Know your CBD’s

It’s been nearly a decade since we introduced one of the first Cannabidiol (CBD) rich strains grown by Lawrence Ringo to San Diego County. Back then, we couldn’t give it away. People would buy it and then call us a day or two later telling us it didn’t do anything for them. That’s because they were expecting the usual “high” effect that cannabis rich in THC will induce. As time went on, more and more people found the lingering effects of CBD use had decreased their pain, inflammation and anxiety. They reported an overall sense of calm, focus and wellness. In addition, those who tended toward paranoia with THC, found that it tempered the effects and made their cannabis use more enjoyable.

Fast forward to 2013 when Dr. Sanjay Gupta announced that he was wrong about cannabis and the societal stigma which surrounds it. This was quickly followed by the media coverage of little Charlotte Figi and her seizures and the cannabis strain, Charlotte’s Web, that was named for her. These events launched the CBD discussion and its merits began to be noticed and take hold. Namely that CBD was undoubtedly a powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety remedy, without intoxicating effects.

Today, people are seeing mail and advertisements in all forms touting the benefits of CBD oils. The trouble is that not all CBD is equal and many people are spending hard-earned money on products with little medicinal value. Ultimately, as with anything we put into our bodies—and especially with products being marketed as CBD oil—it’s vital to know what exactly we are buying, where it’s coming from, and what’s in it.

To fully understand the benefits of CBD, it’s necessary to first recognize the difference between hemp oil, hemp and cannabis. As a society, we use the terms interchangeably, thinking they are one in the same. While they may look similar when growing, hemp and cannabis plants are quite different in their phytochemical composition.

Hemp oil is derived from seeds and/or stalks of the hemp plant.
Hemp or Cannabis ruderalis is ideal for making clothing, textiles, paper, biofuel and more. While it does contain CBD, it lacks the additional compounds found in cannabis.
Cannabis or Cannabis sativa/Cannabis indica is rich in cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes; CBD being just one of the naturally occurring compounds.

Hemp seed does not contain any of the compounds found in the hemp or cannabis plant. However, the seeds are very rich in omegas and proteins. From a nutritional perspective, studies have shown hemp seed to have outstanding value for our bodies. Molecule for molecule, Cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp or cannabis (aka marijuana) is exactly the same. What’s important to consider when looking to use CBD for medicinal purposes, are the additional compounds found in cannabis. It is the combination of all compounds such as CBG, THC, CBC and terpenes like beta-caryophyllene that work synergistically to activate our body’s natural endocannabinoid system. This process is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.

Here’s a quick checklist to use when selecting products labelled CBD oil:

Is the main ingredient hemp seed oil or hemp oil? If yes, the product is a nutritional supplement and won’t necessarily help with your medical complaints. Recently a friend showed me a product she purchased online. The ingredients stated it contained 375 milligrams of hemp oil and 15 milligrams of CBD. While the CBD was hemp derived, there is nothing else in the capsules to fully activate the 15 milligrams of CBD.

Is the main ingredient Cannabidiol (CBD)? If yes, is it derived from hemp or cannabis? A challenge for consumers today is lack of transparency as to the origins of the hemp-derived CBD. Where and how the hemp is cultivated is critical. Hemp is used for phytoremediation because it absorbs contaminants and toxins from the soil. While this is fantastic for the planet, it’s not such a good thing when looking to put a derivative of the plant into your body. For the safest and healthiest product, look for CBD that is organically grown in the U.S.

If the CBD is cannabis derived, it will most likely have small levels of THC, terpenes or other cannabinoids listed on the label. You will need a medical marijuana recommendation to purchase these products due to Cannabis’s classification as a Schedule I substance. Again, look for products derived from organically grown cannabis.

What other ingredients are in the oil? Do you really need vegetable glycerin, sugars, polysorbates, sodium benzoate or other chemical ingredients if you are taking CBD to feel better or combat disease?

Finally, don’t confuse Cannabidiol with cannabinoids. All cannabis plants produce cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD), being one of them. Many people say they want the medicinal kind of marijuana, not the kind that gets you high. All cannabis is medicinal, it is simply the levels of cannabinoids, how it is consumed, and how much of it is consumed that will dictate the level of “high” you may experience.

As you begin your CBD journey, read the labels, ask the tough questions, and just be aware of what is in it and how it makes you feel. Whether it’s hemp or cannabis derived CBD, when you find the product in the right ratio for you, the natural relief can be extraordinary.

*The DEA continues to debate the legality of CBD and several lawsuits are in process with large producers of hemp-derived CBD.

