Every time I need to drive East out of Colorado, I’m never too keen on the idea. While the destination may be desired the long stretches of Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas are not only excruciatingly mind numbing when it comes to things to see, but with a delicious eight-hour drive with nary a hill it goes on forever. The only visual treat on the entire trek is the sight of the wind turbines slowly churning along the horizon. The arms methodically spinning as the tumble weeds clutter the road is the single best part of driving through the wide-open fields of grass. Not only are they a sight to behold, but the power generated by the massive blades is now a crucial part of Colorado’s energy production. As of this year, Colorado will produce almost a quarter (24%) of its electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar. With a national average hovering around 10% we’re a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainable, independent energy production. With a state this eco-friendly and a plethora of environmentally friendly cannabis smokers about, it surprises me more and more how few dispensaries are doing their part to become part of a solution. While there are certainly cruxes in place (things like lack of federal funding for business related renewable energy incentives) there is a lot that a single dispensary can do to cut down its foot print. When I get the opportunity to visit a location like L’Eagle, a recreational dispensary in Denver, Colorado, I’m overly pleased to see the steps they’ve taken to not only grow their marijuana naturally but also to do it sustainably. Join me on an adventure while I recount my visit to one of the dopest and environmentally friendliest dispensaries around.
It was early on a Tuesday morning and I was picking up one of our new editors, Nick, to come along with me for the visit. After picking him up we set course for I-25 and followed the phone’s wise guidance through the back roads of Denver to Quivas Street. After a brief conversation with one of the growers out front, we made our way in past a set of very peculiar sails along the roof (I would discover their purpose later). The entryway to L’Eagle was transformed from a standard warehouse entrance and was clad with a trendy modern motif that seemed perfectly fitting for the area. We were greeted by a whole slew of smiling faces including Chloe, Megan, and Patrick. After signing in we were invited past the door back to where all the magic happens. The first thing I noticed was the clever layout on the inside of L’Eagle that had recreational marijuana users browsing products to the right and then moving around the corner towards the exit to the check out windows. Patrick went over the basics and I quickly perused the shelves which had a very hearty selection of products. There were roughly a dozen strains to choose from and a wonderful selection of edibles and concentrates on their recreational side. After I had an overview of the storefront Nick and Patrick went over the basics while I went in back with Megan and Chloe to get a few macro shots of buds and concentrates.
Before I started snapping photos I learned a little bit about what makes L’Eagle’s grow unique. As Megan had pointed out on our way in, L’Eagle placed a precedence on growing completely natural cannabis. While there are many dispensaries out there that make this same claim, there are almost none that can back it up. At L’Eagle, they grow on site in a coco substrate where every plant gets the individual care it deserves. Not only are their plants not sprayed with potentially harmful pesticides, but they also take the time to hand water every plant. If a plant is sick or has an infestation, it is immediately culled to protect the rest of the harvest. Another thing that makes L’Eagle’s grow unique is how they finish their strains before harvest. After the veg stage and after the plants have flowered they leave them alone entirely for the last stage of the process and as Patrick said to me, the only component they may ever use at this stage is neem oil. After that, the plants go through a long flushing process. Then it’s onto trimming and curing. All strains at L’Eagle are cured for a minimum of at least 90 days. Not many outside of the industry may know this, but the majority of the time when you’ve gotten bad weed in the past it wasn’t ruined by the growing process but by a rushed flushing process and a curing time that is inappropriately short. No need to worry about these common concerns at L’Eagle since they grow the right way from start to finish.
Back to the photo shoot! The first strain I took photos of was L’Eagle’s very own strain, Eagle. Not only is this strain a real looker sporting a robust spread of trichomes and a thick coating of gangly hairs but it has a unique scent and flavor profile that gracefully skirts both sweet and minty. As I can also attest to from personal experience it’s some extremely potent stuff as well. When I enjoyed a bowl of L’Eagle Eagle later that week I found out quickly that it offers one of the clearest sativa highs you can ever hope to get, and with a 24% THC content, it’s no pushover in the cannabinoid department. While I did photograph a few more strains, the other real standout product in my book was the Brain OG. Brain OG has all the dank notes one would expect from an OG with a glistening sheen of trichomes that could easily match that of L’Eagle Eagle. The effects, of course, were entirely different. Brain OG is a hybrid strain that possessed heavy hitting indica effects without the dazed and