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Kind Help: Good Toking, Hard Parking

The only real issue I had with the place was the lack of convenient parking. When I pulled in beside the building, I was at first excited to see parking signs with "Kind Help" on them... that is, until I read the signs a little more closely and realized what they said was "No Kind Help Parking."

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Kind Help, a medical-marijuana access point located in a fun, funky, artsy section of Tacoma, has been in operation about a year. They have fair prices, an excellent budtender, and a pretty good selection. The only real issue I had with the place was the lack of convenient parking. When I pulled in beside the building, I was at first excited to see parking signs with "Kind Help" on them... that is, until I read the signs a little more closely and realized what they said was "No Kind Help Parking." A few minutes of searching the surrounding couple of blocks for a parking space ensued.

Once that hurdle was cleared, though, it was smooth sailing. The storefront is clearly marked "Kind Help" on its front plate-glass window, and it has a welcoming vibe. Budtender Selig showed me through a menu of two $9 strains, three top-shelf $12 strains, and about half-a-dozen $10 varieties.

At Kind Help, this is done with little sample containers of each available strain. Since the bouquet of the samples tends to diminish with time - and the flowers themselves get a little too dry and crackly - they are always willing to order an actual bud jar from "the back" (it comes through an opening in the wall) so that you can peruse flowers which are in the condition you'll be receiving them.

After a bit of vacillation, I selected White Kush, a gorgeously trichome-encrusted indica, and Mendo Afgoo, a citrusy smelling, olive-green hybrid which, to my eyes and nose, had more Mendo than Afgoo in it.

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Mendo Afgoo: Euphoric, pleasant contemplation
Upon getting home, the Mendo Afgoo revealed itself to be a pleasing mix of sativa and indica characteristics; a few tokes resulted in euphoric, pleasant contemplation. Continuing past about the four-toke mark resulted in a heavier body stone and a deeply relaxed buzz, with noticeable pain and nausea relief. It's a powerful high, and it's powerful medicine for those struggling with pain issues. It will also immediately, and powerfully, awaken your appetite. And despite being a 50/50 hybrid of indica and sativa, Mendo Afgoo will make you sleepy if you smoke very much of it.

White Kush is a great strain for stress and anxiety. This dank, spicy indica has appealingly skunky undertones in the bouquet, and a rich piney taste on the exhale. The flowers are so heavily frosted with trichomes, they actually do have a fuzzy whiteness to them; you should crumble these buds up with your fingers instead of using a grinder, just for the challenging, sticky fun of it. White Kush has quite effective pain-relieving properties, and is also great for insomnia, anxiety, and appetite. I recommend it for nighttime smoking unless you are able to handle heavy indicas during the day. My tolerance is higher than most, yet it made me quite sleepy.

A limited selection of medibles, including some potent, $5 truffles and Chex mix, is available. Note: don't depend on Kind Help's THC Finder menu online; it hasn't been updated since March 2012.

Kind Help, 2701/2703 North 21st, Tacoma, 253-503-1598

Open from 11-8 Mon.-Fri.; noon to 6 Saturday; Closed Sunday

Steve Elliott edits Toke Signals, tokesignals.com, an irreverent, independent blog of cannabis news, views, and information

tokesignals@seattleweekly.com

 
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