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.


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


Celebrating 2 Years in Business

We’re turning two!This Friday, December 21, marks two years since we opened our doors at our 4th Street location. We are honored to have served patients in our community over the last couple of years and become part of the local cannabis industry. Patients are invited to celebrate with us this Friday, December 21, at all locations with great deals all day long!

$2 OFF Select edibles, concentrates and topicals.
$2 OFF Gorilla Glue, King Louis the XIII x Copper Chem and White Fire OG prerolls.

$7 Grams on select strains White Fire OG and Arise.

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


Discover the Tangy Punch of Everest’s New Tutti Frutti Strain

Our own phenotype of the Juicy Fruit strain developed by Sensi Seeds, Tutti Frutti is a sativa-dominant hybrid that helps alleviate pain and stress. It evokes a euphoric effect that combats depression while curbing nausea to improve appetite. Testing at over 25% THC, this uplifting strain will get you through the day with a smile on your face and a pep in your step.

Now available on the top shelf of all three Everest locations!


Green Friday

Have You Heard? Green Is the New Black

Whether you’re taking advantage of Black Friday discounts or relaxing with Netflix and a turkey sandwich, you don’t want to miss the Green Friday discounts at Everest Apothecary including 20% off ALL regular-priced items! Plus:

$25 200mg THC Lotion: Save 50% on our 200mg medicated lotion by Herbal Edibles. It’s infused with essential oils and just what you need for severe aches and pains.

$10 100mg Fruit Leather: We’re taking $5 off our 100MG Mango Fruit Leather Roll by Elevated. Packaged in a resealable container for easy dosing throughout the day.

$15 House Wax: We’re introducing a new formulation of house wax and offering it, today only, for an amazing $15 for a half gram.

$20 100mg THC Lotion: Take 50% off of our 100mg Herbal Edibles medicated lotion. Ideal for soothing minor aches and pains and loaded with essential oils.

$5 Off Herbal Edibles Soothe Tube: Take $5 off our 200mg Soothe Tube by Herbal Edibles. Made with all natural ingredients and perfect for targeting sore muscles, aches and pains.

$6 Slice of Pumpkin High: Leftovers are good. These are better! Grab our limited edition, medicated 50mg pumpkin pie bars. Made exclusively by Herbal Edibles, these treats are organic and non-GMO.

Black Friday offers are valid November 23 only while supplies last. Offers cannot be combined with any other Everest Apothecary discounts.


Week of Thanks November 17-21


Starting Saturday, November 17, through Wednesday, November 21, we’re offering deliciously medicated 50mg pumpkin pie bars for just $6.00. Made exclusively by Herbal Edibles, these organic, non-GMO slices of “pumpkin high” are just what the Dr. ordered to get you through the Thanksgiving festivities. Limit two per visit.

Join us for daily specials stating November 18.

Sunday, November 18: We’re adding some power to our Flower Power Sunday. Along with our usual $2 of all strains, we’re also taking 30% off all topicals! Stop suffering from aches and pains. Our topicals are just what you need.

Monday, November 19: What makes Mid-Shelf Monday more magnificent? Girl Scout Cookies! Stop in on Monday and get mid-shelf grams for $7 and top-shelf Girl Scout Cookies for just $9 per gram!

Tuesday, November 20: Tasty Tuesday just got tastier! Enjoy $2 off all edibles and $3 off all Herbal Edible baked goods! Ever tried medicated cheesecake? Now’s the perfect time.

Wednesday, November 21: What’s more wonderful than saving $5 on all concentrates? How about .5g’s of Snoop’s Dream Nug Run for just $20? Get ‘em while they last!

In honor of the holiday, our Everest family will be enjoying Thanksgiving Day, November 22, off. We will reopen Friday, November 23, with Green Friday specials you will not want to miss! Stay tuned to your email for details on our specials.


Saturday Special | September 15, 2018

This Saturday, September 15, enjoy our top shelf Gorilla Glue handcrafted flower for just $8 per gram.

Gorilla Glue, developed by GG Strains, is a potent hybrid strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Taking first place in both the Michigan and Los Angeles 2014 Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup, this multiple award-winning hybrid’s supremacy is no longer a
secret, and consumers will search far and wide to get their hands sticky with Gorilla Glue.
You can enjoy this offer at either our North Valley location or our NE Heights shop. Offer valid Saturday, September 15 only, while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other Everest offers.

Saturday Special |September 8, 2018

Shop this Saturday for great specials on two of our popular handcrafted cannabis strains. Our top shelf Girl Scout Cookies will available for $8 per gram.

Our mid shelf White Fire OG will also be on special for just $7 per gram. Special is valid at both Everest NE Heights and 4th Street locations.

Valid Saturday, September 8, 2018 only. Cannot be combined with any other offers.


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