Medical marijuana dispensary review: Gaia Plant-Based Medicine in Denver

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As much as I would like to say there was a more cannabis-related reason for my visit to Gaia, what really brought me to the shop's doorstep was a Cuban sandwich.

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 Medicine

5926 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220
303-573-6337
GaiaPBM.com

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.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

That'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.

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.

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George Cross from Gaia Plant-Based Medicine.
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.

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.

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Durban Poison from Gaia.
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.

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.

Continue for the rest of the review, including another photo.

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Gaia's Plant-Based Medicine - CLOSED

5926 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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35 comments
collegeofcanna
collegeofcanna

 This is actually a really good dispensary! In our state of California, we've seen an unbelievable amount of dispensaries in the last decade or so since medical marijuana has been allowed to flourish. We recently did a study of compensation structures and economic impact in our state (here: http://collegeofcannabis.com/dispensary-jobs-and-compensation-expectations-in-the-medical-marijuana-industry/) and we found that medical marijuana has brought in tens of millions of dollars and thousands of new jobs. It's good to see places like Gaia flourish in Colorado. 

ganja4life
ganja4life

phil hague is a liar and a theif.  he can't even support his own family without stealing from someone else's.  he is a nasty piece of shit and his weed sucks.  I've gotten higher smoking basil from King Soopers.  He has friends in the cannabis media so they write him up a lot, but if you notice he never stays anywhere too long and nowhere he worked is very godd or successful.  Gaia will fail with Phil like all the others.

pwilliams7789
pwilliams7789

Several inaccuracies in this article (prices, hours, no sugar leaf in bags for sale, no eastern facing windows). You should probably try to put factual information into reviews that you write.

Mike's Bmmd
Mike's Bmmd

William you should come check us out.. Boulder Medical Marijuana Dispensary...

guestoo
guestoo

my dogma fetched your stigma

Analjuice
Analjuice

I think it's funny that WB and the shop owner had a private conversation after the visit so that the owner could salvage something by saying "next time will be better" 

which is a fucking joke.


TR also feeds with Heavy 17 synthetic nutes. These make the buds look nice and yield great, but they burn like shit and will ultimately land a cantaloupe sized tumor on your skull... Also there is ver little hand feeding involved. It's essentially using pure coco setup on drippers of synthetic nutess. No respect for that shit.

coloradodirt
coloradodirt

Yeah, GAIA, just like Denver Relief, rice crispy wax (snap, crackle, pop) with the black mushrooms afterwards. Junk! Not for true patients!!! Funny how many people put C and B grade shops in comments. Weed is like fishing, most are telling lies and the true "knows" don't share their honey holes. This grower moves so much that everytime I go to see his crop I end up buying crap waiting for his to come in. It is getting to the point in CO where you have to go to a seperate shop for wax, solventless, and flower. Not many are good at all medicating techniques. Good review Will, same. as I feel about this shop.

Phil Smith
Phil Smith

My vote is either Fox Street Wellness or Botanico Medicanals. Both put out some of the best meds in Denver and I feel like neither get the recognition they should. Fox Street by far has the crystal-iest nugs I've had the pleasure of seeing and trying. If you haven't, highly recommend giving them a whirl. They wont dissapoint. Botanico is also rock-solid, and they have the absolute lowest prices I've ever seen. Always great, without putting a cantaloupe sized dent in your back pocket

sheboygainwisconsin
sheboygainwisconsin

3 times reviewing Phillip in one year? Get off his nuts man. There are LITERALLY hundreds of shops out there, and Rolling Stone has given him more press in the last week than he has ever had. Please do a real service to the people instead of being a fan boy of a small handful of growers, and review more new places!

Todd Miller
Todd Miller

I am well aware of the stigma. My comments are not directed at you Will, but your employer and the headline. I would like to detract my last sentence "He does more harm than good" I should have proof read my comment closer. I did not mean to say that. What I meant to say was 'It' does more harm than good. I'm just trying to bring attend to the Stigma that surrounds the Medical Cannabis community and all the MJ smokers out there. We are all still in a long battle for legitimacy and I think we all need to change the language we use. Will you have done great work for years in the community and I did not mean to offend or minimize what you are doing and who you are as a person. Please accept my apologies. Neil, I agree with you too. It's society that is still stereotyping us when they hear those words.

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

I went there and though the selection was meager..will go back ..they were really nice in there and excited about the new crop coming in

Kris Custer
Kris Custer

William Breathes is a class act. I am a stoner and a patient. I was a stoner first, then realized the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

William Breathes
William Breathes

We're the *Denver* Westword, that probably wouldn't work out Blake ;)

William Breathes
William Breathes

I'm a patient as well, with more than a decade of dozens of ER visits to prove it.

Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

hire me please.. i will relocate and live in Breck and report from there...

Neil Larson
Neil Larson

Oh As for an answer Westword, broaden the spectrum and check out 14er Holistics in Boulder :)

Neil Larson
Neil Larson

@Todd Miller. Its just a word, what you think it implies is completely up to you. Such as the word drug, some people think drug only means meth, heroin, crack, or other dangerous and strong narcotics, when in reality cannabis falls right into the category... its the stigma added too words that is the issue, and if the word stoner alters your view of someone, that is stereotyping on your end, unfortunately.

Nick McGrail
Nick McGrail

CANNAMART on Broadway and Arapahoe! 45 strains!

Todd Miller
Todd Miller

you should stop referring to your staff member as a stoner. Bad image of the MMJ community. If they really are a stoner, I suggest you fire them and replace them with a patient or someone who will support us. We are not stoners we are Patients who require medicine. He does more harm than good.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mike's Bmmd ... and have lunch at Ras Kassa's Ethiopian buffet next door.


Monkey
Monkey

@Analjuice I bet they use systemic pesticides too, like most commercial grows. Add another tumor to their patients.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@coloradodirt "It is getting to the point in CO where you have to go to a seperate shop for wax, solventless, and flower. "

The inevitable fallout from the retarded forced "vertical integration" model

                     *** Regulation Works! ***

... for the Regulators.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@William Breathes ... you're a Stoner -- in every sense of the word -- as Teaparty members are in fact Teabaggers.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Blake O'Dunn ... the 80's are reporting a missing Loverboy / Riverdance headband -- have you seen it?

SteveBoulder
SteveBoulder

@Neil Larson Westword already did a review of 14er and they do good hydro bud, but if you want soil grown organic bud you have to check out BMMD on 30th street. They always have great flavors on the shelf.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Todd Miller ... Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do! 


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mike1963 ... for wanna-be gang-banging rap-crap puerile pot punks.

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