5 Reasons to Skip the Alcohol and Smoke a Joint Instead this Thanksgiving

5 Reasons to Skip the Alcohol and Smoke a Joint Instead this Thanksgiving

It’s almost Thanksgiving! And we’re asking the tough questions.

Which do you think is better: alcohol or cannabis?

It’s the age-old question that’s been on the minds of many ever since cannabis became legal in California.

Our thoughts?

We think that it shouldn’t be a competition. 

You might be a little bit surprised because, as a cannabis dispensary, we should be a little bit biased toward cannabis.

We genuinely think that there’s certainly a time and place for either or.

But when it comes to Thanksgiving in particular, we have a pretty strong opinion that cannabis is the way to go.

And here’s a few reasons why.

1. You might enjoy the food even more.

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It’s basically a fact of life: food just tastes better when you’re high.

If you’ve been hitting the bottle too much before dinner is served, chances are you won’t be able to taste the food as much. And if you’ve really had a lot to drink, you might even end up throwing it up later.

But if you smoke cannabis before dinner, not only will the food taste AMAZING, but you’ll be more mindful about how much you’re eating as to not overeat.

We think that the chances of feeling good, relaxed, and comfortably full after Thanksgiving dinner are way higher (no pun intended) after smoking cannabis than drinking alcohol.

2. You’ll probably give your judge-y family members less to gossip about.

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If you’re drinking so much that you’re talking sh*t about your ex, bringing up politics, or saying things that you know grandma does NOT like, chances are, your more judgmental family members will be having a field day.

Don’t give them the satisfaction!

If you smoke cannabis instead, you’ll probably be cool, calm, and collected, instead of the risk of being loud, annoying, and embarrassing when you’re drunk.

3. You won’t be hungover for Black Friday.

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If you want to get in on those Black Friday deals, you have to wake up early!

And if you had a little bit too much to drink the night before, the worst thing you could possibly do is to wake up early to stampede around crowded shopping centers.

But if all you did was smoke herb the night before, you’ll probably wake up refreshed and ready to shop!

4. Health-wise, we think that evidence favors the green stuff.

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I mean think about it, there are 88,000 deaths per year caused by alcohol. And cannabis? Still zero.

There is so much information out there about the many health-related concerns that alcohol can bring.

When it comes to cannabis, there’s less research out there because the industry is still so new.

But so far, there haven’t been any devastating health concerns that have been documented about cannabis, unlike alcohol.

And because Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be thankful, a lot of us can be thankful for our health and wellbeing.

If someone you love is drinking a lot, chances are, they aren’t healthy mentally or physically.

But if someone you love is smoking a lot, it could be for a variety of reasons, both medicinal and recreational.

5. Cannabis is so much more fun!

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Okay, we may be a little biassed on this one, since we’re a cannabis dispensary. But hear us out!

When you smoke cannabis with people you love, it’s a whole new experience.

You can get to know each other in a new way and connect on genuine moments, regardless of your differences.

It can help you to feel more patient around difficult family members and can help you feel more relaxed throughout the night.

From what we’ve seen, alcohol can’t do that nearly as well.

Don’t get us wrong! We think that your right to choose whether you want to drink or smoke responsibly is awesome. If drinking is more your thing, we support it. If smoking is more your thing, we support it. But if you’re on Team Smoking, we can help you out.

Stop by our dispensary any time to stock up on Thanksgiving survival nugs. We’ll be open on the day of, normal hours!

Want more information about what we’ll be up to this fall? Sign up for our Alternative Medical Center email newsletters for exclusive info on promotions, discounts, events, and more! It’s totally free to sign up and you can do it right here on our website.

Thanks for reading, and we’re excited to see you in our dispensary soon!

How We’re Participating in the Cannabis Cares Homeless Initiative

How We’re Participating in the Cannabis Cares Homeless Initiative

We couldn’t be more excited to share that we, and the rest of the dispensaries powered by Kolas in Sacramento, are participating in a movement called the Cannabis Cares Homeless Initiative, spearheaded by the Sacramento Cannabis Industry Association.

Homelessness is an issue not just in Sacramento, but throughout the entire country. Lack of available low-cost housing, poor economic conditions that systemically benefit certain people and not others, and insufficient mental health services are only some of the reasons why homelessness is such a rampant problem in so many cities. 

