3 Ways to Get High During a Fire Ban With Help From Your Denver Dispensary


June 20, 2018

There’s no denying that this summer has been especially dry. With so many forest fires happening in and around the Southwest, it’s ever more important to be aware of how we treat the forest and just what products we take out on camping trips, hikes, and even afternoon picnics. In light of the recent closure of the San Juan National Forest and the ongoing drought conditions facing the Centennial State, your trusted weed shops in Denver want to help you continue enjoying your high without worrying a wayward spark from your joint causing an intense blaze. Here are a few drought-friendly ways to get high while you’re out enjoying nature this summer.

Make Use of Edibles

Edibles are by far the easiest way to enjoy a flameless high. While you can make them yourself, you can also buy pre-made options guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and get you high. All you have to do is pack a few favorites as a snack, head out in nature, and enjoy the experience. If you’re feeling industrious and heading out on a camping trip, you can even whip up your own cannabis-infused meals. Just make sure you use a propane stove and ditch the campfire.

Opt for Tinctures

If you’re not wanting to bring a bunch of goodies in your backpack or are heading out on a week-long excursion in the woods, consider packing a tincture. These concentrated solutions pack a major punch and take up next to no room in your pack. Add a few drops to your water, place them directly under your tongue, or incorporate them into your dinner for a delicious treat that will help you relax at the end of a long day on the trail. Be aware of the flavor when selecting a tincture. The last thing you want to do is select a strawberry flavored tincture while planning to use it in savory dishes.

Stick With The Vape

For many marijuana enthusiasts, nothing compares to the experience of lighting up a joint, bong, or pipe. While those items are strictly forbidden during a fire ban, you don’t have to forego the smoking experience entirely. Instead, bring a portable vape pen with you on the trail. You’ll still have a similar smoke-like experience, just without the heat and flame traditional methods require. Unlike standard pipes and bongs, vape pens also produce a less severe smell, making them ideal for camping trips with non-smokers or occasions when you need to be discrete. Best of all, portable vapes are affordable and give you the chance to try a strain you might not otherwise have purchased.

Fire bans don’t mean you have to forgo your favorite pot while enjoying the great outdoors, but they do mean you need to be cautious about the types of products you take outside. Stop by Altitude Dispensary today and browse our menu of delicious edibles, potent tinctures, and convenient vape products. We’re sure you’ll find something to help you get high outside safely, no matter how long the fire bans and drought continue.  
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Denver Dispensary Shares The Pros and Cons of Using a Disposable Vape Pen


June 6, 2018

When it comes to vaping, you have a number of options available at most dispensaries in Denver. There are disposable cartridges, countertop vaporizers, reusable vape pens, and disposable pens. With so many choices, it can be tough making the right decision for your smoking needs. Each device has its pros and cons, but for many newer smokers, the easiest way to get used to pot and explore their options is with a disposable vape pen. Here are a few of the pros and cons you can expect if you choose this particular type of vaping device.

The Pros

Pre-Filled
When you’re first beginning your cannabis journey, learning how to properly prepare bud, load a bowl, roll a joint, and fill a vaporizer can seem daunting. While you’ll still be able to enjoy your high, it may not be as potent as you’d like if the cannabis is not properly prepared. By choosing a disposable vape pen, you’ll know that everything was prepared to give you the best high possible every time you use the device.

Affordable
Disposable vape pens are typically very affordable. After all, they’re a single use machine with limited battery life designed to last long enough for you to finish the cannabis and no longer. Since you aren’t having to pay for a battery or a charging mechanism, you’ll save money up front. When you’re just exploring your options, this is the perfect way to try vaping without committing to an expensive device.

No Charging Needed
As a single-use pen, you’ll never have to worry about charging the device. This means when you’re ready to get high, all you’ll need to do is take a hit off the pen. Keep in mind that the battery life is not indefinite and will eventually run out, so you will want to consume the cannabis sooner rather than later.

