How To Find the Very Best Bud in Washington

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When shopping for your favorite cannabis products, there’s a lot of options out there. How do you narrow it down? How do you know you’re getting the best bhang for your buck? With so little time under the industry’s proverbial belt, it can be hard to choose what to buy and where to buy it. There are several things to consider in finding the right shop for you, as well as the right product for you.

When you think about it, paying attention to what you’re smoking, or consuming, makes sense. I mean, we pay attention to the fruits and vegetables we eat, and buy organic products when we can. We favor biodegradable, or earth friendly products. We recycle. We do our part. Right? But how does that apply in the world of cannabis?

One of the things we hold in high priority is the quality of the bud, which translates directly to the quality of any derivative product made with the bud, like concentrates or edibles. Our bud buyers check out every farm we purchase from to make sure it meets our exacting standards of quality. There are several things they look for, that benefit the end user, that may never occur to people outside the industry.

Cleanliness

When our buyers walk into a grow they look for several things, but first and foremost, and sometimes easiest to recognize is cleanliness. We want to buy from growers who take pride in what they do and keep their facilities spotless. Debris, dirt, and standing water all create habitats for tiny critters to flourish and thrive. If we notice any of these things at a potential source, we don’t buy their products. We’re looking for places that are clean.

Pesticides

You may have heard some recent buzz around pesticide use. Have no fear! Mary Jane’s House of Grass cares about our customers and their health. So we also care about pesticide use. Nobody wants to taste harsh chemicals in their dabs or cartridges, right? But more so, nobody wants to consume pesticides. Yuck.

Cannabis is a very delicate plant and attracts a number of voracious pests, so we understand that pest control is important. However, there are great natural pest control options and we tend to favor the farms that favor the natural remedies, like ladybugs. Who doesn’t like ladybugs?

Evidence of Mold or Fungus

Obviously this is a very bad sign of infection in the plants, and unhealthy plants. Unhealthy plants are unhealthy for a reason. Something, be it soil conditions, lack of pest control, contamination of employees, or any number of reasons, has caused those plants to become sick and it can effect the entire crop. If we spot mold or fungus on plants, we’re out of there!

Flush Process

You know that harsh burn in your throat or nose you get sometimes after you smoke? We know that burn is due to the flush process. After cannabis has grown to a certain point, it needs to have its soil flushed out at very regular intervals. That flush process, when done poorly, results in a harsh burning feeling in the nostrils and throat. But, when done well, the bud smokes smooth and doesn’t leave you hacking from chemical burns.

Growing Material

It’s also important to us what the plants are being grown in. Every plant picks up characteristics from its environment, especially its soil or growing material. Be it soil, coconut husk, primordial goo, or any other material, we want to know what that plant was grown in so we know what added flavors or characteristics the bud might have.

Number of Strains

This one might not be as obvious, until you start to think about it. We like to work with growers who have a small number of strains to offer. Why? When a grower is focused on just a few really great strains, they have more time and energy to nurture those plants. That extra love makes those strains grow to their best potential.

Trimming Process

Isn’t it nice when you buy a beautiful nug and it’s all flower? No giant chunks of stem or leaves? We think so, too. That’s why our buyers prefer farms who hand trim. Hand trimming allows for a closer, more accurate trim, and less stress on the bud itself. A few of our farms machine trim their bud, but we also have a stringent check-in process that allows us to catch, and reject, any poorly trimmed packages we find.

It may seem like a lot of work, but we do it because we love weed, and we know our customers appreciate the fine quality flower and other products in our dispensary. You can feel confident purchasing cannabis products from the House of Grass knowing that our buyers have done the research footwork for you. If it matters to you, it matters to us.

  • Stay Lifted, fam.

Legalizing Cannabis Personal Home Growing in Washington

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If a person can legally buy a bottle of beer, they should be able to brew their own. If a person can buy a bag of cannabis, they should be able to grow their own. But we residents of the Evergreen State are left, if you will, seedless in Seattle.

Of all the states that have legalized cannabis, Washington is the only one that still does not let its adults, 21 and over, grow their own cannabis plants at home for either recreational or medical purposes. When the law was written and voted on in 2012, lawmakers did not include a provision for this. Granted, it was literally the first legal cannabis law in the history of the United States, and most of the world. But this oversight has stayed with Washington ever since, and it has only recently been revisited by lawmakers.

A Plethora of Misinformation

But you’ll find it hard to convince legislature to change the law. Prohibiting people from growing their own weed means more people purchasing in stores. By keeping home grows illegal, they see it as more tax money for the state.

Not only is this an egregious stance on cannabis law, it is also quite a bit of an oversight. I’ll take it back to my first analogy of home brewing beer. Any Washingtonian age 21 or over has access to home brewing supplies. Home brewing is also much, much cheaper in the long run than going to the store and buying a six pack. By that logic, pubs and liquor stores should be out of business, because everyone is brewing their own! And yet, only a miniscule amount of Washingtonians brew their own beer. This is because buying a case is much easier and more convenient.

