Legal, recreational marijuana brings all types of consumers
out of the woodworks. I get the pleasure of serving weed to a vast variety of
people, some more entertaining than others.
No joke, some days it seems like Dave Chappelle scripted our
consumers straight out of his movie, Half-Baked, when he montages all the
different types of stoners they sell to. One demographic of consumer that is
always fun to sell to is the guy or gal looking to spice it up in the bedroom. We’re
going to call them the ‘aphrodisiac stoner,’ if I were to try to fit the Half-Baked
‘different types of stoner’ mold.
We got some fresh drops this week, one strain specifically standing
out for that aphrodisiac stoner. Mt. Baker Gardens (M.B.G.) grows a strain
called Candyland which may be just the thing for all those individuals looking
to get high and hot and heavy. M.B.G. brought us three strains Candyland, Lemon
Sorbet Birthday Cake, and Sin Mint Cookies.
If you’re asking me, the Candyland takes the cake (and the
cookies). The look of the Candyland buds are immaculate. Coated in crystals and
trichomes, with hints of a beautiful purple and light green variegated throughout
the jar, Candyland is a cross between Granddaddy Purple and Platinum Girl Scout
Most growers and weed heads alike call Candyland a strong sativa
with the classic happy, euphoric, and energetic type of high to go along with
the sweet, earthy, and citrus-y flavors and smells. I have heard from many
different strain reviews, read ups, and consumer feedback that Granddaddy Purple
can be the source of the arousal part of the high. The beauty of M.B.G.’s
Candyland is the energetic/happy effect that goes right along with it.
So you heard it first here folks. We got the stuff to get
the birds singing and the bees buzzing, just ask for M.B.G.’s Candyland.
When shopping for vape carts in Washington’s legal market it’s very easy to get lost in the huge selection that most stores have available to consumers. Once you get to the counter and start talking to the budtenders its even easier to be misled or misinformed about the product that they have available, intentional or not.
In my opinion, if you’re looking for a full spectrum vape cart that is going to have strain specific qualities you are going to be much better off going with a CO2, Ethanol, or the creme de la creme Live Resin or High Terpene Extract (HTE) oils.
CO2 hash oil is created by using carbon dioxide as a solvent. The process is officially called super or sub-critical CO2 extraction. The CO2 is turned into a liquid and ran over top of the marijuana in a closed loop extraction process which strips the THC, CBD, other cannabinoids, and other essential terpenes and oils from the raw plant. After extreme pressures and temperatures you are left with a hash oil that has the full spectrum qualities to tailor to each individuals. CO2 oil is the safest and cleanest way to make marijuana concentrates.
Ethanol extraction is similar to CO2 in the sense of the full spectrum oil that is returned after the extraction process. Ethanol is even more effective at extracting a full spectrum product in the fact that it can dissolve both polar (water loving) and non-polar (water fearing) substances. In laymen’s terms, ethanol extraction is extracting more cannabinoids, terpenes, and oils out of the marijuana.
Live resins and HTE oils are becoming some of my favorite options when it comes to what is available for vaporizer cartridges. Processors are using hydrocarbons to extract high percentages of terpenes and other cannabinoids. The majority of concentrates in the dabable world are made from hydrocarbons, processors are mixing these live resins and HTE’s with distillate to make them compatible to be smoked in cartridge form. Basically, these distillate and cannabis derived terpene mixes are making the gems and juice or diamonds and sauce of the cartridge world. A vape cart that finally tastes like your’e taking a low-temp fresh dab.
As a retail industry worker, specifically when talking about
vaporizer cartridges, I witness lots of sales representatives come through and
try to upsell their product or exaggerate the benefits of their products. Look
I get it, their sales representatives, their job is sales. I’m a budtender, my
job is also sales.
It’s our job to inform you what you’re purchasing and at the
House of Cannabis we pride ourselves in doing that in the most honest way
possible. With that in mind, gather around, if you don’t take harsh news well,
maybe you should grab a seat…
Your 95% THC distillate vape cart that you paid $40 a gram
for is, in my opinion, the worst cartridge on the wall. Not because it tastes
bad. Or because it won’t get you “high.” Distillate tastes delicious, for what
it is. It gets you plenty high, if you’re looking for a pure THC, spectrum-less
My bone-to-pick with distillate revolves around the misconceptions of the industry that companies easily exploit, and it happens with many distillate vape cart companies. A lot of these products have artificial terpenes added or fruit derived terpenes when claiming to be a specific strain. If the terpenes are not cannabis derived then they are not going to carry those special qualities that give the specific effect or high that the strain is claiming to be, they will simply taste like it, with a very spectrum lacking, pure THC high.
