Marijuana is legal… Well, not until January 18th but getting to know your local brands, bites, and people is incredibly necessary to champion your cannabis journey in the Bay Area.
Our editors have carefully curated their favorite edibles, accessories, and even apps that make the getting high process easy and approachable. Of course, this isn’t every single cannabis brand in SF alone. There are tons more but as we serve you (the reader) we’re always making sure that the people, places, and bites we feature are highly accessible. Go forth and get lit with this easy guided tour.
— Additional reporting by Ashley Tarr, Anthony Rogers, Stacy Kim, and Matt Charnock. // Take a look at last year’s picks.
Because we’re over dingy dark spaces that only invite stigma and pressure. We’re here for the 21st century of modern dispensaries. Whether it’s fabulous interior design, an assortment of goodies, or the realest of people—we keep coming back for more.
What is now revered as a SF classic, Sparc is where are all the young and cool hang. SPARC is a nonprofit collective dedicated to providing lab-tested, affordable, high quality cannabis and subsidized health services to their a-class members. They aim to educate the happy patients about cannabis treatments and other alternative health approaches to supplement their medicine. And don’t think they aren’t working to better the community, SPARC advocates often for local and national change when it comes cannabis. Education is key. // 1256 Mission St, Mission
What can be described as the “Ikea of cannabis,” Bloom Room is on display with their goodies. With a range of all available flowers at the counter, members can easily browse the entire selection of cannabis on deck. The cherry on top, their knowledgeable cannabis consultants are ready to help you find the correct medicine for your particular tastes and needs. As a Member of the Collective, you are also invited to use their Volcano Vaporizers, which are located in the fully-stocked Vapor Lounge. // 471 Jessie St, SoMa
If Sightglass coffee and cannabis had an amazing love child: named for the historic neighborhood now known as Dogpatch. Dutchman’s Flat follows the tradition of Dutch coffee shops by offering top-grade, lab-tested, and masterfully grown cannabis in a welcoming, community-minded environment. Their interior follows suit with the cool crowd, hard wood detailing, metal finishes, and the best part: satisfying graphic design. Let’s be real. // 2544 3rd St, Dogpatch
What took the cannabis world by storm: Flow Kana was the first namely cannabis house to bring the megaphone into people’s ears. The team over at Flow Kana pride themselves on being the first sustainable, sun-grown cannabis brand to represent two of California’s most special micro-climates and their small farmer ecosystems. They partner with, and give scale to, premier artisan farmers in Mendocino County and Southern Humboldt who focus on small batch, boutique strains. Available throughout California, their Oakland roots stay strong and beyond. // Find Them at Magnolia, 161 Adeline Street, East Bay
The poster child of Postmates for pot, Eaze offers their customers the “right to your door” delivery that’s been oh-so-missing from the Bay Area cannabis scene. Founded in 2014 by Keith McCarty, Eaze is the fastest growing technology startup in the cannabis industry. The platform allows patients to get medical marijuana delivered by friendly, background-checked drivers from local dispensaries in under 20 minutes. You can also get your MMJ card quickly with Eaze MD, which is incredibly mind-blowing. // eaze.com
Because the ordinary pipe doesn’t cut it and since we live in a city of innovation: indulge. Everything from beautifully crafted water bongs to USB rechargeable pens, the Bay Area’s accessory scene is vastly growing. Viva La Tech.
Founded by two Stanford Design Program graduates, San Francisco-based PAX Labs, Inc. was developed with the mission of making smoking obsolete. They create superior, beautiful and technologically advanced products that push the boundaries of vaporization. To build products that are not only more effective but also those that consumers can relate to: simple, pleasurable experiences—PAX 3 delivers a strong, pure vapor within 22 seconds, and subsequent heat-ups are nearly instant. The latest battery technology powers an oven 2x the strength of PAX 2. Colored LED lights provide real-time communication and the device conveniently vibrates when ready for use. PAX 3 heats when you bring it to your lips and cools when you set it down. // paxvapor.com
Making a pen for every aspect of your life, hmbldt knows what the real person is up to on the day in and day out. For example: A THC-dominant formula driven by myrcene and blended with limonene. hmbldt passion delivers a euphoric feeling designed to increase sensuality and heighten your sexual experience. The pre-filled hmbldt dose pen™ offers over 200 doses (2.25mg per dose) and ensures a precise dose every time. And if you guessed right, their name is based off of a county in California that homes the most complex cannabis strains in the world, which are rich in the healing compounds of major and minor cannabinoids and terpenes. // hmbldt.com
So we report on makers all the time, some who do very cool things in the Bay Area. Summerland, however, is taking our ceramics cake with their VERY chic all white water bongs. We first discovered these artistically sound bong friends at Westcoast Craft Fair — hoards of people rummaged their booth and we couldn’t even get close enough to pick one up. The design factor of this particular toking accessory would be hands down the all white facade, minimalists—it’s your time to rejoice. Summerland is best described as a lost hideaway for sun-seekers, wave worshipers and coastal daydreamers. The Chongo (their most popular model) is nothing super revolutionary in design – you’re not looking at the next trend in bong design and that’s what makes it fantastic; it’s instantly recognizable but an updated version—like your childhood home with new tiling. It’s pure white, ceramic design became an instant hit with design enthusiasts and stoners alike. All Summerland pieces come with high-grade silicone grommets that are super easy to clean. The Chongo is minimal, sleek, and deserves a place on your shelf. // welcometosummer.land
Bringing cannabis from ingestion to application, beauty mavens in the Bay Area’s growing cannabis skincare realm have indeed brought their best out. Whether for sore muscles, dry skin, or even better sex—give these best kept skincare secrets a try.
