Platinum OG Kush Strain Review

Platinum OG Kush

Platinum OG Kush in Santa Cruz CA

Bright green buds with tinges of purple are frosted with a silvery sheen of trichomes. A sprinkling of orange hairs tops this enticing plump bud. Mouthwatering OG citrus notes with hints of sweet earth and pine draw you in. The fragrance works its magic, inspiring cravings while the sparkling crystals catch the light. Few strains have reached legendary status, but Platinum OG’s spot is ensured on California dispensary shelves for decades to come. Named for the dense coating of trichomes that are the hallmark of this plant, Platinum OG is a pretty flower that packs a punch.

Platinum OG Kush Effects

A heady high comes on fast and hard, instantly washing through the mind and obliterating stress and anxiety. Not to be taken lightly, Platinum OG comes on hard and fast. A strong body high settles in following a few minutes of cerebral cloudiness. With heavy sedative effects, this strain is an excellent combatant of muscle spasms, chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Less tolerant patients should approach with caution. Therapeutic Healthcare Collective offers a variety of top-notch strains, including Platinum OG. If you haven’t already, consider indulging yourself in this sweet remedy today.

Marijuana for Pain

marijuana for pain in Santa Cruz CA

Marijuana for Chronic Pain

How does cannabis work to treat and manage chronic pain? Pain relief is an important aspect of many diseases such as Cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic back pain and many others. Pain relief is also an important aspect of our customer needs at Therapeutic Healthcare Collective. Our cannabis dispensary in Santa Cruz California offers many options of marijuana for chronic pain.

Pain relief, or analgesia control, is a key piece of the treatment strategies for these types of diseases. Analgesia is defined as the inability to feel pain and that is the goal of any adequate pain relief treatment plan. Medications used to treat pain are called analgesics and include opiates as well as marijuana. Cannabis is a legal alternative analgesic in many states and commonly used for chronic and persistent pain. Due to the current national opiate epidemic, cannabis has been a better alternative to decrease opiate addiction rates and has become a better treatment option to control pain.

Below is an excerpt from the reputable United Patients Group, based in San Rafael, California, who offers a great resource for any cannabis user, consumers interested in learning more, healthcare providers and organizations.

How Does Marijuana Help Pain?

The chemicals in the medical marijuana plant that are only found in the cannabis plant are known as cannabinoids. These compounds have been shown to significantly relieve pain by connecting to the pain receptors in the central nervous system of the human body, and are known to relieve pain in patients even when stronger painkillers derived from opiates are not effective. Findings from studies on medical marijuana and pain relief show:

  • Less delta-9-THC, a cannabinoid, is needed for pain relief when compared to codeine, with the pain relief obtained from a 10 mg dose of delta-9-THC comparable to the pain relief obtained from a 60 mg dose of codeine (The analgesic properties of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and codeine, Noyes R. Jr. et al.)
  • Patients with access to medical marijuana extracts may decrease their use of opioid pain relievers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and antidepressants (Adjunctive nabilone in cancer pain and symptom management, Maida V., et al.)
  • Patients administered inhaled medical marijuana may achieve significant relief from peripheral neuropathy, a common symptom in patients undergoing chemotherapy or taking certain anticancer drugs that causes pain, tingling, or muscle weakness, especially in the hands or feet (Cannabis in painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy: a randomized placebo-controlled trial, Abrams D.I., et al.)
  • If medical marijuana is taken before chemotherapy or anticancer drugs, peripheral neuropathy might be prevented entirely (Cannibidol Prevents the Development of Cold and Mechanical Allodynia in Paclitaxel-Treated Female Mice, Ward S., et al.)
  • Those with extremely severe and/or chronic pain might be able to find relief by combining the use of medical marijuana with sustained-release morphine when neither drug alone provides sufficient pain relief (Cannabinoid-opioid interaction in chronic pain, Abrams D.I., et al.)

How to Use Marijuana for Pain Relief

There are many forms in which patients can ingest medical marijuana for pain relief. Although the majority of patients report smoking their medicine, many studies use alternative delivery methods due to lingering negative perceptions about smoking cannabis. It should also be noted that while some studies have shown that although smoking cannabis is not as negative to health as smoking cigarettes, there may be dangers to smoking any type of drug. These alternative methods of medical marijuana delivery have all been shown to provide an analgesic effect:

  • Vaporizing, through the use of specialized vaporizer equipment
  • Oral ingestion in a solution, either of all parts of the cannabis plant or of scientifically isolated cannabinoids
  • Oral ingestion through edibles

Medical marijuana studies are leading to more widespread legalization of cannabis as a treatment option for painful conditions. These are major steps to making cannabis and cannabinoids more widely available as analgesics and removing the stigma attached to using these effective methods of chronic pain relief. For patients living in areas where medical marijuana is already legal at the state level, the analgesic potential of cannabis may be an effective pain relief solution.

