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
  • 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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Not Sure Which Strain is Right for You During Quarantine? This Flow Chart Can Help!

Stuck at home during COVID-19 and looking for the right strain of weed? Everest created two flow charts that can help you determine which strain is right for you!

If you’ve found this helpful, share it with your friends! If you’re looking to purchase some cannabis now, check out our new online menu!

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


  • 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


  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. 


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


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 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. 

Saturday Special | June 23, 2018

We’re having three great deals you will not want to miss! Stop in today, Saturday, June 23 for top shelf Girl Scout Cookies. This handcrafted cannabis is just $8 per gram and available at both Everest locations.

 Scout Cookies   handcrafted cannabis

You can also get $5 off our Black Label King Palm Pre-Rolls. Each pre-roll holds 1.75g of flower and .25g of wax and is available in hybrid and sativa hybrid option.

hybrid and sativa hybrid option
Plus, we’re offering 20% off all CBD products.
Deals available at both our North Valley and NE Heights locations. Valid June 23 only. Cannot be combined with any other Everest discounts.

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