Meet & Greet with Tommy Chong at House of Cannabis – Tacoma

21+ to enter. No purchase necessary. You’ve just gotta swing by the store to enter.

At least 25 fans are being invited to a private location for a meet and greet with the legendary Tommy Chong, coordinated by our friends and partners at Level 5 Interactive! Enter by July 2nd, in store, and you could spend a few minutes chatting and getting your selfie with the LEGENDARY Tommy Chong on July 13th.

Meet & Greet Details:

Only one entry per person will be submitted to the sweepstakes. You must visit the store to enter. No purchase is necessary. You must be 21+ to walk in the front door, to enter. Sorry, kiddos. Date: 07/13/2021. Time: ~ 2:00PM. Location: To Be Announced to the winners of the sweepstakes.

What can you expect?
A FEW minutes with Tommy Chong in a small group of 4 or 5 people. The opportunity for some chit-chat. TOMMY CHONG! Bring your merch for signing. House of Cannabis will have BRAND NEW sharpies on hand for Tommy to sign with in the following colors: Black, Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold.

Come on in and get an entry filled out to meet Tommy Chong!

Oh yeah…. This stoner song was written by Tommy Chong.

I got a joint, man….

Better Know a Stoner Song – Ganja Babe by Michael Franti


From Soul to Reggae, from Spoken-word hyper political works to catchy pop, Michael Franti has his toes in a lot of different tastes. You might know him best from his song “Say Hey.” But what I know him best from is cannaballad, “Ganja Babe.”

Franti was born in Oakland, California 1966 to a mixed couple. His mother put him up for adoption because she feared her child would never be accepted by her racist family. He was adopted by a couple in Oakland who had four kids, three biological and one adopted. He started writing in 9th grade, and quickly picked up poetry as a lifelong art. Franti picked up music after he purchased a bass from a local pawnshop, taking influence from reggae, punk, and hip-hop.

He started a band in 1986, the Beatnigs, stylized after industrial spoken-word. The band released an album Television that garnered a bit of attention but struggled to break out of the city.

His next move was to form the band The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, a collaboration with Ron Tse, Charlie Hunter, Mark Pistel, and Jack Dangers. They put out an album with Island Records titled Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury. After this signing they eventually opened for U2. The band was very political and championed anti-war messages, took shots at Exxon Mobile, the role of television in our daily lives, homophobia and misogyny, and many other progressive takes. The album even made appearances in a few academic articles. One called Franti’s work, a song that, “promoted treating women fairly in relationships an exception” to the misogyny that pervades mainstream hip-hop.

Franti formed a new band in 1994, Spearhead. The band pushed Franti away from the more politically charged music he made prior, moving into music inspired by Funk and Soul. After two releases the band split with Capitol records, and formed their own label, Boo Boo Wax. Their song “Sometimes” was featured in the movie Mystery Men, their cover of “Roxanne” made an appearance in the movie Good Burger.

Franti moved back to his political roots with the release of their album Stay Human. They covered subjects such as the prison industrial-complex, media monopolization, and corporate globalization.

In 2003 Franti released an album Songs from the Front Porch, primarily acoustic renditions of old works, and a few new songs. This is where today’s Stoner Song to Know comes from. Ganja Babe is a lyrical drag of some top-shelf vibes. I first heard it featured on the TV show “Weeds” (which ran about 6 seasons too long.). Its got a bit of everything that makes Franti lovable: Funk, Reggae, proactive and smooth flowing lyrics, and a fantastic whistling intro. Give it a listen while you are taking a toke!

One Sentence Weed Reviews (OWSR): Maitai Gushers by Red Bird

Red Bird’s Maitai Gushers

Strain (Chemovar): Maitai Gushers
Disposition: Hybrid
Farm: Red Bird
Price point: 3.5g – $45
Currently not available in Tacoma. (as of 06/02/21)

Maitai Gushers is bomb, and this bud looks like a Christmas tree!!

