Dispensary Chain Adds Link In Chattanooga

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Apotheca officials said they are making the THC shopping experience more comfortable and are bringing that feel to its 25th storefront, in Chattanooga.

“There’s a huge demand for cannabis topicals, tinctures, edibles, concentrates and flower, especially in states that haven’t legalized it yet,” said Lee VanTine, owner of the Apotheca chain. “But finding good, sustainable products was a little ‘iffy.’ Finding quality dispensary goods will get a little easier soon, on the east side of town."

The new store opens its doors  at 1906 Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga for the first time at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

This is the first store in the city, but there are Apotheca dispensaries across Tennessee and North Carolina, as well as two coming to the Atlanta area. Mr. VanTine sees potential throughout the Southeast and growing even bigger from there, one store at a time.

Officials said, "With the 2018 Farm Bill signed, all cannabis plants grown as industrial hemp contain less than 0.3 percent Delta-9 THC, the psychoactive chemical that causes euphoria. So, its derivatives are legal. This was a huge help to Apotheca, founded in 2019."

“Cannabis is a complex plant,” says Mr. VanTine. “With prohibition just ending, we’re still learning about its amazing properties. There are hundreds of chemicals inside the plant that have been used by mankind for centuries.”

Officials said, "There are hundreds of products derived legally from hemp at Apotheca. The stores are designed to be comfortable with lots of earth tones. The shelves are stocked with Earth’s
best ingredients in edibles, topicals, tinctures, concentrates and the hemp flower itself. Some products get you high, some don’t, so, Mr. VanTine ensures that all employees are well educated on the company’s hand-selected products to help customers choose best options."

“There have been so many innovations since 2018,” said Mr. VanTine. New products include psychedelic gummies, Delta-8 THC, Delta-9 THC (yes, the same one as in legal-state cannabis, but derived from hemp), Delta-10 and 11 THC too. There’s also HHC, THC-O, THC-V, THC-A, CBG, CBN and the list just grows.”

Officials said, "The Apotheca brand was created to meet the need of consistent, reputable cannabis
products. The shelves have grown to include kratom goods and other supplements. Many
stores even have farm-fresh items like honies, jams, cheeses and even ice cream."

“In a true apothecary feel,” Mr. VanTine says, “Apotheca delivers a shopping experience like no other, with hundreds of products and a friendly staff to help find the best fit."

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