If You’re Dealing with PTSD, Cannabis Might Hold the Answer

You’ve probably seen the non-stop arguing amongst politicians, soccer moms, journalists, cops, doctors, activists, and more–all hitting you with a tidal wave of melodrama and exaggeration until you don’t know what to believe! Medical marijuana has been a controversial hot topic for years, ever since the Controlled Substance Act passed in 1970 and labeled it a “highly dangerous and addictive” drug. The worst part is, this leaves some of the most vulnerable Americans without an opportunity to make informed choices about their healthcare options based on scientific proof.

Both recreational and medical marijuana users are familiar with (and very much value) the calming effects of certain strains of bud. Many people turn to cannabis over pharmaceutical drugs to treat a wide variety of health conditions ranging from anxiety to sleep disorders. There is one demographic in particular taking more and more interested in the benefits of alternative medicine — veterans. This group of Americans has seen one of the biggest increases in medical marijuana use in recent years due to their desperate search for alternatives to opiates and antidepressants to combat PTSD.

Let’s start with the basics: what is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition found in people who have experienced a traumatic event or series of events. The most widely known demographic experiencing this condition is military veterans, although more recent research has shown that at-risk youth in urban areas, women who have experienced sexual assault, and civilians in war-torn regions are highly vulnerable to PTSD as well. The nature of these traumas varies widely, but symptoms of post-traumatic stress much more consistent: nervous sweating, shaky hands, and heightened heart rate. These responses can be triggered by minor daily encounters like loud noises, claustrophobic and crowded places, and certain social environments. 

Your body has a whole host of reactions when you find yourself in danger. These automatic reactions prepare you to either fight for your life or run away to save yourself. This isn’t always a bad thing–these mechanisms can actually prove life-saving in a dangerous situation! But too much of a good thing can prove harmful over time. PTSD is an excessive expression of this normal fight-or-flight response.

Symptoms of clinically diagnosed PTSD can include:

  • Re-living the traumatic event through nightmares, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, etc
  • Staying away from activities that remind the person of the trauma, including emotions and places
  • Consistent anxiety and being “on edge” constantly, that can show up as being jumpy or skittish, having sudden angry outbursts, insomnia, irritability, or self-destructive habits
  • Adverse changes in mood and thinking that can include depression, anti-social behavior, difficulty focusing, mood swings, and apathy

You might be diagnosed with PTSD if these symptoms continue for a month or more, and it’s good to keep in mind that not every person experiencing PTSD will encounter every symptom. Symptoms like this can also take months or even years to develop after the traumatic experience. Out of every 100 people in the United States, about 7-8 will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. During any given year, about eight million Americans have PTSD.  

As with many other mental health conditions, PTSD is associated with higher rates of substance abuse, especially among veterans. Those suffering from the condition often turn to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs (prescription or otherwise) to help them handle their symptoms. PTSD has also been closely related to suicide risk. Tragically, an estimated 22 veterans are lost to suicide on a daily basis, and many prescription drugs used to help combat PTSD have unfortunate side effects and addictive potential of their own. In recent years, using weed for PTSD has rapidly gained popularity as a natural alternative to prescription drugs.

The question is, can you really use weed for PTSD?

The use of medical cannabis to treat PTSD is a controversial idea but as the opioid epidemic worsens, many military veterans and other PTSD sufferers have turned to marijuana for help. The anecdotal support for cannabis for PTSD is there–but why is it hard to find scientific studies centered around veterans?

Since marijuana was considered a dangerous and illegal substance for so long, scientists are only just beginning official research into the world of cannabinoid benefits. Researchers have long had restrictions on performing extensive studies comparing medical cannabis to prescription drugs. Even though many states have legalized marijuana, it is still a Schedule I drug under federal law. This means that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a federal organization, has not explored or supported these potential new and safer ways to treat veterans with a wide array of mental health problems. 

So here we are today: even though medical cannabis is now legal in the majority of US states, veterans still find themselves trapped in a “catch 22”. VA physicians are forbidden from testing or even casually recommending marijuana products as potential options for veteran patients. This is especially frustrating when you consider that most of the very limited weed for PTSD studies have found that while results have proved promising, more solid research and scientific inquiry is necessary to come to helpful and concrete conclusions. 

But wait, there’s good news! In recent years, as the world has opened its mind more and more to the possibilities of medical marijuana, there have been many exciting steps forward in scientific research. A study published just in 2019 found that cannabis is already helping people affected with PTSD to lessen symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. Researchers from the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and the University of British Colombia found that people with PTSD who medicated with cannabis reported far lower rates of intense depression and thoughts of suicide than those who did not use cannabis over the course of a year. In the paper published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researchers wrote that these findings are initial proof “that cannabis use may contribute to reducing the association between post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depressive and suicidal states.” This exciting report is the first to show evidence of the connection between PTSD, cannabis use, and severe mental health changes in a study with a large sample size. 

As the American public and legislators begin to open their minds, more scientific studies can be funded. This promising research will hopefully someday lead to widespread access to these options, and as we learn more about the benefits of weed for PTSD, medical professionals will be able to recommend alternatives to patients beyond pharmaceutical drugs.

How to access cannabis for PTSD

Fortunately for many PTSD sufferers, medical marijuana has been taking the nation by storm in recent years and as of January 2020, weed for PTSD is approved for medical use in 35 US states and territories. You can find the full list HERE!

If you live in one of these places and are dealing with PTSD–great news! You can look into getting a medical marijuana card in order to access weed for PTSD. 

For a resident of New Mexico, here are the steps to getting your medical marijuana card:
  1. Talk to a doctor. You will need to get a signed doctor’s statement from a physician licensed to practice in NM. Be sure to have your medical records on hand. At your appointment, the doctor will ask you questions about your condition to determine if medical marijuana is a good option for your case. If your doctor doesn’t approve of medical cannabis as medicine regardless of the state law, you can also book an appointment at many of the other clinics and doctor’s offices around the state. Many facilities specialize in consultations for using weed for PTSD and other disorders. 
  2. Submit your online application. Once you have your official physician’s note confirming that you are a valid patient, you can register online with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). Submit the application to receive your MMJ card in the mail within 7-10 business days.

Hey, that was actually easier than you thought, wasn’t it?

So once you have your medical marijuana card — what’s the best way to use weed for PTSD?

The first thing that’s important to understand is the difference between THC and CBD cannabis strains. If you’re looking for something for daytime use, high-CBD strains are preferable due to their mood-stabilizing properties. For helping with restful sleep at night, turn to high-THC marijuana. A good rule of thumb is that the higher the CBD content, the less intense the high will be. Pure CBD strains with less than 1% THC will not provide any high at all, in fact!

Even with these guidelines, there is still an overwhelming number of choices when you’re deciding which strain of bud for PTSD is right for you. Though more research is necessary, there are a number of strains that are widely accepted as the most successful in managing symptoms of PTSD. 

