Cannabis Dispensary Review: Kompo

Finding a fabulous cannabis dispensary is always a titillating experience, Kompo in Taylor has the best medical cannabis in the area.

I am beginning to like the little town where we live, but I was having issues finding affordable cannabis. Eventually, I looked hard enough to find Kompo. A little laid back spot located right on the outskirts of Taylor, Arizona.  Here’s the lowdown on everything that you’ll need to know before you visit.

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Get There, Check In

First and foremost, the road is a bit bumpy. My Jetta made it, but if you’re delicate about your suspension or whatever then be sure to take a different vehicle. Also, when I put the address in Google Maps it brought me to a nearby house. There is ample parking out front once you get there. For your first visit, you need your Arizona ID or Driver’s License and AZMMJ card. There is a window at the front where you put them through and you’ll sign a few forms. The whole process is quick and easy, you’ll be in the doors in minutes.

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Budtender Experience

Once through those doors prepare to be pleased. They have around 15 strains at any given time. The two counters each have a few displays to smell and look at before purchasing. Prices are pretty legit for the quality of buds, $45+tax for an eighth. Budtenders are knowledgeable and kind. I’ve been helped by everyone now and I have enjoyed each person I meet there. They also have a wide variety of CBD only pet and human products, edibles of almost all kinds, glass, and even some vapes.

Flower Power

At the moment Kompo is working with the city to get their own grow operation started. Until then, they have built up some valuable connections in the state. Their wholesale guy needs a pat on the back because everything that I’ve bought there has been long lasting and effective. Be sure to talk to your budtender while picking out flowers, it is the best way to get the right strain for you. Don’t be shy! That’s why they’re there.

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What is your favorite dispensary in Arizona? Do you want me to get the skinny on somewhere for you? Tell me in the comments!

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Cannabiotix Blueberry from Essence Dispensary

It has been so long since I wrote a strain review which is sad because they’re cowbae’s favorite thing that I write. Since a strain name means very little to the increasingly scientifically minded individuals that are in the field I decided to take my focus to terpenes. And you know what, it’s been ages since I wrote one of those for you guys either. That is because I’ve been working really hard with a core team creating the very first print magazine focused on testing and extraction laboratories Terpenes and Testing.

Luckily after the newly legalized states entered the ring of recreational cannabis my access to my medicine and to the name of the grower has become simple as growers across the nation brand their buds. On our somewhat recent 20-hour drive home from a week long trip to Lake Tahoe I had an elbow the size of a grapefruit throbbing from slapping the ice when I slipped like I was in a slapstick comedy. Going up and down through altitudes was killing me and when we hit Vegas, a state where I could use my AZ medical card, I knew we had to stop in at Essence Dispensary. We went to the Henderson location but you can find three different locations that serve up the same amazing product and selection.

When I saw Cannabiotix Blueberry on the menu I had to have it. First of all, I know from my days in San Francisco that Blueberry had a high CBD content so I knew it would work wonders on my elbow. Secondly, the aroma, bud structure, and even appearance are just perfection. Blueberry will generally have a musky but sweet aroma that I have personally only smelled with this strain and the flavor matches. Buds usually grow in a small, ball-like bud structure in purple-blue hues.

Ideal Strain For: Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, MS, and Any Painful Disease, Anxiety, Stress, & general unwinding. 

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Myrcene (β-myrcene) Terpene Profile

Commonly found in: Lemon Grass, Basil, Hops, Mangoes, Thyme, and Bay Laurel Leaves

Cannabis strains: White Widow, Skunk #1, El Nino, Himalyan Gold, and Pure Kush

Scent: Fruity, earthy, clove-like

Formula: C10H16

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What Does Myrcene Do?

This is a monoterpene which means that it is the ground zero for the manufacturing of other terpenes. It is found that cannabis strains with more than 0.05% Myrcene have more sedative, couch locking effects while those that fall below that percentage have a more psychoactive reputation. Myrcene actually influences an endogenous opiod system in the body which is thought to be why it can create such valued pain relieving, heavy effects.

Myrcene is one of the most researched terpenes and separate studies have concluded anti inflammatory and in high doses anti-insomnia effects. It also helps other cannabinoids pass through the blood brain barrier which maximizes the effects of whatever marijuana strain we chose that day. The last super cool thing that myrcene can do is maximize the saturation level of the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptor.

Analgesic: Relieves pain.

Antibacterial: Slows bacterial growth.

Anti-Diabetic: Helps mitigate the effects of diabetes.

Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation systemically.

Anti-Insomnia: Aids with sleep.

Anti-Proliferative/Anti-Mutagenic: Inhibits cell mutation, including cancer cells.

Antipsychotic: Tranquilizing effects relieve symptoms of psychosis.

