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Ultimate Crescendo Strain Review: Origins, Effects, Aroma, and Taste

With the exponential-seeming growth of strain options on dispensary shelves today, it’s hard to keep track of them all. But every so often, there’s one strain that demands our attention. The Crescendo strain is one of them. If you don’t know about Crescendo, we recommend changing that! But don’t worry, we’re here to give you the download. In this article, we’ll dig into our ultimate Crescendo strain review.

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Crescendo Strain Review: The Breakdown

To truly understand a strain, you need to know three things about it. First, it’s important to understand where it came from. The hero’s origin story, if you will. Second, let’s get sensory with a journey into the strain’s taste and scent. Finally (and probably most importantly), you need to know how a strain is likely to make you feel! Let’s learn more about Crescendo, an indica and sativa hybrid strain that leans more toward sativa.

Crescendo’s Origins

Many (if not most) of today’s strains trace their genetics back to two different parent plants: sativa and indica. That’s not the case with Crescendo, though. Instead, this strain actually boasts a three-way pedigree featuring some legendary genetics. Its Chemdawg x I-95 x Mandarin Cookies lineage combines Chemdawg and I-95, two older strains, with relative newcomer Mandarin Cookies. These stains each enjoy their own distinct reputations:

  • Chemdawg: This indica-dominant strain’s origins are shrouded in mystery. According to legend, Chemdawg traces its beginnings to a Grateful Dead tour from the early 1990s. Deadheads allegedly loved the strain because of its high potency and pungent smell, reminiscent of diesel fuel.
  • I-95: A calming, chilled-out hybrid, I-95 shares the pungent, tangy scent of diesel fuel found in Chemdawg.
  • Mandarin Cookies: Presenting a sweet and citrusy taste and aroma, this strain lives up to its namesake, the Mandarin orange. Mandarin Cookies, despite being a hybrid itself, demonstrates powerful, indica-forward effects.

As a result of this three-way cross, Crescendo is technically a hybrid. You wouldn’t guess that offhand though, considering the distinct feeling of its effects. But more on that later.

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Aroma and Flavor

Like with all cannabis genetics, the Crescendo strain derives its scent and taste from terpenes. We’ve covered terpenes in-depth before. Crescendo’s most abundant terpenes are:

  • Myrcene: This is the most common terpene found in cannabis. Myrcene is known for providing a pungent, musky aroma with sweet undertones.
  • Limonene: As you may have surmised from its name, limonene carries a sweet, citrusy scent reminiscent of a good cleaning product. This terpene is primarily responsible for Crescendo’s fruity essence.
  • Caryophyllene: This is the only terpene that also acts as a cannabinoid. Caryophyllene is known for contributing woodsy, spicy flavors. It’s one of the primary terpenes in pepper, as well.

The combination of these three major terpenes gives Crescendo a heavily earthy, pungent flavor on the front end. Its sweet, citrusy finish surprises the palate as its flavor profile develops.

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Properties and Effects

The Crescendo strain is nearly a true hybrid, with perfectly balanced genetics. That gives it a pleasant, mellow buzz at first. In fact, its initial vibes are so mellow, you might mistake it for a full-on indica.

After lulling you into relaxation, though, Crescendo begins to demonstrate its sativa side. Its cranial, euphoric effects are somewhat tempered by its hybrid genetics—but you’ll definitely feel a noticeable change as this strain’s effects build like a well-composed piece of music until it, well, crescendos. With an average THC content hovering around 30 percent, that’s no surprise.

We’ve definitely covered a lot of ground in this Crescendo strain review. If brushing up on this strain’s genetics and effects have left you with a desire to spark up for yourself, check out our ample selection of strains, concentrates, and infused products.


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The Ultimate Guide to 3 Joint Rolling Techniques: Basic, Cross, and Tulip

The noble joint. Is there any more classic way to spark up? The first recorded use of the term “joint” to refer to a cannabis-based cigarette can be traced to sometime around 1938. But we’d likely been twisting cannabis into papers for centuries before that moment was documented. As an ode to the roll, we’re taking a deep dive into the technique involved in how to roll a joint. Once you learn the basics, we’ll also cover a next-level maneuver: How to roll a cross joint. Finally, we’ll explore the techniques you’ll need to learn how to roll a tulip joint.