The same can be said for cannabis. Cultivating takes time, patience, and lots of hard work. This, combined with the fact that most people don’t want to dedicate a place on their property to some large, bushy cannabis plants that will either take up a room inside, or stink up the neighborhood and arouse suspicion outside. We believe that most people would still choose the convenience of coming into Mary Jane’s House of Grass and picking up some premium weed!

Making a Change

So legalize home growing of cannabis in Washington State. It’s a mockery of cannabis legalization that we are not allowed the same freedom of other states. Those who choose to grow their own should be allowed, and those who don’t want to, don’t have to!

I encourage you to reach out and contact your state senators. Tell them that this is an important issue to you, and that your voting will be impacted by their stance on this issue. The National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) makes it easy to contact them, just go here!

As always, stop into Mary Jane’s House of Grass and ask your friendly budtenders about anything cannabis related, including growing at home, medical and recreational uses, and local laws and ordinances. We’re experts, and we love to educate.

See you soon!

-Budtender Matt

Sunshine is Doing it Right

Sunshine Farms Washington, Vancouver

Sunshine Farms is an indoor grow discreetly located in an industrial section of Vancouver. You’d never know what was happening in the building until you step into the lobby and get a massive nose full of terpenes. It’s that beautiful, unmistakable scent of sweet cannabis flowering away. The deep breaths and luxurious sighs of my fellow tourists as we stepped into the facility was a sure sign that we’d found the right place.

The people of Sunshine Farms are exceptional. The growers have over 120 years combined experience and it shows in the beautiful happy plants they grow. Everyone there is friendly and happy. Of course, we all work in the weed industry, so what is there to be sad about. Right?

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One of the first things we noticed was that this grow was exceptionally clean. No debris, no spills, no vegetation on the floor. It’s very important to keep your grow spotless. No place for little nasties to lay in wait to ambush your crop.

The first room we visited was the clone room. The mother plants standing tall and proud with their little clones aeroponically rooting in the back corner. After the clones have sufficiently happy roots they are moved into a coconut bark mulch, where they appear to thrive. These are some seriously happy plants. Nothing compared to my dismal home herb garden. I’m surprised they even let me in this place. They must not know about my brown thumb. Anyway…

From the clone room we moved to the veg room where little clones go to grow up. It’s like, college for clones. They are trained carefully and lovingly pruned back to support only the best colas, as well as to help keep vegetation from allowing bugs to hide.sunshine farms cannabis vancouver mother plants

Pest control is always important to us. We look at pest control methods very carefully to make sure there are no chemicals used and no residuals left on the final product. Not all companies test for residual pesticide, so we keep an eye out for you. I’m happy to report that Sunshine uses no chemical pesticides, only natural pest control methods here. That’s a win for everyone.

The flower room was remarkable. Several strains were already showing impressive colas even though they are nearly two weeks from harvest. They’re developing some very interesting strains, like one that tested at about 4% THC and 17.6% CBD. You’ll see it on our shelves as soon as it’s ready.

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Trimming and packaging were under way as we wrapped up the tour. Worker bees were diligently hand trimming some really gorgeous looking buds. Nice, large, dense nugs that looked and smelled amazing. I can’t wait for them to arrive in the store! I’ll bet you can’t either.

Overall, Sunshine has a great grow operation. Clean and well kept, and met our high vetting standards. Which is why you can now find Sunshine Farms on our shelves. Come in and get hooked up with one of their delicious strains today!

Farm Review: Shango

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Shango is a well-known brand in Oregon, you may have noticed their stores in Portland, but they are new to the Washington market. They are the only farm to be endorsed by Tommy Chong and able to produce the Chong’s Choice cannabis line in Washington. Even better, Mary Jane’s House of Grass is the exclusive dealer for Shango and Chong’s Choice in Vancouver. We recently visited the facility to check them out.

Pulling up to the Shango facility, nestled in among wine vineyards, I noticed the large industrial building with an enormous CO2 tank on the outside of it. The large tank struck me as odd, because I knew they weren’t doing extractions. It was explained to me that the CO2 was used as an innovative pest control. The CO2 is pumped into the sealed grow rooms long enough to destroy any pests or threats to the vegetation, but not long enough to damage the plants. How cool is that?

As we entered, we passed huge vats of nutrients being funneled to all the plants via an underground maze of distribution lines. Walking further into the building we saw a new veg room being set up and prepped. In one room one of the master growers was lovingly trimming and clipping away at plants. It was apparent that growth and expansion were taking place. Overall the facilities were extremely clean and sterile.

Dave, one of the owners, gave us the tour. He explained that this facility had only been in operation for 30 days. Which is pretty impressive considering that they’ve already harvested their first crop. They have about 15 strains in production, including the Tommy Chong approved line; Chong’s Choice.

