Saturday, July 14, 2018

Enjoy Sights and Delights in a customized tour with Seattle Bliss


For people interested in cannabis, the SEATTLE BLISS ‘Sights and Delights’ tour is a great way to experience summertime in Seattle.  Four (4) tours in one, the SEATTLE BLISS ‘Sights and Delights’ tour includes tours of 1) a cannabis retailer, 2) a cannabis grower, 3) the Ballard Locks, and 4) several Seattle scenic photo spots before finishing with refreshments and a 4:20 sesh. Learn about the cannabis plant and its myriad uses on an elevated tour of Seattle.

The tour starts at 9:00 a.m., or 1:00 p.m. at the EMP museum, or really any spot we can pause to board the bus.  Please be on time as the tour is packed with things to do and see.  Book yours below.

Everyone loves to get a great photo, so our first stop will be Kerry Park.  This view point is one of the best in the city for getting a great scenic photo.  [See map]

We’ll spend 15 minutes at Kerry Park, and then drive to a cannabis retailer in nearby Fremont.  This will be the first of three (3) retailers we will visit, but spend all you like – this is the best one.

After spending 40 minutes at the retail shop, we’ll board the tour bus (or rent E-assisted Limebikes/scooters*) and head over to the Fremont Troll.  Never the same on any two days, the troll is often adorned with gifts from the hundreds of visitors it receives every day.  After a quick photo with the troll, we’ll ride to the Statue of Lenin and visit a second, very different cannabis retailer or glass shop.

From Fremont, bikes or scooters will ride to Ballard on the Burke-Gilman Trail, or tour bus riders will see city streets.  In Ballard, we will briefly visit Edith Macefield’s “UP” house [See article in The Stranger] and our third retailer before arriving at the Hiram M. Chittendon Locks.  Bikes/scooters will be left on the north side of the locks.  The tour bus will pick us up on the other side in Magnolia.

From south side of the locks, guests will be taken by bus for an indoor cannabis farm tour.  By the end of the tour you’ll know a lot more about cannabis than you did before.  As the clock will be quickly approaching 4:20, the tour bus will return our guests to their hotel to enjoy their haul.  Each guest will receive an item of Seattle Bliss™ branded merchandise as a keepsake from your visit to Seattle.

Non-Subscribers** book a tour!



Need room for more than four?  Call Jeff at (206)471-4367 or email seattlebliss1@gmail.com with your needs.  After booking your tour online, call Jeff to confirm.

Sights and Delights (3 to 4 hours)

00:00 Board at EMP
00:00 - 00:10 (00:10) drive time
00:10 - 00:25 (00:15) Kerry Park
00:25 - 00:35 (00:10) drive time
00:35 - 01:15 (00:40) Cannabis Retailer #1 (TBA, varies)
01:15 - 01:20 (00:05) drive time (Limebike/Bird scooter optional*)
01:20 - 01:30 (00:10) Fremont Troll
01:30 - 01:35 (00:05) drive time (Limebike/Bird scooter optional)
01:35 - 01:55 (00:20) Cannabis Retailer #2 (TBA, varies)
01:55 - 02:00 (00:05) Lenin Statue
02:00 - 02:10 (00:10) drive time (Limebike/Bird scooter optional)
02:10 - 02:30 (00:20) Cannabis Retailer #3 (TBA, varies)
02:30 - 02:40 (00:10) drive time (Limebike/Bird scooter optional)
(Seattle’s “up” house on the way)
02:40 - 03:10 (00:30) Ballard Locks (Limebike/Bird scooter optional)
03:10 - 03:40 (00:30) drive time, Indoor Cannabis Farm tour, or waterfront walk
03:40 - 04:00 (00:20) coffee/food, drive to your hotel.



*Limebike is a bikeshare company in Seattle that offers E-assisted options.  Rental requires your smart phone; not included in the tour.
**Supporting Members make Seattle Bliss (TM) possible, so Supporting Members get free tours.  Non-members may subscribe with the Buy Now button above (charges your card one time only) or use the Subscribe button on the Membership page (recurring monthly or annual charge).

Friday, May 11, 2018

Flo by Fire Cannabis (SESH) - Magnuson Park Seattle

We spent a few hours at Magnuson Park in the rain checking out The Flo, as grown by Black Market Music, marketed under the brand Fire Cannabis.  The price was fantastic!  Effects were nominal, as if it lacked potency.  I also found a few seeds, indicating the grower has male plants around.  If planted, the seeds would produce a bastard to be evaluated for its own merits.  Cinderella was discovered in this fashion, so who knows?

