The Best Dispensaries in Pennsylvania – Which Stores Stand Out?

Last week, my Uber driver tried to sell me some weed; or, more specifically, he tried to sell me something called “Orange Monkey Creamsicle,” assuring me it was “absolute fire.” I declined, but ended up saving his phone number anyway, figuring that it couldn’t hurt.

While it’s true that Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana back in 2016, recreational use remains out of reach (although an upcoming bill could change that). When it comes to buying weed, most people — even many of those who actually have a prescription — are still relying on the old, shady methods. So, don’t plan on deleting your dealer’s number anytime soon.

That being said, change rarely happens all at once, and the Medical Marijuana Program (signed into law on April 17, 2016), was undoubtedly a step in the right direction. But how big a step? To get a sense of how much movement has been made on Pennsylvania’s weed front, I spoke with some experts on all things cannabis: Chris Goldstein, who teaches “Marijuana in the News” at Temple University and writes the Philly420 column for Philly.com, and Russ Cersosimo, chairman of the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society. These bud pundits walked me through the ins and outs of legal weed in the Keystone State.

Where Are the Dispensaries, and What Can I Buy?

Give or take a few, there are over 40 marijuana dispensaries open in Pennsylvania at the time of this writing, with even more in the process of opening. But don’t expect the vibe of a California pot shop.

First and foremost, there is no actual flower (cannabis plant material) sold in Pennsylvania dispensaries. Fortunately, that sad fact may be changing within a year or so, now that the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board has voted to recommend the sale of dry leaves. So there’s hope. For the time being, though, all products in PA dispensaries are concentrated resins and oils. This is very much a no-smoke situation, meaning nothing sold at the weed counter is bong-friendly, and you won’t be rolling it in a blunt or joint.

However, the state is pro-vaping, so you’ll be able to pick up vape-pen cartridges. Among the many other forms of weed sold in pot shops are pills, creams, ointments, tinctures, and liquids. There’s also “shatter,” a highly potent, glassy form of cannabis concentrate that sort of looks like the tree sap from Jurassic Park, minus the mosquito. You can learn more about shatter in our comprehensive guide to cannabis concentrates, and the dabbers who use them.

Below are the dispensaries that form reasonable part of the Pennsylvania medical marijuana industry.

Restore Integrative

957 Frankford Ave; Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 999-2980

8003 Old York Rd; Elkins Park, PA 19027
(215) 709-2360

Herbology Dispensary

1125 E Passyunk Ave; Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 691-0565

19 Baltimore Street; Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 398-0540

1222 Brady Street; DuBois, PA 15801
(814) 299-4120

514 Pleasant Valley Blvd; Altoona, PA 16602
(814) 626-9520

Beyond/Hello

1206 Sansom Street; Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 804-7168

2412 Durham Rd; Bristol, PA 19007
(833) 433-5829

CURE

4502 City Ave; Philadelphia , PA 19131
(215) 876-CURE

1866-1890 Fruitville Pike; Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 619-CURE

500 Kimberton Rd; Phoenixville, PA 19460
(610) 546-CURE

CY+ Dispensaries

201 Pillow Street Butler, PA 16001
(724) 276-0069

4 Kensington Sq; New Kensington, PA 15068
(724) 276-0069

Ilera Healthcare
420 Plymouth Road; Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(484) 531-4420

Solevo Wellness

5600 Forward Ave; Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-0420

22095 Perry Hwy, Suite 301; Zelienople, PA 16063
(412) 422-0420…

Yoga As A Tool To Fight Swine Flu

The world has become a much smaller place. It is easier to travel to different parts of the world and it is also easier to communicate with the rest of the world and to know whatever happens in the other parts of the world almost immediately.

Unfortunately, these advantages have a disadvantage.? It is said that bad news travels fast.? The disadvantage of the modern age is that we are susceptible to modern diseases and it is not localized in one place. As people are constantly traveling, so are the modern diseases.

You would be aware of the SARS virus which affected many countries and could not be contained in a single location or country.? It affected a lot of people throughout the world.

