PHOENIX, AZ - Our world is changing. For years cannabis carried the stigma of street drugs. The very thought conjured images of back-alley deals, or smoky, black-lit storefronts. Businesses such as Harvest of Arizona, with locations in Tempe, Scottsdale, and Guadalupe, are working to change all that.
"Using medical marijuana can allow our patients, some who may be on several different drugs and medications, to control symptoms and possibly reduce pharmaceuticals. This may be a useful tool in their toolbox," said Jessica Crozier, Parent Liaison in Patient Outreach and Education for Harvest of Arizona.
There are a wide range of conditions that Harvest of Arizona says can be treated by medical marijuana. And not all strains and cannabinoids (the active ingredient) are the same.
The strains have been bred and designed to help with certain ailments, and they come in many forms, including vaporizers, edibles, wax, tinctures, creams and topical salves.
Here are just a few examples of how the different cannabinoids are used to treat patients:
THC (Tetahydrocannabinol) - You’ve probably heard of this one. This is mainly used for pain management but has also been shown to help with sleeping and appetite.
CBD (Cannabidiol) - Not only a sleep aid, CBD is also used to reduce inflammation in the joints and to suppress muscle spasms from seizures or epilepsy.
CBC (Cannabichromene) – It’s used to ease pain and reduce inflammation and also for regenerative purposes. It’s recommended to help stop bacteria and fungi as well as help with bone and cell growth.
THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) - If you haven’t heard of this one, you will soon. THCA is a go-to to help with convulsions and stop inflammation, and may even control and slow the growth of cancer cells in the body.
Harvest of Arizona offers several different options to treat various ailments in their inviting showroom with bright glass cases and wooden fixtures. The showroom is more akin to a jewelry store than a corner smoke shop.
Harvest of Arizona also offers education on specific products for Crohn’s disease, ALS, Hepatitis C, PTSD and more.
Crozier says it’s natural for new patients to be a little overwhelmed so they emphasize education.
“We want people to feel comfortable here,” Crozier said. “Education and helping others are what we are here for.”
Beyond new patient orientations, they offer a range of support groups. Chronic pain, cancer, PTSD and pediatric epilepsy are just a few of the groups on their busy social calendar, with even more to come.
From safety and storefront, to customer service and education, Harvest is hoping to grow in the Phoenix market.