Cannabis

The Best Recreational Dispensaries in Denver

In case you need to relax a little.

High Level Health
Photo courtesy of High Level Health

Even when times are tough, the Mile High City continues to put your cannabis cravings first. However, with more than 550 dispensaries at your disposal, finding the right greenery can get overwhelming. For your ganja shopping pleasure, we’ve rounded up the best recreational dispensaries in Denver, from elite flower destinations to upscale concentrate havens. Find featured strains, top deals, loyalty programs, and more, so you get can to sparking up and chowing down on your favorite THC-infused strains and treats. Not feeling up for an in-person spree? Each and every dispensary on this list offers pre-ordering options so you can stock up safely due to COVID-19. 

High Level Health interior
Photo courtesy of High Level Health

High Level Health

Cheeseman Park/LoDo/Golden Triangle
This award-winning brand (currently holding an impressive 104 accolades) serves up exceptional flower, concentrates, and vapes. HLH emphasizes the overall wellness and satisfaction of clientele with all-natural growing methods and attention to detail and has its own breeding program, which means exclusive strains. Papa Smurph and Platinum Valley are highly sought after, while the HLH GG#4 (a non-proprietary strain) has gone through significant in-house work and is a popular choice for recreational and medical consumers, alike. When it comes to shopping for out-of-house products, you’ll find Wana, Coda, and Stillwater’s Ripple Dissolvables regularly in stock. Daily deals run the gamut here. Joints are priced $7.94 for one, $14.30 for two, and $19.06 for three, half-ounces are $79.42 (and you can even break them down into four different eighths), and HLH sugar, shatter, wax, and butter are all $19.86 per gram or 4 grams for $59.20 (pre-tax prices). You can also earn 2% back by joining the Passport Program (there is also a separate rewards program in place) as a thanks for your reefer loyalty. 

COVID-19 protocol: Order online and check the COVID-19 blog post on the HLH website for updates and the latest details. Additionally, strict social distancing practices are in play for in-store shoppers.

Apothecary Farms

Broadway
This concentrate-driven hot spot serves up exceptional varietals with high-cannabinoid extracts. Specializing in terpene preservation (for all you flavor snobs), Apothecary Farms uses refined extraction techniques, including cryo freezers and climate-controlled transport. You can expect unique and exotic tasting notes from in-house strains like Raspberry Lychee, Watermelon Gelato, Blue Lemon Thai, and Tropicana Cookies. An advanced lab that follows standard operating procedures ensures consistent, clean product through every extraction batch. For dab enthusiasts looking to keep consumption affordable, there are $15 grams of shatter and wax every day and $25 daily deals on live resin. If you are seeking flower, fret not; there are about 10 strains on hand at a time sourced from Bonsai Cultivation and 14er Boulder, and you can cop a $20 eighth on top-shelf buds.

COVID-19 protocol: Apothecary Farms is offering curbside pickup for all recreational shoppers. The dispensary is following all CDC guidelines to ensure everything is clean and sanitized at all times.

Lucy Sky

Broadway/Federal
Lucy Sky goes the extra mile for the customer experience. The staff aims for lasting bonds between cannabis advisor and consumer, so education is key for this two-outpost brand. Hand-picked, top-shelf flower is available at all times, and notable bud is supplied by Snaxland, Malek’s Premium Cannabis, Cuban Crew, Certified Magic and Willie’s Reserve. Consistency is key when it comes to outsourced product lines, and you can find Green Dot Labs, Soiku Bano, 710 Labs, and Dablogic on a regular basis. Deals are in play every single day of the week, from daily ounces at $150 to 10% off edibles on Mondays and 10% off top-shelf live resin and all other concentrates on Wednesdays. If you’re an early riser, stop in during the first hour of the morning to score 15% off. Additionally, Sky Bucks are up for grabs (get $5 off $35 the following week) and you can add a gram for $5 when you spend $40. So, throw a few extra coins in the meter and take your time on this lit shopping spree.

