Denver Dispensary Shares Facts About Cannabis Coffee


November 14, 2018

Nothing beats a great cup of coffee. It’s the perfect way to start the day, an ideal pick-me-up in the afternoon, and (when decaffeinated) the perfect way to end the day. However, when combined with cannabis, our favorite beverage becomes a whole new creation. Cannabis-infused coffee is quickly becoming a mainstream edible, but it’s still relatively new on the scene. Before you rush out to your favorite dispensaries in Denver to pick some up, familiarize yourself with these fun facts.

Caffeine Might Make The High More Intense

THC can give you a nice relaxing high that helps you relax or stimulate your creative juices depending on the type of strain you use. When you combine marijuana with coffee, the caffeine may just make that high more intense or last longer. Obviously, this will vary from person to person and probably has a lot to do with your personal tolerance to both marijuana and coffee. Either way, enjoy responsibly and in moderation until you know how the combination of weed and caffeine impact you. 

Cannabis Coffee is Available with CBD and THC

Pre-made cannabis coffee is available with just CBD as well as the high-inducing THC. This means you’re free to enjoy your cannabis coffee with or without a buzz. If you opt for CBD coffee, you’ll still receive the same amount of energy that you would from a normal cup of coffee and can legally enjoy your cup anywhere. If you opt for THC coffee, the same use restrictions that apply for normal weed are in place. You’re free to drink the beverage at home or in a designated marijuana use area. Drinking the beverage in public could lead to legal repercussions and fines. When in doubt, be safe and enjoy your cannabis coffee at home or at a friend’s house. 

You Can Make Your Own

Coffee tastes vary from person to person. Some of us love dark roast while others tend to stick to light varieties. This means that many pre-packaged cannabis coffees might not be your ideal cup of joe. Luckily, like most beverages, you can make your own cannabis-infused coffee. Start with your favorite freshly roasted beans or pre-ground coffee. As a general rule, opt for a good medium grind. This will work with most coffee makers and provide a delicious brew. Grind ¼ ounce of your favorite marijuana strain and combine with about 8 tablespoons of ground coffee. Mix thoroughly and brew your coffee like normal. This will make about strong cups, but the recipe can be adjusted accordingly. Once brewed, enjoy your beverage or dress it up with cream, sugar, or flavored syrups to taste. 

Cannabis coffee is a great way to enjoy two of our favorite things: marijuana and a fresh cup of the black stuff. All you need is the right pot to make the beverage perfect. Stop by one of our three locations and pick up some fresh bud to ensure maximum potency. Looking for a way to save on your purchases? Join our loyalty program. 

 
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Denver Weed Shops Debunk Common CBD Myths


Novemeber 7, 2018

When you first head to your favorite dispensary in Denver, you’ll be presented with two categories of cannabis products: those that contain THC and CBD-only items. Though we’re all familiar with the effects of strains containing THC, many people still have questions about CBD products. This has led to a number of myths and misconceptions about CBD products and we want to set the record straight. Here are a few of the most common myths and why they’re absolutely not true.

CBD Will Get You High

Unless a product contains THC, it won’t get you high. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. CBD-only products contain minimal to no THC. In fact, many CBD oils on the market are made from hemp, a type of cannabis plant that naturally has no psychoactive properties. 

CBD is the Only Part of the Plant With Any Benefits

Both CBD and THC have many benefits, and many people see great success when using marijuana strains containing both THC and CBD. Commonly, CBD oil and extracts are thought to help your body promote a healthy inflammatory response and new studies are constantly emerging showing countless other applications.  However, THC has been used in medical applications for pain management for years. 

CBD Can Only be Extracted From Hemp

Though the vast majority of CBD tinctures and extracts available outside of dispensaries is produced from industrial hemp, it’s not the only source. CBD can be distilled from medical-grade marijuana just as easily. The only difference is CBD produced from standard marijuana can typically only be purchased from your local dispensary. You’ll still need to be 21 or older to purchase the product. 

You Need a Prescription to Purchase CBD Oil

Outside of Colorado, you may need a prescription to purchase products containing CBD if it’s produced from medical-grade marijuana. However, if you’re buying your products locally, you don’t. As stated previously, you’re able to purchase marijuana and marijuana-derived products without a prescription in the state as long as you’re over 21. 

