10 Best Marijuana Strains at L.A. Dispensaries
The Higher Path is well named.
5. Gucci from The Higher Path
A good name for one of the most Gucci dispensaries in the San Fernando Valley. There’s a gorgeous skylight in the pharmacy to help you better see the products. Not only does the Gucci strain look marvelous, it contains all three determining factors in this rating game: smell, taste and impact. While you're there, check out The Hunger Games chair in the waiting room and the check-in area with its burled, redwood opening. It’s lavish in a Mother Nature kind of way.
4. VIP Punch from Foothill Wellness Center
This is a strain with a one-two punch. It’ll knock your socks off and knock you off your feet. What makes VIP Punch even more appealing is the reasonable price: At $35 for one-eighth ounce or $15 a gram, it’s the best pot in town for the money. And it’s not just the pot at Foothill Wellness Center that's powerful. Everyone there gets kudos for kindness, from Ash the security guard to manager Tiana to budtenders Jonathan and Chloe. Huzzah.
We have a three-way tie for third.
3. Hammer OG from Valley Herbal Healing Center
They grow it themselves at Valley Herbal, and the quality of the product is evident in the care that these plants receive. It’s called the Hammer because, as longtime budtender Jason put it, “It will knock you out.” Near Burbank Airport, Valley Herbal Healing Center is on the leading edge. They were the first in L.A. to capitalize on an old idea — they have a drive-through window for regular customers on the go.
3. Mega Wellness OG from the W.E.E.D (Wellness Earth Energy Dispensary)
Located on what we affectionately call Bud Row (Ventura Boulevard) because of the large number of dispensaries on the street, the W.E.E.D. is a classy place next to a wine store and a fitness center. Mega Wellness OG is a High Times Cannabis Cup winner, and who are we to argue?
Buds & Roses
3. Veganic L.A. Confidential from Buds & Roses
Another Bud Row dispensary with multiple Cannabis Cup wins, Buds & Roses has been growing this strain for six years. It offers other winning strains, such as Veganic Platinum Cookies and Veganic Strawberry Cough, but L.A. Confidential is a vice everyone should experience.
2. Snow OG from Westside Caregivers
Budtender/comedian Lindsey Jenningz suggested this strain when we visited this tiny hole-in-the-wall. She said it was her favorite, and we can see why. This was a tough decision; Snow OG would be our No. 1 if it weren’t for the pedigree of our No. 1.
1. CannaSutra OG from CannaSutra
The L.A. Weekly gold medal goes to CannaSutra OG — perhaps the best marijuana since the Colombian Gold days of the 1970s. We never thought we’d smoke pot that good again. Now we have. We tested this strain on Christmas Day, almost two months before High Times awarded CannaSutra OG its first-place award in the L.A. Cannabis Cup. Great minds smoke alike.
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