If you follow me on Feasting Fort Collins, then you’ve been in the loop on the brand new Experience Fort Collins podcast that I launched last month. This podcast highlights what people are doing in our community to make Fort Collins an interesting place to live, as well as sharing what people consider the best and worst parts about living in our city, and what someone might consider a bucket list experience right here in our own community.
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In Episode 5 I talk with Alyssa Magee from Natural Alternatives dispensary. We discuss the ins and outs of cannabis in our community since legalization, the difference between rec and med, organics, and trends that she’s been observing since cannabis has been growing deeper roots in Fort Collins. These are the basic show notes of what we talked about, but I certainly encourage you to give the episode a full listen to catch all of the details of our discussion.
I met up with Alyssa at Natural Alternatives, she’s the medical manager at the dispensary. She was lucky enough to get into the industry by answering a Craigslist ad when she was looking for a new job. her customer service experience and professional banking experience, along with her passion for cannabis, landed her the position. She started as a budtender and then moved up to management.
We discuss the differences between med and rec after legalization. She compares it to a pharmacy vs over the counter. On the med side, they provide higher doses of THC and CBD for extra strength relief than what someone might get from the rec side. Taxes are different, as rec is taxed much higher than med.
100mg is the highest dose in an edible that you can get on the rec side, whereas on the med side, you can get 500mg in an edible. They even have tinctures that get into 2,000mg.
We talk about the differences between THC and CBD in the medicinal respect, where she related THC as the “spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.”
The majority of their medical patients are people weaning from opioid addiction.
Legalization on the rec side has actually helped the med side of the cannabis community.
Next we discuss quality. Natural Alternatives is an organic dispensary that has house-grown strains as well as strains brought in. Much like the farming community and organic regulations, cannabis farming is similar in “organic” claims. Alyssa talks about their growing process a bit.
Some quality comparisons (and their price differences) are relatable to Kraft Mac n’ Cheese vs something like a lobster mac and cheese. Or with price variance, it’s like Whole Foods.
Then we touch a bit on the black market changes.
Some of the biggest changes that have happened since legalization are the edibles and concentrates. There are a variety of consumption options. People are having dab rig parties at private corporate events, as well.
Comparisons to flower and concentrates are like beer and hard alcohol. Same thing, just different potencies and effects.
We also talk about being responsible, savvy consumers. And how different people respond to cannabis in different ways. Budtenders help to sort these details out for consumers.
Next up is politics and cannabis, and how the current administration and Jeff Sessions is creating a limbo situation in the cannabis community. Also how things are looking with cannabis in our local government.
Finally, we have the best, worst, and bucket list in Fort Collins questions…
Alyssa loves that Fort Collins is a small town with a lot of culture.
The worst is traffic and our typical population growth challenges.
The bucket list, hiking Horsetooth Reservoir, especially at night to look at the city lights.