Everyone has their own criteria for finding a dispensary that best suits their needs. For many out there, the only thing that really matters is finding quality product. Some patrons and patients only have the desire to sate their cannabis needs in the most frugal way possible. Others care more about the ambiance and the people that work at the dispensary. With such a massive list of criteria for creating a perfect venue, it’s no wonder that so many dispensaries have popped up over the last year and a half, and that so many are still thriving by fulfilling the separate industry niches that have arisen. While many dispensaries seem to latch on to a certain aspect that their clientele and patients have appreciated, a rare few attempt to go above and beyond and attempt to meet all of these needs in one super-swanky package. High Country Healing, a medicinal and recreational marijuana dispensary in Silverthorne, Colorado is one such location. High Country Healing’s location right off of Interstate 70 and right in the heart of Summit County has drawn a unique attendance of recreational and medicinal visitors, and shaped it into the extremely versatile location that it is today.
My visit to High Country Healing came on a particularly hot day down in Denver, so it was a real delight to escape the heat for a little bit of cool mountain air. Besides offering a few parking spots in front of the dispensary, the back end bumps up with a massive free city parking lot, so finding a spot was a breeze. After parking I simply followed the signs up the stairs (there is an elevator as well) and through the mural laden hallways to the front door of High Country Healing. The walls were covered in art depicting a huge variety of different strains, from Grape Ape to Skywalker. The main lobby was also loaded with various merchandise and glass. Everything from cheap toke-n-toss glass pipes up to extravagant locally-crafted dab rigs have a place on their shelves. Their merchandise also had some really fun options ranging from precious little marijuana nugget lapel pins to high quality Frisbee golf discs. I did need to fill out a little bit of legal paperwork in order to visit their medical side, so I took a seat in their lobby and put pen to paper. Just as I finished up my brief legal document, one of the recreational customers couldn’t help but mention he’d “been to all the dispensaries in Summit County, and this one is the best.” Alright, now I was really excited.
I started my visit on the recreational side with Zack, Joe, and Michelle. Zack gave me the run-down on how their buds are grown. At High Country Healing, all of their buds are cultivated using an organic soil-grown process. All of their plants are hand-watered and hand-trimmed. The plants are treated to round the clock tunes, which some studies have shown can greatly benefit the health of the plants. They’re doing something right; based off test results from Gobi Analytical and the Trichome Institute, High Country Healing has some of the highest terpene contents they’ve ever seen. Since terpenes are the proteins responsible for scent and flavor, and have recently been found to work in concert with active cannabinoids such as THC, I knew I was in store for some amazing chronic. Zack and Michelle grabbed some jars from off the shelf and started out by showing me a few of the crowd favorite strains. We started with Summit Sweet Skunk (SSS). SSS is a sativa dominant strain with a fairly nebulous background. Zack informed me that they literally found the seed after it had been sitting around for nearly a decade, and they started growing it. The end result was a strain that smells