Cookie’s Exclusive Downtown Seattle Partner – The Bakeree Belltown

Cookie’s Exclusive Downtown Seattle Partner – The Bakeree Belltown

Find Cookies in Seattle at The Bakeree’s Belltown Location

Cookie’s Enterprises cannabis line takes the cake as the nation’s most in demand legal cannabis brand, but we remember when it started as simply a logo and a concept while Berner focused on his music. A kindred partnership, we couldn’t be more honored to be the exclusive Cookie’s Corner location for downtown Seattle and work with them to make sure that you can always find the brand’s latest and greatest in our new downtown Seattle location in Belltown. So if you’re looking for Cookie’s flower in Seattle, look no further.

From a part-time fast-food employee to a recognized hip hop artist, the more we see Berner take over the world, the more we see camp outs for Cookie’s launches and record sales of the Cookie’s cannabis brand. Not just Cookie’s flower, they’ve also taken off with vapes, prerolls, dabs, and even a CBD line.

Seattle is not a city that shies away from good weed so it’s no wonder that the Emerald city loves this brand. Cookies fans are everywhere and for good reason. They’re product never disappoints and now The Bakeree Belltown is the only place to get them in all of downtown. Check out a few of our favorite Cookie’s flower, preroll, and concentrates strains.

Gary Payton

Gary Payton from Cookie's at The Bakeree BelltownPossibly one of the first favorites from Cookie’s when it hit Washington State—Gary Payton is balance without anything getting washed out. Potent enough for daily smokers, but not overwhelming even if you’re a once-in-a-while partaker. Gary Payton is a slam dunk as a crowd pleaser. One of the most well recognized of Cookie’s flower.

Gelatti

Gelatti from Cookie's at The Bakeree Downtown SeattleThough the name might make you think Italian ice cream, the smell on this strain is all gas. It forms in tight, dense nugs that explode apart after grinding. For sure, a new school must try for those that enjoy smoking the old school OG’s.

Georgia Pie

Georgia Pie from Cookie's in Seattle at The Bakeree BelltownNot a strain for those with a low tolerance, Georgia Pie is a sweet and pungent experience that tackles both head and body. Got a day off you don’t know what to do with? Roll up some Georgia Pie and treat yourself to an intense, fulfilling high.

2090 Shit

Cookie's 2090 Shit at The BakereeThis bag is stinky! The aroma has some citrus and though it’s sativa leaning, the effects are a smooth and relaxing ride that fits for anytime. Not too overbearing, but more like putting on a rosy pair of sunglasses and remembering to let your shoulders relax.

Easily Order Now Through Our Online Menu

Wanna check out what else we’ve got from Cookie’s Enterprises? Check out the online menu and search ‘Cookie’s’ to see everything in store. It’s quick and easy to pre-order online to keep your visit short and sweet. (We know you wanna rush home and spark what you picked up!)

Find our menu for Georgetown here and our menu for Belltown here. See you soon!

Do I Really Need a Grinder?

Do I Really Need a Grinder?

Many people who enjoy marijuana have their own method of doing it – perhaps you like using a bong or have jumped aboard the latest in vape trends. If you learned how to roll the perfect joint from a friend or family member, there’s a good chance that you learned using just the bare minimum – your fingers and some papers.

However, for today’s modern weed smoker, there are a plethora of tools that can help you to not only make your experience more enjoyable but actually easier. Let’s explore some of the ways that you can use a variety of products to your advantage.

A Modern Marvel – The Grinder

Some might say that we have our own grinders built in, as many use their hands to break up nugs of flower before smoking. If you’re looking to keep your equipment to a minimum, you can continue to use this method, but a grinder is an inexpensive way to dramatically improve your marijuana experience.

Grinders come at a range of price points, and depending on the features they bring and the material they’re made of, you can enjoy their help in a rather inexpensive fashion. Your basic grinder involves two pieces that fit together and rotate various sets of nubs or teeth on the inside. This allows your bud to be separated and literally ground up into small pieces.

More complex grinders offer multiple sections that are best described as interlocking trays that you can stack one on top of another. As you grind your product, it separates out the useable bud from the precious kief, leaving you with a stash for later use. Grinders can also be used to take a little bit of flower with you on the go if needed.

