We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisha Apergis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alisha, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Leaving my establish medical career as a surgical assistant to join the emerging 22 billion dollar cannabis industry was one of the biggest risk I’ve taken in life and in career. You hear people say all the time “there’s never reward without risk” or something like that and well they’re very right. All family and friends though I was crazy, well they’re very right too. That’s why I took the risk.
Shortly having a set of twins and babies number 4 and 5 in 2014 I was diagnosed with crohn’s disease. Being in the healthcare industry and working for some amazing doctors you can say I basically had the ultimate homie hook up when it came to whatever prescription drugs I could need for this diagnosis. Even with having every drug at my disposal I had never been more sick, overweight, and depressed then I’d ever been in life. At this point I had tried everything coction that every doctor has prescribed and I was facing getting a colostomy bag at the ripe old age of 33. I knew there had to be something else I could do and I started to research Crohn’s and what helped the symptoms and of course cannabis came up. Not only did Crohn’s make the list for qualifying conditions to receive your medical marijuana card it became one of the most widely recommended remedies 4 symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.
Wanting to know every last ounce of information I could get on cannabis and Crohn’s I soon discovered we have an entire system of physiology called the endocannabinoid system that help regulates and brings balance to all systems of physiology throughout the human body I know there was amazing benefits in this plant for not just me but everybody.
I didn’t find hundreds of cases of overdoses, babies born with defects like alcohol fetal syndrome or cracked addict newborn. I didn’t see a surge in domestic violence cases in states where cannabis was recently legal, and I didn’t find anything wrong with taxing all the Stoners and taking their money for our schools and cities.
What I did see was so many amazing stories of people that got their life back because of cannabis not taken away. I found Charlotte Figi and the story of how Charlotte’s Web a well-known CBD tincture was founded and made. After doing more research on cannabis then any birth control I’ve ever taken antidepressant or even the ingredients in a Big Mac from McDonald’s I finally made the decision I would do the drug cannabis to help with crohn’s disease
That’s when I realize this “drug”
is not a drug at all, that “The devils lettuce” is plant. That cannabis is a resourceful natural remedy provided by mother earth that has compounds and other properties the human body can utilize and benefit from. I felt at that moment in time I needed to change my life and I quit my job in the industry I had been in for almost 15 years to go start being a brand rep ambassador 4 cartridge company so I could educate each and every single human being that came into my space about the beauty and benefits of cannabis.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Working in the Cannabis industry for over four years now has definitely changed the way I see Life. Going from a career as a surgical assistant for a gender reassignment plastic surgeon in Scottsdale Arizona to slangin cartridges with the nickname El Chapolena all around Arizona dispensaries and eventually finding myself as a budtender at territory dispensary selling legal cannabis products. To now being a manager of the 3rd busiest store in the.
Wow, didn’t see that 180° coming.
Having a baby at 16 and wanting to be an office of the law to help young teen moms like myself to becoming top sales budtender, being nominated for multiple budtender Awards in Arizona and nationally, as well as starting an Instagram platform @momsthatjane to help bring a community of pot loving moms like me all together.
I always wanted to be one of those people that did something great in life. To helped when I could and educated with whatever knowledge I was blessed to have. I never thought in a million years cannabis would be how I do it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I absolutely love Arizona and I’m blessed to be born and raised in the heart of downtown Scottsdale then moved to Chandler after starting my family.
First for breakfast we would definitely hit up hash kitchen phoenix is the best on a Saturday so we can enjoy the DJ and Mimosa flights along with the delicious chilaquiles and finished with the cannoli donuts.
For some of the best Mexican food you’ve ever had in your life we’re definitely going to eat at Los Olivos in downtown Scottsdale. Definitely try a bowl of Albondigas and treat yourself to a top-shelf margarita.
And my most favorite little hole-in-the-wall spot in downtown Chandler is called the Brickyard. Not very many seats at the bar so you definitely want to get there early. Some of the most exquisite craft drinks are created and thought up right here at the brickyard. I order the pornstar martini yellow which is a beautiful combination of champagne vodka and bartending skill. The loaded potatoes are a must-have snack for yourself or to share with friends as an appetizer. Truffle Cream, Bacon ,Parmesan and Chives made with perfectly cook fingerling potatoes these are not your average loaded potatoes. The mini Bricks and the most delicious version of Sliders with Secret Sauce I’ve ever had.
The Brickyard is also the ONLY spot in Chandler that you’ll will find a perfectly cooked to order Tomahawk Steak for under $150.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Not only am so incredibly grateful for the friendship and new business connections I have made by joining the legal Cannabis industry. But to all the underground workers that kept going and pushing for legalization and decriminalization. I’m incredibly humbled and inspired by all of those imprisoned for non-violent cannabis and hope the work I do to advocate for this plant helps free those people and change laws so we never do this to anyone else again.
Last but definitely not least my pops. My dad was always the neighborhood stoner, all my friends dads would buy weed from him. I hated him for not just being a regular dad with a regular job and work meetings. He was a stoner, a pot head, the joke at PTSO meetings, and the crazy guys who’s lawn you didn’t dare to step on.
It wasn’t until my diagnosis that I realized all those dads secretly wanted to be like my dad. Living his most authentic life and being unapologetically himself.
Working on his passions in life and raising a family at the same time.
To my pops – the first person to get me high.
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