Here are the top 5: 
  1. Blue Dream — This is one of the most popular and widely available hybrid strains across the country in states that have legalized weed. For PTSD, is known for having a significant effect on uplifting your mood and providing a euphoric, long-lasting high. It has a high THC content between 17-24%, with a low CBD content of 0.1-0.2%, and provides soothing full-body relaxation and can help ease you into social situations as well! 
  2. HeadbandHeadband is an indica-dominant hybrid with high THC content (around 20%) great for relaxing the mind. The benefit of this strain of weed for PTSD is that it can help you skip the sleep stage where most dreams (and nightmares) manifest, and go to a deep and dreamless sleep instead. Because of this, be sure to use this strain later in the day, preferably before bed.
  3. Pineapple Express — This smooth and balanced strain comes with a clear-headed feeling which makes it a good option if you want to be out and social, but are feeling symptoms of anxiety. Pineapple Express is a sativa-dominant hybrid, and especially good for creative types looking to get their inspiration and creativity flowing. Its high THC content gives mood-boosting effects as well. 
  4. ACDC — Much like Pineapple Express, ACDC is a great option for the daytime when you want to relax, but be focused and productive as well. With a high-CBD 20:1 ratio, you can have all the calming benefits of the strain without the high of a THC-heavy strain. This is a good beginner cannabis for PTSD sufferers who are new to the world of weed for PTSD.
  5. Master Kush — This potent strain is not ideal for beginners, but if you have been using bud for PTSD and are looking for help with insomnia this can be a huge help. Master Kush’s euphoria and ecstatic feelings will have you floating off happily to sleep with a 20% THC content. 

Remember that regardless of marijuana’s legal status where you live, you should always consult with a medical professional before using weed for PTSD and other conditions. If you are not sure which strain is right for you, don’t be afraid to ask your local budtender what they recommend!

We’ve only just begun to explore the healing possibilities of cannabis for PTSD, and for many other health conditions. Scientists have begun to uncover exciting new properties of cannabis-based treatments, and we look forward to a future where we more fully understand how they fit into treatments for PTSD and other mental health conditions! In the meantime, we hope you find this information helpful in making your own healthcare choices that are best for you and your body. 

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The Differences Between CBD and THC that you NEED to Know!

It’s official: CBD is mainstream. 

It seems to be everywhere these days. There are hemp oils at your favorite massage place, “CBD water” (whatever that is) at your local coffee shop–and even Whole Foods is selling CBD bath bombs now! It’s a brave new world kids, and we’re not mad about it. 

If you’re looking for marijuana-laced goods though, that’s a whole different story. Even if you live in a state that has legalized weed, the only place you can access it is at a licensed dispensary. 

But isn’t CBD just flower anyways, you ask? Why can I pick up CBD oil at my local CVS, but I can’t get over-the-counter weed gummies?

The difference comes down to one key factor: marijuana products contain THC, which gets you “high”, and CBD does not. 

Here’s the deal: while both CBD and THC are both part of the ever-growing (pun intended) world of marijuana, they have a few essential distinctions that can mean the difference between helping your anxiety…and accidentally turning up to work high. BIG difference!

We’re going to talk about key contrasts between hemp and marijuana and, more specifically, CBD and THC. We’ll start with where they both come from, go over why one is legal and the other isn’t, talk the health benefits each have, and finish up with how to get the most out of your CBD or THC use. Sound like a plan?

Let’s break it down!

Here are the main differences between CBD and THC:

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are both natural compounds found in the Cannabis plant, which includes both marijuana and hemp. There are actually dozens of kinds of cannabinoids found in cannabis by researchers, but CBD and THC are by far the most examined and known about. 

CBD is a compound found in hemp plants and is best known as CBD/hemp oil in a wide variety of products. To be considered legally hemp (rather than marijuana), a cannabis plant must have less than 0.3% THC content–way too small an amount to get you high. But although it won’t send you to outer space, CBD is thought to have a lot of medical benefits. More on that later!

THC is the cannabinoid that you think of when you hear people talk about marijuana. It is responsible for most of the psychological effects you feel when you smoke bud because it bonds to certain receptors in your brain and can affect your sense of pleasure, memory, thinking, focus, and perception of time. 

Marijuana gets you high, and hemp doesn’t–so they must be totally different plants, right? 

Wrong! At the base level, CBD and THC are more alike than you would think!

In reality, marijuana and hemp belong to the same genus AND species: Cannabis sativa. They’re more alike than you might think, even if they have such different effects! 

CBD and THC are both very similar to your body’s natural endocannabinoids, which means that they can communicate with your cannabinoid receptors in the same way. When they do, neurotransmitters are released. These are the chemicals that convey messages between cells and play a part in your body’s stress responses, ability to sleep, sense of pain and more. 

CBD and THC are even more similar when you look close. Very close. Their molecular structure is identical! Both CBD and THC have 30 hydrogen atoms, 21 carbon atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. They’re not identical twins though; the way the atoms are arranged is just slightly different, which translates to a drastically different effect on your body. Science is cool!

Wait…but if they’re so similar, why is CBD legal when weed that can get you high isn’t?

Great question! To answer it, we’ll have to have a mini-history lesson. Before the 1930s, marijuana actually didn’t have such a negative reputation. Hemp was used in a lot of ways in everyday American life—to make rope, paper, and more—without government restrictions or bad social implications. 

This all changed when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (forerunner of the DEA) was formed in 1930. When prohibition ended in the US, head of department Henry Aslinger needed to find some way to sustain his job and keep his department alive. Taking advantage of spreading racial tensions (marijuana was heavily associated with black Americans and Mexican Americans), Anslinger had a big hand in pushing through the Marijuana Stamp Act in 1937, making marijuana illegal. Steeped in gross stereotypes and hearsay, this was the birthplace of the demonization of bud. Years later, the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 outlawed all cannabis plants and products during the “War on Drugs”.

For much of the 20th century, marijuana was completely illegal no matter what plant it was derived from or what THC content it had. Things didn’t change until the Farm Bill of 2018 when hemp plants were legalized in all 50 states! Thanks to this Bill, hemp-derived CBD had a sudden boom as it became legal for farmers and researchers to work with the hemp plant. That’s why it suddenly appeared everywhere, as if by magic!

What about the THC-heavy marijuana plant though? Is there a happy ending to that story? Believe it or not, marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule 1 drug, right up there with heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Schedule 1 drugs are defined by the DEA as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Doesn’t seem like the best fit, does it? Perhaps we’ll get to see history being made ourselves someday if they change federal law!

The different effects and uses of CBD vs. THC

Alright, you get the picture: THC gets you high, CBD doesn’t. CBD “good”, THC “bad”. End of story, right?

Not quite! There is so much more to THC and CBD than meets the eye. While generally, people think of CBD for medical use and THC as the stoner’s choice, both CBD and THC have potential health benefits that are still being studied and expanded upon today.

