Diary of a Game night By Dr. Beth PhD

Product Spotlight:
Flow Kana Harmony Rose Pre-roll
Eternal Cartridge: Skywalker OG

Diary of Game Night: 7 Wonders

            It’s the end of the week and everyone is excited for game night! Our game night crew went on a bit of a hiatus during the holidays, so everyone is excited to get back into the flow of our lives without the annoying christmas carols on repeat in the background. We like to start with sharing a joint on the balcony. This week I picked Harmony Rose from Flow Kana. As we all get older, we notice our bodies having aches and pains from being on our feet all week. Harmony Rose, with its sweet floral aroma is an amazing pain relief strain with equal parts THC and CBD. It is a relaxingly mellow high where you feel good and melt away the minor aches. Our board game this week was 7 Wonders.

            In 7 Wonders, you are the leader of one of the cities from ancient world. I draw my city card and get Egypt & The Great Pyramid of Giza. My goal is simple; gather resources, negotiate trade routs, and dominate the game with my military might! There are three rounds of card play called “Ages.” In each age, the cards are evenly dealt to each player and passed around in a circle. Here is where you can deploy a sneaky strategy of watching the player to the right and see what they are doing to built up their civilization. This is why I picked Harmony Rose to start the night off, you need your wits about you as you simultaneously play cards, collect and pay for resources or utilize special diplomacy tokens.

            7 Wonders is a card development game. Some cards give an immediate effect; others are built upon to give a bonus at the end of the game. All players play their cards simultaneously so you need to watch what your neighbor is building and adjust your strategy. I like to vary my civilization strategy. During Age I, I gather a little bit of everything, resources, science & technology, and military outposts. This way I am not over committed to one singular strategy in Age II or Age III. This also means I need to pay close attention to what my friends are building in their cities. John almost always focuses on Military, Karen science and technology, and Rachel likes to hoard resources.

            The game play is quick and decisive which means that we can play an entire game in about 40 minutes. When we total up the points Rachel has whopped our butts with her focus on diplomacy and resources. Ah well, the night is still young and we can still take her down! We now all start to smoke Eternal Vape Cartridge Skywalker OG. This is a heavy and relaxing indica without a debilitating hazy or foggy effect. Skywalker is great strain to supplement the mellow pain reliving effects of Harmony Rose. We played three more rounds of 7 Wonders, and everyone won a game except for me, Rachel won twice. I may need to uninvite her from game night for a while.

            The board game is a personal favorite, as was the medical marijuana we enjoyed from Torrey Holistics, San Diego’s premier medical marijuana dispensary.

Cannabis Biology: What the heck is a Terpene and why do I care? By Dr. Beth, PhD

Cannabis lovers love to use this phrase, “it has a great Terpene profile.” But seriously, WTF is a terpene and why should you care?

Terpenes are large class of organic compounds made by plants and insects that provide a particular odor. These terpenes help protect a plant from herbivores or aid in reproduction by attracting bees or other symbiotic animals. Still too much science? Stop and smell the roses, enjoy the wonderful terpene profile!

            Terpenes are more then just the delightful aroma in the pot shop. Terpenes are the primary component of essential oils and are extremely useful in medicine. Ginger oil is great for nausea; turmeric oil is used for anti-inflammatory properties, orange oil is great for heartburn. The list is long for the uses of essential oils. Now, you may be thinking, ESSENTIAL OILS?! THAT’S HIPPY-DIPPY NONSENSE! Terpenes are not just a perfume; they are biosynthetic building blocks for every living creature. For example, Vitamin A is a terpenoid, and without vitamin A you can go blind.

So the terpene profile of cannabis is not just about aroma, but the medical benefits of the strain. For example, α-Pinene is a well-studied terpene found throughout nature in pine trees, the hops used for brewing beer, and many strains of medical marijuana. α-Pinene is a bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory terpene. Still too much science? It helps you breath and reduce pain.

