I had neglected to refill my revelry bag with supplies prior to departing Denver for The Springs and in my haste I was left with no ways to consume the cannabis I would be purchasing in the near future. Luckily for me The Smoker’s Emporium across the street from my first stop provided me the opportunity to re-up on blunt wraps, crutches (filter tips) and eye drops.
The emporium had the requisite selection of Chinese glass, hookahs, heady pieces and e-cig batteries & attachments. Additionally, the emporium offers many sizes of the classic “ball & stem” crack pipe. Naturally this arose my curiosity and suspicions.
The shop manager assured me they were incense burners and not the tools of Schedule 1 drug users despite bongs, rigs and pipes lining his shelves and his pockets. My immediate reaction was to laugh loudly at his product description. They were clearly a convenience item being sold up at the register along with the cigarettes, lighters, blunts and one-hitters.
I asked if they sold a lot of incense burners?
“At least a box a day!” he proclaimed with a grin so smug that I had to consider leaving the store without making a purchase. But I needed those wraps so I let slide his trespasses and was on my way to buy some cannabis from Indispensary.
Indispensary is a dual location business serving the medical cannabis community in Colorado Springs. I visited the West Colorado Avenue location, which resides on a prime corner lot with lush foliage keeping the daytime traffic at bay and muffling the sounds of the cityscape.
I would be guaranteed member pricing today as a first time patient, which is a benefit also extended to me when I visit their second location some time in the future. Dane who came on board here at Indispensary after working in the garden for a competing dispensary in the area enjoys the daily interactions with patients more than cultivating commercially. He quickly let me know that they were having a sale and I could get an ounce of their bud for $100, non-members paying only $20 more.
A sample of the Purple Urkle from Indispensary.
Once the jars started opening I got hit with the funk; there was cheese and gas and fruit and earth fighting for space in my nasal cavity. In the end they were all winners, but I narrowed it down to Purple Urkle and Lemon Thai. The Lemon Thai was particularly pungent and hit me from all angles. Depending on the season both indoor and outdoor grown cannabis will be available.
A few novel ideas that I have not seen anywhere before are offered at Indispensary. The pre-roll 1 gram blunts were expertly pearled and came in a variety of strains. I’m pretty specific when it comes to how blunts are presented but these offered an authentic and aesthetically pleasing alternative to the role your own variety. It’s nice to have somebody else do the work sometimes.
The strain-specific kief similarly presented a new concept that I haven’t come across in the other dispensaries. The small jars were filled with highly potent delicacies sure to supercharge your next joint or bowl pack.
I walked out of Indispensary an ounce heavier than when I arrived and couldn’t have been happier about the weight gained.
Uncertain, but likely Thailand Sativa X Hawaiian.
Indispensary, 3044 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Lemon Thai cannabis from Indispensary.
Dusted with kief, these Lemon Thai flowers are so light and airy that they seem almost weightless. Possibly displaying it’s tropical roots, the green leaves are lighter in color (almost neon) and the hairs are bright orange.
Before breaking open the flowers, the scent (terpene) that reaches the nose first is largely pastoral with this sample of Lemon Thai. Once torn, however, I was greeted by one of the sweetest tropical scents of citrus (limonene), reminiscent more of grapefruit than lemon, pine (pinene) and fuel I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling.
Easy enough to break up with my fingers, I packed a glass spoon pipe and used a hemp wick to light it hoping to taste the citrusy sweetness. Signs that they were cured and flushed properly, the smoke was thick and quite smooth, and the flowers burned down to mostly white ash.
My skin began to tingle and my limbs felt lighter after inhaling Lemon Thai three times. Clear-headed and energizing in smaller quantities, this strain may spark your creative flow and promote uninterrupted concentration. Arguably one of the best wake-and-bake strains, many may be able to consume Lemon Thai before work for long-lasting relief from symptoms of conditions like depression, stress, anxiety or chronic-pain.
