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The best cannabis dispensaries in Washington, D.C.

The best dispensaries in D.C. will help you achieve the perfect buzz in the nation's capital


Every year, hordes of people make their way to the nation's capital for the National Cannabis Festival, a lively event packed with top-notch performers, vendors, and mouth-watering cannabis-infused goodies. It’s a bit ironic, given that you can’t legally buy or produce cannabis in the city on a large scale. But hey, that doesn't seem to put a damper on anyone's mood. Plus, most dispensaries have come up with a solution. Recreational cannabis use is completely legal. And while D.C. dispensaries can't directly sell marijuana (except for medical reasons), they can gift up to 10 ounces of cannabis with the purchase of any other item. So explore some art, enjoy baked treats and experience the high life in D.C., where cannabis culture is alive and well.

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Best dispensaries in D.C.

1. Takoma Wellness Center

The friendly budtenders are deeply knowledgeable at D.C.’s first medical dispensary, which opened in 2013. The flower selection is mind-blowing; there are many pre-rolls, cartridges, edibles, tinctures, and CBD. If you have a hard time making decisions, peruse the online catalog before you go in to avoid being overwhelmed by the wealth of options. The accessory choices are equally epic—from bowls and water pipes to doob tubes and rolling papers. Bonus: it’s across the street from Donut Run, whose vegan creations make for immaculate treats if you get a case of the munchies.

2. Anacostia Organics

The first medical cannabis dispensary east of the Anacostia River is minority and woman-owned. White-walled with products displayed in glass cases, Anacostia Organics has the feel of a chic boutique. The choices here are broad and thoughtfully curated, including vape cartridges, concentrates, salves, suppositories, soaks, and edibles such as honey, lozenges, and chocolates. Browsers will also find a strong selection of local strains from Abatin and District Cannabis.

As a nod to the neighborhood, locals from Wards 7 and 8 get a ten percent discount (as do veterans and seniors). Additionally, first-time patients and those celebrating a birthday can celebrate with 25 percent off.


3. Rise

Located a few blocks from downtown D.C., Rise, a Silver Spring dispensary, sits on a quiet corner opposite a small park and community garden. With its wood-sided exterior and unassuming name, it could be mistaken for a stylish coffee shop.
No matter how you choose to enjoy cannabis, the sprawling selection of flower, cartridges, pre-rolls, edibles and drinkables, extracts, tinctures, and topicals has something for everyone. Roll-through pickup is available.

4. Legacy D.C.

Legacy D.C. is a Shaw oasis. Natural sunlight floods through the dispensary. Relax as you browse their inventory, including everything from flowers, edibles, pre-rolls and merch. Enjoy the artwork from artists across the city that line the walls before choosing your cannabis gift in exchange for a collectible item which in the past has included limited edition spray cans, a photobook collection of Keith Haring’s work and a weed gummies cookbook.


5. Dreams Wellness Weed Dispensary D.C.

At Dreams Wellness their mission is all about bringing some much-needed calm into your world. They've got top-notch cannabis that's perfect for unwinding and easing anxiety. You'll find comfy apparel and a whole lineup of goodies, from soothing CBD lotions to tinctures and bath bombs.

6. Capital City Care

The largest dispensary in D.C. is also one of the best in the region. Its cheery baby-blue brick storefront conceals a sleek space accented with light woods and warm tones. The staff gets high marks for their friendliness and depth of knowledge.

As the only dispensary in the District authorized to cultivate medical marijuana, it has a big selection of flower, along with numerous cartridges, hash, edibles galore (chocolates, gummies, honey, oat bar, etc), and plenty of pre-rolls, including indica-dominant mini joints for those looking for a sleep aid.


7. Trippy Wizard

You've guessed it by the name, but this spot in Dupont Circle is special. They have an eclectic lineup that'll make your taste buds dance—from shroom chocolates to mangosteen-flavored gummies and papaya concentrate. This is your go-to spot if you're feeling adventurous and want to shake up your usual routine. And the best part? They offer secure, fast, and easy online ordering with delivery options for added convenience.

8. Pink Fox

Downtown D.C. boasts several dispensaries, but none quite as captivating as Pink Fox. Nestled on 14th Street, this lifestyle brand turns cannabis into more than just a treat—it's a way of life. From stylish apparel like sweatshirts and T-shirts to exclusive cannabis treats, sugar-coated gummies, and cannabis butter, they've got it all. Plus, they host podcasts and events to keep the community thriving.


9. HerbaFi

Pull up a stool to consult with a budtender and peruse the many options available at HerbaFi. The store carries a diverse array of vape cartridges, flower, edibles, pre-rolls, concentrates, topicals, and tinctures. Those searching for accessories also have many options, including bubblers, grinders, pipes, papers, and dabbing supplies.

This well-appointed dispensary is situated in downtown Silver Spring near the Metro station and offers onsite parking and curbside pickup. However, if you can’t make it there, it also offers free delivery in Montgomery County for purchases over $100.

10. The Basement

Step into this cozy spot in Adams Morgan, and it's not just any old boutique. Here, you'll find a unique blend of a candle shop and a cannabis gift emporium showcasing a wide array of high-quality strains. They're always cooking up something special, like exclusive deals and discounts on preorders, cartridges, and edibles. You can snag these goodies as a gift when you purchase one of their locally handcrafted candles.


11. Lifted Shop

Lifted Shop is an art gallery and music studio near Howard University, and for every purchase of a coupon (to access studio time), customers are gifted high-quality cannabis. Their tagline is simple: “We have the best “gifts” & the best weed in D.C.” The shop also delivers throughout the D.C., Maryland and Virginia regions. And if the art, music and cannabis weren’t enough, the shop hosts a cafe with some delightful treats to hanker the inevitable cravings.

12. National Holistic Healing Center

The National Holistic Healing Center is almost spa-like with its minimalist design and soothing ambiance. (The posters on the wall read: Listen, Guide, Treat, Heal.) When it comes to cannabis, it’s got flower, hash, rosin, kief, edibles, tinctures, and distillate syringes. The vape cartridge selection is beyond massive, and there’s a substantial selection of smoking accessories. Plus, you don’t even need to get out of the car to access any of it since curbside delivery is available.


13. Top Level

The best dispensary in D.C. isn’t actually a dispensary but an art gallery that gifts weed with each purchase of an art print. The Cleveland Park dispensary is a local favorite. Local D.C. artists create prints to sell and each buyer is gifted one ounce within (allowed within a 24-hour period). No need for a medical marijuana card, just bring cash and a 21+ State Issued ID.

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