4/20 Sweet Deals and Better Days Ahead

4:20 Graphics

This past Saturday was Swedish Flying Saucer’s inaugural 4/20 holiday and to commemorate the occasion, we headed out to a few local dispensaries to catch some of the action. We checked Weedmaps and Instagram to look for local deals and holiday product highlights but of the many different bargains and premiums offered nearby, BOGOs, percentage discounts, and dollar deals, though generous, seemed unremarkable. We took our time sussing out dispensaries offering the best discounts AND the best selections while keeping our eyes open for anything out of the ordinary. Although one of our go-to dispensaries seemed to have the biggest discount of the day (30% across the board), their limited extracts inventory kept us looking. If this was to be a truly special day, we needed to step outside the box and try something new.

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Calm and Concentrates at Zen NoHo

Zen Noho says Relax

For this week’s field trip, I checked out a local, compliant dispensary called Zen NoHo pre-ICO. This was my first time shopping for meds at Zen NoHo and it was an impressive experience. Their customer service was excellent, the interior was clean, roomy and orderly, the inventory was just the right balance of quality and quantity, and the location is easily accessible. Continue reading “Calm and Concentrates at Zen NoHo”

Compassion, Cleanliness, Compliance: A Dispensary Story

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Compassion Union Dispensary, NoHo. Sleek, modern, earth-toned exterior & interior.

Compassion Union is an upscale, modern, professional cannabis dispensary in North Hollywood, California, selling recreational and medicinal marijuana and related products. While its exterior bears the ever-so-slight familiarity of a just built Starbucks cafe, it’s patient-centered inner sanctum is totally unique in that there are no display counters surrounding and separating customers from budtenders. All the products – vape pods and cartridges, edibles, tinctures, oils, concentrates, etc. – are displayed in cases along the walls of the room, while the flower strains sit in closed containers on a long table in the middle. Customers self-access the containers’ air hole covers to sample the different terpened aromas and gaze through the small, magnified portal to behold the dazzling crystalline trichomes. When customers have questions, there are budtenders standing by to assist and when closer inspection is required, they will happily pull display items from the shelves . As customers make their selections, budtenders gather the corresponding items from the back room and keep together near the register until the customer is ready to purchase. Continue reading “Compassion, Cleanliness, Compliance: A Dispensary Story”

Best Little Smoke Shop in LA is on Broadway

Broadway Smoke Shop
Broadway Smoke Shop & Accessories in DTLA

Broadway Smoke Shop in downtown Los Angeles is an old school, niche in the wall smoke shop stocked to the rafters with bongs, rigs, bowls, pipes, bangers, papers, carb caps, cleaning solutions, incense, torches, terpenes…any smoking accessory imaginable, they’ve got it.

The shift from brick and mortar stores to on-line vendors has made it very difficult to see / feel / try out a product before purchase. It has also made it challenging to obtain a product on the same day you’re shopping for it. I don’t like making blind on-line purchases and really prefer taking my purchase home the day I pay for it. Unfortunately, smoke shops have largely migrated to virtual storefronts and there are fewer to visit in person. I’m fortunate to have Blues smoke shop in my neighborhood, but I knew there was a better smoke shop out there, and I was determined to find it. Continue reading “Best Little Smoke Shop in LA is on Broadway”