Its that wonderful time of year again my weed smoking compadres. Crop-tober is finally here. All the beautiful sun grown marijuana is almost finished ripening to its optimal potency. Patience guys, it’s almost ready to hit our stash jars.
Lets dive into this a little bit and think about the impact the outdoor October harvest has on us.
Realistically, the raw bud harvested in October probably wont be ready for packaging or further processing until around thanksgiving or even a little bit after. So we gotta keep in mind it takes a little while to see the impacts trickle down from our crop-tober season.
What I’m getting at here people is we should see a lot more weed be available from producers and processors here in the next month or so, and you know what that means… drumrolll… cheaper prices to the masses!
Right now the price of an ounce of weed in our store is ranging from $50 all the way up to $315 for some top shelf. I don’t see the price dropping any lower than $50/ounce any time soon and like, lets get real, that’s already too low. What we will see is the quality get a lot better at those lower price points.
Bargain shoppers be warned! We are going to start reaping the benefits of crop-tober sooner than later, so stay vigilant people.
In the last week the media has produced some fear mongering
headlines involving an investigation of an Oregon death linked to vaping.
Articles on various websites in the last couple days are not
shying away from pointing the finger at vape products purchased at a legal pot
shop to be potentially linked to the cause of the death of the middle-aged
I call these fear-driven headlines blasphemy!
If you ask me the only connection one could make to a
hazardous cannabis vape oil is one that would be sourced from the black market.
I was talking to some family members from California that
shop around at some of the flea market style cannabis bodegas. We were
specifically talking about certain vendors selling rip off vape cartridges that
either didn’t work or didn’t get you high. My cousin was jokingly talking about
them refilling old cartridges with hot dog water and ripping people off.
Frequently people come into Tacoma House of Cannabis asking
about refilling empty vape carts with oil that they thinned out with substances
like MCT oil or something else they purchased from the internet or at a tobacco
I always tell people that this is a bad idea. Not just
because the filaments could burn out in the vape cartridge and leave your oil
trapped, but because cutting/thinning pure cannabis oil is not natural and one
should never smoke a thinning agent.
The fear mongering that the various media outlets were doing
didn’t take any of the black-market aspect into consideration.
NPR published an article that did a really good job breaking
down what could have been the source of the health hazard.
In the NPR article they interviewed New York State Health
Commissioner Howard Zucker and picked his brain on the issues of what could be
the source of the health hazard.
Zucker says that Vitamin E oil was very prevalent in about
13 of the patient-submitted cartridges that they analyzed.
Vitamin E oil could be used as a topical or a dietary supplement but vaping it could be very harmful. When it is “inhaled deep in the lung, [it] can cause problems,” Zucker tells NPR.
Vitamin E oil is not an approved additive per the rules and regulations of the New York medical marijuana program, and the cartridges that contained it appeared to be black market products purchased off the street, says Zucker.
Its reported that officials in Oregon say that the man that
died of severe pulmonary illness had used a vape product purchased at one of Oregon’s
state regulated marijuana stores.
If Oregon officials are going to make a connection of this
death to the product he purchased in a legal marijuana store in their report, they
had better also try to make a connection to any and everything that could have hindered
this man’s lungs in the previous year.
I say that this type of press release is fear mongering and
attempt to smear the name of legal cannabis. And that is totally not cool man.
Those that are still worried from the slough of stories that
came out this week, my only advice would be to never purchase any marijuana product
from anyone that is not a state licensed marijuana store. But c’mon man, especially
a vape cart.
The last couple days an article has been floating around
various news stations courtesy of the associated press. The headline reads: 5
years In, Washington Considers Overhaul of Pot Regulation.
In the article they detail certain changes that the Liquor
and Cannabis Board have been mulling over.