If you’re used to doing things the old-fashioned way, you may be wondering why a grinder is essential. In short, it offers a variety of benefits including:

  • A faster method of grinding up your bud
  • Keeping product off of your hands and limiting the potential for waste
  • Allowing your weed to be broken up into very small pieces that pack into your bong or bowl much easier

Still not sold on the idea? Try using an inexpensive one to see if it makes a difference in your routine.

Rolling A Joint? Try A Tray

Anyone who prefers to roll a joint over consuming cannabis in other ways knows about the frustration that comes when you have a mishap. Whether your dog came up and bumped your hand or you’re super tired after a long day of work, we’ve all dropped our fair share of unfinished joints, thus essentially trashing the product that’s inside.

Like grinders, trays come with a variety of options and can be as basic or as lavish as you like. Made of out plastic, metal, wood, or nearly any other material you can think of, trays are designed to make rolling joints easier and for passing your bud around to others in social situations. Many of today’s trays come with predefined compartments, allowing you to store papers, pre-rolls, and more.

Aside from the storage benefits offered and its ability to be portable, the main benefit of using a tray when smoking weed is that it saves your product if you happen to accidentally drop some. Let’s face it – those who are experts at rolling still have their off days, and a tray can ultimately save you money by allowing you to conserve every last speck of weed. Certain tray designs can also help you funnel your flower into a bowl, eliminating the need to pinch and pick it up with your fingers.

A Crutch By Many Names

Many people use the term crutch but others know this helpful tool as simply a tip or a filter. Whatever you call it, this handy little device brings a ton of benefits to you from the time you start rolling to the last drag you take. Just like our other recommended tools, a crutch can take on a variety of forms and price points.

If you consider yourself to be a little more fancy, you can purchase a crutch made out of wood or even glass. These small nubs are designed to sit at one end of your joint and make rolling a perfectly cylindrical blunt super easy. Those who are on a budget or who may not know about reusable ones for sale often take thin pieces of cardboard and roll them up to create a similar effect.

How can a crutch help? Instead of it being an extra step that’s just for looks, using a crutch can:

  • Act as a barrier between your lips and the burning weed when smoking, reducing the chance of burns. It also gives users a nice little spot to hold onto while taking a drag or passing it around.
  • Increase airflow to your product, giving you a better burning joint that’s not difficult to smoke.
  • Reduce the instance of a soggy tip in social situations where your blunt is being passed around to friends and strangers alike.

While using a crutch doesn’t provide the same types of benefits that a cigarette filter does, the concepts are somewhat similar. If you want to look like a pro when you smoke or roll, your best bet is to invest in one of these handy tools.

What’s Your Go-To Tool?

We all have our own preferences when it comes to smoking weed, and whether it’s the strains we favor or the ways we consume it, it goes without saying that having some equipment handy makes the process a lot easier and more enjoyable. If you’re totally new to smoking weed or simply want to change things up and see what your options are, stop by The Bakeréé to see our extensive line-up of accessories.

Not sure what to purchase? Our budtenders will give you the low down on all of your options and can help you to craft the most perfect set-up possible. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a whole new way of smoking weed thanks to some of the items we’ve mentioned!

Storing Your Product For Maximum Freshness

Storing Your Product For Maximum Freshness

Consider the money you spend on cannabis as an investment. Just like a car or an expensive piece of jewelry, your flower, edibles, or oils provide you with a value that you want to treat with care. Obviously the weed you buy isn’t nearly as expensive as a luxury item, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat it like one.

As the marijuana industry has grown in its ability to utilize cannabis in some amazing ways, so has the complexity of keeping these products fresh. Rather than sealing your weed in a zippered plastic bag and calling it good, users are getting more crafty with the ways they store their product. If you’re interested in learning about how to treat your marijuana right, continue reading this handy guide.

Keeping Flower Fresh

Depending on who you ask, some might say that storing your nugs is one of the most important items to pay attention to, while others place a higher emphasis on how they care for their edibles or tinctures. No matter which camp you fall into, your weed will last a lot longer with a little extra TLC.

Think of your weed as a living organism, one that will dry up and die if left in the sun for too long. More often than not, when you purchase your nugs they will be stored inside a well-sealed container. Sometimes these containers are opaque to keep light out while others focus more on the level of airtight protection they offer.

