Spokane in Fall

3 Ways to Welcome Fall in Spokane

It’s official, the skies are grey, the days are getting shorter, and the pumpkin spice invasion is in full swing. Fall has definitely come to Washington. These chilly days may have you down, but don’t panic, autumn in Spokane brings its own joys. Here are just a few of them.

Get Spooked

What pairs best with pumpkin spice? A haunted house or two, of course. Find your courage with a bit of the good stuff and get out there. Check out the King Family Haunted House in Mead. It’s a donation optional haunted house opening back up in October. Want a bit more of a challenge? Try an escape room! Escape with the loot in a daring heist. Match wits against the mafia. Or stop a rogue secret agent at Escape Spokane. Want something a bit more outdoorsy? Check out Carver Farms where you can pick your own pumpkins, wander a corn maze, or closer to Christmas, even cut your own Christmas tree.

Hold a Kitchen Throw Down

Scares not your thing? Grab a group of friends and discover who’s top chef. Loser does the dishes. Get creative and try out this canna-infused Big Shrimp’n Salad. Go with a sure crowd pleaser with this mouthwatering Nachos with Cheddar Cheese or take a walk on the wild side with Bruschetta Ricotta and Cheese. And sure, why not? Succumb to pumpkin mania and top it all off with this Pumpkin Roll Up Cake. We know you want to.

Bonfire it Up

What better way to celebrate Fall than to grab your favorite strains and enjoy them with the people you love? You may not need to go foraging for sticks for this recipe, but what bonfire would be complete without a s'more? Check out this recipe for Stoner S’Mores and enjoy them around the flames. If you get rained out, you can always move inside for some pumpkin carving!

What are some of your favorite ways to fall into the season? Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram or stop by the store and tell us what you've got cooking this fall! We're located at 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd. Unit #13 Spokane, WA. Our store is open Sunday-Thursday 8am-10pm and Friday & Saturday 8am-11pm. You can even check out our menu before you head on over. Weed love to see you soon!

Learn the origins of cannabis

The Primordial Plant

Picture this. You’re a cannabis farmer. Okay, maybe you actually are one, but stick with us. You’re a cannabis farmer 13,000 years ago. One cold morning you throw on a few pelts and trudge outside to tend to your crop, only to find a herd of Woolly Mammoths grazing in it, and a Saber-Toothed Cat ready to graze on the Mammoths. Yeah. The first marijuana farmers didn’t have to worry about government regulations, but they did have to worry about the dangers of the Ice Age. The point is, cannabis is old. Older, in fact, than wheat. Older than barley. Older than bitter vetch, whatever that is. Many thousands of years before people started referring to pot as an “evil drug,” it was being used for everything from medicine to boat sails to holy anointing oil.


In 2500 B.C., the tombs of noble people buried in China were found to contain mummified psychoactive cannabis. Archaeologists believe that the Chinese were the first people to harvest the plant, and that they used it in a myriad of ways, including as an anesthetic for surgery. The Chinese used the strong fiber to make textiles, rope, clothing, and paper. And the same plant that we now smoke for some relaxation and peace was once used by the Chinese to make bow fibers. Cannabis was once a weapon of war!

From China, the word about marijuana spread quickly. Chinese farmers started sharing it with the Koreans. Then an Indo-European group called the Scythians began using it to purify themselves when honoring their dead leaders. They Scythians, who traveled long distances by horse-drawn wagons, took cannabis all over Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. The Indians (who called it ghanja, meaning twisted rope) used it for anxiety, and the Greeks and Romans used it to get incredibly high.

Remember what we said earlier about cannabis being made into holy anointing oil? Well, you can actually find a recipe for that oil in the Bible. In Exodus 30:23, God instructs Moses to make the oil using myrrh, cinnamon, and Kaneh-bosom – otherwise known as cannabis. Yeah. Moses got blazed.


In the 19th century, cannabis arrived in South America, made its way north to Mexico, then reached the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution. There were many in the United States who welcomed cannabis. But there were many more who weren’t so enthusiastic. You see, this was a time in the U.S. when racial tensions between Americans and Mexican immigrants was very high (sound familiar?). And marijuana was viewed as a drug that was popular with Mexicans. You get the picture.

