Medical marijuana dispensary review: Chronorado Medical in Denver

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Not a hippie den.
I'll be honest: The name Chronorado sounds like something a marble-mouthed hippie would say when telling his friends where the Rainbow Gathering is this summer. And the place isn't that appealing from outside. But lately, the shop's been getting decent reviews from people I've encountered, and I figured I could brave it even if it was run by uber-heady hippies. I couldn't have been further off in my assessment.

Chronorado Medical

6625 Leetsdale Dr.
Denver, CO 80224
303-951-5151


Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Online menu: No.
Other types of medicine: Edibles, hash, BHO
Handicap-accessible?: Yes.

The lobby had an earth-toned theme going on, with dark-leather armless chairs and faux-suede couches surrounding a simple wood-and-glass countertop. The combination looked like a floor setting at American Furniture Warehouse. A huge flat-screen TV with surround sound hung from the wall over a sitting Tibetan Buddha statue, but it was turned off, and modern dancehall reggae blared from the stereo.

I walked over to the receptionist window and waited a few seconds while my budtender, Rob, made his way from the back of the shop to take my paperwork. After I spent a few minutes reading pot magazines, Rob appeared in the doorway and introduced himself with a handshake. A tall, skinny guy with gelled curly hair and a big smile, he reminded me of friends I met in Jamaica last April -- though my impression probably had something to do with the music and the clef-and-note tattoos on his arm.

The interior of the shop is surprisingly bare compared to the relatively well-furnished lobby. There's a lot of room, with a big curved wood-and-glass display cabinet in the middle of the room showcasing Chronorado's food, tincture, concentrate and herb selection. Two more huge televisions were in place above the bar. But instead of screening a pricing guide or menu, they were tuned to some movie on TBS. (The dialogue from it could be heard throughout my visit.) The rest of the space was left empty; it reminded me of moving into a new place and discovering you don't have enough stuff to fill it.

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Rob gave me the quick rundown of their edibles, pointing out that the Dr. J's products Chronorado sells are nearly twice as strong as the rest of the stock but are priced the same. Aside from the the Dr. J's 250 mg muffins and cookies, the center carried a meager number of edibles from Cheeba Chews and one or two other brands. On the plus side, everything sells for $10 or less. There's also a huge grow box containing $10 and $15 clones.

The shop also featured run-of-the-mill, dried-out bubble hash, as well as a dark, amber consistency BHO made from mixed trim that had almost no smell whatsoever when I popped open the small half-gram jar. Nothing worth the money when there are better concentrates being made out there.

Herb sells for $40 an eighth and $75 a quarter including tax, plus a $25 strain-of-the-week. In the shop, with a patient behind me waiting and Rob throwing jars under my nose one after another, I have to admit that the herb I saw looked impressive. Everything is grown in coco fiber with organic nutrients, he told me, almost drooling while describing the chunky buds it produces.

I was pleasantly surprised at first, which Rob could tell; he began to get excited for me. The Hell's Angel's OG Kush had an appropriately funky earthiness, the Sour Grapes had a surprisingly sour-grape tartness, and other strains, like the Blackberry Kush and Durban, looked and smelled as they should. Chronorado also had a $25 discount shelf of strains that were considerably less developed than the other flowers contained in the small, trichome-hazy Mason stock jars. One of the most impressive strains (at first) was a White Urkle so crystal-coated that looked as if it had been left out in the snow.

But what I missed, and he missed -- and what I'm almost positive the growers couldn't have missed -- was the infestation of fungus gnats in that crystalized purple flower. Because I wasn't able to crack open any buds in the shop, I didn't notice the little fuckers tucked away in the folds of the buds near the stems, where they like to hide out.

Whoever dropped the ball and let those dirty meds go out should start actually doing his job or let someone else competent take over. Pardon the awful pun, but that shit just doesn't fly. I wasn't able to get any answers about what happened, as my calls and e-mails to the dispensary weren't returned.

Most disappointing was that, bugs aside, the buds were amazingly perfumed and potent-looking -- and for that reason I would probably have given them a second visit eventually. But the stigma of these black buggers is going to stick with me for some time.

Page down for strain photos and reviews.


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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/

Shafiul Alom
Shafiul Alom

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/

Arrowhead Guy
Arrowhead Guy

This place kicks ass. One batch of gnats doesn't ruin the whole bunch girl. I bought White Urkle just after you got your gnat batch. Mine was fine, ney, fantastic. I don't understand why you didn't just bring the bag back to them as opposed to e-mailing or calling.

fashion@salsit
fashion@salsit

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/

Brittanycutieg
Brittanycutieg

I love this dispensery and will continue to keep going there, their prices are pretty decent and the bud quality is pretty awesome too!! I don't have anything to say bad about this dispensery.. I've never had to wait no longer then 8 mins to be called back and the enviroment is calming and relaxing feeling :) and may i say there's some Sexy Guyss in there ;) And they are always Kind and Repectful to me!! I Love This Dispensery! One of my favss

Shane
Shane

I got white urkel from here several times during same time frame, no bugs,  that was some really  pretty bud, I couldn't stop looking at it, def an isolated incident.   This place is one of my favorites  ....

