For all the Aphrodisiac Stoners…

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.

An Ounce of M.B.G.’s Candyland retailing for $200, Eighths for $30, Grams for $10

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 Cookies.

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.

PSA: Vaporizer Cartridge Awareness

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.

Leaf Werx carries CO2 vape carts compatible with magnetic, 510 threaded, and PAX Era batteries

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.

RSO+GO is a great example of an ethanol extracted vape cart that can be found on our shelves.

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.

Acme Diesel’s HTE and Avita’s Live Resin are the creme de la creme of vape carts in our store when considering the 510 threaded battery type

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 high.

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.

THIS JUST IN… $45.00 Ounce

 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.

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.