Because the effects of just a few hits of Lemon Thai are largely what most typically describe as being ‘sativa-like‘ without even the slightest raciness, it may also be a good option for someone suffering from post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) or the ultra-endurance athletes who use cannabis as a pre or post workout tool. Consuming more Lemon Thai may cause extreme lethargy.
- Painting, writing, or making music
- Taking your dog for a walk
- Watching a movie
In musical lore Maggie’s Farm is one of Bob Dylan’s most divisive tunes. It represented his change from folk music hero to burgeoning rock genius. The consensus on his new approach was mixed. That is not the case with Maggie’s Farm of the cannabis world.
Maggie’s Farm, based in Colorado Springs is universally well-liked and constantly raising the bar for dispensary operations and cannabis cultivation. Of their six locations the most convenient to my current position was the Fillmore Street outpost. I pulled up Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival rendition of Maggie’s Farm on my phone and cruised on over. This location is medical only but recreational shoppers can head to the Manitou Springs or either Pueblo location for the same top-notch experience.
The folks over on Maggie’s Farm do it little different than the boys and girls in Denver. To begin, everything grown on the farm is started from seed. No clones are being propagated for Maggie’s bud. This methodology is counter to common commercial practices but has been producing quality cannabis since 2010. To further differentiate Maggie’s Farm from other kids in the sandbox, natural sunlight is the only source of illumination for their plants. The farm is Clean Green certified four years running which mirrors USDA Organic criteria while they grow their crops in all natural soil. They even use spring water to feed the plants opposed to the run of the mill and impure tap water growing the majority of bud in Colorado.
The interior of the Fillmore location is clean and professional. Black leather chairs and modern coffee tables warm the reception area. The wall mounted HD TV playing the Summer Olympics is reminiscent of my family practitioners office. Luckily there are no screaming babies here, just Screamin’ OG’s. The walls held many best of awards from The Colorado Springs Gazette.
Behind the closed doors of the bud room I was exposed to the labor of love on the farm when Gabe started to pop the lids off of the jars filling the display cases. Each selection had been hand trimmed and presented beautifully. I arrived too late to take advantage of the early bird special (15% off the entire order before noon) but made a mental note for the next time I visit Maggie’s Farm.
After a bit of internal back and forth I couldn’t make my mind up between Bubbleberry and Sour Nightmare. I put myself in this type of decision-making dilemma quite regularly and will more often than not choose whichever strain my budtender prefers. Gabe suggested I take a look then at the Alien Bubba Berry we had neglected to look at prior. Blueberry crossed with Alien Bubba put my senses into frenzy. I coughed manically after a large whiff, unprepared for the ferocity that would fill my face.
The strain was new to the shelf and had only been harvested once prior. Gabe hadn’t even had the chance to try this one. I would try it for both of us. Leaving the dispensary with the new release had me clicking my heels like Ron Santo and salivating to burn the Alien Bubba Berry down.
Alien Bubba Berry
Blueberry X Alien Bubba
Maggie’s Farm, 818 E Fillmore St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
Reminding me of the grass in late fall, a dense covering of shimmering trichomes and burnt-orange hairs decorate the mostly light green flowers in this sample of Alien Bubba Berry.
The sweet, scent of berries dominates the terpene profile in these Alien Bubba Berry flowers. Likely from beta-caryophyllene, myrcene and linalool, I also smelled spicy, herbal and floral notes.
Consumed out of a glass sherlock pipe, the smoke was smooth, and the fruity herbal taste remained on my palate for several seconds.
A mild onset of effects, I almost didn’t notice the weightlessness creep into my arms and legs. After the third hit, my eyes narrowed and a lazy grin spread across my face. Colors became brighter, a sensory effect that I tend to enjoy. Fifteen minutes later, intense skin tingling sensations covered my body, and I was cool, calm, collected and content. I could have easily floated off to sleep, but the urge was easy enough to resist.
- Netflix marathon
- Sunset stroll
- Museum or planetarium visit
- Theater or comedy show
One of the most unique exteriors of any cannabis dispensary in Denver, boasting several murals and an antique train caboose, The Herbal Cure made great use of an old lumberyard building. If you live in or have ever visited Denver, you’ve likely noticed The Herbal Cure’s large logo mural from Interstate 25. With great appreciation for the exterior, I decided to stop in to The Herbal Cure to grab a strain to review, and to find out if the interior is equally as spectacular.
