Medical marijuana dispensary review: Serenity Moon (University of Denver location)

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This dispensary has closed.

We've got a new college intern around here, and her youthful energy and endless fascination with all things cannabis remind me of my own college-age years. Back then, getting ounces of herb wasn't as easy as walking down to the nearby dispensary. You had to be somewhat in the know to find quality weed.

Serenity Moon (University of Denver location)

2018 S. University
Denver, CO 80210
303-993-5466
www.alpineherbalwellness.com

DISPENSARY HAS BEEN CLOSED

There are two Serentity Moon locations -- one near Colfax and York, and the other down south by the University of Denver, smack dab in the middle of what passes for the college bar scene there. And by the heart, I mean the one bar that used to be known for serving anyone who showed anything resembling a real 21-and-over ID: The Border. I used to hit the place up from time to time with friends, though I was mostly found on the bench by the Laundromat smoking a one-hitter.

Which leads me (albeit in a convoluted way) to the point of this tale: That bench I used to get stoned on while my college friends got shitcanned on Jäger-Red Bull bombs is still there -- but now it's out front of the dispensary where I bought my ganja the other week. I have to admit I paused to think back on all of the drunken coeds I saw stumble out of that bar to puke around the corner, or the times some drunk DU hockey player knocked out some unsuspecting frat boy in the parking lot with one punch. Interesting how nostalgia creeps up you.

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I walked in to what used to be the coin-op laundromat and was buzzed through by the woman on the other side of the glass partition to the main bud bar once she got a look at my red card and ID. I snagged some leftover Halloween candy sitting on the receptionist's desk and sat down in one of the small chairs opposite the desk to fill out a few pages of paperwork. Compared to the dreary digs of a college-area washateria, the place is definitely a step up in the decor department. Bright, natural birch-wood paneling lines the bud bar, receptionist desk and back wall, where herb is kept in airtight jars on the shelves.

My budtender, Kyle, was one of, if not the, nicest I've ever come across at a dispensary. The guy really wasn't a salesman, and I mean that in a really good way. He said that he actually started out as a patient at Serenity Moon before landing a job there, and after dialing in the right strains, he had finally gotten off prescription painkillers for migraines and arthritis. He also said that prescription pain pills had given him ulcers, so the two of us were able find common ground quickly. He seemed sincere in wanting to help me find some good meds to take home, and the two of us spent about ten minutes comparing notes on stomach problems, appetite and what strains we use the most.

He suggested I try veering into the indica realm to try and ease cramps in my stomach and pulled down a few of the strains, including the Amsterdam Gold -- which he swore was his miracle strain. He also suggested the Grape Ape, which was the size and density of the popcorn kernels at the bottom of a movie theater bucket. Most unique was a Sweet Diesel with the fattest, brightest-orange pistils I have ever seen. The things were larger than some of the sugar leaves left behind from the trim on the Amsterdam Gold.

In all, the things I saw were grown well to a point, but most everything seemed to have been harvested early or simply underfed and was skinny-looking. The manager I spoke with on the phone after my visit admitted they have had issues in the past, but said they recently brought on a new master grower to help get their plants back on the fat and juicy track.

No hash the day I was in, but Kyle said Serenity Moon should start seeing more stock coming in soon once its trim gets processed. The shop also carried a solid range of edibles ranging from sweets to savories, with tinctures and drinks thrown in for good measure. One oddity was THC-infused bath salts. Unfortunately, bath salts have taken on a pretty negative connotation in relation to getting high over the last few years, so combining the two -- even in an honest and organic attempt at healing -- made me double-take and question how many idiots have bought it for smoking, not soaking.

The shop is tied in with Alpine Herbal Wellness in Cherry Creek. For those of you keeping score here, Alpine Herbal Wellness received what some (read: the owners) might call a rough review a few months back over their higher-than-usual prices for not-higher-than-usual herb. They have since lowered their prices, with a $40 cap on eighths, from what I see on the menu. But over at Serenity Moon, everything in the house sold for right around $22 before tax, bringing things to an extremely affordable $25 for each eighth of herb. I walked out with an eighth for just under $25, resisting my urge to sit down and light up on the bench out front one more time for old time's sake.

Page down for reviews and photos of the cannabis Senor Breathes took home this week.

