Oh, Denver: One of the few places in the world where you can tell your pot dealer, "This shit sucks. I'm going somewhere else," and actually mean it. Securing a new and reasonably un-sketchy weed guy is a headache for people in other, less-fortunate states – but not here, where you just walk a few blocks (or feet, depending what part of town you're in) to the next dispensary. Almost two years of legal pot in Denver has created an entitlement for quality herb of which I'm completely unashamed, and for the most part, the dispensaries of the Mile High have delivered.
But which strains rose above the rest? Here the ten best strains I've reviewed in 2015:
10) Ingrid at Good Chemistry
16840 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora
"Don’t let Ingrid
’s homely smell fool you. Burning this was like enjoying cheese and wine for dessert, and the knockout blow makes it an easy choice for insomnia or stress relief. With such strong and specific effects, my leftovers will be set aside for a rough day or when counting sheep just won’t cut it."
9) Stardawg Guava at The Clinic Colorado
3888 East Mexico Avenue
"Opening up the pre-packaged buds at home gave me an intense nosegasm. Sweet, fruity aromas jumped right out, with hints of diesel lingering long after; my mouth watered as a tart earthiness filled my nostrils. Despite the small amount I’d bought, all of the nugs were full and robust. Rich, amber trichomes cloaked the Stardawg’s light-green calyxes, giving them a yellowish hue, and the noticeable lack of stems made me smile. I couldn’t twist one up fast enough — and after a few drags, subtle tropical notes danced around my taste buds and a familiar earthy flavor stuck to the back of my tongue."
8) White Fire OG at Mile High Green Cross
"To my initial dismay, the entire recreational lineup had been bought from a wholesale grower because Mile High’s recreational crops weren’t ready yet. But there was good news: My budtender said the wholesaler was Kind Love, a Glendale medical dispensary that has a great reputation. So I asked her what strain was the hardest to keep on the shelf. She said the alpha of the lineup was White Fire OG
— a thoroughbred of a strain born from Fire OG and The White genetics. The nugs on display at Mile High were a beautiful mixture of green, white, purple and orange; this love-at-first-sight cost $12.12 per gram after tax."
7) Tangerine Haze at Herban Medicinals
"A couple of Volcano bags at 320 degrees tasted like halftime at a youth soccer game. Tart, tangy sensations jumped around the sides of my tongue like little Clementines bouncing off my taste buds as I took rip after rip. Afterward, I couldn’t sit still, wandering around my house like a bored dog looking for mischief."
6) Blue OG at iVita Wellness
3980 Franklin Street
is bred with Blueberry Moonshine, Blueberry
and OG Kush
genetics, making a slightly sativa-dominant hybrid that smells like a blueberry-banana-pineapple smoothie: simultaneously sweet, savory and sour. All of those fruit notes, combined with a crisp earthiness, made me want to jump inside Blue OG’s bottle and set up camp for a few days to soak it in, and bright, frosty trichomes glimmered in the sun as I admired the dense nug. Some of these beautiful Colorado buds tug at my heart as I grind them up, and Blue OG’s sweet-smelling cries were deeply felt."