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Summer in Seattle: Is It Worth the High?

August 10, 2017
Summer in Seattle: Is It Worth the High?(andipantz/iStock)
Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan looks back on his trip to the Emerald City to determine whether a trip to cannabis-friendly Seattle is worth its weight in legal bud. 

Products Enjoyed: ALL of them. You name it, I had it (and if I didn’t, I still had it).

High Experienced (1-10): Yes.

A few months back my Leafly editor asked ya boy Dante Jordan if he’d be down to visit Seattle for a few days and do some stuff with the squad. I was like “Ummm, absolutely, of course.” Like…do people say no to this? I’m from a place where we don’t say no to free meals, let alone a free vacation. Plus I’d never been to Seattle, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest for that matter, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to expand my travel wings and soak up a new part of the globe.


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I expected it to be a fun time, but what I didn’t anticipate was my week in Seattle to be one of the dopest experiences of my life. What a city. What a culture. And the Leafly team really made me feel like family, which enhanced the entire experience by 1,000 points. I had so much fun, so if you ask me if a trip to Seattle in the summer is worth the high, my answer is absolutely. Like, you should stop reading this article, book a flight, then come back and finish because it really is that fun of a city. Here’s why:

The Weather

Apparently Seattle only gets like two weeks of summer starting at the beginning of July (editor’s note: it’s closer to three months, but yes, our non-summer stretch is agonizingly long), so I really lucked out in the timing of my visit. The weather was beautiful, son. I’m talking real beautiful. The type of beautiful that makes you whistle while you walk for no reason at all. Shit was a smooth 87 or under every day, and now that I think of it, I really should’ve had my toes out. Summer Seattle has that sock-free weather.


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The Food

Tacos. You will eat tacos. And then after you eat tacos, you will eat tacos. Like, you think you’re about to go there and smash out eight plates of salmon and oysters that the chef literally just caught with his bare hands, but plot twist: you will be eating tacos. After eating tacos. So if you like tacos, come to Seattle.


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The People

Why the fuck is everyone so fit and pretty? I need answers. Because they are. And everyone’s also super cool. I was warned of this thing called the Seattle Freeze, which apparently is when people are being assholes when they don’t mean to be assholes, even though they know they’re being assholes, but I never encountered it so Seattlesfolk are good in my book.

How nice are people in Seattle? I was coming out of my Airbnb on Saturday with joint and lighter in-hand like the young carefree black man I am. My Smoke This, Play That Vol 2 playlist was going and I had nothing but joy in my soul, when all of a sudden I miscalculated my steps as I walked down the stairs outside the front door. Next thing you know, I was falling in slow motion as this beautiful-ass couple walked past me.


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I hit the ground, they turned around, and guess what happened? THEY DIDN’T LAUGH AT ME. WHAT? I WOULD’VE ROASTED A STRANGER THROUGH THE CEMENT HAD I WITNESSED SUCH A TUMBLE. But instead, the guy removed his arm from his girl’s shoulder, helped me up, and said, “You alright bro?” I was alright, bro. Some good people out there in Seattle.

The Cannabis


That’s really all there is to say about that. The cannabis life I live in Dallas AIN’T SHIT compared to the cannabis life they live in Seattle. Dispensaries everywhere, stoners everywhere, and the freedom to enjoy publicly (still illegal, but you seem more likely to get a warning than a citation) without the stress of “Yo, keep your head on a swivel for cops and old white people.” It’s incredible. You know things are legal, but once you see it for yourself, it’s like “Wow…I am NOT living right. In fact, I am living wrong.”


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Nature, Walking, and Other Activities

I didn’t have the time to go frolic amongst the trees, but I caught a little glimpse of the wilderness as we drove out to a growhouse one day, and Seattle definitely has what the hikers need. If you’re the type to post motivational quotes under a picture of two sycamores, you should definitely make the trip to the PNW. (That’s “Pacific Northwest.” I learned that.)


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Read enough of my articles and you’ll see that my favorite thing in the world is to get high and go walk around. Seattle is the best place I’ve ever been for that. I stayed in Belltown, which is one of downtown’s next door neighbors, so I had ample avenues and boulevards to bend. One thing I was NOT ready for, though, was all of the hills in Seattle. I won’t even call them hills—they were slopes. The entire city is built like a hypotenuse. If you want to walk around Seattle, make sure you stretch out those creamy hamstrings.


