Medical marijuana dispensary review: THC -- The Herbal Center in Denver
Once again, the holidays have me broke. Between buying flights to see family and gifts for my wife and nephew, the wallet is a little thin. But as the song says, "First take care of head." So I shot down to South Broadway's Discount Dispensary Land to cash in on some meds without breaking the bank.
THC -- The Herbal CenterOut of nothing more than convenience, I parked out on the street amid construction vehicles and orange cones and walked into the Herbal Center with no idea what I was getting into other than $25 eighths of herb.
1909 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
www.THCTheHerbalCenter.com (website hasn't been updated in years)
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range (all patients): $10/gram, $35/eighth, $230/ounce; daily specials for $25/eighth and $190 an ounce. Member ounce specials as low as $160/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO shatter, edibles.
Online menu: No.
Dude behind the receptionist desk in the lobby watching YouTube videos turned, smiled and welcomed me into the shop before I had a chance to walk through the door. There's a small lounge set up, sectioned off by brightly colored, gaudy plastic circles and hoops hanging from the walls and ceilings.
The election was still on everyone's mind at the time, and he said the shop would be making the move to being a general retail store as soon as possible. He didn't keep me long, and after copying my paperwork and ID, he directed me to the bud bar in a room off to the side.
The bud bar felt cluttered thanks to the numerous cabinets, the flat-screen TV in the background, all of those damn plastic circle things and two or three budtenders all milling around not really saying anything. The space is loud, dramatically lit with track lighting, and filled with generic cannabis smells. Put them all together, and THC feels like how I imagine legal pot shops in New Jersey will look someday: vaguely like a casino, with a hint of disco culture for good measure.
An older shot of the THC waiting room from Facebook.
For a few seconds, I stood on the edge of the small patient lounge, marked by chrome-and-leather furniture and more acrylic circle designs, feeling somewhat overwhelmed, as if I'd just walked onto the set of a '60s-era late-night talk show. Finally, one of the budtenders noticed and waved me over to his station at the far end of the glass cabinets, lined up in a snaking row. There are three budtender stations in total, each with the same set-up of herb, hash and edibles.
My budtender was a laid back guy who gave me the first-timer tour through everything before displaying jars for me to scope out. For the most part, the bud selection was standard warehouse dispensary fare. Some buds were better than others, but generally, most things fell into mid- to decent quality. He started with jars of Super Lemon Haze and Durban Poison -- the two discount, $25/eighth special strains for the day.
The Durban Poison had a strain-distinct smell, with nearly none of the spear-like, orange-colored qualities I'm used to. There are a lot of versions of this out there (for a good write-up on the variety, check out our friends at KindReviews.com), but they all tend to have the same speedy, energetic buzz and that signature African pepper-spice bite in flavor. To me, that translates into a ravenous appetite perfect for destroying all remaining Thanksgiving leftovers in one sitting with no cramps afterward. THC's Durban Poison was fluffy and green, with BB-sized calyxes and an almost OG Kush-like appearance. What I brought home was on the dry side and wasn't as full in flavor as I'd hoped, but it was still intensely potent.
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