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Basic Fundamentals: How to Roll a Joint

You have to learn to walk before you run. That goes for rolling joints, too. You’ll need to know now to roll a joint before you learn how to roll a cross joint or a tulip joint.

Rolling a traditional joint is straightforward, though it does take practice. Just follow these simple steps to get rolling:

Step 1

Grind Flower: Grinding your buds into a fine powder serves two purposes. First, it makes your joint burn longer and more evenly. It also makes rolling your joint significantly easier.

Step 2

Add Flower to Paper: Lay your paper out flat and run a line of ground flower across it lengthwise. Make sure the flower is distributed evenly!

Step 3

Roll and Seal, then Spark: Roll the joint between your fingers a few times to form the bud into a cylinder. Then, lick the edge of your paper and roll it up as tightly as possible. Once your joint is rolled, spark up and puff!

Still need some help? Check out this popular video tutorial.

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Next Level: How to Roll a Cross Joint

Anyone who’s seen Pineapple Express is at least tangentially familiar with cross joints. But learning how to roll a cross joint is significantly more difficult than it looks on TV. Still, we think you can do it! To pull off a cross joint, here’s our advice:

Roll the Main Sections Separately: A cross joint has two main sections. You’ll want to roll one larger-sized joint and one very narrow joint.

Poke or Cut a Hole in Main and Cross Sections: Use a household object such as a safety pin or sewing needle to create a hole through the center of each joint. For the larger joint, rock the pin gently in the hole to enlarge it—just enough to get the tip of the small joint in. Gently twist the small joint back and forth through the hole of the larger joint until the small joint is centered horizontally in the middle of the larger joint.

Attach Sections and Patch Hole: Once the two joints are connected, wrap thin strips of joint paper around the intersection of the two joints. The “patch” strips can be made by cutting about a quarter of a joint paper, lengthwise. Lick the glue and wrap around the “incision” areas to seal them from airflow.

Dry and Spark: Since cross joints require a lot of paper, they also need plenty of spit. You’ll want to let your cross joint dry, once you’ve completed it, before you spark it up. Once it’s time to light your cross joint, find a friend… These are made for sharing!

If you need more instruction, check out this guide from the master of cross joints himself, Seth Rogen.

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Expert Skills: How to Roll a Tulip Joint

Hailing its namesake from Amsterdam, a place famous for both cannabis and tulips, tulip joints boast a notably smooth hit. Learning how to roll a tulip joint is the ultimate joint rolling challenge. You’ll need practice to hone the nimble fingers to pull off this maneuver. Here are our tulip joint rolling tips:

Roll Stem: Twist up a long filter—up to the length of a pencil, if you’re feeling fancy. The filter will act as your joint tulip’s stem.

Create Tulip Bulb: Attach the long ends of two rolling papers by licking the gum strip on one and connecting it to the other.

Fold Corners: Fold one bottom corner of the newly-formed, larger paper to align it with the top edge to create a triangle. Lick and stick the (now two) top edges. The glue side should be inside the triangle.

Create Cone: Now, imagine the triangle is a coffee filter. Open up the large, open side of the triangle (aka, what would be the top of the coffee filter) to form an empty cone.

Fill Cone: Fill your “cone” a little over halfway by gently dropping cannabis inside and carefully shaking it so the flower reaches all the way to the bottom of the triangle.

Attach Tulip Cone to Joint: Once your tulip bulb contains flower, connect it to your “stem” (the joint filter) by placing the stem into the top center of the area with the flower, then squeezing the remaining paper around the stem. To finish, tie the paper to the stem with a piece of waxed thread. Then, fold the extra paper out and away from the stem so it looks like the petals of a tulip, spark, and enjoy!

Need a visual? No worries. This is one of the most difficult types of joints to roll. Check out the full process here.

Stock Up on Joint Rolling Materials Here

Want to take your rolling game to the next level? It takes more than just knowledge. You’ll also need plenty of practice. And to do that, you’ll need the right bud to highlight your artistry. Check out this full selection of indica, sativa, and hybrid herb to fill your joints. And while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up some extracts and edibles, too!