In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act was created, subjecting anybody cultivating or consuming cannabis to fines of up to $2,000 and five years imprisonment. Then in 1952, the Boggs Act increased penalties for marijuana related offenses to a prison sentence of 2 to 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000. And in the 1970’s, as part of Nixon’s war on drugs, the Controlled Substances Act declared that marijuana was equal to heroin and LSD in its potential for harm and abuse, and the federal government would certainly treat it as such.

Of course, things are much different today. Legislation has turned in favor of cannabis. In 2012, our own state of Washington legalized recreational marijuana, and since then seven more states have done the same. A Gallup poll conducted in 2017 showed that 64% of Americans support legalization.

Now that you know its history, get better acquainted with cannabis by visiting our store for some stimulating goodies! Our friendly budtenders are here to answer any questions you may have, and to find the best strains for you. See you soon!

Hemp and cannabis, not the same thing

Hemp and Cannabis: Not One in the Same

There are politicians who are still trying to wrap their heads around this one, but the fact is that hemp and cannabis are not the same thing. It’s easy to equate the two. After all, they both come from the same plant, and they are often used interchangeably in conversation. But hemp and marijuana are quite different. How different? Glad you asked!


If you smoke hemp, you won’t get high. Give it a try. You can smoke it from morning til night and it won’t make a difference. In fact, you’ll probably just get a nasty headache. There just isn’t enough THC in hemp to have a psychoactive effect. While marijuana can contain 5-20% of THC on average, hemp will top out at .3% max. No, hemp won’t get you high. But it’s a heck of an agricultural and industrial product.


Again, hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, but they don’t look the same. Remember the movie TWINS? Ok, think of hemp as Arnold Schwarzenegger and marijuana as Danny DeVito. Hemp has strong, fibrous stalks that can reach heights of 20 feet. Marijuana, on the other hand, is short and bushy. Another difference? Hemp has very few branches and flowering buds. Marijuana has broad leaves and compact buds that are often hairy. They have the same momma, but you’d never know it by looking at them.


Take a drive around the American Midwest and you might find hemp growing in patches of weeds. Yeah. Hemp grows wildly and easily. In fact, it can tolerate all manner of climates. But if you’ve ever tried growing marijuana in your dorm room, then you know it needs a carefully controlled environment. Cannabis is sensitive. It needs a warm and humid atmosphere, and a lot of TLC.


Hemp can be made into a slew of widely used products, like paper, clothes, canvas, twine, fuel, body lotions and oils, construction materials, food, paint, detergent, and even boat sails. You can even eat hemp seeds like nuts.

You’d have a pretty hard time making a new suit from marijuana, but it makes up for its lack of industrial utility by getting you high. And, it might do WAY more than that. Studies suggest that cannabis may decrease anxiety, control seizures, reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco, slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and even stop cancer cells from spreading. Not bad for the Danny DeVito of plants.

If you have any questions about hemp vs. marijuana, remember that our friendly budtenders can give you answers. Stop by and let’s chat!

Summer fun in Spokane

Spokane Kicks Off Summer!

We’re so excited that the weather is changing and we’re finally seeing some sun, because, it's time to get out and enjoy Spokane’s summer festivals! Did you know that Spokane County, Washington is home to the largest Hoops Festival on Earth?! In addition to this fun, fast-paced Spokane event there’s a heart-pounding electronica dance festival too. As Eastern Washington’s original cannabis store, we’re thrilled to tell you all about these local events that are sure to create a buzz!

Paradiso Festival – June 14th – 17th

The Paradiso Festival is the largest electronic music festival in the Pacific Northwest known for its mesmerizing music and breathtaking location, The Gorge. Here you will bump to the beats from your favorite DJs spanning three stages, be entertained by aerialists and circus performers while riding a Ferris Wheel as you soak up the majestic beauty that surrounds
you. Paradiso Festival is advertised as the place “where digital meets nature,” and we couldn’t agree more!

