I have taken some time to review several collectives here recently and wanted to share them with you. Below is a link to my weedmaps profile where you can read my opinions of some of the best and worst collectives around Tacoma, WA. I will continue updating this regularly as I visit more and more collectives. My hope is that I can experience the good, bad and the ugly for you so you won’t have to worry about getting poor service or disgusting meds. So check this out! Stay Lifted my buds.
Went to the Cannabis Farmer’s Market today, it is kind of crazy in there in my opinion. I think they need a bigger venue. There are tables crammed in every spot available and no room to really walk around to the tables and such. Another major negative to the market is the noise, it is hard to hear what the budtenders are saying about their medicine. Also being vegan there is nothing there that I could eat (that I saw). I am sure there is a demand issue there so I don’t fault anyone for not having anything. I personally would rather make my own cannabis edible so I know how much and what is in it.
All that being said there was some interesting stuff but all the flowers seemed to be pretty ugly looking (what I would call outdoor but I don’t know if it really is or not). Only 2-3 tables even looked to have decent weed. I donated $5 for .5 grams of super lemon haze and I can’t remember what the name of the place was, I do apologize about that. Again I was not impressed with the markets medicine quality. I know it is cheaper there but if the flower looks that bad why on earth would I donate for some of the concentrates. They had other edibles, clones, tinctures, glass pipes, etc.
On the other hand there are some cool people there. I got to meet Safe T Driver which is really cool. I will be purchasing some of his handmade hemp products soon. I believe he makes dog collars and 6 ft. leashes that can be custom made any way you like. I am all about supporting local people with what I buy. Check out his videos on YouTube if you haven’t already. I will most likely be posting some cool videos on here from Safe T Driver soon! He was also there supporting the artist that makes the used joint paper art which I am thoroughly impressed with. It must take a great eye for what is being created as well as a lot of dedication to create something so cool.
One last note I do appreciate what Sacred Plant Medicine is doing as well as all others that are involved. I understand how difficult and time consuming something like that might be to create and maintain. I just wish the weed was a bit better. I hope you all had a great weekend and I will type at you again soon.
Oh I did see someone with a fancy camera taking footage of Jeremy Miller which was cool to see. I hope that any piece that is presented from the market will reflect what they are trying to do there, helping people access their meds. We will see how it is framed…
For starters, Purple Dog Shit is a terrible name for a variety of medical cannabis (and cannabis in general), but it is highly recommended from me for several reasons. I call it granddaddy purple because it looks very similar in physical appearance, structure, and taste/smell. I do believe that purple dog shit is an actual variety of cannabis and that granddaddy purple x northern lights #1 were crossed to create it. Honestly that explains a lot, those are both varieties that I love and that help with my painful medical condition. I have posted a video on youtube (embed above) about this helpful med. I hope you enjoy it.
Nature’s Resource Center in Tacoma, WA is where you can get this great herbal medication. Weedmaps says they still have it in stock which is good for you. I also tried the hippie haze and I thought it was pretty good as well. I was looking for an energetic variety for when I do consume cannabis during the day. I would say it is uplifting but not very energizing in my humble opinion. But I am a sucker for that haze taste so it was worth picking up a 1/2 gram to try out.
Here is a link to Northwest Leaf as well so you can check out the section on grandaddy purple if you want to read about the medical utility of this variety without pausing the video and turning your head sideways.
check them out for sure! Here is some more information from Toke of the Town from last year about the business.
Bud Tender Classes
These are only some of the things they offer to help patients feel better. They have a loyalty program that helps reduce the prices of their services which can be helpful for those that need these services regularly. From what I understand the way to qualify for the loyalty program is to go to the recommended collectives on the website (one of six that are offered) and sign up for their safeway type card. The services that the C.A.R.E. Medical Group offer are actually from the collectives who don’t have the space to offer these benefits in house. I have to admit that I am kind of jealous that a collective in Tacoma, WA doesn’t offer these things. I know collectives try to offer these things like grow and hash making classes. As well as one offers counseling and free chair massages (which don’t help me at all). So I am looking forward to going to Seattle soon to visit a couple of the collectives so maybe I can take the bud tending class. It seems fun and I assume would help me get a job in the medical marijuana industry. If you have any suggestions of which of the collectives are the best to go to please drop me a line in the comments below. I’m thinking the following two:
When I have gone up to Seattle I will let you know what I find out about the clubs. Until then enjoy Election Day tomorrow. It is a historic day for WA, OR, and CO as well as the USA. I can only hope that this is the beginning of the end of prohibition of marijuana/cannabis.
