Apothekare Featured on Playboy TV

Apothekare to be Featured on Playboy TV’s “High Indulgence”

 

We are so excited to announce we will appear on the new Playboy TV series titled “High Indulgence.” In early March, the amazing crew from Playboy TV paid a visit to Mission Valley, San Diego to experience a day in the life of Apothekare.

Hosted by Shanley McIntee, the show examines the future of cannabis culture with an emphasis on high quality product. Shanley interviewed our owner, took a shop of the tour with the dope ___, and experienced legal weed in San Diego first hand.

The series is slated to premier this summer, and we will keep you posted on when and where you can watch it! In the mean time, here are a few “behind-the-scenes” looks from our shoot.

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Strain Showcase: Kurple Fantasy

Genetics: Grandaddy Purple x 92 OG

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Kurple Fantasy is a renowned Hybrid that blends equal parts grape and gas! Known for its picturesque purple tint, this Kurple Fantasy was cultivated with care by our in-house cultivation team. A frosty plant with resin rails jetting up her fan leaves, our Kurple Fantasy tastes like a Grape Kool-Aid mixed with gasoline. 

Kurple Fantasy is a moderately strong strain that is best consumed in the afternoon or evening. A perfect strain to wind down at the end of day, Kurple Fantasy will leave you as relaxed as a picturesque sunset in San Diego.

Kurple Fantasy is currently on the shelf and you can https://weedmaps.com/dispensaries/emerald-court-yard menu to stay up to date! 

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UC San Diego to Treat Autism With CBD in Landmark Study

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CBD (Cannabidiol) is widely considered to be the sorcerer's stone compound in cannabis. The non-psychoactive and therapeutic component has been shown to cease seizures, stall breast cancer, and has been hailed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Now, our neighbors at UC San Diego will discover if CBD can successfully treat the 3.5 million Americans that suffer from autism. Researchers will spend time examining the results of CBD-treatment on children 8-12 years old suffering from a severe form of this developmental brain disorder.

The landmark study was made possible by a $4.7 million grant from the Noorda Foundation in partnership with the Wholistic Research and Education Foundation based in La Jolla. The donation is the largest private research donation to study CBD in America.

The group says its goal is

"to change this paradigm with research-driven, scientific data, while also supporting the establishment of standardized testing and regulation to ensure that available products are indeed what they claim to be."

To achieve that goal, UC San Diego's Center for Medical Cannabis Research will examine the affect of CBD on 30 autistic children with "severe symptoms". Those 30 children will receive a liquid form of CBD sourced from a federally approved lab in Arizona.

Researchers will then discover how CBD can aid in the symptoms that include "seizures, self-injuring behavior, and crippling anxiety." While case studies in the past have offered clearcut proof that CBD can halt seizures, this controlled study will offer empirical evidence into CBD's powers fighting autism.

President of the Autism Society Scott Badesch told the Duluth News Tribune that

"I've spoken to parents who swear that this is effective — but it needs to undergo scientific research."

The study at UC San Diego will be led by Dr. Igor Grant. On a higher level, the study serves to examine

"whether and how CBD alters brain activity, neurotransmitters and/or brain network connectivity; and determine whether biomarkers or neuroinflammation are altered by CBD."

To that effect, the 30 children will be subject to MRI scans and electroencephalograms to conclude whether or not CBD altered their brain chemistries.

Dr. Doris Trauner, a UC San Diego pediatrics and neuroscience expert also leading the study, added that

"It's important to do this study to show whether there is objective improvement, or whether is detrimental or whether it doesn't do anything at all" [Duluth News Tribune]

We can't wait to see the results from this monumental study in our backyard!

Thrillist's Best Dispensaries in San Diego!

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We are thrilled to be included in Thrillist.com's list of the top dispensaries in San Diego. Noting our free-flowing, open floor shopping experience, the excerpt also mentions our amazing deals for first-time-consumers:

As an initial bonus, just visiting their website results in an immediate 20% off coupon and they also offer discounts for veterans and Social Security recipients. San Diegans like this shop for its wide selection -- which runs the gamut from flower to bath bombs -- and comparatively lower pricing, compared to other dispensaries in town. [Thrillist]

We pride ourselves on having a wide selection of high quality flower along with the industry's leading products so that every consumer leaves Apothekare satisfied.

The Apothekare team is honored to be included on this list and is excited for the future of legal cannabis in San Diego!

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4 Albums That Hit The High Notes

Music is perhaps one of the most powerful art forms on the planet. Music helps us set a mood, cement a memory and inspire dreams. So, it is no surprise that the right music can transform a mild high into something truly mind-blowing.

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Music and marijuana have a unique symbiotic relationship that results in a mentally-stimulating and electric experience. While there are many different albums that a great to listen to while high there are a few that are considered the quintessential for any 4:20 playlist

Live/Dead - Grateful Dead

Released in November 1969 this was the first official album by the Grateful Dead. Comprised from a series of concerts in early 1969 this album was touted as “the finest rock improvisation ever recorded” Featuring their signature song Dark Star, this live album makes you feel like you were there.

