“I am a new MMJ patient, and after a lot of research, I decided the first dispensary I wanted to visit was Harvest of Scottsdale. I was apprehensive, but everyone from the receptionist to budtender, to cashier were all very courteous, friendly, and helpful.
I suffer from chronic unrelenting pain from a car accident in 2001, and most recently underwent two emergency spinal surgeries due to cauda equina syndrome. Unfortunately, I also suffer from complex post-traumatic stress disorder which exacerbates my sleep disorders, which in turn makes my pain worse. I am caught in a vicious cycle. A few months ago I decided to wean myself off of all the narcotics so my pain levels have been horrible. I feel like I spend my entire life just trying to find a position to be in, which hurts the least. This is no way to live, so I decided to look into medical marijuana and took the steps to get my MMJ card.
Being a complete medical cannabis novice I was overwhelmed by all of the strains, and methods of consumption. My Budtender was Ahlana (my apologies if I misspelled your name) she listened thoughtfully to all of my questions and concerns and together we worked out a good starting place for me. She completely understood my apprehension about not liking the "high" feeling I associated from the pot I smoked as a teen. I do not like feeling out of control, which makes my anxiety skyrocket, and in turn, leads to paranoia. Based on my desire to control pain & insomnia without anxiety, and aversion to smoking, she suggested the Dream Steam pen and two excellent starter blends to try.
I left the store with two oil cartridges (one was free, thanks!) of JillyBean and Northern Lights, a bottle of CBD oil, and a very low dose edible (5 mg) Kiva Terra Bites. Ahlana gave me great advice about how to use these items, and the best starting doses, based on time of day. She also told me I could call her at any time if I needed help or had more questions.
Overall my experience here was fantastic. The setting was beautiful and calm, and I felt very comfortable talking to my Budtender.
Thank you Ahlana, and Harvest for making my first dispensary visit a good experience. I will be back!”