Antispasmodic: Suppresses muscle spasms.

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Arizona Dispensary Spotlight: TrueMed in Phoenix

When I was working at High Mountain Health in Flagstaff, Arizona I learned that all of the marijuana grown under the state program and sold in state dispensaries comes from a state licensed dispensary. My most exciting days were when a new strains would arrive from TruMed, because dispensaries are able to trade strains with one another. But you know who doesn’t use strains from anywhere but their own grow? TruMed. These people seriously know how to grow quality cannabis, which is probably why they’ve been voted Best Dispensary in Arizona. I’ve broken down the experience here for you guys so there won’t be any surprises when you go check out this must see Arizona marijuana dispensary.

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Arrival & Check-In

There is a parking lot with adequate space and an outdoor security guard there to check our cards as well as (I’m assuming) keep an eye on the cars. The waiting room is designed with utilitarian furniture and a big TV displaying various YouTube videos that patients can watch during what I’m going to say is an expected wait time. That isn’t to the fault of budtenders or staff, it’s because of the utter amount of patients that only come her for meds. Be sure to have an Arizona State ID and your green AZMMJ card handy when you walk in for the first time, you’ll hand those over and then fill out 1-3 pages of signatures and initials before sitting to wait for your turn for a consultation.

Consultation & Sales

There is a bit of roaming involved in the sales at TruMed, that’s because the edibles, flower, and vape products are located at separate counters for patient viewing. I spent most of my time at the flower counter because I’m a pretty know-it-all patient that cuts through the chatter to get that heavy Indica flower… I’m probably a least favorite type of patient in the medical world. For this reason I can only really comment on the flower arrangement at the dispensary but I can say that they were well stocked in every type of item that a patient might need.

My salesperson, whose name I asked for three separate times and forgot three separate times like I ALWAYS do, was a phenomenal guy with lots of knowledge about the plant, the industry, and the way that things run at TruMed. I felt super safe and in good hands while dealing with the sales and consultation portion of my visit to the premier dispensary in the Valley.

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Bud Quality & Products

Aroma and sparkling crystals are both abundant with the top buds for sale over at TruMed. I settled on Skywalker and Holy Grail Kush for my medicine that day and had very few regrets on the matter. Both were abundantly flavorful with long lasting, heavy effects that were representative of master genetics in each strain. Buds were sticky, well cured, and some of the best I’ve seen in Arizona to date. The nugs in the display jar are larger than those in the pre-weighed bags but I only got an eighth so it makes sense.

 

All photos taken from trumedaz.com.

Alpha Bisabolol Terpene Profile

Commonly found in: German chamomile flower, candeia tree

Cannabis strains: Gorilla Glue, NYC Diesel, Master Kush, Pink Kush, Rockstar, Oracle

Formula: C15H26O

I always make my own tea blends using loose herbs and chamomile is pretty much in every single one. After doing some terp research I’ve found that nearly 50% of German chamomile is made up of bisabolol, a floral but pungent terpene. The beauty industry has been using bisabolol in serums for decades since it’s known to have various skin healing effects.  

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What Does Bisabolol Do?

There have been a couple of studies done on the effects of bisabolol with pretty valuable results. Studies in both Brazil and Korea have shown bisabolol to have anti-inflammatory effects in mice. This is because bisabolol reduces the production of cytokine, a main contributor to inflammation. Aside from this medical studies have also shown that this terpene actively helps with Leukemia and kidney function. Taken orally it can even have a positive effect on the subtropic parasitic disease leishmaniasis. Bisabolol has been used by the beauty industry for quite a long time because it is a proven skin conditioning agent. As a topical it is also great antibacterial for healing wounds.

How to Identify Bisabolol

Obviously if you can identify the smell of chamomile then this will help you to identify bisabolol in strains. If you’re not magic then whenever you smell an earthy tone that is masked with floral, herby aromas then it is possible the strain is rich in bisabolol. Generally for me this aroma will have a musky spice to it, one that is almost anesthetically pungent deep in the nasal cavity.

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Dispensary Spotlight on Herbal Wellness Center Inc.

Having an Arizona Medical Marijuana card grants us access to so many amazing dispensaries all around this mystical state. Something that not a lot of people do is give in depth review of the dispensary experience. As a consultant at 4 different dispensaries across 2 states I consider myself an expert in the retail cannabis industry. For this reason I decided it’s time to add a new feature to the blog. Spotlighting dispensaries will help to make the more nervous or newer patient the confidence to walk into a brand new dispensary. Traveling to different ones is a great idea because we will see different strains, products and receive various types of care from our bud tender. Finding our own home base is necessary and can only be truly accomplished after visiting a couple of dispensary options.