So then what strains have α-Pinene? Follow your nose! Does it smell like Christmas? α-Pinene! But for the less discriminating stoner-nose, Jack Herer, Blue Dream, and OG Kush are known to be rich in α-Pinene. So come on down to Torrey Holistics and let us help you find the right terpene profile for your needs!

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Cannabis Biology101: Indica vs. Sativa Cannabinoids by Dr. Beth PhD

Everyone knows the phrase “indica puts you in-da-couch.” Honestly, it’s a corny phrase to say to patients, but it also does the job of explaining the different effects of smoking indica vs. sativa. Indica strains of cannabis make you feel relaxed, sleepy and calm. Sativa strains make you feel happy, energetic, and social. For most people, this is enough of an explanation to help them pick an effect they are looking for when they buy medical cannabis. But for me, I want to know the scientific reason for an indica vs. sativa high. So lets break this down into the specific cannabinoids that are present in each form of marijuana.

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THC is the molecule that gets you stoned. It binds to the CB1 receptor and gives you that euphoric sense of well-being and is great for pain relief.


Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychoactive. It acts as an antagonist for the CB1 receptor and has a great anti-anxiety effect.

Strains to look for:
Harmony Rose

Cannabinol (CBN) is non-psychoactive. It is a powerful sedative and great for pain relief.

Strains to look for:
Animal Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies
Fire OG


Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) can have psychoactive properties. Helps intensify the effects of THC. Known to be an appetite suppressant.

Strains to look for:
Durban Poison
Cherry Pie

Cannabigerol (CBG) is non-psychoactive. It has euphoric and anti-depressant effects.

Strains to look for:
Allen Wrench
NYC Diesel

Cannabichromene (CBC) is non-psychoactive. CBC binds poorly to the CB1 receptors in the brain, but does bind to other pathways in the body to enhance the effects of other cannabinoids.

Strains to look for:
3 Kings
Sour Diesel
OG Kush

Cannabis Chemistry: CBD vs THC: What is the difference? By Dr. Beth, PhD

First off, there have been over 150 cannabinoids identified by science. The research in the field of cannabinoids and their potential therapeutic effect is exploding. The most studied and understood are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD and THC interact with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to release neurotransmitters in the brain and rest of the body. Even though these two molecules are very similar, the effects of smoking or ingesting CBD vs. THC are very different.

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CBD is a hot topic right now, because this is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. What does that mean? CBD doesn’t activate the CB1 receptors in your brain; it actually is considered an antagonist for CB1, which means CBD minimizes the effect of THC bound to CB1 receptors. CBD is not considered an inhibitor- that would completely block the effects of THC in the brain. Still too much science? CBD is like the annoying nerdy younger sister of THC. She follows THC around and “harshes your mellow” and prevents THC from going too far like sneaking out of the house to go cow-tipping. Fun, but never a good idea.

This antagonistic effect with THC can be very helpful. Ever eat too much edible marijuana? Everyone has done it. It’s called the “two was too many club.” Welcome to the club! We have t-shirts. Obviously, using CBD will not make you “un-stoned.” The only thing that will do that is time…and funyons…and maybe a root beer float…with gummy bears on top… where was I? Oh yeah, but if you are too high, the best thing to do it take some CBD, it will not make you higher, it will calm you down and mellow you out.

CBD is not only good to mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC, but there is growing evidence that there are vast potential therapeutic applications as well. There are currently numerous clinical trials and cellular research all over the United States investigating the efficacy for medical treatment. Still too much? Come down to Torrey Holistics and talk to a cannabis consultant to see what CBD can do for you! (Bring funyons!)

Cannabis & Cancer Part II by Dr. Beth, PhD

Cannabis & Cancer: What Products to use for Chemo Induced Vomiting

Cannabis helped me get my life back during chemotherapy. It can be difficult to describe what medical marijuana feels like when you are sick; it is not the same sensation of getting recreationally stoned. Medical pot gave me a calming relief and helped me face the anxiety of my cancer treatment without having to ask for more prescription drugs from my oncologist. And after a chemo infusion, it was one of the only medications that helped me stop vomiting. In a previous post, I described the stages of Chemo induced vomiting and more importantly WHEN to smoke. Do not hesitate if something feels amiss. Now, the next step is finding the right medical marijuana for you to try.


