Pulmonary Illness Linked to Vaping?

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 Oregon man.

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 vape shop.

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.

WA Marijuana News on the Associated Press

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.

How to: Backwood Blunt Wrap

Rolling a blunt or a joint can be as artistic as one makes it out to be. For my daily blunts the three things I care most about is that I roll them somewhat quickly, they have at least a gram or two in them, and the most important, that thing better be functional.

Blunts and joints can vary in many shapes and sizes, from your basic papers to your specific brand blunt wraps. For the sake of this instructional we’re going to focus on the brand Backwood Cigars being used as the blunt wrap.

The way I learned to roll backwoods differs slightly from how I would roll any other blunt wrap, the beginning and the end is where this technique varies.

Your standard Swisher Sweet or other blunt brand may call for a splitter or ripping or something else but the way that I was taught to break open the Backwood is by unraveling the cigar from the mouthpiece side first. Every Backwood cigar is slightly different considering it is rolled out of a tobacco leaf, which makes each wrap slightly different as well.

After you discard of your tobacco cigar guts you are going to brush off the remaining tobacco off the wrap and check the status of the leaf. If there’s no holes or breaks or anything you’re good to go.

Now for other blunt wraps and joints I would prefer using a grinder than breaking up the marijuana with my hands. When rolling the Backwood I prefer to break up the buds with my fingers, I feel that it helps for that blunt to smoke consistently. Especially if you’re smoking that tippity top shelf weed, you know that super freaking sticky that will clog your blunt up if the weeds way ground up and wrapped to tight. Anyways, I digress, on to the grinding.

Okay so you got your gram or two of weed all broke up with your fingers, its ground to the size of some finely diced onions or cilantro, or maybe a mixture of both. Maybe I’m just stoned and a little bit hungry for some tacos, either way lets roll this freaking blunt.

Next we’re going to flip it around and figure out which way we want to position the wrap. A lot of the time the stem of the leaf dictates which way you’re going to wrap your blunt. I usually wrap the blunt from the mouthpiece side first and roll it to somewhat of a cone style of roll. There is no rush at this stage, take your time. Don’t even worry if the mouthpiece or end of the blunt doesn’t look pretty, we’ll take care of that later.

It’s all rolled up, some of the weed fell out the end and it looks like it needs some TLC. No problemo. Let’s get to doctoring. The way I roll blunts requires two tools. I usually have with me a pair of scissors and a blunt packer of some sort, i.e. a key, anything with the circumference of lets just say a chopstick.

I usually start with the chopstick and gently pack the weed in from the end side first. I pick up whatever weed fell out onto the tray during the roll up and pack that in as well. I will do this 2 or 3 times or until I’m satisfied with how she looks. I usually twist the end of the blunt like a joint to prevent from anything falling out. Repeat the same method on the side you smoke out of until there is a firmly packed mouthpiece.

I then take my scissors and simply trim the excess blunt wrap. When I learned this little tip it gave me the power to roll the perfect blunt damn near every time. Its so simple that Ill run it by you one more time. Basically, however far you packed the mouthpiece side of the blunt in, you cut to. I usually also cut the side that I twisted like a joint just to make it easier to light.

There you go. You got your very own hand rolled tobacco leafed dank ass cannabis blunt, celebrations are in order! What’s that? You couldn’t follow? Im a bad teacher? Well, if that’s the case so be it. But if you’re down for a round two, I saw a video of these dudes and they make this shit look easy, so click the link below. Your welcome.

Recipe for the Perfect Stoner Movie Night

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.

Ray’s Lemonade come in two dosages 25 and 75 mg of THC and a myriad of different flavors.

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.

Green Revolution’s Wild Side drink comes in a variety of flavors whether your preference be THC or CBD dominant.

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.

Blunt Royale comes with oil infused one gram, or full flower two gram options.

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.

  1. Half baked
  2. Big Lebowski
  3. How High
  4. Pineapple Express
  5. Dazed and Confused

Lets talk Cannabis Infused Topicals

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 blood.”

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.

Kush Creams Natural Sensi is their scent-free variety

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.”

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.

Holiday Specials at Tacoma House of Cannabis

Holiday greetings to you, Friends!

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