Having been in more than a hundred medical-marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound region makes it a little more difficult to be blown away by a shop’s physical space, stock of medicinal products, and customer-service experience, but Ballard’s Green Ambrosia did just that on my recent Sunday visit.
The first time I checked in with them, last June, they were a delivery-only service, and I was impressed with both the quality of their strains and their customer service. While they still deliver, they’ve thankfully extended that thoughtfulness to their new storefront, open since mid-February.
Although the place was “very liquor store-looking” when they started to moving, according to founder Dante Jones (who knows a lot about cannabis), they’ve imbued it with a much warmer vibe. Easy access is available for wheelchair-using and disabled patients, and you’re definitely made to feel welcome. In fact, if you buy an eighth or more, you’ll be invited to toss a few beanbags; if you sink one in the target on a Friday, you’ll get a free gram. (Sinking three bags of four on some other weekday also wins you a Green Ambrosia T-shirt.)
That thoughtfulness shows in every detail, from the shop’s expansively welcoming wide-open space (at 5,200 square feet, reportedly Seattle’s largest) to its well-stocked shelves, with good selections of clones, concentrates, excellent medibles, smoking supplies, reading material, and of course plenty of beautiful cannabis flowers. Those flowers are mostly $12 a gram, with a couple of $15 strains, a few $10 varieties, and a bargain $7 strain, Mr. Nice.
Budtender C.J. was an excellent and affable guide through the 15-strain flower menu, helping me select Cactus, $12, a trichome-encrusted hybrid strain, and Cotton Candy Kush, $15, a sweetly skunky indica. (I also revisited Firecrotch—relax; it’s not a social disease, but rather a fondly remembered couchlock indica.)
Cactus got its name because its flowers bear a certain resemblance to a prickly-pear cactus in miniature, especially if you have a poetic bent and have already smoked some of the stuff. I’m unfamiliar with its genetic background, but the flowers have a hint of sour diesel. The strain is quite potent, making it a good morning or midday smoke for pain, nausea, and anxiety relief.
Cotton Candy Kush is as sweet as its name indicates, and that sweetness carries a satisfying indica wallop, smothering pain under a thick cottony blanket of THC. Bred from a combination of Afghani and Blueberry genetics, the flowers are beautifully fuzzy with an alluringly thick carpet of sticky trichomes, and they yield their indica-heavy charms within two or three tokes. While I am generally uncomfortable with $15-a-gram prices, I do have to grant that CCK is better than the average $10 strain found in Seattle shops.
(Home growers, don’t miss the clone-transplant class every Sunday morning at 11 a.m.)
Steve Elliott edits Toke Signals, tokesignals.com, an irreverent, independent blog of cannabis news, views, and information.
GREEN AMBROSIA 7730 15th Ave. N.W., 496-2345, greenambrosia.net. Storefront: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily. Delivery: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily.