As of 2018, there are more than 150 recreational dispensaries in Denver. That makes the city one of the best in terms of access to legal cannabis, but it also makes it one of the most challenging in terms of narrowing down where to go. That’s all the more true for the more than 30 million visitors and tourists who come to the city every year.
Once you know the basics of cannabis tourism in Denver, you need to know where to go. These are the best recreational cannabis dispensaries in Denver in no particular order.
1. L’Eagle Service
L’Eagle opened in 2010 and is one of Denver’s oldest recreational dispensaries that’s still in business. The indoor grow facility uses organic cultivation methods, and the shop side of the business has a wide range of edibles, concentrates, and flower. As of early 2019, L’Eagle is growing more than 40 strains.
Altitude has three locations in Denver and Aurora. You won’t be disappointed no matter which you go to. A large part of the buying experience comes from the budtender, and at Altitude, every employee is knowledgeable and eager to help you find something new or answer any questions you may have. On top of that, there are more than reasonable prices.
3. Diego Pellicer
Walking through Diego Pellicer feels like a luxury shopping experience thanks to dark wood cabinets and house plants. The chain started in Seattle and came to Denver in 2017. Just because the interior is nice doesn’t mean the prices are out of this world. You can find affordable products across the board no matter what you’re looking for.
4. Ballpark Holistic
While far from the largest dispensary in Denver, there’s something to be said about convenience. Ballpark Holistic is just two blocks from Coors Field and stocks everything you need for a quick and efficient dispensary stop. In 2014, one of the dispensary’s strains, Denver Maple, won third place in the Cannabis Cup, which is, indeed, a real thing.
5. Kind Love
You don’t have to rush in and out of Kind Love, but if you’re in a hurry it’s hard to beat Kind Love’s speedy service. Clones, seeds, oils, flower, beverages, and edibles are all available. Kind Love focuses on quality cannabis products, but be prepared to pay a higher price than you would at many other places in the city.
If you’re looking for a one-on-one talk with a budtender about the best product for what you’re looking for, Botanico is the place to go. The VIP service (which might be the only free VIP service in any industry) gives you the chance for a consultation before you shop and pick up what you want. Botanico is an especially good place for concentrates.
7. The Green Solution
Budtenders are available to walk you one on one through hundreds of products available at The Green Solution. If you already know what you want, you can make a reservation online and pick it up at any of The Green Solution’s locations (there are four in Denver). Be sure to check out the signature strains and transdermals.
8. The Herbal Cure
Founded in 2009, The Herbal Cure (THC) is one of the OG recreational cannabis companies in Denver. It cultivates the entirety of its cannabis, which includes more than 60 strains that are harvested biweekly. The vibe inside is relaxed, and the prices are right in the middle compared to similar quality places in Denver.
9. Native Roots
Native Roots has a number of locations, but it’s hard to beat the convenience of the spot that’s right next to the Denver International Airport. You can stop by as soon as you get off the plane — perfect for anyone ready to get going the Colorado way without any delay. While convenient for visitors, Native Roots’ other locations also cater to people looking for a regular dispensary they can count on.