Heading east recently toward a concert at Snoqualmie Casino gave me the opportunity to try GreenLink, a medical-marijuana access point in Issaquah. GreenLink's owners, Lydia and Jake George, beat the odds by getting the Issaquah City Council to approve collectives back in 2010, working with the city to create a medical-marijuana ordinance after an initial dispute had resulted in a moratorium on access points.
OMG (left) and WTF
Their persistence paid off, and the collective had just moved into their new building on Gilman Road three days before my visit. According to budtender Jeremy, the new digs--though slightly smaller than GreenLink's previous headquarters--allow for a better use of space.
GreenLink's tiny budroom was stocked with just seven or eight strains, with donation points ranging from $10 to $14 a gram. Also available was a "mix" at the bargain rate of $7 a gram, which, according to Jeremy, lots of patients use for cooking and extracting concentrates.
Looking over the small selection, I quickly noticed that two of the strains had names I hadn't seen in Seattle shops: OMG and WTF. Jeremy said OMG is a good nighttime indica strain--very effective as a sleeping aid--and a high-CBD strain. He even said it "didn't contain any THC," which I very much doubt. Only a lab analysis could conclusively prove which of us is right, but a toke test did bear him out on OMG's dank sleepiness. The slightly skunky-smelling OMG is thus an appropriate bedtime smoke, but is also somewhat problematic because of the difficulty in keeping it lit. The presence of abundant black ash indicates a possible lack of adequate flushing at the end of the nutrient cycle. It also tastes rather harsh, which could speak to the same problem.
WTF, on the other hand, is, according to Jeremy, an indica/sativa hybrid resulting from the cross of the sativa Alaskan Thunderfuck (ATF) with the indica Afghani. Jeremy mentioned that the indica half of WTF's heritage seemed dominant to him, but once I toked the stuff, the two halves of its genetics seemed pretty balanced. The Afghani moderates the Alaskan's sativa energy, while the Alaskan perks up the Afghani's somnambulant couchlock qualities, making the citrusy-smelling WTF much more a party weed than the OMG, which is much more a "drooling while lost in your labyrinthine, convoluted thoughts" type of strain.
I also tried a third strain, Chocolope (Chocolate Thai crossed with Cannalope), which had a sweet bouquet leaning more to the Cannalope side of its heritage. Its effects are pronouncedly sativa-like--pulse-pounding energy, accelerated thoughts, and silly grins. So despite the histrionic OMG and ATF strain names, both were outshone by Chocolope in the toke test.