When I was going through Chemo, I had a small medical marijuana kit that I stored in the bathroom drawer. In that kit I had,

1.     1:1 CBD/THC Pen & Cartridge

2.     Medical Marijuana Breath Mints

3.     CBD Infused Bottled Water

4.     Fidget Cube/Distraction Device

The quickest acting antiemetic (stop barfing drugs) is the vape pen or marijuana flower. Within a minute, the medicine will kick in and help you stop vomiting. My preference was a vape pen. Easy to use and less hassle then taking out your flower, grinding and rolling into a joint. And since you are already not feeling well, the last thing you want to do is bust out your stash and attempt to roll a joint while staring at the porcelain god waiting for his sacrifice.

After tossing your cookies, I liked to suck on a Kiva micro dose breath mint. This allowed me to clean the taste from my mouth with a micro dose of marijuana that gets absorbed through the sublingual vein under your tongue. And since each breath mint has 2.5 mg of medicine, this small dose allowed me to ease into the right dose for my nausea level with out getting too stoned.

As you slowly get control of your nausea, it’s a good idea to start to hydrate. So I would take sips of CBD infused water as you slowly contemplate leaving your new tiled apartment and re-enter the world.

Throughout this whole process, it’s easy to fall into an anxiety attack. Sitting on the cold tile with your head on the rim of the bowl you begin to think you are going to hurl until you reach the Lunchables your mom packed for you in third grade. As you begin to catch your breath and let your marijuana kick in, I recommend pulling out the last item in my Chemo Kit; the fidget cube. There are tons of fidget toys out on the market, so find one that “grabs” you. The most important thing about the fidget cube is that it distracts you from staring at the porcelain throne and starting the whole “I’m gonna puke!” process all over again. Scoot away from the toilet, sit back against the wall and twiddle your thumbs on the distraction toy. This sucks, but it will pass and medical marijuana can help you like it helped me. So come on down to Torrey Holistics, San Diego’s finest legal dispensary and get some medical marijuana to help you feel better today!

Cannabis & Cancer by Dr. Beth, PhD

Cannabis & Cancer: When to Smoke for Chemo Induced Vomiting

I survived breast cancer. To fight this cancer, I underwent 8 rounds of chemotherapy. That means I went to an infusion center every two weeks for four and a half months. I want you to stop and think about what happened over the last four months. It’s a long time isn’t it? One thing most people do not understand is the length of treatment fighting cancer. It is a long and arduous regimen with side effects that don’t always go away. Remember the last time you drank too much? Those appletinis were great going down…but no so much fun coming back up the next day, right? Imagine having a hangover that lasted four months. Yeah, drink it in; it’s hell served up all day, everyday. Luckily there are ways to reduce the chemo hangover.

Chemotherapy causes intense nausea and vomiting. The first thing cancer patients ask me about is, “what medical marijuana do I take to stop throwing up?” Great question, there are many forms of medical marijuana that help control nausea and vomiting (I will follow up on that in another post), but the first thing I tell my fellow cancer patient is WHEN to use medical marijuana. To help you understand, I have created a handy ten-point scale to break down the stages of chemo nausea.

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The best time to use medical pot during chemo is the moment you start to feel sick. Escalating from level 2 to level 4 nausea can happen in less than 5 minutes, and if you wait to smoke until after you have ralphed it will take more marijuana to get your tummy under control and longer till it is settled. Do not hesitate if something feels amiss. Frankly, just stay stoned in general, this is a terrible time, and no one should judge you for being sick and lying down while puffing away on a vape pen to avoid tossing your cookies. Trust me, I’m a doctor that survived this nightmare journey.

Need medical marijuana for the side effects of chemotherapy? Come on down to Torrey Holistics. San Diego’s finest legal cannabis dispensary.

