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Everest Delivered My Cannabis and I’m Never Turning Back

Everest Apothecary’s Delivery service started out during COVID-19 as a response to increased demand, here is the experience you get as a customer.

There is nothing more satisfying than clicking a few buttons and having something delivered to your doorstep. In the pre-COVID world, the only time you could get something delivered in Albuquerque was when you ordered food. In a post-COVID world, you can get marijuana delivered to your doorstep. 

Did you hear that? You can literally sit at home, order your medicine from your computer, and never have to leave your house to pick it up. Okay, that was a bit of a lie. You WILL have to leave go to your front doorstep to sign the receipt, but I digress.

Check out Everest’s Delivery VideoBelow:

I feel like there are two types of people during this pandemic, the ones who are working (and feel so grateful that they’re able to work, that they are working overtime to prove their worth to their team/company or growing their personal business) and the ones who are not (shout out to all of you that have been making masks and making the most of this time). 

I fall into the former in fact, so much so that I currently have a semi-permanent indent of my chair pattern in my butt. That being said, I NEED some cannabis but don’t seem to have the time to GET said cannabis. I saw an email from Everest Apothecary about their cannabis delivery and decided I had nothing to lose. I tried it out so you don’t have to. I’m going to go over the entire process so you know what to expect. Hold on to you Pantalones because it’s about to get….

Incredibly Simple.  

I am not a paid sponsor. I am just an individual who either doesn’t have a lot of spare time or has terrible time management skills (I’ll let you be the judge). Either way, I needed something that was simple, easy, and convenient. Below, you will find the 10 steps I experienced when ordering my medical marijuana delivery. I hope this outline gives you a better idea of what to expect when you order online from Everest Apothecary. 

  1. Delivery Menu: The delivery menu from I Heart Jane was easy to maneuver. I like to stick to 1:1 CBD: THC strains because I have low tolerance, and I was able to find the high CBD strains quickly. I was even more excited to see that one of their new CBD dominant strains, B4 was also available. Initially, I was bummed when I scrolled through the edible options and couldn’t find a 1:1 so I added a 200 mg chocolate bar (more on that later).
  2. Add To Cart: I added everything to my cart and made sure to add in my FREE ½ gram pre-roll. Everest is constantly offering different promotions for those using the delivery service. Who am I to say no to a free pre-roll?! 
  3. Decision to Order: I’m a cart camper. I put hundreds of dollars of items in my online carts and then I let it sit them sit for an undisclosed period of time until I forget about them. I put items in my Everest cart a few days before I actually ordered. Big mistake, this was the most simple online delivery I’ve ever done. 
  4. Delivery Time: You get to pick your delivery time slot. ARE YOU LISTENING, PAPA JOHNS? Everest isn’t here to play games with you. They aren’t going to make you guess when your order will be delivered, they’re waiting for you to tell them when to deliver it. Talk about convenience. It was about 3:30 when I ordered and I chose to have it delivered between 5:00 and 6:00 pm (that was the earliest option).
  5. Enter Information: You can order online even if you’re not a current Everest patient. All you need is a photo of a government-issued ID, and a front and back photo of your medical card. They do remind you that if the address they’re delivering to is different than what’s on your ID, you will have to provide proof of residency. AKA you can’t get your medical marijuana delivered to your friend’s house, just your own. 
  6. Debit or Credit: You don’t pay until you receive your order. They don’t take cash (I mean, who has cash these days anyways? Sigh… we miss you, bartenders) but, you can pay with any debit or credit card. 
  7. Delivery Tracker: You know when you order Dominoes and then you get to watch the updates live on your computer? Well, guess what. Everest Apothecary has the same thing. I watched as they verified my identification, prepared my order, and then sent it out the door. For someone claiming to be as busy as I did earlier, was this worth watching the tracker fervently? Perhaps not, but while in a pandemic…
  8. Quicker Delivery: As soon as my order was verified, I received a text confirmation and a phone call from my new friend, Marc. He told me that he got my order and wanted to know if I wanted him to drop off my medicine even earlier. “HELL YES I DO, MARC!” I told him excitedly. He told me he would be there around 4:20 pm (I know, the irony). He also double-checked my order, I told him I would have loved to order a Pax Pod vape along with the green apple 1:1 cartridge. (The Pax Pod is one of the coolest vape pens I’ve ever seen. You can control your temperature, dosage, and more from an app on your phone. Plus it’s incredibly discrete.) Do you know what Marc did? He was able to customize my order and switch my total so that I got the pax pod, the cartridge, and the B4 flower. That is what I call customer service!
  9. Discretion: I live in a condo with a bunch of 60-70-year-old conservative busybodies that still believe marijuana is a gateway drug so I didn’t want my new friend Marc pulling up in a delivery car that screamed: “I AM GOING TO SMOKE THIS” since my nosey neighbors would see it and complain that I was ‘using drugs’ in the condo. (Karen, you don’t want to come across me in the elevator if I’m on a high anxiety level and I don’t have my medicine. I will rip your wrinkly old ear off with my teeth and I won’t even feel bad about it.) Thankfully, Marc informed me that their deliveries are discrete. The cars are unmarked and the entire process is incredibly low key. My medicine even came in a brown sandwich bag. For all they know, Everest Apothecary could just be delivering a special snack. 
  10.  Accurate Delivery Time: At about 4:10 pm, I received a text message alerting me that my order was 10 minutes away. I put on my mask, grabbed a squirt of my hand sanitizer, and walked downstairs. At 4:20 on the dot, Everest called me to tell me what car to look for. Marc and his delivery buddy get out of the car. We say our pleasantries through our masks as they double-check my ID and my medical marijuana license. They swipe my card, hand me my receipt and we parted ways. 

