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Gazette’s guide to Sonoma County cannabis and dispensaries

Cannabis 101

If it’s one thing we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that cannabis is here to stay. While many policies and regulations need to be worked out, it’s obvious that not only do people enjoy cannabis, they support it (with their dollars anyway).

Still, buying cannabis today tends to have some sort of stigma attached to it, despite the fact that adults in California can use it legally for fun (we voted for that, remember?).

Perhaps it’s that very thing that cannabis has an unforgiving stigma: it’s a plant that is both medicinal and fun. It grants peace, harmony, relaxation and can have health benefits. It isn’t like the other drugs it is categorizes with federally that don’t have any of those aforementioned attributes...which is probably why it still feels weird to make a very legal purchase at a dispensary or with a delivery driver (at your house even).

This guide is to help those get dip their toes into the world of cannabis (without having to actually dip their toes).

What’s CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of a group of unique chemical compounds found only in the cannabis plant. These chemical compounds are known collectively as cannabinoids. So far, scientists have isolated 113 of these special molecules, but a large number still remain.

CBD does not get you high. In fact, when taken with THC, CBD actually reduces just how high you can get.

Think of THC and CBD as batteries. THC is a AA, and CBD is a AAA. The cannabinoid receptor in your brain only turns on when the right size battery is inserted—in this case, the AA (THC). The AA fits nicely into the receptor, turns it on, and produces the psychoactive high we all know and love.

But the AAA (CBD) also fits into the receptor. It’s not an exact match like the AA, so the AAA doesn’t activate the receptor. That’s why CBD doesn’t get you high: it’s not built to activate the receptors that cause your world to go psychedelic.

CBD is used to help treat the following:

  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis or mental disorders
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Of course, there are side effects, which may include:

  • Appetite changes
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea

What’s THC?

THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Jason WIndsor photo.
THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Jason WIndsor photo.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a chemical secreted by the glands of the marijuana plant. It is found in high doses around the reproductive organs, as well as in the resin glands of the bud or flower of the female pot plant.

Although THC is only one of 85+ chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. It takes almost all the credit for creating your cerebral high.

THC is used to help treat the following:

  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Glaucoma
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety

Of course, there are side effects, which may include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Coordination problems
  • Red eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Slower reaction times
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety

Flower, edible and now drinks?

It’s true; cannabis has evolved from the early days of Humboldt County when the founding fathers and mothers smoked bud and rolled joints.

“This is way different than it used to be,” we’ve heard from folks old enough to be our grandparents while standing in line at Solful.

Products continue to evolve because of legalization. New products mean that people who don’t want to or can’t smoke flowers can take in or enjoy cannabis in other ways. Because let’s face it; there is a time and place for smoking joints and, when you’re down with a cold or in the midst of fire season and the air is already thick with smoke, you might be looking for an alternative form of cannabis.

Today, you can find patches, tinctures, oils, lotions, drinks, candies, chocolates and more. The industry has exploded and continues to evolve with creativity, ingenuity and beneficial goodies.

Indica, sativa or hybrid?

It can sometimes feel daunting being at a dispensary or looking at a dispensary website and seeing the oodles of products. There really is a lot to look at.

If you don’t know where to start, consider giving the dispensary a call. Many local dispensaries have staff on hand who are willing, able and very excited to walk you through the process of what you’re looking for. After all, everybody’s cannabis need is different.

Understanding the differences between indicas, sativas and hybrid flowers will give you a leg up on and make you feel a bit more comfortable as you navigate websites and dispensaries.

Indica strains

Indica strain of cannabis.
Indica strain of cannabis.

Indica strains come from plants that are stout and broad-leaf. Most cannabis users hear “indica” and think “sleepy and relaxed.” While this is usually true, the ability to crossbreed plants has enabled farmers to create new strains with different effects (see hybrids strands). Consumers often describe indica strains as giving full-body effects, such as heavy limbs, tingy face and full relaxation. These strains are often good nighttime strains for people struggling with insomnia. Popular indica strains include:

  • Granddaddy Purple
  • Blue Cheese
  • Grape Ape
  • White Rhino

Sativa strains

Cannabis sativa
Cannabis sativa

Sativa strains are often crowd favorite flowers, as they tend to provide an energizing or creative effect. These strains grow on plants that are tall and with narrow leaves. Sativas are often thought of as daytime strains, as consumers report effects, including feeling productive, creative and focused. Popular sativa strains include:

  • Sour Diesel
  • Jack Herer
  • Strawberry Cough
  • Super Lemon Haze
  • Durban Poison

Hybrid strands

Hybrid strains come from plants that have been cross-bred. Hybrids are either sativa-dominant or indica-dominant. Popular hybrid strains include:

  • Blue Dream
  • Gelato
  • Wedding Cake
  • GSC
  • Pineapple Express
  • OG Kush

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Here's a LINK to an informative article with CBD Statistics and Facts:

We’ve come a long way. Here’s a LOCAL GUIDE for WHERE to purchase cannabis. products.

