11:30 am on a Tuesday is the perfect to time to stop in to Kind Love. The rear parking lot is accessible and ample. It’s empty at the time of my arrival but I’ve seen overflow-parking spill into the neighboring Petsmart lot before. Most notably on Thursday’s when new Green Dot flavors drop. I haven’t visited Kind Love in quite some time. Months when I think about it. I used to shop here once a week when my office was located just down the road.
Kind Love is perched at the top of East Alameda Avenue and Leetsdale Drive in Denver. The building is discreetly tucked into trees and utility poles that in another life were also trees. From the exterior one cannot readily tell that this structure houses one of Denver’s most loved dispensaries. It looks more like a fine place to put a dental clinic. Once inside these hallowed walls, medical patients and recreational consumers are treated to an out of this world experience.
Check in was a breeze and I was offered a Kind Love Red Card protector when the receptionist saw the crumbling imitation brand Post-it note I’m currently using to keep the integrity of my card in tact. I accepted fully well knowing that it would not fit in my wallet. As if the state wants to make thing even tougher on cannabis patients, the current ID cards were made without such precautions like making sure that the ink would not rub off leaving a valid card unusable.
Immediately upon entering the medical dispensary I was greeted by Matt whose bushy red beard dwarfed my own manly scruff. After some brief facial hair talk and catching him up on what I’ve been doing my name was announced and I excused myself to make my purchase. He let me know that the Cookie Wreck had just hit the med side and was looking primo.
The shelves are always stocked to the max at Kind Love. They have enough infused topical cream to slather a million bodies’ head to toe and their selection of edibles and drinks runs the gamut. Kind Love has the best selection of hash on the market. They carry Concentrated Remedies, Craft 710, Essential Extracts, Incredible Extracts, Viola, Green Dot, The Lab as well as their own house line of wax, shatter and live resin.
Mary motioned for me to walk to her station and she’s never steered me wrong before. She put a jar of Triangle Kush in front of me and opened the lid. The smell hit me like an open hand slap to the face and sent me tumbling back. If one is good then two is better. I went in for another whiff this time keeping my footing. It was tasty; as was the Cookie Wreck I checked out. But I had come with a hankering for something specific.
Boredello has been knocking me on my ass since I first smoked it a year or so ago. I’ve gone back for it several times since without the slightest sense of disappointment. It’s a cross between Blackberry Apocalypse and Alexis with its roots taking hold in the firm red dirt of Texas and its Texas Resin Company. Bordello is a pungent and pretty bud begging to be rolled up into a fat blunt.
The bottom of the jar is not a place a connoisseur would rather not consume cannabis from. It’s akin to taking the last swing out of a warm bottle of whiskey that has been sitting in the corner all night; it will still do the job but taste and appearance are lacking and the experience is shot. I’m all about the aesthetic. Mary knows me and knows my preferences. She retrieved a brand new jar of the magical strain and sent me packing with a fat gram.
Kind Love is and will forever a cannabis institution. It’s a place where the brightest minds in the cannabis community shop, work and congregate. As I left the store I struck up a conversation with Chris, a grower from a competing dispensary. He comes into Kind Love to pick up clones from the clone bar for his home grow. He left me with his personal opinion of the dispensary.
“Kind Love is the fucking best!”
I couldn’t agree more Chris.
Blackberry Apocalypse x Alexis
Kind Love, 4380 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246.
One of the things I most enjoyed about this sample of Bordello was the variation in nug size, shape and color. Shades of purple stood out sporadically among the dark and light greens with ample scatterings of burnt-orange hairs and kief.
A complex terpene profile, these Bordello flowers smelled earthy with undertones of fuel and citrus before being broken up, but then I was greeted with the sweet aroma of berries and flowers as soon as I tore one in half.
Smoking a bowl of Bordello out of a less-than-squeaky-clean glass pipe was not able to mask the surprising berry taste in the smoke. I felt slight throat irritation and choked out a couple of coughs after the first two hits, but it was relatively smooth sailing. Just as expected, the cultivation team at Kind Love flushed the plants properly because the ash left in the bottom of bowl was white.
My eyes felt a little heavier by the time the bowl was finished, and a comfortingly-restrictive, imaginary headband had magically appeared above my ears. My limbs felt heavy and light at the same time while a mild tingling sensations tickled my skin. (Yes, seriously.) If I had to describe the effects I felt from consuming Bordello in one word, it would be serene.
Because it provides intense limb and body relaxation coupled with an almost energizing mental stimulation, I think Bordello would be an ideal pairing for creative pursuits, catching up with friends, meditating or something more sensual like getting a massage. In the best way possible, concentrating on writing this review became slightly more challenging after a bowl of Bordello. While it is a good option to relieve pain and stress, Bordello may not be a good choice for those seeking relief at work.