Summer-time stoner to-do’s

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.

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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.

Park at the trail head, heading South on Chambers Creek Rd. if you hit the Wastewater Treatment Plant you went to far.

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…

“Say, man, you got a joint?”

“No, not on me, man.”

“It’d be a lot cooler if you did.”

$40 ounce… Gone forever?

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.

Where does the $20 you spend at the weed store go?

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’ cheap.

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.

Happy 7/10, Fresh drops on HOC Tacoma dab wall

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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.

Western Cultured BHO

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.

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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.

Happy 7/10 y’all!!