The Apothecarium – San Francisco, CA
Visiting The Apothecarium feels like stepping into a den of herbal elixirs located in a future-forward Barbary library. Everyone is welcome. Central to San Francisco, the shop attracts mostly locals of the Castro and Mid-Market communities. Visitors can browse designer glass, a cannabis bibliothèque and an art gallery while being checked in. The space is open, though corridors create a feeling of multiple rooms. A specialist escorted me to the counter for consultation. Walking up, my head turned in every direction to gaze at the beveled edges of décor. The compartmentalized menu boasts detailed options for flower, concentrates, edibles and topicals. 4/20 at The Apothecarium is a festive affair with deals, a raffle and vendors onsite. Come early to avoid lines!
Mid-Market has historically been central to gender equality and sex rights activism. Family-founded, The Apothecarium opened in 2011, and since opening they’ve raised over $350,000 for community organizations. Many of their patients face symptoms of PTSD, anxiety or HIV/AIDS. Director of Education Sara Payan explained that, despite legalization in January, “75-80 percent of people are still asking for [medical] consultations.” Prior to recreational legalization, becoming a cannabis patient took courage. Many felt insecure having their name on a government list, creating limited access to necessary medicine due to fear.
Consultants are engaged with patients behind the bar “so we can convey our relations with cannabis and enable people’s access,” notes Payan. Eliot Dobris, Head of Marketing and Communications, added that caretaking opens “more enabled sharing.” I stood at The Apothecarium counter and lost track of time talking with the consultants, sharing our therapeutic and social experiences using cannabis. “We really foster one-on-one conversations,” proclaims Eliot. “The design of the store is about that. We have lots of questions to ask to find out what’s right for you.” The Apothecarium offers both doctor and health professional tours. You can visit The Apothecarium in Las Vegas and any of their three San Francisco locations: Castro, South of Market and the Marina.
Instagram: @apothecariumsf | Website: apothecarium.com | Address: 2029 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114