Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Clinic in Lakewood
Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Clinic feels old-school -- if that can even be a thing for a dispensary that is only a few years old. But it does. It's got a vintage suburban Lakewood storefront vibe thanks to its small, 1940s-era stucco building, featuring a curved, glass-brick entrance. And inside, the somewhat loosey-goosey nature of the products crammed on the shelves and in cabinets feels more mom-and-pop than cannabis commercial.
Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness ClinicI know this description sounds strange coming from someone who smokes pot, lives in Colorado and likes classic rock and jam bands -- but I can't stand hippies. It's one of the major reasons why I steer clear of Boulder, along with the traffic and college kids. And, frankly, it's the reason I haven't ever been to Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Center before. In my head, the center seemed like the kind of place that would be run by barefoot hippies who talk with a marble-mouthed stoner drawl and talk often about chakras and auras while hand-trimming veganic-grown buds of cannabis that they refer to as "the tree of life."
6745 South Mississippi
Lakewood, CO 80226
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $20-$45/eighth-ounce, $125-$2000/ounce. Members receive "heavy" bags (four-gram eighths, 32-gram ounces).
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2, edibles
Online menu? Yes, though it is static and not updated..
Recreational sales? Not at this location. Owners also operate a recreational shop in Dumont.
Thankfully, the shop isn't like that: My Colorado Avalanche-loving budtender was way more of an average Joe than some cosmic cat named Moonbeam. I was the only person in during my visit, which meant I had the place to myself and didn't have to sit in the warm, cramped, narrow waiting room out front very long to get buzzed back.
T-shirts, hats, bongs, glass pipes, rolling papers and electric bubblers all fought for space on the shelves and counters. Bud is kept in square glass jars on shelves hung randomly on the peach-colored walls behind the bud bar. Top tier buds go for $45 an eighth, and according to my budtender, all test at 21 percent THC or higher. Whether that was based on actual tests of the buds on the shelf or just estimates from marketing departments of seed bank companies I don't know; he didn't explain further. Buds on the mid-tier have 18 to 20 percent THC, allegedly, and sell for $35 an eighth. Bottom tier buds -- er, shake -- sold for $20 an eighth.
I didn't even look at buds on the $45 shelf. The jars didn't look any more appealing than the mid-tier strains, and while I'm sure some people buy the whole 21-percent-THC-or-higher line, I don't. Potency shouldn't dictate price on buds anyway: Harvest yields should. Either way, I wasn't paying $45 for bud that probably should have been selling on the $35 level. The same goes for the mid-tier buds currently priced at $35 an eighth. With plenty of shops selling solid, well-grown buds at that price or lower, it would be hard for me to go back to MBS to pay $35 for buds that didn't impress. I also didn't look at the shakey leavings in the $20 discount shelf. You can easily find better low-priced buds in town.
Not that the herb was awful -- and I'm not trying to knock the entire stock. It's just that the mid-tier buds were the only ones that made any sense for me as a consumer. I thought the Bordello, a cross of Blackberry Apocalypse and something called "Alexis," was an interesting strain that smelled like rotten blackberry-orange jam and black peppercorns. The Coal Creek Kush also had a strong, funky haze smell that tickled the inside of my nose. The buds weren't all that great, but I'm starting to think that tiny, wispy buds are the norm with that strain. That, or nobody is growing it right, because I have yet to see a shop with chunky Coal Creek buds.
The Strawberry Cough buds were also decent, but I don't think anything really deserves to be over $30 an eighth before tax. Ounces do go for $175, though, which seems reasonable enough. Otherwise, the Golden Goat missed the mark entirely. Not so much golden as fresh and green; rather than a funky, caramelized soda sweetness, the buds gave off a dull Romulan scent. Same for the Colorado Cough. The light green, chunky buds with only a hint of haze didn't look or smell like any true Cough I've seen.
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