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Which Product Does Vela’s Elena Mishko Recommend for ‘Stoners on the Down Low’?

May 17, 2017
Welcome back to Leafly’s Budtender Spotlight! Budtenders are the first point of contact for many modern cannabis consumers, helping to educate people through the massive array of products available in recreation and medical markets. We reached out to Elena Mishko of Vela in Seattle, Washington, to see which strains and products she’s loving right now. Mishko is an East Coast transplant with a heart the size of Lady Liberty. She gladly shared some of her favorite products and a few tips on how to enjoy yourself while expanding your mind.
  • Elena Mishko, budtender at Vela in Seattle, shares some of her favorite cannabis products. From RSO serum, to Legal soda and some fabulous flower, here are five items she recommends you try.
  • 1/5
    Jet City Garden's White Urkle
    "Whether in flower or pre-roll, Jet City’s White Urkle is the indica-dominant hybrid we didn’t know we were missing from our lives. [It will] provide a mellow euphoria that will leave a grin plastered to your face and your body relaxing like you have a personal cloud to ride around town. The flower itself is gorgeous, too; covered in more orange hairs than a Weasley, it boasts healthy purple patches interspersed throughout buds that, when broken open, make the harmonious 'Snap!' of a flawlessly cured nugget."
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  • 2/5
    Doctor and Crook Grape God
    "Since its arrival at Vela, Doctor and Crook have been suppliers of cost-effective grams. In particular, Doc & Crook has impressed us with excellent fruity strains that only seem to improve with each new delivery of product. Their indica-dominant Grape God boasts a lovely blanket of trichomes and the distinct sweet and earthy grape aroma that always has me hankering to roll an enormous swisher packed to the brim. I certainly have my fingers crossed for this great medical grow that adapted so well to the recreational market."
    $10/gram $35/eighth $65/quarter
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  • 3/5
    Mirth Legal Soda, 40mg Cranberry 1:1 CBD/THC
    "Legal sodas are one of the oldest (and best) infused beverages on the recreational market. They come in four delectable category-specific flavors, which is a serious bonus as many edibles are still produced as a 'basic hybrid,' [providing] no information on which category of strains you may be consuming. Their Cranberry CBD 1:1 was the first Legal I tried. It's also a favorite flavor of mine to bring to any party; the larger sizes are easily shared with multiple party-goers or secreted away for personal enjoyment. The CBD content helps keep everyone at an even, comfortable keel no matter where the night may lead."
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  • 4/5
    Ethos Innovates CBD RSO Serum
    "My first experience with [Ethos'] CBD serum came during a particularly bad cold–I was hardly able to speak, let alone take in cannabis by smoke or vapor, and I wanted to avoid drug store remedies as much as possible. I placed a large droplet straight onto my finger, ate it plain, and waited. The serum set in slowly, leaving a soothing pine flavor, with CBD melting away my physical stressors while a low-THC content provided a mild distraction for my mind. The effects lasted hours, providing me with the relief I needed to get a restful, healing sleep."
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  • 5/5
    Mr. Moxey's Mints: CBD Peppermint
    "Moxey’s Mints come in two different flavors of CBD, as well as indica and sativa variations. The sativa strains and homeopathic additions they use in the peppermints give me just enough extra kick to keep my energy as high as I am. These mints come in a convenient multipack containing 5-mg serving sizes, which allows the consumer to easily achieve and maintain their ideal dosage. Once the wrap-around sticker is removed, the only place you can find cannabis listed on the package is in the ingredients, making Mr. Moxey’s Mints an outstanding product for the stoner on the down low."
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What is your ideal day with cannabis?

Elena Mishko: That is a great question. I have so many ideal days using cannabis. I suppose my truly ideal day using cannabis would involve a really nice sativa-dominant strain, hanging out with my friends and using cannabis as an addition to fun and good times with my social circle.

What activities do you mean in particular?

I’m such a huge fan of brunch and cannabis. [My cousin and I] are notorious for waking up, doing a couple of dabs, and going to get some mimosas. It escalated slowly: bowls, then joints, then vaping, and now dabs.


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I also like to get sporty with my cannabis, especially now that I’m dabbing; it’s really clear-headed and wonderful. I tend to find that I get home from my fitness classes (I do Krav Maga, and I was a Pilates instructor for a while), and I’ll have already bounced around for the last two hours, I’ll take a dab and continue to bounce around my kitchen for the next 45 minutes.


What do you think newbies to cannabis should know?

Newbies to cannabis should know that you can always get more high, but you can’t get less high without time, water, and all sorts of emotions. So, star slow, work your way up, take one or two puffs, don’t let anyone peer pressure you, and don’t let people tell you, “Just one more hit.” If you want one more hit, I say, GO FOR IT, and if you don’t, I say, DON’T GO FOR IT!


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How about for seasoned cannabis consumers? Any tips or tricks or hidden gems that you’d like to share?

There are all sorts of good ways to use cannabis. It’s so extremely versatile; that is one of the things I love about it. Every one of the products in our store can be taken in in an number of different ways, for the most part. Tinctures can be a little more fast-acting when put under the tongue, versus when you [consume edibles] that last longer.

Elena Mishko, budtender at Vela in Seattle, WA
You can take a concentrate and “twax” a joint with it, which makes the strain burn more slowly and smoothly [while adding lots of potency]…Even just different styles of rolling. There is always something new and fun to discover with cannabis, especially with all the new products. I was a tester of our suppository. Those are fun! [laughs] The sex topicals are some of my favorites. One is a coconut-based lubricant, the other is a silicon-based lube. I have thoroughly enjoyed both.


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As far as having a voice in the cannabis community, is there anything you’d like to say?

Definitely! Educate yourself! Get involved! Get interested! Really take an interest in what you’re putting in your body. Be mindful. Learn to find a healthy relationship with cannabis. Just like anything else, you can have a healthy or unhealthy relationship with cannabis, and I’m all about trying to find that right balance. Really try to use it in a way that’s therapeutic [and] fun. And share that, too.

We live in a liberal paradise here in Seattle. There is a stigma that still surrounds cannabis all over the country and all over the world, and the best way to fight that is to be kind, be well educated, be outspoken, really know your stuff. That is why I like to educate people, to give them what they need, to help them find what works for them, what fits for them wherever they sit on the [cannabis] spectrum, wherever they sit on dosing, there is something for everyone. Psychoactive, non-intoxicating, even if you don’t like to be high, there are all sorts of good ways you can use cannabis.

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  • Logan Rolland

    This is great information! in your opinion what is your favorite product?

    • John Chi

      I smoke a cannabis vape, brand called Quanta, it is extremely discrete and doesn’t smell. It does the trick and I never get too high or red eyes!

  • Etidorhpa

    Elena Mishko is so hot! And i’ll leave it at that.