On Friday, we had a fun and adventurous road trip to several recreational marijuana shops in Seattle. The trek was complete with very appropriate Seattle happenings, including a lot of rain, cannabis conversation, incredible budtenders, and a very interesting (but super friendly) cab driver who saved us from becoming stranded. You should have been there! But, because you weren’t, we documented a play-by-play of our outing for your reading pleasure. It all started in a mysterious tunnel…
Okay, it was the Westlake underground transit tunnel at noon, so it was not very mysterious. (Though, have you been down there at midnight? Mysterious is one way to describe it at that hour…) We took the light rail to Rainier Beach, which dropped us about three miles away from our first destination: Rain City Cannabis.
Admittedly, we had not thought about transportation from the light rail to the shop prior to landing, so, naturally, it started to rain. We tried to flag a passing taxi, but someone beat us to its services. We called yellow cab, waited on hold for many minutes plus two minutes too long, and then called an orange cab. I am still not sure if the orange cab that we flagged after calling was the one for us, but he stopped and agreed to be our designated driver. Swell guy!
Rain City Cannabis is chock full of some of the friendliest budtenders a recreational smoker could ever meet. Tae, the shop’s manager/designer, gave us a rundown of Rain City Cannabis’ fine selection, which features Fireline, Secret Garden, and Top Shelf. The shop is also the proud recipient of the Dope Cup runner-up award for best hybrid flower. An expansion project is being planned, which will result in more service windows and more products. Rain City Cannabis is definitely worth a visit!
Remember that awesome cab driver? He is so rad that he swung by to get us after our Rain City Cannabis visit and quickly delivered us to our next destination: Seattle Cannabis Company in SoDo.We have covered this amazing new shop before (here), but we really can never get enough of this local-cannabis stop. The shop’s selection is always fresh and the budtenders really know their stuff. Plus, the attention to detail found here (reclaimed wooden doors? Yes, please) is truly memorable. This spacious, boutique style shop has a very bright future and we can’t wait to see its evolution.
From that last gem of a shop, we walked down the road to another gem, and, oh, is it a sight to behold. Ganja Goddess has incredible ambiance, complete with 100-ish-year-old exposed brick walls, numerous hanging chandeliers, and captivating tapestries. The shop features God’s Gift, a record-breaking strain at 40.1% THC. Lee, a budtender we spoke with there, is incredibly friendly and full of cannabis knowledge. Be sure to shake his hand and pick his brain on your next visit.
Because we were in the neighborhood we decided to pop into Analytical 360, Seattle’s marijuana testing facility. We discussed a current controversial topic with the man in charge there: whether or not pesticide tests and regulation should be mandatory in the recreational and medical marijuana industry. There is so much information to address in regards to this issue, which is why High Above Seattle will soon feature an article on this topic alone. Stay tuned!
After leaving Analytical 360, we had a realization: we should have ridden the light rail to SoDo from Rainier Beach, rather than take a cab. In all our excitement, we forgot to ask the cab driver to take us back to the Rainier Beach light rail station. We quickly recovered from this moment because we were having a blast and nothing could rain on our parade (except for real rain, of course). I only mention this for your own road trip! Save a few bucks and light rail away, friends.
The last stop on our agenda was Cannabis City, also in SoDo. This was Seattle’s first licensed recreational marijuana shop and is full of very interesting wares, as well as very engaging and intelligent budtenders. This shop showcases glass paraphernalia, including guitars that double as smoking devices. Local art abounds here and the positive vibe is contagious. Do yourself a favor and visit this iconic and historic shop.
Cannabis City marked our last stop, so we walked a couple of blocks east to catch the light rail back downtown. As we digested our eventful day, we talked about everything from dogs to high parents. We encourage you to recreate our road trip, or make up your own route! Let us know how it goes and spare no details; we can’t wait to hear about it!
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