Flavored Vape Carts Return Feb 8th

Back in October the Center for Disease Control (CDC) declared a state of emergency from the national outbreak of pulmonary illness linked to vaping. Governor Jay Inslee, The State’s Board of Health, and the State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) banned flavored vape cartridges from the marijuana industry in accordance with the national outbreak in hopes to save the children. Well guess what folks?! The storm has passed, the children are secure, and we’re getting our flavored vapes back.

The LCB sent out an email yesterday, January 23, briefing the rules going forward and the plan to re-implement flavored vape carts to the industry. The main points of the email are outlined below:

  • The State Board of Health emergency rule temporarily banning flavored vapor products remains in effect through February 7, 2020. On February 8, 2020, retailers may legally sell flavored vapor products.
  • As of February 8, 2020, you no longer are required to post the warning sign about the severe lung injury. 
  • The State Board of Health emergency rule temporarily banning vapor products with vitamin E acetate remains in effect until March 19.
  • The Board is expected to withdraw all LCB flavored-vapor-product rules that are tied to the State Board of Health rules.
  • Marijuana Vapor Product Ingredient Disclosure forms are still required to be submitted by all producer/processor and processor licensees for each vapor product. For more information, see the Links to Required Documents box on our Vapor and Public Health

Now I get to rant about the over regulation of our beloved LCB, and the fallout businesses deal with from them out thinking the room on this issue.

I get it, the CDC declared a state of emergency, and thats a big deal. Instead of looking toward the black market for the issue, our governor put a 4 month halt on legal, regulated businesses. This was a completely unnecessary move that messed with the production line of a lot of companies. For instance, lets take a company like Hellavated, who solely made flavored vapes, and take a closer look at how they were impacted.

Pre-October, Hellavated had a myriad of flavored vapes like strawberry, blueberry, watermelon, mint, yada yada, you get the picture. At any given time in our store we had at least 6 different flavors in disposable vape carts, full gram 510 threaded carts, and the pax pod line. They had flavor specific, color coded packaging, and hardware to go with each flavored product.

On October 9th, our governor deemed their product not safe for consumption. Hellavated then had to halt production and re-market and re-think their whole line of products to tailor to the new rules. I don’t have the specific stats nor do I need them to tell you this was not a cheap task, that could have very well crippled smaller businesses that didn’t have the capital to jump over this hurdle tossed in by the LCB.

Anyways fast forward to yesterday and the LCB abolished all the unnecessary over regulation of flavored vape carts effective February 8th. Vapor blazers everywhere rejoice.

FIRE ALERT @ Tacoma House of Cannabis

Top shelf buyers your time is now! We got an A+ lineup for top shelf 1/8ths in the store right now. Whether your looking for the most bang for your buck at the $35 price point or you want the most potent shit in the state and willing to spend the big bucks, we have something that will draw all the attention when you bust open the stash in front of the homies. I even broke it down further with favorites from the Tacoma House of Cannabis crew at our different top shelf price points.

PRO TIP!!! EVERY WEDNESDAY ALL TOP SHELF 1/8THS GO ON SALE 20% OFF ALL DAY LONG!!! YOUR WELCOME!!!

$50-1/8th

Dragon by Luv 8

The strain that needs no introduction, time after time I’ve labeled this one as the most potent, gassy, cough inducing strain in the store. If it weren’t for our manager Jenn’s recommendation we would have never even had this company on our radar and for that we all owe her an un-payable debt. I’ll warn you right here, once you smoke the Dragon by Luv8 it’s hard to find another strain that packs the same punch, so buyer beware.

Strawberry Milk and GMO by Lucky Devil

These two strains are the only other two that we sell at the prestigious $50 a 1/8th price point and once you indulge you’ll know why.  Whether you are looking for that fruity, strawberry, diesel-ey flavor from the Strawberry Milk, or you want those heavy, funky, earthy undertones of savory flavor from the GMO, you wont be disappointed with spending half a bill on these delightful strains. Sometimes you got to treat yourself.

