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Grape Daddy is good for pain, and better for daytime use than most other indicas
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Fremont Gardens Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Has Happy Patients

A plenitude of pot became happily obvious to me the moment I walked into the budroom. There before me were two gorgeous high-rise glass display cases housing a total of about 20 strains of marijuana.

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Grape Daddy is good for pain, and better for daytime use than most other indicas
Last time I visited this address in Fremont, it housed the medical-marijuana collective Purple Cross, and the day ended in disappointment; the dispensary was out of weed. Hoping it wouldn't be déjà vu all over again -- and attracted by their $10-a-gram prices -- I entered the lobby of Fremont Gardens. The lady behind the counter asked if this was my first visit, and I told her I'd visited Purple Cross. She was quick to tell me that Fremont Gardens has "completely different management" than the previous tenants. And yes, they had plenty of cannabis.

That plenitude of pot became happily obvious to me the moment I walked into the budroom. There before me were two gorgeous high-rise glass display cases housing a total of about 20 strains of marijuana. A third display case, on the left, held a respectable selection of medibles. (The Wrecking Balls -- powdered-sugar-covered, gluten-free wads of cannabutter, sugar, flour, and pecans -- are worth checking out at $7 for the four-pack. The packaging tells you "Single Dose: One Piece," but trust me, you'll achieve much better results by eating all four at once.)

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Haze Wreck: A pure sativa or damn near it

There were around nine indicas, half a dozen sativas, and five hybrid strains--and everything, as I mentioned, is just $10. Wishing I'd had more cash with which to explore their flower menu, I eventually settled on two selections: Haze Wreck, a sativa, and Grape Daddy, an indica.

Haze Wreck is a combination of one of the members of the Haze family of strains with Trainwreck, so it's either a pure sativa or damn near it. Its gorgeous, crystal-covered flowers have a subtle fruity smell, and the toke test quickly revealed the pleasant thought-fuel properties that keep many patients coming back to these strains, not only for stress reduction and nausea control but also for what Big Pharma would have you believe is a "side effect"-- the euphoria. Don't believe them; the high is a part of the healing, as most patients already know.

Just as Haze Wreck is a combination of two popular sativas, Grape Daddy is a combo of two popular indicas, Grape Ape and Granddaddy Purple. Since Grape Ape is itself a higher-producing sister phenotype of Granddaddy Purple, it's a pretty stable cross, showing characteristics of its Afghani and Skunk forebears from both sides of the family. Grape Daddy more resembles Grape Ape in that I was able to maintain a clearer head after toking than I had with Grandaddy Purple; although both strains have the pain-killing narcotic effects of many indicas, Grape Ape (and Grape Daddy) are more suitable for daytime use than most Purple strains.

Fremont Gardens' overwhelmingly positive online reviews were confirmed by my happy customer experience at the collective; when you combine helpful, knowledgeable budtenders with top-shelf cannabis strains at just $10 a gram, what you get are happy patients.


Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.


Fremont Gardens
316 N. 36th St., 632-7126, fremontgardens.org. Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

 
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