There are some amazing strains you have never heard of that you can’t get in (insert wherever place you’re from that still has nothing but illegal drug dealers), so if you’re coming to Colorado wanting to score some legal weed then I urge you, as a professional budtender, to get out of your comfort zone. If you’re going to come to Denver to get some of the world’s best strains of marijuana, you might as well get something awesome and not just stick with Diesel because it’s what you’re used to smoking in (insert wherever place you’re from that still has nothing but illegal drug dealers).
To be completely fair, almost all of the customers I’ve seen in the last several days of legal marijuana sales have been totally stoked about the entire recreational process and have really been very open to new information and recommendations. Working in any kind of retail situation, it is really funny how stuck in their ways some repeat customers can be. For those medical patients who had a specific strain that worked for a particular thing, I could totally understand staying with the same stuff. For most recreational customers, however, I say variety is the spice of life, so I say try new things all the time!
I will say that I have seen a fair amount of people come in and ask for edibles or a CBD strain for an elderly relative, which shows how many people from other states would probably at least attempt to get a medical marijuana card if their home state offered a medical marijuana program. Many people are specific about what kind of effect they’re looking for, and plenty of recreational customers have been asking for strains that are good for sleep and pain relief; the other most commonly sought feeling seems to be “up and awake but still high.”
Here are some of my favorite strains that can currently be found in Denver legal marijuana shops:
-Grape Stomper- super heavy, very kiefy sativa strain with a crazy high THC level (usually 20% and above)
-Golden Goat- a completely unique smelling sativa dominant with a sweet taste and great high for enjoying all the other things that make Colorado awesome other than legal weed.
-Sage n Sour- If you absolutely have your heart on something Sour Diesel, I like many crosses that are more interesting than Diesel (I’m not trying to knock the always popular Sour Diesel, but there are just so many other tastier strains!). One of my favorites is Sage n Sour, a cross with S.A.G.E, an amazing hybrid that stands for “Sativa Afgani Genetic Equilibrium“; legend has it that it was an attempt to create the first true hybrid 50% sativa, 50% indica strain. So cross that with a strong sativa and you’ve got something special for sure.
-Critical Mass- a fruity tasting high CBD strain that is great for pain relief. Though lower in THC and great for a relaxing effect without too much of a psychoactive effect, the very high CBDs still pack a punch that will leave you locked to the couch for several hours.
-Presidential Kush- a sativa dominant cross with OG Kush, this is just not to be missed if you can find it. Truly one of Colorado’s most unique and pleasing strains for overall effect, taste, smell, and bud density.
As with many things here on Weedist, this is just my opinion. Has anyone else out there picked up any great strains in the last week from Colorado marijuana stores? Let the rest of the world know in the comment section!!
Two things. First, about the sage, you say "legend has it that it was an attempt to create the first true hybrid 50% sativa, 50% indica strain." I find that statement to be completely ridiculous, especially coming from a supposed "bud tender" who should have knowledge on the subject. Sage is a strain from T.H.Seeds company in Amsterdam. T.H.Seeds was founded in 1993 and the sage made an appearance in the late 90's. There have been 50% sativa 50% indica strains since the very first cannabis breeders on Earth crossed pure sativas with pure indicas in the 60's. Some legend.
Second. Kenneth Lexton, breeding cannabis for high thc has been the name of the game since the beginning. Monsanto crosses the DNA of insects or bacteria with its crops to create a trait not normally found in the species through genetic engineering. To compare GMO crops to the breeding of cannabis is irresponsible and uneducated. They are not even close to the same thing. One method uses selective breeding between two different strains of the same species to create a better plant that has traits normally found withing the cannabis species, the other method takes a crop and combines it with DNA from an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SPECIES (insect, bacteria, other plants...) to create a trait that would never normally be found in that plants species!! You're argument is invalid. Nice rant though.
The Golden Goat, Critical Mass, and Presidential Kush are all fire. Grape stomper (at least the herb I smoked by the same name) was decent, and never tried the Sage 'n Sour. I am all about the fire and lab tested product - with places like TGS, the Clinic, and Nature's Gift Shop carrying this stuff, I'd say go with the pros and avoid paying for another "name."
