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