Boutique and Large Scale Cannabis: What’s the difference?

Boutique and Large Scale Cannabis: What’s the difference?

When the world of weed is at your fingertips, it can be tough to choose which cannabis company to fork over your hard-earned cash to. But not to worry, I’ll be going over both boutique and large scale cannabis operations to make sure you’re happy with your replenished stash.

The boutique cannabis culture and the large-scale producers of cannabis in Colorado both produce quality bud. You can bet on it tasting better than anything the average consumer can get off the black market in non-recreational states.

The differences can’t simply be boiled down to a matter of manufacturing efficiency, which usually results in a lower cost per gram. The fact is, cannabis cultivators – large and small – are taking on ‘celebrity strains’ or simply have expensive top-shelf cannabis.

The Boutique

Many of the smaller pot shops in Denver strive to be cozy and catering. It’s easy for those who see less foot traffic in and out of the store to spend more time on their return consumers because they tend to have bigger tickets overall. As a result, the boutique businesses may pay more attention to their solid sellers: flower and concentrates.

Unfortunately, it can be at the expense of shelf space that could go toward displaying a more eclectic variety of cannabis products.

Clearly, the increase in time spent per person at a small shop is worth it for many, especially for those who need to talk to their budtender about which strains work for them and their health issues.

One of the most intimate experiences I’ve had the opportunity to explore was learning about Lotus Medical, a medical-only dispensary in Denver. The owner took great pride in the personalized service they offer to patients and was gushing over the flower they grow for their patients. Lotus medical reminded me that cannabis is medicine, and the art of growing the ‘perfect’ cannabis plants differ from one cultivator to another.

Boutique cultivators, like Verde Natural in Denver, are boutique in the way they grow. At Verde, they swear by growing in small batches for better quality control overall.

Verde does such a great job with their growing techniques that Tommy Chong selected them to be the official bud of his Colorado cannabis brand, Chong’s Choice.

The Larger Companies

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(LivWell photo)

Denver is home to some of the earliest adopters of legal cannabis reform. Therefore, some already have nearly a decade of experience in the green space. That’s more time for trial and errors in growing cannabis, which has afforded many of the bigger cannabis companies business growth and national media attention.

The problem presented to successful cannabis companies right now is being labeled as ‘big cannabis’ sellouts. The undeserved label ignores that they are the ones paving the way for cultivation standards and supporting federal legalization.

For example, LivWell is a cannabis company that spends millions on philanthropic endeavors and legislative efforts. They are constantly striving to make the best cannabis, most efficiently. It’s a family business and the father-son duo bring business acumen and laser-sharp focus and logistical skills one would expect from a commercial industry warehouse (the CEO is from the logistical warehouse side of other industries).

Whether small or large, one thing that rings true for any cannabis company is that the morale of the cannabis industry in Colorado is at an all-time high. Just about every employee I’ve run into on the manufacturing and customer service side looks happy, and say they are thrilled to be working in a state legal cannabis company.

Originally published: The Marijuana Times

Comparing Popular Colorado Cannabis Edibles

Comparing Popular Colorado Cannabis Edibles

Gone are the days of space cakes and special brownies; in today’s booming cannabis industry, the edible options are infinite. Recently, I was given the opportunity to sample two popular infused chocolate bars from two of the most reputable edibles brands in Colorado. Purchased from LivWell on Pearl Street in Denver, the highly lauded Leafs by Snoop and the indelible Incredibles provided some of the most potent and delicious candy I have ever eaten.

For the purpose of this review, I’m going to compare the two.

First up is the Leafs by Snoop Strawberries N Cream with Waffle Bits. This fuscia, strawberry-flavored candy bar melts in your mouth, leaving sugary, crispy and crunchy waffle bits coating your tongue. At 10 pieces per 100mg THC box (meaning each individual piece is infused with 10mg), you’ll want to start slowly; these savory shards of chocolate are strong enough to satisfy Snoop Dogg himself!

The box is sleek, stylish and childproofed, making it safe and easy to enjoy any time. My only complaint is that there aren’t enough waffle bits and the berry flavor can be overwhelming without them. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to try something delectable and new.

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The second edible I sampled was the flavorful Salted Pistachio Mint bar by Incredibles. With just a hint of mint, this white-chocolate treat could pass for cookies n’ cream. At 10 pieces per 100mg THC container, the fantastic flavor combination of salted pistachios with a hint of mint in infused white chocolate will leave you uplifted and energized.

