Medical marijuana dispensary review: LivWell Broadway Wellness in Denver

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LivWell is one of the larger Colorado dispensary chains, with seven affiliated dispensaries scattered from Colorado Springs all the way up to Boulder, including PostModern Health and Denver Patients Group here in Denver. The Broadway shop I visited is combined with the old Broadway Wellness that moved from its location last year because it was too close to a school. The center's slick advertising is always offering $125 ounces -- a good price, but is the herb worth the money? That depends on what shelf you purchase from.

LivWell Broadway Wellness

432 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
720-428-2550
www.livwellco.com

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $5-11/gram, $20-$30/eighth-ounce, $125-$175/ounce. Members receive 10 percent off purchase.
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2 oil, kief, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes, though it hasn't been updated in a few weeks.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

The shop is clean and really, really upscale, with wide-plank hardwood floors and clean, molding-topped tan walls uncluttered with pot posters and product advertisements. Walking in off the street puts you in the lobby and waiting area, right in front of a sharp-dressed secretary sitting behind a large computer desk. It could easily pass for a Cherry Creek real-estate office or an empty art gallery waiting to hang the next show. The dark-wood floors and high ceilings inside the old building give it an echoing, empty feeling at first, but the bright sunshine pouring in from the western-facing front windows and mellow electronic music give the place some life.

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LivWell Facebook page.
DIA Conspiracy grown by LivWell Denver.
While the receptionist copied my card into the system, I was told to head on back to the bud bar, which featured the same rehabbed industrial feel of the front room, but with a massive, exposed red-brick wall on one side of the room. Framed bud pictures hang on the opposite, cream-colored wall, but otherwise, the space was left empty, and the bud -- stacked along the bottom shelf of three glass cabinets -- was the main focus.

Edibles selection was relatively large, too. To the left of the bud shelves was a cabinet full of tinctures, candies and cookies from Grandma's, marQaha, Mountain High, Incredibles and Cheeba Chews. Beyond that, a display fridge kept drinks and other treats cold.

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Chemdawg x Bio Diesel from LivWell.
Bud is broken down into three price ranges: green, gold and platinum. Herb on the platinum shelf is hand-selected, hand-trimmed and sells for $175 an ounce and $35 an eighth for non-members. There's some decent stuff here, including a Purple Diesel that looked like it was hand-painted with a sugary grape Kool-Aid mix. It had beautiful, plump, round calyxes, like grapes on a vine, and the smell was a mix between classic, citrus-earthy Sour D and Welch's grape soda. There was also a jar of sweet, tangerine-tart Jillybean that the budtender said she had been enjoying recently.

I opted to go with a Chemdawg x Biodiesel cross that had a licorice twang to the diesel-fuel/potting-soil rawness of the Chemdawg roots. Broken up at home, the strain smelled almost exactly like a fresh-popped can of tennis balls. The buds were on the wispy side, but the ones there were well developed, with sandy amber trichomes covering the skinny little calyxes and caught up in the rust-colored pistil hairs. The taste wasn't all there, though, and I was getting a more dull and generic hashy flavor out of most of the bowls than any mouth-watering, rich Chemdawg skunkiness.

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LivWell

432 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

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jello.beyonce
jello.beyonce

Beware the bait 'n switch at LivWell.


LivWell has 6 strains listed at $99/oz, and several listed at $115/oz on their website (as of 8/30/2014).  Went to the Broadway store today (8/30/14) and was told they no longer honer those prices, and have bud that starts at $120/oz, but they didn't even have any of that in stock.  But you can buy a $300 oz instead.  I immediately turned & walked out their door.


No thanks, shysters.   I can get much better quality at way better prices....without the illegal sales practices.  

dalegross62
dalegross62

Very generic and mediocre buds. But good prices.

Rhine
Rhine

Places like this are selling crappy weed all over Denver since it went legal . They dont care it if gets you high . Tastes and SMELLS like they harvest early . Doesnt smell like weed more like hay and isnt active .

smokemifyougottem
smokemifyougottem

$105.00 for Blue Dream.  Flo Hybrid for 99.99. Amnesia Haze for $115.00 Where can you beat that?  Let's get real people.  LivWell is here to stay.  The store this article refers was opened only a few months ago.  As a frequent LivWell customer I can assure it has gotten WAY better.  I think the previous manager was just inexperienced. 

Also lets not forget who William Breathes good friend is...  I will let you do the research but its one of LivWell's biggest competitors. 

LivWell probably doesn't have the highest quality cannabis in town but a few of their strains will rival the best.  For all you pot snobs out there, by all means go to the Clinic and buy your 299 ozs.  I will be in the back laughing at you smoking like a king for a third of the price.

