In Los Angeles, picking up an eighth of weed at a dispensary these days is as easy as buying beer from the corner store. While it may have taken California a while to get the ball rolling on recreational cannabis sales after voters passed Prop 64 in 2016, as of January 2018 any adult 21 and over with a driver’s license or valid ID can legally buy pot.

Gone are the days of charade doctor appointments where you’d feign sweaty palms, body aches, or nightmares of that creepy rabbit guy from Donnie Darko to gain a weed card as dispensary doors are open to both medical patients and recreational users alike. The process is now as simple as: Choose a dispensary licensed for “adult use”—the California verbiage for “recreational”—and not just medical sales. Make sure you’ve brought cash as many don’t take cards, and nobody likes on-site ATM fees. Then shop around for your selection of buds, edibles, extracts or other cannabinoid products, and leave with them in a handy pinch-and-seal, child-proof bag.

With hundreds of medical marijuana shops in town, where are the reliable (and legally operating) spots to pick up your 420 supplies? We’ve scoured Los Angeles to pick out our 10 favorite dispensaries for recreational cannabis shopping.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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MedMen
Multiple Locations
The high-tech “Apple store of cannabis”

MedMen is a far cry from the dingy, furtive shops of yore. Their well-lit, slickly designed stores are newcomer-friendly and will easily quell any initial weed shopping apprehension. The franchise coins themselves as the “Apple store” of cannabis, a vibe that’s readily apparent in the roving, red-shirted sales associates, and display islands spaced throughout the shops. The accessible tablet-equipped counters display various strains coded by color, complete with a touchscreen that allows you to learn all about your potential purchases from Lord Jones THC gumdrops to Lowell Smokes’ organic cannabis pre-rolls. MedMen also offers a variety of edibles, vapes, luxurious and infused bath products, and pet products.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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City Caregivers Collective
Downtown
A massive downtown dispensary that sells their own bud

You can’t miss City Caregivers Collective as it’s located in the Arts District on the ground floor of a huge building with their logo adorning the side like a bullseye. The sizable dispensary is clean, minimalist and neatly organized, with a wide selection of products, including edibles, concentrates, CBD-only products, and more. The stock of flower is presented in color-coded jars by indica and sativa strains. Of note here is Cure Company flower, which is the bud being cultivated right upstairs. Purchase seeds if you’d like to grow your own—adults in the state can grow up to six plants per household. CCC will take care of state taxes for you on your first visit and, unlike many commercial spaces in LA, there’s parking.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

Green Goddess Collective

Green Goddess Collective
Venice
A pleasant boutique store just a short walk from the beach

Follow the earthy goddess mural from Venice artist Hans Walor into the Green Goddess Collective, a warm and welcoming dispensary with natural wood floors, ambient light, and classic rock on the stereo. Enter down a long hallway where a receptionist will check you in, then advise you to head upstairs. The shop is small, so you might have to wait a few minutes, but staff is happy to help once you reach the front of the line and introduce to their lineup of oil, kief, hash, vapes, wax, balms, and tinctures. Be sure to come for “Goddess Hour” from 1-2 p.m. daily, for 15% off select eighths, then walk across the street to the beach and have yourself an afternoon.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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Exhale Med Center
West Hollywood
A comfortable shop with super friendly budtenders

Navigate to Exhale Med Center through a small outdoor plaza to the friendly lobby decked out with fish tanks, then inside where you’ll meet some of the nicest dispensary staff members in LA headed up by budtender Chris Joynt. Exhale carries a wide selection, serving as the city’s flagship store for Bloom products and stocking other popular brands like Foria and Kiva. You’ll find a fair amount of CBD products and plenty of clones should you want to grow your own Banana Kush or Girl Scout Cookies. Customers are welcome to make use of the in-store rosin press to squeeze hash oil out of their newly purchased flower. The shop’s decor is simple and crisp and the laid-back vibes help to make buying cannabis seem as natural as stopping by the market for a bottle of red.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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Buds & Roses
Studio City
Quality product stocked in a pretty shop in the Valley