Herbal Wellness Center has two dispensaries, one in Chandler and one in Phoenix. This is a review of the Phoenix location.

Arrival & Check-In

The place is right off of the 10 and has tons of parking behind the building and even a little in front, don’t worry about having to search for these amenities. Walk in the front door to a bright, comfortable lobby with a hip, funny video playing that features different strains and information. The person behind the glass will ask for your Arizona State issued ID and instruct you to fill out the sheet of paperwork. After turning the sheet in it’s really only a couple of minutes to get back unless there is a huge line of people before you. A bud tender will come out and introduce themselves before taking you back to the sales floor and a private counter.

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Consultation & Sales

All of the bud tenders seem to have travelled from different areas in the US, my consultant was named Cain (if I spelled that wrong I’m sorry!) and he was absolutely the best. They have clearly labelled prices on the walls, jars featured for smelling and viewing and a super knowledgable staff that doesn’t rush and knows their stuff.

I was looking pretty specifically for a pre-roll and maybe an edible, but Cain let me know that first time patients get BOGO eighths but only on their first visit. Ok, I thought, I’ll check out the flower and see if it’s even worth it. Turns out it definitely was. I prefer Indica strains, they quell my anxiety and pain like a champ. He showed me their private reserve strain Snake Eyes and my California soul led me straight to their 818 OG. Long story short I grabbed a quad instead of a rollie, which in my opinion is proof enough for their prowess.

Bud Quality & Products

On this visit I didn’t get a chance to check out their edibles but I did see a large display of edibles in the fridge as well as the counters. If I’m able to make it back out there I’ll be able post an update. Until then this is about their flower quality, my favorite form of cannabis.

snake-eyes-1-copySnake Eyes is on the private reserve shelf so I’d assume that they would want to show it off first, and they have good reason. The bud structure is almost sharp & flame like and the appearance is so trichome heavy that my phone camera could capture the individual little milky trichs. Take a big whiff and indulge in the complex aromas of rich cocoa complimented by an almost jasmine chamomile scent. The smell alone is alluring and comforting all in one inhale. Effects are not completely down, the mind perks a bit as the strain begins to make the rounds to the cannabinoid receptors. Feel softness in the hands as pain releases throughout the body.

As for my free strain, 818 OG delivers that ever so familiar knock you out Indica effects of 818og3 copy.jpgmany OG strains from that (818/LA) region. Buds are chunky and dense and feature a combination of deep greens and dark purples with the usual light brown pistils throughout. The aroma is a musky citrus bergamot that resonates so thickly through the senses. Taste matches the smell and the effect is just what you’d expect, heavy heavy Indica. I found myself taking naps when usually I cannot sleep at all during the day. Mellow moods free from all anxieties, that’s the essence of 818 OG.

 

Both of these strains are top quality and don’t match the usual disappointment that AZ dispensaries sometimes give. This dispensary is a must visit and their menu is worth trying out!

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) Cannabinoid Profile

Formula: C19H26O2

CBD Strains: Durban Poison, Girl Scout Cookies, Tangie, Pie Face OG, Hawaiian Dutch

THCv is a cousin of sorts to THC but with a couple of extra carbons added onto the molecule. And although the psychoactive components of this compound are not fully researched many cannabis connoisseurs search out this cannabinoid in hopes of it’s coveted believed effects. Plants that are high in THCv usually derive from China, IndiaNepal, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as southern and western Africa. The strain that almost always shows high amounts of THCv and even tested with 1% THCv at the 2014 Seattle High Times Cannabis Cup is Durban Poison from South Africa.

Although this cannabinoid effect the same CB1 and CB2 receptors it also seems to have an adverse effect on some receptors and suppresses our appetite. THCv is also the cannabinoid responsible for somewhat psychedelic effects of cannabis and can be highly psychoactive. The mind remains crisp and clear with THCv strains which is just one of the many reasons that these strains are so highly coveted. Other studies show that this cannabinoid can stimulate bone growth, reduce panic attacks and help with Alzeihmer’s. It is also possible that THCv may help with diabetes.

Benefits:

  • Psychoactive
  • Energetic
  • Stimulate bone growth
  • Help with diabetes
  • Dulls the appetite
  • Curb emotions and Suppress anxiety attacks
  • Help with Alzheimer’s
  • Reduce Parkinson’s associated tremors

 

Cover photo sourced from Whaxy.com

 

Limonene Terpene Profile

Commonly Found In: Lemon, Lime & all Citrus Fruit peels and pulp

Cannabis Strains: Berry White, Jack Herer, Super Lemon Haze, OG Kush, SFV OG, Durban Poison

Formula: C10H16

Most commonly limonene can be found in lemony strains but it is also a prominent terpene in some musky, earthy strains as well. It is often marketed as a fat burner despite the fact that it has very little fat burning effects. Instead it is a very powerful anti-cancer, anti-fungal and even transportation and absorption inhibitor. Limonene is found in many strains of cannabis, most of which are sativa and can be easily purchased by getting a lemon essential oil. It can also be found in a lot of foods and chewing gums for it’s bright flavor.