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country furniture

Whatwould seem counter to warmth and character is the grandeur of the greatoutdoors that cabin furniture inspires.  Often this furniture is placed ina rustic decor setting like a cabin or a lodge with the purpose of getting backto nature.

country furniture
country furniture

Whatwould seem counter to warmth and character is the grandeur of the greatoutdoors that cabin furniture inspires.  Often this furniture is placed ina rustic decor setting like a cabin or a lodge with the purpose of getting backto nature.

country furniture
country furniture

Whatwould seem counter to warmth and character is the grandeur of the greatoutdoors that cabin furniture inspires.  Often this furniture is placed ina rustic decor setting like a cabin or a lodge with the purpose of getting backto nature.

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country furniture

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all your stuff
all your stuff

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/

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Where there are fungus gnats there is usually too much moisture so there will also be mold and mildew and the pesticides used to control those problems.  Spring is just around the corner in Denver and with it will be a host of mold and bugs for the unsuspecting grower not planning for the warmer, wetter weather.  If you have gnats now, immediately start using some AZAMAX in your soil and water your plants less and this will likely solve the problem.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

HipTip: there is "mold and mildew", pests and/or pesticides on nearly ALL the produce and vegetables you consume.

Welcome to Planet Earth.

Monkey
Monkey

Summer is hell, I think thats why warehouse weed all smells like treatment. Nematodes are good too for preventatives, No smell either, but it's hard for them to fight after infestation. Good to see the comment, thought you might have given up on this addicting blog.

Thomas J Bell
Thomas J Bell

What is up with all these shitty ass shops? Bugs..seeds...shitty meds,,,gross!

Kimbrun777
Kimbrun777

Yep.. Those are definitely root aphids if the're mobbin in those kind of numbers inside the buds. Not fungus gnats.. either way they're probably using some gnarly chemicals to fight the aphids (improperly more than likely) so I would be avoiding their buds for a while..

William Breathes
William Breathes

Kim, 

Thanks for the clarification! nasty fuckers either way....

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Why?

They DIE when you burn your herb, and the smoke from the pot will do far more damage to your lungs than inhaling 1000 live aphids would ever do.

But you'll consume the charred flesh, skin and muscle tissue of animals, on a daily basis, won't you?

What kind of hypersensitive sissy are you?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"there is no difference in recreational use and medical use"

That stoner quote will come in handy during future "medical" marijuana campaigns.

BTW: The difference between "medical" marijuana and recreational marijuana is ... a few years in prison.

That's the reality, no matter how deep your drug-induced denial may be.

And if you "medical" marijuana propagandists keep lying to and deceiving the Public and Politicians, you'll continue to reap the negative blowback you so righteously deserve.

TOMtheCAT
TOMtheCAT

yo fool MEDICAL marijuana is MEDICAL because it is biologically useful to human beings. there is no difference in recreational use and medical use because even if you do not realize it your recreational use is giving your body a medical benefit. legalization is an inevitable reality and no amount of "puerile pot clowns" can stop that. it is naive and downright inhumane to tell someone they dont deserve the benefit of marijuana because they are not "sick enough".... go back to your cave, TROLL

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Whether or not he has the "respect" of the Recreational Stoners isn't the issue -- the point that you and other self-absorbed stoners continually miss is that by so blatantly and overtly perverting and abusing the MEDICAL marijuana statutes, you not only harm the few valid patients who actually need MMJ for their debilitating medical conditions, you forever disparage the PUBLIC OPINION -- read VOTERS -- of any future pro-marijuana initiatives.

You're pissing in your own pool, Puerile Pot Clowns.

Jbonz
Jbonz

Dude, can you just chill for a day or 50? Your posts are so venomous and accusatory that you turn off anyone possibly interested in your point of view. It's self defeating to continue to insult people like good 'ol William. He has our respect and we could care less if you like/dislike what he has to write about. He may hide behind a bandana but he doesn't hide behind a computer and troll like you do on a near DAILY basis.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"I'm pointing out a pest problem and would like to see these shops that are selling herb as medicine actually put some quality control issues in place. "

LOL!

So what -- exactly -- is the "problem" with some tiny aphids, other than cosmetic?

And you don't treat marijuana, or your reviews, as having anything to do with the charade that is "medical" marijuana.

You, devoid of all pretense, have been treating the industry, dispensaries and your reviews entirely as RECREATIONAL -- a giant pot party.

While that is certainly the reality -- that "Medical"marijuana in Colorado is now a complete SHAM -- with the vast majority of "patients" being recreational users hiding behind and abusing A20 as a pretense for their recreational use, that charade and the fact that people like you aren't even pretending anymore is what has caused much of the Political and Public blowback against the industry, and has set back any hopes of legalization.

