Los Angeles

The 19 Best Dispensaries in Los Angeles

On-demand weed for when you've got that 420 feeling.

Photo courtesy of Grassdoor
Photo courtesy of Grassdoor
Photo courtesy of Grassdoor

Note: We know COVID-19 is impacting your regular routine. Cannabis businesses have been deemed essential by most states and we’ve offered some social-distance-friendly options for your next visit.

As one of the world’s top weed destinations, Los Angeles (and the West Coast in general) is flush with medical and recreational dispensaries, making it hard to narrow down your options. In March 2020, governor Gavin Newsom deemed the cannabis industry essential, giving local dispensaries the all-clear to continue operating with specific COVID protocols. Many took it as an opportunity to expand their services to include delivery and no-contact pickup, making it even more convenient to buy legal weed in LA-a truly impressive feat. 

With 4/20 around the corner and the city of Los Angeles slowly making its way back towards normalcy, you might be in the mood to celebrate by indulging in some top-shelf Cali green. And rather than foist you into the wilds of WeedMaps where you’re sure to be overwhelmed by seemingly endless options, we’ve done the stoney work for you. Here are our top LA dispensaries with incredible cannabis products that continue to pass the vibe check and keep their customers safe in the process.

Photo courtesy of Sweet Flower
Photo courtesy of Sweet Flower
Photo courtesy of Sweet Flower

Sweet Flower

Multiple locations 
Sweet Flower is almost like a weed concierge service, with its knowledgeable staff who are approachable and well-trained to assist everyone from the cannabis-curious all the way up to the super smokers. The dispensary places an emphasis on quality, wellness, with a passion for curating a broad assortment of flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, sprays, and lotions. Deeply rooted in Southern California, Sweet Flower prioritizes having a diverse selection of brands including BIPOC-owned labels such as Roots, BFF, La Familia, and Pure Beauty.
How to order: Select your location and place an online order for pickup or delivery.

Photo courtesy of Grassdoor
Photo courtesy of Grassdoor
Photo courtesy of Grassdoor

Grassdoor

Mobile Delivery Service
Consistently reliable and lightning fast, with an average delivery time of 45 minutes or less, Grassdoor has quickly risen up the ranks as California’s top-rated cannabis delivery service. Grassdoor carries the state’s largest selection of cannabis products from top brands, available for same-day and next-day delivery, or within minutes via the on-demand ASAP menu. The service is also distinct in that it has a fleet of full-time, dedicated drivers-an anomaly in today’s gig economy-who also double as mobile budtenders making recommendations and giving out referral incentives and discounts. With an intuitive user interface, real-time customer service, and GPS order tracking, Grassdoor is hands-down the easiest way to order weed in Los Angeles.
How to order: Order delivery

Dr. Greenthumb’s

Downtown
B-Real of Cypress Hill has run this rapidly-expanding dispensary chain since 2018, with locations in Downtown LA, Eureka, SF, Sacramento, Sylmar, and an on-site consumption lounge in Cathedral City. You may have spotted their raucous apparel line or tuned in to the Dr. Greenthumb’s podcast, but regardless you’re coming in for their signature strains like InsaneOG. For the gearhead tokers out there, there’s also Dr. Greenthumb’s recent collaboration with GPen on a line of co-branded products including a magnetized vaporizer and an immaculate gravity hookah propelled by kinetic energy.
How to order: In-person

Photo courtesy of The Artist Tree
Photo courtesy of The Artist Tree
Photo courtesy of The Artist Tree

The Artist Tree

West Hollywood
Part boutique dispensary, part gallery and live event space, The Artist Tree is on a mission to provide safe access to legal cannabis, raise awareness of its health benefits, and showcase artists from the community. Tune into their YouTube and IG live artist sessions, offering a mix of art and comedy performances. If you’re feeling the creative inspiration, put in an order for CANN beverages, Kushy Punch or Kaneh edibles, NUG flower, IC Collective prerolls, or Source flower.
How to order: Order online for curbside pickup and delivery.

Stiiizy

Downtown
Like a pop-up art gallery in a futuristic space capsule, the first LA retail space to land from vertically-integrated vape maker Stiiizy is a sight to behold. Stiiizy (pronounced “steeze-y,” as in style with ease) has long traded on affordable yet potent vape pens and pods for the masses with starter kits in a variety of terpene profiles like Strawberry cough or Grand Daddy Purp. On top of a wide variety of partner brands and consumption types, on-site visitors will get the chance to custom engrave their Stiiizy pen, so you can get that etching of an alien head floating on magic mushrooms and channel your fondest memories of Spencer’s Gifts. 
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery.

