Seattle MMJ Co-op, a medical marijuana access point on Lake City Way, has a chilly-ass waiting room. That's the first thing I learned about the place upon visiting on a recent Sunday. That cold fact came inescapably to my notice as I waited in the long, narrow space (I think it used to be a diner) for my paperwork to be verified and for another patient's time in the bud room to be over. Dudes: Whatever you're saving on the power bill, you're losing in ambiance. Turn up the damned heat.
Once it was my turn to go back to the (cramped, but at least not cold) bud room with proprietor/budtender Chris, though, I was quite pleased to see Seattle MMJ Co-op has a $10 per gram flat rate for flowers. Quarters are $65, and ounces are $230. Chris said there are plans to expand the bud room in the near future; with only eight months in business, Seattle MMJ is definitely on an upward arc.
Freed by the across-the-board $10 gram prices to explore the entire menu, I had Chris patiently show me all six strains in stock. After looking at all the pretty flowers, I decided on Blue Grape, a sativa-dominant hybrid, and Thunder, an uncharacteristically fruity-smelling indica.
The mental rush of Blue Grape (Blueberry x Grapefruit), bred right here in the Pacific Northwest, makes it a great all-day smoke. The sativa portion of its genetic heritage lends an optimistic, focused, vigorous, can-do tone to the buzz. While the indica portion provides effective pain relief; you will also get very, very hungry. Its rich taste (leaning slightly more to the tangy Grapefruit side of the family) make it a pleasure to toke, and the mental fuel that results allows you to focus on whatever task is at hand.
I picked the mysterious indica strain Thunder--related to Blue Thunder? Or Alaskan Thunderfuck? Nobody seems quite sure--on the basis of its extremely pretty, sticky flowers -- and because, much like Hank Jr. with his women, I like to have strains I've never had. As mentioned, Thunder has a much fruitier smell than most indica dominants: These strains often tend more to the more pungent, skunkier end of the spectrum when it comes to bouquet. Upon toking, the light-green flowers, covered in a dank forest of red hairs and trichome-encrusted calyxes, quickly reveal their pain-soothing power and their ability to glue you to your seat for a bit longer than perhaps you'd planned.
New patients get a free joint at Seattle MMJ Co-op; mid-grade ounces can be found on special for as low as $125. Hash and keif start at $15 a gram, while bubble hash is $25 a gram. There's a small but quality selection of medibles, including 1/8-gram hash lollips (THC Suckerz), PC Edibles Bomb candy bars, FUBAR chews, glycerine-based tinctures, and Green Haven medicated topical lotion. Don't forget the CannaBull cannabis energy drinks (previously reviewed in my Incredible Medibles column at seattleweekly.com/voracious) for $7. They work.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Voice Media Group's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.