Medithrive: One of the Bay’s First Cannabis Clubs

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  • Instagram: @medithrive1933
  • Twitter: @Medithrive
  • Website: medithrive.com
  • Address: 1933 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94103

Medithrive – San Francisco, CA

“I believe this location is the second or third cannabis dispensary ever opened,” says Misha Breyburg, co-founder of Medithrive, which originally opened as Patients and Caregivers Cooperative in 1996. “Due to the AIDS epidemic in the ‘90s, people needed cannabis medicine,” Breyburg explains. In 2009, the original owner of PCC surrendered control to Breyburg and childhood friend Sasha Plotitsa, who together designed a business plan for a welcoming dispensary. “What would it be like if you walked into a dispensary that was more like a spa?” they asked. The world got its answer when Medithrive opened in 2009. Statewide government raids compelled the dispensary to close its storefront and focus on delivery in 2012, and Medithrive finally opened their updated, visually striking storefront two years ago.

Medithrive - San Francisco, CA
Medithrive – San Francisco, CA

Medithrive’s staff carries over 200 collective years of practice working in Bay Area cannabis. These local, kind, qualified professionals set examples for excellence through their belief that every cannabis club should make compassionate care top priority. “It’s a family business with ambience a step above,” asserts Breyburg. Consultants ask tourist visitors about their journey and what brought them to Medithrive, as well as their experience with cannabis. Many patrons have never used cannabis before. Consultants recommended “slow and low” microdosing and CBD for newbies as an extension of the club’s motto: “Do good. Be safe. Live life.”

Medithrive – San Francisco, CA

Future-forward clean design and display cases illuminate the product; buds are showcased in glass domes holding four strain samples. Flower brands include Gas House, Synergy and Northern Emeralds. Russian Cream by Synergy is especially eye-catching. Hash selection sits in a gorgeous glowing display available in various prices, including Oakland Extracts and Terp Preservation. Quality cartridges are also available. Medithrive offers digital screens for easy browsing, menu scrolling and discount specials listed online.

Medithrive - San Francisco, CA
Medithrive – San Francisco, CA

Ashleigh Castro

Ashleigh Castro is a New York seed grown in the California sunshine. A photographer by nature, she developed while capturing peace rallies in San Francisco and snapping shots of musicians. She started at DOPE taking photos for DOPE Magazine as it launched in Northern California in 2015. Aesthetically, her favorite medium to shoot in is film such as 35mm and medium format. Since she studied journalism, she put her DOPEn to the paper and started writing stories about healing family through cannabis, sustainably sourced edibles and consciously created local products. Having developed obscure food allergies caused by histamine intolerance, she applies cannabis to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, inflammation and the anxieties surrounding food intolerance. Now managing the NorCal office as well as the area’s content, you can find her on the scene with the DOPE squad or roller skating in the Bay Area’s scenic spots. Her greatest joy working at DOPE is being able to help found a Dream Team of talent and style.

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