Located @ 7324 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046
Telephone @ (323) 930-0550
Open @ 11 AM-8 PM, 7 Days a Week
Patients must be at least 18 years of age
Twitter @ twitter.com/ccscmelrose (Live Menu Updates)
CCSC Dispensary Profile
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that CCSC ranks in the upper echelon of any and every medical marijuana clinic that I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting (and the list is extensive as I’ve been at this for years). To clarify even further, CCSC is, in my estimation, one of the top two dispensaries in all of California. Considering how thick the competition is this is no small feat, but I can make the aforementioned claim with no hesitation whatsoever. CCSC is just that good. Period. The selection of herb is a tightly controlled selection of only master grower stash, with selections culled directly from the hands of cultivators who have not only participated in the Cannabis Cup, but have won various categories as well. On top of that insanely impressive feat, the service is impeccable, with some of the nicest and seriously, most knowledgeable staff (no hesitation in breaking down genetics, batch and strain specific histories, etc.) that I have yet to come across in my seemingly endless travels to various medical marijuana collectives. CCSC is located right off of Melrose Ave in West Hollywood in a clearly marked, stylish storefront that is the very definition of easily accessible. The layout of the interior is sleek, with artwork from local artists adorning the walls and an mounted flatscreen tv that provides that extra visual dimension that showcases the care taken in assembling this incredibly impressive collective.
Once verified, it’s time to enter the display room. It’s difficult to not immediately have one’s attention drawn to the large MedBox that sits next to the L-Shaped glass display counter (where the high-grade strains are housed in neatly arranged airtight glass jars along with a variety of lighting devices, water pipes, and so on). The MedBox functions as a high-tech marijuana dispensing machine complete with digital touchscreen, with the inside of said machine filled to the brim with meticulously packaged containers containing the various strains on display (which are divided into 1/8th of an ounce and 1/4 of an ounce packages) as well as an adjacent section of the MedBox that contains a dizzying amount of gourmet, high-potency chocolate bars, medicated breakfast cereals, and more. The machine functions ingeniously and makes obtaining fresh medication a snap (or, a swipe of the finger if you want to be more accurate). I have not come across too many of these as of yet, but in the hands of consummate professionals like the providers at CCSC and I can see how effective such a device can be in terms of delivering high-quality cannabis to the patient base.
When all is said and done though, it is the quality of the flowers that is of paramount importance; that one factor trumps all, especially when, as a patient, you’re faced with a sea of the same mediocre outdoor or poorly flushed, rush-job hydro that seems to fill up most of the space occupying most dispensaries. And as I mentioned previously, CCSC is certainly the premium spot for cannabis connoisseurs; it’s only exotics and masterfully grown, premiere batches of some more popular strains (which function as the holy grail in most cases). And the shining star amongst many is the Cherry AK-47, which is easily one of the best things I’ve encountered at any clinic (easily one of my top three favorites of all-time). There is no hyperbole on my behalf; this is an incredible example of truly rare cannabis. The Cherry phenotype of AK-47 is a true treasure, an extremely rare variation that is not to be passed up if you happen to come across it. In this case, the Cherry AK-47 is a Cannabis Cup contender, a 28% THC beast that is grown to absolute perfection directly from the source. This is a total original in all respects; chunky, vibrant golden lime-green leaves saturated in perfectly matured washes of trichomes with dense, bulbous calyxes stacked upon calyxes; the bud seems to radiate light. The smell is incredible and proves the lineage to be legitimate; this is the Cherry pheno, defined by a dominating, distinct aroma that consists of a deep, rich cherry tinged with a hint of skunkiness, outside of which is reminiscent of a cherry lozenge. The taste hits in the same manner, smooth and rich on the exhale, with the deep cherry and sandalwood undertones sticking to the end of the palette. The smell and taste rank among the very best that I’ve ever had sampled. The effects are felt immediately, deep behind the eyes, with a slowly expanding sense of cerebral and physical space. There is immediate relief from any physical bodily pain, and as potent as it is initially, this strain actually continues to deepen (mind and body) — a creeper that hits this powerfully and only continues to go further into total bliss and relief, the AK-47 is a godsend for experienced users and connoisseurs of marijuana. This strain towers over all-comers, and I’m actually hard-pressed to find any competitors in any category. This is a powerhouse and comes with only my highest of recommendations.
Of course, the rest of the shelf is — as I mentioned before — stacked with unreal quality; the Grand Daddy Purple is one of the best looking and tasting purples that I’ve yet to see. The GDP is mesmerizing to look at, an undeniable cornucopia of eye-popping colors; shimmering fields of crystals coat vibrant green and royal purple speckled buds, dotted by the occasional bright orange pistil. The taste and smell alone are enough to make this all-star worthy, with the GDP exhibiting a pure, unadulterated explosion of grape candy flavor and aroma, specifically Skittles. The grape completely dominates, although there are some very subtle earthen undertones. The effects are completely body-numbing, functioning to induce complete relaxation and pain relief, although there is a mental clarity that is very welcome for such a heavy indica. The Grand Daddy Purple serves as top-notch aid to those in severe pain (various forms of cancer, chronic bodily pain, etc.) and is also amazing for stress relief, appetite stimulation, and insomnia. On top of all of those qualities it is such a great overall smoke in terms of the richness of the flavor and smell, which in my opinion, is the absolute pinnacle for most purple strains. The private reserve Grand Daddy Purple is a can’t miss for those in love with those specific qualities that I mentioned, as well as indica connoisseurs.