Cannabis Biology 101 by Dr. Beth, Phd

Cannabis Biology: The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system found throughout the entire body. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids to help regulate the central nervous system (aka the brain) and the peripheral nervous system (aka the rest of your body). This means we have cannabinoid receptors located throughout our body, and we naturally produce endocannabinoids to regulate memory recall, mood, appetite and pain. When we introduce cannabinoids (aka medical marijuana) we create biological effects in the endocannabinoid system depending on what we ingested and how (aka varieties of highs; body vs. cerebral and everything in between).

Two receptors have been identified1 as CB1 and CB2. CB1 is mainly found in the brain, and CB2 is mainly found in the immune system, but they are both widespread throughout the human body. CB1 naturally accepts the neurotransmitter anandamide. Anandamide binds to CB1 to regulate memory, sleep, and pain stimuli in the brain. Anandamide binds to CB2 in the rest of the body to control the immune system.

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Ok, that was a heavy intro to the basic science of cannabis. What is the one thing you should take away from this week’s lesson? Humans have marijuana receptors in their body. When medical marijuana is consumed, endogenous receptors are stimulated. Humans naturally produce cannabinoids in the nervous system to control memory, hunger, and pain.

Still too much?

Smoke pot. Get stoned. Feel better. Science!

Stop by Torrey Holistics, San Diego’s finest legal medical marijuana dispensary, and a Cannabis Consultant will be happy to share more knowledge and tips 1 on 1.

1. Grotenhermen, Franjo (23 July 2012). “The Therapeutic Potential of Cannabis and Cannabinoids” Dtsch Arztebl Int. 109 (PMC3442177): 495–501.


Diary of a Game Night by Dr. Beth

Product Spotlights:
Flow Kana Cherry AK Preroll
Marley Natural Hybrid Cartridge
Caliva Toasties

I have a confession to make; I am a nerd. I am proud of my nerdiness, and I have a wonderful group of friends that celebrate nerdiness with me. When I was going through chemotherapy, some friends wanted to help but didn’t know how. They wanted me to go out and have fun like I used to, but I simply didn’t have the energy. To not completely disappear from my social life, we decided to try some of the board games gathering dust in the closet. Game night became a monthly tradition at my house over the past two years. I want to share a little of that tradition with you.


This is 'Diary of a Game Night: Betrayal at the House on the Hill'.

Everyone starts arriving and pops open beers. We sit on the balcony and light up a Flow Kana Cherry AK joint. I picked this strain for its mood-lifting and relaxing qualities, a perfect strain to wind down your week and chill with your friends. We begin to share funny stories from our week, as the giggly effects of Cherry AK transitioned into a pleasant body high. Our moods are set perfectly to dive into this week's board game; “Betrayal at the House on the Hill”.

Betrayal begins as a co-op board game. As you and your friends explore and build a three-story haunted mansion, your goal becomes clear; don’t die! As rooms open up, we all work together to increase our player speed and sanity. That’s right, you need to stay sane and random events can cause you to go insane. Are you walking along a creepy hallway and see an apparition?! Do the walls start to bleed?!?! Did James eat the last of the Funyuns?!?!?! (That doesn’t happen in the game…but I am still mad you James!). 

After every round, we hold our breath and roll to see if “The Haunting” will begin. The mood is tense, so I break out my Marley Natural Hybrid cartridge. We slowly puff-puff-pass to relieve the anxiety. I enjoy vaporizing cartridges during intense gameplay so we don’t interrupt the pace of the story to grind flower, roll a joint and then step outside to smoke. It’s James’ turn… he rolls the dice… the haunting begins.

This is why I love Betrayal. We all start out working together but now, just like the movies, one of our protagonists has become evil. James rolls the dice and draws a card. This combination means the player to his left is now in charge of the haunting… me. James, you will rue the day you ate the last of the Funyuns! It's also a perfect time for a smoke break, as we all have some reading to do. 

There are over fifty different haunting scenarios for this game. This time we are playing “monster from the deep.” Basically, I turn into a six-tentacled monster. As I control my arms, my goal is to kill all the other players on the board. They, in turn, work together to decapitate the monster (me). We light up a few Caliva Toasties as we read through the new game scenario. The small pre-rolled joints are perfect for sharing and result in a very mellow high, fitting for this endeavor. We all need to keep our wits about us as friends turn to enemies and betrayal ensues.

