While honoring a friend and former budtender of House of Cannabis, Miguel Gonzales, who passed away recently, I had the opportunity to check out the hidden gem that is McKinley Park, in Tacoma, WA.
McKinley Park is situated on the bluff overlooking the Tacoma Dome and Commencement Bay, adjacent to the south side of I-5, looking north. The park includes some beautiful landscaping, great views, multiple ins & outs, gentle slopes, and if you prefer, serious, short climbs.
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Parking is located on the extreme south side of the park, part way up the hill, towards the Lincoln District from the Dome District. I approached from downtown, passing directly adjacent to the Dome, going over I-5, and up to G Street, where you hang a left. It looks like a dead end, but it’s not. Take a right, and parking is plentiful. You are at the top of the park.
As you walk down the hill, you will pass tons of native plants, trees, and wetlands. There are several mini waterfalls in the park, as well. At the bottom of the hill, you are treated to the visual pandemonium of cars merging from the S. 38th/HWY-16 northbound collector, and I-705/HWY-7 onto I-5 near the final merge point. It’s easy to dip off park grounds to burn one to help heighten the experience here, while the cars stream (or crawl) by.
Walking along the trail, the length of the park is covered to the east before you switch back and start walking up through the thicker hillside woods. Most of the water features are on spectacular display on this portion of the path. The scenery is beautiful, and I saw two snakes, several squirrels, and a few songbirds on this walk.
It took about 45 minutes to walk through the park at a fairly leisurely pace, but if you were exercising, it could be done easily in probably 10-15 minutes, depending on level of exertion. Overall, it was a beautiful walk in one of Tacoma’s most beautiful parks.
Cannabis retailers were declared essential pretty early on in the pandemic. And I think we can all agree that was a given. Washington State has been fairly effective at rolling out vaccinations, hitting 3.7 million vaccinated individuals as of writing this (6/6/21). But the state wants to up that number, and with a new incentive it is rolling out, or more accurately rolling up, a new program. Joints for Jabs! The program would allow a single free joint to be given at the time of either the first or second jab of the Covid-19 vaccine. This program comes in step with “The Shot of a Lifetime” vaccination drive, a multi-prize lottery offering up to $2 million in value in the form of college tuition, airline tickets, gaming systems, and more. Washington state is also running a drive for alcohol retailers to offer a free pint of beer, glass of wine, or shot for those with proof of their vaccinations.
The program will run from June 7 through July 12th. The deal will only take place in cannabis retail shops associated with an active vaccine clinic event at the retail location*. The limit is one per person. If you need to get two jabs you still only get one joint. You must be +21 to participate, obviously.
*House of Cannabis is not participating in the Jabs for Joints vaccination drive.
The CBD craze is truly upon us! And for good reason. Thanks to positive media coverage and hype from mainstream public figures such as NFL players, models, and celebrities, it’s likely that you have heard of the wonders of the CBD molecule and considered whether or not this would be a beneficial addition to your own wellness routine.
In this post, I will highlight some of the product options you may want to consider as you navigate your CBD purchasing decisions. I will also showcase some of our favorite CBD products here at House of Cannabis!
The appeal and growing popularity of CBD is simple: CBD products provide consumers with the healing, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis without mimicking the notable “psychoactive” feeling associated with eating or smoking pure cannabis flower. Essentially, someone can consume beneficial segments of the cannabis plant while limiting their resulting “high”. CBD is being praised for its ability to act as an antioxidant, relieve spasms, contribute to pain relief, reduce nausea, reduce anxiety, aid in healthy sleep patterns, and even relax the muscles throughout the body.
See this visual Cannabinoid Guide(source: medicalmarijuana411.com) for more details on the benefits of CBD as well as its sister cannabinoids, THC, CBG, and more.
Types of CBD Products
There are many ways to consume CBD, including the ingestion of oils (also known as tinctures) or capsules. Additionally, people can consume CBD by vaping high-CBD concentrates or smoking high-CBD flower. Finally, CBD can be applied topically with a CBD topical, lotion, lubricant, or lip balm.