Whoopi Goldberg and Maya Elisabeth (of Om Edibles) teamed up together to create this specifically designed line for relief from menstrual discomfort. And yes, you read right: THE Whoppi Goldberg. Our choice is the Rub, a salve comprised of expertly chosen healing herbs and mixture of skin loving oils for therapeutic relief. This signature line also offers a bath soak, infused tincture, and raw cacao for sipping, spreading or with a spoon straight out the jar. // $12; available at Medithrive, whoopiandmaya.com
Curious about how to bring cannabis into the bedroom? Well look no further because this coconut oil based pre-lubricant combined with pharmaceutical-grade cannabis oil can help transport you to those higher peaks. Besides a natural relaxing effect, for some it may heighten sensation, increase natural lubrication, and reduce pain or tension. This highly refined, lab tested product is manufactured right here in San Francisco. // foriapleasure.com
This relaxing epsom salt based bath soak uses a combination of 50mg CBD and 25mg THC along with Rose and Lavender essential oils to create the ultimate at home spa experience. Family run and based in Humboldt County, Humble Flower Co provides high quality spa products that quickly deliver therapeutic benefits. Put on some tunes, fill that tub and peace out. // humbleflowerco.com
Mixing together California’s rich honey and strong strains, you can only get Honey Pot Bear Balm in licensed retailers Bay Area-wide. Made with California Wildflower Honey, and Cannabis Infused Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil, say goodbye to ashy skin. You can grab the jars in two sizes: 2 fl oz Bear Balm jar (>200mg THC) and .5 fl oz Bear Balm stick (>50mg THC). // honeypotbear420.com
The Bay Area: known for foodies and cannasseur alike, how could we not include delicious treats? Enjoy them at your own leisure or in company because food is always meant for sharing. But remember to always start slow and dose mindfully. Step up your snackitude with SF’s sweets, savories, and oh so satisfying crunches in high quality cannabis form.
The byproduct of an accountant and biochemist, Yannick Crespo and Allison Bordsen, these two revolutionaries set-out to create a yet-seen pot product: a cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil that was not only neutral and full-bodied in flavor, but also dosage specific. Pot d’Huile is a sophisticated yet simple way to imbibe both culinary and cannabis palettes. Check out the recipe section on their website, but for now we’re going to drizzle some over our avocado toast and enjoy. // potdhuile.com
Bay Area local Kiva Confections provides artisan quality edibles with both CBD and THC options. The Tangerine Dark Chocolate Bar is our top pick, the pairing of dark chocolate and zesty citrus is such a classic choice. Each stylish bars is sectioned into four doses, which also makes it perfect for sharing. Explore the full line which includes mints, and both chocolate covered espresso beans and blueberries. // kivaconfections.com
Brown Butter Sage is our top pick, for an unexpected and delicious sweet and savory combo. Every batch of Mellows is whipped and cut and gussied up by hand and is packaged so cute, grandma would love it. Each box of Mellows contains 12 bite-size marshmallows (5 mg THC each), available in unique gourmet flavors. // getmellows.com
The beauty of tea and cannabis blend perfectly to truly create a cup of zen. Besides the aromatic herbal concoctions, tea lovers will love the gorgeous packaging and elegant pyramid tea bag infusers. Tucked inside is a thoughtful Buddhist quote. Of the six teas offered, each is a different herbal variety and THC strength ranging from 2.5mg to 20mg. // zenpotion.org
Foodies to cannasseur? Why not! Another savory edible to add to your pantry shelf. Along with the amazing probiotic properties fermented miso paste has, the added CBD helps curb any gastric intestinal issues without any psychoactivity. Opportunities for using this in different recipes are endless – broth, vinaigrette, marinades. Now get cooking! // omedibles.org