I was able to go from ordering to receiving my order in less than two hours. I didn’t have to leave my house and more importantly, I didn’t have to take more than a 5-minute break from working to pick up my order. This delivery service is convenient, simple, and incredibly discrete. I cannot wait to finish my medication and do another online order. This is the first time I will not be cart camping. See you soon, Marc!!

Check out Everest’s Delivery VideoBelow!


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


Everest Apothecary Begins Delivering PPE to Local Businesses

Establishes New Partnership with Asian Business Collaborative

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Everest Apothecary and the Asian Business Collaborative have pooled their resources to expand the ABC’s personal protective equipment distribution from Feb.18 to March 18 to prepare Albuquerque businesses for reopening.

Within the next month, the partnership is expected to ship 300 boxes of PPE containing masks, face shields, gloves and more to affected workers and businesses.

Everest Apothecary will use its delivery fleet, typically used to distribute medical marijuana to patients, to begin distribution to other local businesses that are in need of additional resources.

Eclipsing the 1,500th delivery milestone of medical cannabis since its fleet first launched at the start of the pandemic in April 2020, Everest Apothecary agreed to partner with ABC because of its unique position as a local, COVID-safe delivery hub.

“We’re more than just a cannabis company, we’re a member of a community,” said Everest Apothecary Marketing Director Jefferson King. “When communities come together with a common goal, we grow stronger. Thanks to this partnership with the Asian Business Collaborative, our delivery team has a great opportunity to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s such a milestone for Albuquerque to be in the yellow and we want it to stay that way.”

Just as Bernalillo County turned “yellow” allowing many of their businesses to expand operations, the Asian Business Collaborative was able to secure funding for another round of PPE delivery from the City of Albuquerque’s Small Business Office in the Economic Development Department.

About Everest Apothecary

Everest Apothecary, established in 2016, is a locally-owned medical cannabis company. Everest has 4 stores in Albuquerque plus dispensaries in Rio Rancho, Los Lunas and Las Cruces. Everest also cultivates cannabis plants and produces THC-derived products in-house.

About the Asian Business Collaborative

The Asian Business Collaborative, in its first year of operation, supports Asian/Pacific Islander (API) business owners in an inclusive, diverse environment without language or cultural barriers, promoting prosperity with cultural competence. Developing into the anchor of the Asian business community that drives economic growth and prosperity, ABC advocates for Asian businesses and professionals while training the future generations of immigrants in business.

Any business that has not already received a box through this program can sign up for delivery here:

Written by River Marquez from Siarza Social Digital, on behalf of Everest Apothecary and the Asian Business Collective. View the original press release here.


Everest Apothecary Honors the New Mexico Reciprocal Program

On July 1, 2020, the New Mexico state legislature began allowing out-of-state medical cannabis patients to purchase medical cannabis within the state of New Mexico, through a new program called “reciprocity”.

Issued under Senate Bill 139 (SB139), which was sponsored by democrat Jerry Ortiz y Pino in 2019, the reciprocal program permits legally-registered, medical cardholders from any state (outside of New Mexico), the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and New Mexican native tribes to purchase cannabis in the state of New Mexico, without worry of criminal persecution or any additional fees.

New Mexico’s reciprocal program is considered to be one of the most liberal reciprocity policies nationwide. According to GlobeNewswire, no other medical cannabis reciprocal program in the U.S. currently recognizes Tribal sovereignty in accepting authorizations approved by Tribal nations or pueblos. In addition, out-of-state patients may obtain medical cannabis for conditions other than those listed as qualifying by the New Mexico Department of Health, and they are not required to comply with New Mexico’s patient card application nor renewal requirements.

The program has paved the way for hundreds of out-of-state patients to shop at licensed New Mexican dispensaries. According to the Associated Press, there were about 1,700 registered reciprocal patients in New Mexico as of October 2020. The program would likely be growing at an even quicker rate if the coronavirus pandemic and its related travel bans weren’t an issue.

If you are an out-of-state visitor wishing to shop at Everest as a reciprocal patient, you must present our patient care technicians with a government-issued ID and physical proof of enrollment in another state’s medical cannabis program. As stated in the amendment to SB139, effective Oct. 8, 2020, this proof must be in the form of a physical card or other physical document issued by a governmental entity authorized by law to enroll you in the medical cannabis program in your state of residence. Under this amendment, permission from a medical practitioner, such as a written letter from your physician, is not enough proof of authorization to allow you to register as a reciprocal patient.

