Smokin Gun: Not Your Average Dispensary

There are more dispensaries in Colorado than Starbucks.  It’s truly remarkable to see just how far the state has come since the prohibition era. From patient-driven medical dispensaries to consumer-driven recreational marijuana shops, Colorado is a leader in the cannabis movement. At the forefront of the Denver metro cannabis market, is a renowned recreational dispensary, Smokin Gun Apothecary. The Smokin Gun Apothecary is more than just a cannabis shop, it’s a leader in consumer education. They intertwine a prohibition museum into its stellar shopping experience. When it comes to choosing a dispensary, Smokin Gun Apothecary is a cannabis experience unlike anything else.

 

Women-Owned and Operated

The Smokin Gun Apothecary is a one-of-a-kind recreational dispensary perfectly located in the Denver metro area (492 South Colorado Blvd. Glendale, Colorado). Its original cannabis shop drives home what the legal marijuana industry represents. Not only is it one of the few women-owned and operated recreational dispensaries, but it’s full of the rich history surrounding drug prohibition. The Smokin Gun dispensary contains a full explanation of the history of marijuana and the role of the war on drugs, which brings us to today. They recognize all the thousands of people once jailed for doing what people freely do today. With the help of the prohibition museum and historical budroom design, Smokin Gun Apothecary crafts a pioneering cannabis experience beyond any other dispensary in Colorado.

 

Smokin Gun Dispensary is Carrying on The Cannabis Mission

It’s sad, but the focus of many recreational shops is to sell cannabis regardless of educating consumers. It’s common for licensed dispensaries to forget past sacrifices made to make this pioneering industry a reality. The Smokin Gun dispensary is built on the appreciation of the cannabis movement. Rather than solely educate consumers on the current legal cannabis industry, they go a step further to remind consumers of the injustices behind marijuana in our nation. To carry on the mission of the cannabis heroes of the past, Smokin Gun Apothecary blends its dispensary with a prohibition museum.

 

  • Walking into Smokin Gun dispensary is like going back in time to an old-school speakeasy vibe. A speakeasy lobby greets consumers as they walk through the door. After checking in, the receptionist guides the customer through a hidden doorway which takes them on a journey back to the 1870s.
  • As the hidden door opens, it reveals a beautiful open space full of prohibition history and artwork. Consumers experience the beginning of the drug prohibition era and walk through time before returning to the present.

The Smokin Gun dispensary is a cannabis shopping experience unique to itself. There’s no other recreational shop that embodies the true history of marijuana in the United States. Cannabis consumption is more than just rolling up a joint; it’s a battle of human rights, societal injustices, and false education. The Smokin Gun Apothecary stays true to the roots of the cannabis movement and provides consumers with an educational shopping experience unbeknown to the common person.

 

Passionate, Friendly, and Knowledgeable Staff

Aside from Smokin Gun dispensary offering a brief journey through the history of marijuana prohibition; its stellar team of cannabis professionals is highly knowledgeable of both the current industry, marijuana products, and the war on drugs. In any dispensary, the budtenders are the face of the cannabis market and handle the final point of sale to the consumer. Smokin Gun Apothecary takes this responsibility to heart and ensures every team member is well-equipped to serve the cannabis community. Every member of the staff leads with passion and kindness.

  • Smokin Gun trains their team on every marijuana product in the shop and provide knowledgeable guidance to help consumers find the best products for them.
  • Each team member learns of the history of marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs to equip themselves with the true meaning and motivation behind what they do.
  • Every cannabis professional with Smokin Gun dispensary is genuinely passionate and driven by what legal marijuana can offer the community.

 

Smokin Gun Apothecary Represents Quality Cannabis

Shopping with Smokin Gun dispensary is the ultimate cannabis experience. It entails everything the legal marijuana industry embodies; including, the highest quality cannabis menu on the market. Smokin Gun Apothecary does not take quality control lightly. It’s a hyper-compliant recreational shop that works with only the best cannabis cultivators and brands. While Smokin Gun dispensary is all about education, it is also the ideal one-stop-shop for all cannabis consumers. Its menu is full of premium cannabis strains, edibles, topicals, tinctures, and cartridges. Smokin Gun Apothecary is truly one of the most well-rounded recreational dispensaries in the Colorado industry.

