Best Place to Nerd Out on Tech and Cannabis 2019 | The Coffee Joint | Best of Denver® | Best Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Music and Stores in Denver | Westword
Jacqueline Collins

Stereotypes be damned: Stoners are smart as hell. For proof, look no further than the CannaCoding events at the Coffee Joint, the first (and currently only) licensed social cannabis consumption spot in Denver. Jamison Ordway designed these gatherings for tech folks who are making big moves in the cannabis industry. Events have focused on topics ranging from coding and compliance to creating dispensary menus using HTML and CSS, and industry professionals are always on hand to answer your questions. Best of all, you can rip a bong or dab rig before and after the sessions, often with the same professionals you're hoping to get hired by in the future.

There are a lot of snake-oil salesmen and shysters out there hawking CBD products containing who-knows-what, but Sparkling CBD — launched by the people behind Rocky Mountain Soda Company — comes from a brand you can trust. Made with lab-tested hemp extract to ensure no THC, and sweetened with agave nectar, Sparkling CBD drinks taste just like colas, root beers and fruit sodas...because that's what they are; the company just figured out how to add CBD without changing the taste. Soda fountain flavors? Check. Satisfying carbonation burn? Check. Twenty milligrams of full-spectrum CBD? Bring it.

Readers' Choice: Panacea Life Sciences

Whether you miss the classic music festival or are just a Peanuts fan, taking a dab from the Woodstock Cannabis Company collection of concentrates will undoubtedly take you on a cannabinoid-fueled trip of nostalgia and ungodly grubbing. Teaming up with Michael Lange, co-creator of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, Colorado-based Harmony Extracts has released a branch of modern concentrates using classic genetics from Citral and Diesel strains. Dabbing award-winning live resin and THC crystalline never felt so old-school.

Readers' Choice: Dablogic

Lindsey Bartlett

L'Eagle has always been a dispensary known more for quality than quantity, but lately the Denver pot shop has been throwing out some serious deals for tokers who appreciate clean, terpene-heavy cannabis. How serious? Flash deals for $10 eighths of Frosty Lemonade, Sour Pez and other select delicacies are starting to become regular offerings at L'Eagle; they would have been unheard of eighteen months ago. And if those aren't good enough, the store also sells quarters of its pride-and-joy sativa, L'Eagle Eagle, for as low as $25 from time to time.

Readers' Choice: Lightshade

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

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.

Readers' Choice: Diego Pellicer

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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.

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.

Readers' Choice: Panacea Life Sciences

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

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