The Cons

Can’t Be Reloaded
Nothing is more frustrating than running out of weed when you’re ready to get high. Disposable vape pens cannot be reloaded and once you’re out of cannabis, you’ll need to purchase a new pen. This can be frustrating, especially if you’re a frequent user or want to keep a stash on hand so you’ll never have to worry about running out. Those individual pen boxes take up more room in a drawer than cartridges meant for reusable vape pens.

One Strain Per Pen
If you’re exploring your options, disposable pens are not ideal. Each pen only contains a single strain. If you want to sample multiple strains, you’ll need to purchase multiple pens. Reusable vape pens allow you to switch the cartridges out as you see fit, giving you more freedom to try different weed varieties until you find the right strain for your taste buds and high preferences.

Whether you’re new to vaping or just want to experience a new way to get high, Altitude Dispensary has what you need. Stop by one of our three locations and find a new strain or device to help you get the most out of your high.  
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3 Delicious Ways to Use Cannabutter From Your Denver Dispensary


May 30, 2018

When it comes to enjoying edibles, you have plenty of choices from the best dispensaries in Denver. However, after a while, eating the same goodies can start to get boring, even if you try to switch it up week after week. There’s no better way to satisfy your craving for high-quality THC-packed treats like making some yourself and the key to making great-tasting goodies is using cannabutter. Whether you make it yourself or buy a premade cannabis-infused butter, use it to create these wonderful recipes that will satisfy your munchies without the sugar-rush of many commercially available edibles.

Mac and Cheese

There’s something wonderfully satisfying about chowing down on a large bowl of mac and cheese when you’re high, but making pot mac and cheese will let you enjoy the taste of America’s favorite pasta dish and the high without smoking. Grab a box of your favorite shells and cheese. Boil the pasta until the noodles are al dente—the added chew is fantastic and makes the bowl last just a bit longer. Once the pasta is done, drain the noodles and set them off to the side. Mix the cheese sauce according to the directions, pour the noodles back into the pot with the cheese sauce and stir. Keep the stove on low heat to ensure the dish stays warm. Once everything is up to temperature, add a dollop of your cannabutter to the pasta and stir well. Top your mac and cheese with a bit of shredded cheese or grated parmesan and, voila!

Popcorn

Popcorn is an absolute must for late-night munchies, but when your high starts to wear off, you may not always want to reach for the pipe or bong. Instead, kill two birds with one stone: satisfy your munchies and reestablish your high by eating cannabutter popcorn! Make your popcorn using your preferred method. We prefer stovetop, but if you’re looking for convenience, use the microwave. Then, melt your cannabis butter in a microwave-safe dish for about 30 seconds. Once the butter has melted, pour it over your popcorn and stir the kernels to spread the butter over the entire bowl.

Baked Potatoes

If you’re looking for a dish that will fill you up without loading on the calories, a baked potato is your best bet. These puppies can be baked well in advance and stored in the fridge for a few days until you’re ready to chow down. All you need to do is heat them up—a minute or two in the microwave is usually enough—and top them with the ingredients of your choice. Just make sure to add a liberal amount of cannabutter both for flavor and effect to the dish.

Edibles are a great alternative to smoking, but you’ll still need high-quality bud to make your own goodies in the comfort of your kitchen. At Altitude Dispensary, our experienced budtenders will help you find the perfect  strain for your tastes and your dish. Stop by one of our three locations today!
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Denver Dispensary Shares Camping Tips For Getting High


May 23, 2018

With Memorial Day around the corner, summer feels like it’s almost here and that means it’s time to hit the trails and camp out under the stars. While taking weed from your favorite Colorado dispensaries may seem like a no-brainer, doing so will require a bit of caution. Remember, marijuana is not legal to use outside of your private home or in a designated and licensed smoking facility. That means you could get in trouble at the campground. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re wanting to light up around the campfire.

Be Aware of Fire Hazards

Hiking in the woods exposes you to nature, but it also puts nature at risk. When the grass is dry, it can catch fire easily. Before you light up, make sure you’re aware of any burn restrictions in the area. Even a single spark from a joint or a pipe can start a grass fire, putting you and others in the area at risk. As a general rule, don’t smoke if there’s a burn ban. Stick to vape pens or edibles and leave your pipe at home.

