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Kush Tours Now Boarding: Cannabis Lifestyle & Industry Excursions

July 19,2016 22:16

Kush Tourism's Seattle-flavored excursions through the cannabis industry are a super-friendly educational adventure and shopping experience. Kush Tours attract couples, solo-travelers, and wishful industry professionals, but tours are great for anyone ...


Kush Tourism’s Seattle-flavored excursions through the cannabis industry are a super-friendly educational adventure and shopping experience. Kush Tours attract couples, solo-travelers, and wishful industry professionals, but tours are great for anyone ready to learn about the cannabis industry and have a little fun.

“I’ve made ukuleles and been a farmer, but I’ve fallen in love with this particular community and art form…Zen and the art of glassblowing. And not burning your face off.”-Joe, Boro School Artist

Live demo of glass blowing at the boro school.An Artist’s Flame
Our tour began at Seattle’s Boro School, a glassblowing studio and artist collective, with Shane, a quirky, musical tour-guide. In a white-washed lobby, he gave the compulsory beginner’s intro to cannabis before leading us into the artists’ space: a high-vaulted garage that looked more like a European palace with muraled walls, ornate wooden decorations, and a special den for glassblowing. Our demonstrator behind the flame was a poet named Joe.
“I’ve made ukuleles and been a farmer, but I’ve fallen in love with this particular community and art form…Zen and the art of glassblowing” Joe shared while leaning in towards the flame, “and not burning your face off.” He mesmerized us with flying blues, reds, and yellows as he wavered in and out of storytelling while the glass transformed to jelly and back again.
As we left, Shane explained fire’s role in slimming the chemical structure of cannabis. The ‘unlocked’ THC flows into the human sensory experience. Like cannabis through the flame, our magic tour bus grew, shrank, and flew past beautiful seaside views like a key to the private and very cool hubs of the cannabis industry and culture.
Checking out the trimming of plants.All Aboard
There’s no smoking during the Kush Tour, which might be for the best, as it’s a great chance to socialize and mingle. Your fellow passengers hail anywhere from Paris to Tokyo, and you meet knowledgeable (and friendly) industry experts.
When our tour entered Seattle’s first recreational shop, Cannabis City, Randy, a tour-going Louisiana-native, acted like the kid with the Golden Ticket: “What’s this do?” “I’ve never seen that before!” “Can I board a plane with this?” No, you cannot. A series of very psychedelic storefronts provided Randy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to buy and learn.
On our next stop, Dawgstar’s grow/processing operation had the whole tour feeling Willy Wonka vibes. It was like a space-age hydroponic garden, but with a professional granny joint roller instead of scientists, and dank smells of Pineapple Silver Haze instead of a sterile laboratory. We saw cannabis in all stages of growth and processing, from seedling to CBD extraction.
Lots of smiles in the flowing room. It smells so nice!Last Call: The Wild Wild West
Shane hopped from the driver’s seat, sporting the heavy beard of a metalhead, and chirped our welcome back to the Wild Wild West—over a blaring tune, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Kush Tourism co-owner, Mike Gordon, cites 2016 as historic; the end of prohibition; a new frontier.
There’s no industry challenging the regulations of doctors, politicians, bankers, and lawyers like cannabis. It’s once-upon-a-black-market status and re-emergence into culture is creating confusing meta-moments on tours where you stand one room away from beefy security and guard dogs, under the watchful eye of a 36-camera CCTV system while you listen to artists muse on love and craft, growers show off their dankest hybrids, and outlaws-turned-businessmen laugh about new life paths.
Kush Tourism’s flagship tour operates out of Seattle every day of the week, through the summer, and other city tours are available through Kush Tourism wherever cannabis is lawfully loved.
Where the cannabis cures.Interviewees: Mike Gordon, Co-owner Kush Tourism LLC

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