It didn't take long to get a positive impression of Olympic Wellness, a medical-marijuana collective open since last June on Aurora Avenue North. Its spacious, well-appointed reception area has modern art on the walls. Waiting patients have medicinal cannabis-oriented publications Dope and NW Leaf on the table to read, with extra copies to take home if wanted. That happy trend continued in the bud room, where I learned from budtender Trevor that new patients get a free medible (a brownie, in my case) and a free quarter-gram of blonde kief.
The collective has a good selection of concentrates compared to many of its competitors, including Rick Simpson Oil at $40 a half-gram; butane hash oil (B.H.O.) at $30 a half-gram for all four varieties (Afgooey, White Widow, Ogre Kush, and Blue Dream); Bubble Hash or Maddog's Rolled Hash for $15 a half-gram; and kief at $10 a half-gram.
Olympic also offers prefilled cartridges for the handy Omicron hash-oil vaporizer. The cartridges contain half a gram of hash oil for a $50 donation, and come in four varieties: AK-47 x Blueberry, Chemdog 4, Tahoe OG, and Afgooey. (The shop also offers the Omicron personal vaporizer itself: $106 for the original or $110 for the black Omicron V2.)
Twenty strains were available on the Saturday I visited, with two strains offered for an $8 donation per gram, a dozen $10 strains, and six $12 strains. A quick check of their menu on WeedMaps revealed that the selection had expanded considerably since my visit a week and a half before; no fewer than 29 strains were listed, including five $11 strains.
Banana Kush's onset was quick and spectacular, with a pulse-pounding, euphoric come-on
I was in a Kush frame of mind the day I visited, because after my usual routine--asking the budtender to show me a bunch of flowers (Trevor offered no complaints, and seemed happy to provide the service)--I ended up with two members of the same family: Banana Kush (a $12 hybrid) and Platinum OG Kush (a $12 indica). The Platinum OG was, as expected, a soporific, couch-lock type of cannabis, effective for body aches, insomnia, and anxiety. The typical heaviness of the indica stone was prevalent, although Plat wasn't quite as long-lasting as I'd expected for a $12 strain.
The Banana Kush, on the other hand, was simply one of the best strains I've had in 2012. Its onset is quick and spectacular, with a pulse-pounding, euphoric come-on bespeaking its sativa heritage and solid pain-relieving characteristics presumably from the indica side of the family. Not only did it hit fast, it was long-legged, too, sticking around for a good four hours, making it totally worth $12 a gram. A fellow patient helped me test the "Bananarama," as she called it, and reported her experience to be much like mine.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, ?Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.
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