Life Tree, a medical-marijuana access point on Renton Avenue, has been open since last August, bringing quality cannabis to patients in the southeast Seattle/Renton area with a top donation of just $10 a gram. That $10 cap is a great selling point, especially with some shops in town selling top-shelf strains for $15 a gram.
Master Kush's smallish, round flowers are easier on the lungs than many Kushes
After a short wait in a hard chair in Life Tree's somewhat cramped, slightly grimy waiting room (thankfully the staff and the other patients were quite friendly), budtender Ben showed me the medicine, of which only 10 strains were available on the Saturday I visited. Along with the indica-dominant Afgooey and the sativa strain Willie Nelson were eight hybrids. Everything was $10 except for two lemon strains, Super Lemon Haze (sativa-dominant) and Lemon Kush (indica-dominant), for donations of $8 a gram. After eyeballing the flowers, and with Ben's assistance, I selected two "M" Kush strains, Mango Kush at $10 a gram and Master Kush at $8, to get a feel for both price points.
Mango Kush (Mango x Hindu Kush) is an indica-dominant hybrid good for pain relief, insomnia, and anxiety. The flowers I toked didn't have much mango taste, but they did possess the distinctly dank Kush flavor. The effects kick in immediately, and this weed has definite couchlock potential if you smoke more than three or four hits; keep smoking and you will get drowsy. The sticky, trichome-covered buds cause pronounced munchies as well.
The Mango Kush has definite couch lock potential if you smoke more than three or four tokes
Master Kush was developed in Amsterdam in the early 1990s and quickly became a sensation in Dutch "coffee shops" (which sell cannabis). Its smallish, round flowers are dense and thick and not very smelly, with just a bare hint of citrus taste. Easier on the lungs than many Kushes, Master Kush gives an all-over buzz but with more alertness, making it a better choice for a daytime smoke than the average indica.
Patients at Life Tree get a free gram on their first visit. For mine, I selected Sin-X, a $10 strain whose heavily frosted flowers gave it powerful shelf appeal. Upon toking the Sin-X, I discovered--in a "dang it" sorta way--that this strain was more effective than either of the Kushes I'd bought. In any event, Sin-X equals CinX: It's a sativa-dominant strain made by crossbreeding Cinderella '99 x OG Kush. The strain has a racy come-on and head high, followed--especially if you toke much--by a creeping body stone.
Life Tree has a nice selection of medibles, including extra-strength cereal bars, for $10 apiece. Ben told me that due to their potency, inexperienced users should eat these treats one-third to one-half at a time, then wait an hour to gauge the effects. Also available are a selection of Kush Cakes for $6 apiece and High Class medibles for $5 each (see last week's "Incredible Medibles" column at seattleweekly.com/voracious for a review of the High Class Heath Brownie).
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Life Tree, 12409 Renton Ave. S., 683-0508, email@example.com.
Ask for your free gram as a new patient. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., closed Sun.