In an effort to improve the quality of life and provide valuable resources for homeless people and people at-risk of being homeless, we’ve got a couple ways you can join us in making Sacramento, and the world, a better place.

1. Cannabis Cares Homeless Initiative Products

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If you’ve visited our store recently, you’ve probably noticed that some of our products have a little sticker that says “Cannabis Cares / SCIA / Downtown Streets Team” on it. 

These stickers represent what you can be doing to help the homeless community in Sacramento.

When you purchase a product with a Cannabis Cares sticker on it, a portion of those proceeds will go directly to the Downtown Streets Team.

The Downtown Streets Team is an incredible organization that is making a huge impact on homelessness in Sacramento. 

They are providing homeless and low-income people with the resources they need to begin to rebuild their lives. 

They offer volunteer programs so that they can work collaboratively on beautification projects throughout Sacramento. The people that show leadership skills and dedication are granted opportunities to rise among the ranks, supervise others, and gain other valuable skills. 

In return, these people are given a non-cash stipend to help cover their basic needs all while they use our case management and employment services to find sustainable housing and a job.

By treating homeless people with dignity and empowering them to be a part of the solution to their struggles, the Downtown Streets team is making a world of a difference when it comes to combating homelessness. 

Stop by our dispensary today to learn more about our Cannabis Cares Homeless Initiative products, and join us in giving back!

Our most exciting Cannabis Cares product is the Kolas x Grizzly Peak Farms collab, the Kolas Bone pre-roll! Pick one up to day at our store and you can do good while you feel good. 

2. Homeless Initiative Donations

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If you’re not totally comfortable purchasing a Cannabis Cares Homeless Initiative product just yet, we have another way that you can get involved.

We have a donation box, provided by SCIA, for you to give as freely as you’d like (every cent counts!), and all of the proceeds go directly toward the mayor’s homeless initiative. 

This homeless initiative supports including more service-intensive programs in rehousing shelters, which means that homeless people will have access to obtaining identification and any benefits that they qualify for, connecting them with health care options, providing access to mental health services, and opportunities to obtain permanent supportive housing solutions. 

However you want to give back, we support it. Thanks for joining us in showing some love to Sacramento by giving back to the community and making our city, and the world, a better place.

Powered by Kolas: 3 Ways to Prioritize Safety When it Comes to Vaping Health Risks

Powered by Kolas: 3 Ways to Prioritize Safety When it Comes to Vaping Health Risks

As headlines highlight cases of illegal vape-related illnesses and deaths, we want you all to be super safe about vaping!

When it comes to vaping health risks, you should know the facts. We want you to always be educated so that you never need to compromise your health.

Here are some things you can do to stay safe when it comes to vaping.

1. Only buy from licensed dispensaries that have proof of product testing.

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The vaping health risks that people are concerned about are coming exclusively from illegally-bought vape pens.

When you buy from a licensed dispensary like ours, or any other dispensary powered by Kolas, you can feel confident about what you’re putting into your body.

ALL of the products in our store (including vape pens) are scrupulously lab-tested for pesticides, molds, and other harmful chemicals. This includes anything related to the vaping health risks that innocent people are suffering from. Every product also has a Certificate of Analysis to prove its legitimacy.

The safety of our customers means everything to us, especially when they’re timid or nervous to try a new product.

2. Stay educated.

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We want you all to be at the forefront of cannabis knowledge.

We run this blog so that our customers have access to the cannabis education that they deserve.

So when you’re shopping for the perfect vape pen at our dispensary, don’t forget to check for an expiration date on the packaging. Using your product before that date will ensure that your product is fresh, safe, and ready to go!

We also think it’s important to check for any rare signs of leakage. Vape pens that have been damaged or left in the sun for too long may present signs of leakage.

We encourage you to get to know the industry, the product, and the brand to ensure your safety and to avoid any unnecessary vaping health risks!

3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

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Not only are our budtenders awesome people, but they’re also experts in cannabis safety!

They’re trained at a cannabis-centric training center to be able to provide you with the most information possible about our products and your safety.

They are here to help you make the safe choice that’s right for your body and mind.

Let them help you in prioritizing your safety so you never have to worry about compromising.

Never be afraid to ask our budtenders questions about our products, how we lab-test our products, and cannabis in general.

Vape pens should be something fun, safe, and even medicinal for some.

Our hearts go out to the victims of illegal vape-related injury and death.