CBD Oils and Capsules
CBD-based oils and capsules offer users an ingestion method that is easily incorporated into any wellness regimen. Oil and tincture products come with a dropper or pipette, allowing users absolute control over their dose. Capsules come in pre-dosed pills or dissolvable tablets
One of our favorite CBD capsule options is by Double Delicious. We carry two of their CBD capsule formulas, including a 1:1 CBD:THC formula and also a 20:1 CBD:THC formula.
Another great CBD tablet option is to source Green Revolution’s Fast Tabs. These dissolvable tablets come in many varieties, including “Remarkable Daytime”, “Remarkable Nighttime”, “Vitality”, and “Happiest Self”. I have used the “Happiest Self” formula personally and can attest to the fact that these tablets live up to their name!
Follow Green Revolution’s Instagram page @expgreenrevolution for more information about their products, including the Fast Tabs!
CBD Vape Pens
Many vape pen producers offer high-CBD vape pen cartridges, including Dabstract, Spoil’d, and Avitas. Vaping CBD allows consumers to increase their intake of the CBD cannabinoid while also prioritizing ease-of-use and discretion. Since CBD vapor options often do not lead to substantial psychoactive effects, vaping CBD can be an excellent “daytime” option.
Many cannabis farms are producing flower that is high in CBD content for customers interested in consuming CBD via smoked cannabis. Here at House of Cannabis, we carry the Critical Mass CBD strain by Leaf Chief, a high-CBD cross of Afghani and Skunk #1 strains. This indica-dominant strain is great for relaxing and easing physical discomfort. It stimulates creativity and provides a sense of euphoria without knocking you out.
Next time you’re in the store, as us about our high-CBD flower options and we’ll show you what we have on hand!
CBD topicals, intended to be applied to the skin, are a great way to reduce localized body pain. Many customers find relief after applying CBD topical to areas impacted by joint and muscle aches, back pain, or even skin rashes. When applied topically, the CBD cannabinoid interacts with the cannabinoid receptors that we all have throughout our skin cells.
One excellent CBD topical option is Dragon Balm, by WA State producer Ceres. This product is a customer favorite!
In our store, we also carry CBD topicals with more specific and unique applications, such as CBD-infused lip balm and CBD sexual lubricant. Consider these potential options for a fun and healthy way to treat yourself!
Need Help Understanding CBD Ratios?
If you are planning to source a CBD product that contains THC, the psychoactive component of the plant that is also beneficial for pain management, then you need to consider what CBD:THC ratio is right for you. Essentially, CBD products containing THC are manufactured with varying levels of THC. The CBD:THC ratio is always listed directly on the product packaging and this will help you to understand how much “psychoactive” activity you can expect from any specific product or therapy.
To help you better understand expected results from the various CBD formulations available on the market, check out this helpful Find Your CBD:THC Ratioresource (source: medicalmarijuana411.com) that explains the benefits of the various CBD:THC ratios. According to this resource, the best option for pain relief is a 1:1 CBD:THC product.
A note about THC: In an era where CBD is having its moment in the spotlight, it’s common for budtenders to hear from customers who frame the main cannabinoids found in cannabis, CBD and THC, in a black and white framework where CBD is “good” and THC is “bad”. But plant medicine doesn’t fall within a black and white framework, and THC is an important aspect of what makes cannabis medicine so powerful.
When our endocannabinoid system (ECS) interacts with the full array of components contained within cannabis, we experience what is referred to as the “entourage effect”. The entourage effect is the synergistic interaction of all of the cannabis molecules, which produces a deeper physiological response than if any single cannabis component was consumed on its own. Nature designed cannabis therapy to include all of these components, not just CBD, and so we invite you to try a CBD product that contains THC and test how this interacts with your body and contributes to your wellness routine.
If you have any questions about CBD or the products showcased in this post, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (253) 212-3711.