COVID-19 Protocol: Online ordering is encouraged, and curbside pickup is offered for debit card-only transactions. Within the store, no more than three guests can shop at one time, and customers are required to sanitize hands in the lobby (all staff is masked and in gloves). There are sneeze guards on each register, and no hand-to-hand transactions permitted. Areas are marked for social distancing and the entire space is sanitized regularly.

L’Eagle Services

Baker
L’Eagle applies sustainable, environmentally friendly practices brand-wide. Unsure of which cannabis product is right for you? A passionate, knowledgeable staff ensures you will find exactly what you need. When it comes to flower, L’Eagle’s grow staff features two degreed horticulturists and nearly 40 years of commercial cannabis techniques, which produces buds that are cured properly for 60 days prior to sale. A large selection of 25 to 30 organic flower strains keeps the regulars lining up, from L’Eagle Eagle, with sweet pine and lemon notes and uplifting effects, to the award-winning Austin Hash Plant. With plants that eat better than most people, this 10-year-old company utilizes only the best nutrients available. The ethics carry into L’Eagle’s concentrate creation, as well, where in-house offerings feature the cleanest rosin (using only heat and pressure; no chemicals or solvents) and caviar (featuring Girl Scout Cookies flower, dipped in freshly pressed, 100% solventless rosin, and rolled in freshly sifted kief), which are crafted away from the shop and grow. But, don’t let the organic nature fool you; L’Eagle serves up deals for an affordable green smoking experience. Sign up for text message blasts for the skinny on half-price specials, random $10 eighths on a snow day, $15 grams of live resin, and more. On a regular day, you can still snag a $99 ounce and a $16 eighth, and feel great about blazing up in sustainable style.

COVID-19 protocol: To expedite the experience, pre-order online (you can also view real-time menus), and your goods will be ready and waiting when you arrive. Note that L’Eagle practices social distancing and recommended COVID-19 precautions within the dispensary.

Denver Kush Club
Denver Kush Club

Denver Kush Club

Five Points
In-house bud that leads to concentrates is at the core of this 11-year-old Five Points staple located next door to the famed Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. An extensive collection of classic and new Kush Concentrates products grace the rec case, including diamonds, sauce, live resin, shatter, wax, Denver Nuggets (moon rocks), Caviar joints, distillate, and cartridges. For those who prefer traditional flower, DKC stocks up to 25 strains at a time, from signature Kush (duh!) buds to all the popular and newest strains. Still, there’s an array of both edibles and topicals (and a full clothing line) to round out the inventory. 

COVID-19 protocol: Place orders online, by phone or curbside, and expect strict social distancing guidelines while inside the shop.

The Herbal Cure
The Herbal Cure

The Herbal Cure

Washington Park
Connoisseur flower, exceptional customer service, and art installations draw all kinds to this mom-and-pop shop. Over the past year, The Herbal Cure has expanded its budventory to carry additional strains from Snaxland, Bloom County, and Cherry, to both keep shelves stocked (25 to 30 strains at a time) and satisfy its growing customer base. Top-selling flower includes Apple Fritter, Purple Cheddar, Super Lemon Haze, Runtz, and Frankenberry, along with a variety of OG and Cookies crosses. With vapes from Binske, Green Dot Labs, and Airopro and edibles courtesy of Cloud 9, Wana, and Robhots, this full-spectrum operation has a flavor for every indulger to savor. Still haven’t found the Cure? New customers get hooked up with 25% off their first purchases, along with $22 eighths, every day.

COVID-19 protocol: The Herbal Cure is still serving walk-in customers based on city and state guidelines; however, shoppers are strongly encouraged to place call-ahead and online orders. For those who pre-order, take advantage of a 4.20% discount, until further notice.

Botanico 

River North (RiNo)
With a goal of carrying the best of the best Colorado inventory, Botanico’s buds are sourced from its house grow, along with strain selections from 14’er in Boulder and Host in Denver. For a real treat, try Coda Signature’s designer truffles or 100-milligram flavorful chocolate bars and gummies, while vapes default to local, quality products, from Ascend’s High-Terpene Extract line to the multi-label, family-run Green Dot Labs. Those looking for a more concentrated high can grab full-plant extraction live resin by the gram from brands like Viola (starting at $30) and higher-end options from 710 Labs (starting at $35) laced with tasty terpenes, and grams of shatter and wax are priced at $16 to $18 regularly. Plus, there are $99 pre-weighed ounces (as well as premium ounces for $140) on deck, and nearly 20 rotating specials per month. Note that while Botanico typically hosts two on-site consultation/shopping rooms that provide easy access to knowledgeable budtenders, due to the pandemic, this service is currently on hold.

