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Emerging Marijuana Products

Don’t tell anybody this, but sometimes, I get bored with marijuana. After a while, the same-old-stuff stops getting me high, and when I stare at our selection after my shift is over, I’m always looking for something new. But isn’t that how we all are? Don’t we all get tired with repetitive monotony? That common thread is probably what drives innovation, and in the cannabis industry, it’s no different—since the consumer is always looking for the next new thing, new things keep coming out. However, since marijuana is still federally illegal, cannabis companies can’t advertise like normal businesses, which means that you, the consumers, are usually the last to know when a new marijuana product hits the market.

So, I’m going to fix that with this blog. Frankly, if you’re a long-time reader, you already know that this is the best cannabis blog out there, so what else would you expect? Our site has always been the first place to look for accurate, up-to-date marijuana information, and it’s no different when it comes to emerging products, so let’s dive into the topic:

Green Dot PAX Pods

For the record, a couple of the emerging products I’ll discuss are too new to have found their way into our Durango dispensary, but we already have this first new product, and believe it or not, we were the first dispensary in Colorado to order it. That’s usually something only the fancy shops in downtown Denver can say, so we feel pretty special to be the first given that we’re a small mountain town dispensary, and because the PAX Pods from Green Dot are simply spectacular.

I’ve already told you all there is to know about the PAX Era Vaporizer (click the link for a refresher), but these new pods are the best cartridges you can buy for the PAX Era in my opinion. Each one is filled with 500mg of Live Resin that’s pure and uncut. Green Dot is classifying their Pods by terpene profiles, and the one we have on our shelves right now is reminiscent of melons (but again, it’s the marijuana that makes it taste that way, not melon flavoring). For real, if you have a Pax and you’ve never tried this product, I’m just going to go ahead and say “you’re welcome” right now.

Midnight Drops from 1906

A “drop” is a pill that you swallow, just to set things straight, and much like the first product I told you about, we were the first in the region to add this product to our shelves as well. There are 20 drops in each container of Midnight from 1906, and each delivers 5mg THC and 5mg CBD like many edibles, but these drops contain water-soluble cannabinoids. This is the new trend in cannabis consumables because it means you start to feel the effects within 15 minutes instead of waiting for an hour, which is game-changing.

But more importantly, the 1906 Midnight Drops are infused with corydalis rhizome extract, because these drops are intended to be a sleep aid, and even with my high tolerance for cannabis, one of these things knocks me out for the night. Honestly, if you’re sick of the way melatonin barely helps (and of the habit-forming nature of prescription sleep aids), get in here and try some Midnight.

CRD CBD Vape Oil

This is the first new cannabis product that we don’t carry in our Durango dispensary, and I’ll tell you why, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

“CRD” stands for “crystallization resistant distillate,” and it’s super annoying when people say “CRD Distillate” because that’s redundant, just like saying “ATM machine” or “pin number” (think about it). Anyway, CBD has a crystalline chemical structure, and when you get CBD vape oil with a high concentration (usually over the 70% mark), the oil will start to crystallize if you let it sit for long periods of time, which means you won’t be able to vape it. So, they figured out that if you make CBD oil that contains CBDa (the acid form of the cannabinoid) as well as regular CBD, the acid stops the oil from forming crystals. It’s that simple.

Now, the reason we don’t well this stuff is that we’re a marijuana shop, not a hemp shop, so very few of our CBD products crystallize because there’s also plenty of THC and terpenes mixed in as well (I told you I’d get to it). But if you ever shop at hemp stores for CBD-only products, you’ll need to know this stuff.

Dab Tabs

This particular new product definitely fits the bill for something novel and exciting, but we aren’t yet selling it in our Durango dispensary because there isn’t enough demand for products like these in small-town shops. That being said, if you’d like to try Dab Tabs, come in and tell us. If there are enough of you cannabis adventurers out there, we’ll listen and add Dab Tabs to our shelves because we pride ourselves on being responsive.

Anyway, a “dab tab” is a little, hexagonal piece of ceramic that has been soaked in distillate. All you do is drop the Dab Tab into the banger on your dab rig, heat it up like you would with a cold-start dab, and then the heat releases the distillate from the Dab Tab to give you a hit. Once all the distillate has been smoked out of the Dab Tab, you simply remove the piece of ceramic and throw it away.

