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Helping Hands Herbals Dispensary in Boulder Colorado

Helping Hands Herbals is one of the leading dispensaries in Boulder, Colorado. We’re located in the heart of downtown Boulder, on the west end of Pearl St. We specialize in all naturally grown in soil marijuana. We also sell our Colorado Seed Inc. marijuana seeds at our recreational shop.
Whether you are a medical cannabis patient or a recreational user, Helping Hands provides an extensive menu that includes over 65 strains, an amazing selection of edibles and a wide variety of marijuana concentrates including shatter, wax, sugar wax, live resin, caviar, and solvent-less hashes. Even better, many of our concentrates are made with our own naturally-grown cannabis.
The key to our success is our “customer first” approach: ensuring you have access to high-quality, affordable cannabis while providing outstanding customer service.
We have a deep reservoir of both unique and popular genetics, allowing us to create strains that you’ll only find at our shop, including the potent Gupta Kush, the sweet Pranayama Kush, and the crystal-covered hybrid Silverback, while also producing delicious favorites like Flo, Golden Goat, Blue Dream and Island Sweet Skunk.
Our medical shop offers our patients great dispensary deals every day of the week, ensuring they can try and explore something new every day while saving some cash. Our deals include Medible Monday that saves you 20% off infused edibles, Topical Tuesday allows you 10% off on all of our topical/tincture products, Hash Wednesday is an amazing day to grab $5 off our wide selection of shatter, wax, live resin and vape pen cartridges. On the weekends enjoy Hawaiian Thursday, Indica Friday, and Sativa Saturday for potent strains with our amazing low sale pricing! The fun doesn’t stop there! We offer a late night happy hour that includes our Monday-Wednesday deals for our medical patients EVERYDAY from 7pm until we close!
We love what we do, and ensure every customer is treated with kindness and respect, We especially welcome those who are new to marijuana and wish to learn more about their options in a cool, welcoming and inclusive environment.
We’re also lots of fun and aren’t shy to promote the fact that we’ve been ranked Best Dispensary in Boulder for 2013 and 2014! And now that we have opened up our Recreational Dispensary we’re thrilled to be welcoming marijuana enthusiasts and curiosity seekers from around the world!
See you soon!

Lafayette’s Centennial Seed produces marijuana seeds, not weed

Ben Holmes, owner of Centennial Seed Company in Lafayette, fertilizes marijuana plants from Russia, which he has grown from seed. The company supplies medical marijuana seeds to both wholesale growers and through direct sales on its website.

Ben Holmes, owner of Centennial Seed Company in Lafayette, prepares agricultural fertilizer for his marijuana plants. He's had success using this more economical approach rather than the expensive hydroponic methods used by traditional marijuana growers.

A marijuana-grow operation, tucked into an industrial area in south Lafayette, produces an unusual product: seed, not weed.

Centennial Seed Company grew out of the difficulties Ben Holmes had obtaining high-quality marijuana seeds when he first started growing his own marijuana.

Holmes, 46, of Boulder, sought out a marijuana recommendation to help with his gout. (Today, with marijuana and other lifestyle changes, he said he lives nearly symptom-free.)

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It was the dark ages of medical marijuana, before there was a dispensary on every corner, and like just about anyone else buying seed, he ordered from European companies that advertised in the back of magazines.

Growing up, Holmes said he was a “science geek,” but after college, he found himself on Wall Street. He made some money and moved to Boulder, where he also has a data service business.

Growing marijuana gave his inner scientist a laboratory in which to experiment. But the early attempts were less than satisfactory, he said.

The black-market seeds had poor germination rates, and sometimes the strains were not as advertised. Plus, many home growers use clones — new plants started from a cutting of an old plant.

Holmes is not a fan, to put it mildly.

“They have been through a major lifecycle disruption,” he said. “They’ve been starved. They’ve been stressed. It slows them down and they never fully recover.”

Through trial and error and the resources of an open-source online community of growers, Holmes learned how to obtain good seed and grow good plants.

Holmes saw an opportunity after the growth in the medical marijuana industry, starting in 2009.

“You have a new industry, based on plants,” he said. “And now we have a maturing industry and that’s where the seed becomes more important.”

Holmes obtained a seed license from the Colorado Department of Agriculture — the same as the license held by corn or carrot-seed producers — and expanded his experimentation.

He formally launched Centennial Seed Company in October 2009. His business partner is Samantha Sandt, 23, a 2009 University of Colorado graduate from the Leeds School of Business.

Sandt was an intern in Holmes’ other business while in school, and she got sucked into Holmes’ research.

“I was like, ‘Why am I doing this? What’s a female seed?’” said Sandt, who said she went into business school hoping to become an entrepreneur but never guessing she’d work with medical marijuana.

The offices of Centennial Seed Company have plants growing in tiny rooms, where seedlings push through the soil or clones (yes, Holmes has some of them) and put down new roots in a large warehouse — where female plants tower more than six feet high.

In an area separated by a hoop house, Holmes shows off male plants grown from seeds gathered by a trekker at the base of Annapurna in Nepal.

“This has never been grown in the United States,” he said. “This is an heirloom plant. That’s what’s missing from our stock here. Everything is based on Dutch genetics and Canadian genetics.”

Holmes is crossing the male plants from the Nepali seed with known female varieties to develop new strains.

All the smokeable herb is destroyed in the seed-extraction process, and the leaf is less potent than marijuana grown for consumption. Allowing the plants to reproduce means the THC is much less concentrated.

Holmes is working on other innovations. He’s growing his plants with regular agricultural fertilizers, instead of the expensive, specialized additives. He wants seeds that the average home gardener can use with ease.

While Holmes plays with the plants, Sandt handles the business side. She put more than 20,000 miles on her car in six months, as she visited conventions and trade shows and pitched the seeds to dispensaries — the only retail outlet where the seeds can be found.

Sandt would love to get Centennial’s seed packets into Colorado hydroponics stores, but there are legal barriers.

The state’s medical marijuana regulations make it difficult for Centennial to sell directly to customers. Just this month, they finally launched a shopping cart feature on their website after developing a way to verify medical marijuana license numbers against the shipping address.

And of course, the company can’t use U.S. mail and can’t ship out of state.

The barriers don’t dampen Holmes’ passion for the plants or his sense of optimism. He has obtained licenses in Hawaii, Arizona and California, in anticipation of one day being able to sell seed there.

“It seems stupid to be taking money and sending it out of the country, when we could be having an industry here,” he said. “If it were any other plant, we’d already be there.”