More information here!

By Therapeutic Healthcare Collective

God’s Gift and AK-47 Strain Reviews

AK-47 Strain

Ak 47 Weed in Santa Cruz CA

Different strains will gain heightened popularity from year to year, but occasionally a strain will rise above the trends to take its place among the classics. AK-47 has cemented its place in the cannabis hall of fame with its fast-acting effects, balancing a relaxed body high with a creative focus. Your body will wind down, releasing yourself from minor aches and pains while the mind is lifted to creative heights. The result is a mood regulator great for daytime pain management, anxiety, stress, and depression. If you’re looking to get relaxed without losing your motivation, AK-47 is the strain to try.

The bud itself features large calyxes coated frosty white trichomes. Notes of soft citrus, pine, and mainly sandalwood captivate the olfactory senses. A sweet, smooth flavor with delicate floral accents pleases the palette. With the first puff, a strong cerebral buzz comes on while a wave of relaxation rolls through the body. Roughly a 60/40 Sativa dominant ratio is the secret behind AK-47s feel-good high. Therapeutic Healthcare Collective is happy to showcase this must-try strain. If you live in Soquel or are in the Santa Cruz area for the day, come by and give one of the most well-known Sativas in the world a try

God’s Gift Strain

Gods Gift Weed in Santa Cruz CA

Your body is a temple, one that deserves the best Soquel has to offer. Enter God’s Gift. Known as “The Gift”, by Infyniti growers, God’s Gift is a pain fighting powerhouse. With parents, OG Kush and Grand Daddy Purple, both with strong pain fighting reputations, God’s Gift is sure to whisk away aches and pains. While it nourishes your body, this “gift” also tackles the mind by relieving stress. Anxiety is melted away as you relax into a gentle haze.

Not convinced? You will be after one whiff of God’s Gift. Sweet berry, grape, and citrus notes captivate the senses while the notorious OG citrus-fuel lingers on the finish. The result is a mouthwatering aroma that keeps you coming back for more. White sugary trichomes envelop a dense purple and green bud structure that is exploding with fiery orange hairs.

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to something delicious, or in need of a peaceful daze at the end of a long day, Therapeutic Healthcare Collective has you covered with Gods Gift. Come into our dispensary today and see what everyone in the Bay is talking about!

Responsible Use of Cannabis


Therapeutic Healthcare Collective is ready to open our doors on Jan, 1, 2018 for Adult-Use Cannabis sales. Our goal is to make sure that new consumers to the cannabis industry will get educated on how to be responsible for cannabis use, and the effects of high THC levels.

What are High THC Levels?

  • The way cannabis plants are grown has changed over the past few decades. Many plants now contain high THC levels. The higher the THC content, the stronger the effects on your brain and behavior.17,18,19
  • Higher levels of THC may result from newer methods of using cannabis like dabbing, vaping, and/or consuming edibles.19
  • High concentrations of THC are not fully understood but can impair your judgment and coordination, and lead to poisonings, car crashes, and other injuries. It can also increase your risk of acute psychosis.1,20,21,22

Everyone Reacts Differently

  • You may react differently to cannabis than other people, depending on which method you use, how strong the cannabis is, your gender and previous experience with cannabis or other drugs.23
  • Start with less than a single dose (less than 10 mg of THC) then wait before you use more.24,25
  • Even a single dose of THC may impair your ability to drive, bike or do other activities, especially if you are a new cannabis user or just use once in a while.26,27

Vaping and Concentrates

Researchers do not fully understand how using cannabis with vaporizers or using concentrated forms like waxes and oils affects your health. However, we do know:28

  • Vaporized and concentrated cannabis can have high THC levels, which increases the risk of poisoning.29
  • The tools and high temperatures used for vaporizing cannabis may expose you to toxic substances.29

Synthetic Cannabinoids

  • Synthetic cannabinoids (K2, spice, spike) are not actually cannabis but are made from another type of plant and sprayed with chemicals produced
    in a laboratory.27,30
  • Synthetic cannabinoids affect your brain more powerfully than cannabis and may result in nausea, anxiety, paranoia, brain swelling, seizures, hallucinations, aggression, heart palpitations or chest pains.31,32
  • If someone you know has used synthetic cannabinoids and needs help, take the following steps:
    • −  Call 911 immediately if the person stops breathing, collapses, or has a seizure. These symptoms can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.
    • −  Call your Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

Under California law, adults 21 or older can use, carry, and grow cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot, etc.). Buying cannabis (without a valid physician’s recommendation or a county-issued medical marijuana identification card) will become legal under California law for adults 21 or older on January 1, 2018. Use of medicinal cannabis is legal under California law if you have a valid physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card. To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 or older and have either a valid physician’s recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, or be a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d) or 11362.5(e), with a valid physician’s recommendation for the patient. In addition, consistent with the Compassionate Use Act, you may possess or cultivate any amount that is reasonably related to your current medical needs. The new California law, known as the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act33, includes information about where you can use cannabis, how much you can possess, and the penalties for illegal use.

