Medical marijuana dispensary review: Preferred Organic Therapy in Denver
I was the only person around the day I was in, so there was plenty of time to make my way through the dozen or so different strains the center had on deck. My budtender told me that every strain in stock is done in a hydroponic setup. That explained the candy-like, nearly artificial-looking flowers in Preferred Organic Therapy's jars.
But as was this case with the otherwise chunky, grape-smelling stalk of Grape Stomper, the flavor levels in hydro buds can sometimes be a letdown compared to their soil-grown counterparts. That's not to say it had a bad taste; in fact, it was a very smooth burn in a pipe and had cane-sugar sweetness in a vape. But I didn't get the Chemdawg-dipped-in-grape-Kool-Aid fullness you hope for with this strain. It did make me hungry as a hippo, though, so the potency was certainly on-point.
Preferred Organic's Grape Stomper
The shop had different price tiers depending on the strain. On the high end, non-members are shelling out $40 for a little over 3.5 grams and as high as $250 an ounce for buds like the Grape Stomper. First-time patients get tier-one pricing for the first thirty days after their visit, putting strains like the tart Master Kush and a fluffy batch of MTF in a good price range -- $30 an eighth and $200 an ounce -- considering how clean and well grown they were. A few strains, like the Hashberry and what was left of the AK, were so-so. Nothing super-eye- or nose-catching, but still far from being bottom-level bunk warehouse crap.
I also really liked the NYC Diesel, which had more of a strain-distinct flavor through the first two hits than the Grape Stomper did. Despite being too leafy and needing a better trim, it was shining with amber crystals. Crunched up, it left my fingers tacky and stinky with a mix of hippie B.O. and an oddly sweet mix of fresh-picked cherries and potting soil. The bud burned clean (minus some large sugar leaves) to a white ash and packed a potent, energetic punch after only three or four hits that left me borderline spacey for a good half-hour before the energetic side of this strain kicked in. It was noticeably more flavorful than Preferred Organic's Grape Stomper, especially out of a bubbler, but still didn't live up to the robust, mouth-watering flavor I wanted out of it.
Preferred Organic's New York City Diesel.
And it's not quite what Preferred Organic wants out of it, either. After my visit, I spoke with an owner, Andy, who said that the staffers tore down their entire grow in July and started over after being disappointed with their yields. They've been working off older product, but starting December 1, the shop is going to be stocked full with the same genetics, except with a new harvest grown in the center's coco-fiber, organic garden. I'm glad POT made the switch, though it once again proves I have the worst timing for my visits.
When it came to cannabis-infused foods, the selection was pretty standard. Lots of candies and cakes from Dazy's, Dixie, Dr. J's and Blue Kudu, with a good selection for $10 or less for members and first-timers. The shop also carries syringes of CO2 oil from Organa Labs that is good for both edibles and smoking -- though mostly for the former, from my experience. It's expensive, though: Grams of refined oil sell for $60 a pop.
Healthy Creations Edibles Wax made from Preferred Organic Therapy trim.
Preferred Organic Therapy had in-house bubble hash a few dollars overpriced at $25 a gram for members and $30 for non-members. But on the flip side, the center was selling grams of wax produced by Denver-based Healthy Creation Edibles for only $25. I opted for the wax for its powdery consistency and price. It had a dried-kief blandness to the smell and didn't have much flavor, either, but it burned clean on my skillet and left a hazy, allspice-like smell lingering around the office. It's nothing for you oil heads to rush over and check out, but I figure regular pot patients looking for a little extra boost to their bowls enjoy having high-powered hash on hand.