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Medical marijuana dispensary re-review: Colorado Alternative Medicine in Denver


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Deadhead OG
This sample from CAM was seriously potent, with trichomes covering nearly every square inch of plant real estate. In places, they were stacked on top of each other in piles like tiny, amber-hued snowdrifts. Also impressive was the hand trim that left an abundance of the fall-orange pistils still climbing out of the calyxes. Smoking just a bowl of this left me stupid-hippie stoned, appropriate enough for the name. This blend of spacey Chemdawg 91 and a stoney San Fernando Valley OG has a predictably stoney and spacey buzz to it, laying me out for a good two hours. Great for pain relief and even better for sleep issues. I couldn't smoke more than a bowl without going down for a nap within two hours, no matter how hard I tried; I was even starting to worry about smoking this sample during the daytime when I had shit to do, and I don't say that often. Despite all this praise, though, it will have to be a special occasion for me to go back and pay $45 an eighth when other shops are managing to keep this strain at $40 or below for top shelf these days.

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Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze
Now, here's one I haven't seen at many -- if any -- other dispensaries. And while you'd hope it to have this nose-hair-pulling funky haze to the smell and taste, all the blending seemed to do was bring out more of the sour in the Sour Diesel. Sniffing the jar was tart, like putting your nose in a container of powdered lemonade. The hybrid also gets a bit more of its conical shape from the SSH, but underneath the green sugar leaves, amber hairs and purple calyxes are all Sour Diesel. This example was just exploding with trichomes, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone, dispensary or caregiver, doing this much better. Like the Deadhead, the potency was off the charts, but in the opposite way. Instead of putting me down on my ass like baby for a nap, a small bowl pack was a shot of ginseng to my body and head. Very creative and energetic. The taste was a bit lighter than I expected it to be considering how full the smell was, but it still had a distinctly rubbery finish, especially out of a fresh, clean bubbler. Like the Deadhead, the only thing to find fault with on this is the pricing. Otherwise, I'm sure I'll remember this strain when it comes time for my top-ten list in a few months.

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San Fernando Valley OG BHO
It's not PTSD -- I'm not trying to insult anyone who really has been through some tough experiences -- but I think I seriously have some issues with BHO ever since last April when that chunk of shit blew up on my titanium nail and nearly took my face off. I realized this standing in CAM, looking at the crystal-laden, gooey butane hash and thinking to myself: "This is the first stuff I've really wanted to try in a long time." At $40 a gram, it's as spendy as everything else at CAM, but the fullness of the Kush flavor from the wax was outstanding and it burned down clean on the skillet with no leftover scary black gunk. The wax was oily, but that seemed more about the terpines from the buds themselves than with anything related to the solvents. Dabs of this were predictably strong, especially after a hiatus, but they worked outstandingly well to end painful morning cramps in my upper GI within a minute of using just a small amount.

Read more dispensary reviews from William Breathes in our everything-ganja blog, Mile Highs and Lows, check out marijuana-related product reviews with Stoner MacGyver, and keep up with all your Colorado cannabis news at The Latest Word.

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Colorado Alternative Medicine

2394 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

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TheTruth
TheTruth

Will,

I don't think you or the other donkeys on here appreciate what it takes for small shops to produce high quality meds.  You and others blast any shop not offering $25 1/8ths, regardless of quality, service or consistency. As an owner of a one location shop, like Anna, actively involved in both the retail and the grow, it's simply not feasible to produce the quality product we do, and charge $25-35 while maintaining compassion programs to take care of patients that truly need. We grow medicine for  patients that need high quality, safe medicine, not to be flipped on the streets. If you or anyone else doesn't get that, I'm sure I speak for most of the shops producing high quality meds, go somewhere else, and when you get a respiratory issue from smoking something tainted, don't complain. Keep up the good work Anna. Will, I think you should reevaluate some of your criticism, there is a big difference between medical marijuana and marijuana.

 

coaltmed
coaltmed

Thank you for the generous review William. We use House & Garden  (not advanced, not that there is anything wrong with that either) ; we grow all of our own product and are proud of it. I am my own grower, with a wonderful team, and though we can always improve we work hard to put out quality product for our patients. 

 

Anna 

 

Bigchill
Bigchill

A couple of years ago they had some fire. La kush, alien og, and the death star. That was some FIRE. Just goes to show ya, dispensaries aren't who has the fire, the growers are.

Bigchill
Bigchill

Also, anyone see the natgeo video of the owner? At the high times cup.. The girl (the owner of cam) starts talking her shiesty small grow up. Then they cut to her and her crew standing at the high times cup and waiting to hear results of winners. when she looses... She runs, crying, I mean RUNS to her car saying all these excuses like a little baby whale washed up ashore after a oil spill. Sad just so sad what this has become. Don't buy from these people, you'll only be prolonging this little girls sad lost addicted dream.