The rain cleared a bit for our walk after the show.

NOTE:  Always give yourself a couple of hours to come back down from your cannabis experience before driving.  This is why so many Seattle Bliss Tours take public transit.  Not only are we getting around legally on the tour, but with much less stress than driving the crowded streets of Seattle.
   

Click the link below to view the Seattle Bliss tour map.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=19KKIEIH5JLaqtHJqJzdH5lsFZtnH57wi&usp=sharing

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Laughing Buddha by Quincy Green terpenes characterization



Laughing Buddha
Produced by Quincy Green (Quincy, WA), #quincygreen
Sativa; Jamaican x Thai landraces;

Laughing Buddha (LB) is a “mostly sativa” cannabis strain that has gained popularity among consumers who prefer the more uplifting and energizing sativa strains.  LB is commonly recommended for focus, alertness, clarity, giggly elevated mood, and creativity.   LB was developed by Barney’s Farm from Jamaican and Thai landrace (wild) genetics.  Centuries of Jamaica’s long days, tropical climate and competition for sunlight among other fast-growing plant species surely contributed to LB’s tendency to grow tall.

Laughing Buddha takes more vertical space and 30% more time to harvest than most commercially available strains[1].  It is apparently this hunger for head space, and the fact that it takes about three weeks longer to grow, that urges most growers to choose another strain.  Reduced annual crop production for that space, about a 30% reduction, is the type of sacrifice growers make to stay in demand.

Seattle Bliss tour photo by John Rainwaters, copyright 2017

[Jeff Cole, on a recent tour of the Quincy Green farm, reacts with glee upon noticing the Laughing Buddha being prepared for shipment was headed for one of his favorite neighborhood stores – Hashtag, Fremont. Dutch Treat pictured.]

Aroma and Taste

Quincy Green's Laughing Buddha owes its signature aroma to terpinolene[2], ocimene, myrcene, β-caryophyllene, limonene and pinene.  The graph in the video is the result of repeated crop sampling from the same LB clone.[3]  The grower in this case is seizing the opportunity to examine their LB clone’s average cannabinoid/terpenoid profile by ordering a terpene assay along with their state-mandated tests.  Once a statistically accurate profile exists, usually at fifteen duplicate assays over time (1), the crop can be certified for chemotype.

Terpinolene is the most prevalent monoterpenoid in LB.  Terpinolene research is currently centered on conifer sap and livestock feeding.  However, as it is the dominant terpene in many uplifting cannabis strains popularly classified as a sativas, further study is eagerly anticipated. The scent of terpinolene is often expressed as “fresh” or “clean”, like a deodorant.  It has no anti-feeding effect on grazing animals (2), which means the animals aren’t disgusted (eating discouraged) by terpinolene.

Myrcene is a very common monoterpenoid in cannabis. Its metabolic activities include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedation, muscle relaxing, and inhibiting cancer cell formation. It blocks inflammation via PGE-2 (3) and inhibits cancer formation by aflatoxin in liver cells (4).  Pain intervention from myrcene can be blocked by naloxone, but most individuals will not encounter this situation[4]. Myrcene’s sedating properties have long been evidenced by German hops preparations for sleep (5). It is believed that this prominent sedative terpenoid may be responsible for the “couch-lock” phenomenon many recreational consumers either rave or complain about (6).

β-Caryophyllene is one of the most common sesquiterpenoids found in cannabis (7; 8). As it is a large (heavy) molecule and is prevalent in many cannabis drug strains, caryophyllene is often more prevalent in aged cannabis.  This is purely due to caryophyllene’s massive size (among terpenoids), which causes it to remain in the glandular trichome heads long after the more volatile, more pleasant-smelling monoterpenoids have evaporated away (7; 8).  Commonly found in black pepper (Piper nigrum), many consumers can detect and recognize the presence of caryophyllene in cannabis by its familiar odor. Caryophyllene is cytoprotective to gastric cells (9), has demonstrated as a full agonist to CB2 receptors (10), and produces anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity at a low dose of 5 mg/kg in mice (10).