$45-1/8th

Any other Luck Devil 1/8th

Wedding Cake, Jungle Cake, Gelato, Dolato, Larry Bird, Scooby Snacks, Grape Pie, Grape Tahoe Cookies, Tropicanna Cookies, Mimosa… holy shit the list for sure goes on. One thing I can honestly say about Lucky Devil is that I’ve never smoked a strain from this company that I wouldn’t absolutely endorse. Everything that they bring to market is of the upmost quality. Lucky Devil, Just Do it.

The Glue by Luv 8

Gorilla Glue #4, or as Luv8 would put it, The Glue. GG#4 is probably my all time favorite strain. It’s a well known one, and probably carried in just about every weed shop in the state. Because of the fact that everyone and their sister freaking grows a different version of this strain, whenever I try a new growers GG#4 I always try to compare it to Luv8’s The Glue. I have yet to find a better one, and not for lack of trying. The Glue by Luv8 is the answer to your GG#4 blues.

Point Break by Phat Panda

I’m always down for some funky, fruity, Tropicanna Cookies type of flavor in my weed; it’s not for everybody though. It takes a unique palette to thoroughly enjoy the classic Tropicanna weed flavor. It took one random morning with the persuasion of a hand rolled doobie by budtender Miguel for my doors to be opened to the magnificence of all that is the Point Break strain by Phat Panda. It has all the potency of their strain Trophy Wife crossed with the intense flavors of their Tropicanna Cookies. Miguel, I still owe you one for showing me this one.

$35-1/8th

Sin Mint Cookies by The High Point

I am willing to bet anyone that Tacoma House of Cannabis’ very own budtender George has smoked more Sin Mint Cookies than anybody, ever. This dude smokes so much Sin Mint Cookies we have to put a limit on how much of this shit he buys just so he doesn’t literally clean us out as soon as we re-up. George you gotta save some for the rest of us! Without even considering the excellent price point, Sin Mint Cookies is otherworldly. It has some of the most trichome ridden nugs in our store, topped off with a kick-ass, grounding, classic indica type of high. The Sin Mint Cookies is the heavy smoker’s choice, for a low price of $35 an 1/8th.

M.A.C., Runtz, and Biscotti by Loud

Loud has been bringing some serious heat lately. Three of their strains have been top sellers in our store the last week, and if you don’t grab them soon they will be gone. With that in mind these three need no more boasting, just know that if you don’t grab them now you’ll have to wait on the re-up. And trust when I say you do not want to do that to yourself.

Sherbet, Wedding Cake, and Peanut Butter Breath by Mr. Grimm

If I didn’t mention the re-stock on Mr. Grimm I’d be doing you all a disservice. If I only had to choose one of the strains from Mr. Grimm I’d probably pick the Peanut Butter Breath, but then to make that decision I’d have to ensure that I could still purchase a Sherbet and a Wedding Cake in the near future. Hell, I’d probably just have to get a gram of all three. Mental note for later; don’t do yourself a disservice, try all three.

Dank Priceline Negotiator: Cheapest Ounce

Date: January 3, 2020

Item: Lowest price for an ounce of buds

Area: Random bunch of Tacoma Stores

Verdict: Potzone @ $56.00

Notes: I simply called all the stores listed below and asked for their cheapest ounce price. This is probably our most often question we receive as budtenders answering the phone and sometimes the most tiresome. So, in spirit of playing devil’s advocate I challenge our readers to do this same thing as it can be kinda fun hearing the responses from different pot stores, and the layers of stoney people answering the phone. Also keep in mind that these prices fluctuate frequently so stay tuned for next week!

