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.
While the most popular strains seem to be forever-stocked on nearly all cannabis dispensary shelves, it is always nice to discover lesser-known or proprietary genetics that deserve more attention. I recently had the pleasure of discovering one such example in the Sour Apple Maui strain grown and sold by Oasis Cannabis Superstore in Denver, Colorado.
I entered Oasis Cannabis Superstore on 44th Ave without a specific strain in mind, which could easily become an overwhelming situation considering that they keep more than 100 strains on hand at all times. I was lucky enough to be helped by Lanai, a friendly and knowledgeable veteran member of the Oasis team, who was able to quickly point me in the direction of Sour Apple Maui. (Big thanks, Lanai. You rock!)
Lanai selects flowers of Cherry Lime Rickey after filling a gram of Sour Apple Maui at Oasis Cannabis Superstore.
Sour Apple Maui
Sour Diesel x Power Plant x Maui Waui
Oasis Cannabis Superstore, 5430 West 44th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212
Sour Apple Maui flower from Oasis Cannabis Superstore.
This sample of Sour Apple Maui is reminiscent of flora found on a tropical island. These dense flowers fade from dark green at the core to lighter, lime-green on the edges. Each bud was speckled with bright orange hairs (pistils) and shimmering concentrations of kief (trichomes). Once ripped in half and upon closer inspection, I noticed a few tiny leaves that were slightly purple in color.
These flowers smelled sweet and earthy with strong undertones of fuel and citrus. It likely contains higher quantities of limonene, a terpene found in cannabis, citrus fruits, juniper and several other plants, known to help to increase mental focus and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Full disclosure, I was slightly nervous about trying Sour Apple Maui for a couple of reasons. First of all, it tested highest for THC out of all strains available at Oasis, maxing out at 27 percent, and strains super high in THC often leave me with a racing heart. I usually prefer heavy indicas, but Sour Apple Maui is an 80 percent sativa dominant strain. I may have been skeptical, but I will forever trust Lanai’s recommendations because she was spot-on with this one. It provided me with just the right amount of cerebral relaxation to remain calm and clear-headed, in-the-moment, and therefore able to concentrate on one task at a time.
Just as the label very clearly stated, this strain is perfect for those, like myself, who suffer from ADD. I also found it to be a phenomenal pain reliever. It eradicated the headache I woke up with almost instantly. The Oasis team also, understandably, recommends this strain in the treatment of depression, fatigue and muscle spasms.
Officially on my list of favorites, Sour Apple Maui has become my go-to strain for summer. If it were a song, it’d be “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin because whether you’re relaxing by the pool, hiking a new trail or playing frisbee at the park, Sour Apple Maui will leave you carefree and in-the-moment. It may also be a good option for those seeking daytime pain relief at work, or for anyone suffering from PTSD.
Have you ever had the opportunity to view more than 150 different strains of cannabis in one day? What about in one room? If you’ve never had the overwhelming pleasure, make the trip to one of the Oasis Cannabis Superstore locations in Denver, Colorado. It’s quite the sight, and with a motto like “Relax. It’s all here,” expect to take some time making decisions.
Lanai was working at the Oasis Cannabis Superstore on 44th Ave when I visited. After asking questions to find out what effects I typically like, she suggested two strains — Cherry Lime Rickey and Sour Apple Maui.
Click here to read the Sour Apple Maui Review and continue reading to learn more about Cherry Lime Rickey.
Cherry Lime Rickey
Cherry Lime Haze x Unknown
Oasis Cannabis Superstore, 5430 West 44th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212
Cherry Lime Rickey is a sturdy strain with heavy, solid buds. This sample is devoid of any extraneous leaves that have a nasty habit of filling up orders with fluff rather than substance. Due to the robust development of trichomes these gems look like they have been dusted with confectioner’s sugar, something you will surely notice when handling. Overall CLR is a cosmetically attractive strain with impressive amounts of red hairs coupled with a healthy glisten from its globule growth (kief).
The olfactory makeup of Cherry Lime Rickey is unmistakably pastoral. The first impression is one of fresh growth on the farm, evoking images of green life under the sun. When you break CLR open there is an added dimension of skunk and ammonia that speaks to its potent effects. Although CLR does not share many scented similarities with its namesake, you will nonetheless find an undercurrent of citrus (limonene) that makes its presence known, if only intermittently.
I smoked this sample of Cherry Lime Rickey in a small glass chillum pipe. It burned evenly throughout, providing a well-rounded and easy-to-pull hit. Although not always the case, with CLR the flavor profile matches its odor to a surprising degree. I would offer that the skunky and ammonia flavor comes through a bit stronger during the initial inhale, and then remains in the aftertaste. The combination of everything is a pleasant rich draw, and it burned down to white ash which is a good tell for proper flushing and curing.
Take note of its strong head change in the first five minutes, Cherry Lime Rickey packs a mean punch up front. Despite that shock bit at the beginning however, CLR transitions into a surprisingly clear-headed state where 15 minutes after consumption I was able to enjoy a genuine state of relaxation coupled with reasonable lucidity. The largest noticeable effect was of that to the body. A release of tension is palpable, with an emphasis on easing muscle tightness. For a solid hour after smoking there was a continued loose feeling that I found quite comfortable. The effects taper off largely around the hour to hour and a half mark.
The claims by Oasis Cannabis Superstore that Cherry Lime Rickey is an ideal strain to relieve symptoms of muscle spasms, anxiety, PMS and pain seem correct. It would also likely be a strain beneficial in the treatment of PTSD.
An exotic California strain that has since migrated east and found a home at Denver Relief in Colorado, Lemon Diesel smells and tastes like an overripe lemon was infused with gasoline.