Another such disease that was identified was swine flu. It primarily was found in pigs, but was transmitted to humans.? It was tried to contain it in a few places, but slowly and surely, swine flu has spread throughout the world and the situation is such that the premier health organization of the UN, WHO has declared it an international epidemic of gigantic proportions.

Conventional treatment of this is by way of a vaccine known as Tami Flu. This is a vaccine that has been developed to combat this epidemic.

The latest research shows that swine flu affects people who have a weak immune system.? It also affects more people who suffer from respiratory problems like asthma.? There is a simple and time tested way that has been practiced over thousands of years to increase the immunity of the human body.

What is that you may ask? The answer is quite simple – Yoga. From time immemorial, yoga, through its breathing techniques has been used to improve the immune system.? The simplest form of breathing exercise is the Pranayama.? It has been found that this single breathing exercise goes a long way in keeping the body fit.

The major types of Pranayama are Kapalbati, Digra and Ujjavi. So as you can see, regular practice of yoga through Pranayama helps to keep all diseases at bay, not only swine flu.…

Lies, Abuse, or just Outright Laziness?

Over the past year I have made much progress in my collection of barefoot friendly venues. My choice not to disclose them, at least not publicly is due to the chance of some random foot-phobe catching wind and complaining to the venue. Unfortunately there is a huge abundance of ignorant mammals such as these and some venues bow pretty easily to their pressure.

 

About a year ago, I discovered a cute little WiFi place, which I added to one of the many venues where I had never gone in footwear. The owners, especially the wife who I’ve seen more often there seemed pretty laid back and there was never any kind issue regarding my bare feet. After my boycott of my regular place, I began frequenting the new one more often. It has a big back yard with tables which made it a pleasure to sit in the summer with my bare feet resting on the stone floor. Sometimes the co-owner, wife of the owner comes out to water plants and gives me a warm smile. I don’t think I had ever come in with footwear.

Recently I noticed that as the place got more crowded, both a plus as it adds to it a cool vibe, and a minus, that is sometimes it becomes hard to find a spot to sit comfortably. Another change, more of a bummer was the elimination of their ‘buy 10 drinks and the 11th one is free’ program. They have a note at the counter explaining this development attributing it to the rise of price in coffee. Still, with the additional business they are getting, and some of the food dishes that are not included in the punch card, there should really be no harm in keeping the program – especially as it is probably what drew a lot of customers to begin with.

Anyway, that was not really what bothered me. What did was this past Thursday I stopped over to get a cup of espresso and do some work. I was sitting there for a while without bother when the owner – the husband walks over to me. This was in my experience a new one. He asks me to come with him to the side. I walk with him to a little entry way near the stairs going down to the storage. He begins to tell me that the Department of Health came by and cited violations – among them customers with bare feet. “You need to have shoes in here,” he concluded.

I told him that was impossible and actually not within the health code. He went on, “there is a health code requirement for shirt and shoes! You need to wear shoes in here.” He did not throw me out. I went over to where I was seated and fetched from my bag the official letter from the Department of Health stating that there was no such health code law. When I showed it to him he said. “Well in my business I require shoes!”

It took a couple of minutes but then it hit me that there was some sort of discrepancy. Is he requiring shoes because of health code or because of his own preference? Hmmmm. I knew I would be annoying the f##k out of him, but just out of my own intellectual curiosity, I came over to him and asked him that question.

He replied Department of Health code and then I reminded him about the letter. “Look! It’s no problem to you, but you’re not the one who has to go John Street and stand before a judge! I don’t have time to deal with this!” I went back to my seat. Though the owner was not throwing me out, after seeing him lose his temper, I decided to take off. His wife passed by and gave me her usual warm greeting and smile. I greeted her back. I felt inclined to ask her thoughts, but decided to go somewhere else to finish up my work. It was just a very weird vibe, especially since I had been coming there for over a year. Also perplexing me was the fact that I actually not been there for a couple of months so unless the Dept. of Health came by further back, they could not have been citing me, or let alone any customer. Perhaps an employee?