COVID-19 protocol: To shop Botanico products, visit the original location on Larimer Street or the sister location, Botanico2 (located at 777 Canosa Court). You can browse inventory online and place an order by phone (IDs are verified upon pickup), order from the glass window in the waiting room or enter either shop. Note that only two customers can shop at a time and masks and hand sanitization are required upon entry. Wipe-downs are performed every 30 minutes or more, depending on in-store foot traffic.

Northern Lights
Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Baker
Northern Lights now sources exclusively from third-party growers, so flower fans can expect a more eclectic selection and a wider variety of strains. When it comes to concentrates, consider an array of 20 brands. In fact, on any given day, shoppers can find the largest inventory of individual grams of concentrate up for grabs, totaling into the hundreds. Having trouble hashing it out? BOGO 25% off on concentrates on Tuesdays and cartridges on Fridays. Additionally, take 15% off all edibles on Sundays and grab four pre-rolls for $25 on Mondays. Looking to score by saving more? Sign up (in store) to become a loyalty program member—begin with 75 points and earn one point per dollar spent on all sales. 

COVID-19 protocol: Log on to Weedmaps to place an order online, or make an in-person purchase. However, keep in mind that only one customer is permitted in the building at a time, regardless of group size.

Terrapin Care Station
Terrapin Care Station

Terrapin Care Station

Broadway
Self-grown flower from four cultivation sites is at the core of this multi-location, Boulder-born brand. Not sure which of the 25 to 30 rotating strains to sample? Hand-cured, high-quality buds to bookmark include: Hells OG, Grapefruit Durban, Starkiller, Princess Leia, and Sunset Sherbet. More recently, TCS launched its first small-batch reserve line, dubbed “The Woods,” with THC potency recorded at 30%. TCS’s own Double Bear Premium Concentrates line is produced in a state-of-the-art lab, and features wax, sugar, and shatter ($19.50 per gram) and live sauce ($39.50 per gram). Convenient 5-gram packs of pre-rolled TerraPins ($23.95) or 1-gram cones ($10) are an affordable way to try award-winning flower. If you’re a fan of this station’s supply, join the TerraPoints program, where you can score a $2 cone just for joining, and reach different point thresholds to unlock more deals.

COVID-19 protocol: Place an online order prior to visiting for quick pick-up. In the shop, expect CDC guidelines in place, including social distancing and one shopper inside at a time. All employers are outfitted in masks and gloves, and surfaces are sanitized regularly.

Verde Natural

Park Hill Northeast
Hand-grown plants cultivated in living, recycled soil contribute to Verde Natural’s unique and vibrant flavor profile. Whether it’s Chemmy Jones, Tropicana Cookies, Roasted Garlic Margy, or Cold Creek Kush,  these indoor buds are fed an all-organic diet, and have won awards for both taste and potency. Verde’s smooth aftermath upon inhalation is a product of this mindful harvesting technique. To create concentrates, Verde’s flower is extracted into solventless DabLogic products, like Live SHO Cake Batter and cartridges. With four joints for $20, buy 8 grams, pay for 6 on solventless items, and the strain of the month priced at $25 per eighth, even premium product is available at a lower cost. 

COVID-19 Protocol: Online or by-phone ordering is encouraged. If you plan to visit, keep in mind that only three people are permitted in the shop at a time (between both the recreational and medical sides) and masks are required. Staff members are outfitted in gloves and masks, and the store is disinfected regularly, as is the ATM.

