Medical marijuana dispensary review: GreenWerkz in Denver
This was my reason for giving GreenWerkz a try. The report from Full Spectrum Labs showed that it was 14.55 percent CBD and less than 1 percent THC, just a hair over what can be found in industrial hemp plants. For all I know, this could be from an industrial hemp plant, as Carstens didn't give any hints to its lineage. It had leafy, underdeveloped-looking buds -- though I've never seen this cut or anything related to it with which I can compare it, so maybe that's just how it grows. Very waxy feeling and under the scope you can see globs of plant resin on the teeny, tiny dark green sugar leaves. It smelled like a hemp shirt when broken up, and the taste wasn't much better. But taste aside, the CBD content is noticeable within five minutes of smoking a hefty bowl. Without a doubt it helped ease my back pains, especially at night when lately I've been jolted out of sleep by searing nerve pinches. It's really cool to see what such a unique strain can do for your health, I just wish I could see what this strain is like when it's grown to its full potential -- because everything else about GreenWerkz tells me it ain't.
Purple Kush $24.20/eighth (member prices)
This was the most appealing strain in the shop the day I was in. The jar had a grape-like sugar-sweetness that was more distinct than any other in the shop. A few days in the little jar I took home removed away some of that funk and left it with a hashy, bland finish overall. As you can see in the picture, this harvest was left pretty leafy. I'm all about the "Colorado trim," but this one borderline looks like someone forgot to do a second round of dry trimming after the initial wet trim; it reminded me of the hand-trimmed outdoor I found in Jamaica last April. There was a good coat of amber crystals solid, though a few more days flushing and maturing into fall colors before harvesting wouldn't have hurt. Hashy with minimal kush-like flavor, it produced an overwhelming spicy burn at the back of my throat when inhaling that kept me from fully enjoying it. I was left with a rather blasé attitude about this cut. It wasn't bad for $24, but I wouldn't go back for it again if it's like this every time.
Sour Diesel Wax $25/gram
After I paid for my purchase, someone mentioned that the wax was from the folks over at The Clinic. As usual, their wax is top-notch. I brought home the Sour Diesel wax that had a beautiful, orange-tan color and smelled pungent with Diesel tartness. The wax was crumbly and handled a lot like icewater hash. I was able to roll up small balls without it melting and sticking to my fingertips. It burned clean, with only a trace amount of residue left on the titanium pad. It was an easy, non-expanding smoke in the bubbler, and the smallest dabs were great for making me hungry.
William Breathes is the pot nom de plume for Westword's medical marijuana dispensary critic. You can find his reviews here every Thursday at 4:20 p.m. and in our medical marijuana blog, Mile Highs and Lows.