As a reciprocal participant, you may purchase and possess up to 230 units (or 8 ounces) of cannabis in a 90-day period. You are not permitted to transport any medical cannabis that you purchase in New Mexico over state lines into another state, and you must follow all other state laws while on your visit.

If you are an out-of-state, legal cardholder, please stop into any Everest Apothecary location and we can get you registered as a reciprocal patient today!


ABQ Dispensary Completes 1,000 Deliveries During the Pandemic

Cannabis Delivered to Your Doorstep? You Bet!

Everest Apothecary has just celebrated the completion of 1,000 medical cannabis deliveries to the greater Albuquerque, NM area. This milestone comes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has hindered the in-person dispensary shopping experience due to state-mandated stay-at-home orders, travel bans, and social distancing practices.

Everest offers the only 100% online cannabis delivery ordering system in the state of New Mexico, which gives medical patients the opportunity to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19 by allowing them to order from home.

To date, there have been a total of 170,296 cases of COVD-19 in the state of New Mexico. Medical cannabis patients are considered to be a medically vulnerable population—and therefore at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19—due to some patients being immunocompromised and many others having qualifying conditions that are exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic, such as anxiety, depression, stress and chronic pain.

With the help of Everest’s home delivery option, many more patients have the ability to secure the medicine they need, without needing to worry about shopping in-store. Before, during and after the delivery process, employees follow all COVID-19 safety protocols, including proper handwashing and the wearing of masks and gloves at all times.

Additionally, patients may choose their own delivery window to know exactly when their purchase will be delivered, and Everest’s fleet of delivery vehicles are unmarked, making delivery transactions discreet.

The goal of the entire process is to make the ordering process simple, safe, and secure for all patients.

Everest Apothecary's Delivery Stamp Card

Last December, Everest also launched its first-ever delivery “stamp card”, which uses special deals to encourage patients to continue utilizing the delivery service, rather than returning to shop in person. With their first delivery order (and their first stamp), patients receive 10% off their entire delivery order. With their 3rd stamp, patients are eligible to receive a free delivery on their next delivery order (the normal delivery fee is waived).

Currently, Everest’s delivery service is only available to legally-registered, New Mexican medical cannabis patients living in select zip codes in Greater Albuquerque, northwest Albuquerque/Rio Rancho and Greater Las Cruces. This service is not available to out-of-state reciprocal patients.

To view our list of zip codes and place a delivery order to your home address, please visit us here.


How to Choose the Best Bud

By Gabriel Moya – Manager, Unser/McMahon

Maximizing the medicinal value and the overall effect of your cannabis begins with learning what to look for, and how to choose what’s right for you. Since the effects of cannabis vary from person-to-person, it’s important to consider their basic elements and the experience they produce.

  • Aroma – A common quote in the cannabis industry is “Your nose knows,” meaning that if you like the smell of a strain’s terpenes its highly likely that you will enjoy the effect of the strain.
  • Color – Look for vivid hues of dark green to purple and the presence of orange and red hairs. The red hairs are called stigmas and, although it is not always the case, high-potency buds tend to have a lot of hairs.
  • Trichomes – Look for sugary crystals on the surface of the flower—these are called trichomes and have high concentrations of cannabinoids, terpenes, and THC.
  • Density – The ideal density varies by strain; buds that are dense and hold more mass are a good indicator that they came from a healthier plant than buds that are fluffy or “larfy.”
  • Texture – When your flower breaks down, it should have a sticky but dry texture, this is good sign that there is a high amount of trichomes within the buds.
  • Seedless – It is highly uncommon for seeds to be found in high-quality cannabis strains; the presence of seeds usually means the plant wasn’t grown in a controlled environment…although finding a seed in your favorite bud could be like “finding a pearl in an oyster.”
  • Trimmed – A tedious manicure ensures that only the richest parts are the flower are sold; only leaf that is covered in trichomes called “sugar leaf” is sometimes kept.
  • Live Weighed – This deli-style weighing process allows patients to see the product they will be purchasing, the container it came from, and (post COVID) to take a whiff of its terpene profile. Pre-packaged flower not only restricts the patient from monitoring their purchase amount, but the quality of the cannabis leaves much to be imagined.
  • Testing – As a business requirement, dispensary flower is to be thoroughly analyzed through a third-party lab that can reveal cannabinoid percentages (THC, CBD, THCV), terpene profiles and, most importantly, the cleanliness of the flower.
  • Percentage Shopping – A common mistake made by patients is to base their purchase decision on the percentage of THC. While data indicates that a strain with a higher THC percentage will have a stronger psychoactive effect, a high THC percentage has the potential to heighten anxiety and exacerbate pain. The best experience is produced from strains that are rich in terpenes and all other cannabinoids, not just THC.

Everest Apothecary takes great pride in serving our community and providing every patient with the right product for their medical needs. Please stop by or call any location and one of our Patient Care Technicians will be more than happy to provide more information regarding cannabis and how to elevate your experience.