Dark Side of the Moon- Pink Floyd

The 8th album released by the English rock band in March of 1973 is perhaps the quintessential stoner album,as pop culture has pretty much canonized Pink Floyd as the canonical druggie band. Are you a newbie? Then this is the perfect album/song to start with. Just take a few deep hits and press play as the opening salvo fills the air.


36 Chambers: Enter the Wu-Tang-  Wu-Tang Clan

This album is jammed packed with pop-culture references, low-fi beats and a twisted lyrics that are this hip-hop group’s trademark. In fact, the band recommends listening to their debut album high as RZA has stated to multiple outlets “ You’ll definitely like our shit more when you’re high.”

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots- Flaming Lips

After two decades in the business, the Flaming Lips released an album that seemed like they were discovering the world for the first time.  A mix of spacy electronic excursions and bright orchestration, this album ponders the big-picture questions about paranoia, love and the universe. Between its inventive lyrics and whimsical score, this album is chock full of songs that transport the listener to a whole new world.

Of course, there are many more albums to add to your playlist, but these 4 are a great place to start.  Got your own playlist that you love. Share it on our Facebook.

 

5 Of The Most Potent Marijuana Moments In Pop Culture

In the 82 years since the debut of “Reefer Madness”, there is little doubt among the proponents of marijuana that we have come a long way. Despite the great effort made by the federal government, marijuana is now legal in some for in over half the country.

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While this new movement is the result of decades of hard work by proponents, pop culture has been doing it’s part to combat the negative government propaganda since 1936.  From Bob Dylan’s “ Rainy Day Woman #12 &#35 to “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle”, pop culture has been normalizing the use of marijuana for nearly a century.  Today we pay tribute to some of the most iconic marijuana moments in pop culture.

 

“Up In Smoke”

 

This 1978 Cheech & Chong classic is perhaps one of the quintessential “Stoner” movies. Beloved by potheads of all ages, this comedy showcases the trademark hysterical antics that Cheech & Chong are known for.

Fun Fact: “Up In Smoke” was the first film to introduce moviegoers to the stoner lexicon that has been used 100’s of movies and TV shows

 

“Fast Times At Ridgemont High”

 

Featuring the future Oscar heavyweight Sean Penn, who set the standard for the stoned-out surfer stereotype, this 1982 movie is still a fan favorite.

 

Fun Fact:  Penn stayed in character during the movie’s entire shoot and would only answer to the name of his character “Spicoli” 

“Dazed And Confused”

Perhaps most famous for Matthew McConaughey's portrayal; of a a sleazy, yet weirdly likeable stoner, this early 90’s movie is still one of the most quotable movies of all time.

 

 

Fun Fact: Slater’s line “George toked weed, are you kiddin' me, man? He grew fields of that stuff, man.” was actually based on fact, well sort of.  According to The Journal of The American Revolution, Washington did grow hemp at Mount Vernon, but there is no substantial evidence to support the claim tha he smoked the plant.

“Half Baked”

Co-written by the comedian Dave Chappelle, this 1998 comedy starred both the hilarious comedian and former SNL star Jim Breuer. Littered with cameos (including Snoop Dogg, Tommy Chong , Bob Saget and Jon Stewart)  this movie just gets better the more stoned you are.

 

 

 

Fun Fact:  For many years there has been a lot of speculation around the appearance of Jerry Garcia in the movie. But alas, the Grateful Dead frontman did not make a cameo, his character was played by celebrity impersonator David Bluestein.


 

“Pineapple Express”

 

Touted as the first film to put the “bud” back in the “buddy comedy, this 2008 Judd Apatow produced tells the touching, yet hysterical story of a corporate cog and his carefree pot-dealer who inadvertently get involved in a murder.

Fun Fact:  Seth Rogen rolled every joint in the film himself. That takes dedication.

The State of Marijuana: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cracking down on legal marijuana

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Dispensary owners and cannabis growers may suddenly be sleeping more restlessly.

Though setting up a pot shop has always been an uncertain business, memos issued by the Department of Justice under President Obama gave people in the industry some assurance that if they were abiding by state laws, they were at small risk of federal prosecution. But on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded those memos, allowing federal prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws more aggressively and sending ripples of unease throughout the burgeoning industry.

“A lot of folks in the business and broader society didn’t realize how tenuous the Obama Administration’s safe space was,” says the California Growers Association’s Hezekiah Allen, who represents hundreds of cannabis farmers in a state where recreational pot went on sale for the first time just four days ago. As more states have legalized marijuana and more people have publicly set up marijuana businesses, Allen says, “there is much more exposure to risk than there ever has been.”

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Nearly 30 states have legalized medical marijuana. Eight states — which represent about a quarter of America’s population — have legalized recreational marijuana, allowing adults to consume it much like they consume alcohol. But cannabis remains a dangerous drug in the eyes of the federal government. Sessions himself has said the substance is “not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.” And in announcing the changes, the Justice Department emphasized in a press release that there would be “a return to the rule of law.” Yet the disconnect between federal and state laws on the issue remains unchanged.