Every Tuesday at Tacoma House of Cannabis we run a sale on
our vape cartridges, that’s every Tuesday, all day long. So, since it is
Tuesday, lets freaking do it, let your hair down and treat yourself a little
bit. Go ahead and ask one of our budtenders to show you one of those super dope
Live Resin or HTE cartridges, you can thank us later.
Reminiscing of past Hempfests… always such a stoned memory. Our Seattle Hempfest weekends usually started in Bremerton. My friends and I would congregate for the free ferry ride to Seattle where we would roll joints in the bathroom to gear up for the brutal walk North. Once we landed in Seattle if we weren’t feeling bougee enough to flag down a bike cart we would get to stepping quickly so we could start sparking those freshly rolled joints in the safety of the Hempfest gates.
Before a recreational market was established in Washington my friends and I would always be super excited to accumulate edibles from various sources at Hempfest. Once a year we would have access to all these awesome new stoners that we would never get access to in our hometown little stoner circles. My strategy was always to seek out the hippiest looking grandmas because they would never disappoint when it came to dank ass edibles. Boy did I bite off more than I could chew one or two times, lets just thank god for the massive amount of food vendors that are available for us at the Munchie Market. Nowadays it’s very easy to get your hands on tasty baked goods or any type of edible with recreational stores scattered everywhere, my friends, we’re spoiled compared to how it used to be.
The more I think about it, Hempfest is like a weed smoker’s version of comic-con, it has everything, and anything weed related legally available, except for marijuana. So be smart; bring some doobies, blunts, vape pens, edibles, whatever your heart desires just practice good safe consumption habits, partake once you get inside the gates. Don’t forget to bring a little extra cash to avoid getting slaughtered by the ATM fee’s and lines. One more tip, you’re allowed to bring your own water through the gates. We all know what its like to get caught with some brutal cotton mouth on a dazed August day, so do yourself a favor and bring that thirst quencher.
Stay tuned as we amp up for Hempfest as we will be running
some in store sales to gear you up for the festivities. More to come on that as
we approach our holy weekend.
Hempfest is August 16-18 at Myrtle Edwards Park just west of Seattle Center. We might not be there officially as House of Cannabis, but you can bet your best nugs a few of us will be there in our free time so if you see us, give us a shout, and be prepared for an instantaneous smoke session to commence. Peace and Love ya’ll.
Editors’ Note: Check out the video, below, for a little history in to what stopped Tacoma Hempfest, just 8 years ago this summer.
“Most potent shit in the store,” “that pressure,” “gassy,” “straight drugs,” all these statements have been used to describe the strain Dragon by Luv8. It was never quoted by a quasi-famous musician until Tacoma House of Cannabis’ very own budtender Red, aka Redhead, had this to say in his latest release about smoking Dragon by Luv8, “Smoking on that dragon and that shit got me on Saturn.”
Boy is he not lying, smoking a blunt of Dragon left me the most stoned I’ve been in a long-ass time, It leaves you stoned like its the first time you smoked weed… every freaking time! In Redhead’s latest music video, One Of A Kind, Redhead gave praise to the strain with the “got me on Saturn” lyric. The Director ChaseFade and producers Beezo and Say Zay did an awesome job highlighting and capturing the half ounce in the video, which is a safe bet to say they were smoking during the filming. We screen captured it for yawl’s ease of viewing, but don’t forget to checkout the full video linked below.
And hell, let’s get our boy Redhead paid, spark up some Dragon, let the advertisement run its course, and enjoy the Official Music Video filmed at Tacoma’s very own Cheney Stadium.
Luv8 literally just left the shop, so stay tuned and we’ll
get that Dragon put back up on the shelves. We Usually carry the Dragon in
ounce, half-ounces, eighths, single-grams, and 2-pack joints. So whatever your
fancy we got you, come down and smoke that shit that the rappers are smoking,
and we’ll see you on Saturn.
Ladies and gentlemen
step no further, we have heard your shouts and pleas. After searching far and
wide, over rivers and mountains, valleys and peninsulas. I’m talking we had to
hit up everybody in our little black weed book, my friends we have it.
The $45.00 ounce of flower is back.
Zenhorse is hooking us up. Today August 2, 2019 and later next week Zenhorse will be filling a number of orders tagged especially for us. After a series of harvests of what I am guessing is light deprivation outdoor buds, or maybe some outdoor autoflower buds. These guys came through. I just checked them out before clocking out for the day and people, these thins look damn good for $45.00. The strains are Blue Dream and Columbian with a surprising trichome content and equally impressive bud structure.
Tacoma House of Cannabis will be re-stocked on that bottom dollar ounce so get it while the getting is good. These things go fast.
P.S. I still stand by my article published earlier this month on the $40 ounce and how it will be gone in the future. What we got from our friends at Zenhorse is what I’m calling an anomaly in the market, but like, uh… that’s just my opinion man.