Data Pool:

Tacoma House of Cannabis: normally $100 but 40% off to $60

Zips: normally $80 25% off to $60

420 Tacoma: $95

High Society: $90

Diamond Green: $85

The Joint: I think the phone was left off the hook, couldn’t get a dialtone

The Potzone: $56

Mary Mart: $90

Clear Choice: $99

World of Weed: $69

Emerald Leaves: $70

Sous Vide Cannabutter

Today I woke up inspired. Maybe it was the Christmas gift I received from my brother, maybe it was the sativa I blazed up pre breakfast. Hell maybe it was a combo of the two. Either way lets get this shit going.

I was gifted an immersion circulator a.k.a. a sous vide cooker.

Most cooking aficionados might start dreaming of the magnificent steaks and fancy infused chicken or salmon meals in their future, and ill get there eventually.

In the meantime lets make some chef quality cannabis butter.

In my opinion you should never use good smoke-able weed for edibles. So lets reach past the premium, towards some of that outdoor from last summer.  I’m going to use a combo of some stem-ridden buds and other bags that I have laying around that I know I wouldn’t enjoy if I were to smoke. We’ll even switch to a step-by-step cookbook recipe style format as we dive into Tacoma House of Cannabis’ very own official Sous Vide Cannabutter.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ to ½ oz. of your not so dankest buds
  • Varying amount of water
  • 1 lb. of unsalted butter

Equipment:

  • Immersion circulator
  • Appropriate sized jar with lid
  • Blender
  • Strainer/cheesecloth
  • Big pot

Step 1

Fill up large pot with warm water, attach immersion circulator and preheat water to 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Lets get our desired amount of dried out buds and add them to the blender. For this batch I will be using roughly a ½ oz. (maybe a little more) of some stuff I got laying around. If you want extra potent cannabutter use a little more, if you are worried about battling a face melting edible high use a ¼ oz. or less. Put dry herb into blender and add water on top. If weed is extremely dry and soaks up water add more water. Blend up marijuana and water mixture. Make sure to not over blend or pulverize product in blender, you want a nice course grind.

Step 3

Chop up butter into squares set aside. Take blended water and weed mixture and empty from blender into appropriate sized jar. Jar should have enough room to fit butter and blended mixture with spare room. Put 1 lb. cubed butter into jar and seal

Step 4

Place sealed jar in 185 degree preheated water bath. Let immersion circulator run its process for at least 6 hours. You will have a separated oil and cannabis product sitting on top of water in sealed jar.

Step 5

Strain water/marijuana/butter mixture through several layers of cheesecloth into another jar or container of equal size. Squeeze out remaining product in cheesecloth and Set strained mixture into refrigerator over night.

Step 6

You will be left over with a hardened infused butter floated on top of water. Discard water underneath hardened butter. Enjoy by substituting infused butter instead of butter or oil in your favorite baked treat!

Professional Sports Need to Continue to Say Yes to Cannabis

A lot has happened in the last week in regards to the overlapping of professional sports and the marijuana scene. One week ago Major League Baseball (MLB) removed marijuana from the “drugs of abuse” list, and added opiates, cocaine, fentanyl, and synthetic THC.

The MLB took huge steps in the right direction with this decision. Some people are saying that the drug of abuse list was altered in lieu of the 27 year old Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs death earlier this summer. His autopsy found high levels of opiates and fentanyl present. Its also noted that his death was an accident.

Earlier this week Josh Gordon of the Seattle Seahawks got suspended indefinitely for violating the leagues policies on performance enhancing drugs/ drugs of abuse. As soon as the decision was made by the NFL the Seahawks had to cut ties with him and aren’t allowed to be any sort of communication. Radio hosts on 710 ESPN Seattle throughout the week have been commenting on the story with some interesting theories.

Most are revolving around the truth of the fact that Josh Gordon has agreed to be in a profession that doesn’t allow marijuana use and he has continued to use it. This creates the idea that a lot of the personalities on 710 ESPN Seattle have been touching on regarding this topic, addiction, and that they hope Gordon gets the help he needs.