Potential changes that were touched on included spreading
out the regulation of marijuana businesses to other state departments and re-thinking
the state’s seed-to-sale tracking program. In my opinion, having the Department
of Ecology overseeing the certification of marijuana testing labs would tighten
up a lot of the slack and misinformation that slips through the industry from
time to time.
I’ve chatted it up with a few different lab technicians about the legitimacy of THC percentages on labels and how they might not be as truthful as the average consumer may believe. One of the guys I chatted with who shall remain nameless put it like this.
He said, “Company’s know that the consumer demand is calling for high THC percentages, they are going to do whatever they can to get the highest THC percentages documented on their labels. A lab technician might be able to falsify a THC percentage by altering the formula used to test the product, i.e. use 8ml of solvent instead of 10ml to get a more concentrated test result.”
Right now, the Liquor and Cannabis Board would have to get a
significant complaint in order to investigate the malpractice of any specific
testing facility. This has happened in the past and testing facilities have
ceased to exist. I think that if the Department of Ecology was tasked with
certifying and enforcing these testing facilities there may be less issues with
funny numbers on our labels.
I’ve said it before and ill say it again, the biggest
misconception of the i-502 industry is that the higher the THC on the label the
better the product. Oh and one more… that 32% THC on that eighth you’re buying
is probably lying to you.
Enough rambling… back to the Associated Press article… They
outlined two very progressive proposed bills for the next session of legislature.
One bill would encourage greater ownership of marijuana
businesses by minority, women, or veteran citizens and would offer grants and
other technical assistance to businesses that qualify.
Another proposal would allow tier-1 producers to sell directly
to medical patients either on-site, by delivery, or through a farmers market style
as long as it met the regulations set in place.
Every once in a while I like to practice my stoner habits in your classic stereotypical ways, and hey that’s just fine man. With that in mind, one of the go-to low-key activities is kickin’ back, getting nice and stoney, and taking in some cinematic culture. Whether it be a date night with the significant other, the K-9 companion, or even solo-dolo, cannabis and movie consumption for me, goes hand in hand.
The girlfriend and I have our routine down pat on how to approach
movie night, varying a little of course whether were staying in or hitting the
theater. Lately our recipe for the perfect stoney movie night has been the sum
of 1-part infused drink and 1-part doobie or blunt.
If our movie night is destined for the theater, we would most
definitely be practicing safe and legal consumption and would never advise
against. Our version of safe consumption just might include passing the infused
drink back and forth while blazing our pre movie doobie in the parking lot, but
hey each to their own.
The infused marijuana drink must be one of my favorite additions to the marijuana industry since legalization. In my opinion, the infused liquids hit your system much faster than infused edibles or activated concentrates. Whenever I split a 75-100 mg infused drink the high sneaks up on me within 45 minutes of consuming the thing. The infused drink high will last anywhere from one to another two hours after it starts kicking in, making it the perfect addition to any movie night. My favorite infused drinks that we have in stock now and for the foreseeable future are Wild Side by Green Revolution and Ray’s Lemonade by Dogtown Pioneers.
The infused drink takes 45 minutes to kick in?!? Have no worries, that’s what the doobie’s for. Lately my favorite infused pre-roll has actually been that of the blunt persuasion. Sensi Organix’s Blunt Royale line makes wood tipped, hemp wrapped blunts that come in one and two gram varieties.
Hardest decisions I’ve made in a while was narrowing down my
favorite stoner movies to create a little list for ya’ll. One through four were
easy, these will probably always be my top four stoner flics, unless somebody super
epic from the stoner community makes a cinematic masterpiece, until then, they
are set in stone.
Holy smokes though man the number five slot was hard to
narrow down. Some titles that just quite didn’t make the cut, but I feel I must
list anyway: Harold and Kumar, Cheech and Chong, Jay and Silent Bob, Grandma’s
Boy, the almost contender list could go on and on.
But alas, my top five stoner movie list. If you hadn’t seen any
of them, go ahead and crawl out from the rock you’ve been under for the last 20
years and thank me later, I just made you plans for the night.
