“We see so many patients who tell us how helpful cannabinoids have been regarding overcoming a opiod addiction.” Jessica said.
Do they use the flowers or CBD’s I asked.
“Both.” Said Victoria. “It all depends on their particular condition and their personal response to the products.”
With names on the menu like Blue Dream, Durban Poison and Green Crack, one wonders how people decide which one is their remedy, and how do the women working in the dispensary know which to recommend?
Earlier Barbara Crawford (whom I had met here soon after the facility opened), had explained to me the rigorous training they go through.
“It’s ongoing.” She told me. “We abide by the highest standards here.”
Indeed they do! Since I visited in the summer, everything has shifted gears; the entire operation, from grow to harvest to production, is operating like a well oiled machine. With a tight crew in place, Southwest Wellness is poised on the cusp of this burgeoning new economy, especially once New Mexico goes Recreational.
For right now, the biggest Medical Grow in the State (right here in Taos) is doing just fine thank you. Aside from providing Taos Medical Marijuana Patients with the cleanest product around, they are getting ready to open a second dispensary in Albuquerque at 9132 Montgomery N.E.
Another is planned for Santa Fe early in the New Year.
All the cannabis used in the edibles (and all the other products sold in the Southwest Wellness dispensary) are made with flowers grown in the aforementioned greenhouses.
Back in the spotless dispensary, (which is clinical but by no mean devoid of design detail, with fixtures by metal artist, Frank Seckler and the entire facility designed by Doug Patterson) I asked the two women the same question regarding how they make their recommendations.
“Actually, “ Victoria smiled, your nose is your best guide regarding the best medicine for you.”
“How so? I queried.
“Well we carry cannabinoid receptors” she explained, “so it seems that our olfactory sense connects to that and those in the flowers.”
Jessica was already gathering containers and bringing them to the counter for me to smell.
Both girls got a big laugh when I pronounced the “Poison” my fave (again), and encouraged me to try a couple of others I responded to. One is named Lavendar which I like.
I had responded quite negatively to a few – their earthy musky quality didn’t do it for me and neither did the so-called ‘citrus” scents – and wondered how they would have affected me had I tried them from name alone. Trust the nose seems to be the message here.
Southwest Wellness offers daily specials with 15% off each. Tasty Tuesday is the day to get in there to pick up a few of those edibles to keep you smiling through New Year. And you might want to wait until Saturday(Shatterday) to pick up some of the brilliant new additions they have – long-lasting and very clean.
For much more about Southwest Wellness and everything they do and offer to card-carrying members of New Mexico’s Medical Marijuana Program, please visit their site linked below.