Verde Natural
Scott Lentz

Cannabis is all about what our nose and tastebuds tell us, and the nugs at Verde Natural are grown to please both. Pulling the "cheese" out of UK Cheese and the "lemon" out of Super Lemon Haze as few others do, Verde carries a lineup of classic and modern strains that carry intense flavor profiles. Bubble Jack, Citrus Berry and Hazelnut Cream aren't breakfast cereals; they're strains that taste exactly as their names imply. With a brand-new greenhouse operation ready for its first harvest this year, we're excited to see what the Verde crew has in store for the rest of 2019.

Readers' Choice: Verde Natural

Bgood
Scott Lentz

Instead of trying to push its own edibles brand or entrusting the owner's buddy to handle growing operations, Bgood decided to be more of a cannabis purveyor, like a liquor store. The dispensary hired Top Dawg and Lama Brand, two different sets of growers and breeders with established followings, to head Bgood cultivations so that the brand can focus on the retail aspects of legal cannabis. The result is a wide (but not overwhelming) selection of pot products that are priced and organized so cleanly that future governor Jared Polis toured Bgood's flagship Northglenn location while campaigning last year. If it's good enough for the Guv, it's good enough for Grandma.

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Readers' Choice: Diego Pellicer

House of Dankness
Courtesy House of Dankness Colorado Facebook page

Anyone who's spent more than a few months buying weed in Denver will eventually hear about House of Dankness, where you might trip over $15 eighths, $10 grams of shatter and $12.50 distillate cartridges. Those crazy deals extend to ounces, live concentrates and edibles, but this isn't the only dispensary with discounts. No, what makes Casa de Dankness such a welcome home for stoners is the fire genetics, which can include anything from Flo OG to Purple Hash Plant to Cornbread — or, if you're lucky, even Ghost Train Haze, an original House of Dankness creation. So make the pilgrimage, already.

Readers' Choice: The Joint by Cannabis

Forgive us for picking another boring ol' baked-goods brand, but sweets are the focus of dispensary edibles lineups for a reason: They're the best option for infusion. Sure, you can shell out a few hundred bucks for a delicious cannabis dinner, but when you need something to eat from the pot shop like a regular human, it's tough to beat Dutch Girl Stroopwafels. These takes on the classic Dutch cookies come in original caramel, lemon and strawberry flavors, all of which are dangerously delicious at 10 milligrams of THC per serving. Enjoy with coffee in the morning, or under a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Just don't overdo it, or you might find yourself flashing back to weird times in Amsterdam coffee shops.

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Readers' Choice: Keef Cola

The innovation and growth in Colorado hemp may soon have that field outpacing our cannabis industry, if it isn't already. A pioneer in transdermal THC products for pain, Mary's Medicinals was quick to capitalize on the CBD boom by launching Mary's Nutritionals, and the hemp-CBD brand is doing a helluva job so far. On top of CBD versions of Mary's products that we're used to finding in dispensaries, such as pain patches and gel pens, the Mary's hemp line also makes CBD skin-care products, facial moisturizes, bath bombs, massage oils, full-spectrum hemp tinctures and even dog meds. Pretty good stuff to be able to buy online, isn't it? Pretttayyy, pretttayyy good.

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Readers' Choice: Panacea Life Sciences

All Greens

The list of medical-only dispensaries in Denver (and the rest of Colorado) continues to shrink, but that doesn't mean patients are out of luck. On top of enjoying lower tax rates and higher purchasing limits, medical marijuana patients can still find better products at certain places — like All Greens. Although $55 and $60 per gram for anything might seem pricey, live and solventless concentrates of the same quality would probably cost at least $80 or $90 elsewhere. If you're looking for potent and prime medication, it's not always about saving $5 here and there — especially when the products keep you medicated longer than most.

Readers' Choice: All Greens

Best Selection of Concentrates at a Dispensary

The Clinic

The Clinic

If you can look past the top-notch flower menu at the Clinic's four dispensaries in Denver (and that won't be easy), check out their hash selections. The Clinic's in-house extraction brand, the Lab, pumps out a long list of budders, shatters and live extracts from the strain list, and the stores will usually have a couple on sale to help your budget. You can also find concentrates from heavyweights such as Binske, Green Dot Labs, Harmony Extracts, Olio, Viola and Woodstock Cannabis Company, as well as one of the largest selections of PAX pods in Colorado.

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Readers' Choice: Diego Pellicer

Denver Recreational Dispensary
Scott Lentz

Ask industry folk where they like to buy their buds, and many of them will tell you to hit up Denver Recreational Dispensary. Don't let the search-engine-inspired name fool you: Den-Rec's growing staff has been setting standards and winning cannabis cups for their work with Cookies- and OG-heavy strains. Den-Rec's stores carry those popular cuts, as well as several of our favorites, like Bruce Banner, Cherry Diesel and LA Confidential. Visit in a decisive state of mind, and don't let that cartoon aroma finger-pull you in for too long, or you might be stuck there forever.

Readers' Choice: Diego Pellicer

Kudos to Pig 'N' Whistle for keeping the name that once graced boxer Eddie Bohn's motel/restaurant on the Fabulous 40 strip.

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