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Marijuana, Science, and You: How to Use Cannabis for Anxiety

Feeling anxious lately? You’re not alone. Whether we use it medically or as an adult-use product, many of us turn to cannabis for its distinctive and relaxing effects. But not everyone. Some find that using cannabis makes them feel more anxious, even paranoid. How can one plant produce such different effects on different people and—more to the point—what can you do about it?

In today’s article, we’ll take a deep dive into the topic of cannabis for anxiety, explaining the mechanics of how marijuana works with our bodies to produce specific effects. Ideally, by the end of this post you’ll be better prepared to select the right products and strains to tame anxiety, relax, and get on the road to feeling great!

Cannabis for Anxiety: The Cannabinoids

Anyone who’s tried cannabis likely knows about its delightful euphoric effect. That unmistakable “high” comes courtesy of the cannabinoid known as THC, sometimes described as the major “active ingredient” in marijuana. The second most common cannabinoid is called CBD. We’ve written about it before, and the many ways it affects our bodies without THC’s intoxicating psychoactivity. 

All the cannabis products we grow and sell are labeled with their specific THC and CBD contents. Why is that important? Because if you’re one of those people who find that cannabis aggravates the sensation of anxiety, there’s a good chance that it’s due to the plant’s THC content. This is one of the main reasons CBD has received so much attention of late. A number of studies show that it helps people reduce anxiety and stress without any noticeable intoxicating effects. For instance:

  • A comparative assessment examined the effects of CBD on several different types of anxiety, including that produced by stress and that associated with compulsive behavior. It found that CBD: “…has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders, with need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects in relevant clinical populations.”
  • Another retroactive case series found that CBD reduced anxiety and improved sleep quality in nearly 80% of test subjects. In summing up, the authors state: “In our study, we saw no evidence of a safety issue that would limit future studies…CBD displays promise as a tool for reducing anxiety in clinical populations.

Cannabis for Anxiety: Don’t Give Up on THC Yet!

All this talk about CBD isn’t meant to overshadow THC. For one thing, beyond delivering marijuana’s distinctive high, THC imparts many benefits, including helping to reduce inflammation and stimulating the appetites of those undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious diseases. And at lower doses, THC has even been shown to provide relief from anxiety as well.

Deciding to Try Cannabis for Stress is a Personal Choice

If you tolerate the effects of THC well, we recommend you use a small to moderate amount to tame the symptoms of anxiety. And if you’re one of those people who find that THC aggravates your anxiety, the science indicates that high-CBD cannabis products have the potential to help you reduce it. 

An all-natural medicine that helps our bodies and minds to feel more relaxed and less anxious? Now that’s the kind of plant we can get behind!


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Marijuana's "Secret Ingredient"? Learn About The Top 5 Terpenes

If you’ve visited our blog before, you know we’re big on terpenes, the fragrant oils that do so much to give different strains their unique qualities. If you’re smelling beguiling scents like black pepper, lemon peel or fresh pine, you’re smelling terpenes!

But as we’ve written before, terpenes contribute more than just enjoyable aromas. They even contribute to the kind of high you experience! As researchers unlock the secrets of these fascinating natural compounds, we’re learning a great deal about how they interact with the human body.

It turns out there are a lot of terpenes in cannabis: So far, researchers have identified at least 200! If you’re new to the topic of these essential oils, begin your education with these “Top 5” terpenes.

The Cannabis Plant’s “Top 5” Terpenes: Myrcene

Just as THC is the most abundant cannabinoid, myrcene is the most abundant terpene in marijuana. It expresses a uniquely fruity and almost grapelike flavor. What’s more, myrcene imparts a gentle sedative effect and helps synergize and potentiate the actions of other terpenes and cannabinoids, making it a very important player in the cannabis plant.

In addition to occurring in cannabis, myrcene is abundant in mangoes. That’s why people say that if you eat a mango about 45 minutes before using cannabis, it will activate an especially intense and long-lasting high. Fact or fiction? There’s only one way to find out….

Myrcene-rich strains include: Skunk XL, White Widow, and Special Kush

The Cannabis Plant’s “Top 5” Terpenes: Alpha-pinene and Beta-pinene

Sometimes referred to just as “pinene,” these related terpenes are known for their distinctive and piney aroma. You can also find this scent in other natural sources of pinene including pine trees, rosemary, orange peels, and herbs such as basil.