New Amsterdam Naturals

Culver City 
A well-stocked weed oasis on the Westside, New Amsterdam Naturals is helmed by a friendly, knowledgeable staff who are welcoming to both recreation seekers and patients, whether you’re an expert or a newbie. Their product lineup includes medicinal oils, creams, and sprays along with creative edibles, inventive crosses of flower strains like Apple Fritter and Wedding Cake, and loads of high-quality extracts and solvents. If you’re into wax, New Amsterdam Naturals’ collection is huge, with more than 350 options on offer.
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery.

Pineapple Express

Mobile delivery
This Black-owned delivery service is as speedy as its name suggests. Despite being a mobile operation, customer service is top-notch and more personal than many established delivery services. Daily deals include 10-30% off staff picks on Sundays and special member discounts on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pineapple Express is also one of the few ways you can get Sherbinskis products delivered to your door, so you can have your watermelon gummy and eat it too.
How to order: Order delivery

The High Note
The High Note
The High Note

The High Note

East LA and Culver City
With locations on either end of Los Angeles, The High Note is a convenient option for just about all Angelenos. These dispensaries secure their showrooms in speakeasy fashion with a bookcase door. Eschewing the bright and anesthetized look of many competitors, its cozy atmosphere and friendly budtenders make the entire experience more comfortable and relaxed. The menus cover a comprehensive range of brands and cannabis products including flower, pre-rolls, vapes, extracts, edibles, and CBD, that have all met the dispensary’s rigorous testing for potency and safety. Taxes aren’t baked into the prices, so you might be in for a little shock, but daily deals help to take the edge off.
How to order: Order pickup

Sherbinskis

Fairfax
It’s only fitting that bud from cult-favorite Mario Guzman (aka Mr. Sherbinskis) would find its way to the exceedingly chill stretch of Fairfax, brushing elbows with the likes of Supreme and Jon & Vinny’s. The sleek, orange-hued showroom houses Sherbinkis’ world-renowned, household-name strains like Sunset Sherbert and the entire Gelato line-Mochi, Bacio, Acai berry, and Gello. Among the flower, pre-rolls, vapes, and extracts you’ll also find brand leaders such as Dosist, Double Barrel, and Select. 
How to order: Order online for pickup, free delivery via Emjay, or in-person.

Photo by Ray Daily for Gray Area Agency
Photo by Ray Daily for Gray Area Agency
Photo by Ray Daily for Gray Area Agency

The Pottery

Mid-City
An airy, minimalist decor gives The Pottery a modern-day apothecary vibe, fitting for your purchase of an extremely helpful medicine-even “recreational” tokers benefit from the medicinal effects of marijuana, from anti-inflammatory properties to anxiety reduction. In the interest of providing Earth-grown pharmaceuticals, you’ll find display cases of premium flower such as Bloom Farms’ Do Si Do, THC Design’s Purple Punch, and Pearl Pharma’s Kosher White Truffle. The Pottery also delivers to a considerable section of the city with no additional fees.
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery

CCA

Silver Lake
California Caregivers Alliance has been around for over a decade, although it’s now accepting recreational customers-with 5% off your first online order! Tucked into the second floor of a strip mall, this little shop was often busy pre-pandemic, but the staff is always friendly and available to walk you through their reasonable selection of strains, edibles, vapes, and other products. There are daily specials, which is always a welcome treat, and on Sundays there’s a prize wheel you can join in on with a donation-who doesn’t love a prize wheel?
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery.

WHTC

Studio City
Open daily from 6 am to 10 pm (including holidays), WHTC just might be the most accessible dispensary yet. This shop excels in both options and education; their website is just as informative as their staff, helping you zero in on the best products for you. They also offer a 5% discount to veterans, seniors, and medical marijuana patients with disabilities, plus daily deals for medical patients. While recreational customers are accepted, keep in mind that the daily deals are for medical patients only. Though there’s a limited number of flower strains on offer, WHTC’s fully stocked with extracts and concentrates, including the Dosist pens that are sold out at most shops.
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery.

City Compassionate Caregivers

Downtown
You’d be hard-pressed to find a friendlier, more inviting atmosphere amongst budtenders than at City Compassionate Caregivers who’ve been cultivating some of LA’s top greens for 20+ years. The operation has been known to collaborate with weed royalty like the Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, and Snoop Dogg. Speaking of the D-o-double-gizzle, Caregivers uses Snoop’s Premium Nutrients on a number of plants in their on-site double-decker grow facility. Be sure to pick up some fire flower from The Cure Company, whose Glazed Apricot Gelato strain is sure to make for a relaxed stroll through the Arts District afterward.
How to order: Order online for pickup.