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2018 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

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tgtree88
tgtree88

We have recently begun to accept new members for 2011-2012 and walk-ins are always welcome. We have lowered our pricing and now offer a 10% discount for Veterans & Students (with valid ID) and HIV & Cancer patients.  (All our TOP SHELF 1/8’s are capped at $40).  Since opening our doors in 2009 our Denver dispensary has stood by our product and offered a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. http://www.tgtree.com/ 

Japaneserestaurant
Japaneserestaurant

We have recently begun to accept new members for 2011-2012 and walk-ins are always welcome. We have lowered our pricing and now offer a 10% discount for Veterans & Students (with valid ID) and HIV & Cancer patients.  (All our TOP SHELF 1/8’s are capped at $40).  Since opening our doors in 2009 our Denver dispensary has stood by our product and offered a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. http://www.tgtree.com/

 nazmun-tgtree
nazmun-tgtree

We have recently begun to accept new members for 2011-2012 and walk-ins are always welcome. We have lowered our pricing and now offer a 10% discount for Veterans & Students (with valid ID) and HIV & Cancer patients.  (All our TOP SHELF 1/8’s are capped at $40).  Since opening our doors in 2009 our Denver dispensary has stood by our product and offered a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. http://www.tgtree.com/

Comfy
Comfy

Awesome review Mr. B, but I must chime in. This past spring, Serenity Moon was recommended to me by a server at the restaurant that used to be behind it, The Bank. I stopped in after my burger and picked up a $25 lemon skunk 1/8th that was shocking in quality. I started to shop there about 50% of the time. After dealing with Kyle (mostly) to begin, I designated them as my caregiver and began shopping there exclusively. Something a lot of patients like me don't do. At a certain point, it wasn't about the bud anymore. I wanted to experience something other than hunting for the potent and cheap finds. For about 6 months, I've consumed about 3.5 a day. I visit them once a day as part of my daily run of errands and purchase meds. Their selection is my treatment - plain and simple. At this point, they aren't just a dispensary to me - they are my care provider. Consider how much time I spend with them in a week. Here is what I've been through:

They're always happy to see meNo one goes unattended once recognizedIf they haven't tried it - they'll tell youIf something has a negative feature - they'll tell you If they can't answer a question - they'll find someone who knowsSomeone that works there always knows :)Kyle answers requests with "You're the customer!" more than everyone in the 1950's combined.Everyone else is cool too (i just had to give that quote to Kyle)Kyle called someone, got a number for a mechanic for my type of car, and provided the number and a name to drop for potential friend pricing. I told Kyle that the strawberry candies with the goo inside were my favorite on my 5th or 6th visit there and he dug all of them out of the jar for me while my bud was being weighed. They have cool pre-roll options and seem to be consistently refining their edible selection - something that is expensive to do as a patient if your provider doesn't screen. I challenge you to find adulterated or dirty medicine. They'll probably give you a scope in-store to look before you buy if you want. Consider the amount I've scoped at home with my level of therapy.Most importantly, they allow me to be a model patient by being a model provider. I need MMJ to work and it is the obligation of everyone with a red card to show that it can succeed.

It's really hard to be a loyal customer anywhere these days. I'm happy to be a loyal patron. They're happy to have me. Lucky us.

I don't work for them - I'd never spoken a word to anyone there before shopping there - They'll know who I am if they read this - but this is no ad - this is really my experience as patient #35_8 (roof raise!).

Kush Maniac
Kush Maniac

Good review Will-I-AM and that lemon skunk looks very tasty.  Hey Will, did you know MMJ Kush now has a social network that is exactly like Yelp?  I've been on it all day and want you to come check it out.  http://www.mmjkush.com

Japaneserestaurant
Japaneserestaurant

We have recently begun to accept new members for 2011-2012 and walk-ins are always welcome. We have lowered our pricing and now offer a 10% discount for Veterans & Students (with valid ID) and HIV & Cancer patients.  (All our TOP SHELF 1/8’s are capped at $40).  Since opening our doors in 2009 our Denver dispensary has stood by our product and offered a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. http://www.tgtree.com/

nazmunnaher
nazmunnaher

We have recently begun to accept new members for 2011-2012 and walk-ins are always welcome.We have lowered our pricing and now offer a 10% discount for Veterans & Students (with valid ID) and HIV & Cancer patients.(All our TOP SHELF 1/8’s are capped at $40).Since opening our doors in 2009 our Denver dispensary has stood by our product and offered a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. http://www.tgtree.com

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