You may have driven right by Meds.Ink and not even noticed it. It is visible from both Washington Avenue and Mt. Hope Avenue, but if you’re not looking for it, it’s easy to miss. But — as I’m sure we’ve all heard at one time or another — size does not matter.
When I pulled into the small parking lot, I tried to decide whether cramped or cozy best described the situation. As I walked up to the front door, I saw a sign on it that read, "No Card: No Meds." After being greeted, I provided my ID and Michigan Medical Marihuana Card for confirmation. As I waited in the lobby, I browsed the shop’s selection of shirts, pipes, bongs and other paraphernalia. Next, I was welcomed into the Green Room.
I stood on one side of a case, and the budtender was behind it. I asked several questions about the strains they carried, and she was able to answer each one accurately. I could tell this budtender really cared for her patients. I asked about CBD-rich flowers, but they were fresh out. I looked over out the 14 varieties in stock, which ranged in price from $10 to $20 per gram. They also had pre-rolled joints.
I smelled the contents of several jars and found one I had to have: Lemon Headband. There was also a great selection of medibles, including marijuana-infused chocolate, brownies and gummies. I decided to pick up a small chocolate candy called RSO Swirl, made with dark and white Ghirardelli chocolate and infused with 60 milligrams of high-THC Rick Simpson Oil (often referred to simply as RSO). I asked to see the shatter listed on the menu board, and the budtender informed me she had to get it out of the freezer. I knew I would not be getting any on this trip, but I did want to look at the quality. The budtender told me about other patients’ positive experiences with the shatter, but did point out its dark color and that it was not a good consistency — which is why she stored it in the freezer.
After picking out my goods and engaging in a bit of small talk, she offered to show me the back room where she was working on roach art — a walking stick to be more precise. She also had several finished pieces of roach art for sale. To be clear, we are not talking about the insects here. Roaches are the remaining bit of a smoked joint, sometimes known as tails. She is happy to take roach papers if you have them.
The Lemon Headband bud, which was priced at $20/gram, was very frosty with a nice trim job. The odor started off with a lemon punch, followed by hints of other sweet citrus fruits. The burn was even, and the ash was a beautiful white. The taste was just what I expected: sour lemon overtones with a fruity finish. The effect was even better than I expected. After smoking the one-gram joint, I felt relaxed but still motivated to get work done. The strong blend of uplifting terpenes helped to provide a long-lasting cerebral effect. I felt my creative senses heighten to the point where I was nearly tempted to try my hand at roach art. I thought better of it this time.
Steve Green, who writes this column every two weeks, uses marijuana to prevent seizures. He has no business ties to any dispensaries or products.
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