Studies have shown that pinene exhibits a gentle anti-inflammatory effect. Research demonstrates that inhaling pinene-rich strains—especially using the gentle effects of a pen or vaporizer—can help reduce inflammatory responses like asthma in the lungs.

Pinene-rich strains include: Jack Herer, Strawberry Cough, Blue Dream and Dutch Treat

The Cannabis Plant’s “Top 5” Terpenes: Caryophyllene

One thing’s for sure: Once you smell this peppery terpene, you’ll never forget it! In addition to that black-pepper bite, you may pick up hints of cinnamon, cloves, and oregano. Over and above that, caryophyllene exhibits powerful analgesic and anxiety-fighting properties. And due to its unusual molecular structure—allowing it to bind more readily than many other terpenes—it’s also a key ingredient in anti-inflammatory topicals and creams.

Caryophyllene-rich strains include: Super Silver Haze, OG Kush, and Rock Star

The Cannabis Plant’s “Top 5” Terpenes: Limonene

Bright, cheerful and lemony, limonene is a popular terpene for its ability to impart general uplift and mood-lightening effects as well as to reduce stress and anxiety. And while we want to be crystal-clear on the fact that cannabis does not “cure” cancer, studies suggest that this terpene may have a role to play in fighting some very important diseases.

Limonene-rich strains include: Sour Diesel, Super Lemon Haze, Durban Poison, and Jack Herer

The Cannabis Plant’s “Top 5” Terpenes: Linalool


We’re going to guess that by now, you’re probably well acquainted with the classic “marijuana smell.” But do you know what causes it? Linalool—the terpene most associated with that unforgettable aroma—is also found in lavender, among other plants. It’s known to help fight
anxiety and depression and to impart relaxing sensations. And while more research is needed, preliminary studies suggest that linalool might help reverse the cognitive impairment and memory loss caused by neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s. 

Linalool-rich strains include: Amnesia Haze, Special Kush, Lavender, LA Confidential, and OG Shark

Finding Your Favorite Terpenes

Now that you know a little bit about terpenes, you can shop from our online menu with some real insider knowledge! Stop by to say “High!” anytime, or choose delivery to get your favorite strains straight to your door. And don’t forget to check our deals page for even more savings!....


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How to Use Concentrates Correctly: A Step-By-Step Guide

If you’re newer to cannabis, you may have never used concentrates before. These high-potency extracts have tons of advantages, notably their high THC concentration (often reaching 80 percent or more) and incredible flavor. But using concentrates takes a little more effort than just using flower. In this post, we’ll explore how to use cannabis concentrate correctly.

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How to Use Cannabis Concentrates Correctly: A Step-By-Step Guide

There’s no single method to consuming cannabis concentrates. Instead, you have a few different options. If you’re trying not to draw attention and want a portable option, vape pens are a great option. But if you want to experience the best flavor and high that concentrates can offer, you may want to consider using a dab rig.

Vaping Concentrates in a Pen

While vape pens were once a rarity reserved for concentrate connoisseurs, that’s no longer the case. In fact, vape pens have become more affordable and accessible than ever before.

If you’re wondering how to use cannabis concentrates in a pen, you’re in luck. It’s actually fairly easy. First, find a compatible vape pen that comes with an empty cartridge for your concentrate. Simply load the pen’s chamber with concentrate and you’re good to go! Some vape pens have unique operating features, like preheating options or fine-tuned temperature control. Your pen should come with operating instructions that will give you a clear picture of its functions.

Once you’re finished vaping your concentrate, remember to clean the chamber! You must clean the chamber out in between each use. If you don’t, you’ll muck up your pen’s internals. As a result, its functionality will decrease over time. Some vape pens work with both flower and concentrate, just be sure you have all the right components to enjoy your favorite Medcare concentrates.

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How to Use a Dab Rig

Dab rigs may not be the be-all, end-all of consuming cannabis concentrates. But they’re pretty close.

Dabs provide concentrate enthusiasts with the pinnacle extract experience. They feature unparalleled flavor along with a unique high. Before you can dab, though, you’ll need to learn the method.

