?A Green Cure has a nicely appointed waiting room at its Shoreline storefront, which is good since there was a bit of waiting involved - an existing patient arrived after I did, but of course didn't have to fill out the new-patient paperwork, and thus was ahead of me in the bud room.
Once affable budtenders Patrick and Kyle welcomed me back into the spacious bud room of the collective, open since September 17 at this wheelchair-accessible location, it was worth the short wait. These guys are happy with their jobs; they enjoy serving patients, and it shows, as does their extensive knowledge on the subject.
Burglars had just hit A Green Cure's collective garden a couple days before the Thursday afternoon I visited, and a printed sign on the countertop reminded patients to be on the lookout for the purloined pot. But Kyle and Patrick didn't let that huge misfortune sour their demeanor, as both radiated an engagingly open friendliness.
The mirror-lined walls reminded me of what a bar would be in a parallel, much cooler universe. Distributed around the walls were paintings of Willie Nelson, Marc Emery, and Jack Herer, with the place of honor, back behind the bud bar, filled by Bob Marley.
?A Green Cure's selection of fresh, mostly $5 medibles is nothing short of fabulous, in large part due to the talents of Patrick's wife, who makes a variety of absolutely spectacular cannabis treats under the house label. One of the best things about A Green Cure's medibles is the labeling info, which includes the amount of cannabis included in each item - great information to have when calibrating dosage.
Grapefruit: Sweetly delicious, fat buds
A Green Cure does its name proud with medibles such as Rainbow Kush Cookies (containing M&Ms), Dutch Krispy Treats (ditto), and the heavenly Super 7-Layer Bars -- all of which contain between .7 and .8 grams of cannabis.
The selection of cannabis is also impressive, with about 15 strains and an across-the-board customer-friendly price of $10 a gram, $130 a half-ounce, and $250 an ounce.
With lots of help and insights from Patrick, after quite a bit of enjoyable deliberation, I selected three strains: Trinity, an old-school three-way cross from Northern California; Dutch Treat, with beautifully fuzzy, trichome-covered flowers; and Grapefruit, a gorgeous 60 percent indica/40 percent sativa hybrid.
Trinity's sweet, rich bouquet and dense, light-green flowers were potent and tasty, with an immediate, pleasurable kick resulting in stress reduction and pain relief.
Dutch Treat is a darker green hybrid strain than it looks; the thick coating of very sticky, THC-rich trichomes gives it a lighter hue to the casual eye. Its appealing citrus smell with a hint of eucalyptus is as pleasing to the nose as its frosty buds are to the eye, and when toked, it produces lots of lung expansion due to its high THC content, so watch out about taking too much smoke at once or you will cough.
Then there's the Grapefruit, which is some of the yummiest smelling and best-tasting cannabis I've seen in weeks. These sweetly delicious, fat buds combine an alluring smell of grapefruit with a pleasingly sweet taste and an intense, euphoric high, almost instantly reducing stress and anxiety. They aren't just all shelf appeal, either: their portliness is matched by their potency.
A Green Cure is at 145th and Aurora, 910 N. 14th Street in Shoreline. They're open from 11 to 8 Monday through Friday and 11 to 5 on weekends. Call them at 466-1264, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://agreencure.com.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.