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Ask William Breathes, Westword marijuana critic, anything until 4:20 today

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The holidays are upon us here at Westword. Editors have begun leaving for vacation, and the gaggle of unsupervised reporters have already begun dipping into the egg nog, singing dirty Christmas carols and wrapping up interns like presents.

My gift this year was to be let me out of my hazy chambers to take over the Latest Word until 4:20 today for a holiday edition of our "Ask the stoned Pot Critic Anything" live(ish) chat.

Feel free to ask me anything: what kind of bong should you get your husband/wife for Xmas/Chanukah, which strains go best with holiday dinner and which ones are better for Christmas light viewing, which edibles you can stealthly eat around your family, etc. I'm here for you, dear Mile Highs and Lows reader.

I just stepped out into the alley and got, um, prepared for these next four hours and am ready to do this. So, what is on your mind? I might not be able to answer everything, but I'll try or at least come up with some stoned, snarky answer.

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Guess what's in that pipe...

Leave your questions in the comment section below.


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Juxeen
Juxeen

William Breathes = Arthur Fletcher III. dispensary beware of a bad review no matter how good your meds are. He will visit only one time and claim he has been in your shop several times. This industry needs a real critic not this guy.

steelcrazy
steelcrazy

So sorry I missed this on Wednesday.  I have 2 questions, realted to the same thing: (1) my medical condition is severe arthritis in the knee.  My medical needs are pain and insomnia relief, which favor an indica.  Any strain recommendations? (2) while I enjoy a good buzz as well as the next person, I also need a topical application that will help the pain.  I've never seen you review these.  There are several on the market.  Have you ever used these and, if so, do you have any recommenations?

Selectcapital
Selectcapital

Is it true you can now legally bring your medical bud from CO to AZ & CAL and vice versa w/ your state card...by plane even!  Also, what is the best way to stealth carry your stash through airport security - or is that just impossible now?  thanks, snowdawg

Josh
Josh

Have you heard of anyone being denied a red card yet? Still waiting on my damn card since I got the certified return receipt on Sept 27th.

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

When are you  going to come to Colorado Springs for a sampling of awesomeness ?

William Breathes
William Breathes

And it's 420. Thanks again folks, this was a freaking blast! Leave more questions and I'll get to them over the next few days.

milwaukee
milwaukee

What are the rules at DIA airport?  I have heard good things about some really chill TSA agents, but what are the actual rules  People are listening and watching all over the states, not just in Colorado.

milwaukee
milwaukee

Have you tried the Herb Iron? if so, what are your thoughts.Does it work for hash and other extracts?

Seedl3ss
Seedl3ss

Who has the best extracts?

Steve
Steve

So why does the grass always seem so much greener on the other side?

Jake Browne
Jake Browne

Biggest pet peeve when dealing with a budtender?

SmileHigh
SmileHigh

I have been on the registry for 4 years now, every year is a new hassle with either a medical referral place or CDPHE taking forever to process, I know you review dispensaries but I got caught up in that first batch of 2600 held up at CDPHE and am expecting to get rejected or possibly even worse denied. But hey I am a bowls half empty kind of guy...

State got my app Mid Sept cashed my money order Oct 6th and my card has been expired since late Oct leaving me not high but dry (glad I held on to some of my last harvest or I would really be pissed right about now) I am supposed to get something by Dec 23rd they saywhich leaves me in a very grey area of the law as far as possession and consumption these days.

My question is:Do you know of any medical referral facilities that have stood the test of time?It seems every place I go to the Dr. ends up having some issue with his license (CannaMed) or its not an actual Dr. that signed the paperwork (WellDocs).CDPHE doesn't have a list of places you should or shouldn't go so from your experience in the field what do you consider a legit place to get your referral?

I have 2 herniated spinal discs that cause nerve damage and major discomfort I have been seen at CU medical for over 10 years, so its not like my medical condition is I get stressed when I don't have weed...

Anyways Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas or Happy Festivus!!!

