?Nestled in the heart of hippie haven Fremont, the Dockside Co-op at 223 N. 36th St. (just down the street from head shop Piece of Mind), welcomes medical-marijuana patients in a comfortable and respectful atmosphere.
Budtender Aaron is ready to serve you at Dockside Co-op (click photo to enlarge).
Located in a wheelchair-accessible facility, Dockside differentiates itself in the way it encourages patient feedback on its products, according to budtender Aaron.
Indicative of this open communication is a patient database of strains, which includes information on the age and gender of patients who have found a particular marijuana strain useful, as well as which strains most effectively address particular symptoms.
"There's so much individual variation, it can sometimes seem as if there's a different 'best strain' for everybody," Aaron told me, "but we are already noticing some patterns in the database. We encourage patients to give us feedback--and we really listen."
?Another innovative way in which the Dockside communicates with patients is by encouraging them to try Sampler Packs, which contain one gram each of eight strains of medical marijuana. There are Sativa Sampler Packs and Indica Sampler Packs, as well as combo versions that have four strains of each. Sampler Packs cost $85, and since four of the strains go for $15 a gram and the other four for $12 a gram, it's a bargain price for what would have been $108 worth of medicine.
Dockside's Sampler Packs enable patients to discover the strains that work best for them (click photo to enlarge)
Enchanted by the concept, I snapped up a Sativa Sampler Pack (indica and combo packs were out of stock on the recent Tuesday when I visited) that included the sativa-dominant strains Chocolope, AK-47, Afgooey, Blue Dream, Nebula, Jack Herer, WTF, and Crimea Blue.
Aaron told me the sampler packs have proven to be a great way for patients to discover the strains that work best for them, and it makes perfect sense. Making my way through my Sampler Pack, for example, I learned that Afgooey and Blue Dream are particularly effective at addressing my particular symptoms: abdominal pain and Hepatitis C-associated nausea.
I also tried a couple of non-Sampler Pack strains, Tangerine and L.A. Confidential. Tangerine's genetic origins are somewhat murky, and in fact several strains seem to share the same name. What's for sure is that Tangerine is the most citrusy-smelling cannabis I have ever smoked, with an invigorating bouquet that is impossible to resist. Tangerine isn't all smell and no action, either. It follows through with a powerful THC-rich cerebral high that dispels nausea and depression and brings on intense munchies.
L.A. Confidential, a renowned full indica known for couch-locking even experienced users, is powerful weed, and is great for relieving pain and insomnia. Its nutmeg flavor and body high are defining characteristics, as is its sit-your-ass-down intensity.
About half the strains at Dockside cost $12 a gram, and most of the others are top-shelf strains at $15/gram. Also available are one strain (Grapefruit) at $9 and one (Burgundy Dream) at $7. Dockside doesn't skimp on the concentrates, either, with honey oil, bubble hash, and kief in stock.
If you have a sweet tooth, you'll enjoy their Cake Pops from Lazy Jane Bakery, as well as herbal chocolate bars from CannaCrunch. They also feature savory medibles including frozen lasagna and burritos ($12 each), soups ($10), and cannabutter ($30 for three ounces; $50 for five ounces). For more about the lovely laced lasagna, check out Thursday's "Incredible Medibles" on Voracious, Seattle Weekly's food blog. If you're more of a buy-a-joint-at-the-time type of guy, Dockside has you covered, too: prerolled joints of all top strains go for $10 apiece, with "Mixed Greens" joints going for $8.
Dockside Co-op is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from noon until 5. For more information, call 420-4837 or visit www.docksidecooperative.org.
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