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Experiencing Cannabis Culture in Denver

Unfortunately, My 420 Tours is no longer in operation. There are other Cannabis tourism operators like Colorado Cannabis Tours that offer classes and tours that are similar so check them out.

Since marijuana became legal recreationally in Colorado at the end of 2012, there has been an influx of people coming to the state to partake, with Colorado’s biggest city, Denver, being the city at the forefront of Cannabis Tourism.

Along with seasoned weed smokers, there are also a lot of newbies that come to Denver to either try marijuana for the first time or to try it for the first time in many years.

And it can be overwhelming – to know which dispensary to go to, what strain of marijuana to smoke, how much to smoke, and what the best places to smoke weed in Denver are.

Luckily there is a great way that they can experience Colorado’s cannabis culture, in a safe (and fun) environment, while also meeting like-minded people.

My 420 Tours offers a range of marijuana-focused tours in Denver, and are the pioneers of Cannabis Tourism in the U.S.

They have a range of tours on offer including visiting a cultivation facility and dispensary, learning how to cook with cannabis, sampling different types of marijuana and Colorado craft beer around town, and even doing a marijuana-fueled painting class!

But when My 420 Tours invited me to try one of their classes – I knew straight away that I wanted to do their Sushi, Sake, and Joint-Rolling Class.

It has been a long time since I tried rolling a joint, and if I remember correctly – it didn’t go so well. I thought that doing this class would be fun to learn how to properly roll a joint, while also learning how to roll sushi, one of my favorite foods.

The best bit was that we would get to eat the sushi, and smoke the joint, once we had rolled them. And we would also get to enjoy some sake to round off what sounded like a really fun – and unique – experience.

Definitely an interesting addition to any Colorado Vacation Itinerary!

Grinding marijuana for our joint rolling class through Cannabis Tourism provider My 420 Tours

Attending a Sushi, Sake, and Joint Rolling Class

The first step before we even arrived to do the class was to pick up the two grams of marijuana per person that is included in the tour price.

We headed to a nearby Dispensary, only one mile from where we would be doing the class in the trendy RiNo neighborhood of Denver, just north of the city centre.

I’m not a big smoker myself, so I asked the bud tender to suggest a marijuana strain that is mellow and not too strong, and he recommended the Gorilla Glue – what a name!

I loved how knowledgeable and passionate the bud tender was about what he was selling. He offered us a smell of the different varieties of marijuana that were available and described them all in detail. It was a great start to the whole experience.

On arrival at Cluster Studios where My 420 Tours is located, we checked in and signed waivers then had about 20 minutes to look around their store and wait for the class to start.

The small store at My 420 Tours - the leaders of Cannabis Tourism in Denver

Our Sushi Chef and Expert Joint Roller for the class was the lively and animated Chef Patrick Bailey. Chef Patrick took us the short distance from the My 420 Tours Offices to the warehouse where the class was taking place.

There were two long tables set up with everything we would need including a bamboo mat for rolling sushi, a sushi paddle, chopsticks, soy sauce, marijuana grinder, and rolling papers.

Chef Patrick opened the class by introducing himself, and running through everything that we would be doing over the next two hours. We then went around in a circle and introduced ourselves. The class was a good size, with 16 people in total from all around the U.S.

And then it was time to roll our joints.

Learning how to roll a joint at a sushi and joint rolling class - cannabis tourism in Denver at its best

Chef Patrick demonstrated the joint rolling process step by step, stopping to come around and check on us with each step. With someone guiding me through it, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

My joint turned out pretty good, but had nothing on Chef Patrick’s – whose joint was probably the most perfect specimen I had ever seen. He definitely had some great tips for rolling a joint that I had never seen before and I feel like a definitely learned a thing or two. Even Toby was impressed and he rolls a lot more joints than me.

It was a fun learning experience too – with Chef Patrick telling us stories and cracking jokes the whole time.

After sampling our handiwork, it was time for the next stage of the class: Sushi rolling.

The Executive Sushi Chef and Joint rolling extraordinaire

The fresh fish and vegetables, gigantic mounds of rice, seaweed, and condiments were all brought out, and we were ready to go.

Like with the joint rolling, Chef Patrick took us through the sushi rolling process step by step, checking in with us throughout the demonstration.

Learning how to roll sushi and joints is a fun way to experience Cannabis culture in Denver

We were all given enough ingredients to make three long sushi rolls each, which was the perfect amount for dinner. The sake was broken out at this point too, to enjoy with our meal.

I tweaked my ingredient amounts and sushi rolling technique with each roll, and by the time I had made my last roll, I was pretty happy, and proud, with how it turned out.

And it was delicious.

Learning how to roll sushi and joints is a fun way to experience Cannabis culture in Denver

After all the sushi rolls were made, Chef Patrick wound down the class, thanking everyone for coming.

The two hours had gone fast, guess that’s what happens when you are having fun right? Time flies.

Eating the sushi we rolled at our sushi and joint rolling class - a great way to experience Cannabis culture in Denver

The Takeaway From my Cannabis Tourism Experience

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience with My 420 Tours and their Sushi, Sake and Joint Rolling Class, and you should definitely consider adding a Cannabis tour to your Denver itinerary.

I would recommend it to anyone that wants a unique Denver experience, whether they are prolific marijuana users or are trying it for the first time.

Because it turns out, rolling sushi is definitely a fun thing to do while high.

Learning how to roll joints at a sushi and joint rolling class with My 420 Tours - leaders in Cannabis Tourism in Denver

Thanks to My 420 Tours for hosting both Toby and me in their Sushi, Sake, and Joint Rolling Class. All opinions in this post are my own – it really was a great class!

Where to Stay in Denver

When it comes to where to stay in Denver, I would recommend LoDo or the Highlands for ease of access to the city and beyond.

If you are looking for self-contained accommodation, here are my top picks for affordable, highly rated, and well-located options in Denver:

I really love Denver’s historic hotels, and I recommend staying in the Brown Palace Hotel which is supposedly haunted, the beautifully appointed The Crawford Hotel in Union Station, or the regal Oxford Hotel – all located in downtown Denver.

Other great hotel options in Denver include the luxurious design hotel – The Ramble Hotel, the affordable and light-filled Element Denver, and Sonder- The Essex, and awesome condo-hotel with well-equipped suites.

For a more budget-friendly option, stay at Hostel Fish, or Ember Hostel, both of which are boutique hostels with gorgeous decor and a great location. 

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