We can go ahead and call it: 2016 was the year of the awful budtender. Here are some tips on what not to do behind the counter, after our reviewer culled a few of his least favorite experiences.
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As a precocious teen, you never imagine the night you’ll be trying on dad jeans in a Ross Dress for Less. And, sadly, being high was the worst part of the experience.
Our ever-intrepid marijuana critic takes the Snowcap strain for a ride at an amusement park and sets himself up to get burned by the hybrid for the second time.
Smoking weed for the first time can be a transformative experience that will forever change your life. Or nothing can happen. Our pot critic has a few tips.
Tommy Chong’s new line of weed hits a little harsh but does the job – and even gets a top-shelf rave from our reviewer.
This legacy strain, named after a counterculture legend who wrote about cannabis prohibition, was a lifesaver the morning after a little too much tequila.
Willie Nelson’s five specialty cannabis strains from Willie’s Reserve is now available in pot shops. Our weed critic gives his take on tastes and more.
As long as there are states with prohibition, there will be marijuana tourism. It’s time to give some more practical tips for your next weed vacation.
Our reviewer does not get lucky on his first date with Primus OG; in fact, the date couldn’t end soon enough with the wild swing it inspired.
OG 18 is touted as one of the most potent strains of cannabis in the world, but this marijuana might be a letdown for those expecting a strong Kush high.
Topical cannabis technology took a step forward as Colorado-based Mary’s Medicinals received a patent for cannabis-infused gel, used in the company’s Transdermal Pen.
Op-ed: As I sat among clouds of weed smoke at Doug Benson’s show this week I couldn’t help but wonder: Getting high at concerts is still illegal, but should it be?
At The Herbal Cure, Frankenberry is a house cross of Banana Kush and a sativa-leaning Blueberry pheno, resulting in a pungent, foxtailing masterpiece. But it isn’t “Frankenberry” in the traditional sense.
Comedy duo and noted weed enthusiasts The Lucas Brothers had to cancel their 4/20 set in Denver at the last minute after getting too high on edibles. “I didn’t believe in God before yesterday, but Denver weed made me believe in Jesus Christ,” admits Keith Lucas.
Anyone who has heard five minutes of hack comedy about being high has heard the old adage about not shopping whilst stoned. Speaking as someone who loathes every part of the consumer experience, from an abundance of mediocre products competing for attention to the malaise of strangers going through the…
Sage N Sour is a sativa that comes with a strong feeling of hyper-focus that is a perfect choice if you’re getting serious about cleaning the house.
As someone who was baked out of his mind for the Broncos’ victory Sunday, here are my Top 5 Super Bowl commercials for those of us who chose bud over Bud.
The clear winner in Snoop Dogg’s new Leafs by Snoop line of marijuana, Tangerine Man is a summertime joyride that won’t let you down.
For fans of the New England Patriots, it’s the type of story you dread waking up to: A franchise player like defensive end Chandler Jones caught doing something on the fringe of the rulebook. Instead of dubious science regarding ball pressure, this time it’s scientifically created doobies sending a professional…
The worst of the Leafs by Snoop flower line, Blueberry Dream fails to deliver the typical fruit notes while having the opposite effect of what’s advertised.
The recently released Leafs by Snoop brand, touting eight signature strains of cannabis, is now available. Our pot critic checks out the collection.
The fragrant Glass Slipper is solid daytime or happy hour smoke for someone looking for a boost in mood. To call the aroma intoxicating doesn’t do it justice.
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s statement about marijuana and beer at the Sept. 16 GOP debate perpetuates a tired myth about the drug.
Aromas of nutty chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans make this mentally engaging hybrid a standout for 2015.
This cut of Banana Kush from a Colorado dispensary disappoints, as it’s flat-out poor on every level, from genetics to over-trimmed presentation and flavor.
In honor of the corpse flower blooming at the Denver Botanic Gardens, here are five weed strains that exemplify how truly awful pot can smell.
While it’s not the most consistent strain on the market, the lushly green hybrid UK Cheese provides a racy mental edge tempered by a heavy body high.
Complaints of marijuana use by homeless people at downtown Commons Park are misguided when there are few options available for pot consumption outside private residences.
A sativa-dominant combination of Chocolate Thai and Cannalope Haze, Chocolope is just weird enough to exist, the kind of strain only a stoner could love.