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There’s so much to do in Seattle that it’s a bit overwhelming. People kept asking about my plans and I was like I don’t know, I’ll just figure it out as I go. This ended with me getting high as fuck with my Leafly homie Marika, then walking to a food truck festival. From there we went to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, which also had a walk-through butterfly house, the perfect match for how peacefully stoned I was.

Still, these were only a couple activities out of the millions available to me. Seattle’s one of those cities that always has something going on, so if you visit, you will definitely not be bored.

Is It Worth the High?

Do you like cities with dope-ass people? Do you like cities with legal cannabis? Do you like eating tacos after eating tacos? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, you should already have a bag packed by the time I finish this sentence. I can’t wait to go back.

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Dante Jordan

Dante Jordan is an Associate Subject Matter Expert for Leafly, where he specializes in informational and lifestyle content pertaining to cannabis strains and products. He also manages the Leafly strain database.

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  • Terry

    Well done Dante! Keep ’em coming!

  • max’s pad

    Not all old whtie dudes are so bad. I been smoking for 50 years and it makes the pains of aging quite agreeable whippersnappers 🙂
    I also loved Seattle, went through there with my mom 90s. You’d be surprised to know 100 years ago, pot was more wildely available than today since you could grow your own if you didn’t mind the frequent headaches from smoking.

  • Silverado

    And just think, the Seattle ‘burbs are even better! Seattle is a BIG city and us rural folk don’t care for BIG cities. But boy, since legalization this whole recreational cannabis thingy has gone pretty well. Olympia’s happy with all those new canna-taxes rolling into state coffers. The cops are…happy(er) now that they have more money to go after real crime (although they like getting canna-people who drive or trying to get canna-people driving DUI’s even though they’re not impaired. They just have metabolites in their system. And everyone knows that metabolites don’t equal impairment). And the consumers are happy with the huge varieties of all things cannabis priced fully taxed but still very reasonable with premium ounces of flower available for under $100 out the door though there’s the usual high buck cannabis too. There is whatever kind of cannabis products at all price points you could possibly think of, even some you haven’t thought about. Use Leafly here to look at the menus and prices of some of these rec stores around the Seattle area for an eye opener especially if it’s not like this where you live. Anyway, legal cannabis seems to be working well here in Washington state…

  • Colleen Renken

    Just too bad that Dante didn’t get out of the city.. We have many many great dispensaries out here that carry really excellent flowers and edibles.. But we don’t have to deal with the pollution of the city. That is, unless the wildfires are burning and the air is stagnant. However, the traffic on weekends can be problematic. That being said, it’s beautiful out of the city. We have mountains, rivers, fantastic views and stargazing at night. Can’t do that in the city!! We have dope ass people out here, too. Above all, you can find tacos, pizza, burgers, steak and even vegan. If you happen to trip and fall, as I do often, people will pick you up. Sometimes, they laugh, but ONLY if they have a great buzz and there is no blood. The only major problem out here in the woods, is the traffic. Us highlanders, are kind drivers and let people in, often. But the lowlanders can be rude and it seems like they always have to get somewhere in a hurry. I know I am going to get some flak for that one. But, they cut you off and most of the time, they can’t see you. (I wonder if that’s because they have smoked too many joints). All in all, out here in the sub sub sub burbs, we are really friendly, nice, kind and happy folks who love animals, wild and domesticated. Watch out for the lady who likes to run over people while riding her horse, though..She’s crazy!!! I think she could benefit from smoking a joint or two.. Silverado is correct, us rural folk don’t care much for the cities. And, legal cannabis is working very well here in Washington! I invite Dante to come back to Washington and meet some of us. Have a taco or two or have a bbq with a view to kill for. Bambi visits every night to mow my lawn. No, we don’t eat Bambi, although her and her friends sure do like my fruit trees and wild roses…

  • JR

    Dude, you’re from a state that borders Mexico! I love Seattle, but the Mexican food here is adequate, at best. You want some bomb-ass tacos at half the cost? You need to get down to So Cal, pronto!