Here are the 6 of the most popular uses for CBD oil:
  1. Relieve pain
  2. Help with anxiety and depression
  3. Help with cancer symptoms, as well as side effects from cancer treatments like nausea and vomiting
  4. Reduce the appearance of acne
  5. Ease symptoms of epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease
  6. Reduce blood pressure and prevent heart damage

Although a lot more research is needed into all of these claims, the possibilities of CBD are exciting!

FUN FACT! Did you know that CBD does not have any known side effects according to the World Health Organization (WHO)? WHO tells us that CBD is safe in surprisingly large quantities, and the only possible side effects are actually from CBD potentially combining with other drugs/medications a person might be taking. With such a safe alternative drug on the market, we hope that someday soon more medical professionals will turn to CBD to help their patients!

People are more familiar with the effects of THC (there are a lot of “stoner comedies” out there). THC can induce a sense of euphoria because it stimulates your brain in the places that are associated with pleasure. Dopamine floods your brain, which gives you a happy and relaxed feeling. Depending on the strain and potency, THC can also heighten your senses and distort your perception of time.

Which option is best for me? 

That’s an individual decision, unique to everyone! Here’s a quick guide to choosing CBD or THC:

Choose CBD if…Choose THC if...
You want to stay clear-headed and functionalYou want to feel euphoric and very relaxed
You are sensitive to the side effects of THC like paranoia, anxiety, dry mouth, etc.You are looking to treat lack of appetite or insomnia
You need to medicate throughout the day to help with chronic health problems like anxiety, inflammation, or painYou don’t mind (or are interested in) psychological effects like heightened senses or changes in perception and thinking
Okay, so you’re interested in CBD or THC…but what’s the best way to take it?

Just like smoking bud, many people smoke or vape CBD to obtain its benefits. This might not be possible for some people with certain medical conditions though, who still want the benefits that CBD can provide! 

You can take CBD in the form of…

  • Oils and tinctures

These are liquids (usually in oil form) that are infused with CBD and dropped under the tongue in small amounts. Your mouth is full of little blood vessels that help take in the oil quickly. These are a great alternative for people who can’t take pills or smoke!

  • Creams and lotions

Plenty of masseuses and more are using CBD-infused topicals to help with muscle relaxation and joint pain. Some people have found success using CBD creams to help with skin afflictions like eczema and psoriasis as well.

  • Pills

CBD pills and capsules are more often used as a consistent remedy for seizure conditions and digestive problems. In 2018 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first drug with active marijuana-derived ingredients to treat severe forms of epilepsy! The only drawback of the capsule form of CBD is that it can take quite some time to see effects once you ingest the pill.

  • Edibles

Edible gummies are very popular as a cheaper, easy, and inconspicuous way to take CBD. One of the big benefits is that you always know the exact dosage that you’re ingesting when you take an edible gummy!

  • Vaping

This is the fastest way to feel the effects of CBD: inhaling the vapor of CBD oil. Breathing in the compound absorbs it directly from your lungs into your bloodstream. There is still no consensus on whether or not vaping damages your lungs, though, so be sure to do your research and proceed with caution if you go this route. 

Here are just a few of the most common ways to use THC…

  • Smoking (duh)

Most commonly people smoke marijuana in a pipe, joint, or bong. Many people prefer to smoke because of the quick onset of effects, but it should be noted that smoking weed has some similar health hazards to smoking cigarettes. 

  • Vaping

Inhaling the vapor of heated cannabis plant matter is another fast way to feel the effects. Vapes are also more discreet and polite than smoking since they don’t leave a cloud of odor and the vapor disappears quickly. 

  • Edibles

There are a ton of options for edible marijuana, and many people choose this form because effects last longer than other methods. On the other hand, effects can take a lot longer to kick in, up to 2 hours depending on the person. Because of this a lot of people accidentally take more than they intend to, thinking they aren’t feeling anything at first. Definitely not speaking from personal experience here…

Whether you’re interested in CBD for its medical benefits, or you turn to THC for a good time, both cannabinoids offer different advantages based on the individual. Having a better understanding of where CBD and THC come from, their effects and the many ways to enjoy them will help you decide which one is right for you! 

SOURCES: 

“Marijuana’s Early History in the United States” https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xd7d8d/how-marijuana-came-the-united-states-456

“The man behind the marijuana ban for all the wrong reasons” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/harry-anslinger-the-man-behind-the-marijuana-ban/

Drug Enforcement Administration website
https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling

“CBD vs. THC: What Are the Differences?” https://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/cbd-vs-thc/

“Hemp vs Marijuana: The Difference Explained”
https://medium.com/cbd-origin/hemp-vs-marijuana-the-difference-explained-a837c51aa8f7

“Hemp vs. Marijuana: Is There a Difference?” https://www.analyticalcannabis.com/articles/hemp-vs-marijuana-is-there-a-difference-311880

“7 Benefits and Uses of CBD Oil (Plus Side Effects)” https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits#section1


How To Get Your Cannabis During COVID-19

We understand that there are limitations being put into place every day to help keep our peers safe. There is no higher priority to our team at Everest Apothecary than the safety of our patients and those around them. We have always been focused on our patient’s health and safety, but we have been going above and beyond to meticulously clean our dispensaries. 

We have also enacted a new measure of safety:

Get In: We want you to get seen quickly (our average wait time is only seven minutes!) to avoid contact with other patients. 

Get Out: We are prepared to fill your order as quickly as possible. Want to speed up the process? You can order online here.

Get Home: Our goal is to get home home as quickly, efficiently, and as safely as possible. 

We understand that this epidemic is really affecting those who suffer from anxiety and PTSD. There are a lot of people that rely on our cannabis as a way to relax and stay focused through a day, so we are doing everything in our power to keep you healthy and safe.

Given the new regulations, please note that our exceptional customer service might be a little bit different than you have come to expect. Our stores will remain a safe place for those looking to feel better, in all aspects. 

Check out our online menus and nearest location to you HERE

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Sincerely, 

The Everest Apothecary Team


CBD 101: The Basics You Need to Know

We can agree that CBD has popped up EVERYWHERE these past few years, right? Right. Ok, we’re all friends here now, so let’s jump right in with the burning question…

“What on EARTH is CBD and why do I keep seeing it everywhere?”

Not to worry, you are not the only one who has noticed an uptick in CBD products outside of cannabis products. 

Recently, CBD products have been popping up everywhere. From your local Whole Foods featuring CBD lotion at the registers to the coffee shop down the street bragging about their CBD lattes to salons and spas offering CBD soaks and facials, these products have become the next big trend in health.

“But isn’t CBD a type of weed?? How can they sell it in regular stores??”

Well, yes and no. Although CBD is derived from the same plant, it is completely different. So what is CBD exactly?

That’s what we’re here to discuss. After this article, you will understand what CBD is, the benefits of CBD, the difference between THC and CBD, how to use CBD daily, and the different types. 