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Shango WA team at 1st harvest

Robby, the other owner, was excited to share information about a few new strains they were developing. True Blue was one they were stoked about because of the extremely high THC test results. He shared goals and future visions for the company with great exuberance.

From there we followed him to a small room in the back of the facility – the curing room. It was glorious. Imagine an immense amount of curing marijuana in various tubs and jars, being burped, and loved to perfection. Plants are harvested and dried for 15 days prior to curing for 10 more days.

The trimming room had stations with trimming scissors and screens and everything you need to be a trimmer. Sterile, clean, and productive. They keep trimmers to a minimum in order to control quality. The idea is to maintain a minimal chain of control over the bud so that the final product is of the highest quality.

Overall, Shango is an amazing company with a fantastic, friendly staff. The facility is impressive and meticulously clean. The people in charge are exceptionally knowledgeable in their field. They have even designed lighting systems for the industry.

Farm Facts:

  • 25 years growing experience
  • Farms in WA and OR
  • Indoor Grow
  • Located in Woodland, WA
  • Operational since May 2016
  • Tier2 Producer/Processor
  • Exclusive in Vancouver to Mary Jane’s House of Grass!

Strains You Can Find at Mary Jane’s:

  • Pink Frost
  • Obama
  • Afghani
  • Blackberry
  • Chocolate Chunk
  • Granddaddy Purple
  • 9lb Hammer
  • Big Black Cherry
  • Big Wreck
  • XJ-13
  • Green Crack
  • Jack the Ripper
  • PDX
  • Blue Magoo
  • Pennywise
  • True Blue

Come in and ask us what our favorite strains are!

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Top 10 Strains to Enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend

 

Here are the Mary Jane’s seal-of-approval, top picks to enjoy this weekend. From Bar-B-Que’s to outdoor music festivals, we’ve got all your holiday activities covered.

  1. Blue Cinex by Kush Farms. Hit the trails and don’t stop till you reach the top with this high-energy, mood lifting sativa.
  2. Gimme Sa’Mores by Honu Farm. Gather around the campfire for some no-roast s’mores that will roast your body and melt your heart with the combination of marshmallow, graham cracker and infused chocolate.
  3. Jilly Bean by Kush Farms. Enjoy this delicious strain as a calorie free dessert at your weekend Bar-b-que for an uplifting, giggly, friendly feeling.
  4. White Widow Max by Kush Farms. Netflix and chill with this hard hitting indica that will wrap you in a cocoon of relaxation.
  5. Secret Recipe by Kush Farms. Hitting an outdoor music festival like Sasquatch? Share this secret recipe with your fellow music enthusiasts for a euphoric, creative high.
  6. Lodi Dodi by Smokey Point. Hit the weekend sales with a hit of Lodi Dodi. The perfect happy pill for forgetting your budget.
  7. XJ-13 Chong’s Choice by Shango. Bring the sexy back this weekend with this euphoric and stimulating strain.
  8. Pineapple Express by Sweetwater Farms. Get out on the water with your designated boat captain and ride the sweet waves of this Pineapple Express for a happy, active high.
  9. Green Crack by Shango. Hit the greens and keep your energy up to par with this highly focused, energetic strain that will keep you going all day.
  10. Dirty Girl Cartridge by Alta Nova. Keep your dirty girl under wraps for your family picnic with a discreet vape cartridge. This strain will elevate your mood to help get you through any family function.

Ditch the Ditch Weed

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At Mary Jane’s we have a reputation for being the best at what we do. Naturally that carries into our new full-service cannabis location as well. As our customers have noted, the quality of bud at Mary Jane’s House of Grass is superior. Why is that?

We’ve searched the state of Washington for the very best farms and growers. We know there’s more to growing cannabis than the final product; our buyers are also experienced growers. We expect the highest quality from seed to sale. Which means, we inspect the farms, research each farm’s growing and curing techniques from the soil to the final trim and packaging process. Every step in the seed to sale process matters to us. We test each product before we buy it to ensure the best quality. Then, as each order comes in, we inspect every single package to make sure that our customers will get the top quality they expect from Mary Jane’s. Does it take more time? Of course. But we believe our customers are worth it.

“The Happy Hills Strawberry I got at Mary Jane’s is the best Strawberry I’ve ever had, and I’ve tried every Strawberry strain known to man!”

  • Matt, Vancouver

What does this mean for you? It means, when you walk into Mary Jane’s House of Grass, you can expect every cannabis item in the store to meet our exacting standards. You can feel comfortable knowing that we’ve questioned our growers on pesticide use, fertilizer use, extraction methods, and other proprietary grow information.  At Mary Jane’s you can feel confident in knowing you’ll get the best quality bud. We want you to feel safe knowing where your cannabis comes from. After all, you intend to put it in your body, and we take that pretty seriously.