First, gather your tools. You’ll need some concentrates, a dab rig, a dab tool, and a torch. Once you’ve assembled your toolkit, you’re ready to go!

  • Step One: gather some concentrate with your dab tool. Then, set it aside for later.
  • Step Two: heat your dab rig’s nail with the torch. Heat until the nail starts to get red hot. Then, remove the torch.
  • Step Three: the next step will take a little bit of experimenting. You’ll want to wait between 30 and 90 seconds for your dab rig to cool. If you take a dab that’s too hot, you may end up in the depths of an uncontrollable coughing fit. You want to dab between 450 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step Four: apply the concentrate on the dab tool to your hot rig. Inhale deeply and hold the resulting vapor in your lungs for as long as you can. The longer you hold your breath, the greater the effects of a cannabis concentrate.

You’re not done yet! Don’t forget to clean your dab rig after every dab. Use a q-tip or another type of cotton swab to remove any leftover residue.

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Learn How to Use Concentrates Correctly with Medcare Farms

Now that you’ve learned how to use cannabis concentrates correctly, you’re ready to try them out for yourself. Stop by our Lake Elsinore dispensary to check out our amazing stock of concentrates or shop online now. And don’t forget that we offer delivery! Enjoy rosin, live resin, wax and more from your favorite brands, like Papa & Barkley, Coldfire, and Alien Labs!


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It's Not All About THC Percentage

If you’re a newer cannabis user, chances are you look at one of a strain’s properties more than any other to determine its effects. What’s that trait? THC percentage, of course!

It makes sense at first. THC gives cannabis its distinct psychoactive high. That must mean that a higher THC concentration means more powerful marijuana, right?

Not exactly. In fact, hundreds of other active ingredients in cannabis plants play a role in determining a strain’s properties. In this post, we’ll dive into exactly what those traits are.

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Decoding THC Percentage and Its Effects

Don’t get us wrong. THC percentage is definitely an important factor when determining a strain’s properties. For one, THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, according to scientific data. As a partial agonist for your body’s CB1 receptors, it triggers the altered state known as a “high.”

What Plays a Role in a Strain’s Effects Other Than THC?

Other ingredients in cannabis can give us a fuller picture of a strain’s effects. Generally, these ingredients fall into one of two broad categories. The first includes cannabinoids, while the second consists of a family of compounds called terpenes.

Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids have the biggest impact on a strain’s effects. While the percentages of the two main cannabinoids, THC and CBD, get the most attention, hundreds of individual cannabinoids exist in nature.

Cannabinoids develop naturally in marijuana plants as they mature. What’s more, they all have a part to play in how a strain makes you feel.

Unfortunately, minor cannabinoids are still fairly mysterious. Scientists have yet to scratch the surface of many cannabinoids’ traits. However, scientists have discovered traits apparently inherent to some minor cannabinoids. Some of these include:

  • Cannabigerol (CBG), which may help a strain reduce stress along with a host of other possible benefits.
  • Cannabichromene (CBC), a rare cannabinoid that appears to reduce inflammation and could help reduce seizures.
  • Cannabinol (CBN), a minor cannabinoid that’s seen a lot of recent interest. It also may be able to reduce inflammation and banish stress. In addition, it may exhibit sedative properties.

When you’re looking at new strains, search their ingredients for any significant amounts of minor cannabinoids (greater than 1 percent). Even trace amounts of minor cannabinoids can influence how a strain makes you feel.

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Terpenes

Cannabinoids aren’t the sole determinant of a strain’s traits, though. Another class of organic compounds called terpenes appear to play an increasingly important role in a strain’s high.

Terpenes are well-known for their powerful aromas and flavors. But that’s not all. Cannabis terpenes also have just as important a role in a strain’s effects as THC percentage. Some common terpenes in cannabis include:

  • Linalool: One of the most abundant terpenes in the world, you can also find linalool in aromatic plants like lavender. It appears to demonstrate some anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Pinene: Another common terpene that often appears in coniferous trees. It possesses a distinct piney scent and may also be able to reduce inflammation.
  • Caryophyllene: This unique molecule appears to act both as a terpene and as a cannabinoid. It also gives pepper its flavor!

