Medical marijuana dispensary review: Best Colorado Meds in Wheat Ridge

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Best Colorado Meds is an orphan from Fort Collins, left to fend for itself in a partially hidden Wheat Ridge location after being ousted due to a dispensary ban. My budtender told me the owners hope to reopen in the Fort and keep the Wheat Ridge store running, too -- likely a good move considering the northwest metro dispensary desert between Arvada and Boulder.

Best Colorado Meds

4800 Lamar Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
720-205-5414

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Raw marijuana price range (members): $10/gram, $27/eighth, $180/ounce.
Raw marijuana price range non-members: $10/gram, $30/ounce, $190/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO hash, edibles from Blue Kudu, Cheeba Chews, Growing Kitchen, Mountain High.
Online menu? Yes.
Handicap accessible? Yes.

Finding the shop is easy: It's in an industrial building pretty much overrun with cars in various states of repair, thanks to the auto shop next door. I actually pulled up into the garage and parked next to a bitchin' '80s Pontiac before I noticed Best Colorado Meds' parking lot just around the corner, set off by by green concrete planters.

There's a small security room on the inside where I handed my red card and ID to the woman behind the safety-glass partition before being buzzed through to the long, skinny bud-bar area. Before she put my information into the system, she gave me a quick tour of the shop -- which required me to stand in one spot while she pointed out edibles, pipes and accessories, hash and buds scattered beneath three glass countertops.

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True Sour Deisel from Best Colorado Meds.
Edibles seemed to be a big seller at the shop, as my budtender took an extra minute or two to talk about their selection of pot-infused cookies, brownies, chocolate bars and candies. Most of their selection came from Cheeba Chews, Mountain High, Blue Kudu and the Growing Kitchen -- the latter also making Best Colorado's butane-extracted concentrates.

The place isn't fancy. There's no interior design, just a dark, cozy shop with some hip-hop blasting from a back grow room sealed off from public view by a closed door -- though not sealed enough to keep the glare of several thousand watts of artificial light from seeping through the cracks. Another room off to the side held a few rooted clones the budtender said were starting. Nothing for sale, though. It was all going into the garden to beef up the selection.

Which Best Colorado Meds kind of needs. While I don't mind a small selection of buds most of the time, this felt more like the shop was falling behind than being a connoisseur center that focuses on limited production. If BCM could get four or five more strains on the shelf at the quality of what I saw in my lone visit, things would be great.

The organic, coco-fiber-grown herb is kept in large glass jars in the bottom of the counter closest to the cash register on the right side of the room, with small sample jars set on top and a representative sample in each. I took a seat in a swivel chair in front of the bud case and went to work checking them out one-by-one while the budtender entered my information into the computer. It's a casual approach, and probably my favorite.

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Banana Cream from Best Colorado Meds.
Instead of having to ask a budtender to see each and every three-ounce every time you want to check out a strain, you can go at your own pace. For the few strains I wanted to look at more closely, she would pull up the larger stock jars so I could get a good whiff and peep what I would be taking home. First-timers get patient treatment, with outstanding prices on eighths ($27) and ounces ($180). The two out-of-shop strains sold for $3 to $10 more, depending on the quantity. Non-members are capped at just $30 an eighth and $190 an ounce (the shop is actually running a special today for $165 ounces for everyone).

Though the selection was slim, what the center had on deck was all surprisingly nice. I started things off with the True Sour, the shop's name for its cut of Sour Diesel. Nice stinky, sour flowers with b.b.-like calyxes all balled up into marble-sized buds. The single nugget in the sample jar was sufficiently pungent for me to take home.

Breaking up the True Sour for a bowl left my hands waxy and tacky from the greasy oils. The crumbled buds let out a crazy fennel scent that came through on the very tail end of the first green hit out of a dry piece. Otherwise the buds burned clean to a white ash, with the right level of Sour D tartness. Speedy and cerebral for the most part, this strain also worked great to kick-start the appetite in the morning, when I needed it most. Good quality herb for a good price, this would be worth going back for more.