As much as we want you all to have fun, we think it’s way more important that you’re safe and taken care of.

Visit our dispensary today and talk to a budtender about how you can be more aware of vaping health risks.

P.S. On another note, you need to get over to our dispensary like… now! Our collab with Cookies is blowing up! We have Cookies pre-rolls, flower, and cartridges just waiting for you to pick up and enjoy! All lab-tested and safe for consumption.

Words for Cannabis: 3 Things We Need Words for in the Cannabis Industry

Words for Cannabis: 3 Things We Need Words for in the Cannabis Industry

There are more than 1,200 slang words for cannabis.

And yet, there are still so many words that we’re missing from our cannabis lexicon.

And we’ll continue to need to evolve our language as long as the budding cannabis industry continues to grow and grow.

So without further ado, here are some words we still definitely need.

1. The kind of person who enjoys cannabis but doesn’t fit into a stereotype.

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We’re all so used to calling people who enjoy cannabis “stoners” and “potheads”.

But because of cannabis’s history, those names still carry a stigma.

And what about the people who enjoy cannabis but don’t use it all the time? Are they still considered stoners?
What about people who never smoke but eat edibles all the time? Are they still considered “potheads”?

We think there needs to be a new word invented just for the kind of people who don’t fit into the typical stereotype of “stoner” or “pothead”.

We like the sound of cannabis connoisseur, or if you want to get hip with it, canna-connoisseur. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

2. The kind of person who uses cannabis products but isn’t interested in getting high.

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So here we have another group of people who love and support cannabis, but only use products that don’t give them that euphoric feeling that you get typically when consuming THC.

So these are your topical users and CBD fans.
Using a cannabis-infused salve or topical on your skin won’t get you high, and neither will a purely CBD product.

So even though these people aren’t getting high, there are a huge number of people using these products all the time!

They’re not “stoners” or “potheads”, right?

That’s why we think there needs to be a new word invented for this awesome group of people.

3. Another word for “vaping” that isn’t confused with e-cigarettes.

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When we say “vaping”, you might think about the convenient, sleek, and potent cannabis vape pens.

Or, you may think about the clunky e-cigarettes that have nothing to do with cannabis.

Whether you’re a fan of e-cigarettes or not, we think this industry deserves a new word for vaporizing cannabis that isn’t so commonly confused with its nicotine counterpart.

We think “atomizing” would be a cool (albeit nerdy) alternative for vaping, since it technically does mean the same thing. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Have any ideas about what these words for cannabis should be? Show us your best ideas in the comments section below!

In the meantime, stop by Alternative Medical Center to pick up your favorite cannabis products in all of Sacramento!

How to Save Money on Weed with 4 Genius Life Hacks

How to Save Money on Weed with 4 Genius Life Hacks

Weed isn’t as cheap as it used to be.

And due to tax laws and regulations, there isn’t much we can do about it.

But, we’ve done what we can to be able to offer you as many opportunities to save money on cannabis products as possible!

Here’s how to save money on weed with 4 genius life hacks that’ll help keep you lit for less.

1. Get exclusive coupons for discounts.

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If you want to know how to save money on weed without leaving your couch, this is the best way to do it.

And we’ll give you a little tip on where to get coupons for NINE of the best dispensaries in Sacramento.

When you sign up for FREE Kolas newsletters, you get access to the best discounts and promotions at the best dispensaries in Sacramento.

We recommend keeping an eye on your inbox around major holidays…

2. Buy concentrates to get more bang for your buck.

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Concentrates are to flower as liquor is to beer.

Think about it. If you’re going out to get your buzz on, do you save your money by paying for 4 or 5 beers, or just a couple shots?

The same thing goes for concentrates. Except, in this case, you won’t wake up with a hangover.

Concentrates are a great way to save money on cannabis products because you’re likely going to be taking less, which will make your product last you longer!

3. Feel better about spending on weed by buying products that give back.

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If saving money is out of the question, maybe you can just feel a little bit better about where you’re money is going.

Nine dispensaries that are all powered by Kolas have partnered up with the Sacramento Cannabis Industry Association (SCIA) and the Downtown Streets Team to give back to the community.

If you see a cannabis product in any of those dispensaries with a Cannabis Cares sticker on it, you can feel good knowing that a portion of those proceeds goes back into the Sacramento homeless community to help them secure jobs, housing, and a better quality of life.

