California: Medical Marijuana Online Marketplace 'Sava' Launches


Twenty years after California made history by becoming the first state to legalize medical marijuana, its residents will be introduced to Sava, which calls itself "the first retail website focused on selling artisanal cannabis products." Think Etsy meets High Times magazine. Sava will promote quality health and small business, while helping to introduce the benefits of medical marijuana to a larger audience.

The idea occurred to founder Andrea Brooks after a CBD tincture offered life-changing relief from the systemic nerve damage that had left her in constant pain and unable to get out of bed most days. "Cannabis helped jumpstart my healing process and I had an epiphany," Brooks said. "I could make it my mission to help others navigate the world of medical marijuana."

Sava offers more than 60 products to customers of legal age with a medical card. The items — from tinctures, edibles and Shea butter to epsom salts — are tastefully packaged and ethically sourced. Like Etsy, Sava allows its independent producers including Outset Edibles, Alchemy by Dark Heart, Flour Child, Treat Yourself and Skyline Boulevard to highlight their products in a way that best suits their style.

"Andrea brings a compassionate and knowledgeable approach to providing healthy cannabis products to customers…all from the comfort of their own home," says Cindy Pinzon, from Treat Yourself, a company that sells vegan Cherry-almond pop-tartlettes, paleo coconut-banana cakes and whipped body butters on Sava.

"What sets Andrea apart is she's just as firmly planted in the tech community," " said Leone Posod, Pinzon's co-founder. "She has successfully incorporated her high standards and values into a beautifully structured online marketplace."

Sava works with medically-focused cannabis organizations such as HelloMD and Green Health Consultants and advises patients to seek the advice of a healthcare professional for dosage recommendations.

Brooks, an award-winning human rights activist based in San Francisco, said she decided to call the website Sava — a play off the popular marijuana strain sativa — because she wanted to highlight the company's goal to offer products that soothe people's pain and information that gives peace of mind.