-Debra (House of Cannabis Tonasket – Budtender)

Better Know a Stoner Song – Linear High by Rick Bain & The Genius Position

You’ve almost certainly never heard of Rick Bain & The Genius Position. It’s not your fault. Let’s blame mass music marketing tactics, and the decline of the record label. I’m going to cover some Bain territory before arriving at the song at the bottom of this post.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Rick Bain isn’t much for consistency in releasing albums (2000, 2004, 2020) or touring. Perhaps it’s just that Mr. Bain requires that much time to build the sonic profile that nests between your ears, and plays on repeat to your brain for days at a time. Perhaps Mr. Bain just releases an album when he wants to intensify his experience of this planet. I know not, but I do know this is Rock & Roll, and that I like it. Here are a couple of things that I have observed (probably incorrectly on a few) about Rick Bain, from afar, over the last two decades:

  • Rick Bain looks like he’d grow some killer weed, and he makes damn fine neo-psychedelic rock, so I’m loosely connecting the two.
  • Rick Bain isn’t much for chatting. (see pic ->)
  • Rick Bain plays somewhere around 3 shows per year in Portland. Go.
  • Rick Bain has the best photo shoots.
  • Rick Bain mysteriously released one album as just Rick Bain (2004), making me wonder if he was trying out new positions. Why would you break from Genius?
  • Rick Bain got his start and some significant buzz when he thoughtfully rearranged and recorded his version of The Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds” on a 4 track recorder in 1997.
  • Rick Bain writes super tongue-in-cheek lyrics that still make you re-evaluate life choices & lost loves.
Rick Bain & The Genius Position’s first album. 5 fucking stars, man.

Rick Bain & The Genius Position released their first full length studio effort in 2000, entitled ‘Crooked Autumn Sun‘, and is as turbulent as the album cover (pictured, left).

Virtual Heavy Pet was the 2004 follow up, spawning singles in my mind such as “Black Apple Orchard”, and “Comin’ Round”, which tallied what seems a million plays each, in my mind, and certainly several dozen on Spotify. (To be clear, I generally buy physical CDs if I see the band, and definitely any modern high quality vinyl output.)

Fucking off when you were 25 was fun, but Rick Bain’s music from that time peroid makes many regret their wasted time.

Fast forward to late 2019, and Rick Bain mysteriously drops a live album, followed quickly by “Keep It Glowing”, which features several amazing tracks ready for release in Wonderland, where they are likely to go bonkers with radio play due to relevance, cheekiness, and odd, yet beautifully melodic chord pairings.

I highly encourage checking each recording out in due time.

In the meantime, please check out the track “Linear High”, just below the sample of lyrics I’ve included. It’s pretty amazing, and it’s the cut that drew me in to Rick Bain & The Genius Position. Enjoy!

“Party scenes of martyrs & kings,

Take two of these to amplify your dreams

It’s not as easy as you make it seem

You’ll like it better when you’re high”

Lyrics from “Linear High”

Rick Bain fucking rocks.

One Sentence Weed Reviews (OWSR): Golden Lemons by House of Cultivar

House of Cultivar “Golden Lemons”

Strain (Chemovar): Golden Lemons
Disposition: Hybrid
Farm: House of Cultivar
Price point: 3.5g – $50
AVAILABLE ON OUR MENU, NOW! (as of 5/31/21)

:yum:

“GAS GAS GAS GAS GAS; tasty heady goodness yum!!!!!!!”

-Carly (House of Cannabis Tonasket – Budtender)

Weed Anatomy 101

TRICHOMES: Trichomes have the highest concentration of THC in the plant. These resinous glands are reflective and potent. Good weed is often covered in Trichomes that can easily be seen when the bud is brought under light. This resin is used to produce hash and other concentrates.

CALYX/FLOWER: Calyces makes up the majority of bud. Calyces have the highest concentration of THC and are coated in trichomes. The calyx is what we smoke and what we call ‘flower.’

COLA: The Cola is the section of the plant considered most desirable. This is the part of the plants that grow buds and flowers, and eventually becomes the weed we smoke.

BRACT/PISTIL/STIGMA: Pistils are little hairlike strands that catch pollen to begin the process of reproduction. While they contain no THC, they are important indicators of the gender and maturity of a plant. Pistils are often brightly colored and are important to the visual composition of weed.

