Alibi V.28 No.17 • April 25-May 1, 2019 

Best of Burque 2019

Cannabis

Best Medical Cannabis Dispensary

The Verdes Foundation

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In the medical cannabis industry, fair pricing and quality selection can go a long way. But a comfortable setting and an educated, friendly staff are the hallmarks that keep us coming back again and again. The Verdes Foundation makes the often overwhelming task of shopping for medical cannabis easy. The staff are friendly, know their business and are always willing to walk a new patient through the process. It almost seems like the consistently beautiful flower they carry is just the icing on the cake. (Joshua Lee)

2) High Desert Relief Dispensary

3) Urban Wellness

Best CBD Shop

The CBD Boutique

CBD is the darling of the health world, but navigating the maze of information on THC's younger sibling can be near impossible. Luckily we can bend the ears of the kind folks over at The CBD Boutique and get some honest answers on the subject. They have a real reputation around town for being kind, welcoming and knowledgeable. And their expertise in this widely misunderstood compound is only exceeded by their expertise in customer service. (Joshua Lee)

2) Boutique Botanicals

3) The Verdes Foundation

Best Cannabis Strain

Skywalker Kush - High Desert Relief

If your looking for something that will plant your tush on the sofa, soothe your aches and pains, fuzz out your worries and send you to dream land, then you can't miss out on the heady Skywalker Kush from High Desert Relief. Sour and mossy, this indica-dominant hybrid affects a large swath of physical ailments while cooling the mind and smoothing the attitude. It's the perfect after-dinner strain. (Hey look: We managed to get through this whole entry without making a Star Wars reference.) (Joshua Lee)

2) Blue Dream - Verdes Foundation

3) The Mac - Urban Wellness

Best Cannabis Edible

Bhang Chocolate

Cannabis or chocolate? Don't make us choose! Can we all just agree that cannabis is better with chocolate, and chocolate is better with cannabis? It's an example of “synergy”: when two things combine to become greater than the sum of their parts—a word that was actually invented to describe marijuana brownies (don't look that up). Every bite of a Bhang bar is chock full of synergy. That's probably why they taste so good. Just don't eat too much. (Joshua Lee)

2) Mountaintop Extracts Suckers

3) Serenity Chocolates by Budder Pros

Best Infused Product

CBDelish Bathbombs

Nothing beats the relaxing power of a bath bomb from CBDelish. Sure. You could use a CBD ointment or eat a CBD treat, but where's the fun in that? Trust us. The healing power of these homemade CBD-infused bombs will spoil you for any other method of consuming this powerful compound. Smash your phone, tell everyone you live with to shut up for 30 minutes, close the bathroom door and indulge in the sensual pleasure of a simple bath. You'll thank us. (Joshua Lee)

2) The Verdes Foundation Soaking Salts

3) Pecans by WEW

Best Daily Specials

Urban Wellness

Here's the deal: marijuana is pretty rad on its own—no argument there. But one way to make it cooler is with sales and promotions. Adults on a budget love sales and promotions. That's why we like Urban Wellness' daily specials so much that we start salivating like Pavlov's dogs twice a week. It's embarrassing, but we're willing to suffer through soggy shirt fronts for a good deal. Now if only someone would start implementing coupons, we'd be all set. (Joshua Lee)

2) Boutique Botanicals

3) The Verdes Foundation

Best Waiting Room

The Verdes Foundation

Purchasing cannabis is generally a painless experience, but finding yourself in the middle of a packed waiting room during a midday rush is something every patient encounters. It's at these times that we realize just how important an impact a waiting room can have on our experience. Both Verdes Foundation locations' waiting rooms are like cool oases meant to soothe patients who have just come in from the chaos of Albuquerque's streets. Soft natural lighting and giant sexy menu screens actually make waiting in line a nice break from the rest of your day. (Joshua Lee)

2) High Desert Relief

3) Urban Wellness

Best Medical Marijuana Practitioner

Mike Wallace - 420 Connect NM

Every day more New Mexicans are turning to cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceutical intervention. For them, this can be a trying time full of worry, indecision and the feeling that they're out of their depth. Marijuana is still stigmatized in many ways, and finding a professional with real answers to your questions can be tough. Mike Wallace and the team at 420 Connect have been giving award-winning service to locals for years, and it's next to none. With affordable pricing and a board certified medical staff, they make applying to the state program simple. (Joshua Lee)

2) Lori Frohe - Mindful Medicine

3) Dr. Jefferey Schnapp - Everest Apothecary