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One Man, One Price: The Holistic Choices (THC)

The Holistic Choices, a medical-marijuana collective in Frelard, offers 25 strains of flowers, and you never have to wonder what the per-gram donation's going to be for any of them. Refreshingly, there's a straight-across-the-board $10 rate for everything in the house. Since some of the strains would almost certainly go for $15 at certain other collectives, this is a compelling reason to visit.

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?The Holistic Choices, a medical-marijuana collective in Frelard, offers 25 strains of flowers, and you never have to wonder what the per-gram donation's going to be for any of them. Refreshingly, there's a straight-across-the-board $10/gram rate for everything in the house. Since some of the strains would almost certainly go for $15 at certain other collectives, this is a compelling reason to visit. Once I'd slipped my tamper-proof authorization form and Washington I.D. through a tiny slot at the bottom of a bulletproof glass window, budtender Ric admitted me to a waiting area full of original works of art. I learned that all the paintings were by local artists, and were available for sale to interested patients; in so doing, The Holistic Choices helps support the local arts community.

THC (nice acronym, huh?) also has an exclusive license in the area to market Raydiant Titanium Vapor Engine hash-oil pipes. (Kits, including a cleaner, dabber, and extra parts, are available for a $100 donation.) The pipe features a "skillet" on which one does "dabs" of oil. I tried it, and it worked spectacularly well -- one good toke and you're off to the races. (Ric showed me the lab results for his in-house hash oil, which tested at 69 percent THC.)

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Steve Elliott ~alapoet~
The Holistic Choices had more than 25 strains to choose from on the day I visited. And look at all those tincture choices on the left!
I examined about eight of his strains; when everything in the house is $10, you don't want to waste the opportunity. With two, he was quick to alert me to the dryness of the flowers. They weren't crumbling to dust; in fact, I barely noticed the dryness at all. But he felt compelled to point it out all the same.

Besides the $10 grams, another great thing about THC is that it offers mix-and-match ounces for $250, whether or not all 28 grams are of one strain -- or, as Ric told me, "If I have 28 strains and you get a gram of each, it's still a $250 donation."

I selected one sativa-dominant hybrid, Super Silver Haze, and one indica, the mysterious W-7 (exclusive to The Holistic Choices). Super Silver Haze, a sensation on the cannabis scene about 15 years ago, has resinous and pungent flowers which combine a floral sweetness with skunky undertones. It offers a full-body stone and, it turns out, is one of those stress-reducer "musing" strains that lends itself to an afternoon of philosophical reflection.

W-7 is an unusual, light lime-green indica strain that you won't find anywhere else. As Ric promised, it was a strong pain-reliever, sedative, and sleep aid.

The Holistic Choices is in the bright green house at 4231 Sixth Ave. N.W. (between Northwest 42nd Street & Leary Way). It's open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sundays.

Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.

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