Before legalization I never thought to much about the
benefits or market for marijuana infused topicals. If I am being honest, before
our state legalized, I never put any thought into consuming marijuana for any
reason than to get a little baked, or a lot baked, whatever you’re into.
Nowadays I get to sell marijuana to damn near every demographic out there. One of my favorite consumer groups being in the minority. Once or twice a week I get the pleasure of selling danks to someone’s wily grandma seeking a little relief for her arthritis, inflammation, or whatever the case. Her danks just differ a little from your average consumer.
Pre i-502, if you
didn’t have your medical marijuana recommendation, I imagine infused topicals
would’ve been almost impossible to find if you didn’t know someone who grew
their own varieties of CBD dominant strains. Even at that, you then had to put
the time and effort into converting that raw flower into a consumable topical. So,
let us rejoice! Legalization has brought the availability of things like marijuana
infused topicals to the mainstream market.
The average topical consumer generally isn’t interested in feeling the high effect. Whether it be they have to pass a drug test or whatever the case, they do not want THC in their bloodstream. These consumers generally lead with the question, is the THC found in the topicals going to get me high? The simple answer here is no and for the majority of topicals in the i-502 market the answer is no.
Leafly.com wrote an interesting article on cannabis infused transdermal patches and interviewed Dr. Noel Palmer, who had some very enlightening points. The main one being that if the transdermal patch was infused with various cannabinoids including THC, the consumer would feel the psychoactive effect.
When asked how
transdermal patches can get cannabinoids into the bloodstream, Dr. Palmer
replied, “There are two effects really going on. You want to create a patch
where the cannabinoids don’t really like living in the patch, so they want to
get away. So you try to create conditions for them to migrate from the patch
into a place that might be more favorable. In the transdermal scientific world
we use what are called permeation enhancers and carriers; those are general
words that describe additives put in patches to help them transfer into the
While we don’t currently carry any transdermal patches at
Tacoma House of Cannabis, we do carry topicals that will NOT enter your
bloodstream. So have no fear Agnes, Mildred, and Ruth, the infused topicals we
sell aren’t going to leave you “feeling it,” or have any psychoactive effect.
We carry many different company’s and styles whether you’re looking for infused bath bombs and salts for that extra relaxing soak, or balms, lotions, and creams to take the edge off your lingering ailment.
Kush Creams is one of our best reviewed topicals on our
shelf. Kush Creams uses a special blend of cannabinoids and oils which makes their
product stand out to the competition.
Here’s a little explanation I pulled off kushcreams.com on their secret to success, “At Kush Creams, we choose to use highly medicinal emu oil for the base of all topical products. Emu oil is the only oil that penetrates down into your epidermal layer, delivering the rich medication directly where you need it, versus spreading it superficially on the surface skin as with salves and balms, clogging your pores and preventing the medication from penetrating to the area where you need it. Our lotion, however, absorbs into your skin and you are able to reapply repeatedly to increase your dosage. Emu oil is the secret to our delivery system.”
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.
Things sure have been busy here around Tacoma House of Cannabis. We’ve been bringing you the greatest pricing available in Tacoma, Washington for a while, and just this past week spent two days meeting new vendors at Interchange. Interchange is a business expo that is basically a speed dating procedure for farms looking to get their products in to new stores throughout Washington State. We had a great event and have lined up several farms to bring in at Tacoma, Tonasket, and Carlton House of Cannabis.
In order to make room, though, we have to clear some product out! Help us reduce back stock with DEEP DISCOUNTS on many established products, and products phasing out over the next few weeks. I’ve included our flyer below so you can target your ideal lineup in the savings. Don’t forget to place your reservation for an order online at http://menu.tacomahouseofcannabis.com so you can skip the line when you arrive.
We are looking forward to seeing you! Happy Holidays!
–Kevin, Mike, Michael, and the whole House of Cannabis team