A view of The Herbal Cure’s logo mural as seen from I25. (Photo from The Herbal Cure.)
Maintaining the lumberyard building feel, the interior of The Herbal Cure is cozy, inviting and decked top to bottom with wood panels. There was quite a long wait the day I visited, but luckily there was ample seating in the waiting area and plenty of reading material to keep me occupied.
Once called into the recreational purchasing door on the right, I was greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable member of the staff named TJ who reported that he’d worked there for two years. Even though TJ was “in the weeds” with a waiting room full of people and was the only one working on the recreational side, he treated me like a priority. (Thanks, TJ!)
When I asked him which strain a person must first consider when shopping at The Herbal Cure, he didn’t hesitate to suggest their OG Kush. Being from California, the state of origin for OG Kush, he said that The Herbal Cure’s “is comparable to the best California OG Kush.”
After sampling The Herbal Cure’s OG Kush, I agree with TJ.
The Herbal Cure, 985 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209.
OG Kush is the one of the best and most iconic strains of cannabis, for obvious reasons. Dark, dense, dank, and covered in fluffy orange hairs doused with trichomes, this strong and assertive flower is a stone cold stunner that leaves a great first impression.
Terpenes are the molecules responsible for producing the aroma of cannabis and other plants. When OG Kush is in the vicinity, your nose will know. Deep and sharp earthy (likely from beta-caryophyllene) scents of pine (pinene) emanate from this strain’s massive flowers, leaving the nostrils tingling with anticipation.
These OG Kush flowers are fresh and delicious, but also quite sticky. Breaking up the nugs was difficult by hand, and next time I’ll use a grinder. When inhaling OG Kush’s thick yet smooth smoke and vapor (I did both for this review), the back of my throat was coated with a sweet, herbal and piney aftertaste which stuck around for several minutes. Exhaling plumes of this strain will leave the entire room blanketed in a warm and earthy stench, reminiscent of forests and campfires.
This hybrid strain kicks off with a very euphoric and mellow high, followed by a boost in creativity mixed with a dash of extreme relaxation. At first it felt like my entire body was floating on a cloud and my mind was wandering joyfully, until the inevitable munchies kicked in. A well-stocked fridge is essential for getting the most enjoyment out of OG Kush, but this strain will put you in a great mood either way.
Tailgating is woven into the fabric that makes football such a polarizing game. Parking lots open up hours before game time and encourage attendees to get as incoherently drunk as possible before cheering on the hometown team. Authority figures parole the grounds enforcing strict no cannabis rhetoric as fathers and sons kneel together while funneling beer down their throats only to see it come back up along with their last two meals.
But in this cesspool of darkness a light shines down from 17th Ave. and Federal Blvd. Tru Cannabis Mile High is a stones throw from the home of the Super Bowl Champion Broncos and a safe haven from the illicit activity at Mile High Stadium. A short walk or stumble up the street finds one in the company of good buds of both the human and flower variety. The shop has both medical and recreational sales so even visiting fans are welcome.
I hadn’t ever been to a Tru Cannabis location of which there are four but I’ve driven past this one about 20 times in the last few weeks. Once the seed of thought is planted, its only a matter of time until grows into an urge. I smoked all of my doobage over the weekend so once Monday hit that urge kicked in.
HBO filming inside the Tru Cannabis Mile High location. (Photo from Tru Cannabis.)
I called in to check on their menu as it hadn’t been updated online in two weeks. Kara answered and told me they had been hit hard over the weekend so the medical shelf wasn’t at it’s finest but that they were expecting a few new strains to be delivered from the Tru Cannabis grow shortly.
Patience has never been a virtue of mine so I rather hastily started over to the shop, meandering about, wasting a bit of time until I thought the delivery might have taken place. I was laughed out of the Sportsfan across the street when I inquired about a Jay Cutler Chicago Bears jersey. I only half considered taking up some karaoke at El Patron Sports Bar but the thumping BASS from Federal and thick gusts of exhaust blowing in through the patio doors didn’t make the stage too appealing.
