• Pamela Froman

DC Collective

Medical marijuana is becoming more and more mainstream. And now with the new laws legalizing its use as of January of 2018, many people are experiencing the amazing healing and recreational effects of the herbal plant without fear of reprisal.

So what should you be looking for?

First the terminology: CBD is the short name for Cannabidiol and THC is tetrahydrocannabinol. These are the two most abundant of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. They also interact with the body's endocannabinoid system – albeit in different ways. One of the big differences between CBD and THC is that CBD will never get you “high.” However, THC will do so. CBD and THC are synergistically ying and yang.

People use marijuana for a variety of health reasons. It suppresses pain, increases appetite, relaxes your mood, improves immune response, and also helps you sleep.

When you visit the DC Collective marijuana dispensary in Canoga Park, you are greeted warmly by staff and enter a 11,000 square foot space with any kind of product you could ever want or need. The employees are coming from a point of view where they can tell you about themselves and how the product has worked for them. No two patients are alike. “People can walk in a headache, or say they want to relax, and then there are people who walk in and say “I'm in Stage 3 cancer and I need to eat,” says David Wallen, Chief Marketing Officer at DC Collective. “We've built our entire business on being able to medically help people.”

DC Collective has an array of CBD products that are typically used for health purposes. These come in a bunch of different forms: The most popular are topicals, tinctures and capsules. As well vape pens are becoming more and more of a favorite. Up and coming in the product lines are edibles associated with CBD – from cookies to gummy bears. CBD has been proven to be an amazing anti-inflammatory, especially when your body is going through trauma. People will also often come in with sheets of cancer research from UCLA and Cedars Sinai.

DC Collective believes in carrying only the best brands. They strive harder than anyone else in edification and understanding what people want. Everything they do is catering to the customer and whatever that person is looking for – be that for medical or recreational solutions.

The combination of pure CBD and pure THC products can work well together. One of the products DC Collective carries is a gummy by a company called District Edibles. THC is the accelerant for CBD's pain uptake – the slightest amount and it goes right in. That tiny bit of THC can help initiate your body's reaction. There are also different strains such as THC-A which is a non psycho-active version of THC. It's perfect for people that don't want to get high but want the benefits of THC.

Lenitiv is another product carried by DC Collective. This is a line of innovative, high quality cannabis and hemp derived CBD products. Lenitiv Scientific was founded by media personality and wellness advocate Montel Williams – one of the highest-profile cannabis advocates in the country. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1999 and has used cannabis products ever since to help manage the disease's symptoms.

The PAX system is a very unique system, which you can also find at DC Collective. This company specializes in vape pens and cartridges with CBD and THC, but the difference is their delivery mechanism and the style of it. Their battery is childproof and can be locked via an app. “Most companies don't carry it this brand, but we carry it because we believe it's an investment and something that people really do want to come here and buy,” says David. “We offer the largest selection. DC is not just one or two brands it's about finding partnerships that we can grow with on the premium level.”

Marijuana can also help from a psychological standpoint. David is a two-time cancer survivor, and the psychological effects of testing, cat scans and multiple x-rays took its toll on him mentally. “What got me back to being me and my family was THC – cannabis,” he says. “My family started recognizing me. This is the reality of it. I am not who you think I am, I am your best friend and I smoke weed.”

DC Collective is located at 8053 Derring Ave, Canoga Park. For more information call (818) 887-0980 or log onto

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