Stay Mindful of Others

Unfortunately, not everyone likes cannabis—and that’s completely okay. But that does mean when you’re out in public, even deep in the woods, you need to respect others’ opinions. If you’re camping out in the middle of the woods, you’re probably fine to enjoy your favorite strain. However, if you’re camping in a large campground shared with multiple tents, it’s best to stay discrete. You can still get high, but you’ll want to do so without smoke. Edibles are the perfect solution for minimizing the smell of pot and ensuring that families sharing the great outdoors with you will not be offended by your cannabis use.

Pack Enough Water

Whether you’re hiking during the day or simply lounging around the tent, you’ll likely need more water than you would if you were at home. Make sure you pack enough water with you to stay hydrated. Most adults need at least half a gallon of water each day and when you’re spending the night under the stars, that amount will likely be higher. Besides, drinking plenty of water will help reduce the risk of cottonmouth and throat irritation when you’re also battling allergies and exposure to dirt and dust.

Avoid Smoking Before You Camp

If you’re hiking to a campsite, it’s best to do it sober. This will allow you to pick the best campsite in the woods with a clear head so you can better enjoy getting high under the stars. Nothing is more frustrating than struggling to pitch a tent when you’re stoned. Wait until you’re set up and settled in before enjoying your weed.

Camping and getting high are two of Colorado’s major past times. Before you head out on the trail, stop by Altitude Dispensary and pick up the supplies you need to make your high as great as possible. Not sure what goes best with your s’mores and hot dogs? Our budtenders are happy to make a few recommendations.  
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Lost Your Pipe? Your Denver Dispensary Shares a Few Tips on Making Food-Based Pipes


May 16, 2018

You’re relaxing on the weekend and decide to smoke a nice bowl to set the tone for the rest of the day only to discover that you’ve misplaced your pipe and are completely out of rolling papers. We’ve all been there, but being without your regular equipment doesn’t mean you have to put off enjoying your new strain from your favorite weed shops in Denver. It just means you might have to get a little creative. Here are a few tips to help you make your own bong or pipe out of things you probably have on hand.

Stick with Produce

Believe it or not, fruits and veggies make great pipes and can be made quickly with minimal effort and a bit of creativity. Try to use hard fruits and vegetables like carrots and apples. These are easy to carve into pipes and create a relatively airtight seal when smoking. Take care to avoid using wet or soft fruits like bananas and oranges as they won’t create as tight a seal and may make a mess of your living room as you smoke. Once you’re done smoking, you can even eat the evidence or toss the remains into a compost pile if you want to be eco-friendly.

Don’t Drill Too Deep

When you’re creating your DIY produce pipe, you’ll want to avoid creating too deep of a chamber in the piece. With apples, use a pen or cleaned screwdriver to poke a hole through the top of the apple and about halfway down into the core. Take care not to make the chamber too large or deep as it will make creating an airtight seal harder. If you’re using a carrot, make sure the bowl size is appropriate for the circumference of the carrot. Carve the bowl large enough to accommodate your weed, but avoid going any deeper than halfway into the carrot. Once you have the chamber or bowl finished, use a screwdriver to poke a hole into the chamber.

Avoid Using Metal or Plastic

Metal and plastic may be convenient, but they’re not the best things to incorporate into your produce bong. When heated up, these products can leach harmful chemicals into the smoke, leading to some major discomfort in your lungs from the very first hit. Instead, play to the strengths of the vegetables and keep things simple. The simpler the pipe, the easier it is to make.

Patch Cracks and Air Holes With Food

Though it’s tempting to reach for duct tape, it’s best to keep things edible when you’re making repairs to your food-based smoking apparatus. Use sticky substances like peanut butter to coat the cracks and impart a delicious flavor to your toke. If you’re allergic to nuts, grab a stick or two of chewing gum and chew it until there’s no sugar left. Then, use the gum to patch your pipe and get back to smoking in style.

If you still can’t find your pipe, stop by Altitude Dispensary and pick up a brand new piece of glass to replace your lost friend. Browse our collection online and contact us for more information on our current specials.
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