Cannabis consumers typically have one of two priorities when shopping at the dispensary:
- They want a lot of weed for not a lot of money
- They want high-quality weed that gives a stronger, more focused high
There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy pot. But whether you prefer cheap, abundant weed or high-end bud that looks, tastes, and smokes like a dream, there’s one question you shouldn’t ignore:
Where do dispensaries get their weed?
Not all weed is grown with the same passion for purity. Some growers utilize pesticides and other harmful chemicals throughout the process, while others stick to largely organic methods. Some concentrates are extracted using butane or ethanol, while others use “solventless” extraction methods, like CO2 or water, for a cleaner, more flavorful product. And some “strong” strains pack in the cannabinoids while losing many of the terpenes that give strains their unique flavor, aroma, and effects. Others prioritize the unique ratios of terpenes and cannabinoids that make each strain unique.
You don’t have to change how you consume cannabis to enjoy a healthier, better high. But with a couple clicks online or a few quick questions while you shop, you can make sure you’re getting the best, purist cannabis for your smoking needs.
Why Does It Matter Where Dispensaries Get Their Weed?
How weed is grown affects everything about the cannabis buds it produces, from their purity and aroma to their price and even the specific effects consumers experience.
Purity means the “cleanliness” of your cannabis. If a grower uses harmful chemicals or isn’t careful in their methods or testing, trace amounts of pesticides, heavy metals, mold and other chemicals can find their way into the finished product.
New mandatory pesticide testing in Colorado is revealing a range of pesticides were still present on a surprising percentage of commercially available marijuana flower. When choosing a grower, find a business that avoids synthetic chemicals and pesticides as a matter of principle, not because they’re being forced to because of testing and regulations.
Advice: Find a dispensary you trust, and ask your budtender how they grow their flower. If they don’t grow their own, ask about their grower’s methods and how strains are tested.
For reference, Karing Kind grows almost every strain we sell in our own garden. We use intelligent, carbon conscious growing methods using only the finest ingredients. Not only does this allow us to ensure a purer, more flavorful flower, but it means we can offer our customers a selection of rare, hard-to-find strains.
If cannabinoids control the strength of a strain, terpenes control the flavor. Intelligent, focused growing methods ensure a strain’s unique flavor profile and color are preserved (or brought out) while still maximizing the cannabinoids like THC or CBD. Growers manage temperature, lighting, humidity–and some use synthetic chemicals–to affect cannabinoid and terpene ratios.
Advice: Stick with growers you know use clean, environmentally friendly growing methods and who care as much about flavor profile as they do THC levels. If you’re buying concentrates, try CO2 extracted oil or water hash.
Karing Kind always carries a wide selection of sativa, indica and hybrid strains, most grown in our very own garden to preserve each strain’s aroma and flavor for a better smoking experience. And our Karing Kind Labs CO2 oil uses supercritical fluid extraction for a cleaner, stronger, more flavorful vape experience.
Different growing methods have a direct impact on the price of a strain. Some strains are priced high because they’re higher quality or especially hard to find. Others cost more simply because they cost more to grow–even though that particular strain might not seem like anything special.
When you trust your grower–or your dispensary to use the right growers–you can buy confidently, knowing that every strain is well worth the price it costs.
Advice: Ask your budtender what they think is the best value strain they have. Sometimes you can find incredible strains at great prices just because the dispensary has too much. And if you’re looking to treat yourself or try something new, they can help you find the best bud for your tastes and preferences.
Just because two dispensaries are offering Sour Diesel doesn’t mean you’ll get the same thing from each shop. Growing methods can vary widely from grower to grower. And subtle changes in how a plant is grown can result in significant changes to the strength and type of high it provides.
Advice: Find a budtender who cares about educating you (and doesn’t just push you to buy), and stick with them like a great mechanic or hair stylist. They can help you find great values as well as new strains and products you absolutely love.
The budtenders at Karing Kind have won First Place for Best Customer Service in the Boulder County Gold Awards 3 of the last 4 years (2015, 2016, 2018).
How Does Your Dispensary Stock Its Shelves?
There are different ways dispensaries source their cannabis. By asking a few quick questions, you can know where your weed comes from and feel better about smoking it (or start your search for a new dispensary).
At Karing Kind, we grow our own recreational marijuana. We’ve always held ourselves to the highest standards for quality and purity, using only the finest ingredients and best methods even before the new, stricter mandatory testing came into play. It also means we can grow strains that don’t often find their way to Boulder, so our customers can always find something unique when they visit.
Many dispensaries use commercial growers to keep their shelves stocked with new strains. In many cases, this means the dispensary is limited to the selection and quality available. It also means that dispensary has less control over the growing methods–and purity–of the product.
Other recreational marijuana shops outsource their grow operations. They know what strains they want and how they want them to be grown, and they pay someone else to deliver the goods. This increases dispensary control over the selection and methods. Just like with commercial growers, though, there are some variables the dispensary can’t control.
So hop on your dispensary’s website or ask a budtender to learn more about their grow methods. You’re spending your hard-earned money on this. Your putting this into your body. You deserve the best quality product from a dispensary that cares about your health and happiness. And that starts with knowing where dispensaries get their weed.
Smoke Better Bud, Get A Better High, Feel Better Sooner
Our award-winning budtenders are here to help answer your questions, whether you want to know more about how we grow, how a product works, or you just want a recommendation for a new strain to try.
Karing Kind is Boulder’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, and we have the lowest tax rate in the state. Stop by and speak with a budtender or browse our online menu (pre-order is available) and check out our wide selection of top-shelf bud, clean-extracted cannabis oil, soothing topicals and mouth-watering edibles.
Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open MON-SUN from 9am to 10pm.