Hoopfest – June 30th – July 1st

Spokane’s Hoopfest is like no other festival; basketball teams come from all over the country to compete in a 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament for bragging rights and prizes. Hoopfest is known as the largest hoop festival on Earth, and there is no disputing that statement when 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans, and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks descend upon our great city of Spokane. Whether you come for the electrifying basketball games, unique shopping, tasty food, or interactive entertainment, you’re certainly in for a good time!

Ready to Go? Get Prepared!

As you plan for these fantastic festivals and their after parties, stop by Spokane’s original cannabis shop for all your cannabis needs. We were the first, and we’re the friendliest. Our budtenders are here to answer any of your burning questions, and our inventory and glass collection needs to be seen to be believed!

We’re located at 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd. Unit #13 Spokane, WA. Our store is open Sunday-Thursday 9am-10pm and Friday & Saturday 9am-11pm. You can even check out our menu before you head on over. Weed love to meet you soon!

Terpenes explained

What’s the Deal with Terpenes?

The world of cannabis is vast. We’re still learning all sorts of new things about this amazing plant. Which is great, because no matter if you’re brand new to cannabis or have been smoking it for a while, there’s always something new to explore. Cannabis terpenes have become a bit of a hot topic lately, and we wanted to give you a brief intro to the wonderful world of terps.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are not unique to cannabis. If you explore terpenes on Wikipedia, you’ll find that they’re described as “...a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants, particularly conifers, and by some insects such as termites or swallowtail butterflies, which emit terpenes from their osmeteria.” Terpenes are useful in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, food, essential oils, and makeup. In other words, they’re everywhere.

Are Cannabis Terpenes Different?

According to Herb.co, “...terpenes are the oils that give cannabis plants and flowers their unique smell. Terpenes originate in the same glands of the cannabis plant as THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.” These terpenes are exactly the same sort of chemicals found in non-cannabis and hemp plants. They’re what give certain strains their unique aromas and can change from harvest to harvest. What’s even more interesting about terpenes is that while they don’t have psychoactive properties themselves, they work with cannabinoids to create something called “the entourage effect,” which may enhance the benefits of using cannabis in all sorts of ways. For more information, check out Project CBD’s article on this phenomenon.

Talk to a Budtender

There are all sorts of different terpenes. Limonene smells like lemons and may have anti-inflammatory properties, while Delta 3 Carene has a piney or earthy aroma, and is also anti-inflammatory, and Terpineol has a pine/clove feel and may have antioxidant properties. The point is, there are so many to explore.

Stop in and ask one of our budtenders what strains might be good to try if you want to check out how different terpenes affect you. We're located at 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd. Unit #13 Spokane, WA. Our store is open Sunday-Thursday 9am-10pm and Friday & Saturday 9am-11pm. You can even check out our menu before you head on over. Weed love to see you soon!

What is 420 day all about?

The 411 on 420

On April 20th, at 4:20 in the afternoon, cannabis enthusiasts across the country take up their favorite vapes, edibles, joints, pipes, and more to celebrate that high holy day of weed: 420. But do you know why 420 became such a massive part of cannabis culture? We didn’t, and so we decided to put on our sleuthing caps to investigate just how this fun cannabis celebration got its start.

420 Myths Busted

There are a whole slew of myths surrounding the origins of 420. Some people say it has to do with Bob Marley, while others think 420 is the number of chemical compounds in cannabis. (Quick hint: it’s not, we’re still learning about all the chemicals in cannabis and what they do). Some have even traced the term to the number of a legalization bill in Congress (we wish) or agricultural tips on when the best time of the year to plant weed may be (in truth, it varies). The plot thickens when we get to the band the Grateful Dead and their many merry fans known as Deadheads. Many people think that the term originated here, but while that community did help spread the use of the term, they just helped it spread. So where did 420 come from?

420 For Real

All signs point to the idea of 420 coming from the 1970s and a group known as “the Waldos.” The Waldos were made up of five to twelve friends from San Rafael, California. The story goes that the Waldos liked to get high together, but had to get creative in how they met up and communicated about their little get-togethers. 4:20 pm was the time that they were all done with school and school-related activities, and so that’s when they usually met.