I headed over to a place I go to often owned by a Caribbean family who have both acknowledged my bare feet and treated me like a true loyal customer. Out of my curiosity I went to the site for the NYC Department of Health http://a816-restaurantinspection.nyc.gov/RestaurantInspection/SearchBrowse.do and input the restaurant name based on the zip code. The results were not surprising. There were only 2 minor violations – not enough to not receive the A that they did. And of course, no mention of bare feet. But that is actually irrelevant, since their last recorded inspection was December of 2010! I am not sure how long it takes the Department of Health to update its records or issue a grade, but again, I had not been there for a couple of months.

So my question:

Was it lies? the owner was just a plain footphobe and he was just making up fictitious rules that he could not quote?

Abuse? After I showed him proof that these health code rules were just made up so he decided to pull rank as the owner and decide who he wanted or did not want as customers? A lot of establishment owners fall into this category.

Or just outright laziness? Perhaps as the owner of one of the other places explained to me that someone threatened to go to the health department and he decided rather than look into whether or not he was protected, decided to just be outright lazy and tell a barefoot customer what to do?

I think in this case it was all of the above. To make up a law that doesn’t even exist and then when backed into a corner to come up with other half baked responses. Or in this case to lose ones temper and make the customer, in this case me, feel guilty that I am not doing what they perceive as a small favor. They really act like it is no big deal to them that I am the one that is being unreasonable.

My question:  Would it be unreasonable for me to tell a person who is a vegetarian or vegan for health or religious reasons just to try a piece of meat. Or let’s look at another way – perhaps you just get an upset stomach from eating a piece of meat. “Oh, come on, try it, I’m not asking that much…” And being the person who is refusing, would you cave in? Of course not! And if you are the person who is trying to get the person to take that taste, would you feel insulted? Probably not.

Yet, these owners start to act like it is something personal if you not only refuse but state the reasons why you are doing nothing in the wrong. I was at another place where I had always gone barefoot. The young barista taking my order told me, “next time please wear shoes.” We did not have any conversation after that, but I remembered that during the warmer months, several of the baristas including who I think is the owner himself work behind the counter with tank tops cut all the way down so the underarms and part of the torso are exposed. THAT is actually a health code violation, but since they weren’t making an issue of my bare feet, I made no issue either. A couple of days after the young barista told me to wear shoes, I was sitting in the outdoor area this venue also had. The familiar herbal smell of weed came through the air and then I looked to see the source where it came from. A young couple at one of the tables. I am pro-legalization so no issue from my end, however, plenty of ammo in case the shoe issue came up again. Sure enough it did. That same young barista came over to me and told me to put on shoes.

“Why?” I asked him. I don’t remember what his response was, but I do remember after informing him that there were no health code regulations, he replied that it was a matter of respect for the venue. And that was when I fired up my arsenal.

“Look, I see people in the summer working behind the counter in tank tops like these,” pointing to mine, “which is against health code…” Before I could get to the weed part, he got the message and backed off.

“Look, you can come in here without shoes if you want but I would prefer it if you did. But I don’t want to fight with you about it.”

Though I had won and hopefully this would be a permanent victory. It often comes down to it being a personal thing and people hiding behind excuses and when that fails, the guilt tactic is attempted in which what they are actually saying is, “alright you won, and I lost, but do it anyway.”

A few years ago, one place actually offered to hold a pair of flip flops for me to put on for when I come there. Nice, but I’m not the type to obligate people. I would rather spare you the trouble.

In the meantime, my list of barefoot friendly places has grown. At the place where the young gentleman backed off from his argument, another attempt was made by one of the other barristas who had to fend off a foot-phobe ended up telling me, “look I’m not going to make you put on shoes, but I told them I would say something.” I do appreciate that. Another time, I felt a sense of approval for my lifestyle when one of the other employees felt concerned and asked me not to put my “bare feet” on the furniture. “No problem,” I responded, and more then happily placed them back on the floor.