This Salted Pistachio Mint bar comes packaged in a resealable childproof bag instead of a box, leaving it more prone to breaking apart into smaller pieces or losing its shape before being opened. Regardless, I don’t buy edibles for their shape as much as for their flavors and effects, so a few broken pieces aren’t a big deal.

If you’re in the market for edibles in Colorado, don’t overlook the candy bars. These potent, portable, and palatable cannatreats are not to be missed!

Indica Blueberry Stealth Stick Review

Indica Blueberry Stealth Stick Review

Every time I go to a party or family gathering, I like to bring along a joint when I don’t plan on drinking. This plan occasionally backfires for several reasons: first, friends bring their kids along and I can’t smoke at all; second (and perhaps worst of all) the smell tends to attract immediate “friends” that hoover my jays and then go on their merry way. Now that summer is just around the corner, I decided it was high time I invested in something a little more discreet. After trying a handful of pre-loaded vape pens, it’s become clear that when it comes to flavor and effect, nothing beats LivWell’s disposable Indica Blueberry Stealth Stick. It’s smooth and sweet, but the smell is discreet!

After taking my first hit off the Indica Blueberry Stealth Stick, the first thing that struck me was the flavor. Unlike some other pens I have tried, the terpene-infused hash oil in LivWell’s brand does an excellent job of matching the sweet and subtle taste of blueberries. The pre-loaded cartridge is filled with 400mg of very strong indica hash oil (activated THC), and after a few hits the calm and relaxing effects are in full swing. This pen is potent, but it comes on slowly and left me feeling happy, calm and relaxed…but not necessarily sleepy. The Indica Blueberry Stealth Stick is great to smoke before bed, but it won’t induce sleepiness by default like some other strains I have tried.

As far as smell goes, the Indica Blueberry Stealth Stick is aptly named. When exhaling, the vapor tastes and smells faintly of blueberry, but has no discernible cannabis aroma to arouse suspicion or envy. This would also be the perfect purchase for visitors to the Mile High City because it is disposable.

The Stealth Stick, which comes in a Sativa Grapefruit version as well, costs up to $30 after tax, but is a great investment. There are about 80-150 hits per pen depending on tolerance, and I was able to make mine last more than a week.

I picked up my Indica Blueberry Stealth Stick from the incredibly friendly and well-informed staff at LivWell’s Pearl Street location in Denver. Next time you’re looking for a high-quality disposable vape pen (or just need a better way to sneak a smoke), try the Stealth Stick, available at all LivWell locations.

Leafs By Snoop Peach Gummies Review

Leafs By Snoop Peach Gummies Review

Remember going to the movies and sneaking in a bag of your favorite candy? Mine was peach rings; every time I entered the convenience store, my mouth would water with anticipation of that delicious peachy flavor. Imagine my surprise when I was able to find the same sweet and tangy peach flavor at my local Livwell Dispensary (1660 Pearl St., Denver) in the form of Leafs By Snoop Peach Gummies.

I’ve been well acquainted with the Leafs By Snoop brand in the past, sampling both strains and edibles worthy of the Doggfather himself. Although LBS is a newcomer to the booming edibles market, it is an emerging and increasingly well-known and trusted brand of cannabis. After all, who knows cannabis better than the iconic Snoop Dogg? ….Lion?

Not only are these gummies sweet (but not too sweet, like other cannabis infused foods), they are chewy, juicy, a bit tart, and best of all: no peach fuzz. They come in an attractive, sleek, and childproofed box that can be stowed away safely and squarely. The high comes on quickly, approximately 30 minutes after ingestion, but doesn’t hit like a train. The effect from these peach gummies is euphoric, energetic and functional, like a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

I enjoyed my box of Leafs By Snoop Peach Gummies so much that before I knew it, they were all gone. They come 10 in a box with 10mg of active THC per bite-sized piece. That is to say, I didn’t eat all 10 of them in one sitting; one or two will get the job done, but more will not necessarily leave you feeling glued to the couch. Just keep in mind that 5 to 10 mg of THC is considered a single dose, and know your tolerance.

Get some Leafs By Snoop products from your nearest LivWell to experience Leafs By Snoop Peach Gummies for yourself and see what makes this brand of edibles reputable and stylish.

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