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Sources Cited

Hyde, Will. “Leafly’s Visual Quality Guide to Selecting Cannabis.” Leafly, 30 Sept. 2020, www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/leaflys-visual-quality-guide-to-selecting-cannabis.

“Why Does Cannabis Need to Be Lab Tested?” Weedmaps, 16 Sept. 2020, weedmaps.com/learn/the-plant/does-cannabis-need-to-be-tested.


Flower Review: Super Lemon OG

By Joseph Mendoza, Dispensary Manager, Everest Apothecary

A staple on the Everest menu since we opened, Super Lemon OG is popular for its unique and highly effective terpene profile. This sativa-dominant hybrid is a cross between Super Lemon Haze and Captain Krypt OG. It delivers a balanced high with an uplifting, energetic effect and is
a great choice for at-home workouts or DIY projects.

With such a rare terpene profile consisting of Caryophyllene, Farnesene, and Limonene, Super Lemon OG has a therapeutic euphoric effect that provides relief for anxiety, depression and stress. Farnesene, specifically, gives this strain its fruity aroma and has many anti-inflammatory health benefits. Working intermittently, Caryophyllene and Limonene are ideal for pain, gastrointestinal discomfort, and muscle spasms.

Super Lemon OG, or SLOG, has a strong citrus aroma with a sweet, peppery diesel undertone. Clinging together in pebbled clusters, these dense, sage green buds are covered with red hairs and crystalline trichomes. These trichomes contain the cannabis plant’s cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes, and give Super Lemon OG its therapeutic benefits, flavor and potency.

With a heavy resin production, Super Lemon OG is a great strain for producing the highest quality in concentrates such as our Hoodoo™ Live Caviar and Live Diamond Sauce.

So the next time you stop by Everest, pick up some Super Lemon OG flower or Hoodoo concentrate. Staying home? Have it delivered to your doorstep with our A-1 delivery service.

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5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your PAX® Era™

If you’re a dedicated vape user, you’ve heard PAX® a lot in the past few years. PAX has become a leading brand in the portable cannabis vaporizer market, and the name is synonymous with compact, user-friendly, sleek designs. 

Suppose you’ve purchased your PAX® Era™ vaporizer recently and are an iPhone user. In that case, you might not even know about the PAX Mobile app. This app allowed you to monitor your battery, track your usage, and customize your temperature settings with incredible precision.

Unfortunately, this app is currently removed from the Apple App store (#thanksvapegate), but the app is still available via Chrome on desktop and laptop devices, and on the Google Play store for Android. iPhone users never fear, though: the app was a great tool, but it’s not essential to getting the most out of your PAX Era vape! 

The PAX® Era™ is jam-packed with high tech features, all in a classy, sleek, and discrete container that gives you a consistent and high-quality vaping experience.  We could go on and on about all of the great features, our customer cartridges, but we don’t want to make those non-PAX ® Era™ users TOO  jealous… so we’ll keep it to five main benefits. 

  1. Instant Use

The PAX Era takes a whopping 0 seconds to heat up, which is shorter than it takes your coffee to reheat. You don’t have to wait a single second to start vaping when you’re on the go! 

Conduction style technology in the PAX® Era™heats the cannabidiol in your pod. This lets you get the full vapor experience almost immediately after you pick up the pen. 

  1. Precision Control

A big reason the PAX Era vape is so popular is its wide range of temperature control. Temperature control is an excellent add-on for the PAX® Era™ since vaping at different temperatures affects the amount of vapor produced and the flavor profile. The lower setting will give you more flavor from your vape, while the higher settings make thicker, harsher, more intense draws. 

There are four temperature settings built into the PAX Era vape pen:

  • Low (520° F / 270° C)
  • Medium Low (610° F / 320° C)
  • Medium-High (700° F / 370° C)
  • High (790° F / 420° C)

Adjusting the PAX Era temperature is super easy with the app, which will allow you to set your desired temperature and further customize the temperature settings. 

App not an option? No problem! 

First, make sure a pod is connected to your device. Shake your PAX® Era™, and it will display the battery life for you. Remove the pod, and the LED display petals will show the current temperature. It will begin cycling through all four temperature settings from lowest to highest, green, yellow, orange, and red. When it shows the temperature you want, re-insert the pod, and the light will flash to confirm your new setting. Seriously, it’s that easy.

This precision of temperature control allows you to personalize your PAX® Era™ experience and find your perfect settings. Since you have such control, your vape quality stays consistent, and you don’t get any weird, burning flavors, making for a smooth and regular draw with no coughing. 

3) Portability and Discreteness

The PAX® Era™ vape is both incredibly portable and discrete, making it one of the most comprehensive vaporizers on the market.

Users have taken to calling PAX vapes “the Apple of vaporizers” due to the elegant, lightweight design. As each new iteration of MacBooks and iPhones progresses, so does each version of the PAX® Era™. The PAX® Era™ is to vaporizers as the first iPhone was to cell phones. Are we biased? Yes, but we do love our PAX® Era™.  