All dispensaries have verified their information. Please let us know if any of this information needs to be updated. THANK YOU



DISPENSARIES (delivery services below)

Aloha Aina Dispensary, 1954 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, CA


Hours: 9am-9pm Mon-Sat. Aoha Aina is committed to bringing the Hawaiian spirit to Sonoma County. More than just hello, aloha is a way of life. It is compassion, kindness, and love. Everything we do, we do with aloha. Online ordering available. ATM inside. On-site parking available.

Alternatives - A Health Collective, 1603 Hampton Way Santa Rosa


Hours: 9am-9pm Daily. Our mission is to help people feel better, experience more, and enjoy life. We offer education and information. Let our experts match our locally grown, organic, high potency cannabis at great prices to your personal goals and needs.

Emerald Pharms, 13771 S.US-101, Hopland


Hours: Daily 10am – 6pm. 12-acre “permaculture oasis,” solar-powered medical marijuana dispensary and resource center that specializes in regional heirloom genetics and has an extensive selection of high quality, lab-tested CBD-rich and THC products, including edibles, topicals, tinctures, sublingual sprays, gel caps, and strain-specific vape oil cartridges, as well as flower, seeds, and clones.

Fiddler’s Greens, Sonoma County,

We have one goal: to bring you the purest, most effective health and wellness remedies available…sustainably-grown, solvent and pesticide-free, whole, fresh flower-based products. Every harvest is laboratory tested multiple times throughout the process to ensure that every remedy is toxin-free and provides a consistent dose of effective ingredients. Where to FIND our products:

Flora Terra, 1825 Empire Industrial Court, Ste A, Santa Rosa


At Flora Terra, we turned the old school dispensary model on its head by curating a space for education, connection, and style to flourish. Located in the resilient and beautiful neighborhood of Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park, Flora Terra is an expression of our community, our values, and our future. Engineered with the highest standards in green building, Flora Terra was designed to stimulate relaxation and creativity. Stepping away from decades of secrecy and stigma, the environment at Flora Terra is inviting, open, and educational. An organic space where friends can gather, Flora Terra showcases premium edibles, topicals, extracts, and flower from California’s best craft cannabis brands.

Mercy Wellness, 7950 Redwood Dr. Ste. 8, Cotati


Hurs: Daily 10am - 7 pm, We are committed to providing safe access to the highest quality Cannabis flower and products, Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis products for qualified members. We treat customers courteously, with integrity and respect. Save time, order online, pickup in store. We are a cash only dispensary. A valid government ID is required upon visit.

MendoCann - Natural Cannabis, 13325 S. Hwy 101, Hopland

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat/Sun 10am – 6pm. Flowers, extracts, edibles for members in a safe, clean, and friendly environment for all our clients.

OrganiCann – Natural Cannabis, 301 East Todd Rd. Santa Rosa


Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat/Sun 10am – 6pm. Flowers, extracts, edibles for members in a safe, clean, and friendly environment for all our clients. Onlne ordering available.

Redwood Herbal Alliance, 5270 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa

707-528-3632, Email:

Hours: 11am to 7pm Mon - Fri, 12pm-6pm on Saturdays. Closest Dispensary to Windsor and Healdsburg area. We have a variety of Quality Medicinal Strains available to Qualified Patients priced to fit everyone’s budget! Check us out in Larkfield.

Riverside Wellness, 15025 River Rd. Guerneville


We are a locally and family owned collective, serving Sonoma County for 18 years. You can depend on us to provide a curated selection of artisan handcrafted organic medical-grade cannabis products. We are dedicated and passionate in our desire to provide access to knowledgeable, patient, empathetic and friendly professional to help you find exactly what you need.

Seed 2 Soul LLC, 1215 South Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale


“Quality Products You Can Trust”. North Sonoma County’s Licensed Type 6 manufacturing, distribution, transportation and nursery. NorCal Sun-grown products, Farm-2-Table-style and the Seed 2 Soul way. Our vision: Health before Wealth.