The hunt for my frenemies begins. I get six turns to move my arms and attack the trespassers of my mansion. They must work together to slay the monster I have become. The cannabis has achieved its goal. We are all relaxed and giggling as we attempt to make bad puns and get into each other’s head. James takes a chance and tries to cut off my head… he rolls the dice… and it pays off! He sacrifices his token to slay the monster and let the rest of the party to escape. Well played, sir.

The board game was a winner, as were the medical marijuana products we enjoyed from Torrey Holistics. Check out their full menu and let us know your game night favorites.

Cannabis Consultant - Dr. Beth

I am excited to announce Dr. Beth, one of Torrey Holistics Cannabis Consultants, has joined our blogging team. Please read more about Beth below

Dr. Beth
PhD Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Breast Cancer Survivor
Torrey Holistics Cannabis Consultant

Personal Bio:

Dr. Beth graduated in 2011 with a PhD from studying the molecular pathways for fatty acid biosynthesis. In 2015, six weeks after giving birth to her first child, she was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. After two rounds of chemotherapy, the side effects were so intense she turned to medical marijuana for relief. She lives in San Diego with her husband and child and is passionate about helping patients safely use medical marijuana to alleviate the painful side effects of cancer treatment and other medical conditions. She has been cancer free since May 2016.


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Hashtag blessed
Cuz I can rest
That absurd
Can't lay paws
On my stash
Or my hash
So I can't bash
On California.
It's like a utopia.
For people like me.
You see...
I am Texas raised
Taught never to praise
An illegal drug
Which includes nug.
I obsessively
Learned more. 
I started working at a store.
The patients changed my perspective
I learned the medicinal objective
At the root of every cannabis indulging prospective. 


Torrey Holistics is first in California to be issued license to sell marijuana for adult use!


On Friday, December 15, 2017 Torrey Holistics became the first approved Adult Use marijuana dispensary in the state of California.  Granting of the license means that as of January 1st, 2018, Torrey Holistics will be legally permitted to temporarily sell marijuana to adults 21 years of age and over without the medical recommendation of a physician, as was previously required in California.

It's an exciting day for Torrey Holistics, join us in the celebration and visit just a few of the first articles released on our big announcement:

Links updated on 12/19/2017

California's Bureau of Cannabis Control Awards First Adult Use License To San Diego-Based Torrey Holistics

 Founders and employees welcome the end of marijuana prohibition as they prepare for increased demand for legal cannabis on January 1st.

Founders and employees welcome the end of marijuana prohibition as they prepare for increased demand for legal cannabis on January 1st.

(December 15, 2017 - Sorrento Valley, CA) - Torrey Holistics today announced that California has chosen the collective to be the first approved Adult Use marijuana dispensary in the state. Thousands of businesses applied for the license prior to the state's awarding of the first license yesterday. Granting of the license means that as of January 1st, 2018, Torrey Holistics will be legally permitted to temporarily sell marijuana to adults 21 years of age and over without the medical recommendation of a physician, as was previously required in California. 

"We are honored and grateful that the state has placed its faith in Torrey Holistics," said founder Tony Hall, who took a chance starting the dispensary with a college friend in 2015. Since then, Hall has enlisted a top-tier management team with the intention of taking the lead in the industry as challenges such as banking compliance and regulation of legalized marijuana have emerged. “As proponents of regulation, we did our best to get out in front of the changes ahead and to be diligent during the licensing process, but we hope our long-standing commitment to being San Diego's safe and reliable choice for legal cannabis spoke well for us. Now that our Adult Use license has been granted, we will turn our focus to job creation and expansion to accommodate demand in the region.”

For now, Torrey Holistics is busy preparing staff and store shelves for the increased demand expected for cannabis products on January 1. The store currently carries over 400 products and serves over 10,000 medical marijuana patients. According to Torrey Holistics Marketing Director, Ruthie Edelson, "We are planning a New Years Day celebration at the store so we can finally enjoy this momentous time with all of San Diego." 

