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The Medical Marijuana Lab Testing Process in PA


In Pennsylvania, medical marijuana products must pass a series of tests before they end up on dispensary shelves and in your possession. Medical marijuana lab testing in Pennsylvania, arguably some of the most vigorous marijuana testing in the country, ensures that your medical marijuana is accurately labeled and safe to consume. We had the pleasure of sitting down with an independent PA medical marijuana testing lab, Steep Hill Pennsylvania, to walk us through the medical marijuana lab testing process.

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New High CBD Tincture at Solevo

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A new high CBD tincture is now available at Solevo Wellness. We developed this new medical marijuana product in partnership with Terrapin with input from our patients.

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Ilera Cartridges: A Closer Look


Using a distillate extraction process, Ilera cartridges contain highly purified distillate free from chlorophyll and other contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides. In this article we’ll explore more about Ilera cartridges as well as the company behind the product, Ilera Healthcare.

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New THC Cartridge at Solevo Wellness | Solevo Cush is Here


A new THC cartridge is now available at Solevo Wellness. We developed this medical marijuana product in partnership with Standard Farms with patients in mind.

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Terrapin Lemon G

Terrapin Lemon G is a popular strain known for its relaxing effects and subsequent euphoric emergence. Made available by the regional Terrapin Pennsylvania facility, today we’ll explore exactly what makes this product so unique.

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Best Strains for HIV Care

Approximately 1.1 million Americans currently have HIV, with numbers declining each year due to advanced treatment and screening. While there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, there have been significant advancements made in treatment of the virus and related symptoms.

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Intractable Pain Management: 7 Tips for Coping

Pain is an essential and normal response triggered by your nervous system. It often alerts you to possible injury. But what happens when pain persists, even after you’ve healed from an injury? When that pain lasts for months, maybe years? You may suffer from intractable pain.

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Granddaddy Purple: Everything You Need to Know

He’s not your average grandfather. Granddaddy Purple, also known as GDP, is one of the most popular indica strains for sleep. Alluring in both color and appearance, GDP has deep purple buds, bright orange hairs, and a generous frosting of white trichomes. It is effective in treating stress, insomnia, chronic pain, and muscles spasms.

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Wedding Cake Strain: A Marriage of Good Genes and Good Vibes


As the medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania continues to grow, most patients have learned to recognize their favorite strains. Solevo Wellness offers a broad variety of products that come from many different strains of cannabis. Recently, our patients voted the Wedding Cake strain as one of their fan favorites. Let’s dive in!

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Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment: Medical Marijuana and Sports


It seems like most sports events have been modified or canceled for the rest of 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Although we cannot fully bring sports back ourselves, the least we can do is give some information about medical marijuana and sports! Studies show that medical marijuana can play a key role in sports medicine, including traumatic brain injury treatment. Let’s jump right in!

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Intractable Spasticity: An Overview

Studies show that medical marijuana can play a key role in treatment for conditions that affect the central nervous system. These conditions can result from an underlying, chronic condition or from a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. One such condition is intractable spasticity. Today, we will look more closely at this condition and the relationship between medical marijuana and intractable spasticity.


All About Terrapods from Terrapin


Terrapin Pennsylvania is shaking up the cannabis industry with their vaporizer pods, terrapods. With their main goal to provide access to affordable products for medical marijuana users, TerraPod offers medical marijuana users the highest-quality products at a price that won’t break the bank.

But what is exactly is a TerraPod? And what makes it unique and different from other pod cartridge delivery systems? We’ll explore of all of this, and more, today.

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Introducing The New Solevo Order Summary


Have you visited one of our PA medical marijuana dispensaries, were confident in your purchase, went home and became confused about which medications were which?

Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us!

We’ve received feedback that it may be helpful to have a resource that could show the descriptions of the products purchased, even if they are no longer on the current menu.

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Decarboxylation: What Do Medical Marijuana Patients Need to Know?

Medical marijuana is frequently used as medicine because studies show it can reduce chronic pain, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and muscle stiffness associated to Multiple Sclerosis.  A chemical process, known as decarboxylation, allows the cannabinoids to slightly change and then interact with your body’s receptors to provide certain medicinal benefits. As we’ll see in this article, there is a science when it comes to understanding the marijuana plant and vaporizers can play an important role in the process of effectively using medical marijuana for your condition(s).

