It’s nearly impossible to avoid Denver dispensary promotions and industry tools if you enjoy hip-hop. Whether you’re at a sold-out show with national headliners at Red Rocks or a small gig at the Larimer Lounge, there’s bound to be at least one major sponsor in the business of getting you high.
I’ve encountered the same sticker-toting promoter for Live Green dispensaries at a few shows over the winter, and the guy’s obnoxious tenacity finally worked: As I was leaving Joyride Brewing Company in Edgewater recently, I noticed that there was a Live Green shop down the street, at 2517 Sheridan Boulevard. I decided to stop in to see if the hip-hop hype had any validity.
Two annoying aspects of Live Green: First, it requires an exit bag, and the bags you can buy there aren’t just childproof — they’re also Herbert-proof (and roommate-proof; we had to use a knife to open mine).
And second, because of the pre-packaged bags that the strains come in, the shop has no jars to sniff before you make a choice. My budtender had to rip open a few bags just so I could smell the flower, and she wasn’t happy about it.
Luckily, the second bag she opened, XJ-13, smelled like a spicy cut of Jack Herer, so I bought a half-eighth for $26.30, including the exit bag.
Despite sounding like a government strain that can only be handled by “top men,” XJ-13 is known as an easy-riding sativa and a good strain for beginners. Its Jack Herer and G13 genetics can provide a welcoming smell of lime and wet soil; Live Green’s specimen passed the smell test with checks across the board and a balancing, peppery spice on the back end.
The buds also had that trademark Jack glow. Lime-green calyxes were made even brighter by a heavy coat of clear trichomes, meaning they were probably picked immaturely — but they looked cool all the same.
Scents of citrus and pine cleaners became stronger as I broke up a few sticky nugs for an evening sesh. I was a little worried that the heady sativa would keep me awake longer than usual, but the earthy, tart aromas had my mouth watering for a joint and a Tom Collins, so that’s exactly what I whipped up. Half a joint of the XJ paired magically with the gin cocktail, giving me a quick flavor burst of lemon-lime and juniper berries before bed. My worries of being kept up late were valid, however, because I laid on my back overthinking my awkward high-school years until at least 1:30 in the morning.
With its citrus overtones and sativa buzz, Live Green’s XJ-13 is a great strain for those who find OGs too earthy and tiring. Just make sure you find something to keep you occupied, or you’ll be a lost puppy.
Have a suggestion for a strain review? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.