Inside of Tru Cannabis, a large fish tank immediately drew my attention and intrigue. As a first time patient I had to sign a waiver stating that I wouldn’t consume cannabis on site and that I wouldn’t sell what I bought. I firmly could adhere to those policies so initialed the paper several times and was brought back to shop.
A few minutes after checking out a tasty looking jar of Lucy, new crops of Sour OG and Super Lemon Haze bulldozed my sense of smell as they were about to be put into the system. I knew my final purchase would be between these odiferous additions to the Tru Cannabis shelf. I had about 20 minutes to kill before they would be available for purchase and that gave me the opportunity to chat with my budtender Mitch M. The state of Texas tattoo that adorns him was a good entry point and I learned that he was from Austin. I regaled him with tales of my 2 ½ years in ATX and we commiserated together at the lack of Whataburger in Colorado. The BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich is the finest poultry based fast food concoction for which I’ll travel far and wide.
When it came down to decision time I chose the Sour OG to escort me home. It was too pretty to look at tucked away in the jar; I had to set it free. Its funky stank can’t be contained and oozed out on the drive back to my crib.
Sour Diesel x OG Kush
Tru Cannabis, 1630 Federal Boulevard Denver, CO, 80204
It was love at first sight. Olive green and speckled with bright orange hairs punctuated by a thin dusting of trichomes, Sour OG is a healthy and attractive strain of cannabis that immediately catches the eye. Patterned with sparse undertones of purple, these light and contrasting colors make Sour OG one of the most enticing and inviting hybrid strains to date.
Sour OG smells so good that I wish I could hang it from my rearview mirror. With overwhelmingly fresh scents of citrus and orange masking a muskier, earthier smell, this strain is reminiscent of tangerines picked ripe and raw in the summer sun. Sour OG pleasantly wafts through the air, leaving behind trails of aromatic and herbal cleanliness in its wake, encouraging anyone who happens to cross its path.
Whether it is ground up into a joint or inhaled through a vaporizer, the undeniable tang of citrus (limonene) is ever-present while consuming Sour OG. Smooth, light, and surprisingly potent, the sweet and smoky herbal flavor provides a taste sensation unlike any other. This is certainly a strain to be savored.
Considered a 50/50 hybrid, Sour OG provided me with an immediate boost of energy, leveled out by a background feeling of happiness and a slow easing of muscle tension. Sour OG kept me light on my toes all day long, and would be best enjoyed early in the day and/or before an adventure outdoors. It may be a particularly suitable strain for those seeking relief from chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression, although most anyone can find physical and mental solace in Sour OG’s warm embrace.
I burned in to DANK Colorado to grab a quick gram to roll up before making the move from my storage unit to a newly remodeled bungalow in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. Public housing extends for blocks in my new hood and I’ve started asking myself if I’m paying too much in rent to live here. I probably am but who isn’t these days. It’s best to not dwell on.
DANK has saved my ass on more than one occasion. They’re open early (8am) and have allowed me a morning head change before slogging through the Colorado Blvd. traffic many times. When I’m on deadline they are quick with a quote or to light up your smoke, there is no place they’d rather be. DANK’s motto “Keeping Kind” is plastered on all promotional material and pervades the culture within. This way of life at DANK extends across the alley and around the block to the neighboring Kush Bottles warehouse and Denver Consulting Group headquarters which are run by the same crew as the dispensary. You’ll never leave their complex with a sour look on your face.
I knew it was going to be a good day when walking into the shop and James Brown’s “Sex Machine” was playing. I wish I could say it was apropos but by and large my moves are not as smooth as Soul Brother Number One’s. Music is an overarching theme at DANK. The corridor to the check in desk is lined with spectacular photography (for purchase) of musicians doing their thing at Red Rocks and Riot Fest. The likes of Wiz Khalifa, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, String Cheese Incident and Iggy Pop are a caught in the moment and looking good. Oil paintings of funk God George Porter as well as his disciples Lettuce invite you to keep on pushing down the hall. In years past DANK has thrown huge 4/20 concerts featuring Redman & Method Man, Cypress Hill, Leftover Salmon and 8-ball & MJG. These boys get down!