Cornerstone Research Collective

Eagle Rock

Located across from the Eagle Rock Plaza, Cornerstone feels like a boutique retail experience that’s fueled by medical education. The store is research-based, and one of the best places to ask any question you might have; there’s even a blog that focuses on cannabis benefits, with article topics that touch on everything from MS pain management to creativity to strain science. If you’re in the dark about what you need or the best canna product to tackle your issue, this is a very informative place to shop.
How to order: Pre-order online and pickup in person.

Los Angeles Kush

East LA
It’s all in the name-LA Kush prides itself on delivering unapologetically original, indoor-grown weed and has amassed over 80 awards thus far. They also offer high-grade weed in premium distilled oil and concentrate form in their LAK Vape pens. Plus, all of their online products detail the effects of each strain along with what they’re good for (such as managing pain or fighting insomnia) and the general flavor profile, with lab results. Shop hours are ridiculously convenient, running from 6 am to 10 pm seven days a week, making it all that much easier to scratch an itch for San Fernando Valley OG or Cherry Zkittles.
How to order: In person. LA Kush’s website also has a store locator with dispensaries where their products can be found.

Green Goddess Collective

Venice
One of the first retail dispensaries in the country, Green Goddess is a boutique shop just a scooter ride’s distance from the neighborhood’s iconic beachwalk and canals, but they also do free delivery within five miles for orders of $50 or more, if you can’t be bothered to leave the couch. The dispensary houses a wide variety of oil, kief, hash, vapes, wax, balms, and Buddha’s Dream Cannabis Oil made using Canadian engineer Rick Simpson’s method
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery.

Cookies
Cookies
Cookies

Cookies

Maywood, Beverly Grove
While Cookies does sell more than just edibles-namely a solidly curated lineup of clean, high-octane flower and wax-let’s take a second to appreciate the wonders on their dosed baked goods menu from Venice Cookie Company. The 100mg bags, with a trusty 10mg per cookie, come in varieties like The Hippie (vegan-friendly trail mix, granola, peanut butter, and dried cherries), The Chipster (chocolate chips, cranberries, and sea salt), and the incredibly well-balanced CBD Churros. This franchise is far from an underdog, but when you have recording artist/marijuana mogul Berner at the helm, you have to root for the guy who brought us Girl Scout Cookies.
How to order: Order online for express pickup.

From the Earth

Long Beach
From the Earth has a few locations in Southern California (plus Missouri and Michigan), and it always strikes the balance between the gloss of a MedMen and the warmth of a boutique. The Long Beach location of this minority-owned dispensary chain is no exception. You can peruse its expansive inventory online for delivery or pickup to get beloved brands from Big Pete’s to Humboldt Farms. The dispensary is also offering free delivery on all orders in their California locations, which also includes Santa Ana and Port Hueneme. 
How to order: Order online for curbside pickup and same-day delivery.

TLC Collective

Boyle Heights
Located on the fourth floor of the building (with stunning views of the city), TLC is a legit specialty shop, featuring a variety of cannabis products, as well as a Show Grow Room and a Jungle Boys Apparel section. Budtenders are on-hand to help you decide, but TLC also features an “Express Line” if you already know what you want-this can be useful when you want to be in and out, but other customers have a ton of questions.
How to order: Order online for pickup.

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Los Angeles

How to Spend a Weekend in Topanga Canyon

Nature and the arts collide in this beloved canyon community.

Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Situated in the Santa Monica Mountains and known for its vibrant creative community, Topanga is one of Los Angeles’s most prized destinations for art and outdoor enthusiasts alike. And while LA boasts its own sprawling landscape of fun to tap into, you’d be remiss to miss a chance to explore this tucked-away collection of state parks, and cafes, and restaurants-especially when it all rests just 20 minutes away from the city. From a quaint caf√© with dazzling canyon views to a world-renowned, open-air theatre, here are the best ways to pass some time in Topanga now.

Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray

Friday

Book dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray
Owner Lucille Yaney opened this iconic restaurant in 1975 after spotting the property on a drive through the canyon with her late husband Ralph, and it’s safe to say she had a good eye. The land perfectly fits into Yaney’s vision of a romantic, alfresco dining space with tables tucked into cozy nooks and gazebos, all beneath canapes and fairy lights. Today, Yaney co-owns the venue with executive chef consultant Brad Miller. Together, they continue to fulfil the restaurant’s original mission to serve pure, natural foods reflective of the season’s best. That approach appears in dishes like 8-Hour Black Vinegar Braised Short Rib with creamy rosemary polenta, duck bacon Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onion and fig jam; Roasted Mushroom Toast with oyster mushrooms and sherry tarragon cream; and Beets & Whipped Black Pepper Creme Fraiche. Consider the carbs here. Pastas and sauces are made in-house and from scratch, as is the bread (available regular or gluten-free), an order of which you won’t want to miss. Check out the wine list, too, which offers a robust organic and biodynamic selection that has helped the restaurant garner some impressive accolades in recent years.

