Medical marijuana dispensary review: A Mile High on Alameda
Remember beasters? I do. I remember getting the vaccum-sealed God buds ripe with crystals but dense as a lump of iron, with a smell like wet hay. I remember peeling the buds from the still-moist stems, likely months after they had been harvested in British Columbia and shipped down to us college kids in the States. Well, here we are in more legal times, and it's amazing to me to find bud that reminds me of old times. Dense, fuzzy amber and brown buds that smelled like the back lot of a petting zoo at first, and with a mild sweet grape smell toward the end. Very indica-heavy, this strain is a knockout when grown right -- and apparently even when grown in mediocre fashion. A bowl of this somewhat harsh, hash-plant-like strain put me down for the count at night -- certainly making me forget about stomach pains as well as anything else I had going on with my day. At $30 an eighth, I guess I can't complain too much. But I wouldn't go back to A Mile High seeking out this cut again by any means.
Fluffy and light, these buds were about as good as it got at A Mile High -- which unfortunately wasn't that great. Not awful, by any means, but this compares to product on the black market last time I checked. Buds rushed to finish-and-dry without giving them time to fully develop or cure. The buds I brought home were both beyond Colorado Trim leafy and needed some pruning before I put them in my bowl. They were also too wet to smoke yet; the buds peeled off the stems instead of snapping and sizzled in my bowl when lit. The harshness from the water content didn't help the flavor, though there were some light lavender tones evident underneath the otherwise uncured flavor. Mildly intoxicating and definitely something that would be great for pain and nausea, but the lesser quality grow made medicating less enjoyable -- and being able to get away and think about things like flavor and smell are a big part of my medical marijuana healing experience.
William Breathes is the pen name of Westword's wandering medical marijuana dispensary critic. Read more of his reviews in our pot blog, Mile Highs and Lows, and keep up with all your marijuana news over at The Latest Word.