Medical marijuana dispensary review: Boulder Botanics in Boulder
I used to love the summertime in Boulder. It meant that a huge chunk of the college population went back to Connecticut or California or Texas or wherever they were from and left the tiny college town feeling tiny again. Apparently, that is no more. There is gridlock everywhere, even on random Monday afternoons.
Driving to the area is a chore now, with nearly every inch of U.S. 36 under bottlenecking construction -- and trying to get around in Boulder proper has become a joke. But the buds at Boulder Botanics make the hassles of Front Range travel all worthwhile.
Boulder BotanicsThe shop is tucked into a 1950s-era (and appropriately green-painted) strip center that has been nearly eaten up by the Best Buy and mega-mall across the street. Blink and you'll miss the driveway turnoff on 30th and have to circle the block and get filtered back into bumper-to-bumper traffic. I've learned that lesson so you don't have to, friends.
1750 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $14-18/gram $40-$55/eighth-ounce, $250/ounce. Members receive about 20 percent off purchase.
Other types of medicine: Hash oil, wax, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
While the outside looks dated, like a 1950s Buick, the inside of Boulder Botanics offers a clean, modern storefront. Couches and an unused patient lounge take up most of the space, and live plants (not of the cannabis variety) take up corners here and there next to works from local artists. Despite the holiday-traffic-like mess on the streets, I was the only person in during my visit and had the run of the place. That will likely change when the shop switches over to being a dual recreational and medical dispensary next month: People will line up for recreational herb as good as Boulder Botanics is currently selling to medical patients.
After I handed over my card and ID and signed a quick patient registration form, the receptionist behind the tall wooden partition buzzed me back to the medical dispensary. Mike, my budtender du jour, was waiting behind the brightly lit glass counters and gave me a quick first-time-patient rundown. I'm not sure if every budtender is trained in the discipline of weed nerdery, but Mike knew his strains back and forth and was rattling off lineages and effects for every single item I asked to see.
Indica flowers were on the right side of a tall display case filled with wax and shatter oil; sativa flowers were on the left. Edibles from Dixie, Mountain High, Bhang and Incredibles were kept on the far left end -- and the shop also had some papers, glass pipes, tinctures, salves and ointments to the far right. As for the concentrates, the price was $40 a gram for shatter and $30-$35 for the crumbly wax.
Shatter choices included Afghani Dream, NYCD and Triple Diesel. I brought home a gram of the last shatter. For being a sativa-leaning strain, the Triple Diesel oil was very heavy, and I found that my usual half-Tic Tac-sized dab was enough to dull even the most severe cramps this week while helping get my hunger up. More than that and I was in a stoned-out bliss for a good hour -- making me forget about time on my afternoon walk around the neighborhood pushing a stroller. The consistency of the oil was somewhat tacky, and it did leave a slight residue on my titanium nail after a few dabs, but overall it was a good buy at $40 a gram. All of the oil is made in-house, and my budtender said the strain-specific selections change all the time.
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