Ascend Cannabis Oil Review

Cannabis oil takes science and craft to create the perfect distillate. At Ascend Cannabis, science and craft come together to create an experience like none other. Jesse Grove with the Dope Directory stopped by the Smokin Gun and picked up a few experience cartridges. He then proceeded to go home and enjoy his new found prizes.  First, what are experience cartridges?

 Ascend High Terpene Extract

The secret in the sauce. Their High Terpene Extract (HTE) is the result of our innovative approach to capturing a wider breadth of flavor, aroma and cannabinoids for a true-to-the-plant experience. In fact there are no solvents, waxes, fats or other undesirables, just premium cannabis oil.

HTE carts offer all the flavor and potency of a dab, on-the-go. Their newly engineered smart cart optimizes vapor production to deliver big, beautiful hits that pack a punch. Experience the Ascend difference, their Water Clear cannabis terpenes make their HTE carts the truest representation of your favorite strains.

Jesse’s Experience

“If you haven’t had a chance to sample anything from Ascend Cannabis before, I can personally vouch for the purity, potency, and all-around quality represented by these fine oils. Their cartridges have quickly raised up on my list to become one of my absolute favorites. They’ve proved superior understanding in terpene balance better than the majority of other extraction companies out there nowadays. With their refined CO2 extraction methods, they’ve tactfully entered the new age of designer cannabis oils. With award-winning products coming out of their lab such as CBD Diamonds I can only wait to see what amazing revolutionary product Ascend will come up with next.” – Jesse Grove

Read Jesse’s Ascend Review Here

All About Terpenes in Cannabis

Cannabis relies on public support. Without it, we can’t continue to redefine the new normal. For this reason, GoFire hosts an educational and networking event called 21st Century Cannabis In order to speak legitimacy into cannabis, GoFire invites experts to guest speak on a specific topic. This month’s guest speaker is Dr. Susan C. Trapp. She earned her PH.D on terpenes from the University of Maryland gaining her the reputation as the Queen of Terpenes. Dr. Trapp enjoys touring the country speaking on terpenes and providing consultation for the cannabis industry. Her expertise bridges the missing link between cannabis and wellness.

“Terpenes play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. Some terpenes promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and acuity.”

– Bailey Rahn, Leafly 

What is a Terpene?

Definition : A terpene is an organic compound found commonly in algae, fungi, plants and animals. Terpenes are the most diverse plant derivative. As of current, science identified 55K known terpenes (from 30K known in February 2019). Once regarded as simple plant waste, research finds terpenes play a critical role in the medical properties of nature. Terpene research exploded in wake of cannabis legalization. As a result, terpenes are classified as the largest class of natural products.

What is a natural product? A natural product is anything derived from life. A subclass of a natural product are metabolites. Metabolites are compounds essential to life. Consequently, terpenes are part of the secondary metabolite class. Did you know that often times our pharmaceuticals are made from natural products? Yes! Science discovered how to isolate terpenes and synthesize them in a lab. Resulting in most of the pharma available at your local drug store like aspirin and vitamin A.

Examples of Terpenes

Below are common household products that belong to the terpene family.

Vitamin A

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      Found in either plants or animals. Ideal for vision, bone growth, cell function and reproduction.


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      Derived from White Willow Bark. White Willow Bark is well known for its pain relieving properties – often chewed for immediate relief.

  • Menthol

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       Found in peppermint and other oils. Used to clear congestion and relieve pain.

  • Taxol

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      Taxol is a popular chemotherapy drug

  • Rubber

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      Rubber comes from the Hevea brasiliensis tree found in tropical climates.

Common Terpenes and Their Uses in Marijuana

  1. Limonene
    1. Found in citrus fruits and other plants, limonene promises to promote weight loss, block cancer-forming chemicals, treat cancer and bronchitis. Limonene’s distinct citrus aroma is known to elevate the high and alleviate stress
  1. Myrcene
    1. Myrcene is responsible for producing that well known mango effect in cannabis. Described as sweet, minty and leafy, mycrene is known to act as a natural painkiller and antioxidant. Known as well for it’s anti-inflammatory and sedative properties.
  2. Pinene
    1. As the name suggests, pinene comes from pine cones/needles, rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley. More research is needed to fully realize pinene’s potential. However, studies do find that pinene promises to alleviate short-term memory loss associated with THC. Also known to combat inflammation as well as acts as an agent to open your airways.
  3. Linalool
    1. Linalool is common in lavender and peanut leaves/stems. Characterized having a lavender smell with a hint of spice. On average people consume 200 grams of linalool naturally every year from the foods we eat. Research suggests linalool properties are ideal for decreasing depression, anxiety and supporting the immune system.
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  4. Caryophyllene
    1. Common in black pepper, cinnamon, clove, hops, oregano and basil. Caryophyllene gives cannabis that musky/funky smell and is known for it’s antioxidant and noninflammatory properties. Ideal for treating irritable bowel disease, anxiety and depression.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Have you ever wondered why cannabis affects you differently from your friends? Terpenes aren’t unanimous in their source. In fact, the environment greatly impacts the plant’s terpene composition. Similarly, our bodies determine chemically our ideal terpenes using two main receptors. The chart below identifies each receptor dominate location.

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In order to identify the right cannabis for you, we high encourage all users to smell their cannabis before purchase. Smelling the strain allows our nasal passage to pick up the terpene profile. As a result, we’ll experience either a “positive” or “negative” reaction. One example of a “positive” reaction is hair raising on your arms. Whereas, an example of a “negative” reaction is experiencing your stomach turn.

Learn More

Watch the video below to learn more about terpenes!