Solful, 785 Gravenstein Hwy S., Sebastopol


Hours: Daily 11am - 7pm, Consciously curating cannabis products from small farmers and local purveyors. You know exactly what you’re getting. Our labeling gives you information about farms, regions, active ingredients, testing, and dosing recommendations. This transparency, combined with our expert in-store advice, allows you to design a personalized cannabis experience that can change the way you live. Everyone over the age of 21 is welcome! Online ordering available. Delivery available. ATM inside. On-site parking availabe.

Sonoma Medicinal Herbs, 3403 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa


Hours: 10am – 7pm, Mon - Sat. We are purveyors of the finest oil on the planet. A trade secret so advanced it preserves the robust terpene profile. A finished product so pure, users can identify the strain. Available in nine single-strain vapor cartridges. Consistent and measurable CBD medicine. Available in vapor cartridge, topical, and capsule form. 100% Guaranteed. Also offering high-quality flowers.

Sonoma Patient Group, 2425 Cleveland Ave.-175, Santa Rosa


Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 7pm, Sat – Sun, 10am – 5pm. Our name tells the story… patients helping patients. We pride ourselves on being the most compassionate, friendly and truly helpful medical cannabis dispensary. Our commitment is to help you find the cannabis products that match your needs. Delivery available. Online ordering available.

SPARC, 6771 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol

707-823-4206,, Daily 11am – 7pm

SPARC, 1061 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa

707-843-4206,, Daily 9am – 9pm

We cultivate the vast majority of our own medicine with the expert member-cultivators on staff. Our team uses sustainable growing techniques to bring out the best qualities of the plant. We oversee the production of most of our medicine from seed to harvest to packaging. Our aim is to provide consistent high-grade cannabis our members can rely on. We focus on bringing out the unique medicinal qualities of each strain that we offer.

Spring Creek Farm, Find our flowers at Organicann


We are an award-winning family farm, using beyond organic, regenerative cultivation practices to bring the healthiest, tastiest cannabis to California.

The Hook, 817 Russell Ave, Suite C, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


Licensed medical and recreational cannabis store in Santa Rosa. In-store pickup offered. As 4th Generation Cannabis Farmers teaching the 5th we feel a responsibility to continue the culture. Together we can nurture a community that has grown from the love of a plant; cannabis.

Spring Creek Farm organic, regenerative cultivation grown cannabis
Spring Creek Farm organic, regenerative cultivation grown cannabis


Budee – Petaluma & Santa Rosa


Hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 12am, Non-profit medical marijuana cooperative featuring Indica, Sativa and edibles. We guarantee safe access to your medication within 1 hour of ordering.

Express Planet Collective


Hours: Mon – Sat, 12pm – 8pm, Sun Closed. Discreet delivery. We offer a wide variety of high quality medicine and concentrates at affordable prices.

Farmhouse Artisan Market


Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 6pm, Sun: Noon- 4pm, Farmhouse Artisan Market is Petaluma's first licensed cannabis retail delivery service. With a commitment to sustainable farming and sun-grown cannabis, we source cannabis goods from Northern California and deliver them same-day throughout Sonoma & Marin Counties. If you have questions about the products we carry, how delivery works, or about cannabis in general, please feel free to reach out! Local family owned and operated.

Happy Hour


Hours: Mon – Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 9am–10pm, We have some of the best product in Sonoma County and we try to carry the best exotics. Santa Rosa 30 minutes avg.


855.herbabuena (437-2228),

Conscious cannabis, same-day delivery. Offer guided tastings and elevated events. Curated for the higher mind. Local and woman-owned.

Herban Voyage, (101Wellness Delivery-Santa Rosa)


Hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 9pm, We bring an assortment of strains and edibles to you so that you can choose what you would like on site. Verification is quick and easy over the phone and you get signed up to our collective. Delivery charges included in price.

Highway 420 – Santa Rosa


Hours: Mon –Thur, 10am – 8pm, Fri, 10am-9pm, Sat, 10am – 3pm. Not-for-profit organization. All proceeds go back into the collective funding research and development. We offer expert consultation. All of our meds come with a 100% no questions asked money back guarantee.

Sebastopol Compassionate Care-Medical Cannabis Delivery


Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am – 7pm, Sun 10am - 7pm. Medical cannabis delivery service collective for qualified patients and primary caregivers who insist on the highest medical grade cannabis flowers, full melts and edibles. We organically grow indoor and outdoor medicine for the lowest prices.

Sunshine Vitality of Sonoma/Napa


Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat, 10am – 2pm, We have some of the very best growers around. We offer flower, concentrates, edibles, topicals and add strains frequently. Call and inquire about new patient discounts and special offers. For your protection (and ours) we strictly follow CA Prop 215 and SB 420.

(UPDATED August 4, 2020. This story was originally published on April 2, 2020)

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