I know this probably sounds odd, but the worst thing about dabbing is having to handle all that sticky concentrate. It makes dabbing on the go almost impossible. But with a Dab Tab, you have a measured amount of distillate in a piece of ceramic you can pick up and handle easily with your fingers. Really, this one is pretty ingenious, and if it sounds interesting enough to try, come tell us. We’ll listen.

Ripple Quick Sticks

The only thing wrong with edibles is that they don’t get you high as quickly as smokables (frankly, I don’t consider this to be a problem, but stoners can be impatient). So, as I’ve told you before, they came out with water-soluble THC that acts twice as quickly as old-school, lipid-soluble THC (read all about it HERE). Frankly, I thought that’d be the zenith of fast-acting edibles, but I was wrong because Ripple just came out with their “Quick Sticks,” which combine water-soluble cannabinoid technology with a sublingual delivery mechanism for the quickest edible high ever—thanks to this new level of bioavailability, the onset for this new product is 15 minutes or less, which is insane.

Anyway, the Quick Sticks, which we might have on our shelves by the time you’re done reading this, are wonderful: they’re little packets of flavored powder that you simply dump into your mouth and enjoy. The THC-only version tastes like blueberry pomegranate, the 1:1 THC/CBD version tastes like ginger-berry, and the 40:1 CBD-rich version is mint chocolate flavored.

LR Goo Balls

For the record, this is a relatively new product as well, and it’s one of my new favorite ways to smoke, but you’ll never find LR Goo Balls in any dispensary because they’re too expensive to make and most smokers have no idea what they are, so they wouldn’t sell anyway. Rather, this is a DIY smoking project that you can try at home, and I promise it’ll break up the monotony.

“LR” stands for “live resin,” and a “goo ball” is anything you make at home by combining flower and concentrate. So, simply put, all you need to do is buy a gram of awesome flower and a gram of live resin (but per the LR, make sure it’s a badder or something terp-rich so it mixes well). Then you grind up your flower and mix it with the live resin. Together, the two will form a gooey paste that you can form into a ball and smoke in a pipe, which is one of the only ways you can smoke live resin without a dab rig. Doing this brings together the best of both worlds, flower and concentrate, and you’ll enjoy it because it’s new. I promise.

And that’s it for now! I’ll make sure to keep scouring the market for the newest and greatest innovations in the cannabis market, and if you’d like, you can keep reading these blogs so you can know just as much as I do. Better yet, if you find something new out there, let us know and we’ll investigate it so we can share the good news—until marijuana is legalized federally, we’ll need to keep working together to share information. But either way, you should stop by our dispensary to check out what’s new in person. We’ll always make sure to stock our Durango dispensary with the newest marijuana products available, because We’re Your Best Buds!


Cannabis Etiquette

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Smoking pot is a social thing. It breaks the ice, it forms bonds and friendships, it reminds us that being together is better than being apart. There’s simply something about cannabis culture that’s harmonious and gregarious, peace-loving and friendly, and that’s why I love this plant so much. Think about it: when alcohol comes to mind, so does belligerence and abandon, but when pot comes to mind, you picture calm smiles and companionship. But now that marijuana is becoming more mainstream, our culture is changing. Altria (the company that makes Marlboro cigarettes) just invested billions into cannabis, the companies that make Corona and Heineken are already producing cannabis-infused beer, and new stories of corporate acquisitions in the cannabis industry are popping up daily. Pot is becoming a business as opposed to a pleasant secret.

So, what’s that going to do? Is weed going to morph into a pedestrian thing just like all the other stuff you can buy in a corner store? Is the communal, loving culture that’s synonymous with cannabis going to change into blatant consumerism once weed is grown and sold by the same companies that pedal cigarettes? I don’t know. But I do know that the only way to preserve something wonderful is to talk about it and educate the masses—the only way to keep something communal is to discuss the way it brings us together and how to keep it that way. So, this week, I decided to write about how to smoke with other people in a way that preserves the culture that got us here in the first place. If you heed the following rules, you’ll avoid making a flower faux pas, and when you’re smoking with other people, you’ll come across as an OG who cares what pot is all about…

1.) Bring some if you’re invited. Remember, sharing is caring, and that’s what it’s all about. If a buddy invites you to a smoke session, bring some pot. Your buddy called you to be together, not just to get you high, so keep things equal by contributing.

2.) Pay back if you cannot contribute. If you don’t have anything to contribute to a smoke session, take a mental note, because I guarantee that whoever gets you high will remember it, and if you always show up emptyhanded, the invites will start to dwindle. It’s commonsense: if someone smokes you out, you should smoke him or her out.

