Toke Signals: Natural Green Medicine

U District medical-marijuana access point Natural Green Medicine is in the heart of a vibrant, friendly neighborhood, plus it’s close to the freeway, across the street from University Volkswagen. The only fly in the ointment is that parking can be a little challenging in these parts, so you may have to find a spot a few blocks away, which can of course be problematic for those with limited mobility.

Top-shelf flower strains at Natural Green Medicine are $12; while I’d rather pay $9 or $10 as in some other shops, that is really my only other criticism of this place. And if I’m going to pay $12 a gram, I want it to be as good as the two strains I tried—and with the assistance of someone as knowledgeable and helpful as budtender Janet.

With her help, I selected the sativa-dominant strain (and current popular sensation) Girl Scout Cookies and the indica-dominant hybrid Platinum Bubba Kush, both $12 strains. While Janet was weighing these out, I had a chance to check out the HempZen Oils cannabis capsules, the “0.5 gm” version of which is $5; I decided to give one a try, and discovered that evening that these things are excellent sleep aids, and well worth the money.

The Girl Scout Cookies flowers were strikingly tasty. I don’t know if they really tasted like any kind of cookies or not, but I do know they were really sweet, with a pleasant flavor that lingers on the lips and palate and lasts more than halfway through a joint. And speaking of halfway through a joint: If you make it that far, you are likely to be quite medicated. Even with my elevated tolerance, I got high from GSC in addition to getting pain relief. About three-quarters of the way through my test joint, I came to the additional conclusion that this was the best weed I’ve smoked in weeks.

I half-expected a letdown after that elevated experience, but the Platinum Bubba Kush was having no part of that. Its frosty flowers provided an indica wallop of satisfying solidity, pummeling away pain and knocking out nausea within a few tokes. Not to be outdone taste-wise by the Cookies, PB Kush also is a superlatively delicious strain; and although it’s definitely an indica-dominant strain with solid pain relief and insomnia-relieving capabilities, it doesn’t neglect the higher centers of your brain. For an indica, it is an intellectually interesting strain, leading you down winding pathways of medicated mentation.

First-time patients get a free Better Butter Bon Bon in either white or milk chocolate—delicious and, for their diminutive size, surprisingly strong. Don’t forget to check out Natural Green Medicine’s cooler of medible treats, which start at a reasonable $6 donation.

Steve Elliott edits Toke Signals,, an irreverent, independent blog of cannabis news, views, and information.

NATURAL GREEN MEDICINE 4701 Roosevelt Way N.E., Suite B, 557-4632, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., noon–6 p.m. Sun.

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