 

All About the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Does anyone else question why marijuana isn’t more accepted? Cannabis grows naturally in the wild. What if humans had a naturally occurring system made to receive cannabis? Guess what? We do. The Endocannabinoid System is a newly discovered system made to receive cannabis. After joining GoFIRE on a panel discussion on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and discovered the tip of an iceberg. Research is still new but what we know is astonishing.

First, take a peak at the history of ECS.

History of ECS

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It all started with Dr. Rafael Mechoulam, also known as the Godfather OG of cannabis research. Born in 1930, Dr. Mechoulam dedicated his life to medicinal chemistry. Born in 1930, Dr. Mechoulam dedicated his life to medicinal chemistry. Through his life’s dedication, Dr. Mechoulam mapped out all of THC properties and discovered that humans produce cannabinoids. Due to this discovery, we now know that human have receptors all over our body for cannabinoids. In fact, we knew little of the Endocannabinoid System until the last twenty years. Research is finding interesting uses behind the system – making it essential to life.

Endo means inner, so it’s literally the inner cannabinoid system. Humans have receptors all over the body including major organs and brain. CB1 receptors are found in the brain whereas CB2 receptors are found in our bodies. Evidence points to a new and unknown receptor called CB3.  What is the purpose of ECS? The Endocannabinoid System is responsible for balancing our bodies. The ECS regulates hormones, mood and contributes to the overall health of the human race.

The Panelists

Dr. Ben Cowin

Dr. Benjamin Cowim (DC, MS, ATC, CAFS) leads the team at Action Spine and Sports Medicine. He is a national expert in peak performance for competitive athletes and active executives. In short, he helps the very best get more out of their bodies to drive peak performance from the playing field to the board room. He brings over 20 years of experience in sports chiropractic, dry needling, neuro-musulosketeal rehabilitation, concussion recovery and nutrition. He has worked with dozens of elite executives and nearly 1,000 professional athletes.

Dr. Sarah Cohen

Dr. Sarah Cohen, M.D. is an Integrative Medicine physician dedicated to the best practices in health care. Dr. Cohen has traveled the earth to study botanical medicine in various continents. She completed a hospital-based Internal Medicine training with the Thomas Jefferson University Health System in Philadelphia, PA, and a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. Dr. Sarah Cohen is well positioned to integrate a wide spectrum of clinical insights and observes that it is at the meeting lace between time-honored healing wisdom and modern science where medicine is most marvelous and effective.

Katherine Golden, RN

Katherine Golden, RN, is an accomplished  professional with extensive experience combining nursing best practices with education on cannabis and it’s use within the medical community to drive increases in patient quality of life. Analytical by nature, she utilizes strong communication skills to conduct in-depth patient need’s analysis, identifying areas of concern and implementing plans of care in line with organization and patient considerations. Katherine Golden is continually recognized for the ability to deliver exceptional levels of care while interacting with a wide range of individual

Kathrine found herself emerged in cannabis after finding out about her brother-in-law’s cancer diagnosis. Being the researcher and medical professional in the family, she took the intiative to find alternative means to extending and improving the quality of life for her family. Her search for relief lead her to cannabis. After discovering all the information and benefits of cannabis, she felt angry that all this wealth of knowledge is withheld. Luckily, her brother’s cancer is in remission. Doctors are hearlding it as a miracle.

The Discussion

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What does ECS aid in?

Katherine Golden, RN – When you study cannabis, you quickly learn that there are two sides of the coin. For some, cannabis holds the answer to  many issues. Whereas for others, cannabis can  have adverse effects. Cannabis plant medicine is completely based upon the individual.