In general, you’ll want to keep your flower in a cool and dark place whenever possible, but refrigeration will actually work against you, so steer clear of the kitchen here. Items that can be sealed properly, like a mason jar, vacuum sealed bag, or even a zippered plastic bag are better than nothing at all. Feel free to keep your product in the packaging that it came in, as long as you have the option to open and reseal it with ease.

Some connoisseurs go the extra mile to purchase fancy equipment that creates airtight seals, and while that’s nice to have, it may not be necessary unless you’re in a distribution type of environment.

Storing Edibles Properly

Consuming marijuana by eating yummy treats is certainly a method that many prefer, yet for some reason the concept of storing edibles brings up unnecessary confusion. The combination of food and cannabis tends to cause people to pause and wonder how to treat it – do you store it in the pantry like a cookie or do you have to do something special instead?

While it’s important to remember that heat, light, and oxygen are all elements that will cause your cannabis to expire faster, storing an edible isn’t as complicated as you’d think. Items like hard candies or gummies can live on your kitchen shelf as long as they are in a sealed package. More sensitive treats like cookies, chocolates, or infused drinks will do better when refrigerated. Again, ensuring that these products are properly wrapped up is crucial to their longevity.

Above all else, manufacturers take the guesswork out for you by including a “best by” or “expiration” date on the packaging. In many cases, products are crafted to last several months or even up to a year, although you’ll find this varies based upon what you purchase. When in doubt, only buy enough edibles to last you for the next week or two, as stocking up might cause some of them to pass their prime.

Tinctures, Oils, And More

Those who prefer alternative methods to getting their cannabis fix may find that a range of products other than flower or edibles work best for them. Items like balms and salves, cooking oils, infused butters, and concentrated tinctures all serve their own purpose, yet require even more care when storing in order to maintain their potency.

Remember the guiding idea that light, oxygen, and heat will degrade cannabis faster than intended, so when possible use airtight and opaque containers to store these items. Thankfully, most upscale dispensaries like The Bakeréé already offer these items in the proper storage containers, so as long as you don’t transfer them into anything else you should be good to go.

When it comes to cooking oils or infused butters, you can opt to make larger batches at a time and freeze them for future use. Many home chefs like to make their cannabis butter and store it in ice cube trays for easy portioning, while smaller batches can be put into your fridge.

Product quality and storage conditions will always vary from home to home, but one item you can bet on is that of a tincture, which is said to have an indefinite shelf life assuming that it’s stored and packaged correctly.

Using Common Sense

 Cannabis compounds do tend to degrade at the same rate whether you’re dealing with flower, food, or other products, but it’s the addition of extra ingredients that can play a major role in how long your items will last. Manufacturing processes, original packaging components, and the full ingredient list will always determine just how long your items will stay fresh for.

When in doubt, employ your common sense if you come across some hidden weed or a long lost cookie before simply going for it. While flower can be smoked even if it’s past what many would consider its prime, extra caution must be used with ingested items. Much in the way you might get food poisoning by eating an old taco from under your couch, an expired cookie or gummy is a gamble you probably don’t want to take.

If you’re looking for high-quality flower, edibles, tinctures, and more, head over to The Bakeréé and visit with our experienced budtenders. They’ll be able to give you even more information about how to properly store your products for maximum freshness and the greatest benefits possible. After all, consuming cannabis has come a long way in the last few decades, so it’s smart to get your money’s worth by utilizing proper storage techniques.

If You Want a Career Change, Budtending Might Be For You

If You Want a Career Change, Budtending Might Be For You

Finding the dream job is a task that few people in life actually achieve, but if you’re looking to make a change and want a position that offers a ton of perks, then budtending might be as close as you can possibly come. As the marijuana industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the Pacific Northwest, openings for budtenders have flooded online job boards.

But how exactly do you become a budtender and what’s required of you? How does it differ from other customer-facing positions, and most importantly, do you make good money? Today we’re going to explore everything related to budtending and why it’s an awesome career.

The Landscape Of Budtending

The numbers vary all the time, but it’s safe to say that the opportunities to budtend in Washington are growing nearly every day. At last count, there were over 100 recreational marijuana dispensaries in the area with far more medical establishments adding to the overall number. When you estimate that each location probably has at least a handful of staff members, you see there’s a lot of potential to break into this industry.

