Five Years of Fun Facts: Southern Vermont Wellness

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Five Years of Fun Facts: Southern Vermont Wellness Edition

As part of our 5 year anniversary celebration, we are running a blog series titled: Five Years of Fun Facts! Each post will share five fun facts about a specific topic. Our third feature focuses on Southern Vermont Wellness (SVW) in Brattleboro, which just celebrated its 5 year anniversary on February 18th.

Brattleboro was chosen as the location of our second license because our Executive Director, Shayne Lynn, has close ties to the community here. He grew up nearby on a working farm in Newfane, which during the summer, doubled as an overnight camp for inner city children, an opportunity for them to experience farm life and the beautiful outdoor landscapes in Southern Vermont. Brattleboro was the “big city” next door, and many a trip was made into town to gather necessities, or for entertainment at cultural venues such as the Latchis Theater.

The original staff at SVW included longtime family friends and members of the Brattleboro community; Dreama Rosanski, a retired nurse who had worked with Dr. Shafer’s Family Practice as well as Grace Cottage Hospital and Deane Wilson, a behavioral specialist working in the Brattleboro Public School System. These two were joined by Sam Parady and Bridget Conry, two team members from CVD that would make the drive down and back each day to provide support and training.

Today, the SVW Brattleboro location is staffed by a team of 8 and is the only dispensary in our organization that operates 7 days a week. It now serves approximately 1300 patients, 85 of whom have been with us since the beginning. We are extremely grateful for the support that the Brattleboro community has given us over the years and we look forward to another fantastic 5 years of serving registered patients in Southern Vermont. Now, on to the fun facts!

1) SVW may have been our second license, but it has experienced many firsts:

  • First of our dispensaries to have a waiting room that was open to the public. Only Vermont Marijuana Registry (VMR) cardholders are allowed in dispensaries. We advocated for and were granted permission by our regulators (The Department of Public Safety) to allow family and friends to wait in the reception area while a patient was being served. The caveat is that there had to be a locked door between the dispensing area and the waiting room. Guests were not allowed beyond the locked door into the dispensing area.
  • First married couple allowed to come into our dispensing area at the same time. The rules of the VMR at the time, stated that only one patient could be served at a time. We had a married couple that were both patients who wanted to discuss their purchases together at the point of sale. The DPS approved our request to do so as long as each of them was processed separately through the POS software.
  • First CBD drive-through on the East Coast, opened in November, 2018.
  • First VT dispensary to be honored by host town chamber of commerce. This month, the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce presented us with an award recognizing us for five years of service to the Brattleboro community and for being a vital component of the Brattleboro economy.
  • First medical dispensary in New England to offer drive-through window service. Express pre-order service through the drive-through window commences next week! Orders can be placed online. Please contact the dispensary for more details: 844-789-9333.

2) Home of Sour Kush: A clone was donated to SVW by a patient who was a home cultivator. At the time, patients could either purchase from the dispensary or cultivate at home, not both. Sour Kush has continued to be our most popular cultivar, hands down. Originally known as Headband, Sour Kush is an Indica dominant cross of OG Kush and Sour Diesel. It has consistently high THC content –over 20% every harvest – and a great terpene profile: Linalool, Limonene, Humulene, trans-Nerolidol, beta-caryophyllene and myrcene. Learn more about these terps in our blog

3) Speaking of cultivars, there are only two that remain from the original menu. Do you remember what they are? We will give a free gram of each cultivar to the first patient to answer correctly. Email answers to: info@svwvt.org. Over the years we have said goodbye to a variety of genetics. Most went away to make room for more requested cultivars, some were poor yielders and others, quite frankly, were not the preferred genotype of the cultivar we desired. (For more information on cannabis genotypes vs. phenotypes, click here! Below is a list of cultivars that have come and gone:

Bubba 76   Silver Haze   Arjan’s Haze   Dinachem Chocolope   Afghani #1   Otto 2

Northern Lights   Juanita La Lagrimosa   White Rhino   California Orange

Cinderella 99   Incaberry   X1   Santa Maria

If you had a choice, which one of these strains would you want us to bring back? Did you know that by statute, our legal channel for acquiring new genetics is through donation by patients registered with the VMR? If you have seeds that you would like to donate, be in touch! We would love to talk about working them into our production schedule.

 

4) Failure to Launch: High dose edibles have always been in demand at SVW. One item that did not make the cut was our CVD Crispy Treat. This item was a popular request at SVW. We were hesitant to create it because we were worried about general perception… rice crispy treats seemed very far away from the idea of “medicine”. We decided to go for it because we had enough patients asking for it, but we tried to make it as healthy as possible. Our version was made with all natural, quality ingredients. In place of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies we used an organic, brown rice crisp cereal. The marshmallows were vegan and GMO~free, in contrast to conventional marshmallows which are made with gelatin and corn syrup (made from GMO corn). The recipe was medicated with Afghani #1 infused Cabot butter. This item existed before we had lab testing, so we did not know what the milligram content of THC was in each serving. We also did not have CO2 extraction, so all of our edibles were made by infusing plant material directly into a fat, either butter or olive oil. We tracked weight equivalent by dividing the weight of the plant material by the number of servings in a recipe. The weight equivalent for the Crispy treat was .88g of cannabis. By comparison, today a Capa Cookie carries a weight equivalent of .06g, which is the weight of the CO2 extract that contains 40mg of THC.

5) SVW is home to two of our longest serving staff members: Deane Wilson and Mike Davis. Deane just celebrated his fifth year of service and Mike will reach his 5 year anniversary in November this year. We are so grateful for their contribution to our organization and for the excellent care they have given our patients over the years. Thank you Deane and Mike!