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February 14, 2016
Denver, CO
Medical and Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries
Published on February 6, 2016

Sour Diesel has worked hard to become one of the most popular and potent staples on the shelf. A Mexican Sativa and Chemo cross, true Sour D should be distinguishable by smell from the next room. Our noses were flooded with that same enticing essence from the moment we popped open our sample from CMW.

Covered with dense pockets of glimmering crystals, the fluffy flower broke apart smoothly and even packed firmly without a grind. Notes of citrus, if not, oakwood, accompanied the thick smoke, with sweet and spicy aftertaste.

Upon first spark came disempowerment that left us a bit light-headed in the moment. It took a while to gather the thoughts, and by then our minds were racing with innovative ideas even despite physically succumbing to a state of tranquility. Within fifteen minutes the strain had hit full-force and we were firmly couch-locked.

As the effects continued over the…

Cannabis Reviews
Published on February 6, 2016

Everyone knows you can’t just eat one Girl Scout Cookie without the urge to finish off a whole box. Take a thick nugget with an illustrious range of violet hues, diamond crystal cover and phenomenal star anise aroma that fills the entire house--and you’ll find yourself in a similar predicament, loading bowl after bowl. Such it was with Chronic Therapy’s version of the strain, which was masterfully cured, and carried the fragrance of blood orange.

  Wow. We only needed one hit. That was clear from the first spark. It totally ripped right off the bat, tickling the throat. An electrical hiss sent us floundering, struggling to balance in slow motion. The next few moments passed like a full hour. A few critics felt slight dizziness as the head fully disconnected from the body, but recovered quickly.

  For the adventurous, a second, and greater puff only meant a higher soar. It…

Cannabis Reviews
Published on February 6, 2016

If you’ve ever wandered aimlessly through a dispensary, unsure of what savvy new delicacy to sample, it pays big to think outside the box. Gorilla Glue #4 Rosin from Altitude Organic Medicine (AOM) is one of those prime examples. With the potent genetics of Chemsis, Chocolate Diesel and Sour Dubb, this award-winning favorite just got a verdant makeover by AOM’s solventless experts.

Our sample came to us with the appearance of a luxurious boutique-made soap, pungently peppery, and sticky as the actual adhesive. With a pleasantly surprising simplicity, the viscosity made for a nice dab; very little was left on the wax paper to waste. The artisan quality was on showcase as the specimen easily pulled apart into small tacky balls, leaving little residue on the fingers, save the pleasurable fragrance.

The first hit immediately put us in the backs of our seats but the full impact was delayed. It…

Grow Stores
Published on February 6, 2016

A hearty serving of Grapefruit Crush is just the fruity boost a discerning cannabis enthusiast needs for breakfast. This potent sativa from Sinsemilla Gardens combines the uplifting and energetic effects of a mild sugar rush, yet somehow keeps you calm and focused enough to get through the day without looking like a clumsy sidewalk philosopher.

  Our sample nugget was covered in bright orange pistils like a fiery orangutan. As we broke up the bud, a massive trichome trove unfolded in surprise splendor. It wasn’t until the initial grind that the trademark sweet citrus and grapefruit fully unlocked in the air. Mouth-watering to say the least.

  The anticipation of the flavor from the first citrusy puff surprised us, ironically, as it brought out more “au naturale pine essence.”  But nonetheless, there was little time to discuss taste in the moments that followed. A powerful yet delayed cerebral high hit us like…

Cannabis Reviews
Published on February 6, 2016

Elephant is truly a beast of a bud from Colorado BestBudz that will take you on a mellow ride through the trichome jungle. This stunning indica showcased trademark eggplant-colored leafage and bronze pistils, both weaved nonchalantly throughout a dense nuggetry. The sugary specimen filled the room with an unmistakable scent of sweet berries and grapefruit.

With a slow squeeze, the super sticky sponge-like buds adhered to our fingers and easily conformed to any shape we pressed into them. Once broken apart, the scent transformed into steely accents of pine; “if changed my impression dramatically,” said one critic, “and put me in the mindset of  a hot-boxed wood cabin.”