Their shorthand stuck and made its way into mainstream use. These days, cannabis lovers everywhere use the term 420 to indicate casual cannabis use, and we also celebrate this marvelous plant on April 20th at 4:20 pm. This year, 420 falls on a Friday, what better excuse than to grab a few friends, pack a bowl, and blaze on into the night? Somehow we think the Waldos, wherever they are today, would be proud.

Stock Up & Save on 420 Weekend!

Get ready to celebrate 420 this year by stocking up with us throughout the month. Or stop in 4/20-4/22 and we’ll have $50 Ounces, $20 Top Shelf Eighths, $10 Select Eighths, $10 Grams of Oil, $3 Joints, and 20% OFF Paraphernalia. We were Spokane’s first cannabis shop, and we’re the friendliest. Leafly agrees with us too. We’re number two on Leafly’s Spring 2018 best cannabis stores in Washington list! Our friendly budtenders are here to answer any of your burning 420 questions, and our inventory and glass collection is out of this world. Stop in and see us soon!


Spokane Green Leaf's shop mural

Check Out Our Very Own Daniel Lopez Original Mural!

We’re thrilled to announce that Spokane’s original recreational cannabis shop now comes standard with its very own unique artwork. We partnered up with Daniel Lopez, a talented local street artist to create a gorgeous mural on one of our larger walls. Daniel came up with a concept we’re thrilled with and broke out his spray paint cans over the course of a few nights after we were closed to make it come to life.

Supporting Local Talent

Our fearless co-owner Todd and a few of our budtenders shared a pizza and burned the midnight oil with Daniel as he worked and is thrilled with the results. Todd was adamant that we support a local artist with this effort.  “Spokane has a very vibrant local art scene, and of course we always want to support the local crowd.” Todd, continues, “Daniel is an incredibly talented up and coming graffiti artist in Spokane and has a lot of his work displayed on buildings around town. We feel fortunate to have partnered up with Daniel for this project.”

Daniel was pleased with how the mural came together. He enjoys creating art in and for local businesses, saying, “Working with Spokane Green Leaf was a great opportunity. I love every chance I get to create art that highlights Spokane and encourages people to visit our wonderful city.” We love our fantastic city and can’t wait to continue partnering up with fantastic local businesses that embody the spirit of Spokane.

Kirk, our other fearless co-owner, agrees. “We wanted to capture Spokane’s vibe and for people to feel at home when they came into the shop. The addition of local art in our store is important to us as we believe the use of cannabis heightens people's creativity. Showcasing a great piece of art in our shop just highlights the possibilities!”

Get Your Creative Juices Going

Looking to bring your own creative processes to new heights? We’ve got the goods to get you there. Stop in to have a chat with our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders about the best Sativa products and strains to help your art reach new heights.

Speaking of heights, this sucker is huge! The mural is ten feet by sixteen feet and quite a sight to behold. If you are 21+, feel free to come in and take a selfie or a shot with friends! Visit Spokane Green Leaf today to see it for yourself. We can’t wait to say, “High!”

What to do in Spokane, WA

3 Great Things to Do in Spokane

Despite what you may have heard, there’s a lot more happening in Spokane County, Washington than just grey skies and buckets of snow. From great parks to vibrant city life, there’s so much here to explore, especially as we turn the corner into Spring! We’re thrilled to have established Eastern Washington’s original cannabis store in Spokane and happy to tell you all about why we love our city! Here are just a few reasons Spokane’s great!

Get Outside

Whether you prefer the wilds of nature or a genteel garden setting, Spokane has something for everyone. In the mood for adventure? Get wet and wild at the ROW Adventure Center and spend an afternoon shooting the rapids on the Spokane River. Not into potential dunkings? Try a zip line tour. Mica Moon Zip Tours include hiking, a UTV ride, and eight zip lines. Want to keep it casual and stroll a gorgeous garden? Check out Manito Park on the south side of the city. The park includes a rose garden, a Japanese garden, and a duck pond. Or why not combine the best of both worlds and venture into Riverside Park. The park is under a bit of construction right now, but this Spring the SkyRide will open as will the refurbished Looff Carousel.

