J&K Collective, located in a residential section of Green Lake, offers a discreet alternative to more public shops. Its unobtrusive signage (just watch for the house with the green garage doors) and private location make J&K a good choice for patients who, for whatever reason, would prefer not to be seen leaving a dispensary.
I was very pleased, after a brief stay in the reception area, to learn from budtenders Paul and Cameron that J&K has a straight-across-the-board $10 per gram donation level. Patients can mix and match as many strains as they want to reach an ounce for a $240 donation, and new patients get a free prerolled joint (a $5 value). Moreover, patients who donate $50 or more get a free medible (also a $5 value).
J&K's menu consisted of three indicas, three sativas, and nine hybrids on the Sunday I visited. After getting lots of help and input from both budtenders, I selected an organically grown sativa, Sour Diesel, and a fat-flowered indica, Blueberry.
|This organically grown Sour Diesel is effective in treating anxiety and PTSD, and is known for its tendency to foster creativity|
Sour Diesel's signature smell, a combination of overripe fruit and diesel fuel, is a lot better than it sounds on paper, especially since you're normally looking at sticky nugs when you get a whiff of it. This powerful, energetic sativa, a descendant of ChemDog, is definite head weed. The musical equivalent to Sour D would be John Coltrane--this pot's got impressive mental chops and can change direction in an instant. (Thank you, Daniel.)
The Diesel, known for its penetrating taste and effectiveness in treating anxiety and PTSD, is also racing fuel for your mind, and if you work in the creative arts, you may find that not only are your working abilities unimpaired, they may actually be enhanced. And the fact that this particular Sour D was grown organically seems to be a big --and positive--factor in its medicinal qualities.
Chemical fertilizers are popular because of their ease of use and the ability to grow huge buds by using them. But, High Times centerfolds aside, it isn't about bud size. This isn't a monster truck rally; it's the inside of your head, and ultimately your health. Organic weed makes you feel better than chemically grown weed; it's just better medicine.
Then there was the Blueberry indica: Its fatly sticky flowers contained a stout indica wallop of pain relief and a substantial body stone.
J&K has both Pure Cure Rick Simpson Oil, at $60 a gram, and Simpson Maintenance Caps, at $6 apiece. The latter are quite effective in knocking back pain and nausea long enough to get some rest.
J&K Collective is at 4752 Green Lake Way N., 457-4062, cutloosecollective.com.
You'll need an appointment. They are open 11 to 8 Monday through Saturday, and 11 to 7 on Sunday.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.