Cannabis and ECS aid in:

  1. Motor Coordination
    1. THC does impact our motor skills, however tolerance plays a huge role. The more tolerant the user, the more THC is required to impair motor skills.
    2. Impairing our motor skills allows us to relax and unwind fully.
  2. Neuro-Protection
    1. Studies find that CBD increases blood flow to the brain. Getting oxygen to the brain is crucial in order for stroke patients to recover. When patients don’t receive enough oxygen after experiencing a stroke, they lose motor coordination usually  to one half of the body.
    2. THC and CBD are great antioxidants  (necessary after any brain injury).
    3. CBD is an excellent agent for decreasing inflammation allowing more oxygen to get to the brain and aid in recovery.
  3. Nerves Cell Development and Muscle Weakness
    1. This is a great support for those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
  4. Reduce Anxiety and Improve Mood
    1. Marijuana administered at low doses work best for managing anxiety.
    2. Ever experience the adverse effect – paranoia? Too much THC will actually cause anxiety.
      1. Science continues to find supporting evidence that a 1:1 ratio at 2.5mg of THC and 2.5mg of CBD is the magic formula for managing anxiety and elevating mood.
  5. Pain Management
    1. Cannabis is shown to attach to the pain receptors in our brain to help alleviate the sensation of pain.
    2. The euphoria felt after administering THC helps distract the individual from experiencing any heighten sense of pain. Cannabis creates a mental retreat.
  6. Short Term Memory
  7. Reproduction
    1. The ECS is responsible for making babies suckle. Without it, we’d lose quite literally die.
    2. Women are using cannabis to provide menstruation relief from cramps, water weight, mood and general discomfort.
    3. Women are also using cannabis to provide relief from menopause.
      1. Topicals such as creams and patches are the most common forms used.
  8. Increase Appetite
    1. THC combines with our receptors in our brain and produces a chemical reaction that increases our appetite.
      1. Ideal for those undergoing chemo or have eating disorders.

Remember, cannabis a very personal plant medicine. Katherine recommends to always keep a journal. Record your reactions to each individual strain, record how you chose to consume and any effects you experience. Keeping a journal will ensure that you fully understand more about your relationship with cannabis.

ECS and Pregnancy

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Dr. Sarah Cohen – In her practice, Dr. Cohen advises women not use cannabis during their pregnancies. More research is required to fully determine if cannabis is truly safe during gestation.

  1. Studies show cannabis use during pregnancy is linked to low birth weights and preterm delivery. However, in other countries such as Jamaica, there’s no correlation between cannabis and birth weight.
    1. This interesting find leads us to question, how much does environment and genetics play in determining the outcome?
    2. Dr. Sarah Cohen understands that some have a genetic disposition to cannabis. The answers we seek may reside in the environment.
  2. The ECS assists with embryo development, for it’s part of creating the nervous system.
    1. As mentioned before, it’s because of the ECS that newborns know to suckle during feeding.

Cannabis is Cannabis

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Dr. Ben Cowin’s research finds some interesting properties to cannabis than previously thought.

  1. Cannabis is cannabis. Sativa is sativa. There’s no real supporting evidence that sativa will hype you and indica will calm your nerves.
    1. Your reaction depends upon you (that genetics thing again – darn it)
  2. The difference between plants resides in the terpene profile. Some cannabis does stimulate and others do calm. In order to understand which strain will do what, you have to look at the terpene profile. Fortunately for us, our growers do all the work for us. Wonder what terpenes are in your strain? Look at the packaging.
  3. Our bodies heal ourselves and cannabis plays a key role in aiding our bodies to heal. Oh, and did you know that the ECS also balances our hormonal production?

Receptors!

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Dr. Ben Cowin –

  1. CB1 receptors are found in the brain. CB2 receptors are found all over our body and organs. However, there’s a CB3 receptor known as the Ghost Receptor (for nothing is known yet about this receptor)
    1. Official name – CBR55
    2. THC and CBD don’t bind to this receptor indicating that it’s made for a completely different cannabinoid.
      1. We’re left with more questions than answer. We know there’s a new receptor that binds to a different cannabinoid to serve for a different function. How exciting!
  2. Receptors play off one another.
    1. Going back to the 1:1 formula for THC and CBD – 1:1 of THC : CBD offers the most therapeutic benefits. The two play off each other to reduce cravings and reduce addiction. THC and CBD are one of our biggest hopes to combat the current opioid epidemic.