Let’s start with the origin story. Where did CBD come from?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, was first discovered in 1940 and is one of and over 100 known cannabinoids in cannabis plants. It makes up to 40% of the plant extract, and unlike its cousin, THC, it’s non-psychoactive, which means that it doesn’t cause the high THC does. Many people prefer CBD because there is no ‘high’ associated with the CBD products, making them the go-to for people who just need pain relief, or who want to relax a little. 

Did you know that CBD was discovered about 20 years before THC but that THC has dominated research until very recently? 

Now that we are spending more on researching CBD, we are finding that there are a multitude of ways to use CBD to assist in finding non-invasive and natural solutions for mental and physical ailments. 

These studies have assisted in the fight to end the stigma around CBD and as the studies (and potential benefits) become more publicized, CBD products have exploded. It seems like just overnight, you can get everything from a CBD Bath Bomb to a CBD coffee at your local coffee shop. 

So, why can you purchase CBD everywhere but not THC?

That’s a great question. Let’s look at the differences between CBD and THC. 

CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of the cannabis plant. It can be extracted from hemp plants (cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3 percent THC) or marijuana plants (cannabis plants that contain higher concentrations of THC). 

Although both THC and CBD interact with your brain and body receptors, they do so in very different ways. CBD does not bind with your receptors in a way that can make you feel ‘stoned’ or ‘intoxicated’ like THC, and it can actually lessen the effects of THC on your body!

CBD can be ingested or smoked, just like THC but offers a solution to those who want the benefits of cannabis without having to get high. 

However, CBD is still not available everywhere, but you will be able to find it in any states that have marijuana legalized medically and/or recreationally. Additionally, CBD and THC are used to treat different conditions. 

CBD is used to help with conditions such as seizures, inflammation, pain, psychosis or mental disorders, IBS, nausea, migraines, depression, and anxiety. THC is used to help with conditions such as pain, muscle spasticity, glaucoma, insomnia, low appetite, nausea, and anxiety. Obviously there is a little bit of overlap (they both come from the same plant!), but one you can find browsing the aisles of a Whole Foods and the other (THC) you still have to go to a specific store or make sure you are legally allowed to purchase it. 

If you are specifically looking for a CBD product, it will be marked as such. Anything containing THC will have a warning label letting you know that there is THC in the product. 

You should now be able to understand the difference between THC and CBD. With that knowledge, let’s dive deeper into learning about what CBD can do for you.

What CBD Can Do For You

There are many ways that CBD can help you. Are you noticing muscle pain? Perhaps you have anxiety or depression? 

Many people claim that CBD products can help with physical and mental issues such as muscle pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Often times, those claims are backed up by non-scientific anecdotal evidence, but some research facilities (like Harvard and the University of California) are finding hard scientific proof that CBD can help with mental illnesses and pain. In 2018, the FDA approved of CBD medication called Epidiolex, meant for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. That is the first medication to market that has CBD in it as part of treatment. 

CBD products can be used to help ease the aches and pains that are generally caused by injuries and diseases. Which is why about 40% of people who use CBD are using it to manage pain. CBD’s anti-inflammatory effect makes it perfect for people with arthritis and general muscle soreness. It has also been known to help ease aches and pains from treatment for cancer patients. 

CBD has also helped those suffering from mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, manage their symptoms. CBD has been shown to have a natural calming effect that helps with relaxation. There have also been studies that have shown the benefits of CBD in those suffering from autism, schizophrenia, and alcoholism. has a natural calming effect that helps people relax and can calm their minds. 

In case that isn’t enough, there have also been some claims of specific CBD creams helping with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, while specific oils and tinctures have been found to help with slow digestion or IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome).

There are so many CBD products, and most of them are constantly being hailed for the variety of positive benefits they offer. So now comes the big question, what CBD product is right for you?

For the most part, the CBD product you use comes down to personal preference. Asking yourself these questions can help you figure out what you want: 
  • Do I want to ingest the CBD, or would a topical be okay? 

Some people don’t like the idea of eating or drinking CBD. In this case, you might prefer a topical CBD product, rather than an oil, vape or pill. 

  • What do I want to achieve by using CBD? 

Some people use CBD for anxiety and depression. Others use it for pain relief, and other people use it to relax, find a calm headspace and get to sleep. What you need it for could determine what the best CBD product is for you.

  • How quickly do I need to see results? 

If you’re in pain or you can’t sleep, you might want to find relief in ten minutes rather than an hour. However, if you just want to relax, it can sometimes be beneficial to wait a little while.

As you choose your CBD product, just keep in mind that the main difference between all these different forms of CBD is the speed in which you’ll feel relief. Now that you know what CBD can do for you, it’s time to pick the right product.

There are five main CBD products. 

CBD can be delivered orally and topically. Of those two delivery methods, there are five basic forms of CBD products. The first is oils and tinctures, the second is vape, the third is edibles and the fourth is capsules/pills. The fifth is the only topical method: creams and lotions.

  • Oils and Tinctures

Oils and Tinctures are one of the easiest ways to take CBD and are a good choice for those who aren’t able to take pills or capsules but don’t want to vape, however, it can take anywhere from one to six hours before taking effect but can last from four to six hours. 

 Generally, these are placed under the tongue because the oral mucosa (the slightly rounded area where your tongue meets the floor of your mouth) has hundreds of tiny capillaries that absorb the compounds, which allows the CBD to take effect quickly. These oils are made primarily of CBD oil, but they also often include other essential oils, vitamins, and extracts for added benefits.

This is a great option for those looking for a quick and easy way to enjoy CBD.

  • Vape 

Vape is probably one of the most popular CBD products. This is a good choice for people who want immediate relief, and don’t mind smoking CBD. It takes as little as ten minutes for CBD to take effect, but it only lasts about two to three hours. 

Vaping involves inhaling vaporized CBD directly into your lungs through a vape pen or e-cig. You can get CBD to vape in a variety of flavors and dosages, but you do have to have your own vape pen. 

This is a great option for those who are interested in smoking something less intense than THC.

  • Edibles

Edibles are a fun, casual, and discreet way to take CBD. Often times, CBD oil is used to create CBD butter or jam, but it can also be added directly into things like pasta, lattes, brownies, and more. Edibles take anywhere from two to three hours to take effect but can produce some of the longest-lasting effects. Some have mentioned experiencing effects for up to FIVE days after ingesting the CBD edibles.

This is a great option for someone interested in taking CBD but wants to enjoy the benefits without any of the taste. 

 *With Edibles, it’s important to keep track of your dosage, so never take a CBD edible that doesn’t have the amount of CBD in it on the label.*

  • Pills/capsules

CBD pills and capsules are not the most common method, but still a great alternative for those who want to effortlessly incorporate CBD into their daily lives. CBD pills can help stomach and bowel issues and more recently, the treatment of seizure disorders (The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Epidiolex, the first high-potency CBD drug to treat seizure disorders.)

It’s incredibly easy to manage dosage with pills and capsules, but it takes around five to six hours to start feeling the effects of CBD. 

