Today is that special day where we should all watch The Big Lebowski with no one besides Toaster McStrudels to keep us company—but wait—something is missing. How could you forget the weed on such a sacred holiday? Luckily you have glaucoma and a medical card and there are two Downtown dispensaries for you to visit to make up for your blasphemous inaction.
Blum by Terra Tech
Downtown’s newest dispensary, located on 1921 Western Ave., is celebrating its grand opening today. Blum is originally from Oakland, California and is one of the oldest dispensaries in the state. CEO Derek Peterson brought in the expertise to help train the Vegas staff.
Terra Tech is opening three other Blum dispensaries around Nevada with two cultivation centers coming next year, one in Las Vegas and one in Reno.
Along with experience, Terra Tech makes their own products including high-quality branded products called IVXX, which is sold as flower, concentrates and custom pre-rolled joints.
“When you have the ability to do your own cultivation and your own extractions, you know what’s going into the product and what’s coming out, there is a lot less brand risk,” Peterson says. He believes focused branding is the next stage in the industry.
Blum carries around 12 to 15 strains at time. Peterson is most excited about convenience products, such as pre-filled cartridges and pre-rolled joints, and edible products.
“It’s almost like everything that exists in the food world is being adapted to cannabis products.”
Blum is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon.- Wed., 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Thur.- Sat, and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sun.
Oasis Medical Cannabis
Located on 1800 S. Industrial Rd., Oasis opened in December and despite being a destination location, people enjoy the experience they get at the unconventional dispensary according to the dispensary’s media coordinator, Nick Milosevic. Different buds are lit up in a small display case on the wall with a plaque next to it explaining what the strain is and its benefits.
Unlike other dispensaries, Oasis carries around 20 to 25 strains at a time. New science on terpenes, which are compounds that give cannabis its smells and flavors, helps the Oasis staff customize treatment based on the patients’ specific needs. Over 200,000 terpens are found in nature and 200 of those have been identified in cannabis. For example, the terpene Pinene, found in the pine needle and in some cannabis strains, can help act as an anti-inflammatory and help with focus.
Oasis also sells a variety of concentrates, edibles and accessories.
“With our edibles, we are 100 percent organic—no butane; it’s all oxygen-extracted. We have some rare strains that are high in CBD,” says Milosevic. CBD creates the benefits of cannabis without the head change, which is why it is also known as Hippie’s’ Disappointment.
Oasis will eventually have a cultivation center which is currently in the construction phase.
They also have a free community room that they use for special events. They allow anyone to use the space for free.
“If you need a place to grow your organization, to do your service for the community … here is our facility. We don’t charge for that, ” Milosevic says.
Oasis is open 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Sun.