Parting Thoughts

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Katherine Golden

  1. Always talk to your doctor.
    1. There are cannabis doctors that will talk to your primary care physician on your behalf.
      1. These cannabis doctors are able to communicate to the physician level to earn respect. Having these conversations will ensure that your cannabis and treatment plan stay in harmony.
        1. Did you know there are over 40,000 cannabis doctors in Colorado alone?
  2. Don’t stop what you’re doing!
    1. Cannabis is an aid. Keep the conversation going between you and your doctors. Keep your options open.

Dr. Ben Cowin

  1. Cannabis is meant to be helpful in the very same sense as we use supplements to assist our bodies.
  2. When in doubt, leave it out.
    1. Don’t risk your job or career for cannabis.
      1. Here at the Smokin Gun, we recommend you continue to educate yourselves on cannabis. The more we learn and understand the plant’s highest potential, the more progress we make towards federal legalization. The empowered user is the educated one.
  3. Your ultimately responsible for your usage.
    1. Stay informed!

 

 

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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.

Aspirin

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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

Edibles

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

Vaping

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

Flower

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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1906 New Highs Facility Tour

1906 Facility Tour

Have you ever wondered what goes into making an edible? Do you happen to love chocolate? 1906 New Highs regularly opens their facility for tours and we decided to explore. If you don’t know, 1906 is a chocolate edible company that produces such products as Midnight, Chill and as seen on CNN High Love.

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1906 kindly opened their doors for us to take a peak at all that goes into making THC infused chocolates. They’re located on the eastern side of Denver in Henderson, Co. You get a real sense of community when you walk into the 1906 facility.  The best part of 1906 is that everything happens under one roof. Peter Barsoom, the founder and CEO of 1906, has an office next to his admin. His admin resides next to the space where all the magic begins.

When you step into the lobby of 1906, you’re immediately greeted with an open interior decorated with the best of 1906. After signing the guest book, Peter and Maria (my tour guide) extended one of the warmest welcomes. While waiting for the tour begin, the office crew laughed with me over our favorite edible stories, and the chemist and I marveled at Yo-Yo Ma playing whimsically in the background. The care placed into the products is extended to the team working behind the scenes. Love. Love is the glue that holds 1906 together.

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Walk with me as we tour the 1906 facility.

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1906 chocolate facility tour

Unlike other edible companies in Denver, 1906 uses single strain cannabis for all infusions. Using single strain cannabis allows uniformity and control in your experience. Want to know which strain is used? Check the label.

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This box used the Blue Dream strain (sativa). On the side every tin or box, 1906 includes information on which strained was used during the production of the chocolate you’re about to enjoy. Extracting the strain looks nothing as I imagined. I’m not exactly sure how I imagined cannabis extract – thinking it’d be green doesn’t make logical sense either.

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In this photo, you see the single strain extraction. Each container holds all the distillates that go into the 1906 edibles. The small room next to the lobby is the area where science meets culinary. The lovely 1906 chemist plays around with THC, CBD, terpenes and plant materials. Plant materials? Yes – more than cocoa, sugar, milk, and cannabis go into the formulation of 1906 chocolate. The GO experience includes plant materials such as galango for a fast energy boost, L-theanine for calming and soothing, caffeine, and theobromine for lowering blood pressure and increased circulation.

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Pictured above is a container of cocoa and plant materials mixed together waiting for its distillate. Pictured below is an used container with only a bit of cocoa left. Personally, diving into the bucket and taking a huge sniff sets the tone for the entire tour.

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Leaving the small room full of chemistry, I stepped into the room where all the magic happens. The warehouse opened up to a space clearly defined by station depending upon what’s being created, packaged, and stored.  1906 believes in creating a chocolate that doesn’t leave a footprint on our planet. Inside the warehouse, they use the same machines in order to create all the experience chocolate. Great measures are taken to ensure that all equipment is cleaned after each batch.

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The chambers that hold the actual cocoa are big enough to hold an adult.

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When the containers are filled, the image is memorizing. The explosion of cocoa hitting your senses almost overwhelms. You’re taken back to your childhood with all those wonderful, delicious moments of enjoying milk and dark chocolate.

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The next part of the tour took me into the section creating some Bliss – pun intended. 1906 Bliss mixes milk chocolate and peanut butter. The herbs used in the Bliss help alleviate the mood naturally being a great option for uplift your day whenever you need it. The cups are made into trays before packaged and stacked high.