I feel like growing up in the Northwest it’s a necessity to have a few go-to activities or places to be when the weather turns up. Shit, especially us west-side Washingtonians. We get so sun deprived that when it finally does get nice out everybody and their sister are out and about and sometimes our go to spots are way too crowded, or you know, not so great of place to go and blaze it up at.
Have no fear though my friends I’m here to give you a couple of my go-to secret stoner friendly spots and activities, but remember keep it clean, pack-in pack-out, treat it like your momma’s house, and we’ll have no qualms.
Disc golf is the perfect outdoor activity for my attention
span and athleticism. There are a few awesome spots within the Tacoma area that
are nice and stoner friendly. Steilacoom disc golf course is coming in at the
top of the list it has three marked courses; two full 18-hole courses, one
9-hole par 3 course, plenty of places to burn one. Always be cautious and
courteous of other course goers though because occasionally you will run into a
family with youngsters, and c’mon no one wants to be that guy.
A summer past time for many of my friends and I, has always
been skimboarding. Damn near every peninsula, island, or coastline within the
Puget Sound has a sandy beach or two. If you look hard enough, and at the right
tide, it might just be the perfect little skim spot.
Now I’m sorry, but I cannot divulge any of my secret Puget
Sound skim spots because frankly I can’t trust ya’ll with that information.
I’ll tell you what though, I’ll bargain with you. Chambers Creek, specifically
Lower Chambers Creek Canyon Trail. There is little trail head/pull off on
Chambers Creek Rd. after the hill before the Chambers Creek Wastewater Plant.
Park your car and follow the trail all the way back. You may have to wade out
into the creek, over a log or two and then get ready to be blessed.
The creek opens into the dankest skimboarding oasis. Water
at the perfect depth for the area coverage of probably more than two full basketball
courts. This place is heaven on skim-able water man. There may even be a rail
or feature or two left out from previous skim competitions or skim boarders if you’re
lucky. There are usually some super cool dudes and dude-ettes in the skim area,
follow protocol, hop in line, wait your turn, and keep the frisbee’s out of the
god damn skim area!
Kobayahi Park has some great trail hiking for those on the
other end of the Chambers Creek trail. Upper Chambers Creek Canyon Trailhead is
a good place to look up for some quick nature without venturing too far from
the Tacoma area. If you know how to look up places on Google, you should be able
to locate this quaint little trail blazing spot no problemo.
Whether were skim boarding, disc golfing, hiking or whatever
our outdoor recreational activity of choice, remember our #1 goal is to have
fun. Safe and responsible fun can go hand in hand with marijuana use, and I
know I don’t have to convince you guys this, sometimes we do have to convince
the naysayers of this, just remember that and keep it cool and responsible
while were out and about in our state’s beautiful public areas. I’ll leave you guys
with a classic quote and a little subliminal message to remember to stop by Tacoma
House of Cannabis on your next adventure, Mathew McConaughey’s character from
Dazed and Confused…
In the past, when my car broke down or needed mechanic work
for whatever reason, I generally call around to every mechanic in a nearby
radius to get quick price quotes on my replacement transmission/tires/brake
pad/ whatever issue I have.
More and more everyday this is how people are going about
purchasing bulk marijuana. Over the past year, a significant percentage of the
phone calls received at our shop are consumers inquiring about the cheapest
ounce of flower for sale.
Two to three months ago you could call your average Tacoma
marijuana retail shop and their cheapest ounce of flower would range from $40.00-$60.00.
Twenty-eight grams for $40.00. That’s friggin’ cheap.
Fast forward to now, if you call into your average Tacoma
marijuana retail shop asking for their cheapest ounce of flower they’re going
to tell you $75.00-$80.00. Everybody, lend me your ears, that’s still friggin’
Over the last two years Washington’s weed market, similar to
Oregon’s, over produced useable flower, which drove prices down and created a demand
for that $40.00 ounce. Today, as a retailer looking around for a producer/processor
to sell us an ounce at a price point that allows us to get it to the consumer
at $40.00 is impossible. With a less than standard 2.5x mark up to cover our
own costs and excise taxes Tacoma’s bulk purchasing consumer is demanding a $16.00
ounce from the producer/processor.
Companies that sold their ounces at that $16.00 price point
to retail shops do not exist anymore. That is a less than sustainable price to
sell packaged marijuana for that is consumer ready.
Some company’s in Washington’s market have a business model
in which they operate at a loss to put pressure on the market and drive consumers
to their stores or create a demand for their product. This is happening at the producer,
processor, and retail level.
Personally, I am worried what effect this business model
will have on the future of the industry. Lets say 30 years pass by and all the
sixteen marijuana retail licenses within the city of Tacoma are controlled by 2
people, and they operate as a hive to hike the prices up or only carry certain farms
and basically take out the things which make this industry good for the consumer,
diversity, fair competition, small businesses, etc.