 

What Does Limonene Do?

Often skin creams and salves use limonene as a key ingredient to help the creams absorb better into the pores. High amounts of limonene in tumors has shown to prohibit tumor growth so cancer patients are often instructed to take drops of limonene orally in 20 day cycles. This is why it’s said to slow the growth of cancer and for cancer prevention. Anti fungal and anti bacterial properties make limonene a beneficial ingredient in home cleaners and beauty products along with a viable treatment for bronchitis. It’s ability to help absorption in the mucous membranes also helps out in treating bronchitis. Limonene can relieve heartburn and gastric reflux by aiding the absorption abilities of the digestive tract. In cannabis limonene is often known for it’s mood elevating and stress relieving abilities which is one of the reasons it is often associated with sativa strains.

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How to Identify Limonene

In cannabis strains limonene is easily identified by the bright citrus aromas that it gives off. Oftentimes limonene heavy strains will also features light green buds and leaves. Also find limonene strains by their uplifting effects.

 

 

Pot-O-Coffee Hemp CBD Coffee Pod Review

When I saw this cannabis coffee company on Instagram I had to reach out to them in hopes of trying my own brew. The brand is bright, fresh and seems to value safe dosing which is a trait in the industry that I really appreciate. On the other hand, K-Cups are one of the leading contributions to landfills and are kind of killing the planet. For that reason I was glad they included a loose tea that can cut back on the environmental waste a teensy bit since I use a metal tea ball. I’ll post that review in the coming weeks.

That being said, I popped over to the future mother-in-laws place to try this little pod out in their Keurig coffee maker so I could understand what CBD coffee really was. Cowbae and I are kind of coffee snobs. He makes his morning java in a stovetop Italian espresso machine and I use a french press, so as far as the flavor of coffee goes it’s not an artisanal brew. But don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t suck. It reminds me a lot of Folger’s if you made it in a Keurig, nothing to write home about but definitely does the job. I made the largest cup possible, so that might have something to do with it. The real shining moment for this product is the mind blowing effects.

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As I drank the cup and watched Cowbae cook some lunch the music became a part of my energy, I could feel the sounds moving through me and just bobbed my head along with out thinking about it. That’s when I knew that the CBD kicked in. All of my anxiety had melted away but I was still alert and certainly awake. There was absolutely no jittery feeling that I usually get from my afternoon coffee, just mellow but vibrantly awake. As for Potocoffee3my inflammation, it melted right away as it usually does with this magical cannabinoid in my system. I have been isolating and opening up my upper back and shoulders for a couple of months now and it’s been a sore, painful experience. But a few sips in absolutely all of the sore, yucky gunk had completely dissipated and I was left ooey gooey. These effects almost make the environmental impact disappear, almost.

 

All in all, I loved this amazing combination of caffeine and CBD but I cannot wait until there are fresh grounds available outside of the K-Cup option. Also thank you to Pot-O-Coffee for the samples, absolutely brilliant job.

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Cannabidiol (CBD) Cannabinoid Profile

Formula: C21H30O2

CBD Strains: Harlequin, ACDC, Shark Shock, Cannatonic, Harle-Tsu

Of the over 113 cannabinoids found in the wonderful plant, Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most important. That’s because this is phytocannabinoid makes up about 40% of the plant, is being used to cure children of epilepsy and even lubes up the endocannabinoid system; making all of the other cannabinoids (THC, THCv, CBN, etc.) get where they’re going more efficiently. That means that CBD tinctures or strains are great for making us get even more medicated from the cannabis we smoke or ingest.

Everyone could benefit from CBD, even our pets. Seriously, if you have a pet that is anxious or perhaps arthritic or just really, really old they will have a much more fulfilling life with regular CBD tinctures added onto their food or cooked into some treats. Similarly, since there is absolutely no “high” effect form pure CBD it is a fantastic option for anyone who can’t alter their minds at all.

There are strains, usually cannabis ruderalis, that have very high CBD content and low THC. That means we can smoke CBD extracts and flowers, but the most popular and effective way to supplement the endocannabinoid system is with daily CBD tinctures.

Benefits:

  • Reduces seizures caused by epilepsy
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Inhibits growth of Cancer cells
  • Suppress muscle spasms and relieve pain
  • Combats psychosis
  • Reduce nausea and vomiting

 

 

Image is from Leafscience.com