In the sprawling concrete jungle that is Los Angeles sits The Higher Path, a Sherman Oaks medical marijuana dispensary that upon entrance transforms into a serene garden. The collective opened three years ago, when owner Jared set a goal of bringing the wellness-centric vibe of Northern California to SoCal. MERRY JANE stopped by to chat with Ariana Bean who has worked at The Higher Path since it opened.
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Ariana showed us around the collective and we got up close and personal with their proprietary strain SF Dragon’s Breath, the perfect flower for a creative daytime high. Originally from Boston, Ariana moved to Los Angeles four years ago. When’s she’s not helping match patients with products she's a drummer in the rap/punk duo NoLoveForTheseDames.
MERRY JANE: What attracted you to a career in the cannabis industry?
Ariana Bean: I’ve always wanted to learn more about the plant, so once I moved here, I was determined to go into a dispensary because we didn’t have them in Boston at that time.
MJ: What’s your go-to product that you’d recommend to a new patient?
AB: Topicals are my first suggestion for anyone who isn’t open smoking cannabis or if it's their first time. I use the Awakened Topical in the morning, at night, and even throughout the day if my eyes are puffy. Once I started using it, my breakouts went away. It’s also good for sunburn and to prevent breakouts. As a drummer I use it before, during and after performances for endurance and to help with muscle spasms.
MJ: How do you like to get high?
AB: There are so many different ways to medicate! I don’t stick to one consistently. If we get a new product in, I’ll try it! It’s nice experiencing things first hand so you can talk to a patient about what they will experience if they’ve never tried cannabis before. I like joints and I love bongs, but that depends on what I have to do that day or what strain I am smoking. Vaping is popular too because you can do it on the go. It’s also much cleaner. I love the sublingual sprays, I call it my liquid Xanax! (laughs) Edibles are great too, I usually use them when I need to sleep or with pain.
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The Higher Path
14080 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423