3.) Think about the group, not yourself; doing so reinforces the sense of community that makes getting high together so wonderful. There are easy ways to do this:

4.) If you load the bowl, offer the first hit to someone else. The first hit, or the “green” hit, is always the most flavorful, so offering it to someone else is tantamount to offering a gift, and that’s exactly the type of thing that brings people together. Of course, there’s an exception to every rule: if you’re smoking a joint or blunt, and you rolled it, it’s okay to light it yourself and take the first hit (it’s the little reward that comes from taking the time to roll a joint).

5.) If someone offers you the first hit, don’t burn all the green in the bowl. Instead, apply the flame to the side of the bowl and burn only a little of the green so the next person in the circle gets some flavor, too. This is called taking a “hippy hit,” and hippies are all about love, which is important.

6.) Keep passing the pipe or joint to the left. If you’re a regular smoker, what I’m about to tell you will sound obscenely obvious, so please remember that I’m writing this for everyone. When people get together to smoke, they form a circle, and it’s important to pass the pipe to your left. Snoop Dog raps about this regularly, and other songs like “Pass the Dutchie on the Lefthand Side” keep the tradition alive, but there’s a reason for it you might not know. Most people are righthanded, so if you pass to your left, you’re putting the pipe directly into your neighbor’s dominant hand, so it’s easier for them to take the pot. True, if you pass to your right, it’s easier because you don’t have to cross your arm to your left, but remember, it’s not about you. It’s about the group, and it needs to stay that way.

7.) Don’t sober shame. Remember, smoking pot in a social setting is about being inclusive. If someone is standing in your circle, and he or she doesn’t want to smoke, don’t give that individual any crap for his or her choice. He or she belongs in the group just as much as you do because being friendly is more important than getting high. But if you’re that person who prefers to stay sober, take the pipe when it’s handed to you and then pass it along instead of holding up your hands and saying “no.” If you’re standing in a circle, don’t break it.

8.) Keep the pipe or joint moving. Let’s be honest: people are intrinsically self-centered, and we all like to be the center of attention. And when a pipe is handed to you, the entire circle’s attention will shift to you. Some people will revel in the spotlight, and they’ll stand there holding the pipe and start talking because everyone is watching. Don’t be that guy; nobody likes that guy. We’re watching you because you’re holding the pot, not because what you’re saying is so interesting. So, take a damn hit and then pass the pipe because we want it, too! If you can’t tell, this one is my personal pet peeve, and it’s usually everyone else’s as well. Holding the pipe and talking is called “camping” (because you’re making the pot stay in one place), and people will usually drop hints like, “hey, you plan on pitching a tent?” Or, they’ll tell you not to “bogart the pot,” because Humphry Bogart always had an unlit cigarette hanging out of his mouth. Don’t camp, don’t bogart, and we’ll all get along.

9.) Don’t slobber on the pipe. There are all sorts of derogatory and disgusting terms for this that I’m going to omit from this blog, but for the love of all things holy, don’t get your spit all over the pipe; there’s nothing worse than a wet hit. If you’re a fan of using too much Chapstick, or you notice that you slobbered the pipe inadvertently, wipe the mouthpiece discreetly on your shirt before passing the pipe to your left.

10.) Let the circle know if you’re sick. For real, the group’s health is more important than your high. If you’re sick, don’t smoke. Or, better yet, bring your own pipe or joint and let it be well-known as to why you’re not sharing. People will thank you for it, and it’s the kind thing to do, especially since more and more people are smoking now and quite a few of us have healthy kids at home to worry about.

11.) Don’t pass an empty bowl. There’s nothing more disappointing than trying to take a hit and not getting one, so if you take the last hit, announce to the group that the “bowl is cashed.” And if you’re contributing to the circle, go ahead and load a new bowl. In this scenario, it’s okay to take the green hit yourself so you don’t miss out on the rotation, but remember the hippy hit.

12.) Don’t “chaz the banger,” or “crust the nail.” Yeah, I gripe about pot becoming big business, but there are some benefits that stem from all the progression, such as the availability of new-school dabs. And with dabs, there comes a whole new litany of rules, but I’ll just list two of them and leave it at that. For one, when you offer someone else a dab, if you’re using your rig, it’s polite to heat the nail and apply the dab yourself while your friend hits. Doing so stresses the communal feel of getting high together, kind of like lighting someone else’s cigarette. But if you’re using someone else’s rig and dabs, the urge to get as high as possible off someone else’s stuff will kick in, and you might overheat the nail to get it as hot as possible to get a big hit: don’t do this. This move is selfish, which goes against the culture, but worse than that, it’ll “chaz” or “crust” the nail, which could make it break at worst, or make the next dab taste bad at best. Remember, think about other people.