Strain: Lemon Diesel
Genetics: West Coast Sour Diesel x Lemon Skunk
Dispensary: Denver Relief, 1 Broadway A150, Denver, CO 80203
Lemon Diesel has a pure-hybrid look with lime green buds streaked with dark bronze highlights throughout. The dense flowers form a narrow triangular shape that does not crumble under pressure. A kiefy bud, this Lemon Diesel has swollen calyxes an abundance of trichomes. No leaves remain on this properly trimmed sample from Denver Relief.
The terpene profile of Lemon Diesel smells like a tire with a lemon rind stuck to it ran over a skunk, poured gasoline all over it, and then set it on fire. On the first whiff, the Lemon Diesel smells like straight lemon zest (limonene). The second sniff adds in the funky, vociferous skunk odor. When you break her open to pack a bowl, the distinct petrol smell that can only be attributed to the Sour Diesel within her genetic profile becomes more apparent.
This Lemon Diesel burned smoothly and evenly in my glass spoon pipe, and delivered an unusually flavorful first hit. The diesel taste unsurprisingly overwhelmed the initial lemon punch, but both terpenes remain present throughout the exhale. This sample turned to white ash, a sign that it was flushed and cured properly.
Lemon Diesel delivers an instant head-rush of euphoria that lasts 15 to 20 minutes before transforming into a balanced relaxation of both body and mind. After about 45 minutes, the effects remind me more of those from a potent indica with a light, floaty sensation that settled in my limbs. About 90 minutes after smoking, only a general daze lingers. A potent strain, I recommend novice users not take more than a couple of hits at first.
Denver Relief nailed the lemon on the head with this interpretation of Lemon Diesel. The citrus and gas balance one another both in flavor and effect. The well-balanced effects of Lemon Diesel make it a great choice for almost any occasion, whether you’re wake-and-baking on the weekend or using it to unwind during an after-work stroll.
Interested in trying Lemon Diesel for yourself? Support Denver Relief, the oldest operating dispensary in Denver, and consider purchasing from their store. Click here to browse Denver Relief’s current menu.
Girl Scout Cookie season is upon us! Rejoice fellow victims of the munchies! Now stop rejoicing and pay the girl at your door $5 per box immediately, or she’s liable to break a kneecap. She’s got more sales to make, and Girl Scouts don’t play! But, I digress. In honor of the sinfully delicious confections handcrafted by tiny Keebler elves and hand-delivered by even tinier child laborers, I present to you yet another handcrafted treat (with 100% less child labor):
Girl Scout Cookies by Denver Relief, which is a hybrid cannabis flower strain testing at about 19% THC.
Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies is a cross between Durban Poison, OG Kush, and Cherry Kush.
In my experience, Girl Scout Cookies seems to be one of the more popular strains in Colorado and the West Coast, particularly California. Market demand naturally affects supply and, as a result, the availability of the eponymous strain has noticeably increased over the years. So when I say that Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookie is damn near the best I have had the personal pleasure of witnessing and consuming, please believe that my assessment comes after having seen a nauseating amount of the strain over the years.
The Girl Scout Cookies flower has a smaller, rounded pinecone shape that is quite dense and a dry texture that retains much of the flower’s qualities while easily crumbling between my pressed fingers. The texture, in other words, is indicative of a proper dry and cure process, which is what I have come to expect of Denver Relief. The flower’s primary color is a pale, light green, but this base coat is barely visible beneath a drizzling of vibrant orange pistils, a thick blanket of sparkling trichomes, and the occasional dark green, almost purple, spot.
Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies has overtones of pine, diesel, and a bit of an earthiness and undertones of sour citrus. Upon crumbling the flower, I noticed the sour citrus aroma increased and a general sweetness emerged.
Consumption Method and Flavor
I tend to smoke joints, so that’s what I did. I prefer joints because I can repeatedly taste the flower, and I can determine how well the flower has been flushed by inspecting the joint’s ash—generally, the whiter the ash, the better the flush.
In this instance, the joint’s ash was almost pure white, signaling a thorough flush—again, I have come to expect nothing less from Denver Relief. The smooth, clean smoke reflected Denver Relief’s hard work, but the strain also seems to have its own mellow, flavor qualities. The flower starts of with a semi-sharp, pine flavor but quickly eases into a mellow sweetness that persists solo through the after taste.
Overall, I really enjoyed the productive effect of Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies. The strain does not have a heavy hitting high that will make you dumber than June Shannon—I’m sorry I made you look her up—but, then again, no Girl Scout Cookies flower has ever had that effect on me. Instead, I immediately experienced a cerebral high that actually helped me focus on work while neither imparting much energy nor drowsiness; this effect was welcome considering I perhaps had too much coffee earlier in the day but still needed to get work done. Like a true hybrid, the cerebral effects were accompanied by a slight body high that tingled my extremities and made me feel lightweight overall. After about an hour, I still had not felt the drowsiness that so often follows a lesser flower’s high. Denver Relief’s Girls Scout Cookies strikes an exquisite balance between Durban Poison’s uplifting cerebral effects and Kush’s physical effects.
I don’t normally choose Girl Scout Cookies when shopping for cannabis because, as I previously mentioned, I often find the strain’s high to lack luster. Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies, however, gets you high with a purpose. Instead of turning you into a poorly functioning, giggling buffoon, you will more likely feel focused, functional, and relaxed. If you enjoy smoking while working, I highly recommend Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies.
Interested in trying Girl Scout Cookies for yourself? Support Denver Relief, the oldest operating dispensary in Denver, and consider purchasing from their store. Click here to browse Denver Relief’s current menu.