If I were to tell you I’m not a sucker for themed events and locations, I would be lying. Maybe if comes from working for years at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, or maybe it’s from one too many trips to Epcot Center, but when I walk into a place that’s themed – and perfectly decorated to match said theme – I just get a little happy inside. While many of the dispensaries I visit are undeniably swanky on the interior, I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever encountered a dispensary that meets the standard for what I would consider “themed.” To be honest, it’s more than a little surprising to me that with all the cannabis being smoked in the industry that there haven’t been a slew of creatively decorated dispensaries. Alas, many of my visits are to leather-couch-filled and bland-white-wall-adorned establishments that sometimes look questionably clean. While some out there might be shaking their heads thinking “who cares what it looks like, as long as the weed’s good,” don’t forget, a consumable product is being sold. I for one love at least having a semblance of a clean place to buy a product I’m going to imbibe. About the closest I’ve ever come to finding a themed dispensary was my visit to Backcountry Cannabis Company, a recreational dispensary in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Located smack-dab in between two other dispensaries, Backcountry Cannabis Co is right in the heart of Breckenridge’s Airport Road dispensary jumble. While parking wasn’t a problem for me in the middle of July, I can see it being a possible issue in the busy winter months. Since it shares a parking lot with two neighboring dispensaries, parking is no easier at any one over the other so as far as parking goes it’s a simple case of six of one and half a dozen of the other. I walked in the front door and was greeted by Joe and Max at the back of a half-walled hallway that leads to the bud counters. Backcountry Cannabis Co.’s old fashioned mine aesthetics definitely made me blink twice when I walked in the door. Rustic timber ceilings are accented perfectly with warm yellow light, and the hemp rope strung between the various wooden support beams made me feel like I was walking into a Colorado mine tour. After taking a peek at my ID Joe invited me in to take a peek at their selection.
I saddled up to one of their three identical selling stations and Max grabbed some of the jars of their organic, soil-grown chronic off the shelf for me to inspect. I started by taking a look at their Grape God. Grape God is a hybrid strain, and the Grape God at Backcountry Cannabis Co. was simply loaded with trichomes. I took a whiff and the first scent that came to my nose was a crisp sweetness followed by a delightful cheesy odor. Next up, I took a look that their Critical Mass. As Max reported, their indica-heavy Critical Mass is the prefect thing to knock you out for a long nights sleep. The smell on the Critical Mass was extremely earthy, mixed with a little bit of fresh tomato garden smell. As a testament to its effectiveness, Max admitted that he always keeps a little of it by his bedside in case he needs to ensure an extra restful evening of sleep. To finish the line-up, Max grabbed out a jar of their Super Lemon Haze. Super Lemon Haze is a sativa-dominant strain with a lemony skunky one-two punch. The Super Lemon Haze at Backcountry Cannabis Co. didn’t disappoint. The color on the buds was a rich pine-green and the skunkosity (that’s right, you heard me) was off the charts. If you’re looking for the prefect “just-visiting” selection, they also carry a full selection of pre-rolls, and as Joe mentioned, their pre-rolls are marked as half gram but many of them tip the scale at more like .6g – .7g.
Joe and Max showed me some of their edibles, topicals, concentrates, and merchandise. Backcountry Cannabis Co. has a fairly diverse selection of edibles including options from Gaia’s Garden, Canyon Cultivation, The Growing Kitchen, Edipure, IncrEdibles, Dixie Sweet Grass, Kief Kola, Cannapunch, Ganjala, Blue Kudus, Magic Buzz, Highly Edibles, and Evolab. With everything covered from mints to tea-based cannabis shots, the diversity on the shelves is unquestionable. Their topical options were equally varied, with transdermal patches available from both RX Green and Mary’s Medicinals, balms and lotions from Apothecanna, and even cannabis-infused bath soak from Dixie. We finished by looking at their very small selection of concentrates. Although options were limited, the quality and variation were very much on-par. The Bubba Hash looked and smelled amazing and the Death Star Sugar Wax was one of the most scrumptious looking concentrates I may have ever seen. As Max and Joe reported, the highlight was their Big Bud Blueberry Shatter, extracted for them by The Growing Kitchen. Not only was this shatter crystal clear and still loaded with terpenes, but apparently packs quite a wallop when you smoke it. To finish off their concentrate selection, they carry cartridges for O.pen, including the much sought after and illusive O.pen reserve cartridges, which have the same great cannabis extract as the regular refills, minus the propylene glycol. I finished my visit by perusing some of their various merchandise for sale, which included some awesome looking shirts, and a decent selection of vape pens and other gear. Their selection of actual glass was very small, but if you did need to find something to smoke out of in a pinch you’ll be able to scrounge something up.
I left Backcountry Cannabis Co. feeling quite content and pleased with the semi-themed adventure that I had. While it did have the feel of being an old mine, it didn’t go so far as to dress up Joe and Max as old 49ers seeking gold (although I almost wish that was the case). I really had a great experience and I have no doubt in my mind that the ambiance played a role in creating said experience. I relish the day when more dispensaries take the initiative that Backcountry Cannabis Co. has design their dispensary to be more than just a leather couch and a television on the wall. I’ll just have to keep waiting. If you however find yourself up in Breck, after a hard day of prospecting for gold (or skiing), swing by Backcountry Cannabis Company, and pickaxe your way into some fresh green nuggets; just make sure to keep an eye on your canary.
If you get an opportunity to visit Backcountry Cannabis Company of Breckenridge, Colorado let them know you heard of them through the Dope Directory, and please give them a rating.