The next time you stop by our Lake Elsinore dispensary, take a look at the COA (certificate of analysis) on your products to see what cannabinoids and terpenes are in your favorite products! Or better yet, ask us about our Medcare Flower and what effects you can feel from the different strains.


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Strain Profile: Meet Bruce, a Cannabis Strain with a Very Personal Story

Every cannabis strain has a story to tell. It might be the specific phenotypes and other botanical factors that shape its unique qualities and characteristics, or it might be something more personal. That’s certainly the case with Medcare's new offering: Meet “Bruce,” a cannabis strain with a real story to tell. And if you’ve been seeking cannabis that embodies the qualities of creativity, uplift, and endurance, Bruce may just be your new go-to strain. Here’s its story.

Strain Profile: The Story of Bruce

Medcare's co-founder and CEO, Garin Heslop, never intended to get into the cannabis industry. Then, in 2008, a devastating motorcycle accident changed the course of his life, leaving him in chronic pain and dependent upon prescription painkillers. It would be a long road back to wellness for Garin, empowered both by the healing potential of medical cannabis and the example of strength and endurance in his own life: His father, Bruce Heslop.

Growing up, Bruce had always been a symbol of strength and resourcefulness for young Garin. As a single dad, Bruce focused on providing opportunities for his son while pushing the limits of his own strength and endurance. It’s this spirit for adventure that led Bruce to try skydiving on Garin's 18th birthday, where they took a leap of faith together that truly embodied their shared love of crafting a life full of adventure and opportunities.

Bruce also understood the complexities of cannabis cultivation, leading him to develop his own methods of farming and propagation. As a skilled and dedicated grower, it’s all the more fitting that this exceptional new strain takes its name from a man who dedicated his life to stretching boundaries and cultivating one of nature’s great natural medicines.

That’s Bruce the man. What’s Bruce—the strain—all about? The official release of Bruce isn’t till mid-April, but here’s a little sneak peek.

Strain Profile: Bruce, An Aromatic, Creative and Uplifting Offering

Designing and creating cannabis strains is a lengthy and involved process, requiring long months—often years—of painstaking experimentation. Selecting the parent cultivars that would eventually produce the strain called Bruce was no different, but Medcare’s Garin Heslop is confident that the hard work was worth it. “It checks every box,” he says of Medcare’s new offering. “It’s one I’m very proud of, and how it embodies what Bruce meant to me.”

A vibrant and colorful strain, Bruce is characterized by a whoosh of earthy aromas, a cue to its potency and its varied chemical makeup. While the cannabinoid and terpene profiles are still being finalized, Garin Heslop can share this: “It’s a great creative strain, really energizing you and allowing you to zone in and focus.”

Bruce also has a distinct pain-fighting component, a reminder of the life-changing role medical cannabis has played in Garin’s own life: “I really wanted to grow meds I can feel comfortable and confident sharing,” he says, and judging from early tests, Bruce is a knockout in this department too.

How do you get your hands on Bruce? The strain’s release date is tentatively set for May, with a live event at Medcare’s Lake Elsinore dispensary featuring food trucks, commemorative t-shirts, and more. If you’re not already, be sure to sign up for the latest updates, special offers, and news from Medcare Farms. We’re incredibly excited to share this new and very personal strain with you, and we hope you get as much inspiration from it as we do!

You can shop Medcare Farms strains on our online menu. Stop in or get your favorite strains delivered. (And remember to check our deals page for any savings!)


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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Medcare Farms & La Familia

Latinx cannabis brands have certainly left their mark on the industry. Today we’d like to talk about one of our favorite Latinx brands, and one that we will be featuring this Cinco de Mayo, La Familia. 

La Familia: From Their Family To Yours

Founded in 2016, La Familia was one of the first truly Mexican brand in legal cannabis. Inspired by their Latino roots and heritage, founders Albert Valdovinos and Edgar Vasquez set out to create a brand that represented their culture and what they love about it. 

The result was La Familia, a brand that is about more than just high-quality cannabis. La Familia is not just a brand or a name—the company actually employs many family and friends that take care of the brand and represent it as if it were their own and they do a great job showcasing the various exciting elements of Mexican culture.