You fools lied to the Voters about "medical" marijuana being a necessity that would be limited to a few seriously sick people with debilitating diseases ... then you and 10s of thousands of recreational stoners proceeded to violate that public trust and compassion by perverting and hijacking A20 for your own selfish RECREATIONAL uses.

Keep playing the Puerile Pot Clown ... and you shall reap what you sow come election time.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Hypersensitive? I'm pointing out a pest problem and would like to see these shops that are selling herb as medicine actually put some quality control issues in place. Most people don't like having bugs in their marijuana if they can help it -- whether they are smoking it, vaping it, or using it to make their own edibles. You're right, and (as I noted clearly in the review) they aren't going to harm me by smoking them. That was never the issue at hand. But gross is gross, and your analogy is a bit off: while I may "consume the charred flesh, skin and muscle tissue" of a select few animals on a daily basis for sustenance, bugs aren't on that list (at least, not on purpose). And it's not like I'm putting my filet mignon dinner in my bong and setting fire to it, either.But hey, if eating or smoking bugs is okay with you, then more power to you and this place is right up your alley. You might want to warn your friends before passing friends a loaded pipe or any brownies from your kitchen, though.Thanks as always for reading and commenting.

Quest
Quest

Rob/budtenders- Dr.J's edibles are not 250mg THC, they are 250mg of hash.  I dont understand how so many people see MG and think they are all the same.  Any reputable edible company list THC mg. THC is the active ingredient, not hash.  Example- Swap sugar for THC- a maple syrup manf. tells you a gallon of maple syrup is equal to one tree, but what does that really tell you about the sugar content? nothing.  Just like Dr.Js 250mg doesnt tell you anything about THC.

Ill explain how to figure out THC mg in Dr'js. They do water extracted hash(bubble bags).  Most bubble is around 40% THC, which is equal to 400mg per gram of hash.  1gram = 1000mg, they use 250mg or a 1/4gram of hash in each package.  400mg divided into 1/4's is 100mg THC, not 250 like on their deceptive packaging.

Monkey
Monkey

Really,thats how you guys do it? Whatever % of THC X 10 = Mg. So a bud with 20% THC would be considered 200mg of THC per gram? Does everyone follow the same standard? 

Quest
Quest

Monkey- Thats not how we do it or a standard, thats simple math.  If your bud is 20% THC and there is 1000mg in a gram, your bud has 0.2g of THC, or 200mg THC per gram.   

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"more variables" = Stoners FAIL at math, and Big $$ Dispensary pimps exploit that ignorance.

HTH.

Monkey
Monkey

I tend to agree. I was trying to be nice and fish for a better explanation for the wild variance in THC mg labeling than a repeated math lesson. I agree with people being misguided by "mg of hash" or "mg of THC", but it seems their might be more variables than just that.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Or maybe THC testing is BULLSHIT ... being that the results are only valid and applicable to the specific individual sample tested on that time and date.

Different buds from different locations on THE SAME PLANT will have different test results. Often with considerable variance.

Different plants and harvests of the same "strain" will all have different results.

So when dispensaries cherry-pick the highest test result they ever achieved, months ago, and attempt to claim that has any coorelation to the individual buds they have on the shelf, they are only fooling and exploiting their clueless clientele.

And yes, THC does degrade over time, exacerbated by exposure to light and heat.

Unless the MIPS are sending in their final post-production foods for testing, the extrapolated THC levels calculated from the ingredient oil/hash is nearly meaningless, as the production process and reactions -- mixing, cooking, acids, bases -- will wildly degrade the initial THC that went into the mix.

Monkey
Monkey

Thanks. I have just noticed a difference between two items with the same THC mg listing, Maybe someone was using an old analysis of the THC ingredient to begin with? Or maybe it degrades over time and I got an old one? I really thought it was a joke but if it's based on actual weight and current tests done on each batch of hash or whatever your using, thats pretty good. I trust the analysis of hash and oils way more than raw herb.

Joseph, 303 Organics
Joseph, 303 Organics

all i know is that growing in true living organic soil fungus gnats are, to an extent, part of life. if you go after the larva in the soil to hard to end up wiping out all of your beneficial microbeasties and your unrefined organic nutes are not being consumed, excreted and converted into refined nutes that are available to the plant. you learn to live with them and to minimize their impact. but what you show here is the result of a full blown infestation and not much being done about it. that many gnats in the little bit of herb is unacceptable. my 2 cents.

Joe
Joe

all i know is that growing in true living organic soil fungus gnats are, to an extent, part of life. if you go after the larva in the soil to hard to end up wiping out all of your beneficial microbeasties and your unrefined organic nutes are not being consumed, excreted and converted into refined nutes that are available to the plant. you learn to live with them and to minimize their impact. but what you show here is the result of a full blown infestation and not much being done about it. that many gnats in the little bit of herb is unacceptable. my 2 cents.    

jon
jon

holy flying root aphids batman! 

milwaukee
milwaukee

wow - thanks for the heads up - never seen anything like it.

Jay
Jay

Can you post the address of the shop?

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