Grow Class at Harborside Health Center 12-17
1840 Embarcadero, Oakland CA.
Hours: 11am - 8pm Daily
Grow Class Every third Sunday of the month, 2:30-4:30pm
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A rare peek into Harborside Health Center, Oakland's newest patient COOP
December 17, 2006
Wow, and I mean WOW. Every review of this patient COOP will start that way, so let's get that out of the way. All I've heard about this place is it's a top of the line place and today was my first visit. In a rare treat, since cameras are never allowed in a COOP dispensary, my first visit may also be your first visit as well. Having read all the favorable reviews on the drive over for my first visit I was wondering what all this talk was about. All the reviews mention 'the vibe'. Well, I'm no Ansel Adams , but at some point 'the vibe' becomes 'the mood' and even my weak photography skills can pick that up. And so it is at Harborside Health Center. If you've been in alot of the California Compassion Clubs this place is a treat. If you are not within a state that allows medical cannabis prepare to see the best California has to offer. Did I mention WOW?
Some people think wherever they go then there they are. Me, I need a MAP .
They are located on a curve and their address is huge as you can see from this shot of the front.
The sky is always a bright blue and security is helpful, cordial and friendly. New patients are asked for just a patient ID number and signature at a quick initiation and tour of the facility. Patient privacy is held in high regard, as it should be. Patients are not allowed cameras or cell phones, as it should be. The only patient appearing here encouraged us to include him, just so everyone is clear on that.
Information about their unique holistic care and patient resources are provided as soon as you pass the security. A long table greets you with brochures and flyers with all the services they offer. There is also a smaller corner devoted to patient issues.
They're holistic and natural care looks divine, and the room they use drew me into the vibe and without a doubt is my favorite room. And the vibe comes from a strong female influence you'll seldom see done up like this in a dispensary. The Buddahs and the colors mixed with the shadows of a setting sun really helped carry the mood.
Their holistic and natural services include:
- Herbal Medicine
- Alexander Technique
- Qi Gung
And here is the room they use. Best to let the pictures take over from here.
Scrappy does a great job with class and I always thank him for all he does. This is a new location for scrappy and when not set up for class there is a sizable area for a classroom.
And here we have the teacher and he’s emphasizing the fact that clone suppliers and dispensaries can’t keep up with the demand of supplying clones, and patients need to become self sufficient at caring for their medical needs. Don’t expect the dispensaries to do it for you, they can’t keep up!
Learn the fairly simple skills folks, we can do it.
The actual dispensary area is huge and you feel the vibe from the alter on the end.
Vibe turns into mood as you examine it a little closer. It’s a huge patient waiting area. Oakland is set up so you can’t consume on premises, but they are hoping to change that, and I can imagine a fine vapor lounge in the area.
As far as the display cases it's pretty clear they have a nice assortment of dried flowers, concentrates and edibles. The list of strains and complete product offerings isn’t in the scope of the article but from one patient to another 1/8ths range from $15 to $60. Again time to let the pictures do their talking.
Looking forward to coming back
The subtitle says it all and I'm sure those that have been there plan on coming back. We can feel good recommending it to our friends. Special thanks for the gracious hosts whos compassion and kindness shines through brightly with the photos they granted us.
The grow class message was about getting self sufficient and not depending on dispensaries and this last shot tells the story of the over taxed clone bank. Keep the faith, spread the word, spread the love because everyone is welcome at grow class and everyone's questions gets answered. Grow classes are every third Saturday of the month at the Bulldog and every third Sunday of the month at Harborside, both classes are 2:30 - 4:30 pm. See you there!
Stay safe. love you all.