The previous post was addressed to those in the industry and the consumers who insist on driving THC ever-higher, and continuing the massive imbalance of the plant, not those who act with sense. :)
Unfortunately the super over-cultivation of MJ into a THC monster continues, and what used to be an "overdose" resulted in falling asleep to rest peacefully, whilst today, it results in accute episodes of psychosis. Many docs and nurses in psych hospitals are seeng a dramatic uptick in admissions for psychotic episodes due to use of super- high THC pot. Bottom line. It's as natural as the dreaded GMO food from the evil Monsanto. Worst of all, among the susceptible, one psychotic episode can, and often does, kick off a serial, or even lifelong affliction of schizophrenia. It's no joke...just as herbicides/ pesticides can cause pseudo-Parkonsinsm by kiling off critical cells in the substantia nigra of the brain, THC in high concentrations can permanently alter cells in various regions of the brain. This is not anti-drug paranoia, it's simple empirical observation, and it shouldn't be happening. The pot from the late 1970s was really pleasant, same with the early 80s...which is when super -cultivation ensued, and by the mid-late 1980s, being paranoid , suffering body aches and just feeling lousy was becoming a common complaint...it's why a lot of people only in their 20s stopped smoking...they were suffering depersonalization, sensory distortion that was not psychedelically pleasing, but rather disorienting.
True, some people are remarkably tolerant/ resistant of such high potencies, but many are not...ironically, massive, money-driven over-cultivation gas actually turned a previously benign drug with lots of pros, into something close to what anti-pot paranoia governmental and religious zealots tried to paint it as. Back then, it was a lie. Now, for many, it's sadly true.
You can and will enjoy pot which is back-bred to what it looked like a few decades ago...and just enjoy, no immobile "couchlock," no paranoia, hurting bodies, freak-outs, etc. Just mild psychedelia you can control at will, lifted mood, lots of laughs, good times. Not the vapid, brain-dead stare one is greeted with in dispensaries (by ...snicker...bud-tenders).
A good single-malt scotch isn't 190 proof...it's half that, and it doesn't burn a bleeding hole in your gut and kill you. Unfortunately, one or two generations of pot smokers have become mostly unwitting victims of a hardcore money-driven drug industry, and now that it's gone "legit" in many states, it's WORSE. (kind of like how in a mere two generations, nearly 75% of people are anywhere from fat to totally, disgustingly obese these days, because they don't think about their massive caloric over-consumption and lack of activity). When they're dying of heart disease and endocrine disorders, dependent on toxic pharmaceuticals, arthritic and miserable in middle age, they'll sadly get it. It's a needless waste of your life. Think the high THC thing is a joke? Ask a sensible, open- minded physician or nurse in a psych ward...they only want to help people, not judge. Lots
of them smoked pot, too... They'll set you straight.
@kenneth lexton How about smoking/ingesting a smaller amount?
@mikexxcell With all the info out there you are still well I am not going to call u or anybody else names like you,one reason is I can tell you like your beer or whiskey.you would denien people childern something that would help without the bad side effects because you want your drug of chose alc or pr drugs.This is america or was at one time home of the brave and free.I worked in ER for 22yrs the worst were the alc twikers so on,but I know you can not understand,but if u want to talk about it we can meet I will smoke a joint have a coke while you have your alc go home beat your wife and kids.I do not if u do but thats alc
Purple Cotton is the best strain I've ever smoked. I got a hold of some through a friend who had access to it several years ago, but couldn't get another hold of it until retail made it legal. Just picked some up last week and it gives me the most relaxing, creative high I've ever come across. Also, I bought small amount of Golden Goat as op mentioned and the smell is amazing. Good recommendation.
I see you work for Green Solution. How much did they pay you for this article. Their grape stomper is not very good, but the pres kush is fantastic.
I have tried grape stomper and it is just a sublime strain.The flavor covers my tongue with a velvety smooth first hit. The exhale brings the next layer of taste. Although high in 2 hits , I finished the bowl just because I could. I rate this a 9.5 /10 . This was a perfectly grown strain of GS imho. You would have a hard time topping the batch I smoked with any other type. I've been smoking herb 30 plus years.
Is there a way test if a strain is the strain it says it is? How can I tell if, say Sour Diesel (or whatever strain), I buy in one store is the same strain with that name in another store/state?
You can send it into a testing facility, they have those all over the place. They have the ability, generally speaking, and the archives to compare your sample, as well as give you THC and CBD percentages for the sample you provide.