Medical marijuana dispensary review: Gaia Plant-Based Medicine in Denver
Far enough down East Colfax to still be East Colfax, Gaia Plant-Based Medicine is nevertheless in a decent location, with a sidewalk storefront between a salon and what's easily one of the best low-key lunch spots in Denver: La Guarida Cubana.
Gaia Plant-Based MedicineThat's not to say the center hasn't had its share of press lately. In fact, a lot of people know about Gaia these days thanks to the Rolling Stone article on their head grower, Phillip Hague, formerly with Golden Goat and New House Seeds.
5926 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $10/gram $30/eighth-ounce, $200/ounce. Members receive 10 percent off purchase.
Other types of medicine: wax, edibles, topicals
Online menu? Yes.
Gaia is undergoing some transitions of its own, switching from a Greenwerkz Location to Gaia's own standalone shop (one of three statewide). That's meant a complete overhaul of the grow, with the owners scrubbing most of the genetics and bringing in an entirely new crew.
Frankly, I wasn't aware of the switchover, which happened earlier this spring. That was just long enough for Hague to get things under control in the grow room, but (unfortunately for my visit) not enough time to get his work out on the shelves. I'll probably make Gaia one of the quickest re-reviews I've ever done once the herb from Hague's hands gets on the shelf. But for now, I played the hand I was dealt.
I was the only person in on the day I visited, and while the gal behind the counter took my card and information, I was buzzed back through the steel-plated wall and heavy security door to fill out a short, two-page form while sitting on the couch in the patient lounge. It's a cozy place, and even though it was clean, it felt more like a tossed-together twenty-something's pad (or a Nederland coffee shop) than any themed, corporate-ish dispensary. That's appropriate enough for the blue-collar surroundings of near-Aurora.
George Cross from Gaia Plant-Based Medicine.
The long bud bar takes up the entire space next door to the lobby; it runs along the back wall as you walk in and is crammed with edibles, pipes, hash and pot. The space is big, and in the summertime, the shop seems to get pretty toasty thanks to the morning sun blazing in through the knee-to-ceiling eastern-facing frosted windows, not to mention residual heat from the concrete and blacktop of nearby Colfax.
My budtender was a chill, nice guy with an apparent gold obsession: a gold teeth T-shirt, a gold watch, gold jewelry, gold hat embroidery. He wasn't much of a salesman, but I don't mean that in a bad way. He wasn't pushing any strains on me, only pulling out the jars I wanted to look at after giving first approval through the glass display case.
Durban Poison from Gaia.
There were about twenty jars on the shelves -- mostly indica, and only about half worth pulling out and looking over. The other half were either too wispy or premature or simply too filled with shake to look appealing. They seemed to have a lot of shake, come to think of it -- including ounces of sugar leaves in sandwich bags on the bottom of the display cabinet selling for $100 an ounce or less.
Among the few worth noting was a piney Sour Kush, a chunky Blowfish, some lightly purple Purps with a 23 percent THC content, and a Dieslrella that had all of the Cindy qualities and just the bud structure of a Diesel.
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