Alternative Herbal Health Services “AhhsWeHo” – Hollywood, CA
Dina Browner is a familiar face to cannabis industry insiders and advocates alike. Best-known for serving as the inspiration behind the fictional character Nancy Botwin on HBO’s hit comedy Weeds, she has more recently served as a “medical cannabis consultant” for rappers Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz, as well as on the set of Netflix’s new “pot shop sitcom,” Disjointed.
Dr. Dina’s foray into cannabis advocacy began when she observed cannabis’ potential to treat the crippling symptoms brought on by chemotherapy after both her grandmother and a close friend were diagnosed with cancer. These experiences, as well as a traffic collision that left her with a painful back injury, convinced Dina to explore medical cannabis—and she’s never looked back.
Located on a busy stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax and La Brea, Alternative Herbal Health Services is one of only four permitted dispensaries operating in West Hollywood. When I visited, the store was decorated to promote Netflix’s Disjointed and featured an enormous portrait of the show’s lead, Kathy Bates.
Under the leadership of Dr. Dina, AHHS has made part of its central mission helping the community and advocating for decriminalization. The Compassion Program provides vouchers to an organization called Being Alive, which are distributed to low-income and homeless patients. Additionally, Dr. Dina also helped to start FreedomGrow.org, which raises money for incarcerated, nonviolent drug offenders.
Boasting “the longest menu on Leafly,” AHHS has no shortage in the flower department. As part of the promotion for Disjointed, there were a number of strains bearing names inspired by various Netflix shows such as Arrested Development and BoJack Horseman, as well as Snoop Lion strains.
While patients are free to purchase bud in five and ten-dollar increments from the vending machine, the best quality flower is being served up by the knowledgeable staff behind the counter. They also have a wide variety of edibles on display, as well as a line of topicals by Whoopi Goldberg advertised to treat menstrual cramps.