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CBD Store vs. Medical Marijuana Dispensary: What are the Differences?

With the growing popularity of CBD infused products and PA medical marijuana, there has been increased confusion about the differences in a CBD store and a Pittsburgh medical marijuana dispensary. For those who are new to medical marijuana, CBD and THC are both cannabinoids found in medical marijuana. There are differences between the two. One notable difference is that CBD does not produce a psychoactive effect, while THC may. There are also many differences in a CBD store vs. a medical marijuana dispensary.

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Vaping for Beginners or All Experience Levels: Tips You Should Know

Whether you’re interested in tips on vaping for beginners or are more experienced at vaping as part of your medical marijuana treatment plan, there are many helpful tips and tricks out there. With recent vaping health risks coming out across national news, it’s important that all patients stay informed about how to vape properly.

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A Change for the Greensburg Dispensary

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The Greensburg dispensary will be taking a different path than the Squirrel Hill and Cranberry area dispensaries. Get the details and what it means for our patients.

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Get to Know Our Medical Marijuana Pharmacists at Solevo Wellness

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All pharmacist consultations at Solevo Wellness are with one of our licensed pharmacists. Led by Richard Greer, our team has experience in clinical pharmacies, community pharmacies, and pharmacy benefits management. Get to know our medical marijuana pharmacists, including background, interests, hobbies, and more.

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Vaping Health Risks in the News: What to Know About PA Medical Marijuana

Vaping health risks have been an ongoing topic in the national news recently, and we’ve been receiving many patient questions and concerns about their medical marijuana. Trying to understand these risks and how or if they affect you and your medical marijuana can be confusing. Pennsylvania is taking every precaution available to reduce any vaping health risks and ensure the purity and safety of all products sold in PA medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Meet the Team: Michelle Robertson, Patient Care Consultant

Known to some of you as DabGirlMichelle, Michelle joined the Solevo team last year as we were gearing up to open our Greensburg facility. She is a cannabis enthusiast and if you couldn’t tell by her social media handle, she is a huge fan of concentrates. Michelle wows our Greensburg patients with her smile, shining personality, and wonderful recommendations.

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Flavonoids Benefits and Their Role in Medical Marijuana: What You Should Know

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Although understudied in overall cannabis research, flavonoids benefits are key to whole plant medicine or the entourage effect—the synergistic effect of all parts of the plant working together to maximize health benefits. Basically, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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PA Dry Leaf Shortage and News

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The dry leaf section of dispensary menus at Solevo and across the state has been looking light over the last week or two. Let’s talk about what’s going on and what can be done.

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Patient Story: Joe’s Journey with Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy

At Solevo Wellness, we hear many encouraging stories about medical marijuana treatment and how it’s impacting so many lives today. This story of Joe’s journey with medical marijuana for epilepsy and other conditions is truly heartwarming. Pediatric care is of the utmost importance at Solevo, and the mission of our Pediatric Program is to be a resource for all topics relating to medical marijuana for children. Read on to hear how Joe’s mother details the steps in his journey and the healing that medical marijuana treatment has brought the Faust family thus far. 

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Meet the Team: Ali Budz, Patient Care Consultant

Hello Solevo Family! Welcome to July’s “Meet the Team” with Cranberry’s own Ali Budz! Ali joined Solevo in Fall of 2018 and quickly became an integral part of the Cranberry team. Having prior experience managing a vape shop, Ali brings a level of expertise that is appreciated by PCCs and patients alike, especially when it comes to concentrates. Her kind demeanor and willingness to help has provided many patients with comfort and trust in medical marijuana. Get to know her a little better below. 

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: A Look Back on How Far We’ve Come

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In 2016, Governor Tom Wolfe signed a bill to legalize the use of medical marijuana for approved conditions in Pennsylvania.  Since then there has been a vast improvement in the accessibility to medical marijuana and Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Marijuana Storage in the Summer

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As warmer weather approaches, we must remember that our medicine can feel the changes as well. There are certain do’s and don’ts of marijuana storage and overall tips and tricks for keeping your medical marijuana as fresh as possible.

