Medical marijuana dispensary review: Wellness Center of Denver
Wellness Center of Denver is probably the closest dispensary I've found to the dispensary-less wasteland that is Aurora.
Due to their proximity to A-Town, the folks there really didn't need to do much more than set up a cash register and fill some jars with warehouse buds.
Instead, they've opted for a fancy weed lounge and retreat that feels more Cherry Creek than Havana Street.
Wellness Center of DenverThe inside feels like someone walked through American Furniture Warehouse saying, "I want that, and that, and that, and that" for a whole day. Dark-chocolate-colored leather chairs circle a coffee table in the middle of the room, creating one waiting area, while two other cream-colored chairs in the back of the room produce a second.
330 S. Dayton St.
Denver, CO 80247
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $9-13/gram $30-45/eighth-ounce, $200-260/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2 oil, kief, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
The shop also has two rooms devoted to massage, acupuncture and other wellness services, though my budtender later told me that the in-house masseuse recently took up a full-time gig elsewhere; as a result, the rooms have mostly sat empty while staffers try to figure out what to do with them. One possibility is that they could be turned into merchandise rooms with pipes, shirts and other Wellness Center of Denver swag.
Compared to the open, bright, breezy atmosphere of the waiting room, the bud room feels like a cozy weed lair. Most of that is due to the room's being separated off into three distinct booths that have been built out to create private bud counters, each with its own budtender. Those of you who are uber-paranoid can even pull a curtain shut along the back to seal yourself off from the prying eyes of your fellow customers walking past you.
All the little booths open up to the larger bud bar area, where the herb, edibles and concentrates are kept on display along a counter about six feet away. My budtender, Emily, gave me the quick rundown, pointing out that first-time patients get member pricing -- about $5 less per eighth. The buds were just far enough out of reach that you have to ask to see everything; simply window-shopping the jars themselves isn't all that easy. Prices and strain names are written out on cards taped to the massive black chalkboard above the bud jars.
I started out on the sativa side, with top-shelf jars of NYC Diesel and Strawberry Cough. The NYCD was okay, with a lot of small, spear-like buds. No reason to spend much time on that jar, though. The Strawberry Cough was impressive even on the shelf, like a glass barrel full of dark-green and orange cotton balls. Uncorked, buds in the stock jar let out a distinctly strawberry cake-like creaminess, and one look at the trichome-laden sugar leaves and fat, ripe calyxes, and I instantly made up my mind.
Strawberry Cough from Wellness Center of Denver.
Though the taste wasn't nearly as sweet and full as the smell, the buds were potent little time bombs of THC that had my head lifted along with my appetite. A bowl in the afternoon had me snacking through to dinner. Not a great bud to smoke if you've got a lot of concentrating to do, though. I was hyper-ADD in the morning after a bubbler-full.
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