Medical marijuana dispensary review: LivWell Broadway Wellness in Denver
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 WellnessThe 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.
432 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
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.
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.
LivWell Facebook page. DIA Conspiracy grown by LivWell Denver.
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.
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.
Chemdawg x Bio Diesel from LivWell.
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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