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Meet the Team: Erin Rodgers, Patient Care Consultant

It’s been a minute since we’ve done one of these, but we’re back for “Meet the Team” with a Solevo OG, if you will. Erin Rodgers has been with Solevo Wellness since we first opened in February 2018. Known for her thorough and insightful consultations, Erin has used her extensive knowledge to help countless patients at our Squirrel Hill location. Her smile and quick wit also put a smile on their faces. Learn a little more about her below.

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Medical Marijuana for PTSD: Not Just for Veterans

When you hear about medical marijuana for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely, PTSD from serving in the military.  A large number of PTSD cases are associated with the military. However, there are also many cases of PTSD right here at home hurting many people who have never served. Every year on June 27, we recognize this day as PTSD Awareness Day. We’re grateful to have medical marijuana as a treatment option for PTSD in Pennsylvania for both veterans and non-veterans.

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How Does the Endocannabinoid System Control the Effects of Medical Marijuana?

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Many people are surprised to learn that we already have chemicals within our own bodies that mirror the effects of marijuana use. These chemicals are internally produced and make up our three-part system, the endocannabinoid system, along with its complementary receptors and enzymes.

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5 Strains to Put Some Spring in Your Step

Spring is here, April showers have paved the way for beautiful May flowers and here at Solevo Wellness we want to help our patients get into the spirit of Spring. Below are five strains that are certain to put a little “Spring” in your step.

*Strains below may or may not be available on today’s menu, for more information see our location menus.

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Meet the Solevo Team: Andi Hammerschimtt, PCC

If you’ve ever visited our Cranberry location, you know her as the smiling face standing at Station 3! With her vast knowledge and obvious passion for medical marijuana, it is no mystery why Andi’s patients and coworkers find her positive energy infectious. 

Want to learn more about Andi?

Spring Cleaning: The Strains That Will Get You Moving

Spring is finally making its way to Pittsburgh, and you know what that means… time for spring cleaning. Whether you love to clean or absolutely loathe it, there is something refreshing about warm weather and a clutter-free home.

Looking for strains to get the productivity flowing and the vacuum moving? Here they are…

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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.

Terpene Talk: Linalool & Limonene

Have you ever looked closely at the label of your medical marijuana? If you have, you might have noticed a section for the terpene profile. This profile is specific to that particular strain and can fluctuate in percentages from phenotype to phenotype. Those of you familiar with Whole Plant Medicine know these terpenes help to produce an entourage effect, but did you know they all do something a little bit different?

Today we’re going to talk about Linalool & Limonene, two of the more well-known terpenes.

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…

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…

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!

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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4 Reasons Why Your CBD Isn’t Working

CBD is currently the trendiest cannabinoid. It is proven to benefit people, and even animals too. However, not all CBD products are created equal… Want to know why your CBD isn’t working?

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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: What’s the Difference Between These Types of Medical Marijuana?

As most of you know, medical marijuana can be used to treat a wide variety of approved conditions in PA 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 Indica vs Sativa 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…

Meet the Solevo Team: Richard Greer, Pharmacy Director

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

No, not the guy from “Pretty Woman”. You’re thinking of Richard Geer. We’re talking about Richard Greer, from 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…

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…

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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Meet the Solevo Team: Annie Corbin, Director of Pediatrics

What’s going on, Solevo Family?! Today we are bringing you the second installment of “Meet the Solevo Team”. This time it’s Annie Corbin’s turn!

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Becoming a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Pennsylvania

It is likely that you know someone who has a qualifying condition that is 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. Perhaps they don’t have an existing medical marijuana 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 Medical Marijuana 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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Seizure Safety: How to Help Someone Having a Seizure

Picture this, you’re getting your morning coffee just trying to start your day, when suddenly the woman next to you falls down and begins seizing. What do you do? How can you help her? Learn seizure safety now and become a hero later.

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…

5 Medical Marijuana Strains to Start Your Day

Waking up is hard. Waking up with chronic pain or illness is even harder. When coffee and traditional medication are no longer enough, where do patients turn? They turn to alternative treatments, like medical marijuana, of course.

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What is Synthetic Marijuana? (5 Things You Should Know)

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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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Thank You For 6 Months of PA Medical Marijuana

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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.