For now, I haven’t been to the place I mentioned in this post with the irate owner, though just for fun, I may walk in with my barefoot sandals just to see his reaction. Or maybe I found a second venue for the barefoot flash mob! Hey look out foot-phobes……

Coping with Cancer the Nutritional Way

Those with mesothelioma or other forms of cancer can improve the quality of their lives by maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet. Patients who eat healthy foods on a regular basis, during every stage of the disease, and throughout treatment tend to feel better and stronger.

According to The National Cancer Institute, cancer treatments can be more effective when patients are well nourished and are consuming enough protein and calories. This helps patients maintain their body weight, fight infection, and it keep healthy tissues within the body.

Protein

Foods high in protein can help prevent fatigue and increase energy in cancer patients. This is very important because chemotherapy, surgery, and other cancer treatments can leave patients feeling drained. Patients should start consuming protein and other nutritional foods before treatment begins.

Protein rich foods include eggs, soy, dairy products, and nuts. It’s best get protein from natural foods. If this is difficult, patients can try adding protein powders, such as whey, or soy to their meals. They can be mixed in with soft foods, such as smoothies, applesauce, or mashed potatoes.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants help increase the body’s ability to fight cancer and other diseases. The minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A, C, and E, are very powerful. Plant based foods such as whole grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and seeds are also rich in these antioxidants.

In order to get the full benefits from antioxidants, try eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are more powerful when they are combined with other compounds and phytochemicals found in a mixture of different foods.

Spices

Certain spices can help ease the discomforts for patients with cancer. Some are used for their healing properties, while others can help boost energy levels and ease the side effects from treatment.

Ginger can help reduce the nausea and vomiting that can occur due to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Preliminary studies from the Forest Research Institute in Malaysia suggest that turmeric may help stop cancer cells from spreading and reproducing.…

Liquid Diet: An Aid to Post Gastrointestinal Surgery Patients

A complete liquid diet, also called clear diet, is a diet that does not contain solid or hard food. It is frequently given for gastrointestinal disease or prior to some types of surgery which involve the mouth and gastrointestinal tract.

This particular clear liquid diet is composed of translucent liquid foods like clear fruit juices and ices, vegetable broth, cold treats like popsicles, desserts made of clear gelatin, and non-sparkling beverages. A soda beverage’s carbonation will likely expand one’s gastrointestinal tract and thus may create a more intense damage or infection. A full or complete liquid diet is composed of clear as well as opaque liquid food, which usually features a smooth consistency. Some examples are strained cream soups, milk, milkshakes, butter, ice cream, honey puddings, well-cooked cereals like porridge and wheat cereal. Fruit juices minus the pulp, gelatin, coffee, water, and patent carbonated drinks are also tolerable.

There are some main important components that will help you gain back your strength and boost your diet: coconut oil, green coffee, raspberry keytones, cranberries and reservatrol. First and foremost, coconut oil can be advantageous for post gastrointestinal patients. Coconut oil health benefits emphasize on digestive disorders, these include gastrointestinal (such as diseases of the stomach, esophagus, jejunum, duodenum, ileum, the ileo-cecal complex, large intestine (ascending, descending, and transverse colon), rectum and sigmoid colon). Studies show that absorbed and processed coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that can present soaring energy lipid to patients with dysfunction of lipid digestion (pancreatitis), and lipid transport (chylomicron deficiency) and lipid absorption (Crohn’s disease). You may add small amounts of coconut oil or an amount which the patient can consume in his diet for faster healing of the injuries. People who go through exuded problems like for instance cystic fibrosis, and have difficulty absorbing or processing fats soluble vitamins and fats, gain greatly from medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). These people should be given immediate attention you can give them coconut oil or put it in their food.

The health benefits of cranberries and raspberry ketones side effects help in slimming down your weight. However, you also have to note that the fruit also aids in rinsing out waste materials and unwanted toxins from the body. Cranberry juice with water helps in cleansing the liver, kidneys and intestines of ecological and dietary contaminants. You must drink cranberry juice every day. This will produce maximum cleansing of the body. In addition to that, you must drink warm and distilled water each day to amend the diet. But do not try this type of diet without the supervision of a physician or dietician.