4. Pursue a career in the cannabis industry as a budtender!

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Did anyone say employee discounts? Because we did!!

Okay, we are by no means encouraging you to get a job with us just because you want a discount, but if you’re passionate about cannabis, you should keep reading.

Joining our team would mean that you are starting your exciting career in the cannabis industry with a company that’s growing every day. Not to mention the sweet health benefits package. Apply today if you’re interested in a budtender position!

If you’re going to buy cannabis products anywhere, we hope you pick Alternative Medical Center as your premier choice of Sacramento dispensaries. See you next time!

High Yoga: 3 Poses Perfect for Reaching an Elevated State

High Yoga: 3 Poses Perfect for Reaching an Elevated State

With 420-friendly yoga studios opening up around California, everyone is excited about getting bendy while they’re getting blitzed.

But if you’re new to yoga (and even if you’re new to smoking weed), we got you covered with some beginner yoga poses to practice when you’re high.

Let’s get started with some high yoga.

1. Mountain Pose

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This pose may look easy, but with the right intentions, it can be a great starting point for any yoga practice.

First, plant your feet into your mat, about shoulder width apart. Spread apart your toes, and grab the floor with them. Your feet should feel rooted to the ground.

With slightly bent knees, make sure your pelvis is neither curved forward nor back. Contract your abs, and tilt your pelvis underneath your tailbone. You shouldn’t feel any pressure on your lower back.

Now imagine that a string from the bottom of your feet is lifting through your body and up out of the top of your head. Lift your spine and roll your shoulders down and back so that you stand as high as a mountain. Keep your arms at your sides, and face your palms up or down. Whatever feels right to you.

Feel the sensations through your body from the pose as well as the effects of the cannabis, and be mindful of the present moment.

2. Warrior 2 Pose

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From mountain pose, Warrior 2 will expand you and open your body further.

Widen your stance and twist your hips so that you are facing one leg with the other behind you.

Then, slowly bend your front leg until it’s at a 90-degree angle, and your back ankle is at a 45-degree angle with the ground. Activate your abs, and tilt your pelvis under your tailbone so that your spine is straight.

Your front knee should be directly above your front foot, your back leg should be straight.

Lift your spine and gaze ahead, and slowly lift your arms until they’re parallel to the floor.

Keep your arms straight, and play with holding your palms up toward the ceiling or down toward the floor for a different stretch.

While high, this pose may challenge your balance but will help you to feel grounded, strong, and graceful. Enjoy some deep breaths in this pose before you come out of it. Feel free to come back to mountain pose and try getting into Warrior 2 with your opposite leg leading so that you can even yourself out.

3. Bridge Pose

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Start by lying on your back with your feet planted onto the floor. Inch your heels up as closely as you can to your bum, and then lift your hips until your muscles feel engaged, but if you feel any back pain, lower your hips until it’s comfortable.

Tuck your shoulders underneath your body, squeeze your shoulder blades together, and clasp your hands together on the mat underneath you.

Your chest should feel nice and open so that you can breathe deeply into this pose.

Cannabis can help with being totally present and in your body during your yoga practice. Don’t be afraid to push yourself with your high yoga practice, but don’t push yourself too far or until you’re uncomfortable. Move in a way that feels good to you.

What’s your favorite strain to stretch with? Let us know in the comments section below!


P.S. We’re powered by Kolas! Find out more here.

4 Cool Joints for a Hot Summer

4 Cool Joints for a Hot Summer

As the temperatures creep up from the 70s to the 80s and 90s, it’s clear that summer is upon us!

And whether you love or hate the heat, we have some pre-roll suggestions that’ll help you stay cool, calm and collected this summer.

So without further ado, ask your budtender about these 4 cool joints for a hot summer.

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Wrapped in Raw paper, Grizzly Peak Farms pre-rolls bring you their incredibly dank indoor flower all rolled up into one delectably smoke-able pre-roll.

While they have many cool joints, we think Grateful Dave is one of their best.

Grateful Dave is a 50/50 blend of flower and refined sugar trim, for “the indoor smoker on an outdoor budget”. Also, the purchase of a Grateful Dave means a portion of those proceeds go to local and state charities. It’s a win-win situation!

Come visit our dispensary, Alternative Medical Center, to check out Grizzly Peaks pre-roll products such as Grateful Dave, Sativa Bone, Grizzly Bone, and Indica Bone.