Cannatonic was measured with a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD at about 11% each. I rolled up a joint of this stuff and couldn’t really tell I was medicated. It is relaxing and helped with pain. There was no anxiety at all. I even tried to supplement with another indica and I couldn’t really tell I had ingested more cannabinoids. The CBD does offset the THC, I can testify to that. I have seen some improvement in how my body is reacting after doing more than I am supposed to. I feel better the next day where as in the past I would have to spend a day or two recuperating from the busy/hard day. I still can’t do most things that I would love to do, ie rock climbing, running/heavy exercising, working a labor job or sitting/standing for anything over 20 minutes but it does help some! I want to encourage everyone in WA that has a recommendation to check out Cannatonics Society, they are a great collective and are genuinely friendly unlike some other clubs that I have visited. It has taken me a year to finally find the collective I want to mainly go to but I did find it in the end.
Cannatonic Society offers a wide variety of meds, edibles, hash/bho, tinctures, lotions, etc. They have vegan medicated butter and might carry my Veg Love Medibles brand of vegan edibles in the coming months. I hope to offer my Jack the Ripper (TGA Genetics) cookies to start off with! We will see if it works out!
I went in to Cannatonics (<- link to their website) last week (my first choice collective in Tacoma, WA) to get a pleasant surprise to see NYCD with 12% THC and 10% CBD which is basically unheard of around here. This is my first time seeing a high CBD strain so I wanted to do a test with this strain to help reduce pain. In total I consumed less than 3 grams over the last 3 days, medicated in several different ways (vape, joint, pipe) to see if each had its own pros and cons and made a list which I will share at the end. I wish I had enough meds to make a few cookies/tinctures as I am sure this would be ideal for me in those times where it is best not to be “highly medicated.” I did save up my vaped leftovers to put into some cookies here in the near future. I will report back on that asap.
NYCD is an interesting strain (link for more info @ kindgreenbuds about NYCD as well as leafly’s webpage for this strain) its a hybrid 60% sativa/40% indica. The buds that I got were dark green with lots of purple hues. Very well manicured as well as grown. The structure of the sample was perfect with no fox tailing. It wasn’t extremely dense which is nice so you don’t have to grind it to medicate and it is really fresh. I found this med to be more of a daytime use only especially in the vape. For me it seems that the vape doesn’t really make me that tired/sedated/couch-locked like smoking does. If I smoked NYCD it was more lethargic but didn’t necessarily make me sleepy. I would say that NYCD actually kept me up late in the evening after vaping a good bit. I had to turn to my plushberry and Cotton Candy Kush to help me get to sleep. I would have to say that this strain does help with my pain. From what I have read at projectcbd.org CBD’s have anti-inflammatory properties, so I have been searching high and low for this type of med because inflammation may be some of the contributing factor to why I hurt all the time.
I found out with NYCD that a high CBD strain all the time isn’t what I need to help me the most, which is good to finally figure out. There is a place in my medicine cabinet for the hard indicas which I most frequently use. There is a reserved spot for high CBD’s too. The difference being that I get much more medicated with indicas in comparison to NYCD because the CBD offsets the relatively low THC concentrations of NYCD. So I just didn’t feel that high. This is great for some people that don’t like or want the feeling of being high. I personally think I need the “high” at times to help with my mood. Most people will tell you that feeling better mentally is a great side effect of pain meds because when you are hurting 24/7 it tends to wear on your mood.Also the hard indicas help me sleep. Since I roll around all night and I don’t rest good so I need help from time to time.
I would love to meet this farmer that donated the strain. I would also like a cutting of it too! I would have so many questions as to what she/he did to make meds like this. I know most of it is probably genetic for the specific plant that he has but the environmental conditions do play a role in how the med turns out. I have to give her/him props for providing a truly medicinal strain. I would highly encourage you to go to Cannatonics ASAP for a sample of this strain. High CBD’s in WA are rare and take the chance while you got it!
