Cannabis

The Best Recreational Weed Dispensaries in San Francisco

In case you need to relax a little.

Note: We know COVID-19 is impacting your regular routine. Cannabis businesses have been deemed essential by most states, and we’ve offered some social-distance-friendly options for your next visit.

Cannabis has been open for recreational use in California—meaning no medical card needed—since 2016. If you partake, you probably have a go-to SF shop by now, but in case you’re looking for a new selection of products or just somewhere that delivers past 7 pm, we’ve put together a list of our favorites, all of which offer quality and variety in oils, vapes, flowers, edibles, and everything in between.

Luckily, California was quick to label dispensaries as “essential businesses,” and you can be sure that all of these stores are taking COVID-19 protocols seriously, including frequent cleaning, mandatory masks/face coverings, hand sanitizer stations, and limited capacity to ensure social distancing. The latter means that there will very likely be a line out the door at a lot of these spots, but you can avoid that (and taking any unnecessary safety risks) by pre-ordering for pickup or getting it delivered. One or both options are available at every spot on the list.

(And you’ve probably got it all figured out by now, but just in case, a friendly reminder that now’s not a great time to share joints, blunts, or any paraphernalia.) 

Harborside

Oakland
Put simply, the legal cannabis industry would not be where it is today without the work of Steve and Andrew DeAngelo, Co-Founders of Harborside and legendary activists and entrepreneurs. The pioneering dispensary was the first anywhere to do cannabis lab testing, both for safety screening and potency analysis. Today you’ll find an assortment of top-shelf products and gear, presented by a peacemaking, well-trained staff who subscribe to the DeAngelo motto “the vibe attracts the tribe.” 
How to orderHarborside’s Oakland location is open for in-store shopping, curbside pickup, and delivery.

Berner's on Haight

Upper Haight
The first and only dispensary you’ll find around Shakedown Street is right at home in this hippie soul neighborhood. Berner’s on Haight is a local collaboration from Shawn Richard, a Cannabis Equity Program partner who was greatly affected by the War on Drugs, and Berner, aka Gilbert Milam, a Galileo High School dropout who made his bones in the cannabis industry in the 1990s working at SF’s Hemp Center medicinal cannabis dispensary. The dispensary has more than 60 strains of flower on offer including Berner’s signature Cookies line, as well as a menu of drinks, edibles, tinctures, vapes, and prerolls.
How to order: Berner’s is open for in-store shopping and pickup. Delivery is not available at this time.

Magnolia Wellness

Oakland
The home of the East Bay’s top dab bar and vapor lounge also features a knowledgeable staff of budtenders and a showroom that, during non-pandemic times, also serves as a venue for wellness counseling, classes, support groups, and social events. Be sure to check out their monthly cannabis farmers market where notable California cultivators provide demonstrations and deals and activists such as The Waldos, the originators of 4/20, and advocacy icon Ed Rosenthal have served as speakers. With products on the shelves like Cannabis Quenchers CBD lozenges to Mary's Medicinal transdermal gel pens, Magnolia offers plenty for both social smokers and ailment-focused patients alike. 
How to order: Magnolia Wellness is currently closed but according to its website is set to reopen soon for in-store shopping and curbside pickup. Curbside pickup is cash only.

Medithrive

Mission and Walnut Creek
It just wouldn’t be the Bay Area if a weed shop didn’t sport some insane level of technology to view your bud. Therefore, Medithrive has a camera with a macro lens displaying flowers on a 4K monitor for optimized #nugporn glory. There’s also a strong mix of health and wellness products like Canndescent calming and creative vape cartridges or Releaf capsules from multi-time Cannabis Cup topicals winner Papa & Barkley.
How to orderMedithrive is open for in-store shopping, storefront pickup, and delivery.

