Holland House Wellness Group, a Lynnwood medical-marijuana access point open for close to two years now, has one of the nicer reception areas I've ever seen at a dispensary. But having followed my usual practice of learning all I could about a place before visiting, I felt a little disconcerted by the mixed reviews they got on THCFinder.com. It turns out my patient experience there was almost entirely positive; the well-appointed office was not, as one online review claimed, all that Holland House had going for it.
Budtender Matthew saw me through a quick verification of my Washington state medical-marijuana authorization before ushering me into a well-stocked bud room with about 10 strains priced at $12 a gram, eight strains at $10, and one bargain-basement strain at $8. Also featured was a solid but limited selection of medicated edibles (priced at $4, $7, and $8); some CO2 hash oil at $60 a gram; Vita Verde cannabis topicals priced between $12 and $20; and Ganje Roast cannabis-infused coffee from $12 to $36. New patients receive a free prerolled joint with a $20 minimum donation for other items.
One practice I saw at Holland House that I haven't elsewhere is that everything is prebagged into single grams and quarter-ounces; if it's an eighth of cannabis you want, you'll have to get either three or four grams. But despite this, you can at least still smell the buds when one of the bud jars is cracked open, so you aren't totally cut off from experiencing the medicine before making your selections.
In considerable pain on the day I visited, I was in no mood for anything less than top-shelf medicine, so I selected two of the $12 strains: the sativa Jack's Cleaner and the indica-dominant Sand Widow. Jack's Cleaner's fat, sugary buds had a pleasantly citrusy lemon bouquet with hints of pepper. Its light-green, sticky calyxes are crowded with ultra-white trichomes, giving the flowers a gooey appearance. Toking reveals a crisp, heavy taste of lemon oiliness that coats the sinuses with citrus; it's a bit harsher than average, at least for the first couple of hits until the very cerebral buzz sets in. Continued smoking will result in a body stone joining the initial head high. Expect heavy munchies and, for a sativa, pronounced pain relief.
Sand Widow carried a pronounced musky, herbal flavor with skunky undertones in its darker green flowers. Toking produced a comforting two-hour buzz which effectively treated abdominal pain while recentering one's thoughts in a very pleasant way. As an indica dominant, Sand Widow has a more soporific, sleepy buzz than Jack's Cleaner, and makes a good bedtime smoke.
My experience showed me that the online reviews were right about Holland House's nice facility, but I experienced none of the staff rudeness that a few others claimed they ran into. If you live in north Seattle (or north of Seattle), this place is worth checking out.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town,
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Holland House 2027 196th St. S.W., #R-2, Lynnwood, 425-361-2594 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., closed Sun.
2027 196th St. S.W., #R-2, Lynnwood, 425-361-2594
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., closed Sun.