Styled by design firm Urban Chalet, these decked-out dispensaries look more like upscale bars or restaurants than weed shops. Outfitted with wingback chairs, geometric tile, floral arrangements, and well-appointed bookshelves, Architectural Digest named the original Castro location one of the best-designed dispensaries in the country. Owner Ryan Hudson has since followed up with two additional outposts. The Marina space is the sleekest of the bunch, with marble countertops, crystal chandeliers, and velvet seating arrangements, but all three locations offer a wide array of cannabis, including flowers, edibles, topicals, and concentrates—all batch-tested for purity—as well as dozens of smoking and vaping accessories. One-on-one “consultants” are available to answer questions or steer you in the right direction. (Do you prefer edibles? Tinctures? Smoking?) Order online or request delivery from either the Castro or SoMa shop.
San Francisco has long been a leader of cannabis culture, stemming back to the 1960s when high-as-a-kite hippies roamed the streets to the early days of the medical marijuana movement in the 1990s to the past few years as recreational use became legalized.
In the same vein, people have always been able to score high-quality weed here, but the industry in the city has reached new heights ever since California legalized the beloved herb. To put it mildly, the city’s pot scene has exploded. Dispensaries in San Francisco have upped their game, morphing from dark, intimidating head shops into airy, bar-like lounges and inviting bud boutiques (and some even offer delivery!)
The experience of buying cannabis is now easy, approachable, and sometimes downright luxurious. From the Mission to the Financial District, you’ll find beautiful retail spaces, trendy consumption lounges, and friendly customer service that will help you find exactly the kind of high you’re looking for. Whether you’re a longtime smoker or a curious newbie, here are the best weed dispensaries in San Francisco to buy potent, safe cannabis in all its forms.
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