Sparc

Lower Haight and Mission/Castro (SoMa location is temporarily closed)
Swap bud for tech, and this sleek space could easily be an Apple store. You’ll get the same care you would from the Genius Bar, and you can be sure that each product has been through rigorous testing for purity and strength. Peruse the extensive menu from a big screen behind the counter if you know what you’re after, or rely on the patient and knowledgeable staff to walk you through the offerings and explain the difference between the strains. 
How to orderSparc is open for in-store shopping, pickup, and delivery.

The Apothecarium
The Apothecarium

The Apothecarium

Marina, Castro, SoMa, Berkeley
The four Apothecariums sprinkled throughout the city represent the high-end future of cannabis. Each one recalls the lobby of a stylish, boutique hotel or extremely fancy dermatology office. The Castro location even won Architectural Digest’s award for best cannabis space in the country. If you’re looking for 1-1 consultations with a knowledgeable budtender in a location that makes you feel like stoner royalty, this is your jam. Not only do they offer impeccable service, but the organization is committed to community engagement—(when permitted) it hosts education events for healthcare professionals and medical patients and has donated more than $350,000 to local nonprofits since 2011. The Apothecarium also offers a rewards points program: Every pre-taxed dollar spent equals one point. Points are initially worth $5 per 100, but as you accumulate more, the value grows.
How to orderAll SF Apothecarium locations are open for in-store shopping, pickup, and delivery. You can schedule a free consultation via phone, web, or video.

Barbary Coast

SoMa
Modeled after the Amsterdam coffee shops and recalling San Francisco’s prohibition past, in normal times, this bar-like dispensary is doing its part to bring a little old SF glamor to the cannabis scene, while offering state-of-the-art smoking, dabbing, and vaping tools. Of course, none of the in-house amenities are available right now, but the most important part of the operation—high-quality flowers, pre-rolls, premium vape cartridges, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and accessories—are all still available.
How to orderBarbary Coast is open for in-store shopping, online pre-order, and (during the current stay-at-home order) free delivery.

Bloom Room

SoMa
Bright, clean, and mellow with a few stools where, during non-COVID times, you can hang out and partake, Bloom Room is your friendly down-to-earth neighborhood shop. The budtenders have time to offer a little more personal care and attention here and the chill vibe is a little more stoner-friendly... meaning if you’re new to cannabis, you can count on guidance and suggestions. Plus, Bloom Room always has great deals, including $25 eighths (strains rotate weekly). Join the collective and look forward to getting access to community events, art demonstrations, volunteer opportunities, and product samplings and demos whenever those things are available again. 
How to orderBloom Room is open for in-store shopping (a temperature scan is required before entry) and in-store pick-up.

Grass Roots

Lower Nob Hill
Located on the corner of Polk and Post, this petite, discreet storefront feels a little like an under-the-radar dive bar, but one that doesn’t sacrifice quality. What really makes this place shine is its massive menu and the knowledgeable, friendly staff. All the budtenders here are patient enough to hear what you’re looking for and can offer recommendations while guiding you to the best deals and values. 
How to orderGrass Roots is open for in-store shopping and delivery.

The Green Cross

Excelsior
Hit more than a couple of SF’s dispensaries, and you’ll get the distinct sense that businesses in the era of regulation are desperate to shed weed’s misunderstood reputation with their crisp, white interiors and painstaking professionalism. That’s understandable—and likely necessary—but if you’re looking for a more relaxed scene head to The Green Cross, which while no less professional, has a small-business vibe some of the posher dispensaries lack. The blacklight, neon, and psychedelic art are a little nod to marijuana’s youthful stoner side and sets this spot apart from the pack. Cash only, but there’s an ATM onsite.
How to orderThe Green Cross is open for in-store shopping and pickup.

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Amy Copperman is a writer in Oakland, California, and a cannabis connoisseur. Follow her on Instagram.
Gary Goodson is a cannabis writer and researcher from Garberville, California, though his years in the Emerald Triangle have been friendlier than what you’ll see on Murder Mountain.