when that happens. Hours for the next several days are listed below.

Sunday 2/18: 11-4 – Appointments only (no walk-ins)

Monday 2/19: Closed

Tuesday 2/20: Closed (we are normally closed Tuesdays)

Wednesday 2/21: 10-8 – Appointments only (no walk-ins)

Thursday 2/22: 10-8 – Appointments & Walk-ins

Our normal hours are listed here.

You can follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and you can schedule a future appointment here.

Thanks to all of you who have offered your kind words, patience, and support. We’re so glad to be finally be open.


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Marijuana For PTSD Treatment


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!


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!


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?


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


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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