Northwest Marijuana Guide

Rub It In

Impressively Effective (and Totally Non-High-Bestowing) Medicated Balms and More at the Whole Foods of Medical Marijuana

Rub It In
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Northwest Marijuana Guide

Upon entering the medical cannabis collective Canna-Rx, you notice how different this dispensary seems from so many others. First, there's the location—in the heart of Fremont, in the type of retail space typically given over to yoga studios and clothing boutiques. (Bonus: free underground parking.) Then there's the interior design—which, amazingly, exists—with handmade wood-and-glass display cases topped with marble slabs under tasteful lighting.

Look around and you'll find evidence of medical marijuana's grittier side—patients enter through a pair of intricately locked-and-key-coded doors (designed to foil holdups)—but once inside, you could be in a retail space devoted to artisanal, handcrafted jewelry.

Behind the counters buzz the marijuana sommeliers, lorded over by Shawn Coleri, the man who hatched the dream of Canna-Rx. At the center of this dream: medical marijuana "medibles," made not with cannabis-infused butter (which can taste to some like rancid ass) but with hash oil, which is extracted not with the typical heavy solvents but with pure alcohol, a more time-consuming process resulting in a thick, dark, molasses-smelling syrup that packs a punch. Coleri and his friends soon began injecting their oil into a variety of products: cookies, lollipops, tinctures, and, the reason for my visit, topical salves.

To understand the chasm between medical marijuana and getting stoned, there's no better tool than cannabis-infused salves. As I learned once again after smearing Canna-Rx's mint-scented hash-oil salve on my aching lower back, topical MMJ is an absolutely lousy way to get high—simply put, it doesn't work—but it's a perfectly brilliant way to relieve muscle pain. This fact was confirmed by all those I shared my Canna-Rx samples with, from a colleague with chronic foot pain to a friend with "some weird back thing," who praised the balm's speedy effectiveness at imparting physical relief while noting the absolute lack of anything close to a feeling of stoned-ness. (According to Coleri, his salves have worked wonders for folks with rheumatoid arthritis.)

In addition to benignly extracted hash oil and a "closed-loop system" of growing plants without pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides, Canna-Rx is devoted to one more thing: good strong dosages, aimed at the specific needs of regular MMJ users rather than high-seeking dabblers. "Eat no more than half and put the rest in the freezer," said Scoleri as he handed me a hash-oil-infused brownie the size of an eight-track tape. "Come back soon." recommended


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I'd rather have bubble hash (hash made with ice and water) than hash oil. Even if its made with alcohol rather than butane. I'd think a yuppie pot store would only do the best.
Posted by S T on April 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM · Report this
The have bubble has done the way you like, right now the have Blueberry and Blue Dream, nice and blonde.
Posted by bwizard on April 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM · Report this
There's not a bit of evidence that any chemical constituent of these salves is able to penetrate the skin. No skin penetration, no effect on pain whatsoever (except, perhaps, a placebo effect). Come on people! Do a little research and stop overhyping this nonsense.
Posted by cathytown22 on June 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM · Report this
winner of 2013 MMJ CUP Best Topical is Topical-way making topicals for over 6 years for MMJ patients in the GNW
Posted by topicalman on August 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM · Report this
is med sent by mai? serious need ,somone who cares needed to help.god bless,with or without help.JAG !
Posted by JAG on September 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM · Report this
cathytown, you're wrong. Using a similar balm enabled me to recover from surgery in 1/3 the time.
Posted by anita772 on January 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM · Report this

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