Medical marijuana dispensary review: Terrapin Care Station in Boulder
Terrapin Care Station has grown up since my first visit nearly two years ago, swapping the patchouli and tapestry atmosphere for something more professional -- like a college kid who bought a pair of puffy brown couches and started framing his Further and Railroad Earth posters instead of tacking them up with gum.
Terrapin Care StationThe shop started out life as a straight-up hippie den. Like, Cartman's-worst-nightmare style, with a couch clearly pulled from either Goodwill or someone's alley thrown in the front room and a glass counter in back with maybe five strains at most sitting lonely in a huge glass case. I've blocked some of the details from my memory, but I distinctly remember that one of my two heady budtenders was walking around barefoot while some jammy band played over a distant stereo.
5370 Manhattan Cir. #104
Boulder, CO 80305
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range members: $17.50-$28/eighth, $140 cap on ounces.
Raw marijuana price range non-members: $21-$31.50/eighth, $168 cap on ounces.
Other types of medicine: BHO, hash, edibles, tinctures, salves, THC/CBD caps.
Online menu? Yes.
Honestly, it wasn't too far off from my college house near DU. Which is fine when you're 21 and it's your house, but not really the best front when you're trying to be an upstanding medical marijuana dispensary. (No, seriously man, it's medical!) But the changes made, including a simple coat of paint on the walls and reorganizing the shop into sections, with a proper receptionist area and bud bar, have transformed the place. Well, almost.
The staff was still pretty heady. You're not going to find middle-aged squares in medical coats here, man. My budtender was a tall guy, early twenties, with dreadlocks and a stoney disposition. But let's face it: This is Boulder, and the budtender reflects Terrapin Care Station's demographic. The owners aren't hiding it; just look at their Dead-referencing name. And there are plenty of aging hippies around with bad joints and backs from ski bumming through the '80s and too many nights noodle dancing to Jerry at Red Rocks. All legit reasons for a card, mind you.
Triple Diesel from Terrapin Care Station.
Plus, Terrapin Care Station has always managed to keep its prices low. And not just Boulder low: I'm talking South Broadway in Denver low. Eighths have been below $35 as long as I've known about the place, and that price is all but unheard of in Boulder.
The herb I bought was good, but not good enough for a review here -- and it didn't inspire me to return to Terrapin Care during the last year-plus.
This time around, the shop had two pricing levels, and nothing more than $32 an eighth and $170 an ounce. While the prices have dropped, the quality level has stayed about the same. Everything is soil-grown and while a few servings on the bud menu were standouts, most everything else was on-par with the wholesale buds your regular dispensary sells when stock runs low. A few weren't worth even pulling down, and I could tell from the look of buds in the tall square jars of strains like the HOG and Coal Creek Skunk that we wouldn't be friends. Of course, almost all of the strains sell for under $20 an eighth.
At the higher end (though still under $35) was the top-tier Triple Diesel. This is actually one of the strains I've had from Terrapin Care station before, and while the flower looks like it was grown well, the curing process for the current batch must have been forgotten. The smell was paltry out of the big jar in the shop and nonexistent from the buds I brought home. Even broken up, the tart Sour D smell was nowhere to be found. In its place was a bland, wet dirt smell (not to be confused with the organic soil funk of a really solid OG). It burned down to a fine white ash, but with almost no flavor whatsoever out of a bubbler, vape and a dry pipe. Last time I had this strain from Terrapin, it had a much more enjoyable, robust flavor to it. Still a cerebral high that kicked off my appetite quite well after a single bowl, but it would be nice to see this crop finished to its stinky glory.
Blowfish from Terrapin Care Station.
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