Is San Diego Ready for Cannabis?


Is San Diego Ready for Recreational Cannabis?

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Prop 64 making recreational marijuana legal for people 21 and older. The law is slated to go into effect on January 1st, now less than a month away. Are we prepared for this? We asked the professionals at Torrey Holistics, a licensed San Diego dispensary that has been in operation since 2015. 

Take us back to the beginning, how did Torrey Holistics come to be?

Our founders set out to become a safe, legal, and reliable place for people looking to ease the symptoms of medical conditions through the benefits of medical cannabis. To date, the city has issued only 17 licenses for the sale of medical marijuana, and we are proud to have been here from the beginning and to have built a reputation as a pioneer in the industry. Today, we serve over 10,000 patients at the dispensary and are continuing to grow. We will begin delivery and pick up service in the coming weeks. 

Speaking of the future, what changes do you expect after January 1st?

In preparation for adult recreational use, the state has unveiled a list of very clear rules in an effort to guide the industry through this transition. For example, customers may only purchase one ounce of non-concentrated cannabis at a time, a serving size of edibles is limited to 10 milligrams of THC, and all products must adhere to strict testing standards and carry the state's cannabis warning label. At Torrey Holistics, we are avoiding any anxiety over the upcoming changes by being proactive.  We will just do our best to stock up and staff up as demand requires, and we will continue to provide friendly, knowledgable customer service as new customers seek information about what is now available to them. 

I'm glad you brought up new customers. For those not familiar, what is the difference between THC products and CBD products and how will people know which is right for them?

Great question! We carry hundreds of products in our store, which can be a bit intimidating, but our staff provides one-on-one assistance so each customer gets the information and the products that they need. In a nutshell, THC is the component of cannabis that produces mind-altering effects. Within the realm of THC products are various strains, which have varied benefits depending on one's needs and preferences. CBD also comes from cannabis, but does not produce that sort of high. CBD products are widely used for sleep, relaxation, pain relief, etc. We even carry CBD products for pets! 

For those who have never taken cannabis products before, how do you know how much to take and will marijuana interfere with prescription medications? 

It is important to find your personal dosage level. Studies disagree about just how much stronger marijuana is today versus the marijuana from the 30 to 40 years ago, but it is definitely more potent due to growers crossing their most potent strains to produce a more valuable crop. Cannabis products also affect people differently because people metabolize it at different rates. We advise our new patients to take it slow. Perhaps start with an edible product with very low THC content, then wait 30 to 60 minutes to see how it affects you. As for drug interaction, virtually all chemical compounds from over-the-counter remedies to prescribed pharmaceuticals to illicit drugs will interact with other compounds. It is always best to consult with your physician before adding any new medicinal products to existing prescribed medications. 

Is the city of San Diego ready for this?

Actually, San Diego is embracing adult recreational marijuana more than most other parts of the state. The city has already authorized a supply chain to manage everything from cultivation to testing to manufacturing. That does not mean, however, that the city will be lax about enforcing the laws. It is unlawful for a person under the influence of ANY drug to drive a car, and public use of marijuana will still be illegal. In addition, customers must be 21 and have a valid state or federal ID to purchase cannabis products. 

Are there unlicensed cannabis dispensaries in San Diego? Why should people buy from a legal dispensary?

Yes, unfortunately there are unlicensed sellers out there. As a matter of public safety, we strongly advise people to seek out only legal, licensed, established dispensaries like Torrey Holistics. Our products are all lab-tested to be safe, and we take the well-being of our patients very seriously. 

Can I purchase cannabis products with my credit card?

No, until federal laws change, marijuana sales remains a cash-only business. 

What can people expect when coming to Torrey Holistics for the first time? 

