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Science Reveals The Cannabis Industry’s Greatest Lie: You’re Buying Weed Wrong (And So Is Everyone Else)

When shopping for cannabis, it’s easy to concentrate on the THC percentage when trying to decide which strain is best. But science tells us there is much more to your high then the amount of THC in your plant. Unfortunately, this way of thinking has already shown sellers and growers that the easiest way to move cannabis off the shelves at premium prices is to stock your shelves with the flowers with the highest THC. 

The THC content of your weed has nothing to do with how high you will get. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Institute of Cognitive Science documented the experiences of 121 cannabis users to determine the strength of your strain. They all received different strains from high to lower THC content and were monitored for their effects. When tested, the users with higher concentrates did have more THC show up in their tests, but they didn’t register as “higher” than the other users.

This test proves what cannabis scientists have been saying for years, that there are many more factors to your high than just THC. (The exception to this is edibles where if you eat more THC you will be higher, longer, than if you eat less.) When smoking, cannabis also has other aromas, known as terpenes, that play into the effect, along with other cannabinoids such as CBD. When all these work together in perfect harmony, that’s when you achieve what is known as the “entourage effect.” 

Are you still looking for the best way to find your best bud? If you can, one way to tell if a strain is right for you, is to smell it. Unfortunately, with packaging laws and COVID rules, this is getting harder and harder to do. For now, maybe the best way is to ask your budtender. Our highly knowledgeable budtenders are here to guide you through your shopping experience and steer you toward the best bud for YOU! After all, every flower is as unique as you are. 


Inaccurate Information Regarding Cannabis and COVID-19

Dear Editor,

Please consider an update to the inaccurate article from your website:  

Severe COVID-19 Infections More Likely In Marijuana Smokers And Vapers

First off, the title seems to state this as a fact, when in the body of the editorial you admit that there are zero studies that actually conclude this as fact. As I’m sure you know, a huge proportion of readers will read the title only, and your title is false. A correct title would be:

Severe COVID-19 Infections is More Likely In Tobacco Smokers

The data that you are relying on to say that Marijuana Smokers in particular are at risk, is based on populations in Italy and China who are heavy tobacco smokers. Although marijuana smoking (in the version of splits, which is hash and tobacco mixed together) is also common in Italy, the consumption of marijuana is not as common in China which is strictly prohibited by the government, yet heavy tobacco smoking is ubiquitous especially among males in China.

Sure, you can hypothesize that marijuana smoking may cause someone to have a higher risk of complications with COVID-19; and this is a reasonable hypothesis. Indeed on April 3, your publication pointed out that NIDA is offering 100K grants to study this hypothesis. It is journalistic negligence to say that this is a fact in your title when making consideration of heavy tobacco smokers.

Furthermore, you also do harm by including “and vaping” in your title — vaping certainly may have its own problems, but the reason for vaping is to avoid the tar and carcinogenic elements from the combustion of plant material (either marijuana or tobacco). So, sure, better to breathe “the clean air” than to vape during a pandemic, but all evidence is that vaping as a method to avoid combustion smoking is, in fact, healthier than combustion smoking of either tobacco or marijuana.

I know this has been floating around the internet for the past few weeks, but I would hope the Fresh Toast will do its part to NOT spread drastically misleading information. Especially the basic mistake of attributing TOBACCO damage as one and the same with marijuana, or even the vaping of either substance.

Dr. James R. Lathrop, DNP FNPCEO of Cannabis City, 
Seattle’s Original Cannabis Store


Cannabis City – New Location Update

Ok, after weeks of sandblasting, we have exposed this classic northwest construction, including the exposure of vertical 2×4 walls, and four 30 foot long, 2-foot deep single tree roof support beams (yeah they just don’t make trees quite like that anymore)! Next, we are going to hand sand all of this and seal with light natural oil. Stay tuned – this will your place to be this spring and summer.

New Location Coming Soon!


We have spent the past few weeks exposing the natural wood construction of this classic Seattle warehouse – check out our new cannabis cultural center building at the Sodo light rail stop! Stay tuned for updates on the progress and more information on all the exciting things to come

Cannabis City Images have over 2 Million Views on Google!

Seattle’s First Recreational Pot shop still going strong with over 40,000 views on Google! See some of our favorite images featured below.

Do THC levels matter? Not as much as you might think.

THC is the “main ingredient” that gives your cannabis its kick. And as our budtenders will tell you, the question our team is asked most frequently is, “Which of your products has the highest THC percentage?”

But if you’re basing your purchasing solely on its THC levels, you could be missing out on some fantastic strains. It may seem like a higher percentage automatically means a better high, but that’s simply not the case.

Since every individual’s body chemistry is different, it makes sense that each strain will affect us differently. While a high-THC strain might make one person feel relaxed and euphoric, another who smokes the same strain might feel anxious and paranoid.