STALK: Stalks are made up of fibers that can be  used in hemp products all the way from fabrics to rope.

FAN LEAVES: The iconic leaves that every stoner knows. These leaves are often discarded after harvest as they contain the smallest amount of THC in the plant.

SUGAR LEAVES: Sugar leaves are high in THC. After trimming, these leaves are used to make edibles or full flower concentrates.

STEM: The stem provides structure to the plant. It contains a little bit of THC and can be used in full flower extracts and tinctures.

 

 

GERMINATION  1-2 WEEKS
The cannabis plant begins with a tiny seed. Mature and viable seeds tend to be dark brown and dry. There are a lot of farms that use clones rather than seeds to fill out their crop. At this point the seed has not been planted in soil, but is kept in a cool damp place.

SEEDLING  2-3 WEEKS
The seed is transferred to soil or another nutrient medium. At this stage the plant requires the most light. The seed leaves (cotyledon) and fans leaves begin to grow at this point.

CLONING
Farmers take trimmings from the cannabis plant, and by providing the right conditions for these cuttings, get them to grow roots and begin the plant life cycle again. This process allows farmers to grow plants with specific characteristics, without having to rely on chance when growing from seeds.

VEGETATIVE  2-8 WEEKS
At this stage the plant grows tall and wide to provide structure to support the heavy buds that will grow later. The plants show signs of gender late into this stage, and farmers will remove male plants from their crop. Clones are often taken at this stage as well.

FLOWERING  6-8 WEEKS
This is the most demanding and intricate section of the growing process. As change in the amount of sunlight and darkness in the seasons occurs, the flowering process begins. With an explosion of growth, the plant changes from growing leaves to growing buds. If properly raised these buds will be dense, richly colored, and most importantly, covered in resin.

HARVESTING
As the pistils start to turn red, the stems broaden, the resin gets brown and darker, and the leaves start to curl up and turn yellow. The branches are cut and the leaves trimmed.

DRYING  4-10 DAYS
These stalks are hung to dry for about one to two weeks. The drying process produces a bud that smokes more evenly and retains potency longer.

CURING  3 WEEKS
Once properly dried, the weed is  removed from the stem and put in airtight containers that help to   preserve the potency and quality of the bud.

Intro To Joints

For many smokers, its the last resort. For many more stoners its a skill that they never picked up. But knowing how to roll a good joint is the key to stoner heaven. Whether you are hiking through the mountains or chiefing on a walk, a joint is the perfect companion, and great for sharing (not right now though.). While there are going to be a few ‘doobies’ rolled on the road to a perfection, a little practice and a little patience will get you a home-rolled joint burning between your fingertips in a second. So we put together a simple 12 step guide to help you perfect your joint rolling skills.

Whether you’re rolling your joint on your dinner table or on a book while you’re at the beach, its always helpful to have a wide, clean, smooth surface to roll on. If you plan on making joints a habit you might invest in a weed tray with tilted edges, but you can make do with a book or a bowl just as well.

Grab a few nugs, try to aim for about 3/4 of a gram. Don’t grind it too fine or it will be harder to roll with. You’ll start to get the amount you need down, but even if you over shoot by a little, you would be surprised by how much weed you can pack into a well rolled joint.

Bend one end of the papers between your pointer finger and thumb of your non-dominant hand. The paper has a glue edge, make sure it is putting up, and towards you.. At this point you can place a crutch on the paper under your pointer finger, but they aren’t necessary.

Pour your ground weed onto your paper, starting at your finger tip and working up. Try to leave as few gaps as possible so the flower is dense, even if that means cutting your joint a little short. Gaps will cause your joint to canoe, burning poorly and wasting weed.

Using both thumbs, massage the weed with a rocking pattern. Start at the edges, and work your way in, slowly and lightly massaging the weed. Tails will begin to form as you do this. The shape to aim for is a cone. Don’t compress the weed too much because it will be hard to draw through when smoked.

As the cone shape forms, stop rolling and fill in any gaps in the roll. Massage the weed into the cone shape. Well rolled weed is fluffy, rather than densely packed. Although if the weed is too lightly rolled it will burn unevenly. Any gaps in the weed will cause it to canoe and can ruin your joint.

