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Ascend Wants to Elevate Your Cannabis Experience

by Kelsy Chauvin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday December 11, 2021
Originally published on December 8, 2021

Ascend Wants to Elevate Your Cannabis Experience

Legal cannabis is a phenomenon. Today, there are 36 states where medical marijuana is legal, and 18 states where recreational marijuana is legal. Meanwhile, hemp is legal nationally, so CBD and other hemp-derived cannabis strains are sold in all 50 U.S. states. As a result, dispensaries, new brands and novel cannabis products are cropping up everywhere. And yet, it feels like the legal-green industry is only just beginning.

As a consumer, it can all feel overwhelming. Whether you're new to the scene or a seasoned connoisseur, finding the right cannabis resource can make all the difference. Ascend is devoted to helping you find your way through the weeds with its team of experts and sophisticated retail experience.

Ascend is a multi-state cannabis retailer open to medical patients and adult-use (recreational) customers. Residents of Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey are all served by Ascend's knowledgeable associates across 18 existing store locations. Plus, it's continuing to expand, building on Ascend's product quality, digital reliability, and in-store environment.

(Source: Ascend)

Ascend Highlights

Most consumers begin their cannabis-buying research online, so Ascend ensures that its digital tools make menu-browsing and online ordering easy. In-store pickup is seamless for pre-orders, and likewise, browsing inside any Ascend store is a prime opportunity to learn from pros who can help guide you to the perfect products.

And there are plenty of products to learn about, whether you prefer edibles, concentrates, topicals, tinctures, or any of the other ever-expanding cannabis forms — including flower, which is sold in forms like prerolls, trim, and "popcorn" (small buds).

Beyond the product choices are the store's various cannabis brands, each one curated by the Ascend experts as clean, lab-tested, and reliably grown goods. Ascend also cultivates its own cannabis thanks to a team of ace horticulturalists who practice sustainability and optimum indoor-growth techniques. House-grown Ascend flower strains like Orange Kush Cake, 10th Planet, Blueberry, and Apex R1 are some of the staff favorites, available as flower, trim, or prerolls — with sweet discounts for product bundles.

Still, it can be tough to narrow down your ideal kind of cannabis experience. So, Ascend's online browsing lets you search for Indica, Sativa, hybrid, and CBD strains for each cannabis form. Then just click through to a product page for details on flavor, aroma, effects, and user reviews.

If you're in the store, Ascend pros welcome all questions. Most advise newer cannabis fans to start slow with lower doses, try new products in a safe place, and share with them what products work best for you (and which ones don't).

EDGE readers will appreciate that Ascend has a large LBGTQ+ community of employees at all levels, and, as a corporate ally, Ascend actively supports the LGBTQ+ community, both locally and nationally. The company also collaborates with the Last Prisoner Project to fight criminal injustice and unfair drug policies.

Better still, cannabis fans in Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey can earn rewards in various ways through Ascend's A-Listers program. Just click "Loyalty" at the top of your Ascend store's webpage to join, and earn bonus points with the friend-referral program. Redeem points for flower, accessories, or cash off your next purchase.

(Available to residents of IL, MA, MI, NJ only.)

Kelsy Chauvin is a writer, photographer and marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in travel, feature journalism, art, theater, architecture, construction and LGBTQ interests. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @kelsycc.