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You already know the famous Cookies brand, but have you tried any of their amazing pre-rolls? With strains like Y-Kiki, Hi-Octane x Lemonchello, and Hi-Octane x Sunset Sherbet, you really can’t go wrong.

We are so excited to be able to carry this highly coveted cannabis brand that seems to satisfy canna-connoisseurs just as much as newbies.

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Complete your sesh with a puff of premium pre-rolls packed with only the highest of quality cannabis buds from Seven Leaves.

These pre-rolls are extremely potent and super convenient with a side of a smooooth inhale. This is a pre-roll that won’t disappoint.

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Aster Farms is known to base their cannabis products off of how you want to feel at any given time of the day. That’s why their Day to Night pre-roll pack is so awesome!

Aster Farms offers a dynamic experience with a wide range of effects.

Day or night, you’re gonna have a good time.

Looking to add some cool joints to your hot summer? We have all of these pre-rolls and more in stock at Alternative Medical Center! Stop by to pick up your summer party supplies!

P.S. Have you scoped the rest of our selection of Cookies products yet?! That’s right, the famous brand created by Berner can be found in Sacramento exclusively here at Alternative Medical Center and other stores powered by Kolas. We have many of their most sought-after products (pre-rolls and more!) on our shelves for you to explore and experience. Come n’ get your freshly baked Cookies today!

5 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About CBD

5 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About CBD

What is CBD even?

To put it simply, CBD is one of the MANY components to the cannabis plant that has a positive effect on us.

Due to its popularity in 2019, people are seeking and learning more about CBD as the seeming be-all-end-all cure for many psychological or physical issues that modern medicine hasn’t been able to help them with.

While we can’t exactly vouch for that, we can say that we have seen some amazing leaps in the health and well-being of many of our customers.

But we don’t blame people who do believe that! Especially after the federal government recently charged a major pharmaceutical drug distributor for its role in perpetuating the opioid epidemic.

CBD has been known to improve anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, acne, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

But there’s still so much about CBD that we just don’t know. So we wanted to share some interesting facts about our favorite cannabinoid.

1. CBD is safe for children and pets.

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Unlike its psychoactive counterpart, THC, CBD is totally okay for kids and our furry friends to use.

One of CBD’s most exciting applications lies in the results we’ve seen when it comes to children with epilepsy.

There have been children and adults who were experiencing dozens of seizures every day who have found that CBD can dramatically decrease the number of seizures they experience daily.

And if that wasn’t heart-warming enough, CBD can help pets too!

Like humans, CBD has a number of healing properties that work for our furry friends.

Some of the issues that CBD has been known to alleviate for pets include inflammation, anxiety, pain, skin issues, fearfulness, and many other issues.

Your fur baby will thank you!

2. Queen Victoria of England used CBD.

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Ladies, it’s time we medicate like queens!

In 1890, Queen Victoria of England was prescribed CBD-rich cannabis by Sir J. Russell Reynolds to help alleviate her menstrual cramps.

He wrote, “When pure and administered carefully, [cannabis[ is one of the most valuable medicines we possess.”

Looks like someone was ahead of his time! You go, Sir J. Russell Reynolds!

3. CBD won’t get you high.

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A common misconception about CBD is that because it comes from cannabis, you can get totally baked with it.

But fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on what you want to get out of your experience, CBD is non-psychoactive.

This means that CBD won’t affect your mental processes.

So then you may be wondering, if CBD doesn’t affect your mental state, how does it work to improve anxiety, psychosis, cravings, and even your general mood without giving you some sort of cerebral experience?
The answer is that CBD works “behind the scenes”, if you will, to help to alleviate your issues. While it does impact our psyche, it doesn’t do it in the same way that smoking a joint will.

4. CBD is not always best by itself.

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But let’s back it up a little bit.

If you thought there were just THC and CBD, you’re about to get your mind blown.

There are over 400 compounds in cannabis, and they ALL work together to have a synergistic effect on the body and mind.

This phenomenon is known as the Entourage Effect. Mounting evidence supports that substances may be more effective in their whole and natural state, especially when it comes to medical uses.

5. CBD might be able to fight cancer.

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A recent study from the National Cancer Institute has shown that CBD (along with THC) is effective in helping alleviate associated symptoms of cancer treatment, AND it may also have properties that damage and/or destroy tumor cells!

The case study was done on breast cancer patients.

