It's been a wild year for all of us. The world seems to be falling apart outside our windows, and all we can do is sink further into our nests while watching another season of “Friends” on Netflix. The Constant War rages on, quantum computers trade information with parallel universes and you're still paying for cable. We cry to God, Krishna, Quetzalcoatl and Superman for deliverance, but a voice from Heaven just answers: “Hold on a minute. I want to see where this thing is going.”
Thank goodness we have cannabis. While the world was degenerating into a microtransaction farming game, we relied on our favorite strains and dispensaries to get us through the madness of 2019.
Urban Wellness—Urban Wellness still has the smartest budtenders in the city. They're well-versed in the confusing (and ever-changing) world of cannabis medicine, and they'll never feed you a line of crap. We've had some pretty candid conversations with these lovely people, and they definitely know what they're talking about. You're unlikely to ever hear anyone say that THC “eats cancer” (something we heard at a cannabis conference once), reverses aging (something we heard at a dispensary once) or makes you fart rose petals.
Cannaceutics—Cannaceutics has undergone some great renovations over the last couple years. But one thing they didn't need to change was the quality of their product. They've been offering consistent flower and oil for a while now, and a fervently loyal customer base has been their reward. They always offer a unique variety of strains to choose from and practice some of the best handing practices in the biz (a rarity, unfortunately). Frequent daily walk-in specials make it easy and affordable to keep your personal collection of top-shelf strains well-stocked.
CG—One of our favorite places to spend those hard-earned dollars is CG. Their pricing continues to be the best in town, and their strain list is always robust and varied. You might get stuck in line from time to time, but that's because everyone is breaking their necks to get there—always! Don't fret, though. The staff here are fast, friendly and professional—and they know how to get a line moving, so you won't be waiting long.
Verdes Foundation—While shopping around town for meds, it isn't uncommon to get the feeling that you're being taken for a ride. You'll get a slick budtender who will tell you whatever you want to hear just to get that big sale. Well, Verdes is the rare spot that treats patients like people instead of dollar signs. They have some of the kindest and most knowledgeable staff in the area. And they also do a pretty good job of rotating their list of available strains regularly, which keeps things interesting and novel.
Southwest Wellness Center—If you're concerned with quality, make sure to visit Southwest Wellness Center. While the price tags can sometimes be a little high, you'll get what you pay for and never feel ripped off. And they also host some whoppers when it comes to sales—so sign up to get notifications if price is an issue. Even their clearance flower is better than most “high shelf” bud around here these days! Either way it's worth it to treat yourself to some of the best flower in the whole state.