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What makes La Familia so great? 

They’ve made it their mission to create a range of innovative cannabis products for by Latinos, for Latinos, and for anyone else who loves Latinx culture, heritage, and food! Their product lineup features such savory products as Mexican-style hot chocolate, Agua De Flor cannabis beverages, chocolate mazapan, white chocolate horchata, dark chocolate cajeta, and everybody’s favorite, churro rice krispies. Yum!

Find Peace with dreamt

If you’re longing for some better sleep, why not try dreamt? The brand offers a tincture and a vape that are formulated to help you catch some Zs. Founded by Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, dreamt has those crucial terpenes and cannabinoids that will help you find that rest you’ve been craving. Dr. Mitchell has formulated over 60 cannabis products, so keep an eye out for more from this amazing Latina!

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This Cinco de Mayo, stop by Medcare Farms and celebrate with La Familia. We’ll have great deals on products and World Famous Tacos serving tacos, hot dogs, and burgers on-site between 4 - 7 PM. Plus, we’ll have three ongoing specials:

  • Spend $100 between 4 - 7 PM and receive a food ticket for only $1. 
  • Spend $150 between 4 - 7 PM and receive both a food ticket and a La Familia sample bag! 
  • Spend $200 this May 5th and get a raffle ticket for a La Familia box that includes 2x 100 mg Krispies, 2x 100 mg chocolate bars, and 1x 100 mg Aqua De Flor cannabis beverage. You can also get a La Familia sample bag and a food ticket for only $1 between 4 - 7 PM. 

It’s going to be a great time and we hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, you can always order online to make sure you get some of these great products! (Plus, we offer delivery!)


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Introducing Medcare's Farmers Market: 420 Deals for Everyone

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a legend was born. (Actually, it was in the early 1970s in Marin County, but who’s counting?) Back then, an unruly crew of San Rafael high schoolers began a tradition of kicking back after class with their favorite herbal relaxant. The code name they gave their smoke sessions? You guessed it: “420,” which represented the time at which they’d meet up.

Incredibly, the name stuck, spreading through the underground cannabis community like wildfire. Today, 420 is the biggest day in the cannabis world and an internationally recognized cannabis-themed holiday. And to help you properly honor this momentous date, Medcare is hosting a star-studded lineup of 420 deals! We’re calling it our “420 Farmer’s Market,” and you’ll find incredible offers on some of our favorite cannabis products, plus well as can’t-miss in-store events from some truly noteworthy cannabis growers and producers

We’ll share the lineup in a moment but take note: These events take place on the days leading up to 420, so check your calendar and be sure to get here early. And if you really want to score big this 420, don’t forget to sign up for our email list. That way, you’ll be the first to know about these amazing deals and exciting in-store events!

420 Deals: Medcare Farmers Market

medcare farmers market 420 deals 16Friday, April 16: Dreamt In-Store Demo, 4 - 7pm

Recognized as California’s top producers of cannabis-based sleep aids, Dreamt is a fascinating company that’s helped countless satisfied customers get restful sleep. And if you spend $80, you’ll get a pack of Dreamt’s Sleep Gummies for only $1.

Plus: We’re offering a very special Medcare “Curated Sleep Box” for those in our membership program. For the all-inclusive price of $90, it includes:

  • 1/8th Ounce of Medcare Kush and Pen
  • 1 Papa & Barkley THC-Rich Tincture
  • 1 Dreamt Sleep Pen
  • 1 Glass pipe and lighter

medcare farmers market 420 deals 17Saturday, April 17: Papa & Barkley

We’re still finalizing details on this very select promotional event. But you can expect to see a Medcare curated box, as well as special deals on exceptional Papa & Barkley products. Be sure to check our events page for updates. 

medcare farmers market 420 deals 20Sunday, April 18: Cold Fire Concentrates In-Store Demo, 4 - 7pm

Known for their unusual and potent concentrates, Cold Fire will be here demonstrating some of their exceptional products. Guests will be treated to a 2-for-1 deal on Cold Fire Concentrates grams, while supplies last (come early!).

