lifestyle | 09.24.2018

The 2018 Tourist's Guide to America's Best Dispensaries

Adrian Daniel Schramm

Staff

While we’re edging closer and closer to legalization all across the country, for the 2018 edition of our “Best Dispensaries” guide, we decided to stick with the states that allow full adult use – 100% legal – for anyone of the right age who walks into the store.


We also understand that narrowing down a list as grand as this is tough to do – there are new dispensaries popping up all the time (there are hundreds in California alone) and just as many closing down. The criteria, then? Product selection and quality, consistency (can’t have them running out of your favorites), cleanliness, helpfulness/knowledgeability of staff and budtenders, and unique personality and aesthetic.


Whether you live in the state or are just visiting; whether you’re looking to treat an ailment or just looking to use socially, these are Cannabis News Updates’ best dispensaries for visitors in 2018.


Note: Everyone has their favorites – and of course we couldn’t get to them all. Think yours deserves to be on the list? Let us know and tell us why on Facebook for a chance to be featured in our next guide.

California

Airfield Supply Co.

A cannabis boutique that takes great care in cultivating the highest level of cannabis-based goods and services, Airfield Supply Co. is a specialized facility that focuses, first and foremost, on an excellent customer experience. Keep an eye on their calendar for upcoming events, happy hours, and discount days.

Hours: 9am - 9pm

Alaska

Bad Gramm3r

A family-run operation that welcomes every customer that walks through the door as part of that family. The cannabis buying process can be a little nerve-wracking to those just starting out, and Bad Gramm3r alleviates any/all of those fears with the moment you step through the door.

Hours: 12pm - 8 pm

Oregon

Ancient Remedies

Ancient Remedies was founded way back in 2013 by two people who understood its need and purpose in the community: Married couple Dave and Jamie were patients themselves when they launched their venture, so expect all the help, and quality, you might expect from people who truly care.

Hours: 10am - 9pm, 8pm Sunday

Colorado

Tumbleweed

A growing chain of dispensaries helping to redefine the standard of what a good dispensary can be, Tumbleweed was founded by industry enthusiasts who left cushy positions in Minneapolis to take part in the "green rush" further west. Added bonus? Drive-through window at some locations.

Hours: 9am - 9pm

Nevada

Essence Cannabis Dispensary

As the only dispensary located on the famous Las Vegas Strip, it's understandable that it gets somewhat busy from time to time. Or often. But you'd never know it, given how helpful the budtenders are in getting you in and out with exactly what you were looking for.

Hours: 10am - 3am

Nevada

Deep Roots Harvest Dispensary

As we all know, though some people tend to forget, Nevada is much more than just Las Vegas. Servicing the outstate area, and just over the border from Utah, Deep Roots provides excellent service and even-more-excellent flowers and edibles, to anyone and everyone who arrives in Mesquite.

Hours: 10am - 8pm

Oregon

Maritime Cafe

As you might expect in Portland, the dispensaries are fairly laid-back places. None more so than Maritime Cafe, which also embraces a completely understandable obsession with pizza and conversation. You might think of their budtenders as something like a ship's captain, helping you navigate evergreen waters.

Hours: 10am - 9pm

California

Bud and Bloom

Called One of the Top 10 most beautiful dispensaries in the US by Leafly, Bud and Bloom's unique aesthetic certainly sets them apart. But that doesn't tell the whole story: Their vast selection of products, and knowledgeable staff to help find the right one, complete the one-of-a-kind experience.

Hours: 9am - 10pm

Colorado

DANK

Cannabis happy hour? Yes, please and thank you. From 5 - 7pm on Monday - Thursday, all items are buy one, get one 50% off. Oh, and because it's also important, those items are all of the highest quality.

Hours: 8am - 9:45pm

Washington

Paper & Leaf

Don't let the cash-only setup discourage you - it's more than worth taking money out to experience this pet-friendly cannabis boutique. Licensed Medical Cannabis Consultants are on hand to answer questions about treatment, plus a wide selection for adult use makes a perfect place no matter what you're looking for.

Hours: 9am - 11pm, 10am - 10pm Sunday

Oregon

Farma

Farma is extremely popular in PDX, and it more than lives up to the hype. It's sleek and sexy, with classic mod stylings that remind us of the "Easy Rider" days when cannabis still played a fringe, counterculture role in society. It's also an extremely dedicated staff, and wonderful product every time you visit.

Hours: 10am - 9:50pm, 11am - 7pm Sunday

Colorado

L'Eagle Services

Green in more ways than one: Not only do L'Eagle's plants meet USDA organic standards, but their energy-efficient building was designated a Certified Green Business by the Denver Department of Health and Environment. No stranger to accolades, L'Eagle is a top-notch one-stop shop.

Hours: 8am - 9pm

Alaska

Green Degree

Growing, cultivating, educating, selling, smoking: Green Degree has been committed to the wide world of cannabis since their inception a little over a year ago. Taking a "for enthusiasts by enthusiasts" approach to growing and selling, it's a fantastic place for beginners and veterans alike.

Hours: 9am - 9pm, closed Sunday

Alaska

GoodSinse

It's a small store, but what it lacks in square footage, it more than makes up in selection. The prices are reasonable as well - plus, if you join their Text Club you'll get all sorts of deals, discounts, and freebies sent straight to you.