See? There’s more to smoking pot than simply lighting it on fire and breathing in the smoke, and just about all of it has to do with getting along together as a group. It’s the keystone to our culture, and it’s important because if we don’t hang onto tradition, smoking pot could turn into something tawdry like taking a shot of cheap tequila at a dive bar. And this “culture” that I keep talking about is alive and well here in our Durango dispensary; we’ve built our business on it. We offer discounts to veterans and people with Colorado medical cards, because these people need it the most. We use living bugs in our grow to kill the bad bugs because we want to keep things as natural as possible. And we do everything we can to preserve the original, communal essence of the cannabis industry, because We’re Your Best Buds!

Connoisseur Cannabis

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Lately, I’ve noticed a shift. About a year ago, most shoppers would come in and ask for my “cheapest” cannabis, but now, people are requesting the “best.” I know this change is occurring, but I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because people bought from illegal dealers less than half a decade ago, and back then, you got what you got, and price was the only variable. But now that there’s a wide variety of legal cannabis, maybe people are slowly starting to lean towards quality over price. Or maybe it’s because legal cannabis has made it so a new, affluent demographic of shopper is buying weed. Or better yet, maybe the consumer base is being educated by a legal cannabis industry, and they’re starting to figure out that you get what you pay for when it comes to pot, just like you do with everything else. I’m not sure. Either way, the cannabis culture is changing into something that values quality over the “let’s get high off something cheap” paradigm that ruled the world back when pot was sold in plastic bags on street corners.

And I can prove it—if you’re an uber pot-nerd and you’d like to read something proving that trends are changing, you can read a bona fide study HERE that was commissioned by the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division to chart the changes in consumer purchasing trends. It shows exactly how the 302 metric tons (holy crap!) of cannabis that were sold in 2017 were allocated between flower and edibles and concentrates and whatnot. Granted, the study doesn’t delve into why the trends are changing, but it proves that they are.

But if you think about it, the “why” doesn’t really matter, and as an integral part of the legal cannabis community here in Colorado, it’s The Greenery’s job to take note of what consumers want and then provide it; that’s what we do. And this week, I wanted to write a post for all you connoisseurs out there and tell you about three top-end products that we’re selling for people with discerning tastes. Let’s get started…

1.) FSE Cartridges from Green Dot Labs.

Simply put, these are incredible. “FSE” stands for “full-spectrum extract,” which means that anything and everything you’ll find in the plant has made its way into these cartridges. Each of these carts is filled with 500mg of the purest, terpene-rich FSE on the market. Green Dot Labs uses in-house genetics for their carts (meaning they grow custom varietals to make the best concentrates) to provide Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid options. I never recommend this product for newbies because it gets you very high, but if you’re a connoisseur, this cartridge is for you because there honestly isn’t a better one on the planet.

2.) Boutique Flower from The Greenery Grow.

We really do grow the best pot in Durango. I’ve written about it before (for more, click HERE) because we’re so proud of our cultivation facility, but it’s all worth saying twice. We use good bugs to kill the bad bugs instead of using caustic pesticides; we pump CO2 particulates onto the fanleaves to increase photosynthesis; we use light-emitting ceramic bulbs that are better than the sun. We do everything possible to grow the highest-quality cannabis to ever grace this mountain town, so if you’re a connoisseur, it’s pointless to shop elsewhere.

3.) Artisanal Chocolate Truffles from Coda Signature.

Coda’s head chocolatier, Lauren Gockley, is one of the ten best in the nation, and I’m not just talking about chocolatiers who make cannabis edibles. This is one of those rare occasions wherein one of the best names in the culinary world decided to play her hand in the cannabis industry, and we’ve all won as a result. Coda’s chocolate can hold its own right alongside the best confections out there and it gets you high, which is a definite win-win. And the hand-painted truffles from Coda (which come in flavors like tiramisu, earl grey, passion fruit, and burnt caramel) are firmly in the connoisseur lane because they’re made from ethically-sourced chocolate, pure CO2 cannabis oil, and unrivaled artistry.

There you go. If you’re one of the discerning customers out there who values quality over thrift, you really should come into our Durango dispensary—we’re selling the best of the best, because if you’re a connoisseur, We’re Your Best Buds too!