The PAX Era is straight-up tiny and hardly resembles a vaporizer. Since it’s designed solely for use with pre-filled PAX Pods (available at Everest!), it can be effortless and compact. The vape’s only parts are the quickly rechargeable battery and the cartridges filled with cannabidiol oil extract. Not even a button mars the smooth surface, making this vape one of the most straightforward designs, while still durable, practical, and effective. 

With such a small device that still gives you the high-quality vaping sessions you’re looking for, you can take the PAX on the go anywhere! It will fit into the smallest of pockets and the palm of your hand.

4) Battery Life

We know we keep saying each benefit is the biggest one,  but they are equally as fantastic, including the long-lasting, quick-recharging battery. 

The overall battery life is impacted by how high you set the temperature and how long you choose to make your sessions, but  PAX® Era™ estimates that a full charge will last you up to 200 puffs. 

Are you running low on battery? Plug your PAX Era vape in with its micro USB cable, and the time to full charge is only 45 minutes! 

PAX makes monitoring your battery life super easy too. Simply give your PAX vape a shake, and the light petals will illuminate to show you how much battery you have left:

  • One petal = 0 – 25% battery life left
  • Two petals = 25 – 50%
  • Three petals = 50 – 75%
  • Four petals = 75 – 100% 

5) Change Out Your Pods with Ease

Your PAX vape is compatible with preloaded cartridges (custom created for YOU by Everest!). These pods are pure cannabidiol oil, and Everest even has cartridges with 1:1 ratios of CBD and THC, which are great for relaxing and easing anxiety!

SimpleClick™ interchangeable pods allow you to switch out your extract in seconds. Add this to the fact that your PAX vape doesn’t take time to heat up, and you can go from 60 back down to 0 in less time than it takes to reheat your coffee.

Are you curious as to how many puffs are left in your cartridge? The PAX® Era™ app keeps track of your consumption and also displays in real-time with LED communication.

Double-tap your vape to view the current usage by counting the number of illuminated petals. Each petal is one puff (a 1-2 second inhale) you’ve taken in the past 30 minutes. The session will reset after 30 minutes of inactivity, or you can tap the device six times to reset the count to zero!

Monitoring your usage is a great tool that lets you keep track of your typical sessions and keep an eye on how much you’re consuming. 

Is this a shameless plug for our product? It may be, but our job at Everest is to provide you with the highest quality and most effective medicine on the market. We believe our  PAX® Era™ is one of the best vaping options for anyone looking for a simple, effective way to relax. 
Are you interested in purchasing a  PAX® Era™? Stop by your local Everest location or order one to be delivered!


Lose Your PAX® Vaporizer? Check These Places First

We know what it’s like to lose your PAX® Era™, which is why we made a list of the places we’ve found ours.

PAX is one of the greatest inventions known to humankind. Ok, we may be a little biased because they’re exclusively sold at Everest locations and the pods are filled with our exclusive Heyday™ 100% cannabis oil, but truly. 

Between using your phone to control your dosage, temperature, and intensity, and the slim, discrete design with one of the smoothest draws you’ve ever experienced, we can’t help but love our  PAX.

That being said, if you have purchased a PAX Era™  you have probably lost the same PAX Era™  at some point in time. 

We know you’re exhausted from that age-old question your parents used to ask the minute you told them you lost something, “Well, where was the last place you remember seeing it?” 

We’re not your parents so we’re not going to ask you that but, we have lost a few PAX Era™ s over the years and discovered them in some pretty unique places. This is a list of some of the places that we’ve lost our PAX Era™ in hopes that it will ignite a spark that helps you remember where you left yours. 

This list will constantly grow as we discover the new and creative places we’ve found our  PAX Era™:

  1. Behind Your Couch

There’s no better time to use a PAX Era™ then when you’re ready to kick back and relax on your couch. Yes, this sounds obvious and you’ve probably already looked but look again. We recommend taking a hand and feeling through all of the crevices (or pulling all the couch cushions off) before officially crossing this off your list. Just prepare to grab some other surprises while you’re fishing around back there… a pen, an old snack, who knows… You would be surprised how sneaky that PAX Era™ can be!

  1. No Seriously, Check Every Crevice of Your Couch

Sometimes, there’s a catch-all in the bottom part of your couch (like a kangaroo pouch). Before sticking your hand in there, we recommend just feeling it out to see if there is a little PAX Era™  outline. If there is, jump in and don’t look back. Just make sure you blow out the dust in your PAX Era™  before you use it again. 

  1. Wrapped Up In a Blanket

This also relates to the couch. Don’t waste time lazily moving around the blanket to find your PAX Era™, stand up like an adult and shake out your blanket. You should see your PAX Era™ drop to the floor if it was stuck in the blanket. This is also a good time to TRIPLE check your couch cushions. Can you tell we’ve lost a lot of PAX Era™ in our couches?

  1. Underneath Your Bed or On Your Nightstand

Nothing like a puff-puff pax right before bed, especially since with the PAX Era™ you can control your dosage from your phone, which means you can take just enough to support a great night’s sleep. Did you leave it on your nightstand? Or perhaps it slipped off your nightstand and fell under your bed? OR perhaps you fell asleep with it on the bed and it slipped through that crack in between your headboard and mattress (not going to say whether this has or has not happened to us…) Take a flashlight under the bed and take a quick look. 

