?Fweedom Collective is evolving. It was founded in 2008 as a hemp-based clothing company, bringing hemp awareness to consumers and offering an alternative to traditional cotton. The outfit became a medical-marijuana collective last year, and now helps patients throughout northwest Washington get their medicine.
When you see this house, you're at the right place. (click photo to enlarge)
The office, located at 7027 15th Avenue NW in Ballard, offers the kind of stylish décor you'd expect from folks who were just recently in the fashion industry--edgy, artsy, and fun. But there's not a trace of pretentiousness to co-owners Sky and Tyler (a third co-owner was out the day I visited). The only obvious issue I could see with the place was the lack of handicapped access for patients--a forbiddingly steep set of stairs leads up to the door.
Fweedom works to educate the public, and says it is "looking to make a positive difference in the local community." As part of that effort, the collective is sponsoring a "Cans For Grams" food drive with a goal of 10,000 cans of food to be donated to the charity Northwest Harvest. Patients who join the collective can donate cans of food and receive a 25 percent discount off their order.
The dispensary offers a variety of top-shelf cannabis for authorized patients, in addition to an exceptional selection of edibles, tinctures, extracts, clones, cannabutter, and cannabis capsules.
Prices are slightly expensive compared to other shops, but your canned food donation discount can easily put the total right back down to a much more manageable level. For instance, all the cannabis flowers at Fweedom go for a base price of $11.84 a gram, $40.08 an eighth, $72.86 a quarter, $141.17 a half, and $273.24 an ounce, but those prices become $8.88 a gram, $30.06 an eighth, and $204.93 an ounce with only one can of Del Monte--bargain rates for top-shelf herb.
?Available cannabis strains include Afgoo Kush, AK-47, Blue Dream, God's Gift, Honey Moon, PermaFrost, Shiskaberry and Super Shiva. I tried two strains. Afgoo, a sweet and piney indica-dominant hybrid combining powerful pain relief with the soaring warm glow of euphoria (its glistening, sticky buds were a fuzzy pleasure to break up, rewarding to toke, and got rid of stress, anxiety, and nausea); and God's Gift, an indica dominant which gave quick pain relief, muscle relaxation, and is a good way to defeat insomnia with its feeling of pleasant lassitude.
God's Gift, an indica dominant, gives quick pain relief, muscle relaxation, and helps defeat insomnia
Fweedom was the first shop in town where I've seen Rick Simpson Oil - a type of potent hash oil that can reputedly shrink cancer tumors, according to anecdotal reports - for sale on the counter. Full syringes (not the kind with needles; these are for oral use only) of the Simpson oil run about $80, with half- and quarter-syringes also available.
Another unusual offering that will please pain patients is the availability of pre-rolled "Super Joints," which include a generous dose of hash oil. The Super J's, at $13.66 ($10.25 with discount) are so potent, I was unable to finish mine in one session. In fact, I was only able to finish half of it, and then it was bye-bye pain for at least two hours. You really shouldn't plan activities like operating heavy machinery or Trivial Pursuit after smoking one of these.
Fweedom Collective is open from 10-7 Monday through Friday, and from noon to 6 on Saturday and Sunday. You can call (206) 734-WEED (9333) to schedule an appointment, but walk-ins are also OK. Visit the website at www.fweedom.com for a complete menu and more details.
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Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor and humor.