Fweedom Collective doesn't give up easily. After the medical-marijuana access point--then based in Ballard--got a threatening letter from the Drug Enforcement Administration in August, it lost its storefront and was a delivery-only service for two and a half months. But co-owners Sky and Tyler kept the fire burning, and now the collective has a storefront on Aurora Avenue North. Founded in 2008 as a hemp-based clothing company, Fweedom switched to a medical-marijuana access point in 2009, and made waves in early 2011 with a canned-food benefit drive, and quickly gained a reputation for its exceptional selection of cannabis flowers, edibles, tinctures, and concentrates. Things are going great at the new location, formerly the home of Green Medical Society, according to Tyler.
The AK-47 was spectacularly pretty; click on photo to enlarge and properly appreciate
One reason patients enjoy their visits to Fweedom is that there are two identically stocked bud rooms, which means patients have a shorter wait. Fweedom's top-shelf flowers go for $13 a gram. But in the bud room, I was pleasantly surprised to find several strains included in an $8 per gram, $25 per eighth "Stimulus" sale. These weren't the sad-looking dribs and drabs you find for $8 at some shops, but rather top-shelf medicine on genuine sale.
Among the Stimulus bargains was the sativa-dominant AK-47, the 90 percent sativa Noble, and the 80 percent indica Purple Mr. Nice. The AK was spectacularly pretty, with huge, hard flowers sporting fuzzy calyxes offset by plentiful red hairs. Its 70 percent-sativa genetic heritage makes it a good midday or afternoon smoke.
But the other two bargain strains seemed more potent. Noble's uplifting sativa kick left one pondering philosophical questions in rarefied ontological flights (perhaps the genesis of the strain's name). Meanwhile, Purple Mr. Nice provided a satisfyingly solid solution to chronic pain, wrapping a warm glow of soothing marijuana goodness around you like Grandma's comfiest quilt.
I wasn't going to leave without sampling at least one each of their mid-shelf and top-shelf flowers. I selected a beautifully frosty $11 slightly indica-dominant hybrid, Pineapple Chunk (lab-tested at 20 percent THC) and the spectacular $13 sativa-dominant Super Lemon Haze (18.24 percent THC).
While Pineapple Chunk's trichome-covered loveliness and terpene-rich fruitiness made for a satisfyingly rich and medicinal nighttime smoke, the top-shelf Super Lemon Haze was one of those strains you encounter only a few times a year. The Haze wraps stimulating sativa tendrils of therapeutic euphoria around your brain cells by the second toke, and if you're around a significant other, it reveals itself to be some of the most cuddle-inducing weed around. Even if your cannabis budget normally doesn't extend past $10 a gram, I can tell you that if you like the sativa, $45 for an eighth of this dreamy Super Lemon Haze is money well invested.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Voice Media Group's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.
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