Ross, South Philly Dispensary Technician
Meet Ross, one of our wonderful technicians at Keystone Shops South Philly! Ross, a Philly native and Temple University graduate, loves cheering on Philly sports teams, exploring and sharing music, and enjoying films. Ross was interested in trying medical marijuana to see how it could help his chronic pain & anxiety. Read on to learn more about how medical marijuana has helped Ross!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Ross Siegel, from Philadelphia, raised in Montgomery county. I went to Temple University and studied Public Relations and Marketing. I’m a die hard Philly sports fan and am an Eagles season ticket holder. Some of my biggest passions are music and film. I love discovering new music, and pride myself on trying to play the best music among my friends! I think the type of music you listen to says a lot about who you are as a person. I love almost all types of music, from indie and classic rock, to hip hop, electronic, blues, folk, reggae, and more!
What made you want to try medical marijuana?
I have struggled with major anxiety and chronic pain for as long as I can remember. Both conditions are managed by medicating with medical marijuana.
What do you take medical marijuana for?
Chronic pain (dislocated shoulder, bruised tailbone/hip) and anxiety.
What products/strains/terpenes/cannabinoids/consumption methods have you found to be the most helpful for you when treating your condition?
Personally I use a large amount of products; my main products would be flower, concentrates, cartridges, and topicals.
Limonene is my bread and butter for anxiety relief, gives me the mood boost, and really just slows my thoughts down, which helps me to stop stressing over daily issues. I tend to overthink situations and drive myself into a spiral of anxiety stressing about every possible outcome. With Limonene this terpene really provides the anxiety relief I need, while still allowing me to focus and be clear headed to get my daily tasks done!
I would also say Myrcene is a big terpene I need for Indica strains to help me sleep and manage my pain.
What would you tell patients who may have conditions or backgrounds similar to yours that are interested in trying medical marijuana for the first time?
I would ask their experience with marijuana, if any, discuss that before anything else. I would then ask what they are looking to get out of the medication, and the time of day they are looking to medicate. I would then base my recommendations based on that information.
As someone who enjoys sports, what do you think of the MLB ending marijuana testing in its players? Do you think other athletic leagues should consider it as well?
As I said I’m a huge sports fan and I think that it’s great that the MLB is ending testing for this! There are great medical benefits for athletes. I know that the NFL is voting this year to do the same, I think the NBA will be the next to follow in their footsteps.
As a Philly native, what do you like about PA’s medical marijuana program that is perhaps different from others?
I love the amount of testing that goes into each product in our PA program. It not only ensures safety, but ensures high quality!
Now for some fun questions! What are your favorite things to snack on after medicating?
I’ve always been a huge pizza lover, so I’d eat that anytime anywhere! But I’ll have to say I’m a sucker for pretzels, as well as the classic PB&J.
If you could give an expert class on anything (other than marijuana), what would you be able to give it on?
Hands down would have to be the life and career of Quentin Tarantino! I think he’s a visionary and genius film maker. You wouldn’t be wrong to say I’m a bit obsessed with his work. Pulp Fiction has always been my favorite film.