When people arrive at the dispensary, they are greeted by our friendly security guards. Prior to January 1st, Torrey Holistics is solely licensed as a medical marijuana dispensary, therefore, you will need to bring with you a Doctor Recommendation Card and proof of California residency such as a California Drivers License. After January 1st, we will become both a medical and recreational facility, so the Doctor Recommendation Card will no longer be required. Once you have been checked in, our Cannabis Consultants will take it from there to walk you through our products. Don't forget to bring cash, first time patients receive 20% off their purchase!

Torrey Holistics is located in Sorrento Valley at 10671 Roselle Street, Suite 100, San Diego, California 92121. They are open seven days a week, Monday through Friday 7am to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday 9am to 9pm. For more information, please call 858-558-1420 or visit

Article as seen in the L'Chaim Magazine December Issue

Self Prescribed


Dosing out my dabs
Like it's a science...
Because, come one lads, 
I am a mad scientist!
I am in charge of my own prescription.
Yes, I didn't stutter, that was my intentional diction. 
The medicinal benefits of cannabis isn't fiction...
In fact, legal restrictions
On the herb is causing a lot of friction.
A substance that cannot be a poison.
No documented ODs (overdoses),
Caffeine has more yearly [hospital] admissions, 
Who knows this!?
Self prescribed based on a desired effect...
No worries if my self determined dosage intersects -
With the clinical studies' dosage matrix.
I dose my dabs meticulously
I know how much helps me, seriously.


What a first-time customer of legal cannabis should know

So you’ve never bought marijuana before in your life, but there’s a first time for everything. You might be wondering what “those places” look like inside. What do I ask for? What do I need to bring?

These questions are entirely understandable. If you are a nonmillennial, you probably have a vivid recollection of at least a couple of the following:


1. Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign from the 1980s. Nancy was scary, even if she was friends with Michael Jackson.

2. The “three strikes” law. Yep, possession of marijuana used to be enough to earn you a strike.

3. Stoner flicks like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” or any film by Cheech and Chong. You may have developed a fear that you might like marijuana too much and end up a real-life Jeff Spicoli.

Maybe you have even been too intimidated to ask your doctor about medicinal marijuana for fear of judgment. It’s been ingrained in the over 40 crowd that marijuana use is something deviant, and using it means you’re being bad. Now that the tide of public opinion is turning, it’s OK to admit that you’re a little curious about it. After all, you may have read about its efficacy at alleviating the symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, aches and pains, depression, arthritis, PTSD and much more. One peek in the waiting room of Torrey Holistics, the permitted medical cannabis dispensary I work with, and it’s evident that it’s not filled with millennials but a mix of folks just looking to improve their quality of life.

Now that it’s OK to admit that you are thinking about it, what do you do next? After Jan. 1, you will no longer need a medical recommendation from a physician, but you will need to bring a valid California or federal ID. You will also need to bring cash, as dispensaries still do not have access to the federal banking system. Upon arrival, you will check in with a receptionist and wait for your turn to enter the dispensary, not unlike checking in for a medical appointment. This is to ensure that the staff-to-customer ratio is low for one-on-one service from a cannabis consultant.

Some of you might be imagining that a store that sells marijuana must be dark, smoky, maybe a lava lamp in a corner or a Jimi Hendrix poster on the wall lit by a black light. Let me set the record straight: I can’t speak for all businesses, but modern licensed, legal dispensaries are not scary. Our store is clean and well-lit, and there are tidy shelves and display cases with products labeled and visible. The staff is friendly, professional and informative. To get started, they will ask you a few questions to ascertain what your goals are and what types of products you might be comfortable with. They can make recommendations from there. Then the decision is up to you. Whatever products you choose, start slowly with a small amount and figure out which products and what dosage work best for you.

I’ve heard the concern that Proposition 64 is going to turn our city into the wild, wild west. It is not going to be a smoke-filled free-for-all come January! There are laws in place to prevent this. For example, you must be 21 to purchase cannabis products, you cannot use cannabis in public, you can only purchase a small amount at a time and it is still unlawful to drive under the influence of any drug.

In short, whether you become a regular customer or not, we are thrilled that you can choose for yourself. You have options that you may not have considered before.