Lastly, resveratrol has been found to be successful in reducing signs of cell damage and inflammation. For the investigating groups, they have concluded that resveratrol symbolizes a new advancement in the treatment of chronic intestinal inflammation. Maybe in future researches it may develop the high quality of treatment not only in intestinal inflammation but in all the digestive disorders.

We should be cautious with this diet because not all liquid diets are appropriate for all kinds of digestive disorders.…

The Barefoot Healthy Lifestyle Exercise and Fitness

Is it better to exercise barefoot?

Is Proper Footwear Really Required?

Many of you I’m sure belong to some health club or another. Have you ever noticed when filling out your application where it says, “proper attire required…we will not be held liable…”? Even signs by the entrance that tell you that proper athletic footwear is required. Even when there are no signs available, while doing my exercise barefoot, I’ve been approached by some staff member informing me that I cannot be in their facility without “proper athletic footwear.”

Arguments against bare feet in the healthclub stem from the following fears:

lawsuits – hey try to sue someone in a New York court and see how far you get

germs – I wash the bottoms of my sneakers every day – yeah right!

customer complaints – just get a life! Besides if your customers are leaving because of a barefoot member, you need to re-evaluate your facility as a whole!

Arnold Schwartzneggar

Arnold Schwartzneggar is known to do his lifting and exercise barefoot
Since the last two excuses I listed are just completely irrelevant, I’ll focus on the first one – lawsuits from injury.

A weight dropped on the shod foot is just as painful as on a bare one – which in that case, steel toed boots should really be the proper attire.

Health clubs will also make other cases, such as slipping in the steam room – yeah really! I’ve slipped on wet tiles in flip flops or even sneakers! It’s not anymore pleasant than slipping barefoot, but at least with bare feet, since there is nothing around your ankle, there is much less of a chance of twisting it!

The next issue is proper athletic support – a topic that is often discussed among fitness efforts. But is proper foot support necessary or just a myth? Is it better to exercise barefoot?

Do your feet really need the support provided by sneakers?
barefoot treadmillIn 2006, The Wall Street Journal in the health section published an article that addressed this question. In her article, Tara Parker-Pope writes:

“Some experts now believe that most athletic shoes, with their inflexible soles, structured sides and super-cushioned inserts keep feet so restricted that they may actually be making your feet lazy, weak and more prone to injury. As a result, barefoot training is gaining more attention among coaches, personal trainers and runners.”

In other words, the author states that because their feet are forced into a permanent position by all the cushioning in shoes, they become accustomed to being dependent on man-made materials to give them the support. The muscles begin to atrophy, and lose their natural flexibility and endurance, and the skin loses the resilience it would have gained from natural conditioning. This results in your foot being more vulnerable to injury.

In actuality, the human feet and ankles contain more bones and muscles than any other part of the human body. According to a May issue of the Podiatry Channel in healthcommunities.com, the foot and ankle contains

  • 26 bones – one fourth of the bones in the entire human body
  • 33 joints
  • over 100 muscles and ligaments
    a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue
  • Think about it – all these bones, muscles and tissue balancing and supporting about an average of 162 lbs of the male and 135 lbs of the female human body, providing it with the mobility it needs. That takes a lot of strength doesn’t it!

In addition your ankle contains a shock absorber and propulsion engine needed to sustain the pressure caused by lifting and doing high impact activities like running. That is why when you run barefoot, you have less chance of a foot injury. When your sole makes contact with the ground, it automatically communicates with your ankle on how much shock absorption to give it and where to place your foot. If your sole, however is blocked from making contact, the ankle does not know how to read that message. That is why when you land on an uneven surface with your shoe, you will sometimes cause a sprain in your ankle. On the other hand, when you step on an uneven surface barefoot, your ankle immediately picks up the signals sent by the neurons of your foot and there is less of a chance of spraining it.

By giving the components of your feet the proper exposure and movements that is not accomodated in any kind of shoe, you will be ensuring yourself a stronger and healthier structure and balance. When you get into the habit of doing your exercise barefoot, you will be amazed at the difference!…