Pride Weekend with Discretion

Pride is around the corner and Denver is dressed in rainbows. The city buzzes with anticipation for this weekend’s events like the Pride Parade and 5k on Saturday June 15th. Coupled with a weekend long celebration at the Civic Center Park, Denver will be lit! If you’ve never been, make this year the year you GO! Even though Denver Governor Jared Polis signed the bill allowing public consumption, the bill has yet to take into effect. In order to avoid confiscation of your cannabis and potential problems, enjoy a worry-free weekend with a few recommendations.

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Top Consumption Methods for Pride Weekend


My go-to/on the fly/discrete choice -edibles. Edibles are absolutely fantastic. Not to mention they come in a variety of forms to suit most dietary restrictions. Either be beverage, gummy, chocolate, bean, mint, powder, edibles are one of the biggest forms of cannabis available on the market. In general, edibles can take up to 2 hours to fully kick in and last anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on  your body.

In order to fully enjoy your edible experience, follow my recommended routine:

  • Take ONE Edible

    • For novice to intermediate users, taking one or more edible may land you a visit to the ER. In order to avoid unnecessary doctor visits simply remember – slow and steady.
    • By taking my edible no more than two hours before the event, allows me to still “function” as I make the necessary arrangements to get to my destination.
    • Also, allowing one edible to dissolve at a time will allow you to better control your high and experience. If you find that you want to elevate your high, you can always bring one edible with you to take before entering the event.
  • Be Present

    • Edibles are fantastic at making my day more “fun,” by making colors more vibrant and your body relax. Additionally, you care less about obligations and more about the moment. Under those circumstances, you’ll never forget that one time you vibed with the music as you danced with rainbows.
  • Drink water

    •  Now imagine surviving Pride weekend without a headache or hangover because you remembered to always have water available? As a result of taking an edible, I intend to experience cotton mouth. Therefore, always make sure to carry water with you as you explore the city. Sharing with your drunk friends is only an option.
  • And Eat!

    • Even though consuming edibles doesn’t give me traditional munchies, eating under the influence never disappoints. You’re relaxed. You’re enjoying yourself. You’re having such an amazing time. Now, elevate your experience with a nice meal. Savor the flavors and spices as you’ve never relished them before. Denver is home to some amazing finds. We have one of the best dining scenes in the nation.

Choosing the right edible can be confusing! The BEST way to choosing the right edible for you is to come into the Smokin Gun Apothecary and talk to one of our expert Budtenders. However, you’re welcome to explore our online menu here. Otherwise, my recommendations on choosing the ideal edible are as follows:

  1. Choose consistency

    1. Do you want a gummy? Do you like chocolate? Have you always preferred not to taste cannabis whatsoever?
      1. The edibles at the Smokin Gun are derived from distillate and mask the cannabis flavor well. Mints and tablets are highly effective at experiencing a nice high without consuming gluten or sugar. Ripple powder makes everything an edible.
  2. Choose THC

    1. If you’re new to cannabis, LESS is more. Consider Canyon Cultivation IT Sucks 1:1 Fruit Punch. Each hard candy piece contains only 2.5 mg THC and 2.5 mg CBD. At 2.5 mg of THC, that’s enough for you feel the sensation that you’re “high” without pushing your body over the edge. You will retain motor function and cognitive control but with less worry and anxiety.  Canyon Cultivation is on sale at the Smokin Gun Apothecary June 15-16th – BOGO HALF OFF. 
    2. If you’re a more seasoned cannabis user, 1906 offers beans and chocolate with 5 mg THC. 1906 uses plant medicine in their chocolate to enhance your experience resulting in more stimulation, invigoration and empowerment to control your experience. 1906 is on sale NOW thru June 16th at the Smokin Gun Apothecary – Buy any 1906 chocolate or bean and get your second 1906 item for ONLY $1!
    3.  For those who are heavy tokers such as myself, Cheeba Chews’ taffy comes in single 10 mg dose or 6 pk with 60 mg THC. Choose from fun flavors such as green apple or orange cream. Cheeba Chews on sale at the Smokin Gun Apothecary June 15-16th – BOGO HALF OFF


Vape pens are another fun way of staying discrete in public. They don’t carry the smell of traditional flower and require less equipment. Offering 72% THC on average, vaping is also highly effective at getting you high. Because one disposable vape pen can hold up to 300 mg and 90% THC, you’ll be able to maintain your high all day long. Since over the years vaping has become more sophisticated you choose your flavor, potency and size. On sale June 15-16th – All Mezz vape cartridges, batteries,disposable pens and shorties are BOGO Half Off


Lastly, I have a sneaky suspicion that for a few of you, the idea of edibles and vaping seem too alien. You’re the OG of smokers. You’ve used flower all your life, why start changing now? Fortunately for you, we have something for everyone. We believe you deserve options so enjoy from June 15-16th at the Smokin Gun – Bubble Joints are BOGO Half Off and Happy Daze $89 Ounces on select strains (Mix or Match).

 Smokin Gun Apothecary Pride

We at the Smokin Gun Apothecary closely relate to the values and morals demonstrated in the LBGTQ community. Sadly, our trans brothers and sisters continue to struggle to live in peace each and every single day. We see you. We know you. Therefore, allow us to extend our warmest welcome. All is family at the Smokin Gun Apothecary. We invite you to join us as we light the way to liberty!

Before you head out to enjoy Pride weekend, make sure to stop by the Smokin Gun Apothecary on 492 S. Colorado Blvd, Glendale to stock up on your cannabis needs. Our crew will be dressed to the occasion with killer deals. Be safe but most importantly – party on!

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