?Before becoming a storefront medical-marijuana collective garden, North Seattle Medical Collective spent two years as a delivery service. Now it has a physical location and a helpful young staff, along with a great selection of cannabis flowers and a respectable number of edibles and concentrates.
Budtender T.J. welcomed me to the bud room. While quite small, it felt more cozy than cramped, in part because one of the "walls" was a curtain separating it from the reception area.
On the recent Thursday I visited, NSMC offered an impressive 30 strains. Selections ranged from $3 a gram for "The Bailout" (a great strain name) to no fewer than 15 top-shelfs for $12 a gram. Top-shelf indicas included God Bud, Blueberry, Purple Nasty, Grandaddy Purple, Killer Queen, Pineapple Chunk, and Dutch Treat (which NSMC says is lab-tested at 20 percent THC). Top-shelf sativas included Purple Jack Herer, Sweet Tooth, and Trinity, while top-shelf hybrids included Blue Dream, Dutch Treat, and Orange Dream. Word to the value shopper--there are also plenty of midline strains: five for $9 and 13 for $10.
With help from T.J., I decided to sample two $10 indicas: Grape God and Super Lemon Skunk. Grape God is a delicious hybrid of God Bud and Grapefruit, making the strain an almost pure indica, and it is renowned for its salutary medicinal qualities. The flowers were gorgeous to all senses, with an alluring grape smell and a come-hither glisten of trichome-covered calyxes adding up to a very high shelf-appeal.
?Toking Grape God bore out the strain's good rep. First developed in the challenging climate of western Canada, its purple-tinted flowers are a connoisseur's delight. The sweet, fat buds revealed a pain-relieving and anxiety-stopping power; I could feel both pain and stress delightfully melting away with each toke, replaced with a deep and centered relaxation. Just be advised that a few more hits of this potent indica will likely leave you couchlocked and, oh, perhaps a tad less articulate than usual.
Grape God's sweet, fat buds revealed a pain-relieving and anxiety-stopping power
Super Lemon Skunk's flowers were so heavily covered in trichomes they looked as if they'd been outside in a heavy frost. There was a hint of lemon smell and taste, though it was subtle. The SLS was more effective on pain than on nausea, and will definitely lead to free-associational, unfocused thinking, so maybe don't toke these flowers right before composing your Christmas list. But those qualities mean it's also a great anti-anxiety strain; have a few tokes, close your eyes, put on some music, and you're floating on a dreamy cloud of sound, as stress and pain fade to insignificance.
As for edibles, NSMC had at least one new to me: Cotton Head-brand cannabis "Candy Fluff" (basically cotton candy). T.J. told me they had lowered the price from $10 a bucket to $6 because, as he said, "It's just not as potent as we'd like it to be." Still, I couldn't resist buying a bucket, and the $6 price made that decision a lot easier. According to the label, the product includes .10 grams of Rick Simpson oil (perhaps they should have put in .25 grams, judging by the [non-]potency problem).
North Seattle Medical Collective is at 13000 Linden Ave. N., Suite 100, inside Linden Place, directly across from Bitter Lake Park. It's open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Call 462-5353 or e-mail NorthSeattleMedicalCollective@gmail.com.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.
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