Things to do While Stoned: Beach in the Fall Time

Going to the beach in the fall is just as good as the summer if you ask me. The key to a successful fall beach trip is picking the right time to go for optimal fun and adventure.

My friends, the time is now! According to a little birdie on my radio this morning The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened up season for razor clam digging today and the clams are plentiful. So far, the season opened today October 26th and it lasts for seven days.

All the official information that you may need regarding razor clam digging can be found at Washington’s Department of Fish and Wild Life website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#current. I Highly suggest checking out their website for licensing and harvesting information, current and future dig dates, and which beaches are open for digging.

For the official stoner guide to razor clamming step no further, I got you covered.

First and foremost we gotta get our stash right before heading out. When doing outdoor activities like fishing and crabbing I gotta have me some joints stashed to help pass the time while facing the elements. For the particular activity of razor clamming you are usually busy hunting for the clams to show you where they are in the sand, then when you finally see one you gotta dig that sucker up asap. This equates to less time to shoot the shit and smoke joints.

You guys, its all good! We have some of the best edibles on the market at Tacoma House of Cannabis, perfect to keep the buzz going on your busier activities, and they’re extremely affordable at that. Edibles starting out at $15 for 100mg of THC. Pop a few of those bad boys and you’ll be good til at least one limits worth of clams are harvested.

So we got our favorite edibles maybe a vaporizer for discreetness, and of course some joints stashed. All the rest of the things you need for razor clam digging can be found at the hardware stores near the beach; things like shellfish license, a digging utensil, and mesh bag for the bounty are a must.

It’s gonna be wet and cold out there in all reality. All that digging is gonna work up an appetite for some doobie breaks. So just remember to be respectful to others, and take a step back from the crowd before puffing on the magic dragon.

Happy hunting!

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.

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.”

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.

“Smoking on that Dragon and that shit got me on Saturn,” Fresh drop from Luv8

“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.

Grams and 1/8ths of Dragon available, RIGHT NOW! Click the pic to reserve some online!

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.

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.”