CBD is Only Available as a Tincture

Tinctures may be the most common CBD products, but they’re far from the only ones on the market. Your local dispensaries offer patches, lotions, muscle rubs, and tinctures among other items. There’s something for everyone, whether you want a topical application or are looking for a quality concentrate or tincture to use orally. For those of you who enjoy vaping, disposable CBD cartridges fit many portable vape pens. 

All CBD is the Same

Just as some marijuana strains and products are exceptionally high quality, some CBD products will be better than others. The products you order online may not be the same quality as the ones you’d find at your local dispensary. When in doubt, buy local. At Colorado dispensaries, everything is grown and extracted according to strict standards, so you’ll always get a high-quality product, no matter what you purchase. 

Want to incorporate CBDs into your cannabis regimen? Check out our specials and stop by Altitude Dispensary today!
 
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Your Denver Dispensary Shares 3 Fun Fall-Inspired Eats to Try


October 31, 2018

Something about the cooler weather makes the thought of guzzling tea, indulging in hot chocolate, and enjoying delicious baked goods more appealing. While they’re great as-is, turning your favorite fall treats into cannabis-infused goodies can make even the coolest fall day more enjoyable. With the right buds and strains from the best weed shops in Denver, you’ll be able to create a delicious fall-inspired menu of cannabis-infused goodies with ease. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Pot-Filled Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin spice is good for more than just lattes—it makes a delicious sweet bread that, with or without pot, makes any fall day perfect. To make your pot-filled pumpkin bread, combine finely ground weed into your baking mix. Not sure how much to use or how to make the flour in the first place? Here’s a guide to get you started. For simplicity’s sake, we recommend using canned pumpkin to flavor the bread. 

Iced Molasses Cookies

Icing is one of the best ways to incorporate marijuana into baked goodies, but you need to make it yourself. Combine 3 cups of powdered sugar, 1/3 cup of butter, margarine, or shortening, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of milk. Mix the sugar and fat until well combined. Then, slowly incorporate the tablespoon of milk until the icing is a good consistency. If you have it on hand, feel free to use cannabis butter as the fat base, but otherwise, just add your favorite pot oil to the mix.  For the cookies themselves, try this delicious and easy recipe!

Cannabis Apple Cider

What goes better with fall weather than apple cider? Pot-infused apple cider! Pick up your favorite cider at the grocery store. You can choose fresh pressed, pasteurized, shelf-stable, or even instant cider packets. All that matters is that you pick a cider you love in the first place. Make pot tea and set it aside to steep. Then, heat the cider to a warm, but not super-hot temperature. This can be done in the microwave or on the stovetop, whatever’s easiest for you. Once the cider is warm, pour a few ounces of the pot tea into a mug and fill the rest of the way with cider. If you’re not a fan of pot tea, pick up some cinnamon drops from your dispensary and add the tincture to your cider. You’ll get all the pot buzz you want while also adding a delicious hint of cinnamon to the beverage. 

Whether you’re looking for fun and creative ways to incorporate edibles into your lifestyle or want to pick up your favorite vape cartridge for those smooth smoke sessions, Altitude Dispensary has what you need. Stop by one of our three locations and let our budtenders help you find what you’re looking for. 
 
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Denver Dispensary Shares the Best Edibles to Enjoy During Your Movie Binge


October 24, 2018

As the days get colder, staying inside and streaming your favorite movies is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Before you settle into the couch with the remote in hand, you’ll want to prepare some delicious edibles to make those movies even more entertaining. With so many options, what edibles should you incorporate into your movie day? Your favorite dispensaries in Denver share some fun and delicious treats to make before you sink into the couch. 

Cannabutter Popcorn

What goes better with movies than a delicious bowl of  buttered popcorn? While microwave popcorn will work just fine, it’s best to choose a plain unbuttered and unsalted bag. Purchase cannabis-infused butter from your favorite dispensary or make some yourself at home. Melt about two tablespoons of butter in the microwave after popping the popcorn. Once it’s melted, pour the butter over the kernels and toss the kernels in the butter to evenly coat them. If you’re feeling really adventurous, elevate the popcorn by tossing some parmesan cheese and rosemary or Italian seasoning in the bowl.

