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.