Green Ambrosia: Nectar of the Gods

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,, an irreverent, independent blog of cannabis news, views, and information.

GREEN AMBROSIA 7730 15th Ave. N.W., 496-2345, Storefront: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily. Delivery: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily.

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