This is a great option for those who want continuous and prolonged effects of CBD.

  • Topicals

CBD topicals are everywhere! They come in the form of lotions, balms, salves, and ointments for facials, bath soaks and scrubs. CBD oil is infused into these products and they are absorbed through your skin where the CB2 receptors in your skin cells (a specific receptor that’s designed to accept cannabinoids) absorb the CBD.

CBD-infused topicals are generally used to treat muscle pain, muscle spasms, and joint pain. They tend to take longer to take effect, but the pain-relieving effects last for at least five hours. All you have to do is apply the CBD lotion, cream or ointment to an area to get a localized release. Studies have shown that some topicals can also treat some skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis.

This is a great option for those who enjoy baths or others can use CBD for topical issues. 

Time to wrap it up.

You’ve learned about the different ways to ingest CBD and you know now that the biggest difference between these five CBD products is the speed of delivery and how long the effects last. We just have one last note…make sure you know how many milligrams of CBD you are taking before consuming a CBD product and ask a doctor before proceeding with the use of any CBD in combination with prescribed medicine.

It’s important to know that CBD is not a treat-all-end-all. Much like common painkillers, different forms of CBD may have different results depending on the person. It may take some time for you to explore what CBD product works best for your body.

We hope that this article helped you learn a little bit more about CBD and which CBD products are right for you.

If you have your medical card and are looking to purchase either CBD, THC or Hybrid products please find an Everest location nearest you (or scope us out online). We are always happy to answer any additional questions.


The Cannabis Cookie Recipe You NEED to try and More!

Let’s be honest, not everyone who enjoys cannabis is excited about smoking it. 

Thankfully in this day and age, there are plenty of other options to enjoy budd without having to smoke it. 

After reading this article, you will know the difference between smoking and consuming weed, how to make weed butter, how to make cannabis cookies and an example of what happens when someone accidentally eats cannabis cookies. 

For those of you not interested in smoking bud but still want to enjoy the effects, you are in luck. There are plenty of options including; a multitude of tinctures, oils, spreads, and edibles. One of the most popular and well-known alternatives to smoking weed is time tested classic weed cookie. 

If you’ve never had an edible or are looking to learn how to make your own weed cookies from scratch, this article is perfect for you. 

So, let’s start with the basics. 

What is the difference between smoking cannabis and eating edibles? For further examples, we are going to stick with the classic weed cookie to represent all edibles. 

 Smoking and ingesting bud are two completely different experiences. Civilized Life broke down the difference into 5 sections; How the body absorbs tetrahydrocannabinol, onset time, the intensity of effects, duration of experience, and difficulty of dosing. 

1. How the Body Absorbs Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)


When cannabis is smoked or vaporized, inhaling it delivers THC directly to the brain, which means we feel the effects quicker and absorb 50%-60% of the cannabinoids into our bloodstream. 

Eating cannabis, like weed cookies, means it needs to digest fully before you can feel the effects. It has to pass through our digestive system and then we are only absorbing 10-20% of the compounds. When we eat edibles, like cannabis cookies, the THC also passes through the liver, where it metabolizes into 11-hydroxy-THC before re-entering the bloodstream. It also takes longer to leave the bloodstream than smoking it. 

Although the effects come quicker with smoking, edibles (like weed cookies) can taste better and be a perfect option for those who don’t like the taste of cannabis or smoking. 

2. Onset Time

Given the fact that it takes a cannabis cookie longer to digest, it makes sense that the onset time is far longer than with smoking. It takes 10-20 minutes to feel the effects of smoking, while it can take anywhere from 30-120 minutes to feel the effects of a weed cookie. 

If you are looking for a longer-lasting but slightly delayed onset, a weed cookie might be your perfect bet. Cannabis cookies are a perfect time to plan ahead. Perhaps you’re looking for something to help you sleep or help with pain?

Enjoy a tasty weed cookie before dinner, eat dinner and then relax.

3. Intensity of Effects

Eating a weed cookie provides more intense effects because the digested THC converts to 11-hydroxy-THC which is a metabolite that easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and becomes much more potent, which much more intense effects. 

Smoking cannabis provides a quicker and less intense effect, that is fleeting. Eating a weed cookie gives you longer-lasting, more intense effect, but takes more time to develop.

4. Duration of Experience


The duration of experience also varies between smoking weed and eating weed cookies. When you smoke cannabis, the effects last anywhere from 1-4 hours. When you eat a weed cookie, the effects can last between 4 and 10 hours. The duration depends largely on your tolerance, your dose and the strain of cannabis in your weed cookie (or cannabis)

If you are looking for something to provide quick relief for a shorter duration, weed cookies might not be your best bet. 

5. Difficult to Dose

Cannabis cookies are harder to dose because it’s harder to accurately determine the amount of THC in each edible. If you are making cookies and using cannabis butter, there is no saying how much THC is in each weed cookie. 

When you smoke, you know the exact dosage because it is rolled up into the smoking device. 

Not everyone enjoys consuming cannabis or smoking it. Those who like to smoke sometimes prefer the quicker, less intense high while those who enjoy edibles enjoy the longer, drawn-out experience. 

The great thing is with all of the options out there, there is something for everyone!

Now that we understand the difference between weed cookies and smoking weed, we can start talking about some great weed cookie recipes! Before we dive into our weed cookie recipe, let’s focus on the cornerstone for any type of edible treat, the weed butter. Without knowing how to make your own weed butter (or having access to some) your cookies will just be regular cookies!

The Canna School offers a great recipe for weed butter for your weed cookie, so we broke that down for you:
  1. The first step to making weed butter is grinding your weed again. Yes, one more time than you think. You want it ground as fine as possible so grind it once, let it cool off and then grind it again. 
  2. Wrap your bud in cheesecloth and wrap it up with hemp cord, cooking twine or some type of string. (You don’t have to do this, but the quality of the weed butter will be lower)
  3. Warm-up a pot on the stove and add in the amount of butter you want to use.
  4. Keep the heat on low until the butter has completely melted.
  5. Once the butter has melted, add your finely ground weed and stir.
  6. Let the mixture cook on low for 2-3 hours and stir every 30 minutes.
  7. After 2-3 hours have passed, get a strainer that will strain out the ground cannabis.
  8. Strain the mixture (without the ground cannabis) into a container and let it cool in the fridge.
  9. At this point, you may be wondering “What should my dosage be?!” You’re in luck. Hempster offers a free weed dosing calculator to help with portion sizes and dosage levels.

Once your butter has cooled, use it in whatever you want… weed cookies perhaps?

Now, what you’ve all been waiting for!

The Weed Cookie Recipe!

