Medical marijuana dispensary re-review: Denver Patients Group
The buds had similar wild red hairs to the Durban, but a more compressed, kush-like cone appearance to the flower structure itself. Smell out of the jar was a mix of the peppery Durban with very faint hints of earthy OG near the end. Unfortunately, there was also a slight fungus funk to the bud after a few days sitting in the container I brought home, and I found spots of powdery mildew on the tops of large leaves left behind in the trimming. I noticed this after I had already smoked a few bowls -- and it's not going to kill me or anything like that. But it does indicate some issues in the grow when it is this noticeable. From the small samples I did burn, the mix with the kush didn't do much to alter the Durban flavor, and it had a surprising, strain-distinct kick to the flavor, blending some of the stoney, body-buzz effects of the kush to the otherwise mental freakout that Durban can produce. Nevertheless, the 1.8 gram chunk I brought home is still sitting pretty much un-smoked on my desk as I type this up.
El Diablo OG: $30/eighth
El Diablo! The name conjures up the image of a masked Mexican wrestling champ for some reason, which is appropriate, since El Diablo took the title for most appealing strain in the Denver Patients Group. A few of the other OGs were decent, but none came close to this in bud development or smell. Small orange hairs peek out behind the folds of calxes coated in sandy-colored trichomes. Unlike the Durban Kush, the leaves left behind on El Diablo had only one or two questionable spots on the dozen different leaves I checked. More important, it smelled exactly how it should -- like a latex glove with a tennis ball stuffed in the palm buried in fresh-turned soil. Smoking the savory little nuggets was equally as senses-pleasing, with a full, rubbery, tart taste through the greens of the bowl that left my head floating and body pain-free for a solid two hours. Well worth the low, $30 price tag for an eighth of quality OG.
Blue Dream Wax: $25
This wax had the consistency of brown sugar after it's been left in your pantry for a few months; at first, the pieces rattled around, but after squishing them up, the moisture leeched out to the surface and they became pliable. Smell wasn't on the lavender mark for Blue Dream. Instead, it was a hashy, straight-THC smell. It burned clean enough on a nail, melting down before vaporizing in a flash to a bland, lackluster-tasting hit. The wax was potent enough, though, and within a minute, the strain had put me at ease mentally without making me physically want to take a nap. The wax was good for post-work relaxation and at $25, it's got a good price. But it's not anything I would drive back across town for.
William Breathes is the pot pen name for Westword's medical marijuana dispensary critic. Read more of his reviews over at Mile Highs and Lows and keep up with all your cannabis news at The Latest Word.