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All the orange trays in the photo are filled with Bliss cups.

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There are THOUSANDS of Bliss cups ready to be packaged! In order to simplify the process, 1906 uses trays with the THC molded into the cup. Metal trays help create the orange trays pictured above.

1906 chocolate facility tour

 

The final section of the tour lead me to the area that created the beans we all know and love. The coffee beans tumble inside a machine. As the beans turn, cocoa is poured, evenly coating the beans as they cycle.

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1906 chocolate facility tour

Fun fact: I found a hairdryer casually resting on a table. Without fail, I had to inquire.

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The fats and herbs added to the chocolate help create the shine we see when we open GO beans. In order to create shine and add the THC sign to each individual bean mind you, they have this hairdryer to keep the chocolate “melted.”

Insider Look:

Did you know that 1906 is rolling out a new product? Do you prefer the experience over the flavor? Does cannabis taste bad to you? This summer 1906 will roll out little micro dose tablets that can be swallowed like any supplement on the market. 1906 chocolate facility tour

Color combinations have to still be finalized however the photo above will be a close match. Each tablet reflects an experience and single origin strain distillate. Enjoy the plant without having to bypass the cannabis flavor.

 

Find all your favorite 1906 products at the Smokin Gun Apothecary. Save on your favorite edible with the NEW 2019 Smokin Gun Coupon Book available for a limited time.

 

 

Speakeasy Party/Coupon Book – The Smokin Gun Update

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Smokin Gun Speakeasy Party

Help Denver’s favorite late-night recreational dispensary, Smokin Gun, celebrate its third anniversary with a speakeasy-themed bash next door at T-Bar in Shotgun Willie’s! Guests will enjoy beats from a live DJ, a photo booth, light bites, one drink ticket, and a CBD-infused glass of bubbles to toast to Smokin Gun all while go-go dancers in Prohibition-era costumes twirl. Tour the dispensary and learn about how it pays homage to the prohibition era and war on drugs from Glendale’s Mayor, Mike Dunafon. The first 50 people in the door at T-Bar will receive a goody bag filled with awesome products and swag valued at up to $75. Prizes will be awarded to lucky guests throughout the night. As a special ‘thank you’ to all its customers, the dispensary will also be honoring the deals below:

  • 6pm-7pm Flower Collective Bubble Joints 50% OFF
  • 7pm-8pm Pax etching with Pax Pod purchase
  • 8pm-9pm Ceria (THC Beer) and Keef Cola Buy One Get One for .10 cents

This event is free, but space is limited so RSVP now to reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

 

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Smokin Gun 2019 Coupon Book

The Smokin Gun 2019 Coupon Book offers an assortment of deals and promotions designed around the on-the-go individual. No monthly commitment or credit card required, choose how you want to use the book. Take a look at some savings –>

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For only $19.99, enjoy over $200 of savings! Talk to your budtender for more details.

 

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Smokin Gun T Shirt Contest

Help the Smokin Gun design their new T Shirt. Show off your Smokin Gun or cannabis spirit with your original design for a chance to win a goody bag worth up to $250! Be sure to submit your work by June 1st to Frannie at smokingunfrances@gmail.com

 

 

420 Circus at the Smokin Gun

 

420 Denver Circus

Join us at our 420 Circus on Saturday 4/20 from 12-7p for a day filled with fun!

This year’s 420 party will be a real carnival, in fact the only thing missing will be the animals. Come rain, snow, sleet, fog or sunshine, we’ll be in the lot between Smokin Gun and Shotgun Willie’s.

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All about the DEALS!

We proud to announce that Stillwater Brands, Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, Ceria Brewing Co, Keef Brands, Mary’s Medicinals and Mezz Life are proud sponsors.

Stillwater – Spend $40 or more and get single serving Ripple for ONLY $ . 10!

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Mary’s Medicinals – Save 50% on ALL Mary’s Medicinal items from 12-7p on Saturday 4/20

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Keef Brands – Buy any Keef item (Cola or Pax Pod) and get any Keef beverage for ONLY $ . 10!

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Ceria Brewing CoAll Ceria Belgian Cannabis White Ale HALF OFF!