After talking tattoos with Vanessa and admiring her new ink she checked my credentials and sent me back to get buzzed into the medical side of DANK. On more than one occasion I’ve mistimed my reaction to open the just unlocked door to the budroom but today I’m on my game. First time was a charm.
Cassie greeted me brightly and extended are warm welcome. She’s been working at DANK for over two years and her recommendations have become legendary among aficionados across the state. Dank carries a lot of heavy hitters. Bruce Banner, Sour D, Durban Poison and Death Star hit the mark every time but I was looking for something a bit more rare in these parts. First I investigated a chunky jar of Dragon and promptly dropped the herb on the ground. It was now a floor nug. My profuse apology was met with the reaction that it was not a big deal. Still I felt like a jackass. I’m supposed to be a professional.
The sample of Dragon that later became the floor nug.
When Cassie pushed the little jar labeled Northern Lights across the glass counter it’s like she had developed telepathy with me. Her intuition knew I wanted to ride in a cannabinoid time machine and get back to the early 90’s. I hope she uses her powers only to gage my cannabis habits.
Northern Lights is a beast of a bud that gets its ferocity and international appeal from its landrace parents, Afgani and Thai. Once I saw it, no other selections needed to be viewed. Vintage strains like NL have given way in popularity to hybridized amalgamations that are descended from multiple lineages leaving the consumer unsure of where the effect comes from but smiling at that fancy new cultivar. I’m taking it back to the old school, cause I’m an old fool who’s so cool. Whoop there it is!
My movers bricked and met me later than expected. I could tell they were impressed by the scent I was now carrying. The Northern Lights did its job well where the same cannot be said about the relocation specialists dispatched on this day. I stonily stood in the corner while my life was removed from a truck and left for me to unpack and set up correctly this time.
DANK, 3835 Elm St, Denver, CO 80207.
Adorned in shimmering kief as well as red and burnt-orange hairs, this big one-gram nug of Northern Lights is so beautiful it should be on display in a vase, as you can see from the image below. Mostly a light, lime-green color, this sample is decorated with darker green and nearly purple leaves.
Using a credit card sized hand grinder to break up this monster Northern Lights flower revealed a strong scent of freshly cracked black pepper, suggesting it contains a higher amount of beta-caryophyllene, a terpene found in cannabis and other plants and herbs like oregano, cloves and rosemary that is known to provide relaxation and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Ground and vaped in my new Summit Plus, the terpenes really shined through for this sample of Northern Lights. An incredibly pleasant experience, the vapor was smooth, and the spicy and herbal taste remained in my mouth for minutes.
True to what’s expected from a classic indica strain like Northern Lights, I experienced pain and tension relief throughout my body which paired quite well with my now uplifted and relaxed mental state. Praised by patients all over the world as a powerful, long-lasting pain and stress reliever, Northern Lights would likely be best consumed by most in the evening. It may be suitable, however, for those seeking daytime relief from conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain or neuropathy, PTSD, or even PMS.
11:30 am on a Tuesday is the perfect to time to stop in to Kind Love. The rear parking lot is accessible and ample. It’s empty at the time of my arrival but I’ve seen overflow-parking spill into the neighboring Petsmart lot before. Most notably on Thursday’s when new Green Dot flavors drop. I haven’t visited Kind Love in quite some time. Months when I think about it. I used to shop here once a week when my office was located just down the road.
Kind Love is perched at the top of East Alameda Avenue and Leetsdale Drive in Denver. The building is discreetly tucked into trees and utility poles that in another life were also trees. From the exterior one cannot readily tell that this structure houses one of Denver’s most loved dispensaries. It looks more like a fine place to put a dental clinic. Once inside these hallowed walls, medical patients and recreational consumers are treated to an out of this world experience.
