Medical marijuana dispensary review: Healing House in Denver
Urban Cannabis used to have a cut of Cherry Cola that 100 percent lived up to its name. It was a great example, and for some reason it crossed my mind a few months back to pick up an eighth of it. But Urban Cannabis is no more, apparently. I realized that as I pulled up and saw the Healing House name on the front. I didn't immediately make the connection to the shop I reviewed in Lakewood last year; I was too distracted by the wonderfully greasy odors of Crown Burger Plus next door. But I didn't want to waste the gas to go somewhere else -- so I stopped in to see how Healing House is doing in its second location.
Healing House (Denver)If you've visited the Healing House in Lakewood, don't expect the same "quirky antique store" vibe that I found last year. There aren't murals of stoner trains rounding the mountain painted on the walls, and the rows and rows and rows (and rows) of edibles are nowhere in sight. Instead, the crew took over the former home of Urban Cannabis and has done a great job reimagining the space, turning it into a sleek, modern, surprisingly green-free environment. Before, the shop was sectioned off into rooms. Now it's just one large space. A birch-and-glass counter runs the entire length of the shop, with medical on one side and recreational on the other.
2383 South Downing Street
Denver, CO 80210
Hours: 9 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: BHO, CO2 oil, kief, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Recreational sales? Yes.
The new branch must have seen a rush of rec customers judging by the change in layout that happened in the last few weeks. When I first visited, the medical space was situated in the spot just past the door and took up a good third of the counter space. Now medical patients are at the back of the shop. Both times I've stopped by, at least one or two recreational customers were in line. Can't say the same for medical patients.
The bud is the same on both sides according to one of the budtenders milling around behind the counter. The only difference is the pricing. Instead of the $40 cap on an eighth of buds (most are in the $35 range) for medical, there's a $55 cap on the recreational side -- and I overheard a budtender tell a rec customer that there are daily sale $35 eighths as well. That's all before taxes, which come to about 21 percent on the rec side.
Healing House facebook.
Recreational also has the same wax. More of it, actually -- a wider selection, from I could see. On the medical side, the orange, oily brown-sugar Chemdawg wax was the only offering, at $30 a gram. The shop had stacks of different strains on the recreational side, but you'll pay more: $35 to $40 a gram, plus about 21 percent in overall taxes.
The Chemdawg wax just wasn't appealing enough for me to bring home. It was too oily, and I could hear it sizzling on my nail and gooping up a vape pen just looking at it.
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