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Live Resin: What Exactly Does That Mean?


Have you looked at one of our PA medical marijuana menus and noticed that some products specify that they are Live Resin?

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7/10 | Happy OIL Day


July 10, 7/10, is National OIL Day.

“710” is the number associated with cannabis oils. If you turn the number upside down, it looks like the word “OIL.”

For those who enjoy concentrates, we have something sweet for you today!

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Marijuana and Anxiety in PA: 1 Year Later

July 11, 2020 marks the one-year anniversary that anxiety disorders were approved conditions for medical marijuana use in the state of Pennsylvania. Where are we today regarding marijuana and anxiety in PA? Is using medical marijuana for anxiety still considered an effective treatment? Today, we’ll explore these questions, as well as taking a closer look at some of the basics of anxiety and marijuana.

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Solevo’s Fourth


Let’s keep this short and sweet: Solevo Wellness is having 3 days of specials to celebrate the upcoming holiday weekend along with extended hours on Friday, July 3.

All locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

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Treating Cancer Symptoms 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? Let us walk you through the differences of RSO vs. Distillate!

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Sativa Effects: The Medicinal Benefits of Sativa Strains


Sativa strains are great for daytime medicating, and sativa effects have a ton of benefits for medical marijuana patients.

Sativa effects give you a clear-minded euphoria that is perfect for daytime use so you can still get your daily tasks accomplished.


Moxie’s Melonwreck Strain and Pain Management

One of the most common uses for medical marijuana is to treat chronic or intractable pain. Moxie’s melonwreck strain can effectively treat and mitigate the symptoms of chronic pain. We’ll discuss medical marijuana for intractable pain, and specifically, the effectiveness of melonwreck. First, let’s explore types of pain and how medical marijuana can be effectively used to treat pain.

Coronavirus Notice


Solevo Wellness is a medical facility. With that, we see all types of conditions and sicknesses inside our facilities. Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we want to ensure the safety and health of all patients, vendors and employees of Solevo Wellness.  

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The Best Strains For Seniors: Geriatrics and Medical Marijuana


The concept of medical marijuana may be daunting to new patients, especially seniors. Older adults may benefit from medical marijuana treatment for an array of symptoms due to their qualifying conditions. That’s why you can count on Solevo Wellness for personalized services and medical marijuana relief solutions from exceptional pharmacists and medical professionals. It’s your life, and we want to help you get the most out of it. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best medical marijuana strains for seniors.

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Green Crack vs Durban Poison: What’s the Difference Between These Energy-Boosting Strains?

There is a large variety of medical marijuana strains and we’re here to highlight the differences in two popular energy-boosting strains, Green Crack vs Durban Poison. Many find that they are similar strains, and although this is true, they do have some distinct differences you’ll want to know. Using these strains to start your day will not only help decrease pain and anxiety, but also improve your mood and increase your creativity.

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Understanding Topical Medical Marijuana: Different Forms and How They Work


Are you curious about topical medical marijuana, but aren’t sure where to begin?

Topicals have changed how patients are using their medical marijuana, but there are some questions surrounding the types of topicals.  Do they reach the bloodstream?  Do you feel any effects from the THC?  We are here to help answer some of these questions and educate you about medical marijuana topicals.

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Buy Medical Marijuana Online: Solevo Online Reserve

The Online Reserve system is now available at all Solevo locations. Following the direction from both the CDC and the state health department in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our development team has launched the first version of our new Online Reserve system.

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How to Get A Medical Marijuana ID Card in Pennsylvania


As of the beginning of 2020, over 150,000 Pennsylvania residents have registered for the state’s new medical marijuana program.  That number is growing. However, some patients do still have questions about how to get PA medical marijuana ID card needed to purchase medical products from dispensaries like ours. process. One of the most common questions we hear is about the age requirement.

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How Do You Get a Dispensary Permit? (The PA Dispensary Application Process Explained)


Did you know there are more than 28 million small business in the United States? In fact, small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all U.S. business, according to the Small Business Administration. Solevo Wellness is just one of them. However, operating a medical marijuana business is a bit different than the normal small business.

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When to Call Solevo: Common Patient Questions We Hear on the Phone (Answered Here!)