This bodes the question, Can one be addicted to marjiuana? I’ve thrown this question around in my head a lot over the years. I think that an addiction is more of a case by case basis especially when talking about marijuana. I think if someone is taking steps backward in life financially, professionally, or socially to use marijuana than they may have and addiction and should seek help.

NFL players agree to follow a strict set of rules and in doing so the majority eventually get paid millions of dollars. Not smoking marijuana is one of those rules and for Josh Gordon he has had many opportunities to not test positive and has failed. Josh Gordon has let down many fans, coaches, and organizations. He has been been suspended five times since 2013 for some sort of substance abuse. In Josh Gordon’s case he definitely needs to seek some help and if he wants to continue playing in today’s NFL he needs to save the marijuana for retirement.

According to an article by Brandon Gustafson on 710 Sports Russell Wilson had talked with Josh Gordon and had this to say, “He said, ‘This is the place I want to be and the place that has helped change my life a little bit and I’m getting better,’” Wilson recalled Gordon saying. “You hope that he can come back to us and play with us, but more importantly it’s about him, it’s about his soul, his life, it’s about all the things that we all have to go through and overcome.”

Even though Gordon is suspended indefinitely, there is always a chance that he appeals the process, seeks help and or probation, and can come back to Seattle or somewhere else, given the NFL allows it.

And to close ill let a little bit of my inner Seahawks fan out. If the NFL could pull their heads out and learn a little from their older cousin MLB, Seattle would be better off in their post season run with a piece like Josh Gordon on our side.

In all seriousness, I think the future of the NFL and their players would be better off if they didn’t get reprimanded for having THC in their system. Being able to seek relief through marijuana could help the longevity of the players and the league in a number of ways.

NFL, NHL, MLS, (insert any other organizations Im forgetting), YOU NEED TO LEGALIZE CANNABIS!

“Can I fly with marijuana?”

All the time budtenders are asked about marijuana at the airport. I’m not going to lie the first time or two I was asked, I didn’t feel comfortable speaking on it.

Shortly after legalization, (between 2012-2014) I was under the impression that it was still illegal to have it at the airport and TSA would strictly follow the federal laws. Which state that marijuana is a schedule 1 drug, and if you got caught with a schedule 1 drug at the airport you could very likely be going to a federal penitentiary.

2019 Kyle approaches this question much differently. Now a days when I get asked, “Is it cool if I bring some weed back with me on the plane?” or “How much marijuana can I fly out of Sea-Tac with?” I reply with one simple statement.

It all depends on where you’re flying. I usually elaborate further depending on their answer with a yada yada don’t be flying to Texas, or a yada yada if you’re flying into Cali you good Dogg.

For the purpose of this little instructional ill give my honest official weed at the airport response.

Lets start with the depending on where you’re flying into statement in mind. If I was flying into California or Nevada and I didn’t want to mess around with the expensive prices when I were to land I might pack an 1/8th or two or three in my carry-on luggage. In California the legal limit is about one ounce of flower and eight grams of oil for people 21 years of age and older. In Nevada the limit varies slightly at one ounce of flower and 3.5 grams of oil. Therefore if I was landing in either of those states I would feel comfortable carrying a legal limit’s worth.

I think that in my case I would never check a bag that had marijuana in it especially if I wasn’t landing in a legal state.

According to a TSA instagram post from last 4-20 they jokingly alluded to the fact that they are not looking for marijuana but it is their job requirement to notify when it is found.

“Let us be blunt: TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement. This includes items that are used for medicinal purposes.”

TSA on instagram

When I read the quote from TSA i understand it as, as long as local law enforcement has no problem with me carrying the given amount of marijuana when I step outside the airport then I should be fine, but they don’t straight up say that, and legally they are probably not advised to.

According to a Kiro7 article it is legal to have fewer than 40 grams of marijuana in your checked bag or carry-on when you arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

In Washington State the legal carry limit is one ounce of flower and seven grams of oil, 40 grams of marijuana is almost 1.5 times the legal limit so I have no idea how they came up with that one. Let me real quick throw a disclaimer out to make the bosses happy, at NO point in this post am I offering advice on or advising to fly through an airport with any sort of marijuana, pot, weed, cannabis, ganga, sensimilla, grass, or any other colloquialism.

