When I think of Denver I think of two things Denver does well: craft beer and cannabis. Fresh off the plane from Europe, I was eager to experience both of these things while visiting Colorado. My 420 Tours invited me to join them on, what I would say, is the ultimate tour of Denver: Buds & Beers: Grow & Brewery Tour. This Denver ‘weed tour’ was the HIGHlight of my time in the ‘Mile HIGH City.’
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Getting The Party Started
All aboard the 420-Friendly Party Bus, a funky smoking lounge (on wheels) to take you around Denver! Lined with plush, silver seats that wrap limousine-style around the bus; allowing you to easily socialize with everyone and pass a joint around.
The bus really sets the mood for the tour: purple lighting, music playing in the background, joint-rolling trays, and (my favorite touch) snacks and water bottles stocked within an arm’s reach. Total there were 11 of us on the bus along with Nick and Gage, our ‘Cannabis Counselors’ [
I couldn’t resist. Read: knowledgeable tour guides.]
*Pro Tip: You cannot take your pre-purchased cannabis into dispensaries or the grow house, but you CAN bring it on the bus to enjoy en route! There are various pipes and grinders on board for you to use, but bring your lighter and toking supplies.
First Stop: Grow House
Visiting the Universal Herbs growing facility nearly acted as a foreplay for the rest of our 420 experience. Their facility allows you to see the entire growth process from a ‘baby-plant’ all the way up to the harvested nugs. You will get to see and smell the different plants and strains, ask questions, and tour several of their grow rooms.
This portion of the tour is packed with information that will give you a greater sense of appreciation while smoking. They also give you an exclusive list of savings for participating in the tour to use at their dispensary [the next stop.]
*Pro Tip: Most of the dispensaries have their own grow facilities where the grow their product. Different facilities care more or less about the quality or treatments used. All cannabis has to be tested and approved before it is sold to a consumer to ensure safety, but this is why it is valuable to learn about where your weed comes from.
After learning about the cultivation of cannabis, you should be enthusiastic about visiting the dispensaries. Upon arriving at the Universal Herbs dispensary, you will meet with one of their bud-tenders to assist you with your purchase. They are knowledgeable and can match you with a strain that meets your desires and needs. Plus, you will have the option to use those extra savings provided with the tour! (I ended up choosing some Gummies and a pre-rolled joint after chatting with the bud-tender.)
From there you will move on to your second dispensary, The Green Solution. While the first dispensary was smaller and more intimate, this second one feels more like shopping in a HIGH-end store. You will still have your friendly bud-tender, but it has a small novelty shop and large displays to wander. I had more than enough cannabis goods for my weekend in Denver, therefore I only purchased a lip balm and lighter at this second dispensary.
*Pro Tip: The first dispensary was cash only, the second did accept credit/debit card. There was an atm both at the departure location for the tour and in the cash-only dispensary. They allow you to wait on the bus if you don’t want or need to buy anything OR you can join another group who plans to purchase something and tag along to look around.
Ending With: Beer
Of the hundreds of breweries in Denver, it was a fun surprise to end up at Brewability Lab. It is an incredible business model started by a prior special education teacher. The brewery is now an opportunity to employ and provide skills for adults with special needs. Things are done a little different here, but I promise you will like it!
At Brewability we were given beer samples and taken on a tour of the brewery. We were described to the process of brewing in dept and got to smell the hops. I love craft beer, I thought I knew a lot about brewing beer; I still learned a lot of new things on the tour! Trust me, you will want to get a full pint of beer there too.
I am picky about my tours; I like engaging and interactive tours that allow me to learn new things. This is one of the best tours I have ever been on, I had a great time! You can book your own tour at My 420 Tours website, they offer several different types of tours and even 420 friendly accommodation in Denver. Next time I visit, I will be looking into these options further and maybe try the Sushi and Joint rolling class they offer. They are truly pioneers in the field of Cannabis Tours, their passion shows and you are guaranteed to learn something new along the way.
Final Pro Tips:
- Getting There: They ask you to arrive early for the class so plan accordingly. While it is possible to reach the tour departure location from the train on public transportation and walking from the train stop (I did it,) I would recommend using Uber/Lyft. They can be a bit hard to find using GPS, but they send you specific directions with your booking confirmation.
- Identification: You must be over the age of 21 with proper verification. Non-expired driver’s licenses will suffice if they are turned horizontally (vertically turned are not accepted. A valid passport will work for US Citizens. If you are from a different country, you will need to use a passport as identification. Lastly, paper IDs were not accepted for the tour.
- Camera/phone: You are permitted to take photos on the tour. Trust me, you will want to take selfies with endless rows of cannabis plants and smoking a joint on the bus!
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Thank you so much to My 420 Tours, I genuinely enjoyed the experience. Thank you also to Nick and Gage for their passion and knowledge while being our tour guides. All photos and opinions are my own. I would go back to take their tours again in a heartbeat!
Let me know in the comments below if you would ever consider doing a tour like this: