A Truly Extreme OG: (Extremely Sleepy, That Is)

Test Results: THC 30.6%  |  Tested by: Peak Analytics

Extreme Cream is a dynamite indica, blending Extreme OG and Cookies & Cream into a truly surprising strain. It looks like a killer, with heavy streaks of purple and thick kief coating making it shine. Upon opening, a sweet OG funk immediately filled the room and left a slightly spicy note clinging to my sinuses. Despite the smell, the smoke has a rich, earthy taste I couldn’t get enough of. The heavy, cerebral high rolled in like a thunderstorm, leaving me in a sleepy daze for hours. Perfect for finding an elusive full night’s rest, or quieting the mind at night.

Extreme CreamAvailable at: Diamond Green 4002 S 12th St. Tacoma, WA 98405 | Cannabis City 2733 4th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134

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Book Review: ‘Marijuana Harvest’ Helps Cultivators Hone in on the Craft

New book from Ed Rosenthal and David Downs explores innovations in other agricultural industries and applies them to cannabis cultivation.

Master cannabis cultivator Ed Rosenthal is in a state of constant experimentation. Within his office there is a blue jar with an electronic top measuring the precise humidity levels inside. The Miron glass jar is a deep midnight blue, designed to eliminate most light from passing through, and has a note taped to the outside that reads “Test: Do not open.” The jar is just one of the many trials Rosenthal is conducting as a part of research for his newest book release “Marijuana Harvest,” and inside there is a tomato that he keeps for months to assess the freshness of the produce. It’s all part of the process to write the chapter on curing cannabis, a step that’s “essential to the taste and experience of the finished buds.”

“Like aged wines, well-cured buds are smooth and flavorful,” the book explains. “Uncured buds still ‘work’ but are not nearly as enjoyable or desirable. However, curing does not make buds more potent than they already are.”

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Product Review: Level+ Infused Beverages Hone in on the Microdose

These beverages offer a simple ingredient line-up and a mellow buzz.

Microdosing, or consuming small amounts of cannabis to experience the restorative health benefits of marijuana without the haze of a strong high, is trending and more cannabis products are coming out to cater to this growing market. But what about taking it a step further and microdosing a product that is already a microdose? That’s where Level+ comes in.

Level+ infused drinks are made with natural ingredients and come with either 5 mg of THC or 5 mg of CBD per 16-ounce bottle. Cannabis infused drinks are an excellent way to discreetly medicate throughout the day and these drinks would be best suited to mellow out the stress of an intense day at the office or as a safe introduction for those who are new to cannabis edibles.

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Dogtown Pioneers: It’s All About the People!

When you stumble across companies that elevate the industry, you follow them. Dogtown Pioneers first caught my attention with their Ray’s Lemonade brand, and when I found out they were the subject of my garden review, my heart leapt out of my chest, spun around and danced—metaphorically speaking, of course!

Dogtown Pioneers owner and managerWith an operation running out of Clayton, Washington, Ray Kinney and his team have dialed in nine greenhouses, each holding 3000 square feet of growing canopy. The remaining square footage is designated as a mix of both indoor and outdoor grows, allowing this massive facility multiple avenues of growing techniques and product lines to fully utilize the processing side of their joint producer/processor license. With a newly launched RSO Gold product, a full extract cannabis oil, the Dogtown team hopes to get more products on the market that hold multiple benefits for consumers.

Dogtown Pioneers cannabis budWhile best known for their Ray’s Lemonade product line, which comes in several options of potency and flavor—and even a mix of CBD and THC—Dogtown also offers a coconut-based capsule for internal consumption. I’m a huge fan of the original Ray’s Lemonade, yet their Huckleberry flavor has stolen my attention (and taste buds). When making a quality cannabis-infused beverage, you have to start with the raw material, aka flower, which they also offer in a retail setting. Their flower strains and other high-quality products are a surefire win for the Washington recreational marketplace.

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Wish Upon a Tokyo Starfish: A True Farm-to-Table Dispensary

The Oregon DOPE Magazine team recently headed down to Bend to see what one of the biggest, year-round outdoor destinations had to offer the recreational cannabis enthusiast. Founded by a group of friends while on a snowboard trip to Japan, the name ‘Tokyo Starfish’ comes from a famous intersection resembling the five-pointed creatures.

“The location was a dog grooming place and an antique shop,” recalls Sara, General Manager of the new south store location. “We completely opened up the space and remodeled from the ground up.” The lobby, or lack thereof, was a pleasant surprise from the cramped, sometimes jail-like lobbies once required by law. Bright and spacious, several smiling budtenders beckoned us in. I found myself admiring The Original Strong Silicon Water Pipe, an impossible-to-break piece, made right in Bend.