Safe travels my high flying peeps.

How to: Smoking on the Slopes

One of my favorite nostalgia moments when hitting the mountain is when you’re on the chairlift and you get that first intake of a dank smell from other mountain shredders getting their ganja on in the clean alpine air. Of course that usually makes one yearn to have a little smoke session of ones own, and hopefully the cycle repeats.

The numero uno, unrivaled feeling I have had on the mountain is having said toke session and then cruising some untouched, fresh powder lines through various tree runs or trails, capped off by sticking some gnarly little cliff jump. And to share that with a group of friends or family is my personal ultimate good time whilst cruising the slopes.

The issue of not being able to consume cannabis as openly as tobacco or beer and alcohol is still 100% real and at the mountain you have to be especially weary of this. Personally I’ve never let that slow down my consumption and I’m gonna key y’all in on some pro-tips I’ve picked up over the years to efficiently and safely have a cannabis filled day on the mountain.

#1 Doob tubes.

When you’re at the store stocking up make sure you get some pre rolls that come in joint tubes. Or if you roll your own, save them from previous purchases, you can always reuse those things. The little plastic or glass tubes pre-rolls come in have saved me much heartache over the years whilst on my more physical adventures. The doob tubes are handy because they are not bulky and they keep the joints in pristine shape until they are ready to be blazed.

#2 Mindful of where you blaze

I know weed is legal yada yada, you ain’t gotta tell me, I am the furthest thing from a closet smoker. Although, when on the slopes its important to not push the envelope. Cannabis consumption on the mountain should still be done in a discreet fashion. Don’t smoke on the chairlift unless you got the mountain to yourself and even then be careful you could get in trouble from a not so cool lifty and get your pass taken. I always urge peeps to find the trees, have a pow wow, its always a good time and sometimes a needed break. For the extremely initiated, pack the dab rig in the car depending on where were skiing you might have access to stop in throughout the day. Or hit it in the A.M. and let it chill in the whip until your ready to head home. Do yourself a favor and dump the water out in between uses. There is nothing worse than a bong or dab rig impeded by frozen water.

#3 Carry a Pack

Carry a pack of joints, carry a pack of edibles, hell, carry a pack of blunts if that’s your thing. Whenever I’m on the mountain and trying to consume these things its always smart to stash them in an easy to grab spot. Whether that’s in my snow jacket or my bibs, its key to have easy access to the danks and a lighter! Personally I don’t like carrying a backpack, but lots of my friends have in the past and it works for them. If carrying a backpack, stash it with all the essentials plus some water or snacks to guarantee your endurance on the slopes.

#4 Be Responsible

Charge your vape pens, pack a couple lighters, you know, plan for the day. Nothing worse than needing something that you don’t have and being stuck without it on shred day. That goes for the non paraphernalia items as well. Pack a multi tool, extra pair of goggles/gloves/ change of clothes. I don’t know how many times I’ve been blessed by someone bringing something that I forgot or vice versa. Preparation is always key to a good time. And now for probably the most important thing to remember, pack in what you pack out. Leave your smoke spot cleaner than what you left it and ready for the next set of shredders to do the same.

^ White Pass ^

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Cannabis and Fitness

How many of ya’ll out there blaze it up before hitting the gym? My people. Hell, maybe your a little less initiated and you dabble in using cannabis edibles or topicals as your post workout routine for relief. Wherever you fall on our little spectrum, you my friends, are the latest trend.

According to results from a research survey published by Frontiers in Public Health, cannabis use and fitness is on the rise in legal states.

605 people took the survey. The survey targeted people 21 years and older in recreational marijuana states who had liked some sort of cannabis page via facebook. In the full sample, 494 participants (81.7%) endorsed using cannabis before and/or after exercise and 111 (18.3%) did not.

