4

Ask a Stoner: Are Popcorn Nugs Another Result of the Pandemic?

Ask a Stoner: Are Popcorn Nugs Another Result of the Pandemic?
Westword
^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Dear Stoner: A lot of dispensaries have been selling popcorn nugs recently. Is that because of the pandemic and demand level? I just want normal nugs, man.
Brandon

Dear Brandon: You can still find normal nugs out there, but you’ll have to pay an extra $5 or $10 for the time being. Legal cannabis sales set the roof on fire in Colorado in 2020, breaking monthly records on their way to passing $2 billion for the first time in a calendar year. But as you’ve noticed, all that demand during the pandemic led to a shortage over the summer, and we’re still not out of it. Wholesale flower prices haven’t been this high in over four years, so dispensaries turn to popcorn buds — smaller buds with less potency — as a way to still sell flower at $20 an eighth.

Ask a Stoner: Are Popcorn Nugs Another Result of the Pandemic?EXPAND
Unsplash/Add Weed

Another potential supply factor that dispensaries won't tell you about: Colorado’s new required testing for residual heavy metals is seeing more failures than anticipated, according to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, which recently issued an executive order to study remediation techniques for weed containing traces of cadmium, arsenic, nickel and other potentially toxic heavy metals.

We saw similar shortages connected to mold problems in 2019, but that's not a topic the industry loves to talk about, either.

Send questions to marijuana@westword.com.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.