I recently visited Sweet Greens, my first Centralia medical-marijuana access point, and while I can’t complain about their prices or selection, I did have a weirdly uncomfortable experience there; maybe they just do things differently in Centralia.
Suffice it to say that if you go to Sweet Greens, don’t tell them you want an “eighth.” Budtender Sam was rather inexperienced and unsure exactly what an “eighth” was; I told him it was 3.5 grams. Still unsure of his next move, and wondering about the pricing on that amount, Sam called in the receptionist dude (who didn’t give his name) for guidance.
When the receptionist came back to the budroom to help, he perhaps wanted to save face for the budtender—at least that’s the only semi-logical explanation I can come up with for the strange conversation that followed.
“Our boss discourages us from using ‘street’ measurements like eighths,” the receptionist told me. “We just go by grams.”
“Well, then, I need three and a half grams,” I told him, adding “I promise you that almost every shop I’ve ever been in sells eighths, no problem. And I don’t see why there’s anything ‘street’ about asking for an eighth of an ounce. All that means is that I want one-eighth of one ounce!”
It was an uncomfortable moment for everyone involved, and didn’t have to happen. What can possibly be gained by trying to correct a patient who tells you how much medicine he needs using commonly accepted units of measurement? Even Sam, noting my discomfort, apologized abashedly as the receptionist went back to his workstation.
Making a mental note never again to utter the word “eighth” in Sweet Greens, I selected Boggle Gum, an $11 indica (most strains are $10, with just a couple of $11 varieties), and an $11 hybrid, Buddha Tahoe OG. I also couldn’t resist a bargain, trying the House Mix for $7.50 a gram.
The House Mix wasn’t the jar-bottom shake usually found in such deals; instead, it consisted of complete flowers, with a good trim, even—and also provided effective medication, especially for morning tokage. There wasn’t much alluring bouquet or gourmet taste, but those aren’t really to be expected in a $7.50 strain.
Buddha Tahoe OG is a gorgeous hybrid; the heavily trichomed flowers don’t have much of a smell, and the effects allowed me to remain functional while they alleviated my pain and nausea. If, however, you are looking for an overwhelming couchlock effect, you’d be better served by an indica—and you could definitely do worse than Boggle Gum, creamy-sweet in smell and taste with a frosty appearance and hard, dense nugs. Its effects, more cerebral than those of the average indica, make concentration somewhat iffy, but you won’t mind at all, because of the blessed pain relief and calm relaxation.
Steve Elliott edits Toke Signals, tokesignals.com, an irreverent, independent blog of cannabis news, views, and information.
SWEET GREENS 20985 Old Hwy. 99 S.W., Centralia, Wash., 360-858-7366, firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat.–Sun. (Closed Thurs.)