Cannabis Soda

You’ll need a way to quench your thirst during your movie marathon. In addition to regular soda and beverages, stock up on some cannabis infused sodas. These carbonated drinks offer a low dose of marijuana so you can enjoy the entire soda in one sitting without feeling overly high. Just make sure to keep a water bottle handy—the last thing you want to do is battle dehydration while you’re high. 


Cookies, Brownies, and Cereal Treats

Pot-infused baked goods are the perfect way to get high and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. Best of all, you can buy delectable baked goods at your local dispensary if you don’t feel up to making them yourself. However, if you feel like being industrious and making your own baked goods to…you know…help you get baked, try this delicious recipe. After all, nothing is better than a classic chocolate chip cookie when you’re craving something sweet. Just make sure to enjoy your baked goodies in moderation. If you’re wanting to really satisfy your cravings for sweets, make a batch of normal goodies, too. 

Keep Some Fruit on Hand

Unfortunately, edibles can leave you with a major case of dry mouth, just like smoking does. Keep your mouth feeling comfortable by keeping a steady supply of fruit on the table. Items like grapes, apples, and berries are the perfect choice as their juice can help quench thirst throughout your binge-a-thon. Best of all, you can eat as many handfuls as you want without indulging in a calorie-laden sugar bomb multiple times during the day. 

No matter what you plan on watching, make sure to stock up on your favorite pot products at Altitude Dispensary. We’ve got everything you need to make your movie marathon or binge-session a fun-filled and cannabis-infused experience. Check out our menus and stop by one of our three convenient locations today. Want to get the most bang for your buck? Join our loyalty program!
 
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Denver Weed Shops Explain Terpenes


October 17, 2018

Nothing beats the taste of fresh weed or a new strain you’ve never tried before. Just like coffee, each strain of weed has its own unique taste. This taste carries over no matter how you choose to use it, but it’s particularly noticeable when you light up freshly ground bud. The delicious taste you’ve come to associate with your favorite buds from your Denver dispensary comes mostly from terpenes. 

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are a concentrated oil found cannabis plants. They’re produced by the same part of the plant that creates CBD and THC and, in nature, repel harmful insects. These same oils also serve to attract bees, wasps, and other pollinators to help spread their pollen. Some strains have more terpenes than others while other strains have terpenes that are incredibly mild and almost indiscernible. 

What Terpenes Do

The most noticeable effect terpenes have on the smoking experience is the taste of the bud. To better determine what types of flavors you can expect, growers have incorporated the tastes into the names of some of the most common strains. Grapefruit Diesel strains have a tart almost fuel-like smell when whole and when lit, taste a bit like grapefruit. Banana Kush buds, on the other hand, smell strongly of banana leaves when whole and when lit, taste sweet like bananas. 

In addition to determining the flavor of the strain, terpenes are also thought to influence each strain’s beneficial properties. Some terpenes promote relaxation more heavily while others encourage deep focus and improve productivity. The effects of each strain can be explained by your budtender. Keep in mind that these terpenes are also seen as beneficial for health purposes. For example, recent studies suggest that the terpene alpha-pinene, common in many strains, suggest that the terpene can help with ulcers and even may help individuals suffering from asthma

Terpenes Are Found in Most Plants

 Believe it or not, terpenes are not unique to marijuana. In fact, they’re a major component in essential oils, giving them the unique smell you come to expect. This means they can be found in many herbs, flowers, and even straight CBD oil and tinctures. There are over 100 known terpenes making up many of the strains we know and love as well as the herbs you cook with, the plants you encounter on hikes in the Colorado wilderness, and even the fruits you eat. 

Flavored Products Are Not Enhanced With Additional Terpenes

Though there are many flavored cannabis products on the market, it’s important to remember that those flavors are not just due to the terpenes from the strain. However, if you’re looking for a particular natural flavor experience, explain your preferences to your budtender. They’re familiar with the characteristics of each strain and the terpenes that create the flavors you’re looking for. 

Whether you’re looking to try a new strain or want to pick up a bit of East Coast Sour Diesel to help you unwind after work, we’ve got what you need. Stop by one of our three locations and stock up on rolling papers, grinders, and bud today. 
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