I had the chance to chit chat with a couple that frequents our store as well as our very own Tacoma Center YMCA. For anonymity sake we’ll call them Jay and Nay.

“When I smoke before playing basketball it puts me in a different zone, I get more focused in on the game and have more fun.” Jay said.

“I like to smoke sativa before going to the gym normally, but lately I’ve been on a fruit chew kick,” said Nay. “It seems like it helps so I can lift more and ride the spin bikes longer.”

Ceres has edibles available in single or 10 pack packages, THC or CBD dominant.

Nay says that she prefers our Ceres brand Fruit Chews to some other types of edibles on the market. They don’t leave a bad taste in her mouth or make her more thirsty, so its a good product to use before the gym.

For all of those post workout aches and pains without the consumption Ceres has some of the most desirable products on the market available for topicals. The Dragon Balm by Ceres is easily our most popular topical product on the shelf. And you can get it out the door for $15.

Ceres has much more than Dragon Balm available. They have lotions, gels, and balms available depending on your preference or where you are applying.

I always compare Dragon Balm to the famous Tiger Balm in smell and consistency. Pro-Tip, its better, cause its jam packed with cannabis! Dragon Balm has a broad spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes as well as camphor oil and menthol essential oils. As i stated last week, different ratio’s of cannabinoids can be more beneficial for various ailments, and everyone is different so its always helpful to come in and explain what you’re looking for to our staff. Dragon Balm has 175mg THC, 175 mg CBD, and 20 mg CBN.

Topicals such as this will only provide relief and never a psychoactive effect. So don’t you worry you wont get high from this stuff.

Whether you are using marijuana to push your personal limits at the gym, or to cope with the healing and relief process. We pride ourselves at The House of Cannabis in carrying a product to fit every one of your cannabis needs, so come on down and chat it up with our knowledgeable staff and we’ll get you stocked for your next workout session.

Cannabis and Wellness

Whether your using topical creams to treat aches and pains, or you’re consuming some edibles before hitting the gym on your daily workout routine, cannabis can have a role to play with wellness. Everyday more and more people are hearing of the benefits to using cannabis for relief and the trend of experimenting with it continues to grow.

A couple weekends ago I was at one of those hotel free breakfast deals, I found myself stuck watching a Good Morning America segment to go with my coffee and waffles. They started talking CBD and cannabis and my mind started cooking up some classic OK Boomer memes and they totally killed it, I was shocked.

They did a stellar job explaining THC, CBD, and the benefits of using both together in their two minute segment. So i ate the rest of my breakfast along with my OK boomer hate and figured our little blog could use some sort of a similar little story.

When someone comes into our shop and they’re looking for something to smoke, eat, or even use topically for wellness, I always try to explain the benefits of using THC with CBD. I also find it important to explain how the products we sell in our store differentiate from things that consumers can get tricked into buying on the internet or with the latest wave of Hemp based CBD placebos out there.

Like the GMA segment eloquently touched on, your body uses what we call the endocannabinoid system to intake different cannabinoids into your body. Different receptors will intake the different cannabinoids to various parts of the body. When THC is used with CBD, The rate in which the receptors intake these cannabinoids greatly increases.

I like layman’s terms, so I use them. This is some science level stuff right here courtesy of physicians lab

So when a customer is looking for a non-psychoactive CBD edible, i always stress to them it is important to have little amounts of THC even at a ratio of 10mg CBD to 1mg THC or a 10:1 ratio. This ensures your cannabinoid receptors will intake all the non psychoactive CBD that you are ingesting, and you wont be getting sold a placebo.

That may have been confusing. And if it was I’m sorry. I’d love to give it another try and can probably do a better job in person. As well as show you firsthand the wide range of wellness products we sell with varying CBD to THC ratios. So come hit up your boy, and keep in mind that we have CBD Sunday sales!