Budtenderawesome
Budtenderawesome

As a former employee I know avid  was used avidly in their 80,000 sq ft grow. Not sure if it's still there today but I remember refusing to be the one to spray it.  These guys are always looking for genetics and they aren't very loyal to the genetics they have.   They have had some great strains in the past but because of the scale of their operation their priority is on heat resistant plants with high yield and short growing times.   It's too bad you didn't sample their wax because this was one of the first dispensaries to market it in Colorado about 3 years ago.   Not sure if the quality has gone up or down but many of the BHO hash makers around now learned from this chain.  They need to stop putting busty budtenders behind the bar and front desk.  It is very common for the guys to work in the grow and women to work in the retail at these locations.   As a regular smoker I'm not looking to get your number just a good referral on potent buds.   But this is industrial weed so you get what they sell. 

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

Tastes like they harvest early, spray avid and don't know how to cure.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So what does the DECOR, Furniture, Flooring, Paint, Clothing, etc. -- and the $$$ wasted on said decor -- have to do with the Quality of the MEDICINE?

Why the continued inanity of your trite superficial visual observations on utterly irrelevant nonsense that has NOTHING to do with the VALUE of the PRODUCT being sold?

Dispensaries are NOT DESTINATION HANGOUTS like restaurants, as patients do not and are not allowed to sit around and consume on premises.

Makes about as much sense as reviewing the decor, paint and fixtures of Walgreens compared to Rite Aid when comparing the smell, look and taste of the Oxycotin they sell.

Your entire premise is fucking retarded.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "though I didn't see any tests that actually confirmed that, so who knows what the ratio was on the buds I brought home."

Jah forbid that Westweed send out the "medicine" for OBJECTIVE LAB TESTS so your readers might actually have some empirical FACTS to base their purchasing decisions upon.

[ insert WW's shallow whine about test expense here, as if the $10s of THOUSANDS they make every month on Dispensary ads wouldn't cover some $70 lab tests ]

e_malyssa
e_malyssa

I went there once because of all of their ads online saying 99 ounces, which was an old deal no longer in effect I guess. I would think a business would take old ads down... but anyways, the stuff I got, while not very pricy, was all hermaphrodite, meaning riddled with tiny seeds that were impossible to get out. You'd think they'd do some sort of quality check because that stuff barely has any the and just gives headaches.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RustyShackleford  ... but the wide-plank hardwood floors, molding-topped tan walls, massive, exposed red-brick wall on one side of the room, framed bud pictures on the opposite, cream-colored wall, and mellow electronic music... were simply Mahvelous!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = Irrelevant whiny pussy jackass trolls are as irrelevant whiny pussy jackass trolls do!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay The environment of a dispensary makes a HUGE difference to many patients. It says a lot about the owner's professionalism, attention to detail, concern for patients' experience and for cleanliness and orderliness, etc. 

Hotay is an Arapaho word meaning "beaten to death long ago and stinking up the place".

Native
Native

@DonkeyHotay  Waste of a breath. Go find something useful to do with your life before its too late.

Billy303
Billy303

@DonkeyHotay Did you apply for WB's position and get denied? I don't see any other possible reason for the amount of trolling you do around these parts.

Your childish comments and ridiculous demands "WHERE IS THE LICENSE" or "YOU SHOULD PAY TO TEST THE PRODUCT" or whatever trifle you're spouting off about.

Get a hobby and get a clue.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = typical stupid stoner, easily distracted by irrelevant superficialities ... superficialities that YOU end up paying for in higher prices.

Just like the Stupid Stoners who were so naive and ignorant that they only read the false Label of A64 -- claiming it would legalize pot, or "regulate it like  alcohol" ... then failed to even read, much less comprehend the actual anti-marijuana, pro-law-enforcement, pro-big-government, huge tax-and-spend provisions.

Stay stupid, stuka1, it's what you do best.


stuka1
stuka1

 @DonkeyHotay 

Oh and get anger management classes and a life, and fuck the hell off while you are at it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Billy303 "Did you apply for WB's position and get denied?"

No, that was WildflowerSeed.

And whatever you do, don't EVER test any product, just fly blind on Bongsucker Billy's subjective inanities. That is after all how you shop for Pharmaceutical drugs ... idiotic unqualified annecdotal reviews, and not any objective pharmaceutical testing or science, right numbnuts?


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Whiny pussy jackass trolls are as whiny pussy jackass trolls do!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... have fun smoking the DECOR, numbnuts.

Smart shoppers will spend their hard earned $$ on the best value PRODUCT.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  = irrelevant babbling idiot.  Overhead costs of ANY business are paid for by the customers, yes. And yes, customers can and do put a premium on NICE. So what -- it's none of your business.

I think it's awesome when you go off on invective-spitting, rambling, irrelevant, Fred-Phelps-esque rants. They demonstrate firsthand to anyone who might wander into these obscure blogs just what a batshit-crazy nutjob you are.

DonkeyHotoy
DonkeyHotoy

WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!   WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Remember -- you asserting your bullshit opinion over and over ad nauseum doesn't make it any less bullshit than the first time you asserted it. 

hth

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 

Remember -- A64 did NOT end prohibition in Colorado.

Not even close.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Yes, the anger that keeps you coming back to this obscure blog every day to whine and cry over the death of the prohibition you so dearly loved.

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