Colorado (along with Washington) was the first state in the nation to legalize recreational cannabis, so is it any wonder that the Centennial State is home to some of the country’s most revered cannabis brands?
Some of the top cannabis manufacturers, cultivators, and startups call Colorado home, and the Denver area specifically has become the Silicon Valley of weed. Whether you’re looking for hot brands to enjoy for personal use or industry partners to bolster your canna business, get to know just a few of the top Colorado cannabis companies.
1. Veritas Fine Cannabis
This Denver-based brand boasts the distinction of being America’s first recreational cannabis wholesaler, and they’re still an industry leader thanks to the world-class products that they produce. Industry reviews have even described Veritas cannabis as “the most trusted and reliable brand in the state.”
If you’ve smoked weed in Colorado over the past decade, you’ve probably enjoyed Veritas cannabis. Thanks to their super-popular white labeling services, their industry-leading bud has made its way into hundreds of dispensaries statewide—under a variety of brand names and labels. In short, Veritas has been keeping Colorado high since 2014, and they have no plans of slowing down. They even partnered with Major League Baseball for a one-of-a-kind All-Star Joint Pack when the All-Star Game was held in Denver.
2. Lowtemp Industries
Lowtemp Industries is another proud Denver original. As the makers of the first DIY rosin kits, they have played a major role in the growth of the solventless concentrate market. Their innovations include all-in-one rosin presses as well as hash-washing equipment, making it easier than ever before for processors to produce premium-grade rosin, live rosin, and bubble hash at scale. That’s why Lowtemp has become a household name in extraction circles.
In addition, the quality of their parts and labor sets them apart in the cannabis industry. Not only is their equipment made and assembled in America, but even the metals they use are certified alloys from American metal sources.
Flowhub is the nation’s leading cannabis point-of-sale solution, responsible for processing over $1 billion in cannabis sales every year—and it’s based in Denver, Colorado.
The POS platform is a mainstay of recreational and medical dispensaries nationwide, and the solution also allows vendors to manage their inventory, analyze business intelligence data, and remain in compliance with track-and-trace and other applicable state laws. No other solution is as versatile and streamlined for cannabis retail operations.
4. 710 Labs
Though they come from humble beginnings in Boulder, 710 Labs is a top-rated cannabis brand in both Colorado and California. They’ve won numerous awards for their clean, flavorful cannabis products (which they meticulously cultivate themselves), and their product line is as versatile as it gets.
While they’re well-known for their concentrates like live resin, rosin, sauce, sugar, and badder, they also offer an impressive line-up of homegrown flowers, topicals, and edibles. Their signature line of state-of-the-art vape pods is also wildly popular. They’ve been in the game since 2010, and they continue to raise the bar even as new brands try to cut into their market share.
5. Wana Brands
Wana Brands might look like just another cannabis gummy brand on the surface—but they’re anything but. This Colorado innovator has made its way onto several best-of lists over the past couple of years thanks to the unique technologies that define their manufacturing. Not only are their gummies vegan (opting for pectin as a substitute for gelatin), but they’re fast-acting.
Most cannabis edibles take an hour or longer to take effect. They have to make their way through the digestive tract, get metabolized by the liver, and finally enter the bloodstream so that the THC metabolites can do their thing. But Wana Brands’ terpene-enhanced, melt-proof gummies take effect in as little as 5 minutes—with a 2- to the 4-hour duration of effects. The secret is their nanotechnology, which allows the body to absorb THC much faster.
6. Green Dot Labs
Green Dot Labs is Colorado’s oldest cannabis cultivation and extraction brand, known for its award-winning Black Label live resin and flower line and its Blue Label live rosin line. They boast the purest marijuana in Colorado, all connoisseur-grade and terpene-rich.
But while their concentrates have won them numerous accolades, their signature strains are what truly set them apart. They have innovated more than 150 rare and unique strains, including Candy Cake, Sticky Grapes, and Rapture, all of which are best sellers in Colorado. Perhaps most impressive of all, Green Dot is a family-owned and operated business started by a husband-and-wife team in 2014. If you live out of state, you’ll have to come to Colorado to try these strains for yourself, as GDL products are sold exclusively in the Centennial State.
7. Native Roots
Last, but certainly not least, there’s Colorado’s premier cannabis retailer. With 20 locations all across the state, Native Roots is the largest dispensary chain in Colorado. It’s also the only U.S. dispensary to be awarded permits in Manitoba, Canada.
They’re not just a retail sales provider, though. They’re a full-fledged cultivation leader in the state. Since 2015, the company has produced over 90,000 pounds of flour, 8 million grams of concentrate, and 3 million pre-rolls—with service to over 4 million customers. And they don’t offer garden-variety cannabis, either. Their state-of-the-art 173,000 sq. ft. cultivation facility is home to some of the state’s most skilled growers, extraction techs, and processing equipment. And the quality of the product is a reflection of this investment.
Colorado Is a Cannabis Leader
There are plenty of other trailblazing Colorado brands that we could highlight, including Wurk, Seed Technology, Soiku Bano…the list goes on. Whether you’re in the business or just in the mood for weed, Colorado is a great place to find award-winning canna brands that speak to your needs.
And if you can’t find a brand that offers what you’re looking for, start it! There’s no better place in the country to be a part of this “budding” industry.
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