Check in was a breeze and I was offered a Kind Love Red Card protector when the receptionist saw the crumbling imitation brand Post-it note I’m currently using to keep the integrity of my card in tact. I accepted fully well knowing that it would not fit in my wallet. As if the state wants to make thing even tougher on cannabis patients, the current ID cards were made without such precautions like making sure that the ink would not rub off leaving a valid card unusable.
Immediately upon entering the medical dispensary I was greeted by Matt whose bushy red beard dwarfed my own manly scruff. After some brief facial hair talk and catching him up on what I’ve been doing my name was announced and I excused myself to make my purchase. He let me know that the Cookie Wreck had just hit the med side and was looking primo.
The shelves are always stocked to the max at Kind Love. They have enough infused topical cream to slather a million bodies’ head to toe and their selection of edibles and drinks runs the gamut. Kind Love has the best selection of hash on the market. They carry Concentrated Remedies, Craft 710, Essential Extracts, Incredible Extracts, Viola, Green Dot, The Lab as well as their own house line of wax, shatter and live resin.
Mary motioned for me to walk to her station and she’s never steered me wrong before. She put a jar of Triangle Kush in front of me and opened the lid. The smell hit me like an open hand slap to the face and sent me tumbling back. If one is good then two is better. I went in for another whiff this time keeping my footing. It was tasty; as was the Cookie Wreck I checked out. But I had come with a hankering for something specific.
Boredello has been knocking me on my ass since I first smoked it a year or so ago. I’ve gone back for it several times since without the slightest sense of disappointment. It’s a cross between Blackberry Apocalypse and Alexis with its roots taking hold in the firm red dirt of Texas and its Texas Resin Company. Bordello is a pungent and pretty bud begging to be rolled up into a fat blunt.
The bottom of the jar is not a place a connoisseur would rather not consume cannabis from. It’s akin to taking the last swing out of a warm bottle of whiskey that has been sitting in the corner all night; it will still do the job but taste and appearance are lacking and the experience is shot. I’m all about the aesthetic. Mary knows me and knows my preferences. She retrieved a brand new jar of the magical strain and sent me packing with a fat gram.
Kind Love is and will forever a cannabis institution. It’s a place where the brightest minds in the cannabis community shop, work and congregate. As I left the store I struck up a conversation with Chris, a grower from a competing dispensary. He comes into Kind Love to pick up clones from the clone bar for his home grow. He left me with his personal opinion of the dispensary.
“Kind Love is the fucking best!”
I couldn’t agree more Chris.
Blackberry Apocalypse x Alexis
Kind Love, 4380 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246.
One of the things I most enjoyed about this sample of Bordello was the variation in nug size, shape and color. Shades of purple stood out sporadically among the dark and light greens with ample scatterings of burnt-orange hairs and kief.
A complex terpene profile, these Bordello flowers smelled earthy with undertones of fuel and citrus before being broken up, but then I was greeted with the sweet aroma of berries and flowers as soon as I tore one in half.
Smoking a bowl of Bordello out of a less-than-squeaky-clean glass pipe was not able to mask the surprising berry taste in the smoke. I felt slight throat irritation and choked out a couple of coughs after the first two hits, but it was relatively smooth sailing. Just as expected, the cultivation team at Kind Love flushed the plants properly because the ash left in the bottom of bowl was white.
My eyes felt a little heavier by the time the bowl was finished, and a comfortingly-restrictive, imaginary headband had magically appeared above my ears. My limbs felt heavy and light at the same time while a mild tingling sensations tickled my skin. (Yes, seriously.) If I had to describe the effects I felt from consuming Bordello in one word, it would be serene.
Because it provides intense limb and body relaxation coupled with an almost energizing mental stimulation, I think Bordello would be an ideal pairing for creative pursuits, catching up with friends, meditating or something more sensual like getting a massage. In the best way possible, concentrating on writing this review became slightly more challenging after a bowl of Bordello. While it is a good option to relieve pain and stress, Bordello may not be a good choice for those seeking relief at work.