The study explained that, “CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on nontumorigenic mammary cells.”

Basically, this means that CBD was able to destroy the bad cells while maintaining health in the good cells! Amazing!

At Alternative Medical Center, we typically have lots of CBD goodies for you to choose from. Just pop on in and check out our selection!

Want to learn more about CBD? Talk with some of our friendly and knowledgable staff members any time.

What are some of the most amazing things you’ve heard or experienced about CBD? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

P.S. If you’ve had enough CBD for now, and are interested in saying hello to your old friend THC again, we’ve got the product for you!  Elite vape cartridges from Select are made with 80-85% THC and are easily Select’s best sellers. These amazing cartridges offer activated, broad-spectrum oil with the highest THC level possible. Vape in style, and enjoy a cannabis vape experience that you’ll never forget because your life is worth enjoying! Hurry up and get your hands on Select products at Alternative Medical Center and our affiliated stores before they sell out!

P.P.S. You need to get over to Alternative Medical Center like…now! Us and our affiliated stores have collaborated with the famous Cookies brand, and it’s blowing up! We have Cookies pre-rolls, flower, and cartridges just waiting for you to pick up and enjoy!

The Big Sacramento Dispensary Update You Don’t Want to Miss

The Big Sacramento Dispensary Update You Don’t Want to Miss

For those of you who don’t already know, there are some big things coming up for Alternative Medical Center!

1. Transitioning into … Kolas!

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We are officially transitioning into being official Kolas affiliate stores! And several dispensaries throughout Sacramento are even making the transition into becoming a legitimate Kolas dispensary!! Woohooo!

What is Kolas, you ask?

A kola (or cola) on the cannabis plant sits at the very top of the plant, like a crown of premium bud. If it sounds so top-notch that it’s nearly royal, that’s because it totally is.

Based off of that definition alone, it’s pretty freakin’ awesome to have local dispensaries that are providing the best of the best.

Even The Bread Store in Midtown is turning into a Kolas dispensary!

Will we be one of Kolas dispensaries? You just gotta wait to find out!

Want to learn more? Check out the first Kolas dispensary’s website.

2. We’re dropping products from star-quality brands!

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Gone are the days of disappointing cannabis products.

We have some of the most incredible brands in stock right now!

Meet a couple of the brands we just can’t stop talking about:

  1. Select

This amazing brand offers literally every THC level you could possibly want in one product. If you’re looking for 0%, definitely check out their CBD line (they even have a product designed especially for pets!). For novices, they offer 50% THC drops and 45-75% THC vape cartridges. And for the more seasoned cannabis explorers, you’re definitely going to want to check out their line of Elite cartridges, Elite gummies, and Dabbables (all in the 75-95% THC range). And for the true connoisseurs, their Premium Cannabis Concentrate contains 99.9% THC!

  1. Cookies
    This is probably one of the most famous cannabis brands out there, and for a good reason. Its creator is Berner, Bay area rapper, artist, and entrepreneur. Cookies has grown from a small mom-and-pop Bay Area brand to a nationally recognized entity in the realms of fashion, sports, music, and of course, cannabis. They offer incredible cannabis products along with a stunning clothing line.

Check out the kind of products we have in store by checking out our IG, @cookiescalifornia, and @berner415

3. We’re about to be all over Sacramento!

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You’ve already seen a couple of the Kolas billboards popping up…well, be on the lookout for many, many more! Pretty soon, you’ll feel good knowing that your favorite cannabis brand and Sacramento dispensary is keeping you company around the city. Show us some love and snap a selfie with the next Kolas billboard you see! You may even get yourself a shout out on our page if you use the hashtag #shopkolas …

4. We have some MAJOR sales going on.

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We know how much you all love a good deal! That’s why we’ve been featuring some major markdowns on some of our favorite brands like 350 Fire, Paper Planes, Fields Family Farmz, and more. Stop by today to take advantage of these crazy deals before we run out! Seriously, these brands are FLYING off the shelves!!

5. Kolas is about to CURE YOU!

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The first Kolas brand product is on shelves now, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Cure is the first of eight exclusive Kolas strains that will be released for the sole purpose of elevating your senses. Some other upcoming strains are Chill Pill, LoveCraft, Go-Getter, and many more! Each strain has a specific purpose and can be used to elevate certain experiences and moods. For The Cure, you probably guessed that this strain is designed with special healing properties. Whether you’re looking for some physical pain relief or mental strain relief, this just might be your new favorite strain.

