Top Green Meds, according to my count, brings to three the number of storefront medical-marijuana dispensaries in Bremerton. The shop opened in August. For years a desert when it comes to safe access (save a couple of delivery services), it seems Kitsap County has finally entered the 21st century.
Top Green Meds is one of the storefronts in a little shopping center. My visit got off to a good start, because I was able to park right in front of the place. Once I got inside the well-appointed waiting room, receptionist Rose gave me a friendly welcome. The medical-marijuana children’s story If a Peacock Finds a Pot Leaf, by Kingston-based Morgan Carman, 17, and illustrated by her mother, Geneva, is on the counter. Pick it up—it makes for enjoyable reading.
Another guy arrived during my verification process and got to go back to the bud room first, since this wasn’t his first visit as a patient, but it was only a few minutes later that budtender Steve escorted me there. Steve was very helpful guiding me through a smallish selection of about 10 strains, although the display cases could use brighter lighting.
With Steve’s assistance, I selected the CBD-rich indica-dominant strain Cannatonic, known for its pain-relieving properties, and a sativa, Super Lemon Haze. All flowers at Top Green Meds are $10 a gram across the board.
The Cannatonic provided welcome relief from chronic abdominal pain (CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory). Bred from an MK Ultra mother and a G-13 Haze father, this hybrid strain also has enough THC in it (almost the vaunted 1:1 THC/CBD ratio) to have psychoactive effects, and it definitely gives you the munchies.
There are a couple of obvious reasons Super Lemon Haze is one of the most popular sativas around: taste and potency. A well-executed cross between Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze, it has beautiful multihued flowers and hints of sweetness in its citrusy smell. Since the effects are quite cerebral and energetic (this is definitely working weed), if you are prone to anxiety, you may want to approach with caution; but if you need nausea and pain relief but still need to get shit done, this is your strain.
Top Green has reasonably priced ($20 per half-gram, $35 per gram) butane hash oil (BHO), but only one variety: a 50/50 mix of Sour Diesel and OG, according to budtender Steve. I tried the oil on my Daborizer vape pen (which, unlike the cartridge varieties, has a globe and bowl with which you can use non-cartridge oil), and found it to be noticeably and immediately effective.
An impressive selection of medibles is available, and they’re reasonably priced: $4 for the larger ones, $3 for cookies. Most are fine, but avoid the crispy cereal treats; the one I bought tasted stale and mushy.
Steve Elliott edits Toke Signals, tokesignals.com, an irreverent, independent blog of cannabis news, views, and information.
TOP GREEN MEDS 2135 Sheridan Rd., Suite D, Bremerton, 360-479-9172. Noon–9 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., noon–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2–8 p.m. Sun.