Medical marijuana dispensary review: Tetra Hydro Center in Denver
I've been thinking for the past few weeks that I would take up golf this spring. I don't know why I suddenly like the idea of paying someone so I can walk around a field for hours going from cup to cup, but given the enjoyable outdoor temperatures recently, I figured I would give it a shot. So I snagged my father-in-law's clubs and headed over to the only driving range I know, at the John F. Kennedy golf course in southeast Denver, to chip a few balls, as they say. And before long, I needed some medical treatment.
Tetra Hydro Center.
Tetra Hydro CenterTurns out I suck just as bad at golf now as I did ten years ago, when I first tried that miserable sport. But now that I'm older, my poor form not only inspires me to dangerously shank balls toward other golfers; it apparently also causes my back to go out almost instantly.
9206 East Hampden Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range members: $10/gram $35/eighth-ounce, $200/ounce.
Raw marijuana price range non-members: $13/gram $40/eighth-ounce, $225-$250/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, pressed bubble hash, candies, sweets, medicated capsules.
Online menu? Yes.
I was already planning on stopping at Tetra Hydro Center after my practice session. But instead of looking for something for my appetite and nausea, I was instead on the search for something indica-heavy that would help me relax and recuperate. The shop is pretty incognito, in an out-of-the-way shopping center just a five-iron shot from the course. It's is in a shaded corner in the center's southeast corner, with only a small green cross above the door to signify what's inside. Otherwise, it blends in with the oddly modern Scandinavian Design center across the parking lot.
Pictures of the place from 2011 show that not much has changed in the past two years. The same black leather couches are still set up along one side of the space, with two coffee tables loaded with magazines and strain-information books. These days, the couches are a little bit tatty and worn, and the walls have lost their fresh-painted clean finish and have been scuffed up here and nicked there. And thanks to the winter shadowing from the building next door, it's currently pretty cold.
But get through the locked door to the bud bar and you're hit with a wave of hot, wet air -- like getting off a plane in Florida or walking into the Denver Botanic Gardens in February. Rounding the corner, it's clear what's causing the artificial season change: a massive closet packed with rooted clones in various stages of growth. My budtender told me that the clones are only for looking, as the shop doesn't have a license to sell them.
Tetra Hydro Center Facebook.
There are more cannabis plants to behold on the walk back into the bud bar from the small hallway; they're tucked behind UV-coated glass windows on either side of a door leading back to what I assume is Tetra Hydro's main production facility. Holes are cut out in the top of the peep-show windows to vent the warm, skunky air directly into the bud bar itself. I never get tired of seeing cannabis plants in various stages of bloom, and I took a few seconds to admire the girls while my budtender pointed out the three separate cabinets with sativa, indica and hybrid strains on display. She was a great guide through their harvest, not rushing me or pushing any strains she needed to move.
Strains on each shelf were priced at $35 an eighth/$70 a quarter for members and $5-$10 more for non-members. That's fair enough, but the twenty or so on sale weren't all at the same quality level. Buds like the larfy Purple Diesel, stringy Apollo 13 and what was left of Jilly Bean bits and pieces were still sitting at $40 an eighth even though they clearly weren't worth that price tag. The Lamb's Breath was so leafy that when I pointed it out, my budtender said she would take $5 off per eighth on it -- which still seemed high.
Tetra Hydro Center's Dutch Orange.
There were a few strains in the middle of the quality range, with a pink Kosher that was slightly underdeveloped, with a smell like crushed dead pine needles instead of the true earthy OG funk it should have had. Same goes for the Bio Diesel, which had the characteristic neon-lime-green color and bb-like calyx development but was underfed, wispy and nowhere near what it should be. But they were on the right track. The Bio Diesel showed promise, as did a number of other strains, like the black peppery Jedi. At worst, the buds looked underfed, tiny and at times premature.
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