What you need:

  • Mixing bowl x 2
  • Whisk
  • Baking Sheets
  • Oven
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Weed Butter
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Teaspoons Hot Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk weed butter, and sugars together in a bowl; beat in eggs. Stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water then add to the mixture.
  3. In your second mixing bowl, sift flour and salt; stir into weed butter mixture. Finally, add the chocolate chips.
  4. Get a baking tray & cover it in parchment paper. Place cookies with large spoonfuls of dough on the tray, evenly spaced apart. There should be about 24.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
  6. Take them out, let the weed cookies cool and then enjoy them slowly!
  7. Make sure to put them in a Tupperware that marks them as weed cookies instead of regular cookies.

Our last step is incredibly important. If you did a good job on the weed cookies and there isn’t an aftertaste, you might find yourself forgetting that they are weed cookies or even worse, someone else might come in and eat some without realizing they are weed cookies. 

We found a story online about someone who accidentally ate a weed cookie without realizing it

Read on to see what happened!

 “My boyfriend and I have never been consistent with edibles. We would enjoy cannabis cookies on occasions when we needed to really relax but hadn’t in a while. One of my boyfriend’s work friends left him a baggie with some cookies and brownies made by one of her friends. 

Her friend had been a gourmet baker at a local bakery so we were overjoyed at the chance to try some of his delectable treats. 

In the baggie were two cookies and three brownies. When you think about making cookies and offering them to people, it seems like a very small amount. That didn’t throw us off at all though (unfortunately). We were just pleased that any delectable treats he made would grace our taste buds. 

My boyfriend ate one of the brownies the night we got the bag, but we went to sleep shortly afterward so he wasn’t able to realize they were ‘special’. 

That weekend, we had planned to go on a big hike for our Saturday off. Both he and I worked hectic schedules and didn’t find a lot of days that were completely open. 

We got up early and began making preparations for our hike and errands for the day. Before we left for the grocery store, I popped one of those brownies to cure my sweet tooth. As we left the grocery store (after I added a bunch of unnecessary items to our cart) I looked in the rearview mirror and noticed my eyes were glassy. I had allergies and it was the summer, so I didn’t think much about it. 

Right after lunch, we remembered we had the cookies from our friend. We gobbled them up for a midday dessert and then continued packing. About half an hour later, my boyfriend turned to me with a look that could only be described as horror, spread across his face. 

“Um, I think those were special cookies.”

I looked back at him inquisitively. 

“No way. I feel totally fine. I think you’re being paranoid. There’s no way!”

His paranoia started to spread over to me and I began second-guessing myself. Maybe the red-eye wasn’t from allergies…

We went back and forth fretting over whether they were weed cookies or just regular cookies. 

“No way, they aren’t! I didn’t taste ANYTHING”

“Yeah, but who gives you a small baggie with an uneven number of each sweet in such small portions??”

“I don’t know! Nice people trying to share?”

We went back and forth for what seemed like hours before we decided to walk out to the car and give it a test drive. We agreed that if I felt weird at all, we would turn around and come right home. 

As we walked outside and continued fretting about whether or not we had eaten real cookies or cannabis cookies, we proceeded to walk in a loop past my car five times. On that last loop, we both looked at each other and started laughing. 

Yup, they were definitely weed cookies. There was nothing left to do but go back inside and wait until they had taken their toll. 

We went back inside, texted our friend to let her know what had happened, and enjoyed the rest of our unintentional weed cookie journey. 

Later that evening, our friend responded and couldn’t believe what had happened. She told us she specifically gave us a small bag and had told my boyfriend that the cookies were weed cookies. He just hadn’t remembered she mentioned that and forgot to spread the message. 

Needless to say, the three of us still laugh about that to this day.”

All of that to say, don’t be that person to your friend. Always mark your weed cookies and enjoy responsibly. We hope you enjoyed the weed cookie recipe listed above. Let us know if you ended up trying it! 

If you don’t feel like making your own weed cookies or cannabutter and you have your medical card, feel free to pop by Everest (or scope us out online first)! We have a variety of ‘special’ cookies to satisfy every sweet tooth. 


Different Strains of Weed You Need To Know

Bud is just bud, right? Nope. 

Weed, Bud, Flower, Cannabis, Mary Jane, the list goes on and on. In addition to many nicknames, marijuana has a variety of strains. Each strain can produce a different effect on the consumer.

There is so much information on cannabis and different strains of weed. Sometimes it’s incredibly hard to sort through the noise and find information that is concise, easy to understand and helpful. A lot of cannabis companies have talked about the different strains of bud. They have mostly categorized their products under the traditional indica, sativa, or hybrid strains without focusing on the specific strains that go along with each. 

At Everest, we want to do our best to make sure you have the knowledge to choose the best strain of weed for you (and of course if you want help, you can come into any of our locations).

After reading this article, you will be able to understand the benefits from the different strains, why it’s helpful and how it affects you. You should be able to go into any dispensary and confidently purchase the best strain of weed for yourself! 

Well, are you as excited as we are? Let’s get started!

Here’s something people won’t tell you.

Strains of weed aren’t actually determined by whether the plant is in an indica, sativa or hybrid. There are so many additional factors that go into determining a strain of weed. 

Categorizing bud in three categories limits the amount of variety in the effects weed can produce. Also, by pigeonholing these strains of weed, weed distributors alienate people who have had one or a few bad experiences with a specific strain. More often than not, if someone has tried a strain of weed and reacted badly, they stay away. Unfortunately, it’s slightly irrelevant if the strain of weed is an indica, sativa or hybrid. What really matters is the way the plant is made up. 

There are also marketing companies that will try to convince you that the three main strains of weed are the only way to determine what will and will not work for you. There are people out there who believe all cannabis plants are the same. However, there are actually many different strains of weed, all that have different properties and can lead to different sensations when ingesting and enjoying the effects. 

Our goal is to go into detail about the different strains of weed and the differences between each strain so that you can become a more informed purchaser (and enjoyer).  In this post, we will go over the different strains of weed (indica, sativa, and hybrids) and what each one means. We will then delve deeper into what cannabinoids are, why they’re important and how they are relevant to identifying the strains of weed that best fit what you need. After a full description, we will discuss terpenes, how to understand the different flavor profiles and how they are relevant to the strain of weed you are looking for. After reading this post, you will be able to go into any store and pick up strains of weed that are best suited for your needs. 

Let’s begin with the different strains of weed. 

Most people divide bud into three categories to start; indica, sativa, and hybrid, however, scientists are now arguing that these categories are irrelevant to strains of weed. Research is showing that by looking at the different strains of weed, there are not any chemical properties that differentiate one strain of bud from another in the plantlike form. The differentiating factors for different strains of bud come from the details in each flower. We will discuss more on that further on but to begin, let’s start with those over-marketed and heavily leaned on three types.  

The way some people would describe indica was ‘in da couch’ meaning that a strain of indica would make you relaxed and sleepy however this isn’t the case for everyone. Some people have opposite effects that occur with strains of indica, instead of feeling relaxed, they start to feel anxious and more awake. Everyone reacts differently to bud and everyone needs to learn what works best for them. Generally, though, the different strains of weed tend to have the expected effects. 

