Medical marijuana dispensary review: Pearl Co. in Denver
Pearl Co. is on the little stretch of South Pearl Street, just down the way from Sushi Den.
This may have been purely coincidental, but I'd like to think not -- since very little goes better with a case of the munchies than sushi, and nothing tastes better after grubbing pounds of raw fish than a big, fat spliff.
The Pearl Co. 1445 S. Pearl St. in Denver 303-733-6337 www.wherestheweed.at
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Raw marijuana price range: $30/$40 price ranges for non-members. $25/$25 for members.
Other types of medicine: Edibles, icewater hash.
Handicap accessible? Yes.
South Pearl Street in the afternoons can be pretty busy thanks to people shopping in the small boutiques that line the shopping district. But somehow I managed to land a street spot directly in front of the light-peach house with purple and green trim.
Like other shops, including iVita Wellness in Denver and High Grade Alternatives in Boulder, Pearl Co. doubles as an art gallery that rotates out collections from local artists. I didn't catch the name of this month's featured artist, but I really enjoyed his colorful oil portraits, which hung around the foyer-turned-waiting-room of the old house.
My budtender, a woman in her mid-twenties, greeted me, copied my ID and my red card, and we were on our way to the back bud bar within a few minutes.
The little house opens up into a spacious living area that has been converted into the bud bar. My budtender told me that the house used to belong to a couple who ran a tarot reading shop out of it. The eclectic red, purple and green paint throughout the house, she says, are remnants of the former tenants. Still, the shop has a clean, bright feel to it, with minimal furniture and bright, sunlit windows facing South Pearl Street.
The bud bar itself is a six-foot-wide wood-and-glass display case that wobbled when I leaned on it. It fits in well with the scuffed wood floor and tall, heavy wooden bookshelves to the left that contained various pot literature. My budtender was welcoming and friendly, asking me how my day was going and if I had any plans for the upcoming weekend. We chatted for a few minutes about the artwork in the shop before I finally turned my attention to the herb in the cases.
Pearl Co. shares a grow facility with sister shops Cherry Co. and Teapot Lounge, though not all strains can be found at all three. Pearl Co. breaks down herb into two price ranges, with $40 being the cap on eighths for non-members. Prices don't represent the added tax, so be prepared to spend a little bit more to appease the state when you're in. I started with the bottom-shelf, $30 eighths, including a solid pre-98 Bubba and a Master Kush. The top shelf at Pearl Co. was where the nuggetry was at, though. The shop carries a crazy selection of genetics its growers have been producing, including a lot of OG's and OG crosses as well as some appealing Nevil's Wreck, a killer Lavendar and a solid Skywalker OG. But the greenery that I had to try was the Super Silver Haze x OG cut. Out of the jar, it was the most unique-smelling strain I checked out.
Pearl Co. also carries hash made by arguably the top hash maker in the United States, Selecta Nikka T. Nik is recognized for his mad-scientist approach to hash-making that includes using distilled water, exact temperatures and other secret methods he has yet to divulge. Whatever method he's using, the guy consistently pulls some of the smoothest, most strain-unique hash I've ever seen. I tried a straight OG hash from Nik a few months ago, and I can still taste the condensed OG Kush taste if I think about it hard enough.
The day I was in, the shop featured various micron-levels of Purple Alien. Each level represents different screen filtration sizes used when making the hash, with smaller micron sizes often pulling less smokeable material. I grabbed the 70 micron "solventless wax," so named because it melts down like a butane-created wax without using the chemical solvent to remove the cannabinoids.
My budtender was happy to split an eighth for me, as well as weigh out a half-gram of hash, putting me just under $60 for a weekend's worth of medicine.
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