6. Come party with us!

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We are going to a bunch of fun events coming up soon… Will we see you there?

Spot us living it up at THIS Midtown block party events every Second Saturday all summer! Don’t miss out on fun free goodies we’ll be passing out, and come enjoy the sunshine, food, drinks, live music, and more!

Don’t miss our booth at Aftershock 2019, the best rock music festival in all of Sacramento! We had so much fun with you last year that we just couldn’t resist another round!

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The 10 Best Weed Strains for Anxiety in 2019

The 10 Best Weed Strains for Anxiety in 2019

If I had a superhero name, it would be Anxiety Girl, because I am able to jump to the worst conclusion in a single bound!

But really though, anxiety affects all of us. Some of us more than others.

I always appreciate when there’s an all-natural remedy to my anxiety woes which is why I put together this list of the best weed strains for anxiety in 2019.

1. Grandaddy Purple (GDP)

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Grandaddy Purple (or GDP) is one of the best cannabis strains for treating anxiety because of its lovely balance of cerebral and physical effects.

This heavy indica is also perfect for combating pain, stress, insomnia, appetite loss, and a number of other pesky issues.

This is definitely a nighttime strain, as its powers of relaxation are impressive.

2. Pineapple Express

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Pineapple Express is one of the best cannabis strains for creative escapes to combat anxiety.

This hard-hitting hybrid is sativa-dominant which means it’ll chill you out, but will still provide a long-lasting invigorating buzz perfect for daytime.

If your favorite way to abolish anxiety is to get creative, this is the perfect strain to kick off your crafty day.

3. AK-47

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Okay, so the name may be doing the opposite for your anxiety than you probably want it to.

But try not to let the name fool you.

This is definitely one of the best weed strains to obliterate negative vibes.

This award-winning strain is known for its sativa-dominant hybrid buzz that often provides a long-lasting head high that maintains a sense of mental clarity and opens the door for creative, positive thinking.

4. Headband

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If you feel anxiety in your temples, or in your head, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.

Headband is one of the best weed strains for physical anxiety because many Headband explorers report that the effects of this strain create a slight pressure around the crown of their head. Kind of like, well, a headband.

This relaxing strain is a go-to for anyone combating stress, anxiety, and/or pain.

5. Blue Cheese

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Another fantastic end-of-the-day strain, Blue Cheese is yet another heavy indica that has proven to be one of the best weed strains for alleviating anxiety.

Not only does this strain do wonders for stress relief, but most of Blue Cheese explorers report feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and straight up happiness.

And if those three things aren’t a remedy for anxiety on their own, then I don’t know what is!

6. Purple Urkle

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Anyone else love to sleep their anxiety away? Me too.

For those of us like-minded folks, Purple Urkle is definitely among the best weed strains for smoking yourself into a peaceful and anxiety-free slumber.

This dreamy strain is a favorite among anyone looking to evaporate their anxiety, along with treating insomnia or sleep-related issues and achieving full-body pain relief.

7. Fire OG

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Out of all of the OG strains, this is one is definitely one of the strongest.

Which makes it among one of the best weed strains for anxiety.

Fire OG is a true hybrid strain and a cross between OG Kush and San Fernando Valley OG Kush F3.

Even though this strain is an OG, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a strong indica. In fact, some Fire OG explorers have reported there being distinctly sativa effects mixed in with the relaxing indica effects.

8. AC/DC

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This strain is naturally high in THC, but also naturally high in CBD.

AC/DC is one of the best weed strains for treating anxiety because of its unique 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD.

Both of these compounds working in tandem have proven beneficial effects among many of AC/DC’s fans.

We recommend this strain for winding down during a relaxing night in, a post-workout chill, or for falling into a blissful sleep.

9. Strawberry Cough

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Strawberry Cough is one of the best weed strains for treating anxiety, and specifically, social anxiety.

This is a sativa strain, so it has a lot of potential to uplift your mood, keep you motivated and focused, but also relaxed enough to let your anxiety float away.

One of these nine best weed strains can help keep your anxiety at bay.

What’s your favorite strain to smoke for anxiety? Let us know in the comments section below!

Don’t see one of these strains in our online menu anymore? That means that they’re so popular that they’ve sold out. Feel free to give us a call anytime to find similar strains.