With your non-dominant thumb, push the paper tip of the paper closest to you under the thin section of your weed. If you have trouble tucking, you can bend the paper so that it is flush with other-side. Use your finger to jam this section down so there is no gap.

From the bottom up, lick the glued edge. From the bottom up apply the now wet edge to the dry paper. Run your finger over the seam and leave the joint be for a minute so that it can dry. You do not need to use much saliva to make the seal, but be sure there are no air gaps.

Any weed left on your plate can be packed into the top of the joint. Twist the open paper shut, pressing down the weed. A pen or pencil eraser is a great tool for packing. Don’t pack too much, because the weed can become too dense to smoke through and the paper can tear. But you would be surprised how much you can get in there.

Grab a business card or some card-stock and cut it to about the width of your fingertip. Any paper can work, but something tough gives the joint a little structure. You can tear it too, although frayed edges can clog up your joint.

Bend a short zig-zag into your crutch paper. Wrap the rest of the paper around the zig-zag so that you form a cylinder. It shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. It is meant to catch weed from falling in your mouth, and to give you something to hold on to and pass around.

Tighten your crutch slightly and slide it into the unsealed side of your joint. You’ll probably be pushing weed, so be slow in pushing the crutch into your joint so that you do not tear the paper or pack the weed too tightly under your crutch. Now it is…

Q&A with Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols

Zia McCabe at 2012’s Frequency Festival.
Picture by Christopher Johnson, used by permission.

Zia McCabe is the bassist & bass/synth player for multi-platinum recording artists The Dandy Warhols of Portland, Oregon, who have released 10 full length records, several EPs, and a full length live album, since 1994.

Z came to Tacoma and partied down with us at the House of Cannabis – Tacoma location in June of 2019. She had our crowd dancing in line as she laid down a thick catalogue of urban dance to brit-pop with a fog machine and laser show.

Thanks for agreeing to do a little Q&A for the House of Cannabis blog. Here are a few questions we have decided to ask you!

1. What Dandy Warhol’s song do you most want to play live, that you all haven’t?

[Our song] “Easy” (Spotify | Apple Music). I think this would be so fun live. Especially for me because I would get to play bass guitar for the first bit and synth bass for the last section. 

Editors Note: This is one of my favorite The Dandy Warhol’s songs…. I’d love to hear it played, live.

2. Do you have a ritual or standing tradition of consuming cannabis before or after shows, and if so, what is that ritual like?

I have learned the hard way that I just can’t play stoned. I forget parts, I forget when to, and when not play. It’s a mess! But, I can get high right after soundcheck for a little attitude adjustment with plenty of time for any confusion to wear off. I also enjoy getting stoned after the show. I don’t drink all that often anymore so it really helps keep me entertained by all the people that have been drinking all night. 

3. Do you have a great weed story from the tour/road archives?

Hmm, well, I had grabbed an ounce before hopping on the bus to start a month long US tour. Enough to split up and keep everyone pretty well stocked for the month. Before I could split it up or really even smoke any of it, we got pulled over on the I-10 in Arizona. The idiot bus driver lets the cops on with their K9 to search the bus. The dog didn’t find anything (I now believe this was no K9, just a silly cop’s dog that he tried to train with german commands [as] the other cops seemed a little embarrassed). Anyway, they went back on without the dog and found the big bag of weed sitting in my bunk. Of course no one stepped up to take ownership (even though I had picked it up as a convenience to everyone) so I raised my hand. Not sure it would help at all, I showed them my carrier card for medical marijuana (I can’t remember what year this happened but pot wasn’t legal in Oregon yet).

As they walked me across the highway to their mobile offices, I told them this was my medicine, they replied, “in Arizona, we call this a drug”. So they put me a cell of sorts, metal walls and chain link door. I sat in there in my pajamas, with my hair in curlers and tied up in a bandana.

The cop came back and asked me how much I was allowed to carry. His eyes about popped out of his head when I told him two pounds. Ha! He then left me alone for a while longer. Finally he let me out and led me to his desk. He informed me that they were actually feds (gulp), and that there jurisdiction starts at 40 lbs (small sigh of relief). He said he’d been trying to find a local officer to come arrest me but since it was Sunday, no one wanted to come in on their day off (huge sigh of relief!).