The three main strains of weed, indica, stative and hybrid act as umbrellas for a variety of bud strains underneath, that share property. There are certain strains of weed that are great for relaxation, some great at boosting productivity, and others that are a perfect mixture of both. 

Hybrid

Hybrids are a combination of both that can provide an overall euphoric effect and a balance of both indica and sativa. 

Indica

Indica is known to have relaxing effects and has been said to be great for a movie night or if you want help with pain relief or sleeping. 

Physically, indica cannabis plants are shorter and bushier than sativa plants. The flowering cycle is shorter and the plants are a better fit for climates with shorter seasons. 

Sativa

Sativa is best known to assist with creativity and uplift spirits. This is best enjoyed in a social gathering, physical activities, and creative planning. 

Sativa plants are longer and less bushy than indica plants. They have longer flowering cycles and are a better fit for warmer and more consistent climates. 

A Deeper Look Into Strains of Weed

As we pointed out before, a lot of companies use these as buzzwords and they don’t have anything to do with the product being sold. The effects you feel from different strains of weed don’t necessarily come from indica or sativa, but from the cannabinoids, in the strain of bud you’re purchasing. Two of the most common cannabinoids in strains of weed are THC and CBD. 

THC known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for increased appetites, relieving symptoms like pain, nausea, etc. and makes us feel high. CBD, known as cannabidiol, does not make you high and has been known to alleviate anxiety, pain, inflammation, and many other medical ailments. 

TIP: Instead of focusing on whether a strain of weed is an indica, sativa or hybrid, focus on which cannabinoids are present. There are literally hundreds of cannabinoids to choose from, but let’s start with the main three: 

THC Dominant: This is for patients looking for a euphoric experience. This is commonly chosen by patients who are experiencing pain, anxiety, insomnia and more. If you’ve tried THC strains and found that they make you anxious or uncomfortable, CBD strains might be best for you. 

CBD Dominant: This is for patients looking for relief without any of the mental fog that sometimes comes with getting high. This strain of weed is also great for those who are incredibly sensitive to THC.

Balanced CBD/THC: This strain is just like hybrids. This gives a mild euphoria feeling from THC while also providing the relaxing effects of CBD. This is a great starting point for anyone who isn’t experienced with strains of weed but is looking to try out different options. 

Now that we’ve looked into cannabinoids for different strains of weed, let’s look into terpenes, another differentiating factor for strains of weed.

In short, terpenes are aromatic compounds excreted from fruit and plants like lavender, oranges, flowers, and of course, cannabis. The same area of the plant that produces the THC and CBD levels, controls the terpene level as well. The terpenes play a big part in differentiating the strains of weed (so much so that we built this cool terpenes spectrum).

There are so many different terpene profiles in strains of weed, we aren’t going to go over all of them but we are going to go over the most popular ones. There are four types that are most likely to occur: Myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene, and terpinolene. 

Myrcene: One of the most common terpene profiles found in bud (and also in beer), it’s what gives hops their peppery, spicy and bitter smell. It’s also found in lemongrass. It is common in both Indica and Sativa strains of weed. Typically, strains of weed with <.5% of myrcene will produce relaxing effects as found in indica. Strains of weed with >5% of myrcene will produce energizing effects as found in sativa. Some strains of weed with high levels of myrcene are; OG Kush, Blue Dream, Remedy, 9 Pound Hammer, Grape Ape, FPOG, Granddaddy Purple, Tangie and Harlequin. 

Caryophyllene: Delivers a scent present in many herbs and spices like black pepper, oregano, and basil. It can smell similar to cinnamon and cloves with a spiced funky scent. The profile has a unique variety of potential health benefits because of its binding properties. When smelling strains of weed with this profile, many conclude that it has a musky and peppery scent. This strain has been known to help relieve anxiety. Some strains of weed with high levels of caryophyllene are; GSC, Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel, Chemdog, Candyland, Death Star, Original Glue, Cookies and Cream, Gelato, The White and Master Kush. 

Limonene: The second most common terpene in nature gets its name from… you guessed it, lemons! Strains of weed and plants that produce high levels of limonene are extremely antibacterial and have shown antibiotic effects. These strains of weed have also shown strong abilities to help with anxieties and other mental health disorders. Strains of weed with limonene have been shown to help relieve depression, anxiety while also working to boost creativity. Some strains of bud that are known to have high levels of limonene are; Banana OG, Berry White, Black Cherry Soda, Cinex, Do-Si-Dos, MAC, Purple Hindu Kush, Quantum Kush, Strawberry Banana, Tahoe OG, Wedding Cake, and White Fire OG

Terpinolene: Known as a lurker, does not typically have a strong scent or presence in many strains of weed but is a complementary factor to other stronger profiles. Its scent profile is more complex but mainly smells like pine. A common word to describe the scent is ‘fresh’. Most strains of weed with terpinolene are THC dominant. Some strains of weed that are known to have terpinolene are; Dutch Treat, Jack Herer, Ghost Train Haze, Golden Goat, Golden Pineapple, J1, XJ-13, and Orange Cookies. 

Why Understanding the Strains of Bud Is Helpful

There are so many reasons to understand the difference in strains of bud, why they’re different, and how they can affect you.

Let’s role-play for a second. Say you tried one strain of sativa once a little while ago. You had a really bad time and it made you incredibly anxious. Now because of that one time, you are convinced that you cannot handle any type of sativa. Did you happen to catch what cannabinoids and terpenes were present in that strain? If not, then you aren’t able to fully understand what you are and are not able to enjoy. Perhaps the next time you go to a dispensary, you will be able to try out different strains of bud to see which one works best with your body composition. 

What about if you’re just starting to try bud and don’t know where to start?

If you know what symptoms you are looking to alleviate, you can focus on the different terpene and cannabinoid levels in the different strains of weed to find a solution based bud that works best. Some people might be looking for strains of weed to help with anxiety, others might want strains of weed that have mental or physical relaxation properties. By understanding the difference in strains of weed, and what makes each strain of weed different, you can become better educated on what strains of weed work best for you. 

 Most people who aren’t aware of the different strains might head into a dispensary near them and just ask for an indica, sativa or hybrid. Budtenders do as much as they can to help you purchase the strain of bud that works best for you, but no one knows you better than you know yourself. You may have previously believed that indicas or sativas weren’t a good fit because of one bad experience. 

After reading this article, you can understand that there are varieties of strains of weed in each category. If you understand how terpenes and cannabinoids alter the different strains of bud, you can pick specific strains of weed in the sativa and indica categories that work best with you. 


Is Cannabis Going to be Legalized in New Mexico?

Ever since New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took office, she has been a major advocate of legalizing marijuana. You may have read one of the articles discussing the details of the bill or heard the media buzz around the bill and the current legislative session. Regardless of where you stand, it is essential to be informed. 

We wanted to break down (or grind down 😉 ) precisely what has been going on, what the next steps look like, and what you need to know. 

Let’s start with the Basics.