Exceptional Value

Laughing Buddha by Quincy Green is an exceptional value at $42 for a 3.5g jar ($12/g) [November 2017].  Lab tests indicate that this crop tested at 15.6% THC, which is exactly where it should be.  The grower doesn’t order a terpene assay for every batch, but does so from time to time as a quality control measure.  [See the video: top of this page.]  Buds are beautifully trimmed, cured to perfection, and only the live flower could be more fragrant.

Works Cited

1. Identification of terpenoid chemotypes among high (-)-trans-Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-producing Cannabis sativa L. cultivars. Fischedick, Justin T. 1, Union City, CA : Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., March 29, 2017, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, Vol. 2, pp. 34-47.
2. Effects of gamma-terpinene, terpinolene, alpha-copaene, and alpha-terpinene on consumption of alfalfa pellets by sheep. Estell, R. E., Fredrickson, E. L., Anderson, D. M., & Remmenga, M. D. 8, 2005, Journal of Animal Science, Vol. 83, pp. 1967-1971. Full article pdf published at USDA (URL below).
3. Myrcene mimics the peripheral analgesic activity of lemongrass tea. Lorenzetti BB, Souza GE, Sarti SJ, Santos Filho D, Ferreira SH. 1991, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Vol. 34, pp. 43-48.
4. In vitro inhibition of CYP2B1 monooxygenase by β-myrcene and other monoterpenoid compounds. De-Oliveira, A. C., Ribeiro-Pinto, L. F., & Paumgartten, F. J. 1, 1997, Toxicology Letters, Vol. 92, pp. 39-46. View at the UW library..
5. Wichtl, Max, [ed.]. Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals. 3rd. Stuttgart, Boca Raton : Medpharm Scientific Publishers, 2004. Accessed at University of Washington Medical Library (too expensive to buy).
6. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. Russo, Ethan B. 7, 2011, British Journal of Pharmacology, Vol. 163, pp. 1344-1364.
7. Essential oil of Cannabis sativa L. strains. Mediavilla, V and Steinemann, S. 1997, Journal of the International Hemp Association, Vol. 4, pp. 80-82. Compared mostly fiber type, found most pleasant smelling strains high in monoterpenoids, bad smelling strains high in sesquiterpenes, but did not support Russo's ref/claim that beta-caryophyllene is the most common sesquiterpenoid..
8. The volatile oil composition of fresh and air-dried buds of Cannabis sativa. Ross, S. A., & ElSohly, M. A. 1, 1996, Journal of Natural Products, Vol. 59, pp. 49-51. Article established that terpen profiles in cannabis essential oils remain qualitatively unchanged over time, though cannabinoids degrade..
9. Gastric cytoprotection of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory sesquiterpene, β-caryophyllene. Tambe, Y., Tsujiuchi, H., Honda, G., Ikeshiro, Y., & Tanaka, S. 05, 1996, Planta Medica, Vol. 62, pp. 469-470. Full article accessed online at UW HSC library..
10. Antiinflammatory cannabinoids in diet–towards a better understanding of CB2 receptor action? Towards a better understanding of CB2 receptor action? Gertsch, J. 1, 2008, Communicative & integrative biology, Vol. 1, pp. 26-28. Caryophyllene is a full agonist at CB2 in vitro; perhaps also in vivo, but likely a partial agonist..




[1]  LB requires about 90 days in flower, compared to Gorilla Glue, which finishes in about 63 days.
[2] Terpinolene is also known as δ-terpinene (delta-terpinene) and identified as such by some labs.
[3] Laughing Buddha clone grown by Washington licensed I-502 Producer Quincy Green.  All “LB” references in this report refer to clones from this genetically unique individual. 
[4] Naloxone is administered by injection as a life-saving measure in the event of an opioid overdose.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WiFi OG by Cascade 180215



Blue Dream tried first

I discovered a great bargain last week. Well actually I discovered it a couple of months ago, when I was out of my favorite Blue Dream and needed to buy some bargain Blue Dream. My budtender at Greenworks, Nozer, recommended Cascade because it was 4 grams for $26. He said it was kind of dry but it was good.

I bought the 4 gram pack, followed by several more since then, and recently bought a 28 gram zip. I don't usually buy the large bags because I just prefer the smaller ones. The bag only keeps it fresh for so long and once it's opened, forget it. The flowers are going to dry out really fast then.

Because experience has taught me that it's going to dry out quickly, as soon as I opened the bag I transferred these beautiful boulders into half pint jars. I also added a Boveda moisture pack, but I'll tell you more about that later (see video below).