For more information, click here.

Excerpt is taken from California Cannabis Health Information Initiative “Let’s Talk Cannabis” Campaign

by Therapeutic Healthcare Collective

Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

Cannabis Leaf in Santa Cruz CA

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there is some evidence to suggest that cannabis could precede the use of other licit and illicit substances leading to the development of addiction to other substances. However, the majority of people who use cannabis do not go on to use other “harder” substances.

It is important to note that other factors besides biological mechanisms, such as a person’s social environment, are also critical in a person’s risk for drug use. An alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drug-taking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances such as marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with others who use drugs increases their chances of trying other drugs. Further research is needed to explore this question.

Marijuana is the most popular and easily accessible illegal drug in the U.S. today. So people who have used less accessible drugs (heroin, cocaine, LSD) are likely to have first accessed marijuana and other more accessible drugs, including alcohol. But the use of one does not cause the use of another.

Most people who try marijuana never go on to use any other illegal drug, and the vast majority of those who do try another drug don’t become dependent on it, or go on to have associated problems.

For most people, marijuana is an endpoint in drug use rather than a so-called “gateway drug.” New evidence suggests that marijuana can even serve as an “exit drug,” helping people to reduce or eliminate their use of more harmful drugs such as opiates or alcohol by easing withdrawal symptoms.

Learn more about the NIDA’s position on marijuana as a gateway drug, here.

by Therapeutic Healthcare Collective


What is CBD?

CBD Oil in Santa Cruz CA

CBD Benefits

With all the fuss about medical marijuana and it’s healing properties, there is a lot of speculation and hearsay going around about what this plant can actually do. There are a variety of different cannabinoids found in cannabis that address and treat a variety of issues. In this article, we will be focusing on the much-touted cannabidiol most commonly known as CBD.

CBD is the second most common found cannabinoid in marijuana after THC, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. Due to the non-psychotropic nature of cannabidiol, it has gained rising popularity in recent years in patients not wishing to experience the typical “high” associated with cannabis. In fact, studies have shown CBD to be an effective counter-measure to the psychoactive aspect of THC.

What is CBD used for?

CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, which regulates the body’s homeostasis. Mood, appetite, sleep, hormone regulation, even pain and immune response are all ruled by our ECS, making CBD an excellent means for maintaining the balance thereof. The power behind this versatile cannabinoid lies in its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an attack on the immune system. In a stressed out or lowered immune system, inflammation can actually lead to a large variety of health issues. Potentially troublesome, inflammation can lead to body pain, disease, even flu-like symptoms. By incorporating CBD into your daily routine, patients will see dramatic pain relief, as well as a lessening of symptoms with continued use over time.

Our staff at Therapeutic Healthcare Collective possess extensive knowledge of CBD and CBD rich products. From mental health to body-specific issues, our staff is here to help you discern what course of action will work best to get you started on a path to relief. Santa Cruz’s premier dispensary offers a large selection of CBD products to cover all your needs and their varying severity. Come in and chat up one of our budtenders today and see how CBD can change your life for the better.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Cannabis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Cannabis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS is a severely debilitating nervous system disease. This disease basically attacks your spinal cord and neurons in your brain. These are the neurons that facilitate transmission of signals that communicate with the voluntary muscles in your body, such as, your arms and legs. Initially, people start to notice mild muscle weakness, trouble walking, writing and speaking which leads to a progressive deterioration of muscles strength and eventually they cannot move at all or even breathe on their own. This is because it affects every muscle in your body including your intercostal and chest muscles which are needed for breathing. Most people with ALS end up needing the support of a ventilator and die from respiratory failure.

ALS is common amongst 40-60 year olds, men more than women acquire this disease and the jury is still out on what exactly causes it. It has been known to run in families but can afflict anyone at random. The medical and scientific community has found no cure but there are medicines that can relieve symptoms and, sometimes, prolong survival.

In comes cannabis to help relieve symptoms and possibly prolong life. There have been case reports of patients with ALS, who are using cannabis to relieve symptoms, who have outlived their ALS peers and the prognosis of their doctors.

Here at, Therapeutic Healthcare Collective, we have a patient with ALS who follows a strict diet and uses cannabis to treat his symptoms of ALS. He has been living a normal life, has outlived his ALS peered and has survived longer than what his doctors thought he would.

Research shows that THC and other cannabinoids can benefit mice with ALS.

There is mounting evidence of cannabinoids stopping the progression of ALS and this has changed the attitudes of doctors and researchers, who have recently called for ALS clinical trials with Cannabis or cannabinoids.

This is all good news for the ALS community and also gives us more hope for a cure. We need to push for more scientific research, legalize cannabis on the federal level and give people the right to life!