Bigchill
Bigchill

Hahah what a joke. William you were just told the Bs that most, already closing dispensaries in Cali, are spewing... Almost all organic hahahahah and two week flush hahahahah dude the freaking bottle on the ferts says that info. Nice research ya hack. Also they use advanced nutrients.. With all their sketch additives... That's like eating at a steak restraunt and just blindly calling all the beef grass fed... Hahhaa this has become a joke of a scene... Oh and their inexpensive shit is just no flush rush cure nasty snap crackle pop grass... You have no proof these guys are organic or top notch, just spewing this out ur nuts because it's what these people told u. William, u even said the girl started acting above u and shit hahahahah she was! Dont worry though, unfortunately. They'll all be crying in a few years when pharma takes over... Dispensary bandwagon is OVER... Colorado is just riding the wake of the tsunami.. This review proves it.

JohnCSmith
JohnCSmith

I don't think William Breathes has or needs a license to sell medical marijuana, he's just a patient reviewing MMC's.

 

Did Donkey get banned? Why is 'Patient' asking Westword to post the license of that business? Why can't you idiots go to the shop and ask to see their paperwork if you're so concerned? Why do people think that it's WB's job to ask for, get, and publish this information?

Patient
Patient

Please post your state license to sell medical marijuana.

guest
guest

seriously, another repeat review?

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 

 

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. 

 

Prohibition prevents regulation: legalize, regulate, and tax!

 

jaycee
jaycee

"On average, marijuana can be purchased in Mexico for approximately between $100 and $200 per kilogram."  That's $100 to $200 for 2.2 pounds or 35.2 ounces.  Marijuana is worth what you are willing to pay for it.  Stop the madness that is $300 ounces.

http://www.marijuana-addiction.org/Marijuana_Prices.htm

actualpatient
actualpatient

 @TheTruth Where is this compassion program? I'm on work comp (hopefully for only another month!), and would love to visit a seriously "compassionate" dispensary that discounts to patients in serious pain that don't want to get hooked on painkillers! I've been "helped out", but never treated as if they truly understood.

 

PS 35-40 an 1/8 is way over what it should be charged, but i understand there are risks (financial/fed/health) of growing tons of buds.

IcePick
IcePick

 @TheTruth Dear The Truth,

 

This is capitalism.  I will drive a hundred miles for the right deal.  If you are not offering $25 eighths and expecting to drop to $20 eighths then you will not have any customers by the end of the winter.  This business is a race to the bottom and single stores are going to continue to fail around the state or get gobbled up by companies with 100,000 sq ft grow facilities.

 

The days of $30-40 per 1/8 are LONG gone.  

 

If you cannot figure out how to turn a profit when the cost to grow is about $500 per pound and retail is currently $3200 per pound then you are doomed to close.  If you do not have at least 100 patients and if you are not growing at least 500 plants you are doomed to close because you will never be able to compete.

Bigchill
Bigchill

@coaltmed Instead of responding to your trolls I'll just respond to u... Did u know that Monsanto has a facility here (multiple now) along with some other big pharma... Do u know who they are asking to run their grows??? Look I like u. I used to shop at ur place and have spoken with u many times. However, my friends and I have been noticing u guys are changing... I was told the other month after directly speaking with ur growers and ur manager that u guys are all advanced... No reall big deal just a question. Asked last year what u think about all the documentaries and Nat geo comming in asking the growers and the dispensaries to let them video them... Ur manger said they came in and asked u and u said no way that's not what ur about... Months later sadly ur loss is broadcasted world wide.... Peoples true colors show... I hope the best for u and ur botique recreational dispensary. I hope it lasts a few more years for ya.... Seriously

IcePick
IcePick

 @Bigchill Dispensary "band wagon" over?  You need to do some research yourself, chum.  Did you not see the new numbers which clearly show that most red card holders shop at dispensaries?  Oh, I get it, you are ANOTHER out of work grower who thinks his magic dope is something special.

IcePick
IcePick

 @JohnCSmith Donkey gut run over by the Amendment 64 supporters and left the site in tears.  I heard he ran to his car and had a breakdown muttering something about purile pot clowns.

Bigchill
Bigchill

@IcePick Monsanto. Big pharma. GMOs.... Look it up. Hahahahahaga hope u wake up and start playing with the big boys. instead of assuming...

leon
leon

 @timothy_carrier  i could get $200 top quality ounces when it was illegal!  keep making excuses for the drug dealers exploiting medical marijuana patients.  $300 a month would be better spent on a car payment instead of an ounce of over priced flowers.

actualpatient
actualpatient

 @leon  @timothy_carrier still can get 200 illegal top quality oz's. The problem is paying the little extra for legitimacy and greed! I'm not too sure anymore which one is better

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