Guide to the Cannabis Scene in Denver
Denver is the Amsterdam of the U.S. But instead of a policy of tolerance, Denver has formally legalized cannabis, and is the only state that has access to use the entire plant. Denver is at the forefront of all advances in marijuana. It’s also the birthplace of marijuana massages, 420 cooking classes, weed-friendly ski trips and, of course, upscale chocolates and cupcakes.
Below is a breakdown of where to shop, where to partake and what to purchase.
Where to partake
Let’s start with where to partake. There is only one legal coffee shop in Denver for consuming marijuana, but there are many private lounges that exist in a grey area and typically require a membership.
This March, the world’s first licensed cannabis consumption coffee shop, The Coffee Joint, opened in Denver. It’s a humble, super knowledgeable and friendly outfit. Vaping, edibles and dabbing are permitted with your own devices or a purchasable one, and there are samples of tinctures, oils and rubs. Coffee and tea are served gratis, but the space will soon evolve into a full-on espresso bar.
Tetra Private Lounge and Garden is one of a few members-only clubs where guests can use an electric dab bar, vaporizers and other consumption accessories.
The International Church of Cannabis features a serious congregation of ” elevationists ” who light up once a week on Friday. The spot also has educational talks, live entertainment and potluck dinners.
Spectra Art Space is a South Broadway art gallery, but it also hosts 420-friendly parties and allows BYOC consumption in its private backyard during events.
iBake Denver is a private cannabis lounge. Membership is $12 monthly, and it’s BYOC.
Where to shop
Native Roots has over 20 marijuana dispensaries. It’s one of the oldest and most respected spots in town. The staff is well-informed and may assume a mid-level knowledge of cannabis from the consumer.
BGood MMJ practices natural growth with a community and philanthropic focus. Their service is kind and helpful, and the store has no seedy vibes.
Euflora is a high-tech spot with five locations. The staff is geeky in the best possible way.
Seed & Smith Cannabis
Seed & Smith Cannabis is a luxury boutique where you can see the “grow” in a large glass window. Friendly staff can provide you with every part of the plant you need.
What to buy
The world of cannabis is pretty complex, but it’s most easily divided into CBD and THC. (CBD is exploding right now because of its applications for pain management, anxiety and inflammation.) Both CBD and THC can be distributed as hash oils, concentrates, flowers or edibles.
Some of the best THC edibles are Cheeba Chews, Incredibles and Coda’s Chocolate Truffles. Stillwater Brands, known for its precision in dosing, makes totally tasteless and dissolvable mixtures, so you can put them in almost everything. They also have an entire line of organic tea.
Oils and infusions
As for cannabis oil and infusions, Lucky Turtle makes some of the best THC and CBD products. Wonderland 303 makes old-school sugar Pixy Stix, and Flow Lab creates an infused sugar you can put in your CBD coffee. Some of the best CBD tinctures come from Boulder’s all-CBD Extract Labs.
The following are all spots that offer a shot of CBD in your coffee, smoothie or tea: Blue Sparrow Coffee, Denver Bicycle Cafe, Carbon Coffee, Drip Denver, Mattina Cafe , Precision Pours and Boulder’s Wonder Press.
Tours and more
There are 420-friendly downtown Denver hotels with vaporizers in the room, as well as vape and dab rentals available through Colorado Cannabis Tours. My 420 Tours offers a Sushi and Joint Rolling Class, various grow and dispensary tours, and even a Cannabis Infused Massage.
Explore these spots (and more!) by making Denver your new home.
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In 2014, history was made when Amendment 64 was passed in Colorado – legalizing recreational marijuana statewide. It wasn’t until shortly after that CBD became a hot commodity – opening new doors for Cannabinoid use. To this day, local restaurants are infusing burgers and baristas are amplifying espresso drinks alike. CBD is even being promoted for health and wellness benefits. Despite Denver’s love of ice cream, no one has been serving up scoops of CBD until Rosebud Ice Cream came to town.
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“Friends and I were smoking and my friend was just like, ‘Dude – why don’t you just start like a THC ice cream company in Denver?’ He was joking – but I took that very seriously and immediately went out and bought an ice cream machine,” Rose said.
Determined – Rose spent the next few years making homemade ice cream in his kitchen. Although he had never made the frozen treat before he did everything he could to get it just right — including working in professional kitchens after moving to Denver in July 2016. During his three years of experimentation, Rose spent a lot of time getting to know more about cannabis. But after considering the medicinal benefits and the widespread availability of CBD, he revamped his plan.
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For more information on Rosebud Ice Cream and where to find it in a store near you – go here.
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