Cannabis Dispensary Review: Kompo

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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.



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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Blackberry Kush

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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Thin Mint from @cara_juana

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


Arizona Dispensary Spotlight: TrueMed in Phoenix

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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.


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.


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.


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Dispensary Spotlight on Herbal Wellness Center Inc.

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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.


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!