Hours: 8am - 10pm

Colorado

The TreeHouse

Known for the tastiest flowers and the area - and excellent budtenders to help you find the right strains for you - The TreeHouse has quickly become known as the go-to dispensary for buds specifically.

Hours: 10am - 7pm, 11am - 6pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Sunday

California

The Healing Center San Diego

Looking for extracts? Prerolls? Tinctures? Edibles? Vape? CBD-only? The Healing Center specializes in just about everything, though you won't feel overwhelmed with choices: Everything is organized, both in-store and on their website, for you to find exactly what you're looking for as quickly and easily as possible.

Hours: 7am - 9pm

Washington

Pot Zone

Pot zone has a strong focus on wax - it might be the best dispensary on our list for dabs, and they have listed for you exactly where each one comes from. Choose from the Weekly Wax menu, which updates often, or from the Top Tier Wax menu high-end specialties.

Hours: 8am - 11pm

Washington

Hashtag Fremont

The large, brightly-colored murals on the walls of this Seattle shop might give you some indication of the joys you'll find inside - but, trust us, inside is even better. You can order online for a 5% discount, but nothing beats showing up in person to get the full experience.

Hours: 9am -11pm

Nevada

Pisos

The Pisos name, as they'll proudly tell you, has been associated with healing. Cannabis is just the latest way to do so, and they take their practice very seriously. It's a wide variety of strains to choose from, and, they'll also tell you, they never want you to leave without the perfect strain for your own, personal wellness.

Hours: 24/7

Oregon

Urban Farmacy

The selection of concentrates; oils, resins, and tinctures sets this dispensary apart - much thought was put into the variety of products offered - though you can never go wrong with simple flower or edibles, which are well-represented as well.

Hours: 10am - 9:45pm Wednesday through Saturday, 10am - 9pm Monday and Tuesday, 11am - 7pm Sunday

Colorado

The Green Solution Recreational Marijuana Dispensary

This local chain has spread all across Colorado. But the standards of quality and service, especially for those new to the cannabis scene, have remained the same throughout.

Hours: 8am - 9:45pm

Nevada

Blackjack Collective

Only a few minutes from the Strip, Blackjack provides exactly the simple, honest-to-goodness cannabis and cannabis products you want in a dispensary: It's a no-frills dispensary, incredibly clean and organized, and offers the highest-quality goods, with helpful and friendly staff, at always-reasonable prices. Simple.

Hours: 10am - 11pm, 12pm -11pm Sunday

Washington

HWY 420

Two locations of this beloved Washington store - with two distinct menus - means you have twice the goods to choose from. But what really sets them apart is their dedication to research and education: Seminars and courses are available, and they offer guest lectures as well for learning at any/every level.

Hours: 8am - 11pm, 9pm on Sunday

Alaska

Uncle Herb's

Uncle Herb's just might be the most laid back dispensary you've ever been to - but that doesn't mean they don't know what they're talking about. Quite the opposite, actually, as the budtenders are always willing to chat about the why just as much as the what when buying cannabis - even if the store closes in 5 minutes.

Hours: 9:30am - 10pm Sunday - Wednesday, until 11pm Thursday - Saturday

California

Higher Level

Understanding the need for both a medical, and a recreational, approach to cannabis, and a respect for the differences therein, Higher Level offers a menu for each, and a specialist to make sure you get the best possible treatment no matter your needs.

Hours: 9am - 8pm

Colorado

TweedLeaf Medical Dispensary

Unsure where to start? TweedLeaf's wide selection of cannabis, from wax to oil to flower to topical treatments you might never have thought of, and their eager and helpful staff, will ensure you leave with the right product every time.

Hours: 9am - 8:45pm, 10am - 6pm Sunday

Oregon

Jayne

Visiting Jayne feels less like visiting a dispensary and more like visiting your cool, quirky aunt's living room. It's warm and welcoming, and, perhaps just like your aunt, the staff are all happy to chat - about cannabis or anything else - for as long as you want. It's a unique experience not to be missed.

Hours: 10am - 9:45pm

Colorado

Nature's Herbs and Wellness Center

With three locations around Colorado, one in Denver, one in Greeley, and one in Log Lane, you're never too far away from one of the premier dispensaries in the state. Intensely focused on quality, Nature's Herbs also reminds us that visiting the store should be a fun and dynamic experience as well.

Hours: 8am - 7:50pm

Washington

Chimacum Cannabis Co.

With “Best Of” accolades from publications like High Times, it should come as no surprise that they're featured here as one of Washington's best. But it's not online recognition alone that makes a great dispensary - it's carefully selected products, and an attention to detail that often goes overlooked.

Hours: 8am - 10pm

Nevada

THRIVE Cannabis Marketplace

With two locations, one right downtown and one near the airport, Thrive is a definite and convenient-win for the hordes of tourists who flock to Las Vegas every year. But that's not a bad thing - not when the quality and experience is as impressive as it is here. Might as well flock to the best, right?

Hours: 24/7

Alaska

Grass Station 49

You'll find all the highest-grade products here. But they’re also a fantastic informational resource as well: Publishing reviews and videos detailing the best strains and what they currently have in stock, they embrace the culture of cannabis use, and the knowledge necessary to have the best possible experience.

Hours: 9am - 12am