Medical marijuana dispensary review: Herbal Remedies in Denver
While recreational marijuana sales still offer the thrill of buying pot legally for those not accustomed to it, a trip to the medical marijuana dispensary for longtime MMJ patients tends to be about as mundane and normal as a trip to the grocery store or cashing a check.
Which actually makes the bank-like interior of Herbal Remedies in Denver (pretty much Lakewood) that much more appropriate.
Herbal RemediesI'm surprised I haven't been to Herbal Remedies yet. Frankly, I thought I had been, but I was clearly confusing it with Natural Remedies, Herbal Cure, Herbs 4U, At Home Remedies, Lincoln Herbal and any other shop containing the overused and generic "herbal" or "remedies" in its name.
5109 West Alameda Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80219
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.
Raw marijuana price range: $10/gram $25-$40/eighth-ounce, $175-$225/ounce. Members receive additional discounts.
Other types of medicine: Edibles, concentrates, tinctures.
Online menu? Yes, though it was sixteen days old as of April 24,2014.
Inside, the shop is slightly generic as well. After getting my ID and red card checked in the small entryway security area, I was buzzed back to the spacious, neat and tidy dispensary. The shop has a main counter with what look like a bank-teller station setup that nearly spans the width of the store. Massive, blown-up photos of cannabis flowers and buds adorn the walls, just in case you forget where you are. It's clean and effective, and the crew has done a good job. It's just not unique in any way.
But the one thing that didn't blend together with other shops in my mind was the strain selection and overall decent quality of the buds on sale.
Interestingly, bud isn't kept at the main counter. Instead, the shop has all of the sample jars of herb on a smaller metal-and-glass display cabinet to the left. Bud is kept in jars labeled on top with the strain name and separated out by sativa dominants on one side and indica dominants on the other. While I get the continuing need to do this on some level, I think it's time we start looking at plants in a much less binary manner. For example, plants that genetically should be a "sativa" often don't have any of the "sativa" effects. I'm not sure what the answer is, but lumping everything into sativa or indica -- or the even less-telling term "hybrid" -- doesn't seem to mean much anymore. Nothing against Herbal Remedies; I'm just ranting here.
My budtender was an energetic dude who knew a lot about the strains he had on the shelf as well as offering personal insight into their effects. It was my first time in, so he gave me a little primer about how things work, including a price breakdown.
Basically, the shop has four price ranges. The $25 pre-packaged eighths are kept in baggies, $30-$35 mid-range bud is in jars on display; and a private-reserve list of rare genetics (like Pickle, Strawberry Diesel and King Tut) that have been cured for at least three months run at $40 an eighth and come in a fancy-shmancy glass jar. The latter buds looked and smelled nice, though I didn't see any overly huge trichome production on them versus the $30-$35 range of herb -- so I opted for the cheaper shelf to save a few bucks. There are also some good first-time patient deals, including a sample pack of grams from four different strains for $20.
For concentrates, the shop had Huxley's "honey oil" syringes for those of you into loading your own vape pens (I wouldn't suggest dabbing that stuff myself). The shop also has housemade wax and shatter, with some very pretty dark-amber grams of glass-like Jillly Bean going for $40. I didn't snag any, though, as I'm still working my way through the last gram of hash I bought; I'm trying to keep my hash consumption down so my tolerance doesn't shoot up. But next time I want to re-up on some oil-rig food, Herbal Remedies will be getting my business.
Edibles didn't seem like too big of a focus. The center had a tiny display case with the mega-potent CannaPunch drinks, as well as some of the lower-dosage sodas and carbonated drinks from MarQaHa. Tinctures were also selling for $25-$30 for 15- to 200-milligram bottles. Herbal Remedies also stocks a lot of other gear, including the top vapes from Cloud, Atmos and Essential. Included were pre-loaded THC oil cartridges selling for a decent $40 for a 500-milligram cartridge.