Of course the hit parade doesn’t stop there; another towering giant is the Sonoma Coma, the actual sativa variety that recently placed as an award winner in the 2012 Cannabis Cup. Obtained directly from the source, this particular strain is impeccable in all aspects; covered in a layer of frost and immediately resinous to the touch, the Sonoma Coma proves to be what I like to call a “functional mindbender” that completely slays at higher doses. The smell hits immediately in all its complexity: intense notes of spicy sandalwood, cedar, tropical fruit, and sharp pepper combine to create an utterly unique aroma. The taste is of spicy hash with a sweet finish. Effects flood in like liquid, mentally stimulate while maintaining a functionality that doesn’t interfere with any activities. Inches into psychedelic territory if pushed as the “ceiling” is relatively limitless. It’s not often that access is granted to quality of this nature outside of personally knowing master growers of medicinal marijuana. In such cases, the opportunity to have access is to be cherished. Amazing stuff right here.
The aptly named Atmosphere is yet another crusher courtesy of the kind folks at CCSC, and the result of a formidable pairing — White Widow x OG Kush. The lineage alone is enough to raise eyebrows, and in the hands of someone who cultivates with only the utmost care, one can imagine just how potent the end product is. Extremely aromatic piney notes dominate the citrus and incense like undertones. Frosted, sticky trees are the name of the game, and the resinous qualities clue one into what to expect. The potency hits immediately, causing a swelling head-change that radiates throughout, then blooms into complete euphoria and mental stimulation. For those looking for something extremely potent, euphoric, and stimulating this is it. The particular batch of Atmosphere that I’ve experienced is brain candy to be sure (with the added bonus of being the epitome of “potent”).
The menu at CCSC is stacked top to bottom with high-grade premium cannabis; even the “budget” strains of marijuana here topple most other clubs’ very best. Other notables include the exclusive to CCSC Wisteria (shades of purple leaves peek out from underneath layers of glistening trichomes), the Green Crack, Chemdawg, and White Fire OG to name just a handful of many. The Green Crack for instance is practically white in appearance, with layers and layers of trichs competing for limited space. Tropical fruit is balanced by some spicier notes for this particular batch, and the effects are classic Green Crack; extreme potency that slams directly into your head, the results being formidable cerebral stimulation and euphoria with a distinct “stone.” Coupled with the tastiness of the strain and the burst of energy that comes along with consumption, Green Crack can be used literally all day long if need be. A staple smoke, and flawless representation of this variety of cannabis. The Chemdawg at CCSC is of the utmost quality as well, reeking of skunk and pure fuel, with bursts of sharply citrus notes and some pine peppered in. There is an instant, powerful head change that can be felt right behind the eyes; higher usage will result in a positively crushing experience as the effects melt into an “indica couchlock” that proves to be very sedative indeed. It’s difficult to find good examples of these two aforementioned strains but the flowers at CCSC are just impeccably grown and cured and the quality of the effects and characteristics on display put others to shame. Focusing on quality where others focus on price slashing and rushed mids masquerading as top-shelf is something that I can’t stress enough about this place. It may sound like I’m gushing, but I’m not — the quality here is literally that good, and attempting to find any chinks in the armor is proving to be an exercise in futility.
Amazingly enough, even the edibles at CCSC are stacked with quality — crushingly powerful Bhang gourmet chocolate bars (my favorite is the Orange Fire, which in addition to being triple strength, is made with hints of orange and spice) where the quality of the ingredients is immediately evident (obviously enough, said ingredients honestly makes a huge difference in all respects). Cannabis infused breakfast cereals (varieties include variations on Fruit Loops, Coco Puffs, Cap’n Crunch, etc.), medicated pretzel bites, popcorn, chocolate covered Oreos, Animal Crackers, chilled coffee, and a seemingly endless lists of other edibles are available as well. There is literally little else that I can say about CCSC that I haven’t already; it’s an incredible place in all respects and a model for all other collectives to follow. Assurance of quality grown flowers flows from an actual love of the medicinal properties of cannabis and the respect and care that only master-level cultivators and botanists can show. Each strain on deck carries with it unique properties that separates it from the others, each being wholly distinct in almost all facets. You will not find 50 strains that vary only in name here (some places that carry 50 variations of essentially the same generic OG cut grown en masse that differ only in whatever generic label is slapped onto it); that fact is one of the things I cherish most about this collective. Premium from head to toe, and in my humble but experienced opinion, CCSC really is — and I know I’m repeating myself but this is warranted — my favorite collective and top 2 for sure. Impeccable, 5 star collective. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
-Review by Hauschildt
-Photography by Synapse