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Snoop Dream: an uplifting, energetic sativa-inflected buzz
Belfair, in Mason County, is not an economically thriving area; there's not a lot of extra cash around.

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Back To Belfair: Checking Out Cannabis Care Foundation

Visiting Belfair access point Cannabis Care Foundation last weekend, I learned that while they do have flowers for $8, $10, and $13, the best strains are $15.

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Snoop Dream: an uplifting, energetic sativa-inflected buzz
Belfair, in Mason County, is not an economically thriving area; there's not a lot of extra cash around. But medical-marijuana patients there have to pay a premium for top-shelf medicine at either of the town's two access points. A few months ago I visited and wrote about one of them, Mari-Meds; one of the things I wasn't thrilled about was their $15-per-gram donation point. Visiting the other shop, Cannabis Care Foundation, last weekend, I learned that while they do have flowers for $8, $10, and $13, there too the best strains are $15. CCF does have one big advantage over Mari-Meds, though: They let you look at the flowers you're about to buy.

At Mari-Meds, the bud samples are encased inside a dingy plastic binder, and you're not really able to tell much about them; Cannabis Care Foundation follows the practice of Seattle-area shops in letting you actually eyeball and smell the flowers before plunking down your hard-earned cash -- certainly not too much to ask.

I couldn't have asked for a friendlier budtender than Wes, who guided me through the menu of about 30 strains of flowers. Wanting to smoke the good stuff, I bypassed the bargains and selected three top-shelf $15 strains: the indicas Frankenstein and Lemonstein and the sativa-dominant hybrid Snoop's Dream.

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Frankenstein's beautiful, purple-tinged flowers sport a thick forest of alluring trichomes

Snoop's Dream is an enjoyable smoke, with frosty, emerald-green nugs and an uplifting, energetic sativa-inflected buzz. The flowers quickly reveal their Blue Dream heritage when sniffed; they smell as sweet as candy and are a dizzying pleasure to toke. But this Dream also fades rather quickly, and strains that are easily its equal can be had in many shops for $10 a gram.

Lemonstein is a mysterious Frankenstein cross with an undetermined lemon strain (possibly Super Lemon Haze, but it seems a lot more indica than that). Its refreshing, citrusy bouquet is slightly unusual for a heavy indica, but it makes this particular route to pain and nausea relief quite enjoyable.

Frankenstein is a king-hell indica of epic proportions. Its beautiful, purple-tinged flowers sport a thick forest of alluring trichomes. The dense, tight buds follow through on their pungent promise with profoundly palliative, potent, pillowy pain relief, overpowering aches with the inner glow of high-THC cannabis.

CCF has a well-stocked selection of medibles, including a refrigerator full of treats and medicated sodas and a glass case of attractively presented ganja goodies.

Watch for the bright-green building on State Route 3 when you're in Belfair looking for Cannabis Care Foundation; it's half of a duplex, and the other half is a barbershop.

tokesignals@seattleweekly.com

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

Cannabis Care Foundation, 23150 N.E. State Rt. 3, Space 1, Belfair, Wash.
Winter hours: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., closed Sun.
 
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