South Broadway and north Denver attract all the attention with their concentration of pot shops, but the herbal haven along a certain stretch of Evans Avenue is nothing to scoff at, either. The area has eight or nine dispensaries — including Cross Genetics, Sacred Seed and Sante — sprinkled on or just off the road between South Federal Boulevard and South Quebec Street. Since I moved to a part of town farther south, this stanky strip of Evans had became a forgotten land for me — but a recent trip to a University of Denver lacrosse game brought back memories of my old smoking grounds, inspiring me to drive around to see if old flames could be rekindled.
Pot-shop parking lots on Evans have about four spots each and are nearly impossible to maneuver when full. I had to drive by Sacred Seed because of the clusterfuck (sorry, maybe next time), but things had cleared up by the time I reached the Oasis Cannabis Superstore at 6359 East Evans. The old beach-shack dispensary had been remodeled since the last time I was in, with an expansive new recreational bud room featuring over 150 strains and 110 pre-rolled joints to choose from. I could’ve easily spent hours in there, so I picked the first strain I saw: Headband OG. A gram was $17 and change after tax.
Oasis purchases more than half of its strains from wholesale growers. This one was grown by Carrick Harvest, a wholesale pot supplier in Denver that doesn’t operate its own dispensary. The Headband OG nugs were covered in a micro-coat of toddler trichomes that almost looked like dust, making the forest-green hues seem a shade brighter. Breaking up the compact buds released complex smells of OG earthiness, cheesy funk and jet fuel. If it wouldn’t trigger a roadside test, I’d love to fill my car with the same scent.
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Headband is a hybrid of Sour Diesel and OG Kush, so Headband OG, a cross of Headband and OG, might sound sacrilegious to some seasoned tokers. I love OG genetics, though, so a little love between mother and son didn’t bother me none. A blunt in a non-flavored Swisher was a great balance for the potent OG flavor, and a buttery, citrus aftertaste made the tobacco less harsh. Cartoon steam whistles started blasting from my head halfway through the blunt, reminding me to set it down before my eyeballs fell out.
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The mind-bending yet calming high that Carrick Harvest’s Headband OG gave me made the new Game of Thrones episodes go from great to amazing, though I don’t remember half the killings, betrayals or nudie scenes. Great for a lunchtime smoke or a wake-and-bake with coffee on a day off, this Headband OG proves that a grow doesn’t need a storefront in order to produce quality pot.
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