Everything you need to know about visiting a weed dispensary in L.A.
In the state of California, cannabis has been legal for adults 21 and older since the start of 2018. If you’re curious but still haven’t taken a trip to your friendly, neighborhood pot shop, it may seem like a daunting task. But rest assured, most shops are extremely chill and any good dispensary’s budtenders should be prepared to answer all your questions. Here’s what you need to know before you go—and the best spots to shop in neighborhoods like Downtown L.A., Hollywood and more. Who can buy it? Anyone who is 21 or older and has a valid, unexpired, government-issued I.D. to prove it. You do not need to be a California resident to buy cannabis in California. If you’re visiting from another state or country, your driver’s license or passport will work. What forms of cannabis are available? Flower: The most common form of cannabis will be the dried flower buds from the plant. Flower can be smoked in a pipe, bong or rolled up in a joint. If you don’t know how to roll one yourself, dispensaries do sell pre-rolled joints. Vaporizers: Vaporizers or vape pens are often small and discreet. Some are disposable, while others are rechargeable and allow for replaceable cannabis oil cartridges. Edibles: Edibles come in many varieties, including cookies, candies, brownies, teas, juices and more. It takes longer for these to kick in, and it’s highly advised that newbies consume no more than 5 to 10 milligrams of THC at a time and wait at least two hours before consuming more. Concentrates:
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Though one might prefer the feel of an independently run dispensary, publicly traded MedMen is one of the easiest dispensaries for a first-timer as it feels very much like a traditional store. Their storefront locations allow anyone feeling apprehensive to look right in and see patrons browsing the displays, while iPads provide all the pertinent information about every product. They also have multiple locations, including Downtown L.A., West Hollywood, Venice, Beverly Hills and near LAX.
This Valley shop is a friendly place for first-time buyers and advanced cannabis users alike. It’s located in a strip mall between a CrossFit gym and a wine and spirits shop and thus has ample parking, including complimentary valet. The lobby is bright and open, the budtenders are friendly and the selection is solid. Plus, the W.E.E.D.’s walls often double as a gallery space, allowing a glimpse at new work from local artists while you browse.
The Pottery is so cute, you could take your grandparents there. The airy shop’s cannabis products are displayed in bright, waist-high cases and their amicable budtenders are there to help. In their black-and-white tiled “coffee corner,” they also stock candles, soaps, and other gift-worthy items. Though it’s worth the trip to browse, the Pottery also does delivery.
The Kind Center
A tidy shop located just off the 101 in Hollywood, the Kind Center has a neatly displayed, ample selection. Their knowledgeable staff is always happy to show first-timers and tourists around the shop’s wares. Check their website for daily deals and, should you become a regular, you can join the Kind Center’s free loyalty program.
Toluca Lake Collective (TLC) is run by cultivators the Jungle Boys, with everything grown, pressed and packaged in-house. This is a great shop for finding interesting, quality strains, with available selections clearly displayed on a digital screen. You can browse Jungle Boys’ apparel line here, too.
Into the Black
This multi-sensory haunt from Bone Yard Effects unfurls via a short film (which you can watch online) followed by an on-site virtual reality experience. It culminates in real life inside the Black House, a sprawling Victorian home. Oh, and scaredy cats beware: You must enter all alone.
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group hosts a chilling series of vignettes. Armed with a shoddy flashlight to illuminate their path, guests navigate a labyrinth of terror before enduring a series of shocking scenes (over the course of roughly 35 minutes) that will unsettle even the most stoic of horror fans.
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