Juicy Joints Are Back

Where my readers at that like super potent, infused joints? How about the aforementioned doobie for a whopping $5.00 a pop? Made with 90% THC distillate, flavored to your liking… Umm… Can I get an AMEN!?

Hailing from our very own back yard, Lacey, WA. We finally received our shipment from the highly anticipated Juicy Joints, and this time they blessed us with some brand new flavors.

Tropical Punch

Cotton Candy

Orange Creamsicle

Watermelon

Au Naturel

Black Cherry

Bubble Gum

Seattle Berry

Strawberry Banana

Mango

Sour Apple

Grape

Total THC% 35.20

Total CBD% 0.90

CBD Tropical Punch

CBD Au Naturel

CBD Seattle Berry

CBD Watermelon

CBD Mango

Total THC% 23.10

Total CBD% 20.30

It is to be noted that the CBD Juicy Joints are marketed CBD heavy but they still have a somewhat intoxicating effect. So yes, you are gonna be baked after smoking one of these puppies.

Fresh drop from The Happy Cannabis

Our friends at The Happy Cannabis just sweetened our shelves with some must haves for all the Sativa lovers out there. When you talk about companies that have seriously dialed in their strain selection The Happy Cannabis is always one that comes to mind.

My current go-to from these folks is their wonderful Caesar Strain. This sneaky stoney sativa came upon my radar last summer whilst hanging it on the shelves for the first time. The dank and loud level of aroma that was coming out of these guys’ Caesar strain is rivaled by some of the most pungent gorilla glue’s that I’ve ever smelled or seen.

It probably took me like 15 minutes to complete what would have taken less than 1 minutes worth of hanging normal 1/8ths on the shelf, purely cause of the admiration and cooing that went on during the task. In my defense you cannot expect a stoner in their right mind to not absolutely worship this shit seeing it for their first time. Shortly after I purchased one of those very 1/8ths, the rest is history. Caesar stays on my short list.

I use Gorilla Glue as a descriptor for the smell and taste of this guy but the high is something completely different. The euphoric and cerebral feeling of The Happy Cannabis’ Caesar is matched only by some of my favorite Dutch Treat’s and Super Lemon Haze’s.

photos courtesy of Budtender Chris

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.