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A Year in Review

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In 2023, we took you on a 12-monthly guide to wellness. Each month we featured a common ailment and how CBD and other cannabinoids could help. As we close out the year, let’s take a moment to recap and highlight some of the key information presented.

A Year in Review


At the beginning of 2023, we explored ways in which CBD can help to renew and rejuvenate our bodies. We discussed products formulated with CBG as well as medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Ashwagandha, and Cordyceps that have been shown to help with energy and immunity which is so crucial in the cold winter months.

Our spotlight item for January was the Welliza Z Time sleep tincture because the best way to feel renewed and active is to get a great night’s sleep!


For continuous health we presented how CBD can be used to improve energy and focus. The featured products included formulas that combined CBD with other natural botanicals like rhodiola and saffron to help elevate energy and immunity. The raw acidic forms of CBD and CBG (which are CBDA and CBGA) were also discussed for their higher absorption rate and more stimulating effects. To ensure your energy and focus are at their peak it is vital to maintain a healthy and strong immune system.

To help achieve that goal we offered a spotlight special on the Apothecary Super Green Capsules which combine spirulina, chlorella, and wheat grass along with 7mg of CBD per serving.


Movement is essential to overall health and happiness so that’s why we dedicated the entire month of March to recovery. We discussed the importance of regular exercise even if that’s just a quick walk around the block. We also highlighted the ways in which CBD and CBDA help to reduce muscle soreness and inflammation. In addition to this, topicals infused with CBD and other botanicals were researched for their immediate and powerful effects!

We tuned the Spotlight on Upstate Elevator’s Seltzers because of their ability to soothe discomfort.


April was all about mood and specifically depression. The historically rainy month after a long cold winter can be very difficult for many people. The newsletter talked about the difference between stress and depression and how to identify what you need to ease your symptoms.

We discussed the natural ways to combat depression like exercise, mindfulness, and a healthy diet while also touching upon how CBD can positively affect the serotonin production in the brain.



In honor of Mother’s Day, we dedicated the month of May to skincare. CBD and other cannabinoids such as CBG, which are incredibly powerful topicals not only for pain and inflammation but for helping to retain moisture and overall skin health. When you combine these cannabinoids with all natural ingredients like lavender, chamomile and shea butter, you get some seriously awesome products!


As we got into summer, we explored how CBD can be used to help bring balance to the body. Specifically, in regards to improving high blood pressure and cholesterol and managing symptoms of diabetes. CBDA products were talked about in depth due to their higher absorption rates and effectiveness for these specific ailments. Let’s not forget about Dad! In June we also focused on topicals and ingestibles that help reduce soreness and inflammation to help maintain activity for all the fathers out there.

To boost immunity, we highlighted the Apothecary Vitality capsules which contain not only CBD but functional mushrooms like reishi, cordyceps, and lion’s mane.



With longer Summer days, many of us find it harder to sleep. Having good sleep hygiene such as reducing screen time at night, getting regular exercise, and avoiding caffeine too late in the day are all essential for giving yourself a fighting chance at a good night’s sleep. In addition to all these good habits, we discussed how CBD and other cannabinoids like CBN have been shown to be beneficial to falling and staying asleep and highlighted our vast selection of options.


Self Care isn’t selfish and in August we dove into ways in which taking care of individual health benefits not only you but those around you. From using CBDA to alleviate pain to CBG for gut health, and from balancing hormones to the benefits of adaptogenic mushrooms, we presented a wide array of ways to improve your personal wellbeing. When you take care of your needs, you are less likely to experience burnout or illness and will be there to support your loved ones fully.


The end of summer can be a stressful time with the kids going back to school and that vacation time expended. For the month of September we explored ways to manage your stress with CBD and other cannabinoids like CBG. In addition to this, other healthy habits were suggested to help manage this busy time of the year. Things like creating checklists, taking vitamin D, and practicing mindfulness were highlighted for their effectiveness.

September’s spotlight was Upstate Elevator’s Deep calm tincture.


Unfortunately, we all experience pain whether it be acute or chronic. In October we took a closer look at how CBD, and more specifically CBDA, help to reduce inflammation and give pain relief. We presented research that showed the higher bioavailability of CBDA which makes it better suited for pain management. In addition to this we listed common ailments with specific product recommendations for both internal and external use.

For better movement in October our Spotlight was on the Healer Tincture.


Last month with the holiday season in full swing we dedicated the newsletter to digestive health. We presented research explaining the benefits CBD and CBG for gut health while mentioning other natural botanicals to aid in digestion. Cinnamon, Turmeric, Cumin, Rosemary, Ginger, Peppermint, as well as foods rich in probiotics are excellent additions to your diet to prevent or manage digestive issues. By combining CBD with other natural remedies or selecting a product formulated with these combos, you can take great steps towards having a happy and healthy gut.

This spotlight we featured Apothecary Digest capsules.

You can also read the complete articles for each month on our blog

Top 5 Spotlight Specials in 2023

Whether you’re looking to take the edge off your evening or wind down after a long day, Upstate Elevator’s Deep Calm CBN+CBG+CBD Peppermint tincture can provide the soothing calm you’re after.

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Deep Calm Tincture $45


Combining CBD with natural botanicals like licorice root, ginger root, peppermint, and fennel, these capsules are a must have for managing digestive health. This blend focuses on reducing gastrointestinal pain, promoting faster healing of stomach lining, increasing immunity, and reducing inflammation.

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Digest Capsules $15


Keep Sleeping: With 2000mg it’s the strongest on the market. The added CBN can affect the body by helping to relieve minor discomfort, improve sleep, and promote deep feelings of relaxation. This all-natural formula delivers the rest your brain and body need.

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Wave Keep Sleeping $50


Keep Moving: This extra strength formula comes with a whopping 2000 mg. Extra relief is added with the raw CBDA included. Research has confirmed that together these cannabinoids act as anti-inflammatories, which is the main source of pain. This Wave is a must have for staying active.

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Wave Keep Moving $50


Keep Calm: Reducing stress and anxiety begins with this strong formula. CBD and CBG are known to work with the central nervous system to help you get out of fight or flight mode, which is why it is such a great stress relieving tool.

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Wave Keep Calm $50


This is not your average cup of coffee. Each cup provides a smooth & rich coffee flavor that’s complemented by invigorating fungi, including Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Lion’s Mane. This instant coffee comes ready to drink – just stir into your favorite milk or water, and enjoy hot or iced!

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Forager's Java $24.99


Get fast acting, quick relief from pain and stress with the Endoca Chewing Gum. With every chew more relief ensues, providing relief in as quick as 20 minutes that can last up to 4-6 hours. An easy choice to keep in a gym bag, purse, or car for when you need a little extra support, naturally.

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Endoca Chewing Gum $13



Nurse Kurt's Schedule

Nurse Kurt

Nurse Kurt consults with our customers over the phone and in-store to review things like medication interactions with CBD and THC. He also offers product options for anxiety, stress, pain management, and more.


Cape Ann Botanicals: Tue - Thur 3-6pm

Cape Ann Cannabis: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm

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