Raise a Glass

Not only is Spokane smack dab in the middle of wine country, but there’s also a great beer scene too. While away the day at Maryhill Winery's Spokane tasting room in Kendall Yards. They have a wide variety of curated wine flights and a killer view of the Spokane River. If beer is more your speed, we’ve got a lot of that too. Spokane is at the heart of the Inland West Ale Trail, and there are multiple breweries worth a second look. Black Label Brewing Company is especially noteworthy as they have a wide variety of organic beers available on tap.

Come Say, “Hey!”

Visit Spokane’s original cannabis shop. We were the first and we’re the friendliest. Leafly agrees with us too. We’re number three on Leafly’s Winter 2017 best cannabis stores in Washington list!. Our friendly budtenders are here to answer any of your burning questions, and our inventory and glass collection is out of this world.

We’re located at 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd. Unit #13 Spokane, WA. Our store is open Sunday-Thursday 9am-10pm and Friday & Saturday 9am-11pm. You can even check out our menu before you head on over. Weed love to meet you soon!

Spokane Green Leaf welcomes customers

Spokane Green Leaf Eastern Washington's Original Cannabis Shop

Nearly four years down the line, cannabis legalization in Washington State can sometimes feel like old news. But for Spokane Green Leaf co-founders, Todd and Kirk, that glorious, frantic time still feels like it was yesterday. Before they opened their doors on July 8th in 2014, Kirk and Todd thought that opening one of the first recreational pot shops in Washington was just a cool idea and a fun (if hard) way to make a little history. They’d get a few customers, have a few laughs, and maybe have a nice side income. Neither one of them had any idea that their decision to pursue this dream would dramatically change their lives forever.

How Spokane Green Leaf’s Cannabis Journey Began

It all began at a Halloween party. The two had bonded over their sons’ shared love of soccer over the course of a few youth soccer seasons. They were friends, but Kirk had no idea that sandwiched between costumes and candy, Todd, the mild-mannered environmental engineer, was about to suggest a partnership that was going to set their lives on a dramatically different path.

When Todd first pulled him onto the back porch for a quick business chat, Kirk was skeptical thinking that he was about to get an Amway pitch or something. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Todd wanted to get into cannabis, and he wanted Kirk as a partner. Kirk laughs thinking about it now, saying, “I was shocked. I had no clue that Todd was into cannabis, but he convinced me, and after talking it over with my wife, we were in.”

Of course, it wasn’t that simple, even after winning the lottery to get one of the coveted licenses, there was still the matter of finding a building willing to take a chance on them and navigating the byzantine labyrinth of regulations the state put forward for people seeking licenses. Not to mention, they both had full-time jobs. Slowly but surely, every piece started to click into place, Kirk found the building that would house their first store, and Todd’s background as an environmental engineer left him well-equipped to tackle confusing codes and regulations. At night and on weekends, they worked feverishly to make their dreams a reality; they wanted to be first. And they were. After receiving one of the first retail licenses in the state, they were the first cannabis shop to open its doors in Eastern Washington.

Living the Cannabis Dream

Opening day exceeded their wildest expectations. “We had people lining up the night before,” remembers Kirk. By the time the doors opened on July 8th, they had hundreds of customers lined up, ready and waiting to be some of the first people to buy marijuana in Washington State legally. Todd was floored by the response. “We had hundreds of people in line, and over 700 missed calls from news agencies all over the world.”

The response was so overwhelming that within the first year, Todd quit his job to manage the store full-time. Neither Todd nor Kirk could have ever imagined that this is how their story would turn out, but neither of them is complaining. Todd loves it, he laughs, “Who doesn’t like coming to work in a weed store? I spent twenty-five years as a stoic engineer, and now I’m living the dream.”

Come Visit Us

Todd, Kirk, and the rest of the Spokane Green Leaf crew would love to help you live your cannabis dream. Stop in soon to experience Spokane’s original pot shop. We look forward to seeing you.