Tips For Getting High ASAP from DIA
By Ben Owens
Whether you’re just getting to Denver for a Colorado weed vacation or leaving the Mile High City for travels elsewhere, you’re in the land of legal cannabis, the “Cradle of Legalization.” So you’ll likely want to enjoy that Rocky Mountain High sooner than later. So what’s the best dispensary near Denver Airport?
If you’ve just landed, you’re likely looking for the first dispensary near Denver Airport (a.k.a. DIA) to grab your goodies and begin elevating your senses. If you’re leaving, you may want to stop at a dispensary near Denver airport DIA to grab any last-minute souvenirs. From motion sickness to jetlag to anxiety, cannabis can offer a sense of relief before, during and after your travels.
Tip #1: There’s Only One Dispensary Near Denver Airport: Native Roots
The closest dispensary to Denver International Airport (DIA) is Native Roots Dispensary Tower on Tower Rd. It’s open until 10PM every day and is only 11 miles from DIA, or a 17-minute drive/12-minute Public Transit ride. If you’re looking for a Denver dispensary a little farther from the airport, try out Seed & Smith, Medicine Man, Lightshade or the Green Solution.
Tip #2: Book 420-Friendly Airport Transportation
There’s always the option of getting an Uber or Lyft, and asking the driver to stop at a dispensary on the way to or from the airport. But you never know how the driver will feel about that extra stop — let alone allowing the passenger to toke up in their vehicle. Luckily, there’s another option — 420-friendly airport transportation.
Here’s how it works. A private luxury vehicle will meet you at the airport, and the first stop will be a dispensary near Denver Airport of your choosing. Once you have your stash, you’re free to light up during the ride. Then, at the end of the trip, it’s the same deal. Get picked up at your hotel or vacation rental, optional final dispensary stop, freedom to puff en route, and dropoff at your airport gate. That’s some “mile high” hospitality.
Tip #3: Get High At The Denver Airport
If you’re arriving in Denver, you’ll need to hit a dispensary near Denver airport first thing (unless you’ve smuggled your own supply). If you’re leaving Denver, you’ll need to consume the last of your stash in the parking garages, unless you’re bringing some on your travels. This advice is not legal advice, but, if you were curious how to get high at the Denver airport, I’ve got a few recommendations that have been personally tested.
Best methods for getting high at the airport:
Edibles: Edibles allow you to eat your cannabis before you travel or cross through security which means that you aren’t doing anything illegal and you can still enjoy your high at DIA and along your journey. These are available at all of the dispensaries near the airport and edibles are among the longest lasting high as well, which a perk for longer flights.
Vapes: By now, our culture has been inundated with the vape pen culture of Juuls and e-cigs, so your cannabis vape likely won’t stand out during screening unless it’s emblazoned with weed stickers. Additionally, vapor isn’t smoke, which means you can easily and discretely take puffs from your device with less risk than typical one-hitters or bowls.
Dabs: Similar to vapes, dabs are vaporized rather than burned, which means the vapor rule still applies. As you can imagine, it’s a bit harder to take a dab at the airport due to privacy and the lack of a torch. Private restrooms are a great option and electronic dab rigs or add-ons for your rig can be a huge asset. Don’t forget a GroovTube Mini for the smell.
Flower: Consider flower a no-go for any covert indoor consumption, especially a heavily-patrolled, heavily-regulated setting like an airport. It smells, there’s ashes, dirty residue, and you need fragile, bulky glassware like the pipes you can find right here. If you’re traveling with bud, that’s your business, but if you’re planning on getting high at the airport, don’t plan on doing it off dried flower.
Tip #4: Keep It Legal
It’s important to mention that cannabis still remains illegal on the federal level, which means that federally regulated locations (like national parks and airports) are still subject to federal rules. In other words, it is still illegal to fly or travel with cannabis across state lines (technically, it is illegal to fly in a federally regulated airspace with cannabis, even if you’re flying from Denver to Boulder).
“[DIA] has a policy that marijuana consumption and possessing marijuana is not allowed here on airport property,” Emily Williams of Denver International Airport said. “It is federally illegal to transport marijuana in a plane. So, you’re coming out here to the airport, you’re flying in, you’re flying out, there’s really no reason for you to have it here at the airport.” DIA has policies explicitly prohibiting cannabis possession but that hasn’t stopped a surge of cannabis seizures at security.
That being said, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has explicitly said that they are not looking for cannabis specifically, but if it turns up in their search, they will hand the matter over to local law enforcement. Denver Police Officers often destroy the products and explain rules to violators, rather than issuing tickets or making arrests. They aren’t condoning it, just focusing on “bigger fish” than your edibles or vapes. Airports like LAX have gone so far as to explicitly allow passengers to travel with up to an ounce of cannabis, which makes enjoying your product during your travels much easier.
Tip #5: Tour the Seed & Smith Dispensary near Denver Airport
If you have a little extra time on your way to or from the airport, a stop at Seed & Smith is highly recommended. If you’re headed west into central Denver via I-70, then Seed & Smith is just a small detour on the way.
The amazing thing about Seed & Smith is that it has a full-on “visitors center” where guests can tour the dispensary’s adjacent grow facility and extraction lab. You can peer through glass as a tour guide explains their cultivation and extraction techniques. Designed for travelers and tourists, it’s the ultimate “first stop” or “last stop” en route to the Denver Airport (or even a fun excursion for a 3 – 5 hour layover)
Dispensaries Near Denver Airport: The Final Hit
Consuming cannabis in public is still illegal in Colorado, and it’s illegal to smoke anything combustible indoors in most places. Traveling with cannabis is still illegal as well. So, if you have the opportunity to visit a dispensary near Denver Airport, make sure to make an effort to enjoy your cannabis legally to avoid complications with the newly legal industry.
And, if you choose to take the risk on flying high, try to be as discreet as possible, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!