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.
Leafs by Snoop is an excellent example of the predictable direction in which the U.S. cannabis market is headed. Those famous individuals who have allowed their pervasive cannabis use to bask in the limelight beside them are now cashing in on their cavalier cannabis stance by tying their name to cannabis products. Given the cannabis endorsement trend, who could have possibly been surprised that Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg to traditionalists; Snoop Diggidy-Dogg to the uninitiated) would find a way to stamp his name on some cannabis? Thus, I present to you Leafs by Snoop, a line of cannabis flower that is the product of a strategic alliance between Colorado’s LivWell and Snoop Dogg—I’m not calling him Snoop Lion anymore; it is an absurd name for a dogg.
On the flip side, as consumers, we are quickly learning that spending your entire life as an avid cannabis consumer is no guarantee of success as a cannabis supplier. New brands also often face growing pains, and Snoop’s cannabis line, Leafs by Snoop, is no exception. The first expert review of at least one Leafs by Snoop strain — Blueberry Dream, Snoop’s version of Blue Dream — was less than positive.
Needing to see it to believe it, I decided to “test” the product myself, but I chose Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush for this review.
Cali Kush is a hybrid strain that tends to produce dense, light green flower with minimal leaves and pistils and maximum trichome coverage. Cannasseurs expect Cali Kush to have a fruity, citrus scent with robust coffee and spice notes, indicative of Kush genetics. The flower’s Kush qualities, a spicy robustness for example, should also be very apparent in the flower’s flavor.
I was happy to find that Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush exhibited many of the strain’s expected characteristics. The flower is indeed dense, devoid of leaves (leaf’s plural form, Snoop…), and only exhibits small clusters of orange pistils. The flower has a vibrant, light green color that shines through a semi-dense, steady layer of trichomes (also known as kief).
After multiple whiffs, I would describe the flower’s aroma, or terpene profile, as starting with peppery diesel and a hint of pine but finishing with a citrusy dankness. I am not totally sure where the diesel scent comes from, but the rest of the flower’s aroma hits the mark. The flower also tasted like typical Cali Kush in that it initially exhibited an almost piney, tobacco or coffee-like boldness with a subtle sweetness, and then it finished with a sneeze-inducing spiciness that lingered in the back of my nasal cavity.
While it did not knock my socks off, Leafs by Snoops Cali Kush produced a potent and expected effect as far as hybrids go. I felt very awake and aware, and I was able to clearly focus on one thing, albeit only one thing. Contrastingly, the flower also induced a physical weightiness in my chest and head that kept me firmly planted in my couch. I did not feel tired, but I also had no desire to move. Based on these effects, I would say that Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush has been released just in time for the winter movie season. Feel like watching a movie? Wanna get high? Snoop’s Cali Kush offers the pleasure you seek while keeping you focused on the reason you paid $13 to get sticky shoes; or, you know, just Netflix™ and chill. This movie season, pass the Cali Kush and stop bogarting the popcorn!
Former Alaskan U.S. Senator, Mike Gravel, has entered the marijuana private sector, joining fellow politician Gary Johnson. Gravel has accepted the position as CEO of KUSH. KUSH is a subsidiary of Cannabis Sativa Inc., the producer of the infused lozenge called the Kubby. Gary Johnson is the CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc., the company that owns KUSH.
A long time critic of the war on drugs, Gravel is known for challenging Nixon about signing the Controlled Substances act of 1970. Gravel currently sits on the Board of Directors of Cannabis Sativa Inc., so he should be familiar with the current legalization and dispensing environment.
“I’m anxious to assist in bringing this important resource to a broader market in a serious and credible way.”
Anytime former politicians join the private sector it is fair to be skeptical, especially with the recent news that Johnson is debating a 2016 presidential bid.
Currently, Cannabis Sativa Inc. has two brands listed on their website, Hi Lozenges and Wild Earth Naturals. It will be interesting to see how things develop as the next November election season approaches.
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