Best Dispensaries In Southern California

Cruising through SoCal? Be sure to stop at one of their premier dispensaries.

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A new medical or recreational cannabis user in California will have tons of dispensaries to choose from. Figuring out which ones are medical and which ones are recreational is only the first step. Then, you’ll need to figure out which ones carry quality medication and which are ones are selling undesirable nugs for top-shelf prices. Looking up how many dispensaries are in California can be intimidating. We’ve narrowed the number of dispensaries from over two hundred to the 20 best dispensaries in Southern California.

AHHS (Alternative Herbal Health Services) WE-HO

7828 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Alternative Herbal Health Services in West Hollywood is a premium cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles. Dina Browner, better known as Dr. Dina or the cannabis consultant for the recently canceled Netflix show Disjointed, has been serving clients with a taste for the finer buds like Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, the Game and plenty more for years. They have a wide selection of some of the finest products in the cannabis industry. Concentrate connoisseurs won’t be disappointed with the selection of sauce, ice wax, rosin and dry sift.

AHPS (Absolute Herbal Pain Solutions)

824 E 17th St Los Angeles, CA 90021

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Absolute Herbal Pain Solutions is the newest dispensary where you can find the highly-sought after Jungle Boys flowers and extracts. On top of Jungle Boys, they have frosty flowers from the renowned Cali Kush farms and more. They’re licensed to sell both medical and recreational marijuana. You won’t be able to count the number of quality strains you’ll have to choose from. When it comes to their concentrates they carry hundreds including connoisseur favorites like full melt extracts, sauces, live rosin and more.

Buds & Roses

13047 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Medical Use

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Buds & Roses is one of the finest looking dispensaries in SoCal both inside and out. Their displays highlight their frosty nugs and see-through extracts. If you want to ensure your buds were treated with the utmost care from seed to smoke, Buds & Roses has some veganic nugs for you. It’s no wonder why they’ve accumulated nearly 30 High Times Cannabis Cup Awards. The boutique dispensary has a comfy lounge and a big open dispensing area making it easy to browse before you buy. Since the owners founded the dispensary, they have been shaping policy, educating the public and holding themselves to the highest standard of excellence.

Coast To Coast Collective

7127 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Coast to coast is highly rated for their excellent customer service. Both the  and the staff are welcoming. The floors are clean, everything looks newly renovated and there are different colored lights all around the room to set the right vibe. The buds are neatly organized in a well-lit display case. The nugs are quality and constantly changing every week. They have a wide selection of extracts, edibles and other cannabis products as well.

Connected Cannabis Company (Cookies OC)

2400 Pullman St, Suite B Santa Ana, CA 92705

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Connected Cannabis Company has seven dispensaries across California. The company is well known for being “powered by Cookies.” If you’re a fan of the “Cookies” strains this is one of the best dispensaries in Southern California for you. On top of carrying some of the most popular flowers in the world, Connected carries the best THC cartridges, topicals, extracts and flowers you can find in SoCal.

Downtown Patients Group (DTPG)

1320 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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Downtown Patients Group has tons of Sativa, Indica and Hybrid strain choices for their clients. Their buds come in a wide variety of prices to reflect the level of quality. Whether you’re looking for something with a gassy smell or something with more fruity notes, DTPG will have something for you. They’ve got a variety of concentrates for you to choose from, a few edibles and plenty of topicals as well.


1320 E Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Carry a wide variety of some of the best extracts including THC-a crystalline, live resin, sauce, sugars, shatters and cartridges. They carry some of the best edibles with an overwhelming number of choices to suit every kind of taste bud. When it comes to buds, they offer high-quality cannabis to the recreational and medical marijuana markets. The staff is friendly and helpful when it comes to figuring out the best medicine for you from their large selection.

Exhale Medical Center

980 North La Cienega #102 Los Angeles, CA 90069

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Exhale Medical Center carries flowers from some of the top cultivation groups in Los Angeles. They consistently carry a wide variety of cannabis products and they regularly have deals for their customers. Exhale recently received their adult-use dispensary license. They have a fridge stocked with all types of infused-edible products. Their display cases are filled with jars of frosty nugs. Finally, their staff is friendly and helpful to new and returning customers alike.

Greenwolf LA

2950 Los Feliz Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Greenwolf is known for making some of the frostiest nugs in the game. In fact, Greenwolf has accumulated several High Times Cannabis Cup awards for their flowers and concentrates. You can expect the same level of quality when you walk into the Greenwolf dispensary in Los Angeles. On top of a wide variety of high-quality flowers, they carry all the extract companies connoisseurs have grown to love. If you want to be a guaranteed a certain level of quality but still want a wide selection, Greenwolf LA is one of the best dispensaries in Southern California for you.

The Higher Path

14080 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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The Higher Path carries high-quality cannabis from well-known growers as well as more affordable medicine for patients on a budget. On top of a wide variety of cannabis products, people keep coming back for the excellent customer service and laidback environment. At the Higher Path, you can pick up both your medicine and the tools needed to consume it. As of January 20th, they received their license to sell recreational cannabis.

