Medical marijuana dispensary review: Colorado Wellness Inc.
Broadsterdam. The Green Mile. That Stretch of Broadway With All the Weed Shops.
It doesn't matter what you call South Broadway between I-25 and Evans: Patients have a lot of choices about where to buy weed in a pretty small area....
Colorado Wellness, Inc.
2057 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Online menu: No.
Other types of medicine: Hash, BHO, edibles.
Because of that, price wars have hit the area pretty hard. That's good for patients, as finding anything costing more than $35 an eighth is becoming increasingly difficult. But a lot of the times, you are getting what you pay for: scuzzy shops that haven't been cleaned in years, sub-par warehouse weed on clearance and the general impression that medicine isn't the first thing on the shop owner's minds.
When I think of finding really good dispensary herb, then, I don't immediately think of South Broadway. But after my visit to Colorado Wellness Inc., my mindset is starting to change.
Compared to nearby shops, Colorado Wellness looks surprisingly simple from the outside, lacking the dozens of signs advertising cheap weed that so many neighbors have. Parking was easy between the MMC and the usually busy Famous Pizza joint next door. The waiting area is a huge, high-celienged room that reminded me of the foyers of modern suburban elementary schools, where all the kids and classrooms are locked away behind security doors manned by a receptionist in a glassed-in booth. I buzzed the doorbell stuck on the glass, bringing my budtender from the back to take my paperwork and enter me into the system. I snagged a seat in the lounge set up in the windowed corner near Broadway, stocked with a few Kush Magazines and Westwords for people to read. But I hardly had time to look around before my budtender buzzed me back through the security door.
The room I entered felt equally as large as the waiting room due to the high ceilings and a radio tuned to a modern rock station that echoed from nearby as my budtender gave me the first-timer tour. Herb is kept in two glass-topped display cases with indica and indica-dominant hybrids on the right and sativas on the left. Sock jars are kept below the cabinet in hidden drawers that keep the clutter off the back walls and counter tops. Hash and concentrates are kept in another counter on the other side of the cash register from the herb.
Colorado Wellness had a wide selection not only of strains, but also of concentrates: $10 grams of kief, $20 grams of icewater extraction, BHO selling for $50 a gram and even some ISO hitting the $50 mark. I know I was recently enamored with ISO at the same price, but I've had some time since to let that percolate and now think the price should really come down. That said, I did get a 20 percent discount on concentrates for being a first-timer, so I snagged some ISO to test out anyway. It's worth noting that while not all of CW's hash had the waxy consistency of other hashmakers around town, some strains were very appealing. There was a Tea Pot Lounge-esque vibe to the selection, and the budtender I spoke with even said the shop is moving away from BHO to focus mainly on icewater and ISO hash.
My first pass at the bud bar, I wasn't looking closely at what was on deck. Heading back over after the hash tour, though, my eyes popped out a bit. To start, the OG selection featured about four different phenos with hearty, thick nuggets coated in trichomes and glistening with oils. Most impressive was the Headband OG, which was priced about $2 higher per gram than everything else in the shop. The OG 18 was also a tasty smelling and looking sample; each bud was stacked with silver trichomes and nearly conical in shape. The Abusive and Reserva Privada OGs were equally enticing.
On the fruitier side of things, the shop had a good selection of flowers like the Blue Dream, a wispier Durban Poison and a cut of Golden Goat with inch-long orange pistils covering dusted calyxes underneath. Everything I saw was a damn good representation of the strain, and at $35 an eighth with tax included it was easily the best value I have come across in the past few months. Colorado Wellness, Inc. also has $150 ounce specials for clearance strains. Everything else (aside from the top-shelf Headband OG) sells for $200 an ounce, so there's value in bulk. Still, the prices on the small bags were perfectly reasonable.
Overall, the shop was simple, no-frills place, and I didn't feel pushed into any one purchase or another by the staff. Meds were clean and very well grown and prices were caregiver-low -- and that's really all it takes to be a top-notch shop.
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