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.
As I entered Mindful on Colfax for the first time, I was quickly greeted, my ID was checked, and I was guided to sit in the cozy waiting area until the only budtender working at the time was available.
Luckily for me, Jared, a new yet knowledgeable member of the Mindful team is a fellow indica-enthusiast, so he was quickly able to recommend some of his favorite strains. After only minutes of discussion, I settled on Hell’s Angel OG.
Hell’s Angel OG
Debatable, but believed to be OG Kush x Blackberry.
Mindful, 5926 E Colfax Ave, Denver 80220
Being one of the driest states in the US, most cannabis found in Colorado is on the dryer side. While that is true with this sample of Hell’s Angel OG, the flowers are dense and break up into a much larger quantity than expected from the size of each nug. The calyxes are well developed. As you can see from the image below, the trichome coverage in dense, the pistils are on the shorter side and burnt-orange or amber in color.
These Hell’s Angel OG flowers have a complex terpene profile. Without breaking it open, the first aroma to hit the nose is largely earthy, herbal and spicy with a slight hint of pine. Once broken apart, however, a floral scent of sweetness and fruit becomes more apparent. Because of the aroma of Hell’s Angel OG, I would have to assume that this sample contains a decent amount of myrcene, linalool, and beta-caryophyllene.
Deciding to use my hands instead of a cannabis grinder to pack my glass pipe with Hell’s Angel OG left my fingers covered in resinous kief. One of the smoothest hitting strains I’ve ever consumed, I felt no irritation in my throat and I barely noticed I was exhaling smoke. I felt no irritation in my throat nor did I cough. The smoke tasted subtly spicy like black pepper.
The same strain of cannabis can produce completely different effects in different people. In my experience, indica strains that are known to leave one couch-locked leave me feeling just right. A slight smirk moved across my face and my eyes squinted almost immediately after the second hit of Hell’s Angel OG. Initially a little giggly and even talkative, the effects settled into mild cerebral relaxation, reduced muscle tension and an overall sense of calm.
Known for being beneficial in the treatment of such conditions as insomnia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and chronic pain, Hell’s Angel OG also relieved some of my symptoms of ADHD.