So he led me back to the bus, came on behind me as I’m quickly sssh-ing the cheers from my band mates and crew. He gave us some silly lecture and we were on our way. The best part (besides not getting arrested) was that they didn’t search my purse with has a personal stash and pipe. Which I immediately passed around and we all had a good laugh. Crazy thing is, same thing happened two night later in El Paso but we had smoked every last crumb and just rolled our eyes as the cops tried to intimidate us by letting their dogs hump our luggage.

****Note to self, don’t bring enough weed for the entire tour and don’t carry anyone else’s share.  

Zia gets lit on 04/20/20. Picture used by permission of Zia McCabe.

4. Do you have a favorite strain, and what is your favorite way to consume cannabis?

I don’t have a favorite strain, because it’s more fun to switch it up and keep it fresh. Typically what I’m looking for is a heavy duty Indica. I mostly consume cannabis for relaxation and sleep. So I want it to turn my brain to mush and knock me out. I do dabble with Sativa hybrids during the day when I want to be creative or just enjoy my back yard. 

The Dandy Warhols, London, England.
Picture by: Aurelien Guichard, used with permission.

5. “Why You So Crazy” is a great album, but when is the next one?? Is it underway, already?

We do have another album on the way! I just tracked three new bass lines yesterday in fact. As you know we are slow pokes when it comes to getting new albums out so don’t hold your breath but do know it’s in the works. : )

For more on The Dandy Warhols, visit their website, facebook, or YouTube pages.

Better Know a Stoner Song – Champagne & Reefer by Muddy Waters

Fans of Muddy Waters know his timeless voice from a mile away, but even given his hallmark vocal abilities and dirty southern blues licks, if you knew Muddy, you knew to just call him ‘Mud’.

Born April 4th, 1913, in Mud’s impact on music was one of the most long tenured and wide ranging of any artist I have previously read about. Consider, the following influences that Mud had on the worldwide music scene:

  • The Rolling Stones took their name from Mud’s 1950 song “Rollin’ Stone”
  • Eric Clapton was his best man in 1979, when he married his second wife
  • He won 6 Grammy’s in the 1970s, after White music noticed that he had dominated the R&B charts from the mid 1950s thru the 60s.
  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame cites 4 of his songs among the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll.
  • He played with legends such as Bo Diddley,
  • Formerly Seattle based Ian Moore famously covered “Champagne & Reefer” for the now out-of-print “Hempilation” (1995) CD.
Muddy Waters in Paris, France, 1976. Photo by Lionel Decoster, used with permission CC BY-SA 4.0

Mud penned (1980), then included the forward thinking “Champagne & Reefer” on his 14th and final studio album, King Bee, in 1981.

Mud clearly and loudly championed cannabis in this song, and clearly understood the fact that cannabis is the safest “let your hair down” recreational drug that the American public broadly employs. Further, he relates the effect to one I have long believed in – the manifestation of love and togetherness that sprouts from cannabis consumption. On top of all of that, it’s just an incredible song from an incredible musician.

“Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know it’s good for your head
And it relax your body don’t you know.

Everytime I get high
I lay my head down on my baby’s breast.
Well you know I lay down be quiet
Tryin’ to take my rest.
Well you know she done hug and kiss me
Says Muddy your one man that I love the best.”

Lyrics from “Champagne & Reefer”

Though Mud died in late April of 1983, his music continues to be discovered by youth and all walks of life, to this day. His legacy is enduring, and as people find his music broadly available, they will end up coming across the gem “Champagne & Reefer”, which you can find just below.

One Sentence Weed Reviews (OWSR): GMO by Bondi Farms

Bondi has some amazing herb.

Strain (Chemovar): GMO (Garlic, Mushrooms, Onions)
Disposition: Indica Dominant Hybrid
Farm: Bondi Farms
Price point: 3.5g – $40
AVAILABLE ON OUR MENU, NOW! (as of 4/20/21)

“GMO is not a ‘Get My (ass) Off the couch’ type strain, that leaves you deep in thought.”