The first hit saturated the air earthy aroma and likewise left the strong taste of an evergreen forest on the tongue. A fast-acting body buzz immediately set in and we could definitely feel the presence of a purple elephant in the room…

Where To Find Weed
Published on February 6, 2016

 

 To call Critical Mass a hybrid may seem like a technical misnomer--after all, it is the refined combination of two recognized staples, Afghani and Skunk #1. Yet her stone careens from both extremes, from head to body, and is worth picking up if even just to grab some of the biggest nuggets on the shelf.

  Our selection from Mr. Nice Guys was as “Big Bud” as the strain’s old moniker suggested. She was dark and burly, with a firecracker appearance, sparkling in crystal and hiding purple undertones. A beautiful, floral aroma followed her from the container, sugary and brisk, like fresh rosewood. The grind revealed even another layer, the fruity musk of apple and mango.

  True to the breed, the nug was a peppery cougher, pulverizing the face before the puff was even over. An elevating buzz flowed immediately from neck back over the cerebrum and into the eyebrows…

Weed Strains
Published on February 6, 2016

Amnesia Haze has been a top potency contender for well over a decade now, drawing upon a cross-world pedigree of Afghani, Hawaiian, Laotian and Jamaican land-races for the ultimate cerebral demolition. It’s the kind of bud that probably inspired “Flower Power” of the sixties, yet even the hippies would have been dumbfounded by the bedazzling high.

  From the get go, our sample from Artisanal Medicinal was a confectioner's dream, overladen in sweetness like candy, the cream of Haze dressed with bubblegum aromas and a slight taste of strawberry in the smoke. The same classy essence stuck to the fingers as we ground the sticky bud into a heaping bowl.

  The first hit pummeled us with breath-taking levity throughout the body but not in an overwhelming sense. A furiously strong speed of mind overtook instead, coursing through the tongue and jowls to the back of the head and deep into the…

Marijuana Effects
Published on February 6, 2016

Sour Maui conjures the image of sweet treats on sandy beaches, a sunny refuge from winter’s frost. The sativa-dominant hybrid combines the creative energy of Maui Waui with the relaxing pain-relief of Sour Diesel for a potent mixed cocktail of effects.

  Our selection from La Bodega certainly delivered that tropical punch. The bright nugs were aromatic like a fruit stand, and sprinkled with a peach fuzz of hairs and generous dusting of trichomes. When ground, the pungent scent of sweet citrus filled the room, erupting like fresh-squeezed grapefruit.

  With the first exhale, the power of Sour D hit behind the eyes. Within minutes, the numbing tides flowed throughout the extremities, planting most of us on the couch. Critics felt a brief loss of sensations--even light-headed--but it quickly passed as soon as we became mobile.

  Within an hour, the energizing effects of the Maui Waui took hold. No longer could we…

Cannabis Reviews
Published on October 14, 2015

Layered in beautiful hues of bright green and dark orange hairs, Gorilla Glue provokes mental imagery of mist rising from the mountain jungle. As an avid cup-winner, this potent hybrid is thought to be the offspring of Chemsis, Chocolate Diesel and Sour Dubb. An examination of our specimen from Canna Meds, certainly made obvious how and why it earned such a moniker: the large, super-sticky trichomes absolutely saturated the bright green leaves and left our fingers stickier than a chameleon’s tongue.

  Upon the initial grind, the piney aroma gave rise to powerful accents of sweet citrus as the bud burst apart to reveal even larger trichomes. The first puff tasted slightly metallic but also sweet, and exhaled smoothly in a creamy, thick cloud perfect for smoke rings. We thought we’d be glued to our chairs in a matter of seconds.

  Surprisingly, this was not the case. We maintained friendly conversations…

Where To Find Marijuana
Published on October 14, 2015

Some Cadets will come out of the woodwork, traveling long distances--just to grab a handful of dependable, connoisseur’s Grape Ape. There are a lot of imitators, and amateur growers that can affectionately refer to any purple indica as such. But the genuine phenotype has just the right combination of elements to create a cult following: taste, experience, and of course, that branded purple sheen.

  Altitude Organic Medicine--who is soon to open their first recreational outlet in Dillon--is rapidly emerging as a premiere cannabis brand in Colorado. The quality of their organic process was evident in the flower: it left us salivating from first sight. The nug was dressed in “pure trich cover,” and coat of red hairs like a silverback gorilla. Dense, dark and hairy, the stickiness stayed on our fingers, as we passed the bud ‘round the room to marvel at its brilliant purple. The grind revealed--as expected, a…

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