The governor has pushed to legalize recreational cannabis. Currently, New Mexico has legalized medical cannabis, which means only those with a medical card can access it. New Mexico is one of 33 states with legalized medical marijuana and could potentially be the 12th to legalize it recreationally. 

So What?

If this passes, it would mean that anyone above the age of 21 would be able to purchase and use cannabis without any legal repercussions. If this bill passes, we would be looking at the start date of July 2021. 

The taxes on recreational pot would be around 17-19% and taxes for medical patients and low-income patients would vary. That means that qualifying patients would be able to have access to medical-grade marijuana without intensive financial barriers. Having medical marijuana in a different tax bracket for low-income patients and medical cardholders is an incredible addition to the bill, not mentioned in previous bill proposals. This allows everyone an equal opportunity to explore the benefits of marijuana. 

The plan calls for a ban on using characters and minors in advertising (along with the establishment of your prevention and education programs), and food-grade testing of marijuana products. 

In other states, there is an option for local government to opt-out of legal weed. This plan will prohibit any local New Mexican government from banning the sale of recreational cannabis (although local zoning rules can still interfere)  

The plan suggests that the revenue from recreational cannabis goes towards housing, local business, and education for marginalized communities in New Mexico. The bill points out that this would be an excellent opportunity for local tribes, nations, and pueblos. 

And What About the Little Guys?

Great question! We have often seen industries that have massive barriers to entry (licensing fees, insurance, etc.), which only allow big players to enter the market. The governor’s plan focuses on keeping licensing fees low (to about $500 per month), so that small businesses and start-ups have easy entry into the industry. 

That means you will have the ability to support local. Remember to always vote with your wallet!

What Happens During These Next 30 Days?

There are a few steps in between where we are now and the legalization of recreational marijuana. We wanted to break down the process, so you can understand where we are and where has to happen for this bill to pass:

  1. A bill is filed.

*This can happen either before or at the beginning of a legislative session

  1. Once the bill is filed, the proper committee looks through it and can either make any changes necessary to get the votes needed to pass or vetoes the bill.
  2. The committee then votes to send it to the main floor.
  3. If the bill passes on the main floor, it is voted on by the house of representatives.
  4. If it passes through the house of representatives, then it goes to the Senate. 
  5. If the Senate passes the bill, it goes to the governor, and she decides to either sign or veto the bill. 

Currently, three out of every four New Mexicans are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Can I Do Anything?

You can! Getting involved during the legislative session is a great way to have your voice heard. This article will walk you through finding your representative, helping you figure out what to say, and how to make an impact while doing it. 

Trishelle Kirk, Everest’s Director of Operations, has been passionate about this movement from the get-go, “There is a stigma to cannabis that, like many stigmas, is built from a lack of information. Legislators and detractors get caught on the “cannabis” part of the business and forget the economic impact from the opportunity of doubling or tripling the size of the industry. 

This issue isn’t a question of cannabis being part of our community, cannabis has been part of our society for decades. This is a question of whether or not the New Mexico legislature wants to see exponential growth in this industry. 

New Mexico needs growing industries. Studies have shown that moving from a medical cannabis program to an adult-use program will create 11,000 jobs. 11,000 opportunities. 11,000 careers. Cannabis companies are also required to have majority local ownership, which means profits will be reinvested back into our community.

We all agree that for years, our New Mexico law enforcement has needed more training and more resources, adult-use cannabis revenue would be a fantastic financial tool. We all agree that better drug and alcohol education in our K-12 schools is long overdue, tax dollars from cannabis can facilitate such programs financially.

The question isn’t IF we have the opportunity to grow, it’s WHEN will we decide to take it?”.

Everest is proud to deliver the highest quality experiences cannabis can offer. Each product is cultivated, grown, and produced with a desire to help the end-user in the most organic, pure, and efficient way possible. 

We’re here because you deserve the best: the purest cannabis and high-quality information to go alongside it. 

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UPDATE: January 28, 2020 – The bill has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee. The next still for the bill is to move to the Senate Finance Committee. Now is the time to call your representative and tell them that you are in favor of this bill passing! We will continue updating this blog. 

UPDATE: February 12, 2020 – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 on Wednesday to table the bill. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is still dedicated to legalizing marijuana and has a task force working on continuing the push for legalization.



It’s Our Birthday

A Full Day of Birthday Deals
This Tuesday, February 26 marks one year since we opened our NE Heights dispensary located on Juan Tabo and Eubank in the Mountain Run Shopping Center. We’re celebrating with specials across all locations with a few more exclusively in the NE Heights.

Exclusive NE Heights Deals:

Herbal Edibles, “The Sauce” 1g. = $55.00
“Excite-Mint” Personal Lubricant = $5.00 off
Spend $55 or more and get a free hat or t-shirt


Specials Across All Locations:
King Louis or White Fire .5g Pre-Rolls $3.00
HeyDay™ Strain Specific Cannabis Oil $2.00 Off
White Label Wax $2.00 Off
HeyDay™ Effect Specific DayTime & NighTime $5.00 Off
All HooDoo™ Concentrates $2.00 Off
All Edibles $2.00 Off


Saturday, January 12 Save 25% On All Bhang Chocolate

Stop into any Everest Apothecary this Saturday, January 12 and save 25% on a wide variety of Bhang medicinal chocolate bars and nuggets.

Dark Chocolate – Milk Chocolate – Peppermint Ice Chocolate – Salted Toffee Chocolate – Cookies & Cream – Cherries & Cream

200mg Bars: $20 $15
120mg Bars: $14.50 $10.88
50mg Nuggets: $8 $6
30mg Nuggets: $6 $4.50

Offer valid at all locations. While supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other Everest offers or discounts.


South Valley is NOW OPEN!

Press Release

Contact:         Joanie Griffin (505) 261-4444, jgriffin@griffinassoc .com

Everest Apothecary Opens Third Location

ALBUQUERQUE – Everest Apothecary announced the opening of its third location and the only medical cannabis dispensary in the South Valley. The new 1,100 square-foot venue is located at 4201 Central Ave. NW, Suite B-6, in the El Super Shopping Center. The South Valley location will add 11 jobs and be managed by Jefferson King.

The new Everest Apothecary location will offer a full-range of strains grown at the company’s North Valley facility and all cultivated by using the most natural methods for cannabis cultivation. In addition to the Everest cannabis flower products and Everest-produced concentrates, the company also is offering a full-line of edibles by New Mexico’s top manufacturers.

“Medical cannabis has been proven to provide relief to people with a variety of conditions including epilepsy, cancer, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, MS and many others,” said Rich Miller, Everest Apothecary Director of Sales.

“The South Valley has been grossly underserved, and we are thrilled to be the first medical cannabis company to open in the area. Our experienced team will be able to provide education as well as product knowledge to the residents of the South Valley.”

For more information, go to EverestNM.com, call 505-836-8620 or email at info@local-server-dev.com.

Store Hours are Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.. Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.

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