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Medical marijuana dispensary review: Alive Herbal Medicine in Denver

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Alive Herbal Medicine seems out of place. Not because it's situated in the small Sunnyside neighborhood next to a residential area, or because the corrugated tin barn of a building looks like it belongs on a farm and not off a busy interstate in the middle of Denver. What feels out of place is where it's located in town. Specifically, the shop seems like it belongs on South Broadway or Federal along with the dozens of other warehouse-grade medical-pot clearinghouses -- although its publicity photos definitely make it stand out.

Alive Herbal Medicine

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Sundays.
Raw marijuana price range: $30/eighth-ounce, $179/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2 oil, kief, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

I walked in, stood at the window for a second and heard a few voices in the back, so I rang the small bell on the counter and pulled some cash out of the ATM in the lobby. Nobody had come to the window in my absence. Small shop, I figured: Someone was probably just taking a long time at the bud bar and the only employee was swamped.

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Alive Herbal Medicine's waiting room. Model not included.
Turns out I was wrong. After standing around for long enough to seriously consider walking out, a stoned-looking older guy crept around the corner and gave me a surprised look, like he wasn't expecting anyone in the waiting room. After being buzzed through, I realized that what I thought was another patient wasn't a person at all. It was just the massive flat-screen TV hung above the bud bar, which was tuned to CNN and cranked up to eleven.

Inside, the place is done up like a funhouse, with loud reds, blues and greens painted randomly on the surprising number of walls, trim pieces and doors in the otherwise tiny bud room. Money-green leather sofas (which are nowhere near as cool as Biggie made them out to be) make up the waiting area/location for a lingerie photo shoot. The bud bar is set up in the corner, with herb kept in glass jars behind a glass display case in the middle section of a C-shaped display setup. Edibles crammed the countertop on one side, and glass pipes filled up the display case to the right of the buds themselves. My budtender took a seat behind the counter like a pawnbroker and got straight down to business: "What do you want today?"

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The bud bar at Alive Herbal Medicine.
Most of the strains sell for $30 an eighth, though there was a large jar on top of the cabinet with some very wispy and premature Sage on sale for $25 an eighth. It's the type of bud you settled for back in high school before you made any real connections in life.

In the cabinet, things got a little better, but there wasn't much to choose from. The Big Band jar was full of fruity, chunky buds, and what was left of the Mother's Finest reminded me of old-fashioned, no-name backyard herb my friend's mom used to cultivate during summers. Others weren't so hot, including an AK-47 that looked spotty with what looked (and smelled) like powdery mildew buildup. Even if my eyes and nose were wrong, the overall bud quality still should have been on the discount shelf. My budtender had about as much enthusiasm for the buds as I did, offering up the jars with no explanation or commentary whatsoever.

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Alive Herbal Medicine

4573 Pecos St., Denver, CO

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65 comments
WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

So is the dispensary only for transvestites?

Aksel Aldric Barnes
Aksel Aldric Barnes

This is a stupid ad. Seriously. Are weed ads resorting to Carl's Jr. level of bullshitting?

Lola Ladwig
Lola Ladwig

Non of the guys will notice anyway!HA!!

Thomas Kenneth Dennis
Thomas Kenneth Dennis

This is the brave frontier we all wished for for 50 years. MPL&R to all Cannabis Employes world wide.

Denise Barber
Denise Barber

Yea works for men but are they thinking about how some women might be put off by it.......

Donovan Aragon
Donovan Aragon

Most they weed sucks it's all about small local growers they got that good for cheaper ! Would you rather have quantity or quality ? Most dispensaries are all about quantity and there weed is harsh might as well smoke swagg tarry as weed! I super flush my weed it's like hitting the vape out a bong

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

I think promo shots like this went out when they used them to sell tools and trucks in the '80s.. ohh wait.. they still use them today.. :-)

Bree Davis
Bree Davis

That is the professionalism this industry needs to continue on with. Sounds like the owner should be the poster child for our beautifully liberally viewed state and OUR choice as a state. Thumbs up to Trenchtown!

Brandon Givens
Brandon Givens

Dustin Huett said it perfectly. Colorado finally gets the go ahead of all other states , and they turn it trashy. Its about the MEDS!!! We all worked so hard for it to be looked upon worse than it is

Mallory French
Mallory French

You don't ever ever ever wear an off the shoulder dress and strike that pose. When people ask you to do things, sometimes its best to just say no! I hope they paid her well for this photo.

Marta Gonzales Occhiuzzo
Marta Gonzales Occhiuzzo

I don't think people get the feel for your product when some ignorant picture is presenting it.

kfworth
kfworth

ƒucking disgusting... why is there a skank on the bud bar... get out of the way, nobody wants to see your tired ass, theres ganja behind you. Move b!tch, get out the way

Joshua Tangye
Joshua Tangye

I called there and asked about concentrates. They could not tell me if they were strain specific. So I did not even bother going inside. Less than a week later I see this. Crazy timing.

Jason Joyce
Jason Joyce

Looks like an alien from half-life 2

Lawrence Sena
Lawrence Sena

Aren't these medicinal marijuana shops? Do you see the ladies at Walgreens pharmacy dressing like that?

Gary Vito
Gary Vito

Actually there weed is pretty good , it smells good taste good, for that price , it's one of the best in town ! And the bud tender is very cute:)))

Moonie Kim
Moonie Kim

Gary Vito totally doesn't work for them, guys. Stop it. You don't know him.

Gary Vito
Gary Vito

They have the best product in town !

Mary Jane Martin
Mary Jane Martin

Wtf? When I worked at Trenchtown dispensary it was run by smart, fun women who understood the industry and what medical marijuana means to very sick people. Our loyal customers shopped with us (from hundreds of miles) for quality meds and knowledgeable budtenders. And we did it with clothes on! This makes me sick.

James S. Neff
James S. Neff

It's been awhile but their bud is crap.... Their pre rolled joint are basically fan leaves chopped up... Rather have swag! Ratchet!

Elizabeth Rowan
Elizabeth Rowan

The set up for this shot is bad, the TV is on in the background, her hand placement is completely wrong, obviously the shot isn't safe which makes it even less sexy than it already is, her angle is completely f*cked upmaking her sort of look nude but not. Overall this would have been better kept as some dudes private cell phone pic of his girlfriend trying to look sexy.

kfworth
kfworth

Oh yeah, really? "there weed is pretty good" ? ...their weed probably sucks ...what are you comparing it to? ...black market schwag? In that case, I'm sure it's "awesome". If their cannabis was worthwhile, they wouldn't market it as trash.

antioffline
antioffline

I personally have been over a hundred shops in Colorado and this ranks my top 5 places NOT to visit

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