-tastes really good out of the vape (reminds me of G Bomb which I love)
-no anxiety at all
-daytime/early evening use
-smooth burning and in the vape
-not good for insomnia (which could be a plus for some folks)
This is what I have learned after 3 days of medicating with this wonderful herb. This is a top shelf med. I can only hope that high CBD strains are more frequently found in WA here in the future for all to have access too. I love that the medical cannabis community is returning this plant back to its true genetic roots through testing and rebreeding plants to have higher CBD content. It is a shame that illegal breeding bascially got rid of CBD’s because people that consume cannabis like the feeling of being high. There is a therapeutic need for both components in meds at different levels so to all you breeders out there here is a new project for you to work on if you haven’t already started down that road!
Update: After talking to the owner of All Green Gardens and him contacting the sales person from yelm worms, we decided that this soil wasn’t the best for me after all. It seems that the coco coir in this mix dries out really fast and I want something with a bit of water retention to reduce the overall work load. Just wanted to update ya’ll on that.
The potting soil is what I refering to, the only non-vegan ingredient is oyster shells which could be harvested by combing the beaches for empty shells instead of using the shell after it being discarded for food. I am not sure how this was harvested/acquired but it is the closest soil I have seen around here that would fit the critieria of vegan. I imagine if they amended the soil with dolomite instead of the shells this would be an ideal soil assuming it grows healthy plants. I am also happy about it being a locally made potting soil, that is a first I think for around here! I will be going to check this business out and probably end up trying their products. I have already gotten some of their earthworm castings (since according to Kyle Kushman castings are vegan but it depends on your definition…) which will be tried really soon. I found these castings at All Green Gardens here in Tacoma so if you need some hit em up. Check these folks out!
Update: 12-26-12 I still go to Rainier Wellness regularly. I have found them to be among the best in the Tacoma area. They now test all of their varieties for the major cannabinoids which is fantastic. I recently got some blueberry from there that was extremely good. that strain just does wonders for me. You have to check them out. There staff is probably their biggest asset. They are always helpful and friendly. For that they get the golden weed leaf for taking the highest praise I can offer. There are only two other shops here that can even come close to competing in my humble opinion.
Update: 12-9-11 I got an email today from the executive director where he agreed to work with me on the cost of the seeds that I need. For this I can’t say thank you enough. I wasn’t expecting there to be any follow up on this since every other collective I have asked to negotiate prices has declined and so I walk out without contributing to the business. The email included a lot about their business and what they do to help patients that have low incomes as well as other programs that they are trying to offer such as counseling and reiki treatments that are free to patients which are in the works. I have to applaud this, I didn’t know this was in the works. This truly encapsulates the wellness model that this industry needs to undertake to encourage people that don’t know anything about medical cannabis to look at it in a better light. I always love learning a bit more about this community as it grows. I hope that this review gives you a good vibe about Rainier Wellness Center, I think this changes my opinion about them. I wouldn’t expect them to negotiate prices on the regular but if there is a legitimate need for those that need it I would certainly ask.
Update: 12-8-11 I went in today to see if they were negotiable on the tga genetics that they offered which were priced really high at $60 for a 5 pack. They are not negotiable on the prices. They said the TGA recommended that they charge that much for the seeds. I know from past experience that most collectives I have seen they charge $40 a 5 pack. I understand that they have a collective to run but a $20 markup is extensive and they just lowered it from $65. I also called afterwards to clarify why I was asking about negotiating for the seeds. They are the only collective I have seen that has the indica dominant TGA genetics that I need for my back. These seeds will produce the meds that I need on a regular basis and I need them to be as cheap as possible. Like most patients I have lots of on going medical bills so money is a real concern. But the front desk hung up on me so I am not sure what to make of that….My advice at this point would be to stay away from this collective unless they have a strain/product that works for you. I don’t really appreciate the way they treated me today. Makes me feel like they aren’t in the business to help patients.