Plus: Spend $80 and get a Fuzzies pre-roll for only $1! Or: Spend $100 and get a Wonderbrett tote and a Fuzzies pre-roll for only $1!

medcare farmers market 420 deals 19Monday, April 19: Alien Lab and Connected In-Store Demo, 3 - 8pm

Today, we host not one but two California-based manufacturers of truly stellar cannabis products. Alien Labs hardly needs an introduction, having brought us Area 41, Moongrown, and other outstanding strains. And Connected Cannabis is no less noteworthy, having won countless awards and introduced numerous legacy strains to the marketplace. 

Guests will be treated to a 2-for-1 deal on live resin grams, while supplies last (come early!).

Plus: We’re offering a very special Medcare “420 Gift Box Sampler” for those in our membership program. Valued at $313, we’re offering this strictly limited-issue collection for only $150 while supplies last.

Tuesday, April 20: Select & Stiiizy In-Store Demo 4-7pm 

We’re celebrating 420 with a bang! In addition to the amazing deals leading up to the big day, we have an amazing Medcare’s Farmers Market going all day on 420! Save big on Medcare products and tons more. Raffles for great prizes and B1G1 deals that can’t be missed. Want more insider knowledge? Stop by on 420, shop now, or sign up for our email list now. (Just scroll down and you'll see the signup on the bottom left!)


Cannabis For Sleep – Does It Work?

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders and one of the most common reasons why people turn to medical marijuana. Poor sleep can have numerous daytime consequences including fatigue, memory problems, impaired concentration, and mood disturbances.

Luckily, research shows that cannabis may be able to promote sleep and alleviate insomnia. Here’s what you need to know about cannabis and sleep.

Cannabis And Sleep: What Does The Science Say?

cannabis and sleep 1THC and CBD, the two most prominent cannabinoids in marijuana, are both believed to promote sleep, but in different ways.

THC is believed to directly induce sleepiness and drowsiness. If you’ve ever come down from a really intense high chances are that you’ve experienced the intense sleepiness associated with the end of a strong buzz. But there’s no need to wait. Certain strains will have you yawning within minutes.

One 2004 study on cannabis and sleep actually found that just 15 mg of THC was enough to induce sleepiness and drowsiness. After just this small dose, test subjects reported feeling sleepy and sedated. THC may also impair the ability to dream, making it a possible treatment for PTSD-related insomnia.

CBD is believed to indirectly influence sleep through its sedating and relaxing effects, especially for those suffering from sleep or pain-related insomnia. CBD’s calming effects can shut down racing thoughts and relax the mind, getting you ready for a good night’s sleep.

Numerous studies have demonstrated CBD’s positive effects in alleviating the anxiety associated with anxiety disorders including social anxiety disorder (SAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.

These effects have also been associated with improved sleep. A recent study from 2019 found that 79% of subjects who regularly used CBD reported lower anxiety. Additionally, 66% of patients reported an improvement in sleep during the duration of the study.

The MedCare Sleep Box

cannabis and sleep 2Having trouble sleeping? You’re in luck! We’ve put together a cannabis sleep box full of impressive cannabis products designed to help you get the Z’s you need. Here’s what you can find in our new MedCare Sleep Box.

The Dreamt Sleep Pen is a unique and innovative vape pen that is already turning heads and winning awards. Each dose delivers roughly 5 mg of THC and 2 mg of CBD, as well as valerian root, melatonin, and terpenes – combining the therapeutic powers of both cannabinoids and herbal medicine to improve sleep.

The MedCare Sleep Box also contains a Papa and Barkley 1:3 THC-rich Tincture. Papa and Barkley’s award-winning tinctures are fast-acting and effective. Handcrafted, chemical-free, and easy to dose, this tincture is the perfect addition to your nighttime routine.

medcare kushOur sleep box also contains ⅛ (3.5 grams) of our signature MedCare Kush. This unique indica has been carefully selected for its sedating properties and full-body indica buzz. If you’re looking for the perfect nighttime strain, you’ve found it!

And last but not least, our sleep box includes our MedCare Kush disposable vape pen. Many people find vape pens to be more convenient for falling asleep since vaping from your bed produces less smell and, of course, no smoke. Tuck one of these away in your nightstand for whenever you find yourself unable to sleep.

Stop in and ask your cashier for a sleep box and sleep better tonight!