KurVana July Special

We’re pleased to pass along 20 days of savings from KurVana to you, our valued members. Beginning July 11 through July 31 all:

1 / 2 gram KurVana cartridges are just $25* each

Pre-boxed KurVana Packs, which include one indica, one sativa and a KurVana puller pen are just $60* each

*Other promotional discounts may not be combined with this offer. Standard 30 day no-fault guarantee applies.

New Lower Prices

We’re happy to announce the following permanent price reductions on select products.

All THC 1/2 gram cartridges are now just $30.
Mix and match and continue to save even more with our every day buy 5, get one half off special.

Care by Design Tinctures are now just $50 for 15ml bottles.
Absolute Extracts Tinctures are now just $40 for 15ml size bottles.

FlowKana pre-packed 1/8ths are always $55. Strains vary, with 3.6 grams packed in individual air-sealed amber jars.

Kaneh-Co 500mg Brownies now $25.

Edipure and Edipure ORGANIX 100mg gummies and hard candies are now $10 each.
Mix and match all edible products and continue to save even more with our every day buy 10 edibles, get one FREE special.

We’re seeing some nice price pressure throughout the industry and we’ll continue to pass along all savings from our suppliers to you.

Summer Promo & New Products

You asked for more promotions and we’re happy to deliver.

Now through June 30** the following strains will be offered for $55 per 1/8 or $95 per 1/4

and the following concentrates will be offered as priced

Green Bear Diamond OG Wax $30 per gram
CBD Rich Live Resin $35 per 1/2 gram
Bob Marley Hash $10 per gram

**while supplies last

Now is a great time to try on some of our newest products.

Out of Mendocino, we are pleased to offer Green Bear concentrates. These Co2 extracted products are produced with the best Mendo grown cannabis plants and are the only FULL gram cartridges available on our menu.

C21 is a new concentrate company from San Diego county and we are proud to be among the first dispensaries to offer their terpene rich, super golden, high potency hash oil in a ceramic coil, glass cartridge.

Fiddler’s Greens offers raw cannabis tinctures in a 1:1 and 2:1 ratio. For those who find CBD is not enough or who want all the activation THC offers our bodies –without intoxication– these tinctures are a solid option.

NEW TOOL: Be sure to check out and bookmark our new Cartridge Summary page which offers you a quick view of all cartridges in stock. You can sort by strain, variety, brand, THC or CBD ratios.


June Business Update

As we approach Summer Solstice, we have so much to be grateful for. The team continues to build on their cannabis knowledge while learning new strategies and techniques for effectively using cannabis. We have proudly served more than 5,000 people since Terry formed the collective in 2011 and our members continue to report success for everything from decreasing anxiety to sleeping better to relief from toxic chemo-therapy and everything in between; stories that bring tears of joy to our eyes and make us even more convicted to pursue our path. We’re continuing to educate local municipalities as we navigate toward full state licensing in 2018. And, we continue to evolve our business model to meet the growing needs of those seeking relief through cannabinoid therapies.

This month we’re proud to announce the impending opening of The One Minute Cannabist, the first of its kind cannabis education center in San Diego county. The focus of the OMC center is to reach those who want to learn more about bringing this plant into their life. We’ll be offering our unique Cannabis 101 workshop, along with other timely topics and hosting industry experts as guest presenters. Workshop schedules will be posted soon. Visit for more details. And be sure to see us at the Whole Life Festival during the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar on July 1.

With all we are working to build, we’ve had to put the Member Mingle program on hold. But, we promise we’ll resume these important gatherings in the late summer, early fall.

Thank you for your continued support and confidence. Without you, our valued members, we wouldn’t have a reason to exist.

Cannabis for Constipation

Affecting millions, constipation is an uncomfortable and inconvenient condition that can be a problem for people of all ages. There are many reasons we become constipated, with the usual suspects being a low fiber diet, repeatedly ignoring the urge to go, not drinking enough water or a lack of exercise. Other causes include overuse of painkillers and supplements or diseases such as hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and Parkinson’s.

Constipation is generally defined as not having a bowel movement in more than three days or two or fewer bowel movements in a week, hard stool, straining and / or incomplete evacuation for 25% or more of the time. Symptoms of constipation include: infrequent or difficult bowel movements, swollen and / or painful abdomen, vomiting and just a general feeling of blah.

As cannabis becomes more accepted, people everywhere are discovering one of the positive side effects of using this remarkable plant on a regular basis. Cannabis has anti-emetic and powerful muscle relaxing properties which not only eases nausea, but has being shown to alleviate the constipation of intestinal reflexes. Constipation was one of the original uses for the herb as a medicine, cited by Shen-Nung five thousand years ago. Smoking cannabis works to produce the fastest result, often within minutes. In China, cannabis seed / hemp seed oils are widely used as laxatives and Ayurvedic practitioners mix raw hemp leaves with milk, sugar and spices to treat constipation.

