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.