As seen in the San Diego Tribune

Pot edibles must undergo big changes under new California regulations

By: Amanda Brandeis
Posted: 9:32 PM, Nov 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Newly released data from the California Healthy Kids Survey shows drug use among teens continues to go down. That includes marijuana, by one percent.

Jim Crittenden, program specialist at the San Diego County Office of Education, says he hopes the trend won't be reversed after Jan. 1 when recreational marijuana is legal for users 21 and over.

"Between the high potency and delayed time onset of being high, we're seeing kids use too much of this product," said Crittenden.

Crittenden says he wants parents and students to be aware of the drug's negative effect on a developing brain.

"A lot of the edibles look like food products, gummy bears, brownies, cookies, they look like standard food products so they're easy to conceal," said Crittenden.

But major changes are coming as to what edibles can look like and how much THC they can contain.

Christine Bordenave, General Manager with Torrey Holistics, explains that nearly all their current edibles will have to undergo some change in order to be compliant with the new rules.

"We as a legal dispensary at Torrey Holistics really want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to remain legal and to provide a safe, quality product to the public," said Bordenave.

Under the new rules, edibles will not be able to be shaped like animals, insects, fruits or humans.

Product bags must be opaque and childproof, even after they've been opened.

Edibles can contain no more than 100mg of THC per product and must be divided into serving sizes of no more than 10mg. 

Bordenave says after Jan. 1 they will have a window of time to comply with the new rules and that they are preparing for the changes with manufacturers. 


81% THC


Please Concentrate!
I want this dab to resonate.
Been stressing over all the hate
Can't help but appreciate
This oil which helps me create
Even if it causes a political debate!
Take a hit for THC
So we can plea
For worldwide serenity.
Resin will do,
We have all been there too.
Swag will suffice,
Hopefully, you got it at a good price.
Flower will get you there,
I remember when that's all I could bear.
But today, for me, 
It's going to be 81% THC
That will make my mind more serene
And keen
Capable of confronting life when it's obscene...
Which I mean, 
Sometimes seems
To me
To be
Often in 2017.


Smoke Sesh Healing

Pain doesn't know your skin color.
Insomnia doesn't know your religion.
My mood doesn't know I am a woman.
But please, people, come over and listen. 
We all suffer from something,
No one's genetics are perfect,
Some people have their judgments
But relating over cannabis helps disseminate this.
This weed is a special medicine that unites.

Unites all of us into one room,
To talk about our medication.
One of us is full of hesitation, 
He has never been high! Good gracious! 
Stoner culture is there to help and make ya comfortable
No one asks why, we are just getting high.
Suddenly my diagnosis doesn't matter,
My pain subsides
And I find a kind
Of comfort.
Who is one to say this cannabis subculture
Isn't part of the healing process?
Support groups not sounding appealing but relating with thy fella stoner, I'll be there swiftly. 


Hey California, Know Your Weed Laws by YEW Online

Medicinal Fear: Internal Dialogue 

Torrey Holistics shop.jpg

I walk into a dispensary.
I am afraid because my sensory-
Just threw me into a nervous vortex.
I can feel it in my solar plexus. 
It is worse than when I hear a sexist
But, it's Torrey Holistics, it's the bestest. 
Legal as can be, fear still comes over me. 
What if they label me as an addict? 
What if the Feds see me take a fat hit?

...questioning status quo...

Yet, they are taking our diagnosis
And creating a monetary oasis.
The market for daily pharmaceuticals
Keeps us drugged but are these pills suitable
for long-term human consumption?
Dependency and potential for abuse is a function
of the chemical components.
The FDA pretends that they know this.
Schedule 1 (cannabis), too much fun.
Schedule 2 (cocaine), I guess it's ok for you.
Is cocaine really more medicinal than cannabis?
I have had it with this!

...meanwhile at the dispensary...

I take a deep breath, 
It's not like I am buying meth. 
I'll take a quarter of Green Crack. 
Clinical studies have my back.
Help me. 
Federal discrimination towards this medicine can't be
A reality
In 2017.