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The ClearSave 50% on any The Clear Cartridge or Disposable Vape Pen with any The Clear purchase

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Dixie BrandsSave 50% on any Dixie item with Dixie purchase *excludes gummies*

 

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Mezz BrandsSave 50% on any Mezz item with Mezz purchase

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420 Denver Circus

Our 420 Circus will have everything from a DJ, Go Go dancers, a magician, tarot reading, a guy on stilts, face painting, FREE admission to Shotgun Willie’s and a FREE drink from TBar and Patio.

 

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Come hungry! Steady Smokin BBQ and Hot Dog Cart will be cruising around to serve you.

 

Most importantly, this year we’re teaming up with HeroGrown – a nonprofit organization that provides alternative medicine to veterans and service personnel.

 

Come party with your favorite premier late night dispensary in Glendale, CO!

 

 

 

March Madness at the Smokin Gun

Spring officially starts 03/20! After surviving a bomb cyclone and an endless winter, end March strong. Here at the Smokin Gun Apothecary we’re ending March with madness. we have a few reasons why we deserve a grand finale:

 

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Bud Monday

Monday’s are hard and we’re finding any excuse to enjoy bud, booze and boobs. With every flower purchase – pre-roll, gram, eighth or ounce – enjoy FREE admission and Budweiser at Shotgun Willie’s. Must present receipt to redeem, so don’t forget to ask for a copy to keep for yourself.

 

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Weed Wednesday

Almost finished with the week, you need a kick-back to make it to the end of the week. Every Wednesday, spend $60 or more and enjoy FREE admission into Shotgun Willie’s. Must present receipt to redeem – don’t forget to save one for yourself. Unlike Bud Monday, up to TWO people may enjoy free admission into Shotgun Willie’s because some things are better when experienced together.

 

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Keef/Ceria Happy Hour

Everyday thru 03/31 from 7-9p, get a Keef or Ceria beverage for ONLY $.10 with purchase. Unwind in the evenings with a nice, refreshing Belgian dealcoholized white ale. From the mastermind behind Blue Moon, Ceria is the first to market cannabis beer. Now serving up 10fl oz of perfection for only $.10. You don’t have to make up excuses to enjoy much needed self care.

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Smokin Gun Happy Hour

If you’re looking to explore our dispensary, everyday from 7-9p, enjoy ANY Prohibition Pass deal. You can choose from the following:

  • 35% Off any product
  • $19.99 Eighths
  • $6 unlimited Full Gram Joints
  • $25 Live Resin
  • $25 Wax or Shatter 

Use the 35% Off your favorite cartridge, dab tonight with wax from West Edison, our pre-rolls make an excellent option for those on the go! The options are endless! You don’t have to wait till 7-9p everyday to enjoy deals from the Prohibition Pass. For only $19.95 / month, enjoy saving money on your time.

Glendale Business Workshop

Joining the Glendale Chamber of Commerce for a special workshop is always worth the early wake up call .

This past Tuesday, the Chamber held a special workshop on making videos. Thus one by one, local businesses gathered at the Morning Story off Holly and Leetsdale. Greetings and small talk filled the room as breakfast was served. Attendees such as Arcanum, Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle, and Sugden Wealth Management joined guest speaker Beth Kepler with Mainstream Video Productions for her simplied process on making marketing videos. Even though dispensaries don’t traditionally participate, this day history was made.

Here at Smokin Gun Apothecary, we love to push the new normal. Marijuana is the new normal. We stand by our plant and attending workshops and joining the Glendale community, we’re continuously legitimizing the industry. Be the change you want to see. Now, more on Beth Kepler.

Beth Kepler is the Founder and Producer of Mainstream Video Products. With over ten years of video production experience, she knows a thing or two about making eye catching videos. She broke up the process to 6 simple steps  – 1) Begin with the end, 2) Decide your budget, 3) Create a plan 4) Capture your story, 5) Finish your story and 6) Distribute your video.

Kepler offers her course online available to everyone. Her services include the entire production process. As for Smokin Gun, videos are only the beginning. Marijuana is the new normal and we’re part of the change. Thank you Glendale for being the home of inspiration.