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Make fun of the heady references all you want, but if Positive Vibes is anything, it's authentic. An elaborate rig for $50 more than your wallet allows won't be pushed on you here, and you won't find any stoner douches rolling their eyes when asked to explain what a terp pearl is. The beloved Englewood head shop is all positive vibes, my dude, and we mean it. There are so many options, from smokeable glass art to elaborate rigs and pendants crafted by local artists, that no matter what your budget, you'll find something nice here. Head in after a glorious meal at the Breakfast Queen across the street — or before, if you want to warm up before the feast, the Mile High way.

A hike up the Independence Trail takes you up the side of a mountain overlooking Evergreen. Local chipmunks are known for greeting hikers at the top, so keep your snacks tight to the chest — but make sure they're woodland-friendly, just in case. Otherwise, you'll find enough privacy — even on weekends — for a low-key toke while sitting 8,000 feet above sea level, with a stunning view heightened by an imagination high on weed and serotonin.

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Public cannabis consumption is still illegal in Colorado, but that's never stopped us: A joint in the park is one of the greatest simple pleasures of summer. For those who'd prefer to enjoy one inconspicuously, the right patch of grass for an afternoon j requires a rare combination of size, beauty and location. City Park is too wide open, and Washington and Cheesman Parks are too packed — but Little Cheesman is just right. The square-block park sticks out like a green hangnail on one of Denver's most popular recreational areas. Like Cheesman, it's loaded with good trees and hangout areas; unlike Cheesman, it's rarely busy enough to stop you from having a safe, respectful smoking session. And there's room enough for a game of catch afterward.

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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science staffers don't just showcase history, they dig it up. In 2019, the staff helped excavate triceratops fossils from a construction site in Highlands Ranch, some of which are on display at the museum's Prehistoric Journey exhibition. Imagine learning that after a mid-afternoon joint at City Park! And if dinos don't intrigue your stoned mind, there's always the fail-safe planetarium and IMAX theater for visual fun, as well as a gem and mineral hall for you crystal-lovers out there. All told, the museum probably holds too much stimulation for a fried brain to handle, but it'll be fun to try.

Nowadays, most massage therapists will incorporate CBD into your session if you ask — but why not get yours from a true specialist? A former medical marijuana caregiver, a molecular scientist and a licensed massage therapist partnered in 2015 to create Color Up, a therapy center and CBD manufacturer, and the team's Denver studio takes that expertise to a new level. Not only are massage therapists and estheticians available for a CBD glow-up and other therapeutic services, but Color Up's new digs also host an on-site lab that offers a dose of education, as well as a retail area so you can take more feel-good supplies home.

ReCreate didn't invent cannabis tincture, but the company is doing a damn fine job of perfecting it. The THC-infused branch of the business created by the Stanley brothers, the growers behind the Charlotte's Web strain, ReCreate wasn't designed to get users high, but instead mixes a full spectrum of cannabinoids to reach desired effects. Each blend and ratio of THC, CBD, CBC or CBG is made to help sleep, offer pain relief or aid everyday self-medication. And while we can't make medical recommendations, we can say the sleep tincture, a 1:4 CBD-to-THC ratio with valerian root, knocks out our marijuana reviewer like a half-bottle of Nyquil.

The cannabis beverage market has a hard time staking a claim at dispensaries, but powdered drink mixes require less space and don't need refrigeration, and edibles makers are taking notice. Ebb, a new line of infused drink mixes from the people behind TasteBudz gummies, is one of the better powder packets we've tried so far, offering 10 milligrams of THC per pack, as well as such ingredients as vitamin C and electrolytes to keep your body awake and hydrated as the edible wave hits. Keep the immune system and spirits boosted with orange-mango, enhanced with 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, or nurse a hangover with wildberry and electrolytes. The packets are on the sweeter side, so don't be afraid to drop one in your water bottle, then fill it — or add one to a smoothie.

Edible testing laws still prohibit a true cannabis bakery, where the goodies are made and sold fresh every day, from opening in Colorado, but Jade and Jane's Bakery hits all the after-school snack notes and then some. The six different brownie flavors, four different gummies, four different cookie sandwiches and four different cupcakes all slap, but it's the pound cakes and mug-cake mix that keep our sweet tooths jonesing. Lemon-honey and strawberry-vanilla pound cake bites are our dangerously delicious favorites, with 10 milligrams of THC per piece, and the mug-cake mix is a fun purchase for anyone looking for a bigger kick — just mix in a tablespoon of cannabutter or oil before putting it in the microwave.

We still can't order weed-infused dishes at Denver restaurants, but munchies-inspired menu items hit harder, anyway. Wild Corgi's stoner boxes, $20 combos designed exclusively for delivery and takeout, go straight for deep-fried nostalgia, packing boxes with carnival favorites such as chicken wings, sliders, mozzarella sticks and cheese curds, as well as desserts like fried Oreos, Cosmic Brownies, churros and tons of other sweet, crunchy delights. Wash down every order with the Capri-Sun and Hi-C juice boxes included in the stoner packs, which are named after the Corgi staff's favorite weed strains, and get lost in the childhood lunchbox you always wanted.

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