A daily dose of cannabis along with a healthy diet and exercise can go a long way to preventing constipation. If inhalation is your therapy of choice, we suggest the following strains: Cheese – Berry White – Pink OG – Grapefruit Kush or Equinox.

For non-smokers, using any of our tincture offerings or drinking our raw cannabis juice on a regular basis is a good choice for both treatment and prevention.

dedicated to Elevating Cannabis

(this article written by Robbin & Heather)

Terpene Profile: Humulene

There are hundreds of compounds in a cannabis plant including cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenoids (commonly referred to as terpenes). Many people select their cannabis based strictly on cannabinoid levels, usually THC and more recently CBD. But there is an even more important component to consider: The terpene profile.

Terpenes are a group of essential oils natural occurring in cannabis plants. The terpenes are secondary metabolites biosynthesized in the glandular trichomes of the leaves and flowers and accumulate in the exuded resin. Many terpenes will act synergistically with each other, as well as other compounds in the cannabis plant. It’s these terpenes that are responsible for the characteristic aromas, flavor and effects each strain induces.

Humulene is one such terepene. It is an isomer of b-Caryophyllene, another very therapeutic terpene. This means that these terpenes share the same chemical formula, but differ in structure. Humulene is evident from its strong earthy, woodsy aroma. It is also found naturally in hops, sage and ginseng. Strains rich in Humulene will potentiate the effects of b-caryophyllene on anti-cancer activity. Humulene has very potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Those looking for relief from chronic inflammation or pain should look for this terpene. In addition, those battling fungal infections, cancers or looking to prevent both can benefit from its anti-proliferative properties. See a study from 2007 found here.

The final bonus of Humulene for many, is that it is a natural appetite suppressant. So if you find that cannabis induces your appetite too much, selecting strains rich in Humulene may help curb those cravings.

Selecting strains based on terpenes rather than just cannabinoids brings an entirely new dimension to the cannabis consumer and something we strongly promote. Not only will you find synergistic results for remedying a myriad of conditions such as pain, inflammation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections, you’ll also be able to intelligently select new strains that are best for your body, based on matching up the terpene profile, when your favorite strain is not available

To learn more, see our complete Terpene Chart and Why Terpenes Matter article as published in SKUNK Magazine.


 Our Member Consultants are here to answer any questions to help you discover your optimal methods and dose.

420 Continues

A big THANK YOU to all who attended our mingle last night. It’s always our pleasure to share the evening with all of you. For those who didn’t make it, 420 celebrations will continue through the end of April. All Cirrus and KurVana 1/2 gram cartridges will be priced at just $30 or buy 2 for $50. Mix and match all you like.

Subject to stock on hand, while supplies last.

Happy 420

Today we celebrate cannabis legality. It has been our honor and pleasure to help thousands of people over the past five years find relief.  We look forward to continuing to build on what we’ve started; bringing cannabis education, enlightenment & empowerment to all who are interested. Sending love and light.

Elevating Cannabis: April News from RX-C

MEMBER MINGLE: A Very Special 420 – Thursday April 20, 6pm-9pm

The Member Mingle is a unique “Members Only” venue that gives you an opportunity to sample new products, socialize in our vape lounge, explore new therapies, take advantage of special product discounts, meet our team, including our amazing suppliers, all while enjoying the company of like-minded fellow members.

This month we’ll be celebrating the industry holiday..”420″. In addition to some very fun surprises, we’ll be offering complimentary chair massages and more ‘unplugged’ music (if you play, feel free to participate). Family and friends with recommendations are welcome to join.

Mingle from 6pm – 9pm, but space is limited and will fill up fast. Please RSVP to, TXT us at 760 579 2262 or CALL us at 760 849 8250.

Featured Flower: 420 OG

Just in time for 420. Our special 420 OG is a sativa-dominant hybrid that is great for those who want strong pain and stress relief, but don’t want to be stuck on the couch. This OG Kush phenotype originates from California’s San Fernando Valley and is best for pain, stress & headaches.

The pine and lemon earthiness aroma lifts the spirits even before inhaled and once it is, delivers happy & euphoric relaxation. At just $15 a gram, this strain is one you don’t want to miss.


Cannabis Consulting

Know someone who could benefit from medicinal cannabis, but unsure where to start? We’d love to help. Our cannabis consultations are available with or without a recommendation. Contact us for more information.

We also offer The One Minute Cannabist, a great resource for those new to cannabis.


Seeking Commercial Broker 
We are on the hunt for a new location. If you are a commercial broker or know someone who is (and would be friendly to our industry), please contact Robbin at 760 849 8250. Thank you.

Thank you for your continued confidence and support.