Well I went and checked out this collective today. I was impressed by the friendliness of this collective. It seemed really professional with lots of products available. They had economical choices of both sativa and indica hybrids, 5-7 choices of sativa’s and 5-7 indica’s. Each were labeled well and looked/smelled great. The highest donation was ~$13 a gram with the economical choices being as low as $8-10. They also had a selection of kief and pressed hash as well as other hash concentrates. One notable item were the meds that are similar to Rick Simpson Oil which I have only seen pictures of around here. This type of med is for those that need extreme relief. There were several different types/flavors of tinctures (Mary Jane’s Herbals tinctures are what I prefer which they had in stock). They had Kush Cream and Paradise lotions and massage oils as well as medibles, cooking oils and even a vegan/vegetarian option of medicated soup. I was completely surprised to see this. I believe this is the only collective that I have visited that offers any vegan option. They also had pre-made butter and Atomic Tea which the budtender said was really mellow but also uplifting. They also had TGA Genetics (donation amount was high though) and clones most of which were sativa hybrids today. They do get in a differing selection depending on the day. They offer blown glass as well as t-shirts that had cool designs based on different strains like Blueberry and White Widow which were fun to look at. I think the prices were fairly reasonable on the shirts but they weren’t hemp unfortunately.
The only thing I noticed was that they don’t use gloves to handle to meds but they did have chop sticks so they probably don’t actually touch the meds so that is good. I didn’t see any hair on any of the meds either so that is an obvious plus.
I hope this review helps you decide whether it is a place that you would like to check out. I will try and do a collective review each week here in the next few weeks. I like to check out new collectives to see how they operate and the quality of their products.
As a whole I would recommend this collective. Their guidelines for how they choose their meds and clones that they carry are well thought out and advertised on their website. It gives me confidence in their products that they aren’t moldy or have other pesticides and such sprayed on them. I haven’t seen a written guideline in many collectives here in Tacoma, WA. Give them a visit and tell them that Veganic Vision Blog recommended you to head over!
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This is a wonderful organization that is helpful to a lot of people and gives you an opportunity to be active within this community. Check out this website for lots of other options on classes and other things!
This is an awesome shop located in Tacoma, WA (as well as other WA locations around the state) with an incredible quantity and quality of glass art (aka pipes). I went in here the other day and was stunned by what I saw. Of course the best stuff is pricey but it is after all handmade glasswork done here in the USA. I highly recommend going to check out Mary Jane’s House of Glass even if you are just wanting to see probably the best selection of glass in Tacoma that I have seen. The staff is really friendly as well as knowledgable. They offer lots of other smoking accessories such as kief boxes, presses, vaporizers, etc. If you are a soldier or a medical cannabis patient ask about a 10% discount. Go local!
5942 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
*Note: I do not receive any support from any local businesses in the form of advertising money or any other perks. Just my way of saying thank you for creating a business that excels in all facets.
If you ever have the chance to check out the Cannabis Farmers Markets, you absolutely should. I have seen 30 or more vendors in one building helping patients. This opportunity provides a multitude of strains to choose from depending on what you need to help your condition. You normally get to talk to the people who grew the meds that have the special knowledge and will be able to answer any questions you have. I was blown away by the diversity of this market. From seeds, clones, meds, edibles, lotions, tea, etc etc. I think TGA Genetics has a vendor here at times as well. Those are high quality seeds in my opinion. The prices are reasonable too on most things. You can medicate once you are inside and most vendors offer samples so you can see how the meds work for you before you buy. Usually they have music which can at times be a little too loud making it hard to communicate with the vendors. The only downside is they don’t have any seating really. This is the one bummer for me since standing is probably the most painful thing that I can do for any length of time over 15-20 minutes. See you at the Tacoma Cannabis Farmers Market!!
All Green Gardens is a new garden supply shop that has just opened here in Tacoma, WA. I went in the other day just to see what they had and was pleasantly surprised by the selection here. They have a little bit of everything. To top that they were really friendly and also even helped carry my heavy items out to the car which is really nice for me given my bad back. There is another shop here in Tacoma that I imagine has been around for some time but they were never that friendly and never offered to help me carry my purchases out to the car. I highly recommend these guys. Also the shop has a dog or two in there fairly regularly that are extremely cool. I always enjoy getting to see that businesses and families bring their pets to work it is a much better way to treat your pet than leaving them at home while you are away at work.
All Green Gardens has amazing customer service so if you have questions about things that you might be interested in buying then go there and ask away. There are no awkward conversations here.
6409 6Th Ave 8
Tacoma, WA 98406
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