?It's easy to take a positive attitude when everything's going your way. But for a business's employees to remain upbeat, friendly, and helpful to customers when things are stressful is much more impressive.
You'll know you're at the right place when you see this sign.
That's a great strength of Green Relief, a Greenwood medical-marijuana dispensary that had been forced to move from its former digs on Lake City Way on the day before I visited. It seems next-door neighbors the School of Rock apparently objected to the smell of Green Relief, which sure doesn't sound very rock-and-roll to me.
In any event, when I walked through the door of the upstairs apartment now serving as Green Relief's offices--and "close quarters" isn't descriptive enough; it would be inaccurate to describe the place as anything other than cramped--some dude (who turned out to be budtender Shane) was working on an electrical outlet by the door. Turns out there were lots of last-minute details to take care of after the short-notice move, he told me, but the exhaustion and stress that the shop's staffers must have felt didn't impact my level of service.
About 20 strains of cannabis flowers were in stock on the Sunday I visited. I was delighted to find Green Relief has a straightforward, across-the-board $10-a-gram pricing scheme. With some knowledgeable help from Shane, I selected two attractive sativa dominants, Blue Dream and Chocolope, and one indica, C-4.
The spicy-sweet smelling Blue Dream buds were gorgeously fuzzed over with trichomes and cured to perfection, not too dry and not too moist. Their looks weren't deceiving, as the toke test revealed their typically quick-acting sativa characteristics: energetic and upbeat, but slightly unfocused. For patients who want to medicate against nausea and depression yet remain more functional than might be possible with a heavy indica, Blue Dream is a good choice.
?Chocolope proved even more powerful, coming on fast within three tokes and sticking around for a couple hours. A flavorful hybrid of the strains Cannalope Haze and Chocolate Thai, Chocolope has a minty smell with a hint of sweet cocoa. This almost-pure sativa goes against expectations ("Only indica gives me relief") by providing real pain control along with a soaring cerebral high. These flowers are a real bargain at $10 a gram; I only wish I had gotten more of them while I was there.
Chocolope can provide real pain control along with a soaring cerebral high.
C-4, the indica strain, was composed of small, tight, popcorn nugs that had possibly been kiefed. Nevertheless, their sweet scent and potency made them easily worth the price, as did their body stone and potent pain relief. This strain is probably gonna make you sleepy, so it's a good late-night or bedtime smoke.
The shop also has a decent selection of medibles, including The Chocolate Cure's always-excellent cookies at $10 a pop. THC Treats Caramel Corn is just $5, and will get you high if you eat all of it. And the cannabis sodas under the same THC Treats brand name will get you medicated at $8 each. The unlabeled cannabis glycerin tincture is also fairly potent, and a good buy at $20 per one-ounce dropper bottle.
Green Relief's new office is at 145 NW 85th Street, Suite 203 (upstairs), at the edge of Greenwood bordering Crown Hill. They're open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. All new patients receive one free gram. For more info, give 'em a call at 363-2556, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit greenreliefmeds.com.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.
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