Healthy Holiday Munchies From the Best Dispensaries in Denver

December 5, 2018

Sweet treats are everywhere around the holidays. Bowls of candy seem to appear on coworkers’ desks, seasonal treats greet you at the cash register in the grocery store, and even talk-shows feature holiday recipes everyone can enjoy—provided they’re not worried about the calorie-count. With so many temptations right at hand, it’s easy to satisfy your craving for munchies with foods that might just leave you feeling gross after your high from your favorite Denver dispensary products fade. Here are a few healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without reaching for the nearest bag of candy.

Reach for Fresh Fruit

The best way to satisfy your sweet tooth is to snack on fresh fruit instead of processed treats and candy. Choose seasonal fruits like apples, pears, bananas, oranges, and even grapes. These are some of the sweeter fruits and, when sliced, make for the perfect quick snack to get you through the worst of your munchies. If you’re looking for a bit of an indulgent twist, pick up some caramel dip at the grocery store or spread a thin layer of your favorite nut butter on a few slices—we won’t tell if you won’t!

Stock Up on Dates

Dates are a type of fruit grown on palm trees and are commonly dried and used in baking to add sweetness without relying on processed sugar. But you don’t have to use them in a recipe. You can just snack on them whenever the craving strikes. Chop some dates before your smoke session and grab a handful as soon as you feel the craving for candy coming. You’ll get the same instant satisfaction that comes from indulging in sugary treats, but you’ll do it the all-natural way.

Sweet and Chocolatey Popcorn

Sure, popcorn may not be the healthiest way to satisfy your sweet tooth, but it’s still far better than chowing down on an entire pint of ice cream. To make this dish a success, pop a bag of plain popcorn (no butter or added salt) and pour it into a bowl. Then, melt your favorite chocolate in the microwave. Keep an eye on the chocolate to make sure it doesn’t burn. Once the chocolate is melted, use a spoon to drizzle it over the popcorn. Take care to drizzle rather than pour the chocolate over the kernels. Remember, a little goes a long way. You can also microwave a little peanut butter to add a whole new dimension of flavor to the mix!

Baked Apples

This treat is something you’ll want to make ahead of time, but it’s a great way to enjoy a touch of the holidays. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, wash the apple thoroughly and towel it dry.  Once the skin is dry, remove the apple core using a sharp paring knife or dedicated apple corer. Fill the hole with brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and any other dried fruit of your choice. Top the filling with a pat of butter and put the apple on a baking pan filled with ¼ inch of hot water. Bake for 30-45 minutes and let cool. To reheat the apples, warm them in a toaster oven for about 10 minutes or heat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.

Satisfy your sweet tooth without indulging in fistfuls of holiday candy and take care of your munchies with these delicious treats! Just make sure you have enough weed on hand to get you through the holiday crunch. Stop by Altitude today and pick up a new strain!


How to Get High on a Shoestring Budget

November 28, 2018

The holidays are just around the corner and with all those parties, gifts, and events, it’s only natural that you’d want to start saving money. Unfortunately for many people, this means thinking twice before making a purchase at Denver marijuana dispensaries. Just because you’re looking to be frugal doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying your buzz. Here are a few tips to help you get high even on a shoestring budget.

Invest in a Grinder

Grinders are the easiest and most efficient way to prepare bud. When you break up bud by hand or use a knife, it’s not always broken up enough. This means the entire product won’t light evenly, leaving a lot of that wonderful flower unburned and wasted. Worse, you’ll end up using more bud than you need to. By investing in a grinder, you’ll be able to use less pot every time you pack a pipe, bong, or joint. Over time, it’ll save you money and stretch your stash. 

Replenish Your Stash as You Can

When you run out of pot and head to the dispensary, the prospect of stocking up can lead you to spend more money than you should. Instead, stay on top of your stash and replenish items as you can. If you avoid running out of weed, you’ll be less tempted to stock up on everything at once. 