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22 comments
Stumbler
Stumbler

Willy Breathes, Ace Journalist:

Man, what is in this Sh*t, man?
Mostly Maui Waui man, but it's got some Labrador in it.
What's Labrador?
I had it on the table and the little motherf*cker ate it, man. Then I had to follow him around with a little baggie for three days, man, before I got it back. Really blew the dog's mind, ya know?
You mean we're smokin' dog sh*t, man?

bluecollarbytes
bluecollarbytes

yeah, how come these reviews never detail how various strains affect the patient/reviewer's disease, cancer, chronic pain, other?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So Billy, are you a "STONER" or a "PATIENT" ?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bluecollarbytes  ... because Billy Breathes is and always was a STONER ... this pathetic dispensary review -- of the same few dispensaries over and over -- merely hides behind the pretense of "medical" use, when if fact it has be nothing but recreational from day one.

"Denver's Dankest Corners" ... LOL!

Fucking Puerile Pot Clowns.

WillBreathes
WillBreathes

@bluecollarbytes I talk about my stomach condition as well as my frequent hospitalizations often in this blog, actually. And I talk about how strains affect me in every review, including the one above. For me, getting an appetite from cannabis use is one of the main reasons I use it along with nausea control.

Thanks for your comment.


orson
orson

@DonkeyHotay 

Stoner -
a. One who is habitually intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
b.
One who is a delinquent or failure.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/stoner

Only a moron would go around touting they are habitually intoxicated and are a delinquent and, or a failure.  Fucking stoners!  Shout it from the rooftops!

WillBreathes
WillBreathes

@DonkeyHotay Both. I've been saying that since I got the job, and actually included that in my application. The two aren't mutually exclusive.


Thanks for your comment, have a good weekend.

WillBreathes
WillBreathes

@DonkeyHotay

You can play hard to get all you want, but we all know how much you love and rely on our pot posts. You wouldn't spend hours of your day here otherwise. :)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@orson @DonkeyHotay 

Only Stupid Stoners would call themselves Stoners.

Only Puerile Pot Punks call their "medicine" Weed.

Fucking Stupid Stoner Weed Smoking Puerile Punk retards.


Stumbler
Stumbler

ooo-hoo, willy breathes, the fake medical patient who does the "ask a stoner" column (if he were really a patient, why wouldn't he do an "ask a patient" column), thinks this is DonkeyHotay playing hardball?!?!  WB thinks our mystery blogger DonK "loves and relies" on his reporting. What a wanker he is! Willy Breathes has zero credibility as a reporter, and as a patient. I'd like to see how he reacts when someone really is playing harball.

Stumbler
Stumbler

WB is guilty of Felonious Puerile Pot-Clownery by a Person in a Position of Trust.

Stumbler
Stumbler

People like Willy Breathes do more harm to the marijuana "movement" than the DEA. Yeah, people will really take you seriously as a journalist/reviewer/entertainer when you go around calling yourself a stupid stoner. "I'm a stupid stoner, you can trust what I have to say." WTF? How about a "recreational cannabis user"? WB can't even try to maintain any aspect of journalistic integrity, because he has no idea what those big words four-syllable words mean.

Stumbler
Stumbler

WB has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer. Pot clown buffoonery at its finest. He is a disgrace to the marijuana "movement", if they can be disgraced any further after the Amendment 64 turd passed by 55% of the vote. Does he have any comprehension that the word "stoner" is a derogatory term? Does he consider himself a pot nig*er too?

orson
orson

@WillBreathes

Did you read the definition of stoner?  The term stoner implies addiction so the only difference between a stoner and a junkie is that a junkie is addicted to a lethal drug.  It's unfortunate you call yourself a stoner and don't see anything wrong with it.  It's unfortunate that you are you are using the medical marijuana program and medical marijuana centers to obtain drugs for a recreational habit.  It's unfortunate that legitimate medical marijuana patients are going to get regulated like stoners.

 

WillBreathes
WillBreathes

@DonkeyHotay

I wouldn't know, I'm neither of those things. Why are you trying to talk about alcohol when the subject is marijuana?

WillBreathes
WillBreathes

@orson That's unfortunate that you equate recreational marijuana use with deadly opiate addiction.

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