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.
Snoop Dream: an uplifting, energetic sativa-inflected buzz
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.
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.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Voice Media Group's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.