Medical marijuana dispensary review: Green Dream Health Services
Back in the day, there were fewer greater feelings for a young cannabis user than finding a new connection. Finding that steady hookup of sticky green bud was one you cherished as your friends were picking seeds out of brick. I hadn't thought about that sensation in a while, what with so many MMCs and herb growers everywhere. But Green Dream Health Services brought me back to those days, because just about everything I saw on the shelves made me want to bring it home.
Green Dream Health Services
6700 Lookout Road Suite 5
Boulder, CO 80301
Hours:11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Online menu: Yes.
Other types of medicine: Edibles, BHO (wax and shatter), icewater-extracted hash.
Handicap accessible? Yes.
Located just east of the Boulder Reservoir in Gunbarrel, Green Dream is situated in a tree-shaded, single-story office park far enough off Lookout Road not to be visible from the street. The shop is in a narrow space marked by an unassuming sign and a green cross about face-high on the door. Otherwise, the center fits in well with the modest dentist's office and a few other businesses nearby.
I walked in and was greeted by Tim behind the receptionist counter, who took my card and identification and handed me over a few pages of paperwork to sign and date. (A bit off track here, but I've noticed that for first-timers, the shops in Boulder tend to all require paperwork as well as a copy of your card and ID, whereas shops in Denver tend to just copy the latter two.) Anyway, I snagged a soda from the mini-fridge and took a seat on the vintage mod leather couch at the other end of the lobby/patient lounge.
The shop is classy without going overboard. White walls prevent the cool vintage couch and chairs, wood floors and simple decor from seeming cluttery despite the relatively skinny space. The shop has a simple but established feeling to it. A manager I spoke with after my visit said the dispensary tends to pull a lot of customers from the nearby "country club" neighborhoods as opposed to the college crowd from the University of Colorado.
Off of the lounge was a window into an office for wholesale purchases (according to the sign on the door) and another room up front behind the receptionist desk set aside as the bud bar. A flat-screen television mounted in a built-in bookshelf was tuned to ESPN, and I sat and waited for about five minutes while an older man in front of me finished up his purchases at the bar.
Their bud menu was written on a chalkboard behind Pete, the budtender, breaking herb down into $35, $40 and $45 shelves. These days, $45 is on the high side, and a few more strains in the mid-shelves wouldn't hurt, but tax is included and "eighths" are four grams after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend long. Ounce prices were even lower, with specials on strains like some killer Bruce Banner as low as $200.
A few jars were up on the chest-high counter, but most of the herb was kept in jars stacked on a shelf in the back of the bud bar and wasn't out for easy viewing. Instead, Pete took the time to do a small consultation with me, asking what I'm medicating for and which strains usually work well for me, even though two patients were behind me in line. One by one he pulled out jars from all three price ranges. Impressive were the lavender-oil-scented, chunky Blue Dream from the mid shelf, Madman OG from the lower shelf and the Kyle Kushman's Strawberry Cough from the top shelf. The latter was bursting with orange and red pistils.
Everything I checked out seemed to get better than the last. But what really sets Green Dream apart is its collection of OGs and OG hybrids -- most all of them clone-only cuts that don't find their way out into the general public very often. One by one we went through the Brain OG, the White Fire OG, the Ghost OG, the pre-'98 Bubba Kush, the 303 Kush. The list really keeps going, and they were all eye-popping at first glance.
The manager later told me that the shop's philosophy is that cannabis should be hand-raised. Herb is grown in coco fiber using pots that are hand watered and turned as if they were part of a small, basement caregiver grow. Herb is hand-trimmed and dried/cured for weeks. "The only automation we have is our light timers," my budtender told me. The extra effort shows, and I had a very hard time selecting two strains to take home with me. In the end, I let Pete do my picking and was very satisfied with his selections.
A Plexiglas case on the counter was filled with edibles from Cheeba Chews, Mountain High and Sweet Grass -- though as usual I opted to stay away from them, since I can only munch on my ganja occasionally. With my metabolism, I tend to get floored easily.
Hash and concentrate selection was pretty decent as well, and everything the center carries is made strain-specific, from Green Dream crops by Top Shelf Extracts -- a company we've featured in the past here at Mile Highs and Lows. Grams of wax are capped at $30, with shatter oil selling for $10 more per gram. The shop recently took first place at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup up with its 707 Headband shatter oil, which made selecting a concentrate pretty easy this week despite a menu of more than a dozen varieties.
First-time patients get a 10 percent discount, and signing the shop up as your primary center gets you a free eighth each month and discounts on ounce prices. The shop also runs a punch-card system for all patients, with the eleventh eighth on the house. I walked out paying just under $60 for more than four grams of top-notch herb and a half-gram of shatter oil.
I usually wait a day or so after my visit before dipping into the meds I purchase to review. No real reason; I'm just not in any hurry. But this week, I couldn't wait to try the aficionado-quality herb I found and was lighting up a bowl of within a mile of my wife's pulling out of the parking lot.
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