To the untrained eye, working in a dispensary might seem like just another retail job where you’re selling weed instead of shoes, but that assumption couldn’t be farther from the truth. The marijuana industry is highly regulated, and budtenders need to know compliance rules like the backs of their hands. Those who work in a medical dispensary even have to take a 20 hour class to learn what they can and cannot say to patients.

While you certainly need to have an upbeat personality and exceptional customer service skills, there isn’t a long list of qualifications to become a budtender. In the State of Washington, you must be at least 21 years old to work in a dispensary and at the current time, no permit is required.

Benefits Galore

What exactly makes being a budtender so great? The reasons people love working in the industry are varied, but overall it’s a stable position that allows for growth and is truly enjoyable. It seems as if some people believe that working in a dispensary means you can be high on the job, but that misconception couldn’t be farther from the truth. Being a budtender means being held to high employment standards just like any other career.

Depending on the shop you work at, you might find that you get paid an hourly wage plus part of the tips that are collected each day. Other shops tend to pay a higher wage and omit the option for customers to tip, but either way you’re going to be seeing some good money coming in. How much exactly? It depends on where you work.

Some data shows that budtenders who are new to the industry make around $12 per hour, while more experienced employees can easily earn $15 per hour or more. After you’ve been in the industry for a while, and if you show some promising leadership skills, you could move into a store manager position which earns anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000 per year.

Just like other companies in various industries, you may or may not have the option of health insurance or paid time off. If these items are important to you, be sure to talk with your potential new employer about all of the benefits you’ll receive before you’re hired.

What’s It Really Like?

There still seems to be some mystery surrounding dispensaries, in that people outside of the industry feel as if it’s a magical position that only a few lucky people can land. Because it’s such a highly regulated industry, there are certainly specific qualities that you have to bring to the interview table in order to get hired.

If you’re new to the marijuana industry, do your homework and learn about the nuances of being a budtender. Since you can’t promise certain results with a specific strain or product, practice some phrases you might say to customers in case you’re asked to do some role-playing during your interview.

Once you’ve been hired, expect to learn a lot in a short amount of time. Unlike other retail settings where you can just let customers pick out the shirt they like the best and ring them up at the end, budtending requires a consultant type of approach. You need to know about every flower, what its effects are, and how it might taste or smell. When a customer comes into your shop who has never smoked weed before, you’ll be their guide and it’s expected that you know how to point them in the right direction.

Don’t worry, as your comfort level with all of this new information will grow the more shifts you work. Once you feel confident in your knowledge base, the fun really starts as you become an individual who is truly helping others to manage certain symptoms or to impart more joy and relaxation into their lives. You’ll start to have customers who see you regularly and you’ll get to develop relationships with these individuals.

Most dispensaries aim to have a welcoming and fun atmosphere, so there’s a good chance that you’ll get to listen to music all day long and many places will even let you dress how you like, within reason of course. Much like other jobs you’ve had in the past, you’ll create friendships with your co-workers and before long, you’ll wonder why anyone would ever want a job other than being a budtender!

Interested in breaking into this industry but not sure where to start? Stop by The Bakeréé and talk with our helpful budtenders. They’ll give you the lowdown on how they got started and can share some tips for how you might prepare for an interview. While you’re there, be sure to check out the full selection of premium flower, pre-rolls, edibles, and more. The Bakeréé offers upscale products in a down to earth environment, so stop in and say hello the next time you’re in the area!

Tired of Paying Taxes When You Buy Weed?

Tired of Paying Taxes When You Buy Weed?

Remember the days when you used to call your friend to buy some weed and you handed him a few crumpled bills? In exchange, you likely got a zipped bag full of flower, and even way back when you felt like you were getting a deal. Now that marijuana is legal in Washington State, the price you pay for weed is probably a lot higher than you remember.

However, not all of your money is going toward the cost of the flower itself, nor are you simply lining the pockets of the dispensary owner. Part of the initiative to legalize marijuana in Washington in 2012 included detailed information about how to tax weed purchases and where that money actually goes.

We won’t lie – it’s a high tax rate that residents of The Evergreen State are forced to pay. More than double the rate of any other legal state, purchases in this upper corner of the Pacific NW are slapped with a 37% tax rate, but for good reason. Let’s find out why. (more…)

Cannabis And Drug Testing: Things To Be Aware Of

Cannabis And Drug Testing: Things To Be Aware Of

Whether you have been using weed for years or are just now dipping your toe into the waters of legal marijuana, you should know that legalization doesn’t equate to a free pass. In Washington State, employers can have varying opinions on marijuana use, and getting drug tested can bring on a whole new meaning.