We recognize there are a lot of patients who want to call Solevo Wellness. In fact, we get up to 100 calls per day and roughly 3,000 calls per month to all our locations. It can be hard to keep up with the call volume, but we’re doing our best to manage a patient support system with the help of our Patient Support team. Our Patient Support Coordinator often hears the same common questions from patients who call Solevo regarding inventory and product specifics, hours, PA medical marijuana program questions, and more.

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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Medical Marijuana Purchasing: The Dispensary Ordering Process Explained

Have you visited one of the Solevo Wellness dispensary locations recently and wondered why there weren’t more medical marijuana products to choose from?

One of the most important parts about operating a dispensary in the state of Pennsylvania is remaining in stock on the medical products that our patients need as part of their care and treatment regimens. We want nothing more than to have a full menu to show our patients, and to remain in stock on those products. Unfortunately, what seems like it should be the simplest part of the process can oftentimes be the most challenging. As the state continues to face an ongoing dry leaf shortage, there are a number of factors we’re working through on a weekly (and daily!) basis.

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In-Dispensary Kiosk Ordering is Coming in February

In November we rolled out a new menu format to our medical marijuana menus. The new menu featured some changes that our patients have long been asking for, including filtering options and easy access to THC and CBD ratios and other cannabinoid content. Perhaps even more importantly, the new menu format is compatible with electronic ordering which is arriving at long last!

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Medical Marijuana vs Street Marijuana: What’s the Difference?


As medical marijuana continues to gain acceptance in Pennsylvania and across the nation, more information on medical marijuana vs street marijuana continues to arise. With more information and widespread acceptance, there are also more studies and even some potential risks arising, such as the vaping health risks that were announced this past fall. Understanding the differences in medical marijuana vs street marijuana will help you make safe choices when it comes to treating your PA medical marijuana approved conditions.

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Meet the Team: Adam Toriseva, Patient Support Coordinator


At Solevo Wellness, we recognize the importance of being able to communicate with patients both inside and outside of our dispensaries. However, we also recognize that there can be some challenges that come along with a growing PA medical marijuana program and patient base.


West Virginia Medical Marijuana: What’s Going on with our Neighbors to the South?

As a new year approaches, West Virginia medical marijuana is getting closer to becoming available for West Virginia residents. In fact, on December 19, 2019, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health will begin accepting applications for growers, processors, dispensaries, and laboratories. The application period will be open for 60 days, ending on February 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST, and no additional applications will be accepted after that date. The West Virginia medical marijuana program is making small but positive steps in the right direction for a successful program launch.

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PA Dispensary Prices: Now Lower at Solevo


There are now over 250,000 registered patients in the PA Medical Marijuana program and 147,000 active MMJ card holders. One thing that we often hear from our MMJ patients is a desire to see lower PA dispensary prices. While likely not to the degree that all would wish, we are seeing prices come down. Here’s what we’re doing beginning in December at our Pittsburgh marijuana dispensary locations with the old Solevo Spotlight items based on results from our recent patient survey.

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Cannabis Concentrates: 5 Things You May Not Know

If you’re new to the world of medical marijuana, you might be wondering what cannabis concentrates are. And if you’ve been using concentrates for a while now, they’re probably familiar to you. Medical marijuana concentrates are obtained through an extraction process which removes unnecessary plant matter, like the stems and leaves, while maintaining the cannabinoids and terpenes from the original marijuana plant.  Concentrates are available in a wide array of forms such as oils, wax, glass, shatter, and oral forms. Keep reading to learn 5 things you may not know about cannabis concentrates. 

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New Changes to the Online Menu Format

You might have noticed some big changes in recent weeks to the online menu for the Squirrel Hill dispensary. We have been developing a new menu format that will work in sync with future electronic in-dispensary ordering. After listening to patient feedback and beta-testing, we launched the new menu for our Squirrel Hill location on November 4, 2019. The new menu for the Cranberry dispensary will be available in the coming weeks. [Update: The new menu format launched for the Cranberry dispensary on November 27, 2019.]


Meet the Team: Danielle Bryant, Patient Care Consultant

Danielle Bryant is a Patient Care Consultant (PCC) at our Squirrel Hill location. She has been working with Solevo Wellness since December of 2018. At Solevo, Danielle is known for being talkative and really taking the time to get to know our patients well, including what medicine helps each of them and what she thinks they might like. To those closer to her, she is also known for her touching story of being a kidney donor.