The Kind Center

1944 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Medical Use

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Kind Center is home to some of the most popular cannabis flower brands on the California market. To top it off, they have the types of terpy extracts that’ll make your mouth water when you get a whiff. The edible selection at the Kind Center is huge. They also have plenty of pre-rolls, seeds, topicals and equipment for smoking or vaping weed.


8459 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90003

Medical Use

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Kushland is a great dispensary to stop at for your late-night weed needs. They’re open til midnight on most nights and open until 1 AM on Friday and Saturday. Kushland carries many leading cannabis brands as well as top-shelf, private reserve and exotic strains of flower. If your budget won’t allow for the items on the top shelf, there are plenty of more affordable blue label strains. Concentrate lovers won’t be disappointed by the selection of shatter, crumble, rosin, THCa crystalline and more.

Los Angeles Kush Collective #1

5470 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Los Angeles Kush Collective #1 was formerly known as California Herbal Remedies. As expected with a name like Los Angeles Kush, they carry a huge variety of Indica strains. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of Sativas or Hybrids either. Whether you need something for the super low or some next-level fire on the private reserve, Los Angeles Kush Collective #1 will have it on deck. Los Angeles Kush Collective doesn’t discriminate. The same goes for their huge selection of cannabis concentrates. You can get a gram of BHO for as low as $30 or a gram of sauce for $120. The choice is yours. Regardless of what cannabis product you need, L.A.K #1 has plenty for you in each category.

Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group

7213 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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The Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group is serving legal marijuana to adult users as well as medical ones. To make up for the increased taxes, they’ve had daily and weekly deals. Their top shelf consists of award-winning brands of flower. There are a few brands of concentrate to choose from with tons of edible, topical and tincture options.

Mankind Cooperative

7128 Miramar Road, #10, San Diego, CA

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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Mankind Cooperative carries premium top-shelf buds but they also have extremely affordable options that are still enjoyable and everything in between. They have all the most popular pre-filled cartridges in stock and concentrates from popular extract artists in California. Their staff is extremely helpful when it comes to answering questions or guiding cannabis consumers in the right direction.

Med Men West Hollywood

8208 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Med Men was one of the first recreational dispensaries to open its door in Southern California. There are glass displays, fine-wood everywhere and iPads showcasing products giving the dispensary an upscale vibe. First-time customers will be overwhelmed by their vast stock. Fortunately, their staff is equipped with the knowledge to help guide customers to the right strains or products for their individual needs.

TLC Collective

3650 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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It’s never hard to find parking at the TLC Collective. The security guards are friendly and the smell, once you enter the elevator, will make you want to stay forever. Upstairs there’s a lobby with a wall of vibrant art dedicated to a Jungle Boys strain. There’s a show grow room so you can take a look at some of their flowers before they’re harvested and served to their loyal clientele. On top of being the premier distributor of Jungle Boys flowers and extracts, TLC always has the work of other respected growers and extract artists in stock. You can press some of your purchased flowers in their on-site rosin press. If you know what you want there’s an express line. Otherwise, a budtender will give you their individual attention and answer any questions you may have once it is your turn.


1625 E St. Gertrude Place Santa Ana, CA 92705

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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There is a wide selection of cannabis products in every category at the ShowGrow marijuana dispensary. There are at least a dozen different choices in every category. They carry the top brands in flowers, concentrates, topicals, tinctures and edibles. You could lose an hour scrolling through each item on their menu. Cannabis isn’t all they’ve got, though. If you need papers, a lighter, a quartz banger or a dab tool they’ve got you covered.

Wellness Earth Energy Dispensary

11557 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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The Wellness Earth Energy Dispensary or The WEED, is one of the best dispensaries in Southern California when it comes to quality strain choices. You’ll find dozens of high-quality flowers cultivated by renowned growers. They’ve got a nice selection of concentrates for connoisseurs like ice wax, live resin and more. The WEED has specials going for just about every day of the week. If you don’t want to wait in line you’ll love WEED because you can order online.

Zen Noho

5142 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

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At Zen in North Hollywood, first-time patients get to spin a wheel for a prize. There are also weekly deals and a bargain bin full of deals for all customers. They have premium medical marijuana options but most of their buds are dank and affordable. Zen Noho carries all of the cannabis products you would expect from a dispensary plus seeds for growers. To top it all off, they are now serving their wide variety of products to the recreational marijuana market.

Best Dispensaries In Southern California

The best dispensaries in Southern California carry a variety of products to satisfy both beginners and connoisseurs. If you’re a beginner, you’ll want a dispensary with knowledgeable and helpful budtenders. Connoisseurs should just go somewhere with more of a focus on the product like having tons of high-end options to choose from. Most are licensed to sell recreational marijuana to anyone above the age of 21 but a few are choosing to focus their energies on the patients that truly need cannabis for medical uses.

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