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’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.”
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.