Cannabis

The Best Recreational Weed Dispensaries in San Diego

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San Diego residents pay an unwritten Sunshine Tax, which means a hike in the cost of living -- but also close proximity to bodacious waves, legendary craft beer, and some of the craziest of the dankest weed in the country. In response to California legalizing cannabis, weed dispensaries have upped their customer service regimens, adding bells and whistles and decking out the decor. 

We know COVID-19 is impacting your regular routine, but cannabis businesses have been deemed essential in California and under Governor Newsome’s executive order, the state defined cannabis workers as a necessary part of the workforce. Some of the best marijuana dispensaries in San Diego are offering delivery, drive-through, and curbside pickup so you can stay socially distant before enjoying your buzz back home.

Goldn Bloom

Golden Hill
Goldn Bloom gets consumers registered through the front window in a jiff thanks to their uber-helpful staff -- a godsend when it comes to rushes on Friday afternoons or around high holidays like Black Friday or 4/20. The dispensary consistently has deals on vape cartridges from trusted names like Jetty and Strata. Look for impressive discounts on munchie Mondays, and a $1 pre-roll deal with any purchase below $50 for first-timers.

COVID-19 protocol: Goldn Bloom is open from 7am-9pm, limiting the number of people in its store, and maintaining safe and sanitary regulations. The dispensary is offering curbside pickup (orders must be placed by 8:30pm to be fulfilled) and even giving out free lunch on 4/20 to help customers with these “hard times.”

Urbn Leaf

Bay Park
Easily the bougiest and flashiest of San Diego’s dispensaries, Urbn Leaf’s two locations in Bay Park and Golden Hill are sleek, modern, and look like they could double as matcha-serving cafes straight off of Instagram. They also sell one of the widest varieties of non-bud product out there, including lubes, suppositories, salves, and more; the bud they do have is often proprietary and high quality. Urbn Leaf has also employed a branded “CannaBus,” which it uses to shuttle would-be customers from bars in Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach right to its Bay Park location.

COVID-19 protocol: All Urbn Leaf locations are open, but Bay Park is doing express pick-up only (call ahead 619.275.2235 or order online). The dispensary created an internal coronavirus task force to ensure that all employees are wearing gloves, high-touched surfaces are frequently cleaned, and the number of in-store guests is limited. Most locations are offering delivery, which is free with orders of $100 or more.

Harbor Collective

Barrio Logan
With its accessible, central location, Harbor Collective is a haven of convenience and premium products. The shop carries many of the name brands you know and love: the inventory designer strains from Cookies by Berner and Cheech's Private Stash, edibles from Korova, and concentrates from Moxie and Raw Gardens. Harbor Collective also boasts the largest selection of extracts in San Diego county, so if you’re seeking pressed water hash, CO2 oil cartridges, or a dab of shatter pulled straight from the slab, you’ve found the droids you’re looking for.

COVID-19 protocol: Harbor Collective is featuring free delivery for orders of $50 or more of both medical and recreational cannabis.

Golden State Greens

Point Loma
Enthusiasts’ favorite dispensary in the Point Loma area is Golden State Greens, which used to be called Point Loma Patient-Consumer Co-op. The interior is plain, but nice -- all of the floors and counters are paneled in light-colored wood, with some of the selection available in ensconced glass display cases. Like many of San Diego’s dispensaries, customer service is at a premium here, with knowledgeable, eager to please budtenders, many of whom have spent years in the industry. Here you’ll get a wide selection of top shelf flower, wax, oil and other products, and can order in advance to pick up.

COVID-19 protocol: Golden State is open from 7am-9pm for pickup and delivery (while accepting full punch cards). As a precaution, the dispensary is keeping lines outside, providing sanitizer and gloves for its employees, and reminding customers to keep a safe distance.

Torrey Holistics

Sorrento Valley
Claiming it’s the first dispensary in the state of California to be licensed to sell recreational cannabis, Torrey Holistics is tucked away in a Sorrento Valley office park, making it a bit of a drive for its many fans, who nonetheless flock in from all over the city. They also boast quick and inexpensive delivery for $5, which offers access to most of the dispensary’s product offerings. Locals also love Torrey Holistics for their product offerings -- while they do feature a good variety of bud strains, they offer fewer than other dispensaries do, choosing to focus on quality, rather than quantity.

COVID-19 protocol: Torrey is offering free delivery and curbside pickup services (which are cash only) online, though you can call 619.940.0420 to modify your order. All employees have been trained to practice social distancing and sanitation procedures and the dispensary is even giving away a free hand sanitizer with their purchase. The shop also recommends practicing safe cannabis consumption, which includes avoiding sharing bongs, pipes, or vapes -- and products like disposable vapes, mini pre-roll packs, and individually wrapped edibles are recommended.

A Green Alternative

Otay Mesa
Lab tested and well-regulated, A Green Alternative sits mere feet from the Mexican border, so with “mota” soon to be legalized south of the border, you can imagine the hazy treks for fish tacos in Ensenada that lie ahead. Fast, convenient, and packed with premium top-shelf flower, this shop is a staple for South Bay stoners. Having partnered with PharmLabs, A Green Alternative tests for both safety screening and potency analysis, with info not only on their product labels but in a book containing the complete spectrometry reports.

COVID-10 protocol:Delivery and pickup is available by phone 619.920.8500 from 7am-9pm and online orders can be filled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Free delivery is determined by zip code. Pickup orders are generally ready within half an hour and orders not picked up within 24 hours will be canceled.

Apothekare

Mission Valley
After shuttering its original location, the new Apothekare recently opened in Mission Valley. As an initial bonus, just visiting their website results in an immediate 20% off coupon and they also offer discounts for veterans and Social Security recipients. San Diegans like this shop for its wide selection -- which runs the gamut from flower to bath bombs -- and comparatively lower pricing, compared to other dispensaries in town. Customers also like the creative displays here; it’s set up more like a trendy boutique than a standard, counter-oriented dispensary.

COVID-10 protocol: As a precaution during this time, Apothekare decreased its hours to 10am-8pm Monday through Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday. Order delivery online.

THCSD

Mission Valley
THCSD’s name leaves little to the imagination -- this is one of the city’s bonafide destinations for marijuana, despite the initialism standing for “The Healing Center.” Opting to keep its clientele strictly medical, only patients with a medical card or recommendation in California can shop here, according to Prop 215. THCSD’s claim to fame is that its medicine is twice-tested: in the lab, and by its in-house team, which ensures it meets specific standards in order to be sold to patients. The love for science here extends to the decor, which mimics an upscale lab with white countertops, walls, and floors, and all of the bud in coordinating glass jars displayed on glass shelves.

COVID-10 protocol: The dispensary is now offering curbside pickup from 9am-7pm (with pre-orders being taken until 6pm) daily -- and customers don’t even have to leave their car.

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Gary Goodson is a cannabis writer and researcher from Garberville, CA, though his years in the Emerald Triangle have been friendlier than what you’ll see on Murder Mountain.
Jackie Bryant is a food and travel writer based in San Diego who is best described as a human Roomba: eating and drinking everything she bumps into. Originally from New York, her favorite things about life in her adopted city are border-hopping, practicing yoga in exceptionally beautiful locations, becoming a beer snob, and living at the beach. Find her on Twitter and on Instagram.