I've really been enjoying this blue dream as it's potent enough and it's fragrant enough, but the real bonus is that it's a super value! The 28g bag was $120, and I got a veteran's discount on top of that.

The flavor of this one is just slightly berry, and it's not as fruity as some. It is delicious  and effective. I have to say that this is a fantastic value, grown outdoors in the Methow Valley - a super value at Greenworks.

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Bonus!  The video above features Cascade's Wi-Fi OG.  Perhaps a fitting subtitle would be: "Bargain Bud Gets Sweeter With Proper Storage."

Friday, February 9, 2018

Powder Hound by Lazy Bee Gardens cannabis flower review

Sweet Peppermint is what I'd call the flavor of Powder Hound.
The written review will be posted here soon.

NON-SPONSORED REVIEWS:  Lazy Bee Gardens provided analytical data, which made this review and characterization possible, but provided no financial support.  Businesses may subscribe, but may not directly advertise with Seattle Bliss.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cannacon Kicks It a Fourth Consecutive Year in Seattle


By Jeff Cole

Smith Cove’s Pier 91 event center will host over three-hundred businesses gathered here in the Emerald City to connect with suppliers, colleagues and enthusiastic consumers. Cannacon presents a broad collection of Seminars featuring expert speakers on topics from growing to marketing.

The trade show attracts exhibitors from around the world; there will be symposia, budtender certification classes, networking events, live glassblowing, cooking shows, and more! But remember; this is a non-smoking and non-consuming event dedicated to business development, so there is no designated area to consume. Furthermore, Washington pot laws require cannabis products to be sold in licensed retail locations only, and giveaways are not permitted either, so the crowd at Cannacon stays pretty sober.

But Cannacon isn’t all business. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. with seminars starting at 10:00 and live press conferences scheduled for 4:20 each day on Facebook. Exhibitors and VIPs will get a chance to take a cannabis-infused tour of Seattle after-hours with one of the event’s sponsors, the Canna-bus. (Click here to learn about Seattle Bliss cannabis-friendly tours)

Seminar topics include Horticulture, Business and Law, with renowned speakers addressing important issues within each discipline. There’s even a gathering of great minds scheduled just before the close of events Saturday with the publisher of Northwest Leaf and several others speaking about their experience as media in the cannabis-legal northwest.

For seminar schedules, exhibitor listings or tickets, go to the event website at Cannacon.org.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Alternative Facts Hearken Back to Nineteen Eighty-Four

By Jeff Cole

Of course Nineteen Eighty-Four has recently topped the Amazon best-seller list[1].  The new President’s list of Executive Orders issued in the opening weekend of his term begs an Orwellian comparison.  Nearly every Order places a noble protection in peril – health care, the environment, global trade – or hearkens back to pre-war, isolationist America’s tariffs and resulting abysmal exports.  The introduction of “alternative facts” to our vernacular, thereby hearkening of Orwell’s “newspeak” and sure to gain Merriam-Webster’s attention, adds yet another mysterious wet spot to the bed we all have to lie in for the next four years.

At the end of World War II, basically from 1945 to 1948, author George Orwell witnessed political forces at work to produce self-affirming newspaper articles and editorials across Europe, with shiny new History books on the horizon to educate the next generation.  He records several real events from personal experience in his book, In Front of Your Nose, in which a news report didn’t match his eye-witness account; or another political author had written a too-forgiving account because of that paper’s affiliations; or a group of government employees altering their service based on the behaviors witnessed in, or allowed by, their political leaders[2].

Perhaps the goal is to make us weary of fact-checking – to just accept the lies as truth.  One can summarize from In Front of Your Nose, that Orwell would define the role of a journalist as a noble responsibility mistakenly bestowed upon any fool in control of the English language.  Today’s political spin doctors rely on a gullible public to whom they feed a regular diet of “alternate facts” and a consistent stream of straight-faced falsehoods, in order that that gullible public will believe everything their elected leaders say.

In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston, the central character, works a job that requires him to re-write history by altering the texts of news articles from the past.  Today’s journalists seeking to inform the public will need an extra measure of not only courage, but tenacity over the next four years to continue to debunk the gushing deluge of falsehoods so proudly delivered by the President and those surrounding him as “alternative facts”.

For any American who still hasn’t read Orwell’s opus and swan song, Nineteen Eighty-Four, the time has indeed come.



[2] “Freedom of the Park”, essay by George Orwell, London Tribune, December 7, 1945.