  1. Your Sock Drawer

This is where our slim, smooth, and discrete design can sometimes contribute to losing your  PAX Era™. If you keep your PAX Era™ on top of your dresser, there is a chance it could have slipped into one of the open drawers below. Take a quick peek through each of the drawers and rifle through your clothing quickly to see if your PAX Era™ might be in there.

  1. The Crumpled Pile of Clothing on Top of Your Dresser

Hey, we’re not here to judge. It’s post-COVID and the only rules are, there are no rules. Make sure to check the nooks and crannies on top of your dresser. We’ve known a few PaxPod™ to hide in the fold of your daily work-pants…

  1. Your Glasses Case

This is a unique one but has happened to one of our own. Your PAX Era™ is discrete, super compact, and is as useful day today as your glasses. It would only make sense that they ended up in the same case at least once. In fact, we actually suggest this as en effective carry mechanism. You may momentarily lose your glasses, but you always find them eventually. 

  1. On the Back of Your Chair

If you keep your PAX Era™ in your pocket, the slim design can easily slide out of your pocket given the right opportunity. Check behind you on your chair and feel out the chair crease to see if your PAX Era™  got stuck. 

  1. Underneath Your Chair

Just like we mentioned above, the smooth and frictionless design can sometimes slide right out of your pocket. Your PAX Era™ may have also slipped underneath your chair. Stand up or take a look around where you last sat down. 

  1. Your Refrigerator

If you’re rolling your eyes at this one, you’re a better human than the rest of us. We’ve all left random stuff in our fridge or freezer, especially when we’ve gotten the munchies. Take a quick survey of your refrigerator and just give yourself peace of mind knowing that it’s not in there. 

  1. Your Car

This one is easy, especially if you travel with your PAX Era™ (which makes sense because it’s designed to not leave a scent behind). Check to make sure it’s not in your car cup holder, the side pouch on your car, the seat crevice behind you (refer to numbers 8 and 9), or the glove box. 

Where is the weirdest place you’ve found your PAX Era™? Let us know in the comments below!


Everest Celebrates Juneteenth with a Discussion about Diversity

Juneteenth has always been recognized as an important day, but recently it has taken on a newfound (and overdue) notoriety. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued an order,

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” 

When he issued this order, he was unaware that this date would be the most popular celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. Although this is the most popular day to celebrate, this wasn’t the end of slavery. In fact, this proclamation was issued after President Lincoln was assassinated, while the 13th amendment was already well on its way to being established and the Confederate capital (in Richmond) had already fallen. In short, slavery was supposed to have ended two and a half years before this announcement. 

At Everest, we have spent the last few weeks educating ourselves, supporting our team, and discussing how we can contribute to a future we will be proud of. We want everyone reading this to know that we stand behind the people. We believe black lives matter, we hear those who have been speaking out, and we are listening. 

We recently sat down with our COO, Trishelle Kirk to have an open discussion about diversity at Everest.

photo of Trishelle Kirk, COO of Everest apothecary
Trishelle Kirk, COO of Everest Apothecary

Do you think diversity is important?

“I firmly believe that diversity is a requirement for great business. With diversity comes better culture, decision-making, and problem-solving. I think the best way to ensure you have a diverse organization is to focus on the diversity of thought.”

How does having a diverse team support a stronger business?

“When we’re hiring or promoting, we always talk about the value of adding a new perspective into the team. We also encourage people within the organization to speak up if they have a different opinion or a new idea.As a management team, we recognize that we don’t know everything and the best idea wins. Having people that think differently than you in the organization is always an asset. The act of having to examine your own beliefs and opinions, whether you end up sticking with them or not, will ensure better decision-making in the future.”

Let’s talk about what happens when there is a lack of diversity in the workplace…

“Groupthink is incredibly dangerous for an organization that wants to stay cutting edge. Collective bias is very toxic for an organization that wants to grow and retain employees. If you want your business to thrive and remain relevant, you cannot afford to run your organization from the perspective of “we do things this way because we’ve always done things this way.” It is easier in the short-term but rarely results in longevity.”

Groupthink is bad. So, how do you promote diversity during the hiring process?

At Everest, we agree that diversity of thought is the only way we will be able to continue our mission of providing high-quality cannabis to qualified medical patients in a rapidly changing and growing industry. When the diversity of thought is a core value, diversity in individuals is an easy goal to achieve. 

We have to consider experience and qualifications for any candidate, but I find that giving consideration to the unique or different perspective a candidate would bring to their team or to the organization is an incredibly effective way to promote diversity. Every employee that joins Everest is responsible for helping us make the organization better. It’s not a stretch to make your criteria for “better” include different. 

This graphic is a diversity breakdown of the employees and leadership at Everest Apothecary.

How does having a more diverse group of leaders trickle down to a more diverse team?

