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One of the first community-style acupuncture spots to hit Denver, Pin & Tonic delivers affordable alternative medicine to locals with health issues ranging from stress, fatigue and back pain to fertility and digestive problems. After an initial $40 visit, treatments are $20 to $25 per session, which is about half what you'd pay at a private clinic. Patients also have access to affordable Chinese herbs individually mixed into teas or tinctures, plus a massage therapist and a reflexologist. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins can usually be accommodated during normal business hours, which are listed online.

Fluff Bar promises "a drink, a drink...a blast" — but not the kind of "fluff" that porn fans might be expecting. A blow-dry here is strictly a hair-raising experience, but it's not all dry: Fluff Bar also serves champagne and cocktails.

Readers' choice: Curl Up & Dye

When it comes to dab rigs, the sky's the limit: People spend thousands on technical glass pieces that filter cannabis residue and recalculate water ratios while delivering smoke to their lungs. Finding the best rig is tough — but finding the best accessory for your rig is simple: It's made right here in Colorado. Joel Halen's Honey Hole isn't just a domeless quartz nail piece, it's the domeless quartz nail piece. The quartz means cleaner hits and a longer life, and the cupped design is perfect for taking massive dabs without overloading the nail itself. Halen blows the Honey Hole for 10mm, 14mm and 18mm male and female pieces, as well as drop-ins for direct-inject bubblers. You can find it at many local dispensaries.

Cannabis-infused edibles are readily available in this state, of course, but if you have special dietary needs, it's not always easy to find something uplifting that won't wreck your digestive system. And anyone who's tried making edibles at home is well aware of what a pain in the neck it is to infuse your own oils or butters; between the Crock-Pots and cheesecloth, you're looking at hours of work and a big mess to clean up. So it's fair to call Brandon Shepherd, the local food scientist behind the Mota Pot, a bit of a hero. The Mota Pot drastically reduces the amount of time it takes to infuse the material of your choice, bringing it down to just minutes on the stovetop, and the no-mess straining method means you'll be ready to cook or bake that much sooner. Gluten-free vegan pot brownie, anyone?

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If dispensaries are like restaurants, then Sour Diesel is the cheeseburger and fries of marijuana: Everyone grows it, but some people do it way better than others. It's a great barometer for a shop's quality, because if the store isn't doing Sour D right, it probably isn't getting much else correct, either. Thankfully, L'Eagle Services grows it proper. The buds are 100 percent organic-fed, slow-dried and cured for at least a month, giving L'Eagle's Sour D the full citrus/fuel smells and flavors you expect from this strain. The buds are a potent package that consistently put us into a euphoric, spacey mood after just two or three puffs. The shop offers both medical and recreational herb, meaning that anyone 21 and up can head in and walk out with a bag of this glowing-green ganja. And if it's available, we highly suggest the Sour Diesel bubble hash from L'Eagle, which is expertly made, dried and cured.

Readers' choice: Sweet Leaf

Wanna talk to Sampson? Too bad — but you can take Sir Smoke-a-Lot's advice: "When life is hard, pick up the card with the smiley face." We don't know how happy you'll be when you leave the Mr. Nice Guys dispensary (our pot critic has yet to review it), but just the name and joint-smoking smiley face on the sign are sure to give you a laugh as you wonder how funny Half Baked would be today if you watched it sober.

Readers' choice: Good Chemistry

If you think all vape pens are created equal, you've never been to Rocky Mountain E-Cigs. With more vape varieties than some dispensaries have marijuana strains, these two stores have the perfect vape pen for your type of usage — whether it's vaping small amounts of flower or huge globs of hash oil. The shops also carry all of the "mods" to help your current vape work better, from new atomizers and batteries to air-flow carbs and oversized oil tanks. And if you're one of those who use a vape for nicotine as well as for THC, the shops carry a wide range of flavored oils and e-juice refills. Still smoking herb? Get with the times and get a vape.

Readers' choice: E-Cig of Denver

There are dozens of head shops in Denver, all carrying roughly the same bongs, papers, pipes and one-hitters. But only one shop can lay claim to the most expensive and extensive glass collection in the state: Illuzion Glass Galleries. Even if you don't have the dough in your wallet to afford one, it's worth stopping in just to see the hand-blown, functional glass smokeware valued at $20,000 or more and made by some of the world's best glass artists, including Ryan "Buck" Harris. But not everything here is prohibitively pricey: The shop carries a wide range of affordable, colorful glass pieces that fit just about any budget, including pipes blown in-house by staff glass artists as well as visiting blowers. The shop also carries all of the papers and rolling accessories you could ever want, as well as pipe pouches and carrying cases to fit pipes of all shapes and sizes.

Readers' choice: Heads of State

Want to try a new strain? Something you've never heard of before? We do, too, which is why we were so pumped to find Holistic Life. This shop doesn't look like much on the outside, but don't be fooled into thinking it's another low-rent Lakewood dispensary — far from it. Holistic Life's selection of rare genetics and in-house crosses is second to none in metro Denver, and the grow quality is phenomenal. True Colorado Kong, actual Golden Goat, real-deal Girl Scout Cookies, Gorilla Glue, Bordello and Holistic Life-bred Ron Burgundy will blow your mind even before your first toke. Everyone on staff knows their stuff, too, and they'll be happy to nerd out with you about strain lineage, genetics, growing and anything else pot-related.

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Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine

Though it's right on the edge of the metro area, Golden's Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine looks like a mountain cabin — the kind that quietly, discreetly pumps out the type of top-notch cannabis that Colorado is known for cultivating. While the selection isn't huge, the quality of such strains as pre-92 OG Kush, Purple Whitefire, Maple Kush and a killer White Fire OG (which was the best pot our marijuana critic smoked in 2014) make a visit highly worth your while. And we mean highly.

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