Living in Colorado where cannabis has been legal for quite a while, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of dispensaries and cannabis product options available. In Colorado Springs, you will only find medical cannabis dispensaries because recreational cannabis is still illegal here. This means, if you want to purchase cannabis here, you will need to have a medical cannabis card. If you do not yet have a medical card, check out our blog about how to start your medical journey.

If you have already obtained your medical cannabis card, we invite you to visit us at High Tops Premium Cannabis located on N. Powers Blvd or S. Royer Street, here in Colorado Springs. When vetting out the best dispensary for you, there are certain factors that we always recommend taking into consideration.


Your chosen dispensary should be easily accessible for you. You need to be able to get there. Our Colorado Springs High Tops locations are conveniently located for local residents. You can search your nearest High Tops Premium Dispensary conveniently using Google.


It is important to take the time to read the reviews for the dispensary you are interested in. Google, Weedmaps, Yelp and Leafly are great resources to see what other consumers are saying. Does the dispensary have great quality products?  Do they have a knowledgeable staff and a wide variety of products? Most customers who leave reviews are honest and have useful information that will help you make the ultimate choice.

If you are new to the cannabis world, knowledgeable Budtenders are imperative to setting you on the right track. Every individual person is unique and has a specific need for their use of cannabis. Good Budtenders will listen to you and make expert recommendations for product types, strain types and dosing.

At High Tops Premium Cannabis, we are proud of our ongoing positive reviews. Our Budtenders are consistently being called out for their advanced expertise on all things cannabis. Check out our Google reviews here. If you are already a customer of High Tops, we always welcome your feedback, as well.

Brand Culture

There are many different varieties of dispensaries in Colorado Springs. One thing to consider when choosing a dispensary is what kind of culture and atmosphere makes you feel most at home. There are tiny mom-and-pop stores where the owners introduce themselves and answer your questions. Then you’ve got your high-end cannabis boutiques that feel like a luxury jewelry store or intimate speakeasy.  Some dispensaries are decorated with graffiti and have awesome rap and hip-hop music playing as you browse for products. Others radiate a new-age vibe, offering alternative healing workshops and all-organic products. Think about what type of environment makes you feel most comfortable and go with that one.


If you plan to spend your hard earned money on cannabis, you want to make sure the quality is top-notch.  So, how do you tell if your cannabis is high quality?

  • Smell -Well-grown, quality cannabis buds should have a pungent, identifiable smell, almost like a skunk smell.  The aroma ranges from slightly sweet, to earthy, to diesel-like, which is a good indicator of a high terpene content. Lower quality buds lack smell, or smell similar to hay.
  • Color – Quality cannabis should be green in color, never brown. The exact shade of green can vary from light and frosty, to forest greens.  They may even have undertones of purple or gold.
  • Structure – As a general rule, indica buds should be very dense and tight in structure. Sativa strains are typically more light and fluffy. If the quality is subpar, an indica strain bud might take on the appearance of a sativa bud, with open and incomplete buds with visible stems.
  • Mold and other Pests – It should go without saying that quality cannabis buds are free of mold and pests, but these issues can sometimes surface in cannabis purchased from a source outside the regulated legal market. Mold manifests itself as white, powdery mildew or a grey, fuzzy mold, depending on the particular fungal pest. Insects like mites, gnats, and aphids can leave fecal matter, eggs and even dead friends behind on your buds — ew. If any of these critters, or traces of them, are in your herb, don’t smoke it!

Variety of Products

Medical cannabis comes in many different varieties. Some dispensaries have small menus with carefully selected items.  Others have really big menus with a lot of variety. When picking a dispensary, consider what kind of a selection it has and whether the menu has essential items you’re interested in.

You may not need a lot of variety if the shop has exactly what you’re looking for. If you are already feeling overwhelmed with the amount of products on the market, you might prefer a dispensary with a small and easy menu. If you are someone who is always exploring the options available, choose a dispensary like High Tops, that has a big variety of product options that will cater to your particular condition.


Price can sometimes be one of the biggest factors to consider when choosing the right dispensary. Low prices, regular discounts or price breaks are great if you are someone who purchases their cannabis products in larger quantities. But remember, price and quality go hand in hand. Many dispensaries out there with really low prices typically have a reputation for selling lower-quality products.

If you want cannabis products with high safety standards, strict testing and sold in a high-end environment from expert, knowledgeable budtenders, you will probably find yourself paying a little bit more to cover those costs. You always have to balance cost with your other preferences. If you can find a high end dispensary in Colorado Springs with lower than usual pricing (like Hightops), then that’s the place to shop.

In conclusion, it’s all about you and your preferences. No matter what you are seeking in the cannabis arena, there is going to be a dispensary out there that caters to you. That is something we are really proud of at Hightops. We have a huge variety of quality products sold by the best Budtenders in Colorado Springs. Our member benefits and everyday low prices bring in almost any type of cannabis consumer. Curious about how we can help you? Stop by and talk to us! We will be happy to help you start your journey to wellness today!