“As leaders and hiring managers, we have to be honest with ourselves about our hiring process. As much as we wish we could rely on a well-written resume, strong references, and our interviewing skills alone to bring in the perfect candidate, the ultimate decision is a very gut-based one.

If your gut is uncomfortable because a candidate looks or sounds different than you, because you don’t have others of their race, gender or sexual orientation in the organization, because you don’t have a similar background, it is easy for your “gut” to take you toward another candidate that feels more comfortable but may not be any more qualified.”

Is there anything else you would like to add, that can potentially limit diversity in a company?

“One of the things I love about Everest is that very few of our jobs require a college degree. Without that requirement, we can instead recruit for work ethic, passion, problem-solving, experience, and drive. We have a responsibility to do just that. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the value of college education, I hold a master’s degree myself. I also believe it’s important to recognize that many jobs simply don’t require that level of education for an individual to excel.

When you dismiss the inherent bias of an unnecessary educational requirement and instead use it as a way of perpetuating bias against individuals from lower-income backgrounds coming into your organization, you are refusing to take responsibility for using your power and privilege to close the opportunity gap in America.”

Truer words have not been spoken! Any suggestions out there for businesses looking to become more diverse, but that don’t know where to start?

“Business leaders must recognize that education itself is not an equal playing field and using it as one of the biggest criteria for an opportunity in the business world is inherently biased. A gap in opportunity starts nearly at birth and becomes more and more difficult to close as a child grows. A child isn’t responsible for the circumstances of their birth but in business, we often hold them accountable for their entire life.”

We at Everest would like it to be known that we stand with those pushing for reform. Everyone can do better, educate themselves more, and listen. We have made a start, but we understand that there is still work to be done at Everest and around the world. We believe no one is free until everyone is free. 

We stand in solidarity. Black Lives Matter. 


What to Expect When You’re Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card

If you have thought about getting a medical marijuana card but didn’t know what to expect at your appointment (and beyond) this article is for you.

Getting a marijuana card can be nerve-wracking if you’ve never done it and you don’t know what to expect. I (27-year-old female, nonsmoker, nondrinker) decided to get a medical marijuana card to help with chronic lower back pain. I did extensive research to look up what to expect but realized there was nothing that answered all of the questions I had.

This article is going to take you through the process of getting a medical marijuana card for the first time. I asked the doctor a bunch of questions so you can go into your medical marijuana prescription appointment knowing things that I wish I had known before.

You’ll learn about why I decided to get a medical marijuana card (even though I don’t drink or smoke), what conditions certify you for a medical marijuana card, what medical marijuana doctors can diagnose you with on the spot, how long your medical marijuana card is good for, and how long it takes your medical marijuana card to ship. I’m hoping that this article can be as useful to you as learning this information was for me.

Let’s get to know each other a little bit better.

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you don’t have your medical marijuana card and you’re interested in learning more. We already have that in common.

I’ve had lower back pain since I was a teenager. When I was younger, the doctors told me it was from the sports I had been playing and my posture. When I got to college, each doctor I went to told me a different story. I tried acupuncture, chiropractors, stretching and yoga, muscle relaxers, you name the ‘solution’, I’ve tried it. Every doctor told me their diagnosis was the correct one and each time I would be filled with hope… until I tested out the solution that didn’t work. The back pain would sometimes be so intense that I would have to take a break from work until the wave passed.

Finally, a friend suggested that I try to get my medical marijuana card. Perhaps instead of medication or pill acting as a bandaid to the problem, medical marijuana would help relieve some of that chronic pain by allowing my body and muscles the chance to relax. For someone who doesn’t smoke, drink or really do much else besides work and explore the outdoors (I know, I’m probably really selling you on how fun I am), one might wonder, is a medical marijuana card the right choice for my chronic pain?

There are many reasons to go with legal cannabis usage, here are 6 of them:

  • Safe Products – You know these flowers and products are being cared for in a safe, state of the art facility, and regulated for potency. You won’t have to worry about any harmful additives or special surprises (not the good kind).
  • Natural Treatment – Everyone is different but cannabis offers a natural way for your muscles, body, and mind to relax. Cannabis buds (flowers) are from a strain of hemp plants, which can be found in nature.
  • Variety of Treatment Options – You can ingest your marijuana in whichever way is the most comfortable for you. There are salves, vape pens, edibles, pills, tinctures, prerolls, oil, wax, and much more.
An Everest Apothecary Display Case
  • Educational Staff – The staff at any dispensary (I may be biased, but the staff at Everest is some of the best) is incredibly educated on the products they offer. You can go in, explain your symptoms and what you’re looking for. They will always answer any questions you have and give you their recommendation. Trust me when I say I stress tested the number of questions one could ask. They answered ALL of them.
  • Daily Deals – I can’t speak for the other dispensaries, but I joined Everest’s email list and they offer different discounts for every day of the week. I’ve never worked with an outside cannabis consultant, but I just have a feeling that they aren’t as big on ‘Happy Hour Pricing’ as a regulated dispensary. They also offer deals on their other products, such as vape pens and tinctures.
  • Better Than Pills – When I went to get treatment for my chronic pain, the suggestion was always a pain killer or muscle relaxer pill with a laundry list of side effects. Each had a warning about becoming addicted, suicidal, nauseous, depressed, drowsy, anxious, and a handful of other fun side effects. Marijuana was presented as an a la carte option. No side effects, except the ones you’ve been looking for.
  • Specific Dosage – You can get super specific dosages with anything you’re looking for. You can do CBD/THC hybrid EVERYTHING. If you’re concerned about too much THC, you can get a product that has more CBD than THC for a more relaxing effect without the head or body high. (Pst. I was told to ask about custom chill pills at Everest… passing it on)

There are so many more reasons why getting your medical marijuana card is a great option but let’s move on.