Tokyo Starfish Dispensary BudtendersThe atmosphere is upbeat and engaging, and the energy quite active, with customers coming in to load up before a day of mountain biking or snowboarding. The budtenders are quick to answer my questions without making me feel rushed, and are obviously excited to be in such a spacious location. The neighbors are excited, too. The south end of town and communities such as Sunriver and La Pine finally have closer access to top-shelf goods.

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Larry OG: The Gold Medalist of Live Nectar

Test Results: 85.98% THCa  |  Tested By: TEQ Analytical Labs

As an adamant indica fan, this Larry OG Live Nectar from Harmony Extracts absolutely blew my mind. Everything from the packaging to the smell, flavor and consistency is spot on. I didn’t realize that Larry OG had such heady genetic parents; after trying these terps and doing some research, I think I just found one of my new favorite strains. Larry OG is crossed with OG Kush and SFV OG, and hits you in the dome almost instantly. It smells like fresh-squeezed lemons and tastes like sweet pine. For a weekend warrior such as myself, I recommend picking up a gram of this goodness for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Larry OG Live NectarProduced and Provided by: Harmony Extracts

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The Kind Center in Hollywood: The Last of their Kind

The People

The Kind Center in Hollywood has built ist foundation around the idea of family. Upholding this connection, one that patients in Los Angeles have become less and less familiar with, is what sets them apart as new dispensaries continue to pop up all over the city. With a warm “mom and pop” mentality, The Kind Center prides itself on curating an unparalleled experience for everyone that comes through their doors. Thanks to their rigorously trained and highly skilled budtenders, patients quickly become loyal to this shop’s caregiving approach.

The Kind Center StaffThe Place

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CHERRY CHEESECAKE: Zero Calories, All of the Flavor

Test Results: THC | 21.82%  |  Tested By: CW Analytical

The first thing I noticed about Gold Seal’s Cherry Cheesecake was its bouquet. With the genetics of Cheese, Black Cherry Soda and Super Silver Haze, the aroma awakens and stings the senses—I was dying to smoke it right away. CC delivers on all levels: cheesy from the bouquet up front, with a sweet cherry finish to round it out. Every hit I took was more flavorful than the last. My taste buds were enveloped in cherry-glazed, cheesy goodness. These buds drip with crystals, and the flower is a deep green, with pinkish purple and orange highlights.

As I continued to smoke, the effects began. I quickly felt relaxed, yet my mind remained alert. This is the ideal strain for deep reflection and creating art or music. If you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for? Get yourself a slice of this cheesecake!

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Benny’s Farm: Restructuring Sustainable Growing

Sustainably-grown cannabis is surprisingly hard to come by. Cultivation methods typically require copious amounts of water waste, resource use and enough electricity to power a major city on a weekly basis. The push for more environmentally-conscious growing methods is becoming a much-discussed topic in the cannabis community; sustainable techniques that have little to no impact on the environment are critical for longevity. Growers like Benny’s Farm in Los Angeles are creating solutions for efficient cultivation, giving the community top-grade product without draining the resources we rely on for survival.

Benny of Benny’s Farm champions growing cannabis using the NASA-developed technology of aeroponics. Aeroponics uses the air in a given environment to grow plants, without the use of soil or rockwool. Benny started growing this way about two years ago, after forming a brotherly bond with an aero-growing legend named Ché. Throughout his mentorship, Benny learned the importance of research and education in growing cannabis, and eventually went on to run his own operation. With honesty, transparency and resiliency at the core of his growing mantra, Benny’s passion came to life and is now thriving, without the typical carbon footprint of most grow operations.

Benny’s FarmAccording to Benny, growing cannabis aeroponically is by no means easy, and attention to detail is critical for a successful crop. The water that is used in the process is never dumped; rather, when it’s ready to flush, the nutrient-dense waste is used to feed Benny’s on-site plants. A successful run using aeroponics cuts down on veg times, creating the opportunity to produce flower more regularly. The system’s lightweight portability makes it ideal for urban growing, a concept that will continue to spread within densely populated areas such as L.A.

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State of Euphoria: Las Vegas’ First Medical Dispensary Goes Recreational

The Place

Euphoria is located in the southeastern suburbs of Las Vegas, in a strip mall that also contains a dentist and a Japanese restaurant. As such, Euphoria tends to serve a more local clientele. The shop itself is relatively minimal, dominated by blonde wood and well-polished tile. A waiting room with two check-in windows and a half-dozen chairs leads to a sales room with two enormous glass cases full of products. However, Euphoria is in the process of expanding into an adjacent space, and will soon double in size. “A lot more room,” says Darlene Purdy, Managing Director of Euphoria Wellness, nodding at the full waiting area.


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