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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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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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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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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: 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…

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Meet the Solevo Team: Richard Greer, Pharmacy Director

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…

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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 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 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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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 contents of this post are no longer current. Effective 3/25/20, Solevo Wellness is launching an Online Reserve system that allows patients to reserve medical products in advance of their visit]

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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