The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Arizona, December 2016

December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Arizona. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

1. Swell Farmacy – Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

Swell Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Phoenix Arizona - November Leafly List

Phoenicians are initially drawn to Swell Farmacy for their generous new patient special, but they keep coming back for the rotating daily specials, attentive and knowledgeable budtenders, and wide selection of top-notch products. Open seven days a week, Swell’s Phoenix location more than lives up to its name. Continue reading “The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Arizona, December 2016”

6 Ways Meditation Makes You Happier at Work

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Work stress. We all feel it, whether we’re struggling to find 15 minutes for lunch or responding to emails at 10 p.m. But a regular mindfulness and meditation practice can help, says meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness at Work.

“Sometimes people are really concerned about practicing mindfulness at work. They think they’ll lose their edge, or they won’t strive or seek excellence, but it actually opens up the door to being more creative and finding a sense of meaning,” she explains.

Here are 6 ways that meditation and mindfulness can help you both survive and enjoy your work day, according to Salzberg.

1. Find a sense of meaning.

Studies have shown that strongest indicator of happiness at work is a sense of meaning, so Salzberg recommends infusing your day with something that gives you personal meaning. For example, say to yourself, “I will try to be compassionate to everyone I encounter” or “I will try to communicate well,” she suggests. This positive focus can really transform your day, she says. Continue reading “6 Ways Meditation Makes You Happier at Work”

10 Cannabis Strains That Won’t Make You (As) Hungry

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“There’s weed that don’t make you hungry? For real? Honey, this changes everything.”

That was my Lyft driver’s response when I told her not all cannabis makes your gullet an insatiable black hole. Most cannabis consumers – especially first-time experimenters – have only tried high-THC strains, so it’s no wonder that the dispelling of this common misconception comes to the surprise of many who have long associated cannabis with the inevitable “munchies” syndrome.

The munchies can be a beautiful thing, and I’m not just talking about the pure ecstasy that comes with dual-wielding a fried chicken leg and an ice cream sandwich once in a while. That appetite stimulation is life-changing for patients dealing with cancer, depression, and other gastrointestinal/appetite disorders. But not everyone wants uncontrollable food lust, and some will actively avoid cannabis because of this one side effect – particularly those struggling with pre-existing eating and weight issues.
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Find The Fruit In Season By Month

Here is a great guide on what fruit is in season when! Call Natural Healing Care Center today to talk to one of our naturopathic doctors about maintaining a healthy diet. 520-323-0069.

All Year Fruits

colorful fruits in season

January  –   December
Apricots, Dried
Cranberries, Dried

Strain of the Week: Critical Kush

Strain Highlights

Critical Kush from Barney’s Farm is a mostly indica strain that blends together two famed cannabis staples, Critical Mass and OG Kush. Aromatic notes of earthiness and spice usher in a calming sensation that relaxes the mind and body. Critical Kush pairs a staggeringly high THC content with a moderate dose of CBD, making this strain a perfect nighttime medication for pain, stress, insomnia, and muscle spasms. Growers cultivating this strain indoors will wait 50 to 60 days for Critical Kush to complete its flowering cycle.

Call Natural Healing Care Center today our marijuana experts can help find the perfect strain for you! 520-323-0069.

What are the Best Ways to Get Rid of Cannabis Smell Inside Your House?


Cannabis, as we’re well aware, is a flower. One of the primary functions of flowers is to create terpenes, odoriferous chemicals designed by nature to attract pollinators and ward off predators. These pungent compounds can be one of the best and worst parts of enjoying cannabis. The rich smell of fresh, sticky bud can be as intoxicating as the perfume of a long-lost lover. Continue reading “What are the Best Ways to Get Rid of Cannabis Smell Inside Your House?”

17 Easy Ways To Become A Happier And Calmer Person In 2017

These past 52 weeks weren’t the best when it came to mental health, between the very real development of election anxiety to the tragic events that happened regularly. How could a person not live in a perpetual state of stress?

If you’re still looking for a 2017 resolution, you could do a lot worse than prioritizing your mental health. But seeing as that can feel like a lofty or ambiguous goal, it may help to break it down into smaller, more actionable steps.

That’s where these simple tips come into play. Below are just a few techniques that will help you manage overwhelming bouts of stress next year, which will effectively make you a calmer and happier human being:

1. Just breathe.

Your body already has a built-in stress fighter: Your mind and your lungs. Follow the rhythm of this graphic to get your breath in sync and find a little calm:

Added tip: In addition to focusing on your breath, try “grounding” yourself by taking stock of your surroundings and engaging your five senses. Tell yourself “I feel my feet are planted on the ground,” “I hear the television is on in the background” or whatever else you’re noticing about the present moment. This may help ease your stress. Continue reading “17 Easy Ways To Become A Happier And Calmer Person In 2017”

What is Hash and How Does It Relate to Cannabis?


To understand what hashish is means to realize the duality that exists with the female cannabis Sativa plant. First, there is the physical structure of the plant itself, which is this rich fibrous leafy material complete with essential amino acids and a myriad of benefits. Second, you have the essence of the cannabis plant, otherwise known as trichomes, which are responsible for producing the aromatic terpenes and medicinal cannabinoids that facilitate our therapeutic experiences.

Hashish is the moment at which the essence of cannabis (the trichomes) parts ways with the plant material itself. This is achieved when the ripe and resinous gland heads that line the surface of female cannabis plants are separated and collected. Processes to achieve resin separation have been practiced for centuries; however, the rapid rise of cannabis legalization in the western world has brought new methods in hash preparation that are sweeping legal markets by storm. Continue reading “What is Hash and How Does It Relate to Cannabis?”

Oprah Winfrey’s Breakfast Cookies


Did you ever think it would be healthy to eat cookies for breakfast? Well, with Oprah’s cookie recipe it’s possible to eat a nutritious and delicious breakfast even if it’s in the form of dessert. The secret is natural sugar from fruits like apples and bananas.

Recipe from: Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life. By Oprah Winfrey. Continue reading “Oprah Winfrey’s Breakfast Cookies”

Strain of the Week: Bruce Banner

Strain Highlights

Bruce Banner might be best known as the alter-ego of comic book hero The Incredible Hulk, but maybe he wouldn’t be such a stressed out ball of anger if he just had some of his namesake strain. This green monster also has hidden strength and features dense nugs that pack the power of very high THC content. It’s a powerful strain whose effects come on quickly and strong and then tend to settle into a euphoric and creative buzz. The sativa effects of this strain are most evident and linger mostly in the head, but it does also provide body relaxation and pain relief that make it an appropriate daytime medication for some. Delta9 Labs bred this strain from OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel, and its heritage can be found in its diesel aroma with sweet undertones. Plants flower at 8 to 10 weeks. This strain does have three main phenotypes, one of which is Bruce Banner #3.