Ahh, the dispensaries of the stars. But when it comes to providing bud to the fabulous westside weed smokers, which retailers do it the best?
Weedmaps News pulled Weedmaps listing data from May, June, and July 2019 and looked at which retail listings were the most visited and commented on to determine which were among the best places to buy weed in West Hollywood, California.
Each of these storefronts is recreational, meaning they welcome all adults 21 and older with proper identification, and they all carry a wide array of cannabis brands on top of their own in-house lines. But many of these dispensaries were original medical marijuana storefronts in this area, meaning they have deep roots in the local cannabis community and have put patients first, still operating their medical licenses alongside recreational ones.
Here are the top 10 dispensaries to consider next time you're in West Hollywood.
Why It Made The List: You can't miss the glowing blue Cookies store on Melrose Avenue. Reviewers praise Cookies on Weedmaps for its “crazy exotics” and expansive selection of highly sought-after strains. Exotic strains under the Cookies brand include Banana Bread, Lemonchello, Cherry Meringue, Ice Cream Cake, Flan, Cake Crasher, Cereal Milk, and the list goes on. As Weedmaps reviewer Antnig69 put it, “you're paying for the Cookies store experience.” This is the most reviewed store by far. Go for the hype, come back for the Cookies brand strains that taste so good, you realize it's worth the clout.
Where: 8360 Melrose Ave. Unit 101, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Exhale Med Center
Why It Made The List: As told in reviews and the store's passionate following, Exhale treats its customers and patients like family. This WeHo dispensary is beloved in the neighborhood for its knowledgable staff of budtenders and exceptional customer service. They also include taxes in their pricing, which reviewers love for its straight-forward simplicity. A few popular products you will find on Exhales's shelves? Good Brands, Grizzly Peak, Humboldt Farms, Caliva, and more. A testament to Exhale's above-and-beyond customer service? The company thoughtfully replies to Weedmaps reviews of customers who had negative experiences and makes amends.
Where: 980 N. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 102, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Beverley Alternative Relief Collective
Why It Made The List: Established as a medical dispensary in 2006, Beverley Alternative Relief Collective, or BARC for short, is a well-trafficked spot. Come for its wide array of cannabis products and stay for its welcoming atmosphere. Verified, lab-tested strains on Weedmaps include Canndescent's Calm 117, Crown Genetics' Crown OG and Dizzy OG, Pacific Stone, and more. BARC sells healthy lil' clones for those looking to grow their own weed at home. Its clones are very popular among clientele, so much so, BARC offers a running reservation list for when popular strain clones become available.
Where: 432 S. San Vicente Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90048
MedMen West Hollywood
Why It Made The List: This medical and recreational shop, called by CNBC the “Apple store of weed”, is a sight to behold. MedMen's flagship store in West Hollywood has sleek wooden displays, digital menus, white walls that let its wide array of innovative weed products speak for themselves. It also is one of the few stores that is phone-camera friendly, welcoming patients and shoppers to take photos of the products in the space as long as other shoppers are not in the background to maintain their privacy. Verified products on Weedmaps include Black Orchid from WonderBrett, concentrate pens from absoluteXtracts and dosist, Big Pete's Treats, and more.
Where: 8208 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
AHHSWEHO (Alternative Herbal Health Services)
Why It Made The List: Good vibes will be found in this nondescript shop with a glowing neon-green marijuana leaf to entice the passersby. AHHSWEHO (pronounced Oz-Wee-Ho) opened its doors as a medical store to the West Hollywood community in 2002. It has since grown a dedicated base of patients and adult-use cannabis smokers who come to this storefront for its friendly budtenders, unique product offerings, and accessible price points. As one Weedmaps reviewer TerpTaster711 said, AHHSWEHO is, “crucial spot in the cannabis community.”
Some popular brands on shelves at this storefront include Elite Genetics, 710 Labs, Moxie, and Jetty. It was the only place to sell Netflix's 12 strains inspired by its respective TV shows: Disjointed, Lady Dynamite, BoJack Horseman, Orange Is the New Black, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Mystery Science 3000: The Return, Arrested Development, Grace and Frankie, Chelsea, and Santa Clarita Diet.
Where: 7828 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
The Green Easy
Why It Made The List: This small but mighty WeHo dispensary welcomes the cannasseurs of West Hollywood in droves. If you step into The Green Easy to purchase some cannabis products, expect to find a huge row of jars packed to the brim with tasty, lab-tested weed options. Expect to see something new every time you visit. The Green Easy even gives its customers 10% off their first visit. Cream of the Crop, Fruit Slabs, Source Cannabis, and Fade Co. are the tip of the iceberg for brands you can find at The Green Easy.
Where: 8311 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group (LAPCG)
Why It Made The List: Another one of the WeHo originals operating since 2004, LAPCG is a storefront popular with hardcore medicators and dabblers alike. LAPCG gives back to its roots and community of patients by supporting Americans for Safe Access, a member-based organization that provides safe and legal access to cannabis. Shoppers will find a selection of 150 to 200 products, as well as a loyalty program that kicks back to its avid shoppers, and even a lovely deal called the New Medical Patient LAPCG Starter Kit for its medical patients.
Where: 7213 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
KoreaTown Collective / KTown Collective on Melrose
Why It Made The List: Founded in 2006, KTown Collective sells some beloved brands including Connected, Pax, Bloom Farms, Nug, and more. It is one of the original 187 licensed collectives in the city of Los Angeles and offers a vertically-integrated menu of popular California brands plus in-house strains, edibles, concentrates. KTown Collective's owner Janice Hardoon even co-hosts a cannabis “potcast” called “High On The Hog,” worth a listen on your way to KTown Collective to re-up.
Where: 7382 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Why It Made The List: It's a small storefront but inside, you will find a dedicated staff of budtenders and a wide selection of weed, concentrates, and edibles. One Weedmaps reviewer, Spark420, praised its budtenders for curating, “glowingly and gloriously hand-picked buds of enchanted treasures.” Verified products from popular weed brands in the local market include Apothecanna, Kanha, Nug, Fun Uncle, Terra, Higgs, Ember Valley, Fade Co., and more.
The store not only offers 10% to its first-timers, but it also offers 10% all the time to veterans, people with disabilities, and to those on government assistance. Cannabis consumers will also find rare free parking west of the dispensary, as well as free valet parking with validation from the store before 5 p.m. each day.
Where: 6132 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Zen Healing West Hollywood
Why It Made The List: Zen Healing goes way back with the WeHo cannabis community. Its reviewers love the dispensary's free parking, straightforward pricing, health-conscious and wellness-centric products. As one Weedmaps reviewer called it, Zen Healing is a “true treasure.” The spot is known to frequently have non-medicated samples on deck, as well as offering patients a “420 Goodie Bag” for shopping on the holiday. One Weedmaps reviewer LifeWithNoEnd said, “it's like a candy shop for potheads.”
Where: 8464 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Feature Image: You can't miss Cookies on Melrose Avenue with its iconic blue exterior. (Photo courtesy of Pedro Garcia/BREALTV)