Medical marijuana dispensary review: Personalized Organic Treatments in Denver
Personalized Organic Treatment is tucked into a warehouse district just south of the traffic nightmare that is 6th Avenue at I-25 -- on Second Avenue, just before it snakes south and turns into Tejon. There's not much drive-by traffic other than truckers and people like myself trying unsuccessfully to dodge construction and get east of I-25 without looking at a map. But my poor sense of direction ended up being a good thing this week.
Personalized Organic TreatmentsYou can't miss the dispensary due to its signage -- plus, it's the only place around without semi-trucks and diesels parked out front. The door situation up front is a little strange, as you open one door only to be confronted by another grated steel door directly to your right. But someone was paying attention to his or her security cameras on the day I stopped in: The receptionist was waiting to open up door number two for me as I walked up.
219 Vallejo Street
Denver, CO 80223
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $20-$25/eighth-ounce, $150/ounce.
Raw marijuana price range (nonmembers): $25-$30/eighth-ounce, $175/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2 oil, kief, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Recreational sales? No.
Bags of herbs hung from a display rack in the waiting room, and it took my eyes a second to adjust and figure out they were actually bags of tea -- and not the kind of "tea" jazz singers were smoking in the 1920s. I'm not sure how popular they are, but the shop apparently also specializes in herbal teas that don't require a medical marijuana card to purchase. The stock included herbal blended teas for everything from blood and liver health to sedative teas for you insomniacs. I'm not a huge tea guy, but I would think that out of the several dozen fruit-blended teas on the shelf, I could have found something I'd like.
POT's garden, from Facebook.
But I was more interested in the other kind of herb (as always). After handing my card over to the woman at the receptionist desk, I was led to the back by my budtender, a mellowed-out dude named Alex (at least, I think that's what he said), who ushered me through a third door to the bud bar. The place isn't flashy, but it doesn't have to be. The buds do the talking. Cannabis was kept on display in large, air-tight clear plastic jars in two glass cabinets set up in an L-shape. Sativas seemed to be more on the left and indicas on the right along with hash and concentrates.
Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in shatter oils (the shop's supply was produced by Colorado Concentrates), waxes and highly distilled, high-potency cannabis concentrates and ignore one of cannabis's finest joys: fresh flowers. It seems that POT hasn't forgotten about it, though: The dispensary featured not only various micron levels of in-house bubble hash (which all looked great for $15-$20 a gram), but also newly pulled kief.
I went home with a container full of Golden Goat thanks to my budtender. Sprinked on top of a bowl, the kief half-melted and half-charcoaled and completely added the flavor of Goat to every bowl. Potency was great without being overpowering, and the speedy, euphoric buzz it added seemed to help balance out stoniness when mixed with the two heavy strains I brought home this week. At $10 a gram, it was the perfect way to add potency without breaking the wallet on butane extractions. Of course, you won't really do that at POT, either. Grams of shatter were going for $40 or less, and wax was selling on special for $20 a gram.