Seattle’s dispensaries raise an eyebrow in an ultramodern city that’s increasingly known as Silicon Valley North. The scene is of mostly old-school pot shops that carry practically the same selection. Still, we found our gems. Emeralds, if you will.
With only a single growing season due to the rainy weather, 90 percent of Seattle’s flowers are grown indoor.
Where to Go
A clean remix on a stoner classic.
Located on a side street in the heart of happening Capital Hill lives Ruckus - a ‘clean green’ dispensary which is why their popularity is growing despite sitting steps away from dispensary giant Uncle Ike’s. How does Ruckus ensure being clean in Seattle, a hot mess of a cannabis market? It’s the hidden gem named Bill who's making the purchasing decisions.
Bill, has a side hustle as a ‘Clean Green Certified Inspector’ (CGC is an officially recognized verification for cannabis products that have been cultivated with fair-trade and sustainable practices. It is considered the closest thing to organic, because technically using the word ‘organic’ in relation to cannabis is against federal law. To be a Clean Green Inspector, there are screenings, on site-inspections and lab tests performed.) Between Bill, owner Sam Burke, a multi-decades long aficionado, and Professor Wax, a concentrates expert — this crew knows what’s what, who’s who, and who’s up to what, and that’s exactly why Ruckus is our first stop in Seattle.
As a bonus, Ruckus offers cannabis products at every price point because they believe in making the benefits of cannabis accessible to all. Stay tuned….Ruckus opens a second shop in Seattle soon.
Owner-founders Sean and Jon are refreshingly skeptical about the flower that comes through their friendly, casual, West Seattle shop, which is why they run the Origins Certified program. The requirements for their flowers’ farm-to-dispensary journey are stringent. They even hand-select and independently test buds from each batch they accept into the store. This crew means business. While we do not have a favorite flower in Seattle yet, we know Origins would be our go-to source.Origins recently opened a second location in Redmond.
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What to Get
A Seattle flower that soaks in the sun.
Founders Wendy, Tim, Steve and Kyle began their cannabis journey while working in greenhouse production in Northern California’s, Mendocino County — known for its legendary land, 1960’s old-school growers, and cannabis way of life. They moved back to their home in Washington State when cannabis became legal and founded Canna Organix in 2013. What makes Canna Organix special is the location of their greenhouse and the extreme attention each leaf gets. A rare score when shopping in Seattle.
The Canna Organix greenhouse is located in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula where there is 250 days of sun, cool summers, warm winters and only 16 inches of rain each year. The flower is mindfully cared for: each bud is individually hand trimmed for minimal trichome loss, and hand watered — yes, hand watered.
This keen attention to detail is not only dedicated to the plants themselves, but also to the soil in which the plants grow in. Cannabis connoisseurs know that great cannabis starts with live soil. Canna Organix only uses live soil because of this – soil that contains living microcosms such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms to break down organic matter to naturally make nutrients available for plant roots.
Our only downside is the industry standard plastic packaging the loose flower is packed in. It is the exception to our ‘plastic’ rule, simply because…Canna Organix is superior in Seattle.
Why it's good:
Greenhouse grown in Sequim County, WA
Organic live soil
Hand trimmed = minimal trichome loss
Loose flower and pre-rolls
Pre-rolls are all bud (no trim) and packed in RAW natural unrefined rolling paper
Stay tuned. Canna Organix heads to Oregon next.
Starbucks alumna and founder of Seattle’s beloved Cupcake Royale Jody Hall has entered the cannabis realm with her third success. This brand knows what's up, offering convenience in multiple types of dosing and covering all bases from the CBD brownies to 2.5 mg microdosed pastilles, 5 mg jellies, 10 mg cookies, and more, all helping you dial in just the right amount of high. The Goodship is in fact all about having a good trip. We are currently obsessed with the peppermint patties, and the dark chocolate quinoa.
Why it's good:
Derived from sungrown cannabis
Easy, uplifting strain
Big variety of edibles
Edibles for grownups
Pastilles for easy microdosing
Higher Ed is fun and sophisticated
Six-pack cookies are the best gift ever!
Check out The Goodship Higher Education lecture series for conversation on mind-bending topics.
This transdermal cream carries a mild scent, disappears quickly, and blends in seamlessly . It’s derived from all-natural ingredients and has no additive chemicals. Most importantly, it works. Folk wisdom on cannabis topicals is that they shouldn’t make you high. However, after a few hours we feel a barely perceptible buzz if we apply Nectar to our wrists and ankles.
Why it's good:
Made from cannabis distillate
Scent is mild and disappears quickly
Great for layering with other applications for a subtle extra ahhh
Helps with aches, pains, and tension