Stop Buying New Glass

Nothing is more fun than trying out a new pipe or bong for the first time. When they’re properly designed, they allow new flavors to bloom with every bowl. However, glass can get pricy fast and if you’re sticking to a tight budget, buying new gear isn’t the best idea. Instead, make use of your existing glass. Clean it thoroughly and make it like-new or make your own pipe or bong using fresh fruit. 

Forget the Joint

Joints may be convenient, but they actually use far more pot than any other smoking method. When you light up a bong or pipe, the weed stops burning after a few seconds. However, when you light up a joint, the weed burns continuously unless you purposely extinguish it. That means you’re wasting pot every time you’re not actively inhaling. If you’re on a budget, pack your pipe or bong and forgo the joints. Remember, even rolling papers cost money and while quality glass costs more up-front, it’s typically a one-time purchase. 

Make Your Own Edibles

Edibles are a great way to get high, but buying pre-made edibles at the dispensary can get expensive pretty fast. And if you think you’re only limited to brownies…think again! Cannabis can be incorporated into almost any type of food as long as you have a bit of imagination and some skill in the kitchen. Whip up a batch of your favorite cookies or try some delicious savory recipes that will delight your taste buds and impress your friends (if you feel like sharing). 

Looking to stretch your weed budget even further? Stop by one of our three locations and sign up for our Frequent Flower Miles program. Members receive special discounts and rewards, helping you get the most out of a limited budget. 

Weed Shops in Denver Explain How to Survive the Holidays Without Giving Up Weed

November 21, 2018

The holidays will be here before you know it. For many people across the Denver area, that means family visits, out of town guests, and large get-togethers that can be both stressful and exciting. Many people are lucky enough to have visitors that are curious about legal marijuana. However, others may find their families and friends completely fine with cannabis use, but not so wild about watching someone light up a bud from their favorite Denver dispensary. Just because you can’t smoke doesn’t mean you have to give up your enjoyment of your favorite strain. Here are a few simple ways to get high relying on traditional smoking methods. 

Embrace Edibles

Edibles are discreet and the perfect option for smokers whose families don’t agree with cannabis use. They fit in a bag or pocket and can be enjoyed without leaving behind the tell-tale smell associated with pipes and bongs. Choose between delicious baked goods and chocolates or opt for gummies and hard candies perfect for on-the-go enjoyment. Just make sure to keep the products out of reach of your little cousins. 

Pack a Vape Pen

Vape pens are popular for both tobacco and marijuana, making them a common sight for many family gatherings. You’ll still get a similar experience to smoking and be able to savor the taste of the particular strain you choose, just without the smell. For people at gatherings where others have upper respiratory conditions like asthma that might be aggravated by smoking, vaping is a great option. Best of all, vape pens come in all shapes and sizes, making them the perfect option for staying discreet. You might even find that you prefer the taste vaporizers produce to traditional combusted marijuana. 

Go With Tinctures

Like edibles, tinctures are both discrete and delicious. These cannabis extracts come in flavors like cinnamon, peppermint, and vanilla, and can be added to beverages or taken orally. For most people, a single dropper-full is all you need. Since no one will be able to smell it on your clothes or on your breath, it’s the perfect option to help you destress before those large family gatherings. 

Bring a Beverage

Staying hydrated is important, especially during the winter when the humidity levels drop in the Mile-High City. Who’s to say that you can only drink water? Pre-fill your water bottle with a cannabis-infused beverage and sip away. Beverages come in many different flavors and types from punches to carbonated sodas. Keep in mind, you don’t have to buy a pre-made beverage. You can make your own. Add your favorite tincture to a soda or infuse your own beverages at home to enjoy with relatives that don’t like traditional smoking methods. 

Just because you can’t smoke when your family is visiting doesn’t mean you have to forgo your regular high. Stop by Altitude Dispensary and pick up a few family-gathering-friendly products to keep everyone at home happy. Remember, great pot doesn’t have to be smoked. There are dozens of different ways to get high without worrying about upsetting a loved one’s allergies. 

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. 


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!