I nervously made my appointment with a recommended Nurse Practitioner, Kathy. Getting an appointment was simple. I just called the number on Everest’s website, left a voicemail letting them know I was interested in getting my medical card and received a call back from 420 Connect after about 4 hours.

Once my appointment was set, I felt nervous. I felt like I was cheating the system by getting a medical marijuana card. Did I really need it?! With great power comes great responsibility… I felt like the nerdy kid sneaking into the college party. Can I get in trouble for this? Will people be able to sense that I have my card? I tried to let the nervous nerdy, straight edge kid doubts wash over me and waited not-so-patiently for my appointment.


One week later, I walked into Everest Apothecary was instantly greeted by a friendly staff member that led me over to the waiting area. Not even 5 minutes later, Nurse Kathy came to get me.

We sat down and I explained some of my symptoms, lower back pain transferring into abdominal pain so severe that it would distract me from work. I had 6 years of doctor visits and recommendations on solutions. I gave her approval to access my medical history so she was able to validate and qualify me. She explained to me that in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card, you must have chronic pain or have had at least one of the symptoms below for 3 months or more.

Here is the list of symptoms that qualify you for a medical marijuana card:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease,
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS),
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord (with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity)
  • Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C Infection currently receiving antiviral therapy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hospice Care
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inclusion Body Myositis
  • Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated Arthritis
  • Intractable Nausea/Vomiting
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the only symptom that can get diagnosed during your medical marijuana appointment. What that means is that if you don’t have records that indicate you have been suffering from PTSD, you can get diagnosed in house.
    • As of right now, you do not qualify if you have PTSD from COVID-19 BUT if you do have PTSD that has lasted over 3 months and has been retriggered by COVID-19, you could qualify.
  • Severe Anorexia/Cachexia
  • Severe Chronic Pain
  • Spasmodic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

As she pulled my medical records, she explained the process and the medical marijuana card in more depth so I fully understood what I was getting myself into (Spoiler: It’s even better and cooler than I thought).

  1. Medical Marijuana is a Prescription – She started by letting me know that having a med card is like having a prescription for a medication. Your card is discreet and although they do not protect you from drug testing at a job, you get the same discretion as you would picking up medicine from CVS. The only people who know your subscription are the people who need to know, and those filling it.
  2. New Mexico Medical Marijuana Cards are Good for Three Years – Kind of. They used to distribute you a new card every year with your renewal, but they wanted to save on plastic. Now, your card is good for three years BUT you still need to recertify once a year. You will see your recertification dates on your card.
  3. You can Recertify Over Video – Recertifications don’t need to be in person anymore (I guess there are some silver linings from COVID). 420 Connect has a video option. You cannot do a video visit if you’re using them for the first time, but if you’re an existing patient you have the green light.
  4. All You Need to Renew Your Card is a VALID Drivers License – Seems simple enough (some people are having issues because of COVID and MVD shutdowns), but those license expirations can sneak up on you. Make sure your license is valid before going into to get your medical marijuana card.
  5. Once You Qualify, You ALWAYS Qualify – The state grandfather’s you in no matter how long it’s been since your card has expired. What that also means is that if you qualified because of PTSD, you don’t have to go through any past trauma again just to get recertified. You are set for life.
  6. Your Card Takes 30 Days on Average to Ship – I know, this one kind of sucks. You get to check out the dispensary when you go in for your appointment but then you don’t get to go back until you have your card (wamp WAMP) but note that it’s coming from the state health department so there isn’t much anyone can do to expedite that. Thankfully, you only have to do this every three years.
  7. Appointments Are 30 Minutes or Less – Renewal appointments are 15 minutes and first-time patient appointments are 30 minutes. You can come in and get qualified on your lunch break! In a world where going to the doctor’s office can take up an entire day, this is a well-welcomed change.

She pulled my records, printed off some paperwork that I signed that verified everything I had told her, addressed it, and sent it off. 30 minutes later, I was trying to catch a glimpse of all the products Everest had to offer on my way out. I am currently in the waiting period for my medical marijuana card but I hope to keep you updated when I receive it in the mail, when I go into the dispensary and purchase my first few items, and then when I test out Everest’s new delivery service.

Stay tuned for more of my journey into the world of medical marijuana!

If you’re interested in booking a new patient appointment with 420 Connect, contact them here.

If you’re looking to set up delivery through Everest, click here.

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