Medical marijuana dispensary review: Medicinal Wellness Center in Mountain View
The name of Medicinal Wellness Center sounded so generic that after I noticed it the other day online, I couldn't recall if I had been there before, a long time ago, or hadn't been there at all.
Turns out I was right on both fronts, sort of.
Medicinal Wellness CenterWhat the generic name didn't tell me was that MWC was the sister store of Medicinal Oasis, a shop I visited back in May of last year that -- despite the nauseatingly Jimmy Buffet-esque nautical theme -- was stacked with strains worth bringing home. But while Medicinal Wellness Center's layout is almost an exact clone of that of Medicinal Oasis, my experiences at the two were wildly different.
5430 West 44th Avenue
Mountain View, CO 80212
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $10/gram $30/eighth-ounce, $200/ounce. Members receive 10 percent off purchase.
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2 oil, kief, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
One of the biggest differences is that Medicinal Wellness has gone dual-use. That alone was worth seeing, because while the bud I brought home was decent, the real highlight of my trip was watching two guys fresh off a plane from Illinois nervously approach the receptionist, hand over their IDs, then high-five each other as they were buzzed back to the recreational side to pay as much as $120 for an eighth of ganja before tax. The woman behind the window told me that they see tourists like that every day now, likely due to their location right off of I-70 between Harlan and Sheridan.
After watching them get buzzed back, I was sent on through to the medical side -- though prices for non-members aren't much different from those on the recreational side. I had to wait a while for the three patients ahead of me to finish up, but I took the time to meander around and get a look at the 35 or so strains on the shelf. These days, a selection of about two dozen strains is sufficient for most shops -- but Medicinal Oasis, apparently, is not most shops. Instead, there's is a grocery store's worth of cannabis strains in tall glass jars, all labeled with lengthy descriptions and colorful artwork. The bud bar is nearly identical to the one at Medicinal Oasis: long and custom-made. Also on hand was the signature joint rack featuring Mason jars filled with finger-length joints rolled from buds.
Concentrates were available, too, though everything was either CO2-extracted or icewater-extracted -- and still no butane or alcohol extractions (last time I asked, I was told the owner didn't "believe" in those types of hash extractions). The shop also carries some awesome, no-frills, blended icewater-extracted hash in several different micron sizes. I opted for the 70-micron blended and was glad for it. At $30 a gram, it's not inexpensive, especially compared to butane-extracted wax and oils selling for nearly as much elsewhere. But the crumbly quality and bubbly, melty consistency under a flame was worth the coin. Tiny screened bowls of the skunky, rich chocolate crumbles were brain-buzzingly strong, and capping an entire bowlful of herb was trance-inducing.
Medicinal Wellness also sells the Aspen vape, which is an absolute horrible name for a vape pen containing a brown, gooey liquid. Someone really dropped the ball on naming that one, unless scatological humor was the intent all along. If so, well played, I guess.
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