California is still getting its recreational market up and running, and Allen says that some cannabis growers are suddenly reconsidering their applications for state licenses — thinking that staying in the gray or black markets might be the safer course after all. Even if vigorous enforcement and raids never materialize, the Justice Department changes are likely going to slow investment in the so-called “green rush” and dissuade some people from setting up new marijuana businesses.

“Investments are less secure,” says Vitiello. “They were insecure anyway, but potential forfeiture of assets and criminal prosecutions all make legitimate business more difficult.” When cannabis producers exit the black market and do all the paperwork required to participate in legal state markets, he adds, “what they’re saying is ‘Here I am.'” And while federal drug enforcement agents might be in limited supply, it takes few resources to send chilling cease-and-desist letters, he says.

Recreational marijuana may be more at risk than medical marijuana. For the last several years, a federal budget provision has prevented the Justice Department from using funds to disrupt medical marijuana markets that have been legalized by states. As Congress inches toward passing a budget for 2018, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing for that provision to be renewed. And some advocates for marijuana reform believe that rescinding the memos may actually make it easier for their side to win support. “It is a galvanizing moment,” says Grant Smith of the Drug Policy Alliance.

On a conference call Thursday afternoon, several members of the congressional Cannabis Caucus criticized the move by Sessions and argued that the changes only underscore the need for reform at the federal level that will clearly leave this issue up to states and local governments. The lawmakers said that people rely on medical marijuana to treat debilitating conditions, and that tens of thousands of individuals now rely on legal sales of cannabis to make a living. “We’re not going to allow the clock to be turned back,” said California Rep. Barbara Lee, noting that minorities have been disproportionately affected by the enforcement of drug laws.

Also on the call was Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, who has introduced a provision that would also prohibit Justice Department funds from being used to disrupt recreational markets. So far, the measure has found little traction in a Republican-controlled Congress.

Working against broad reform are advocacy groups that oppose legalization, like Smart Approaches to Marijuana. On Thursday, their leader Kevin Sabet applauded Justice Department’s decision, telling the New York Times that “It puts the industry on notice in these states who thought they had cover from the states and the feds.”

The law firm of Vicente Sederberg, which counsels clients who run marijuana businesses in Colorado, was fielding calls on Thursday from people wondering about what might come next. Mason Tvert, who has long advocated for the reform of marijuana laws and handles media relations for the firm, says they have been emphasizing that “it remains to be seen if there will actually be any changes in enforcement.” The changes are causing confusion, he says, but we don’t expect to see any full-blown rollback of the system.”

Lawmakers from states that have legalized the substance have suggested that a crackdown could prove unpopular, going against the decisions of voters in places from Oregon to Nevada. “With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in [Colorado] and other states,” Republican Sen. Cory Gardner said in a tweet condemning Sessions’ move. Support for legalization has been growing in recent years, reaching a record high of 64% in October, according to Gallup. Last year was the first time that a majority of Republicans — 51% — expressed approval.

The potential for profits may also prove to be a buffer, especially under an administration that is resoundingly pro-business. While Sessions has criticized legalization, as has Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly, the President has said previously that the issue should be left to the states. “Remember that the money is not red money or blue money,” Vitiello says of investments in the space. “It is green money.” States have also been seeing windfalls from tax revenue. According to one research firm, Colorado has raked in more than $500 million since starting legal sales in 2014.

If nothing else, Sessions has issued a strong reminder that marijuana remains controversial, even if the first sales of recreational marijuana in California were met with a rather blase attitude on New Year’s Day. Laws such as the Controlled Substances Act, the Attorney General said in his memo, “reflect Congress’ determination that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime.”

Smoke’n Up in the New Year: New Legislation and Rules for Cannabis in 2018

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An increasing number of states are making access to medical marijuana legal. Some are even legalizing recreational marijuana. As we head into a new year, new legislation voted on in November is taking effect. Below is a brief summary of new marijuana laws in the United States:

California

California's Proposition 64 allows adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their home. As far as sales go, recreational marijuana will be available for sale to adults beginning January 1, subject to 276 pages of regulations. These include marijuana businesses being at least 600 feet away from schools, operating hours no later than 10:00 p.m. and mandatory 24-hour video surveillance in all stores.

Massachusetts

Look for recreational marijuana to be available for sale sometime in 2018, as soon as the state's Cannabis Control Commission has been formed and is able to set up the network and state control for selling marijuana. Possessing and growing marijuana for personal, recreational use is now legal.

Maine

Adults 21 years and older are permitted to possess up to 1 ounce of recreational marijuana in Maine and grow a "limited number" of plants. However, the framework for setting up the network and tax system for recreational marijuana sales in Maine won't be in place until February 2018 at the earliest.

Nevada

While medical marijuana has been available in Nevada since 2016, the state is just gearing up to offer recreational marijuana for sale to adults 21 years and older. However, that doesn't mean you can light up a joint in public. The current law restricts marijuana use to private homes and yards. In addition, it's now legal to possess recreational marijuana. As for growing it, you are allowed to grow six plants per adult occupant of the home as long as you live at least 25 miles from a retail marijuana outlet. That rules out growing plants in Las Vegas and Reno.

In addition to these new laws, look for ballot issues about marijuana in 2018 in a number of states, including Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Missouri.