While often touted as a 50/50 hybrid, the indica nature of the Spirit of ’76 takes over for the morning with an uneven high.
The subject of much lore and pop culture fascination (‘American Beauty,’ anyone?), this sample of G13 from a Denver-based caregiver has a Zen-like effect.
Ideally, Sour Kush is a hybrid that helps you remain incredibly functional while still having that narcotic, pain-numbing effect of a great OG. This wasn’t a bad cover or even karaoke attempt at the strain: it was Muzak.
Pot critic Jake Browne offers a list of the 10 best tasting weed strains. They may spin you out or have you chasing an ice cream truck, but they will taste divine.
Here are the Top Five things you do while you’re high that stoners hate — a.k.a. The Top Five ways to get you voted off of the proverbial stoner island:
Sci-fi culture is already well acquainted with the dominion of weed. Now breeders are naming pot strains after ‘Game of Thrones’ references and characters.
The high from Amnesia Haze is focused, but occasionally your brain hits the pause button without letting you know. If I was a video, I’d be intermittently buffering. Instead of the citrus zest I’ll get from a favorite like Super Lemon Haze, it’s more of a candied peel or my memory of those gummy lemon slices we’d eat as kids.
The Dawg’s Waltz marijuana strain, named after a David Grisman song, initially provides focus and pain relief, followed by an energy-sucking crash. As I wasn’t expecting my furniture to grow invisible tendrils to tether me, Dawg’s Waltz would be much more suited to zoning out to a movie than being a productive adult.
As much as I’d like to project the effortless energy of Blue Dream onto its purple relative, it never pans out. Instead, Purple Dream is an intensely moody strain.
Review of marijuana strain The White: If The White is dinner, the beginning of your high is a flashy amuse bouche that elicits a few “oohs” and “ahhs.” When the second course drops, be ready for a more happy, sedating high.
Even though it was a Monday afternoon and not the weekend, you couldn’t tell by the sheer volume of people at what appeared to be the busiest day yet for the three-day U.S. Cannabis Cup at the Denver Mart.
We caught up with the “Super Troopers” cast at the U.S. Cannabis Cup to talk man-crushes, our favorite sequels and doing promos in their trooper uniforms.
Greenman Cannabis and MMJ America stand out for U.S. Cannabis Cup Denver awards, while other state-licensed businesses opted out of the contest with concerns over Marijuana Enforcement Division compliance.
Marijuana at the Cannabis Cup: Out-of-state companies, along with Colorado businesses that don’t hold state licenses, were running low on samples by the end of Saturday after being swamped with visitors as the only outlets for free or paid samples. Yes, paid.
For the second year in a row, the U.S. Cannabis Cup — the largest event in High Times magazine’s portfolio — kicked off Saturday at the Denver Mart with speakers and vendors from throughout the country, and plenty of free marijuana.
Colorado pot businesses can’t sample their goods at the Cannabis Cup on 4/20 weekend. It’s bad news for the industry, but it’s worse news for the fans.
A great choice for spring cleaning, Lemon Skunk is always perfect for providing a nudge in the right direction, that being directly below the kitchen sink. All of a sudden, I found myself dusting the ceiling fan.
Cannabist pot critic Jake Browne considers the backlash over 4/20 celebrations: Whether you professionally approve of it or not, people will coalesce around cannabis every April. My challenge to the industry and my peers is to stop with the 4/20 shaming.
Comic Doug Benson shares his thoughts about being sober (sort of) this April, his Denver Comedy Works 4/20 shows, his stoner Mount Rushmore, what’s going on with his latest documentary and much more.
For a hybrid, Space Queen draws out the more playfully sativa headiness of the Romulan in the same way your old dog still surprises you with a spry day every now and then. With winter drawing to a close, I love strains like this to boost my mood.
Opinion: We need more spaces to legally consume cannabis. Since most Colorado voters support the idea of members-only pot clubs, what are we waiting for?
For the first time I can remember (insert memory joke here), I’ve felt like I’m too busy to get high lately. As a daily toker for years, this makes frighteningly little sense. I point to examples of high-functioning peers all the time when confronted by the “Pot makes ya dumb!” crowd, yet here I find myself apprehensive to indulge.
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