So what is a Washington resident supposed to do if they enjoy marijuana but also need to bring home a paycheck every other week? Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get a wide range of answers. In general, let’s review the basics of what you need to know when it comes to cannabis and drug testing.

First Things First

Before diving too deep into drug testing laws and employer outlooks on weed use, it’s important to know why cannabis is becoming such a big issue in the workplace. Unlike alcohol, an unarguably popular recreational substance, marijuana stays in your system long after use. If you have a beer the night before you’re about to get drug tested, it’s typically no big deal. Yet if you smoke a joint even weeks beforehand, you may find it poses a challenge.

Why such a huge discrepancy? Marijuana affects many major organs, including the brain, liver, and your heart. Because your body processes it much differently than other compounds, even a one-time smoke can stay in your system up to four days. People who use weed fairly often will have at least a 10 day waiting period before a urine test would show up drug free, and heavy users could have 30 days or more to wait before being able to pass a drug test.

In many cases, individuals who are on the job hunt don’t think about this element of their weed use, and poor planning can lead to the inability to pass a drug screening. When the prospect of waiting at least one month before obtaining employment is on the line, people often get frustrated and blame employers for not being more lenient. However there’s a good reason for standards to be as strict as they are, as we’re about to learn.

What’s The Law? 

Washington residents as a whole are still getting used to the idea that marijuana is now legal to use for both medicinal and recreational purposes. With such a big change in legalization, it’s only natural that it will take some time for certain guidelines to become formally established. At this point in time, the law is a little gray when it comes to weed use.

Despite the fact that it’s legal, you can never use weed on the job, similarly to alcohol or any other substance that would be questionable in the workplace. But what happens if you want to smoke over the weekend and show up to work Monday morning? That’s where things get a bit hazy.

At this point in time, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to testing positive for marijuana while on the job. If you are obviously high, your boss does have the right to exercise suspension or even termination from your job. When you haven’t smoked in days but test positive for weed, it’s up to the employer as far as how to handle the situation.

Some take the approach that what you do on your own time is fine, and as long as the only thing showing up on your test is legal weed, you’re good to go. Other hard drugs will probably lead to different types of conversations, but you get the idea.

Others have a strict no-tolerance policy and will instantly fire you if your drug screening shows positive results. Why are they so harsh? Ultimately, marijuana is still illegal on a federal basis, and certain employers in Washington want to maintain their reputation as individuals who follow every law to the letter. Furthermore, any type of on-the-job accident that can be attributed to weed use creates panic in the eyes of many employers.

Still some jobs will be somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, and may ask that you talk to their HR department before returning to work, or might ask you to take some vacation time until your test can come back negative. How your employer chooses to handle the situation is as unique as each company themselves.

When You’re On The Hunt

 We’ve talked about what might happen if you test positive for weed when already employed, but what happens if you’re job hunting and you are asked to take a drug test? More and more staffing agencies in Washington are starting to enforce mandatory urine testing along with the submission of your application, and sadly this strict policy is causing more and more people to go without work.

Some estimates show that over 30% of people who apply to work with a temp agency are failing their drug test, a number that is significantly higher than it was in past years. Perhaps taking such a hard stance on marijuana is creating more problems in the job market than many anticipated.

Possible Solutions

 Once you’ve taken a hit, whether it’s your first ever or you’ve now lost count, you need to start thinking about how it will affect your current or future employment. Many individuals often try to get around drug testing and utilize over the counter products that claim to rid your system of all traces of marijuana. Stories have been told for years about people smuggling fake urine into the test with them, although the success of this method isn’t very high.

Your best bet just might be to have a candid discussion with your employer and ask what their stance is on marijuana. You may end up surprised to find that they don’t care what you do on your own time, while others will make it very clear how they feel about any kind of weed use. Once you have that information, you can then determine what makes the most sense for you should you ever get randomly drug tested.

Still unsure about what to do? You can always visit the team at The Bakeréé, as our budtenders are well-versed in all things marijuana. If losing your job isn’t worth it, visit us to pick our brains about how you can still enjoy weed without the worry.