Diego Pellicer
Photo courtesy of Diego Pellicer

Diego Pellicer

Southwest Denver
Stunning interiors featuring Chihuly glass art aren’t the only attractions at this top-notch joint. It’s about the consumer journey at Diego Pellicer, with a strong focus on the shopping experience. A brand-new bud bar in the center of the room displays 20 to 25 different exotic and premium strains, while the inventory offers unique discounts and hard-to-find products. The namesake pays homage to an 1800s hemp entrepreneur, and the quality cannabis stems from one vertically integrated company grow, along with outsourced, small-batch, exotic strains from boutique grows, which regularly test with THC levels into the most impressive high-20 and mid-to-high-30 percentiles. Highly regarded for potency and well-grown exotic genetics, this upscale outpost carries brag-worthy strains such as Critical Mass, Grape Kush, and Cookie Pie. As far as concentrates, Diego Pellicer offers 7-gram live resin buckets, solventless and freeze-dried concentrates, CBD isolate, and Empire Diamonds, a THCA product testing at 99%. Don’t judge this dispensary by its decor, though—grab $15 eighths, $9 grams, $100 ounces, $15 grams of wax and shatter, and $24 grams live resin every day of the week. 

COVID-19 protocol: Place an online order through Dutchie. Or, if you prefer to shop, note that only four people are permitted at once, and social distancing is required. Budtenders wear gloves and keep their hands and stations sanitized regularly, and masks are required.

Medicine Man

Northeast Denver/Aurora/Thornton/Longmont
A 40,000-square-foot cultivation facility anchors the operation at this four-branch dispensary. With up to 50 different strains growing at a time, there’s plenty of variety when it comes to indica, sativa, hybrids, and CBD options. When not serving up the in-house flower, Wana gummies fly off the shelves daily. In fact, third-party edibles and concentrates are aplenty at Medicine Man, including selections from Incredibles, Purplebees, NFuzed, Canyon Cultivation, 710 Labs, Lazercat, and Green Dot Labs. There is always a deal at Medicine Man; take advantage of everyday low pricing and a loyalty program where you can earn points every time you shop, so you can redeem them for exclusive deals on your next visit.

COVID-19 protocol: All stores are operating with extreme social distancing practices in place. Sneeze guards and 6-foot separators are located at all point-of-sale areas, throughout all stores. All budtenders wear gloves and sanitize work areas after transactions. Only 10 customers are allowed to shop at a time and facemasks are required. Online ordering is encouraged to minimize the time spent in-store.

 

The Health Center

University Hills/Uptown/Boulder
The Health Center offers 20 to 30 varieties of award-winning strains. From Durban Poison to Strawberry Nightmare, it’s more than just catchy bud monikers that will get your foot in these doors. Aside from a strong focus on ethical and local grows, along with potency and effectiveness, visitors can take advantage of deals seven days a week. Visit on Saturdays for BOGO half-off edibles. And, for the early-bird stoners that can make it in for “happy hour,” during the first hour of business each day, you can choose your own deal from the daily roster. 

COVID-19 Protocol: The Health Center has installed air purifiers in all locations, protective shields at every terminal, and hand sanitizing stations for all. The staff members wear gloves and masks at all times, complete ATM sanitization after every transaction and follow hand-washing requirements. Online ordering is encouraged, and transactions are limited to seven minutes. Social distancing is strongly enforced, or patrons risk removal.

Kind Love

Glendale
This spacious Glendale spot just over the Denver County Line is home to some of the most coveted and elite genetics in cannabis, as well as an educated staff always eager and willing to advise. Legendary classic strains like Louis XIII hold up alongside modern stars like ARC, MAC1, and GMO Cookies, while exclusives like ARCtic Cookies and Trixxx set a high standard for new strain creations. Got a green thumb? Trust in Kind Love to provide clean, high-quality clones from their same A-list genetics and seeds, courtesy of world-class breeders.

COVID-19 Protocol: Kind Love prefers online ordering, followed by in-store payment and pickup. Within the shop, there’s strict adherence to state and local regulations.

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Tracy Block is a Denver-based writer who currently pens for Thrillist, Westword, 5280 and BizBash. Follow her adventures on Instagram @traydadiva, from the slopes of Colorado to her seasoned cast-iron skillet.