Jake Browne
Jake Browne

If you opened a dispensary, what would you call it? Feel free to take a minute.

Hatemail
Hatemail

What is the most important thing you forgot to do while high as balls?  (that you eventually remembered)

denverandy
denverandy

I need to use every 3-4 days; most often vaporizer but sometimes now edibles as the dosage is getting easy to regulate.  What, in your opinion, has the longest vs. shortest "recovery" time - meaning from high as a kite to clean-headed?  I find smoking (bong) usually has the quickest "arc" (3-4hours); vaporizer a bit longer (5-6 hours); edibles can sometimes leave me hazy 12 hours later.  I really like NOT smoking, but still find that method the most desirable way to consume my medication.

milwaukee
milwaukee

William, have you heard any negative health reports about ingesting butane?  I know it must be bad, just as bad as a butane lighter fumes, but gosh darn is it good.

BR
BR

After 4 years on the registry I got stalled getting my card, and I don't want to wait forever for my red card to arrive. I was wondering if the shops will take a renewal recommendation for meds? What sense would it make to get meds to new patients and make the old wait 30 plus days?

and... are cdphe some jack a## or what?

William Breathes
William Breathes

http://blogs.westword.com/late...

hopefully that helps. In short: you can fly with herb legally to medical marijuana states that allow for reciprocation. There's only a few though. 

Basically, TSA defers to local authority. So, in Denver that would be DPD. Since colorado law allows for it, there isn't much they can do.

William Breathes
William Breathes

I haven't use an actual herb iron -- but i've used a hakko and I loved it for concentrate smoking. Works perfect with a concentrate bowl too. only thing is that it's mad dangerous if you are clumsy

William Breathes
William Breathes

There is no meaning. To quote a much, much more intelligent man than myself: 

All things flow according to the whim of the great magnet.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Good question. I always seek out any hash made by Essential Extracts, but i've found great stuff at: riverrock, the clinic, denver relief, delta 9, Greenest green, Greenhouse, cannasseur, cds, and a few others that aren't coming to my not-so-stoned-anymore brain.... Is it 420 yet?

William Breathes
William Breathes

When they pretend to know it all, but can't tell me the differences between their strains in flavors, smells and looks without having the jar under their nose.

If you don't know, just admit to it. Honesty is by far the best virtue in a budtender.

Dumbquestionasker
Dumbquestionasker

Do you earn enough to make a living as the mmj reviewer? And do you get the hook at mmc's or do you stay incognito as you did reviewing restaurants Jason?

Ean
Ean

At Denver Relief, we generally refer patients to the MMD Medical Doctors.  2 of their doctors have been with the business for well over a year. One of them has been there for over 2! They are a doctors office that sees patients aside from just making recommendations for medical marijuana.  They offer pain managment services, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and more. 

All of the employees who work with mmj candidates are fully versed in the rules surrounding mmj applications.  If a new form comes out, they use it the first day.

I only have good things to say about the MMD Medical Doctors!

They are at 6th and Grant in the Coldwell Banker Building720.287.3440

William Breathes
William Breathes

Smile,

I stay away from recommending doctors -- that can get kindof dicey in my position. All I can really say is that a few of the more prominent and vocal doctors in the MMJ community here in Colorado have all stood the test of time, so-to-speak.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Yes, but only freshwater and certain varieties of tuna.

Can you still have fun?

William Breathes
William Breathes

Probably forgetting to put my bong away at 15 before my mom came home. I was so busted.

William Breathes
William Breathes

I agree with your assessment of the 'recovery time'. I find smoking to have the most tolerable efficacy of any method. 

William Breathes
William Breathes

well, butane ingestion alone is extremely dangerous. that much we all know. As for the dangers of BHO? Sure they are there, but I think that there is little science behind a lot of what people claim as 'facts'. 

Personally, i *think* you probably take in more butane by lighting up a green bowl with a bic than you do with even the worst BHO. But I'm no scientist.

BillySmith
BillySmith

Do you remember the first time you smoked? Describe.

