If you’re anything like me, you’ll never forget the first time that you went into a recreational dispensary. It all started innocently enough. I met up with a group of friends at the closest dispensary we could find after legalization and gathered in the massive line outside the door waiting to get our own little nugget of history. The atmosphere was beyond jovial as people of all ages and all walks of life congregated in line with us. As people walked out the door, they would frequently hold up their white paper bag and the surrounding crowd would hoot and applaud. Our time finally came and we entered the miraculous temple of pot in which we would make our offering in cash and receive our blessing in the form of sweet Colorado chronic. The budtender, still discombobulated from the first day of legal rec sales in the country, had very little experience and even less knowledge about the products they were selling. I purchased an eighth of sativa and grabbed a standard 100mg Cheeba Chew to take home with me. Being the consummate cannabis professional that I am (or thought I was at the time) I proceeded to pop the entire Cheeba Chew when I got home, and spent the rest of my long evening holding on to the couch so I wouldn’t fly away. A lot has changed since those first days of recreational sales. The first recreational dispensary I visited has long since vanished. The dispensaries that remain are the ones that were able to adapt with times and were able to provide their customers with the attention, knowledge, and service that they require. I’m always pleased to walk in the door of a dispensary that optimizes the best traits in the industry by taking the high road and weeding out the bad, while still maintain a mom-and-pop shop feel. Breckenridge Organic Therapy, in Breckenridge Colorado, was one such location I’ve visited that has maintained a low profile while still providing superior products and services.
Breckenridge Organic Therapy is another one of the recreational dispensaries that makes up Breckenridge’s illustrious Airport Road dispensary mash-up. Unlike the other dispensaries, Breckenridge Organic Therapy is a touch closer to the highway and isn’t located in the same strip mall as the other three in town. Other than the obvious advantages (like not being literally next door to your competition), a big perk was the large dedicated parking lot out front. I walked in to Breckenridge Organic Therapy and was greeted by Scott and Ryan at the apex of a long hallway that led back to the bud counters. After taking a peek at me ID, They invited me back to their two matching bud-counters. The first thing that caught my eye before any of the buds on the shelf, were the owl and llama paintings on the wall, crafted by a local artist – truly great accoutrement to any good dispensary’s walls.
For starters, I was impressed to see how large the selection of buds was at Breckenridge Organic Therapy. With over 25 different strains on the shelf, it was the largest selection of buds that I’ve seen anywhere in the Summit County area, making this rec location an important stop for any travelers who want variety. What makes their cannabis stand out even more is the fact that they don’t use any components in the growing process (other than PH balancers) that aren’t 100% organic. Take into account the fact that they’ve been up and growing for over 5 years, their buds are hand-trimmed, glass jar cured, and flushed for at least two weeks and it’s no wonder that the cannabis at Breckenridge Organic Therapy is so phenomenal. Scott started out by grabbing a few crowd-pleasing strains off the shelf for me to peruse, the first being the indica strain Pre-98 Bubba Kush. Their Pre-98 Bubba looked amazing; plentiful little trichome-choked calyxes grew upwards into a mass of sage green and neon orange. The smell was wonderful, leading off with a dankness indicative of Kush, followed up with an extremely sugary pine odor. Next up was their award winning Alien Band hybrid strain. Alien Band took home second place in the 2015 Abakus Flower Cup held in Aspen Colorado. It wasn’t hard to