THC may be the primary cannabinoid in marijuana, but it’s far from the only one. Your endocannabinoid system, also know as your body’s supercomputer, will be affected differently by different strains. CBD, CBN and THC act like a lock and key into your brain’s receptors. So rather than focusing solely on THC levels, you should consider the way the cannabinoids all work together and the way they make you feel.

The more we learn about cannabis and how different strains can affect people, the better we can all fine-tune our user experience. Our budtenders at Cannabis City are always happy to share their knowledge and guide you to your greatest high yet.

Seattle Turns 165: See Photos From City’s Past, Present

Cannabis City was the first retail marijuana store to open in Seattle today and one of the first group now operating in Washington state, nearly a year …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Seattle Gear Launching First Store with 420 Deck Party

Contact: Neil Lequia
Telephone: 206-420-4206
Email: media@seattlegear.com




On Friday, April 20th, Seattle Gear will be throwing a joint celebration of both the iconic marijuana holiday and the grand opening of their first retail store. “We’re bringing together the marijuana community” says Seattle Gear GM Christina Lathrop, “and giving a peek of what’s to come.”

The event will be all day from 8am11pm with drag entertainers, cannabis industry vendors, UW researchers, and the famous Cucina Buena food truck. Raffles will be happening every hour, featuring stacked gift baskets with gear from brands like Piece Water, Rez Rid, and Amber Brick. There will also be complementary henna by Henna by Natasha, sponsored by Seattle Gear and Khush Kush.

This store, located at 2728 3rd Ave S. Seattle, is t he first of its concept and the perfect accompaniment to the booming cannabis market. “I’m excited,” continues Christina, “to open a store that is everything marijuana and hemp, without actually selling the marijuana. I’ve always been drawn to the ‘pot themed’ novelties when I go shopping, and now they are all in one store!” The sleek new space will feature swag from Washington cannabis farm favorites like Phat Panda, Artizen, and Legion of Plume, as well as carefully procured art, glassware, jewelry, hemp products, and more.

420 has long been known to be the unofficial holiday of cannabis. “I t is t he national day of weed,” says Dr. James Lathrop, CEO of Cannabis City. Dr. Lathrop’s store, the first pot shop in Seattle, has given his employees 4/20 holiday pay since opening their doors in 2015. Cannabis City is located conveniently next door, and both businesses plan to have incredible specials. Be sure to check out www.cannabiscity.us for specials and preordering before heading to the festivities!

The effects of secondhand marijuana smoke.

The “contact high”

The effects of second hand Marijuana smoke varies greatly based on the conditions the non smokers are exposed to. First, there is the THC potency of the Marijuana being smoked. Studies have shown the higher the levels of THC being smoked will have more noticeable effects on the bystander. Then, there is the ventilation factor. The less ventilation there is in the room or area that smokers and non smokers are present will have a more noticeable effect on the non smokers. If the extreme scenario of high THC Marijuana being smoked in a small confined area then there will most likely be detectable amounts of THC present in the non smokers blood and urine samples. In some cases the levels may be enough to test positive for work related drug testing. This is, of course, an extreme situation. If there is ventilation (i.e. large space, fans and open windows & doors) the effect of second hand smoke is reported to have *no effects other than hunger. *according to a 2015 study by The Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. So can you get a “contact high” from secondhand cannabis smoke? The answer is yes, however, it’s about as rare as Martha Stewart taking bong hits at Hempfest.

The “health factor”

Tobacco smoke accounts for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer cases and is related to over 480,000 annual deaths in the United States. Conversely cannabis consumption has not been conclusively related with any deaths. Studies have suggested that cannabis and cigarette smoke are not equally carcinogenic.

The statistics can be related to the different types of chemical compounds found in tobacco and cannabis. Tobacco smoke contains Nitrosamines considered to be the main contributors to tobacco related cancers. Cannabis does not contain Nitrosamines. Tobacco smoke also contains nicotine, cannabis smoke contains Cannabinoids. Nicotine is related to an increased risk of developing insulin resistance, type two diabetes, and thyroid problems. Cannabinoids are currently being studied as treatments for, amongst other things, type two diabetes and insulin resistance. Cigarette smoke is also known to contain carcinogens that contribute to certain types of cancers, like colon cancer. The Cannabinoids in cannabis on the other hand have shown showing to protect against tumors in the long, breasts, prostate, skin and other forms of the disease.

Have questions? Want to learn more about Cannabis? Contact a Cannabis City Budtender to learn more.

Republican states make the case against trump’s drug policy.

The Trump administration’s get-tough drug enforcement policy aims to set the tone for the rest of country by projecting a distaste for leniency and an embrace of mandatory minimum prison sentences.

But that outlook is becoming more passé by the day — even by the standards of the president’s own party.

A bipartisan movement to scale back drug laws, gaining momentum for a decade, has spread to some of the country’s most conservative regions. Of the more than 20 states that have softened their treatment of low-level, nonviolent drug offenders since 2007, half have Republican governors and Republican-led legislatures. Among those deep-red states, many — including Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Iowa and Mississippi — have shrunk prison populations while cutting crime.

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