Buds & Roses is one winsome shop with a lobby that’s soft and gray and a shop portion that has brushed wood floors and tidy displays. The check-in process is easy, and first-time visitors will receive a card that scores them 15% off their total. The selection here is very good with a wide selection of Terp Preservation Society resin along with plenty of concentrates and flower (the aromatic indica-dominant Chocolate Hashberry is a great find), plus clone starter plants for the aspiring cultivator and even some apparel. Though street parking can often be relatively easy in this area, they do offer complimentary valet parking.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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MMD
Hollywood
A friendly dispensary in the heart of Hollywood

Located on a busy stretch of Cahuenga, MMD stands out with its leafy green exterior. After a brief check-in process in an upstairs lobby, guests will head a flight of stairs into the neat, wood-paneled shop. Reggae music plays and budtenders are quick to help. Flower from brands like Canndescent and Cream of the Crop is presented in clear, easy-to-read dishes with all the pertinent information, including prices, clearly displayed. Other cases show off glassware, edibles, concentrates, and, as a bonus, if you live or work in the area, you’ll score a 10% discount.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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Western Caregivers Alliance
Larchmont
A pleasant, efficient shop in a part of town with few dispensaries

Unlike dispensary-saturated West Hollywood, Central LA doesn’t have quite as many shops within close proximity. So, what Western Caregivers Alliance lacks in neighbors, it makes up for with free parking and an amicable, helpful staff. Peruse the Cannabis Periodic Table of Elements and jam out to some lively music in the lobby. Then see about their solid selection of over 40 strains and other cannabis products. If you’re a first-timer, you’ll get 4 grams in an eighth, as opposed to the usual 3.5 grams.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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The Kind Center
Hollywood
Knowledgeable staff with a premium selection of flower and concentrates

Right off the 101 in Hollywood, The Kind Center has a wealth of ways you can choose your weed adventure, including glassware and plenty of cartridges. The shop also stays well-organized with a well-informed staff that’s happy to help. After checking in with the affable security guard in the lobby—which contains a Ms. PacMan game as well as helpful signs explaining California state taxes—you’ll head into the dispensary. First-timers are given a card that lets the budtender know to show them around the store to peruse popular products like their Cali Kush Farms bud and California Dab Company vape pens.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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Alternative Herbal Health Services
West Hollywood
A weed celeb owned shop in WeHo

Alternative Herbal Health Services’ co-owner “Dr. Dina” Browner isn’t exactly a doctor, but she did get her nickname from Snoop Dogg for her extensive cannabis knowledge—so, that’s pretty much a medical degree right? AHHSWEHO has been serving medical patients since 2004, the shop is small and pleasant, with street-facing windows for natural light and an easy check-in process. Though the selection is not as vast as other nearby WeHo outposts, they do carry a curated selection of fun products like Dosist vape pens and Netflix’s cannabis line. The TV-inspired strains served as a promotion for comedy series Disjointed, on which Browner was a consultant.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles

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New Amsterdam Naturals
Culver City
A weed oasis that’s a mandatory stop in Culver Junction

The sense of relief from walking through the doors of New Amsterdam Naturals is the feeling of wisely getting the hell out of traffic on the 10 and, instead, entering a well-stocked oasis in the middle of that chaos. This shop is helmed by a friendly, knowledgeable staff welcoming to both recreation seekers and patients, whether you’re an expert or newcomers. Their product lineup includes medicinal oils, creams, and sprays that are just a few feet from creative edibles, inventive flower strains like Apple Fritter and Wedding Cake, out-of-market rarities from Washington’s Exotic Genetix, and loads of high-quality extracts and solvents. New Amsterdam Natural’s crown jewel is easily their huge collection of waxes with 340 on offer—by far the most on the Westside.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.

THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.

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