Whoa now, Ill pump the brakes on the theorizing of the
future of Tacoma’s weed market… Back to cheap ounces. I am predicting that the
average price of a normal budded ounce in Tacoma’s market will not drop below
that $60.00 to $70.00 price point. Unless of course the retail store is letting
them out the door at a stupid low price to drown the market.
There are a lot of holidays out there and I can easily think of two that directly affect our wonderful stoner culture. Of course the Mecca of stoner holidays 4/20 (April 20), and the lesser known 7/10 (July 10). What’s the story behind 7/10 you may ask? Why is July 10th all of a sudden a stoner holiday? As far as I know it’s literally only the word “OIL” spelled upside down and backwards. Which if you ask me is kinda lame, but you know, it’s not about how the holiday was created, it’s about what it stands for, and any holiday that stands for fat dabbies for everyone, I can get behind.
So let’s get to the goods. We’ve been making some serious upgrades to our dab wall as of late by bringing in a couple of real heavy hitters into our top shelf category. Western Cultured (on IG, here), American Extract Co (on IG, here), and Lifted Dreams Extracts are just a few of my favorite additions regarding new companies on our dab wall. Western Cultured has a Banana Split freshly dropped today that is retailing for $35.00/gram. It is the one that I have tried so far out of our new Western Cultured stock and it did not disappoint. All of Western Cultured extracts are processed by X-tracted Laboratories (aka Refine Seattle) who have a very unique process and blend of Hydrocarbons that in my opinion make some of the tastiest terpy/waxy/saucey extracts Washington has to offer.
American Extract Co and Lifted Dream Extracts are both our new top shelf diamond and sauce brands. Both companies take the model of processing with only the best growers in the state to produce the most gnarly diamonds and sauce we can get our dabbers on. American Extract Co sources flower from Lucky Devil, House of Cultivar, and many more top shelf producers. Lifted Dreams Extracts often partners with The High Point, which another one of the top shelf brands that we carry in flower. The High Point’s Sin Mint Cookies is an item which is extremely hard to keep on the shelves so if you see it I highly suggest you snag it while it’s still in stock! Lifted Dreams extracts are retailing for $45.00/gram whilst American Extract Co is retailing for $40.00/gram.
If nothing else, 7/10 day is a great day for stocking up a little stash of some special stuff. With deals all over the city on amazing oil, you can build a little war chest of dabs for special events or parties.
If we can’t see you today, don’t panic, it’s cool. You can
stop in any and every Saturday for our weekly Shatterday sale!
And wait there is more, Sunday through Thursday from 9:00pm til
close we run a happy hour sale so remember us on your late night re-ups for that
extra bit of savings.
Governor Jay Inslee signed SB5605 into law at about 4PM on Monday, May 13th 2019, after its passage in April via both the State Senate and House. The Senate did need a further reconciliation passage after the House amended the bill. The bill would require sentencing courts to vacate cannabis possession convictions, assuming that the person was above the age of 21 at the time of arrest. At the time of passage in the house, The News Tribune quoted State Senator and Bill sponsor Joe Nguyen (D-White Center) as saying:
“This proved you can do transformative justice reform issues and it’s a bipartisan thing,” said the bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Joe Nguyen, D-White Center. “Our unjust laws of the past shouldn’t hold you back from being successful in the future.”
This could potentially be a boon to otherwise law abiding citizens who have had to uncomfortably confront this injustice on housing and employment applications, college loan applications, military service, and travel abroad. The Washington State Patrol reports that as many as 68,000 convictions could be expunged, affecting more than 58,000 individuals.
Brad Klippert (R-Kennewick) sought to limit the effect of the bill by sponsoring an amendment that would have given the courts the discretion of vacating the conviction, rather than compelling the court to do so. The amendment failed. However, through the House Appropriations Committee, the bill was further scoped to include verbiage that compelled the same action in all jurisdictions to ensure those charged and prosecuted under local, municipal ordinances were vacated, as well.
The Cannabis Alliance, was instrumental in lobbying the legislative body on this and several other bills during this and the previous sessions. The Cannabis Alliance is an industry group focused on introducing common sense laws and regulations to the industry, that benefit the industry as a whole, as opposed to a selective few.
Of further note, SB5442/HB1095 was passed by both chambers and would allow medical cannabis of certain types and dosages to be administered at public schools in accordance with a physicians instructions. Similarly, HB1401/SB5719 aim to bring Washington State Industrial Hemp laws in line with Federal laws, making it easier for Washington State Industrial Hemp based businesses to compete in the national marketplace was also passed in both houses and await the governor’s signature, on his desk.