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Welcome to the GV Apothecary Blog | A Fun and Educational Perspective on Alternative Wellness

Updated: Oct 26, 2021


* jumps and claps *

In response to the changing nature of the vaping industry, we have decided to rebrand our GottaVape stores to an innovative new retail model: a harm reduction and alternative wellness retailer. Introducing, GV Apothecary!

* jumps and claps … again * (To answer the question you all must be asking yourselves at this point: yes, there will be lots of jumping and clapping going on. Don’t judge me. I can’t seem to contain my excitement!)

GV Apothecary is unique retailer, the first storefront of its kind in both the city of Schenectady and the town of Rotterdam and are located in the former GottaVape storefronts. The change in business model comes as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent executive action to ban the sale of flavored e-liquid products in New York State—insert eye-roll here. Though the flavor ban was blocked by lawsuits, the media’s presentation of false information, the anticipation of the ban, and the new 20% sin tax on e-liquid products have all negatively affected the NYS vaping industry, the GottaVape chain included. Rightfully so, Mike Kruger, owner of GV Apothecary and Eu4ia CBD, is enthusiastic about the change in retail model:

“This is a model we have been considering for some time now. We have been established in the local e-cigarette market for six years and we have been successful in helping our customers improve their lives by quitting smoking tobacco. We are dedicated to them and we are going to do what is necessary to continue to serve our loyal customers by bringing both of our businesses together to offer a variety of wellness and harm reduction products under one roof.”

And I get to be a part of bringing this super exciting new retail model to fruition! Can I jump and clap again? Or maybe squeal with excitement? No? Okay.

Anyway, back to business.

Not to worry, friends! GV Apothecary still carries the GottaVape e-liquid products that you’ve always shopped for with us, and we remain committed to providing you with options to help you maintain your success of kicking that nasty cigarette addition. However, changes in consumer needs have helped us realize a new goal: providing our customers with healthier alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical products, as well. We all know how real the prescription drug addiction problem is. So, we have expanded our CBD line to include various topicals, tinctures, and vape liquid from Eu4ia CBD. We also carry a variety of hemp flower products, edibles, and teas from industry leading farms and manufacturers. If you have anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, neurological disorders, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.), or virtually any other ailment, GV Apothecary is here to help! I mean, let’s be honest here, we’ve all heard about CBD’s laundry list of therapeutic benefits, and I’m here to tell you the benefits are REAL. We also carry a range of high-quality kratom products. Haven’t heard of kratom? Well then, pause your Gilmore Girls binge—no, just me? Yikes, how embarrassing.

Ahem, where was I? Oh, right.

Pause any binge you’ve got going on and put your Netflix subscription to good use by streaming the 2018 kratom documentary, A Leaf of Faith.

Now, enough with all that formal business talk and onto more exciting things, if that’s even possible. Yes, I’m jumping and clapping again.

Applying CBD topically is beneficial for pain relief and skin care, so we have stocked a full line of Eu4ia CBD topical products. If you’re above the age of thirty like me—OMG did I just admit that on the Internet for anyone to read? Let’s pretend I’m really 29, okay? As I was saying, if you’re over the age of thirty, I’m sure you’ve experienced the occasional (or much too frequent) ache or pain and the myriad effects of aging skin. Yes, you too? Right then, you’re going to need some CBD topicals in your life ASAP. Our line includes bath bombs (Lush ain’t got nothin’ on these lavender bath bombs, trust), body soap, facial cleanser and toner, chapstick (you need this, at the very least, on you at all times), body lotion and body butter, healing salve to help with topical skin issues, tattoo balm to aid in the healing process and to promote vibrancy, and several pain relief products. All of Eu4ia CBD topicals are made with the perfect blends of essential oils, so they’re not only extra effective, but they also smell better than a spa. I mean, who doesn’t adore some essential oils? I know I’m not the only oil-crazed person here. ESSENTIAL OILS ARE LITERALLY LIFE. And so is CBD.

Oh, and speaking of essential oils. Yeah, we’ll be bringing an affordable line of oils into the stores soon, too. You’re welcome.

Topicals aren’t all we have to offer at GV Apothecary, though. Oh no, there’s so many more goodies to choose from! Eu4ia CBD’s vape liquids and tinctures come in various flavors—butterscotch and pineapple and lemonade, oh my—and concentrations, ranging from 250mg to 2000mg, and we carry both CBD isolate and full spectrum options. Unsure of the difference between isolate and full spectrum? Don’t fret! We employ super knowledgeable staff who love to discuss all the CBD things, so come on in and we’ll answer any questions you might have! All of our products are third-party lab tested, too, to assure our customers we are providing only high-quality CBD products—the top products from some of the top farms and manufacturers in the world. Not to brag or anything.

Smoking hemp flower—the non-psychoactive cannabis plant—is gaining popularity as people begin to realize its potential. Some people might think, “OMG is this pot?!!” No. It might look and smell the same, but as I said, it’s non-psychoactive. Meaning, no high but all the same therapeutic benefits. No BS. Smoking hemp—as opposed to vaping it or ingesting it—provides the fastest delivery of CBD’s therapeutic effects, so our goal in bringing hemp flower into GV Apothecary was to provide our customers with a variety of fast-acting options to help them choose the best product for their needs. That’s right, we’ve got you covered. We offer strains from farms in the Schoharie Valley, Colorado, Oregon, and Tennessee, and lab reports can also be presented upon request for all loose flower and pre-roll products.

GV Apothecary opened its first location on October 24th at 1321 Erie Blvd in Schenectady, and we just celebrated the opening of our second location (YAY!) on Monday November 25th at 1870 Altamont Ave in Rotterdam. Yep, all the excited jumping and clapping still going on over here. The stores are open 11am-7pm Monday through Friday, and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. The Rotterdam location is also open on Sundays from 11am-4pm. GV Apothecary is dedicated to bringing the highest quality harm reduction products to the Capital Region. We don’t play around when it comes to quality. And affordability. That’s important too, duh.

Stay tuned for more informative and entertaining posts—please, don’t all applaud at once. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be discussing several hot topics, including how using CBD and kratom can help battle opiate addictions and how the government and media have been causing unnecessary hysteria around vaping commercial nicotine e-liquid. I’ll also be posting a holiday shopping guide to assist you all in buying the actual perfect gifts from GV Apothecary. The holidays can be super stressful, amirite? Well, don’t worry. I’ll be here to help!

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