Check into Topanga Canyon Inn
In addition to plenty of excellent Airbnbs available to rent in the Canyon, there’s Topanga Canyon Inn, a charming bed and breakfast comprised of two Mediterranean-style buildings-Casa Blanca and Casa Rosa-both built by the owners. Guests can enjoy bespoke design details in each room, along with gorgeous mountain views from their own private balcony. Come morning, join other travellers for breakfast, served daily at Casa Rosa.

Saturday

Get coffee at Café on 27
Ready your camera for a coffee date at this AM eatery and caf√©, where ample (and busy) outdoor seating offers some of the Canyon’s best views. A full breakfast and lunch menu is available (complete with hearty orders like eggs Benedicts, soups, and club sandwiches), but for lighter morning fare, spring for a pastry and any of their specialty drinks, such as the turmeric latte or Moroccan mocha.

Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock

Hike Topanga State Park
Spanning 11,000 acres and 36 miles of trails, Topanga State Park is the largest state park within the Santa Monica Mountains and one of the world’s largest parks within city limits. Visitors can access the grounds via more than 60 entrances. Once on the trails, enjoy sweeping vistas while exploring the region’s range of plants, habitats, and wildlife, including several resident bird species.

Grab lunch at Topanga Living Café
Guided by their Topanga upbringing and need for a community gathering spot with great eats, sibling team Agustina Ferguson and Bayu Suryawan opened this daytime eatery in 2016. Ever since, locals and visitors have found refuge in the caf√©’s warm, airy space and nourishing, hyper-fresh fare-all California-inspired with global influences. Check it out in plates like the Island Style, a breakfast salad with Balinese corn fritters, a poached egg, and house-made chilli jam, or the tacos (Baja Fish or Baja Shrimp, Carne Asada, or Kabocha Squash), made-to-order and served on handmade tortillas. If you’re seeking something shareable, try the Farmers Market Crudite, a seemingly humble order whose bright beet hummus reminds us that eating your vegetables is, indeed, very cool. And take a drink to-go. The team here takes great pride in their coffee (organic espresso, courtesy of their iconic pink La Marzocco machine) and a lineup of made-to-order smoothies, juices, and teas. Shop your way through town
Visitors can stroll through the town centre’s most popular shops for various fun finds, including Moona Star, Pebbles, and Topanga Homegrown. Be sure to stock up on specialty, local snacks at Canyon Gourmet and satiate your sweet tooth while you’re at it. The organic soft-serve there is a must. Pro tip: Top it with any of their artisanal syrups for a winning combo, namely, the vanilla with cardamom.

Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Catch a show at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
This beloved open-air theatre has hosted productions for decades and is recognized worldwide for its Shakespeare interpretations. In addition to its annual summer season, which includes works like Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the venue hosts concerts, rehearsals, and classes throughout the year for budding actors and playwrights of all ages.

Snag a slice at Endless Colour
This family-run pizza joint specializes in from-scratch pies with clever topping combinations (think purple potatoes, fontina, and truffle oil in the Purple Molly Potato or spinach, leeks, and goat cheese in the Super Greens). Bring some friends, order a pie or two, and check out the drinks list, which includes offbeat options like orange wines and hard kombucha.

Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery

Sunday

Check out The Canyon Bakery’s “Sunday Funday”
Situated on the grounds of the aforementioned Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, this bakery specializes in naturally leavened breads, pastries, cakes, and cookies using locally sourced, whole grain flours. There’s a takeout window on Sundays, from 9:30 am until the bakery sells out. A strong following lines up for favourites, such as whole grain croissants and gluten-free pizza, so be sure to arrive early to get your fill.

Try tacos to-go at La Chingona
On your way out of town, grab some tacos at La Chingona, where a team puts forth fresh, organic, gluten- and dairy-free tacos. Orders range to include options like grass-fed beef (carne asada), shrimp (wild-caught), and soy chorizo and can be fashioned into plates beyond tacos, too (think tostadas, salads, and bowls). Open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays; this taco stand sees good demand. Plan accordingly, pending your travels, especially to savour an order or two of the churros.

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Nicole Schnitzler is a contributor for Thrillist.

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