Regarding clones. Wouldn't MMC's be out of business if they sold their top shelf genetics to their patients? Isn't that why the clone strains are never the same as what's on the shelf?

If they were really good genetics then they'd sell for a lot more. Wasn't delta9 selling banner clones to MMC's for a grand this time last year? (That's probably for your audience more than for you). That sounds far more reasonable, along with selling sham genetics these days on the cheap.

William Breathes
William Breathes

I earn enough right now to get by, but technically I'm a freelance writer for the paper. I would love for this to be truly full time, though, but the world of journalism is a tough one right now in that regards. As it is, I enjoy doing what I do though and wouldn't be doing anything else.

I stay incognito when I review shops. Only twice (to my knowledge) have I ever been recognized, and both times I made mention of it in my reviews. I *have* met dispensary owners after i reviewed their shops, though. I find that I need to strike a balance between being anonymous and actually having sources for other news stories and sometimes that involves me showing my face. That said, i'd like to think I have remained as objective as I was when I first started this thing and knew nobody.

Heebonism
Heebonism

Impressive. One over of experience in an industry that has been around for 11.

gesshhhh....

Kush
Kush

"Hmm, do you think that it's possible inhale enough butane from the amount of residue in an extract to cause hyperkalemia? Abusing or exposing oneself to high concentrations of butane seems like a more believable scenario. Of course, if you happen to be sentenced to death by lethal injection, then you're in for one heck of bout of hyperkalemia."

Clones
Clones

Oddly enough, I know of one center who actually just sold clones of one of their "in house favorite strains".  The only clone that they will not sell - not to their patients or to other centers, even centers who are not in Denver - is one that won a medal at the Cannabis Cup this year.  I am not trolling on here, so I won't mention which center or which strains... Everything that they had for sale clone wise was either ON the shelf, or was harvested and is in cure to go on the shelf soon. 

William Breathes
William Breathes

I do remember the first time I smoked. It was the summer after 6th grade and it was with my best friend, and he had scored a half joint from his friend's older brother. We put the thing in tweezers and smoked it on my neighborhood park slide. About an hour later, we went home and went swimming at my friend's house. His mom cleaned up his clothes he left behind when changing into his swim suit and found our roach clip and matches and busted us right away. clearly it didnt' stop me, though.

as for the clones: I see what you are saying, but i don't think that is really the case. Sure, some hold genetics close to their chest -- but I also see a lot of benefit in sharing genetics. I know people sell them for a lot of money, but all it takes is one nice person to kill that market by giving out genetics....

William Breathes
William Breathes

I wish I had enough experience with various companies to give a good answer (feel free to send me stuff to review, glass companies!)....

But if you want to keep things local, I REALLY like what Colorado's Joel Halen is doing right now with bubblers. Amazing functionality and amazing craftsmanship.

My top three glass shops in town are probably Heady, Illuzion and Mad Hatters -- but there's lots of good shops in Boulder and the Fort as well. 

William Breathes
William Breathes

no, both times they kept it cool and I was treated like any other customer (from what I could see).

The first one was for Denver Relief. That's when i learned not to wear my Rockies cap into dispensaries. The other was for the Cannasseur, where I had met Bubba at the cannabis cup prior to my visit. I've since met the guys from Denver Relief and spoken with Bubba in person. All are great people, and they all know I won't hold back when i review them again just because they know me.

Dumbquestionasker
Dumbquestionasker

Thanks, great feedback. I was wondering if that balance would be tricky due to the helpfulness of inside knowledge vs staying anon for the benefit of the readers. I didn't read about you being recognized, did you notice any positive/negative treatment change or sudden access to quality not available to the public?

Jerome
Jerome

Opps.... One over of experience in an industry that has been around for 11.

One <bold>year</bold> of experience in an industry that has been around for 11.

Kush
Kush

"To the best of my knowledge the folks from Steep Hill Labs in Oakland have never found a butane cannabis extract that didn't have a healthy spike for butane when they tested it. It's certainly possible to make one, but it wouldn't be easy. "

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