6 High-End Dispensaries in San Francisco

Kat Bein | April 19, 2021 | Lifestyle

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If there's anything we learned in 2020, it's that cannabis is an essential business. Whether you're looking to relieve anxiety or achy joints, work up an appetite or just unwind after a long day of work, THC and CBD offer an all-natural alternative to alcohol and pharmaceuticals.

San Francisco has long been a city that's enjoyed the benefits of this wonder plant, and since California legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use, Fog City has done a lot to elevate the smoking experience.

Whether you're looking to lounge among other smokers and taste the wares, need a little help from a professional to hone in on your perfect blend, or just want a little something to grab and go, these are the high-end dispensaries ready to make your next smoke session extra luxurious.

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The Apothecarium

2029 Market St.; 2414 Lombard St.; 527 Howard St. / Website

If you're new to the world of cannabis or are ready to find the exact herbal remedy for your various needs and wants, The Apothecarium is a place of education and wonder. Founded by an enthusiastic family in 2011, this shop provides expert consultations in a clean and modern environment. Seriously, Architectural Digest named the flagship San Francisco Castro location "the best-designed dispensary in the country." CEO Ryan Hudson opened the place after watching a senior woman struggle to find the right medicinal fit for her needs, and The Apothecarium is ready to service any level smoker or non-smoker with a smile.

Barbary Coast Dispensary

952 Mission St. / Website

"We wanted to establish a place that you could bring your mother too," says Executive Director Jesse Henry, "and that your mother would come here and say hey, I like that place and I'll come back." Barbary Coast dispensary hits that mark and then some. The educated budtenders are ready to answer any and all of your questions, highlighting the best possible products to meet your needs. The products are tested to be pesticide and mold free, insuring the cleanest experience for smokers and digesters alike. Loyal customers earn dollar-based points for rewards and special goodies. Most of all, Barbary Coast lures customers with its cozy smokers lounge, offering customers a variety of sterilized smoking devices as well as refreshments.

Moe Greens

1276 Market St. / Website

Another shop and lounge billed as a place you can bring your mother, Moe Greens provides high-quality cannabis products in the heart of historic San Francisco. Legacy was kept in mind when designing the space. Situated near Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and The Orpheum, Moe Greens aims to honor the city's past while guiding citizens toward a greener future. Serving flower, pre-rolls, vape pens, topicals, concentrates, edibles, and accessories, all the products on display are tested and curated by highly-trained staff members who bring that know-how to the customer. The bright and comfortable smoker's lounge lets you enjoy your products alongside friends for a fun bar alternative, too.

Grass Roots

1077 Post St. / Website

Walk off of Post Street into the warm embrace of this trusted and time-tested pleasure shop. Since 2005, Grass Roots has cultivated strong relationships with clients and growers alike, curating a comfortable experience with rich wood aesthetics and high-quality products. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the wares are screened for unwanted contaminents and byproducts, leaving you with the purest ingredients. Grass Roots believes in supporting the Bay Area community, and works with cannabis companies that have been affected by the war on drugs. Taking a therapeutic approach, you're sure to find the flower, tinctures, pre-rolls, edibles, extracts and topicals that are right for you. Even better? Grass Roots delivers!


1933 Mission St. / Website

If you're going to talk about legacy, you have to talk about Medithrive. Established in 1996 to help AIDS patients find relief, this company takes a humanistic approach to medicinal, recreational and social healing. The state-of-the-art dispensary brings a bit of tech edge to the shopping experience, though the staff is warm and friendly, and the products are all-natural. Find your perfect sativa, indica or blend for exactly the right moments in life, and enjoy the wide array of high-grade flower, edibles, vapes, concentrates, CBDs and more.


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4811 Geary Blvd.; 33 29th St. / Website

"Simple and approachable." That's how Urbana wants to make your cannabis shopping experience. The inviting storefront welcomes customers with a sense of ease, and the smiling staff members are there to make sure you get exactly what you want. Try some gummies, medicated drinks, or stick to traditional flower, tinctures and edibles. Either way, Urbana wants you to leave happy and carefree. Join the Belong rewards program to start earning treats, and be sure to check out the cafe and lounge!

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