Medical marijuana dispensary re-review: Fall harvest at Grassroots Grown in Sunnyside
Buds included a killer 707 Headband/Maui cross just pulled out of the locker the day I stopped by. The fluffy, round nuggets had a fruity, buttery smell, with hints of the Headband rubberiness broken up. Though the buds looked somewhat dull, they were anything but. Smoking and vaping out of clean pieces brought up some amazing earthy sweetness and a powerful Headband aftertaste. The flavor lasted most all of the bowl, then tapered off into a pleasant and almost sweet aftertaste before burning off as a fine, white ash. The buzz was outstanding and really helped lift not only my appetite but also my mood this week after an unfortunate hospitalization last weekend.
The thing that fascinates me with outdoor herb is how it loses the artificial sheen of cannabis grown indoors under perfect conditions. The sun is much more powerful than those HPS lights ever could be and the plants react accordingly. Buds like the Blue Dream looked a bit darker in color, and the usual lavender smells mixed in with a natural, clay-like hash scent. I also dug the stinky Skywalker OG and a sweet Juliet.
Like any harvest, some buds were better than others, and things like a generally dull Pre-98 Bubba just didn't do it for me. The center also had a few seeded strains selling at a discount for $20 an eighth and $140 an ounce. If you're not opposed to the old-school requirement of breaking up your herb in a box top and picking out beans, strains like the seedy Sour Tsunami actually weren't half-bad.
The Vortex was the Belle of the Ball (jars) as far as looks, with a wild, stacked sativa spear shape and a dark, suntanned glow to the fat calyxes and brick-red pistil hairs. It reminded me of well-kept outdoor herb I've had from Jamaica, even to the point of being a little bit moist -- which gave it even more of a farm-fresh appeal rather than being a deterrent. The strain brought back fond memories of outdoor "high grade" in Jamaica in a lot of ways. The Vortex had a waxy, dark lemon scent, like someone put Country Time into an old tin of Turtle Wax, although the flavor wasn't as strong when burned. I'm a big fan of racy sativas like this for getting an appetite and then having my puff double for a cup of coffee at the same time.
The shop also had a few different varieties of Essential Extracts hash, including a cool whole-plant extraction for $30 a gram that was so waxy it might have melted if I looked at it hard enough. I opted for the $14/gram middle-of-the-road Lemon Dream hash mostly for the Lemon dryer-sheet freshness of the smell. It had a sugary, refreshing lemonade flavor by itself and burned extremely clean and quick, leaving little pellets of white ash on top of a half-cooked bowl.
Lemon Dream from Essential Extracts.
Pricing is great at Grassroots: Discount sells for $20 an eighth and everything else is $25 an eighth. Ounces are capped at $180. The budtenders told me they have been welcomed by the neighborhood and world-of-mouth on their herb has kept a steady flow of customers coming in for Colorado sun-grown cannabis.