Dispensaries in San Diego

April 21, 2023 · Thrillist

It’s spring in San Diego, so 4/20 can’t be far behind, and it’s safe to say that stoners across the city are looking forward to enjoying a lit holiday. San Diego’s dispensaries are ready with flower, pre-rolls, wax and shatter, vapes, infused edibles from chewy gummies to crunchy corn chips, beverages, tinctures, balms, and more.

Whether you like to wake and bake, are a weekend weed enthusiast, or are simply cannabis-curious, San Diego has a wide variety of dispensary options, so there’s something for everyone out there. Here are the best dispensaries in San Diego that can satisfy all your weed needs on 4/20 and beyond. And if you’re taking a road trip, don’t miss our LASan Francisco, and Vegas guides.


Sorrento Valley and Kearny Mesa

California-based MedMen, feels like an Apple store experience. It boasts a sleek red and white color scheme and tables of tablets that allow you to browse the dispensary’s inventory with information on different strains, dosages, cannabinoid, and terpene profiles and filter by product potency and your cannabis proficiency, tailoring your purchase to your specific needs. In addition to nearly 80 cannabis brands, they have their own proprietary products, MedMen Red, for flower, prerolls, and vapes, and LuxLyte, a line of lotions, drops, vape pens, topical sprays, and soft gels containing precise ratios of CBD: THC from 1:0 through 1:100, for relief from chronic pain, spasticity, insomnia, nausea, and other medical issues. You can even email or call to book an in-store, virtual, or phone consultation with a Cannasseur—your own personal cannabis concierge. Check out their monthly and Last Chance Deals for special savings.
How to order: MedMen is open daily from 8 am-9 pm for in-store and curbside pickup and from 9 am-9 pm at Kearny Mesa or 10 am-7 pm at Sorrento Valley for cash-only delivery.

The Healing Center San Diego

Mission Valley

First-time customers get one of the best deals in town at The Healing Center—25% off your first visit, 30% off your second, and 35% off your third visit. In addition, they have daily deals like Wax Wednesday, with BOGO specials on all wax and vapes, and Thrifty Thursdays, when everyone gets 25% off anything in the store. You’ll find all your favorite brands here, like Tsumo Snacks, savory corn chips, crunchers, and rings that look and taste like Fritos, Cheetos, and Funyuns but with a 100 mg THC kick in each bag.
How to order: The Healing Center is open daily from 7 am-9 pm for in-store shopping. Order online for curbside pickup from 9 am-7 pm. No delivery.

Goldn Bloom

Golden Hill

A little off the beaten path, family-owned and operated Goldn Bloom has an easy registration system and an uber-helpful staff, so you can be in and out in a flash. It serves both the recreational and medical cannabis communities, and its range of products is diverse—no matter what you’re looking for, the budtenders can steer you to just the right product. First-time customers from San Diego get 20% off a $50 minimum purchase or a preroll for $1 with any other purchase. Daily deals include Munchie Mondays (buy two edibles, get a third for 50% off, twice-a-day happy hours on weekdays with 10% all purchases, and if you’re looking for flower, buy an eighth and get 20% off a second eighth or buy two eights and get 50% off a third eighth).
How to order: Goldn Bloom is open daily from 7 am–9 pm for in-store shopping. Order online for in-store or curbside pickup through Weedmaps. Delivery is not available.


Mission Valley and Sorrento Valley

Formerly San Diego Recreational Cannabis (SDRC), Cannabis21+ is still the same family- and veteran-owned dispensary you know and love. After opening four locations outside the city, the family decided to drop the San Diego for clarity. The extensive selection of flower, topicals, edibles, vapes, tinctures, pet products, CBD, seeds, clones, and a better-than-average stock of accessories and glassware make this the place for one stop shopping. Prices listed online are out-the-door—all the taxes have already been added. Delivery customers can (and should) call the Mission Valley store at 619-906-5546 for deals and discounts not available online.
How to order: Cannabis21+ is open daily from 9 am–9 pm for in-store shopping. Order online for pickup during regular business hours. Free delivery minimums range from $50-$200 depending on your zip code. Call 619-906-5546 for details.

Urbn Leaf

Various locations

Urbn Leaf has grown to five locations from Vista to San Ysidro, with shops that are sleek and modern, and they sell one of the widest varieties of non-flower products out there, including lubes, suppositories and salves plus, the bud they do have is often proprietary and high quality. Check out their Tops Loyalty Rewards and receive 1 point for each dollar spent, or 1.5 points on in-house brands (Kingpen/Kingroll, Fuzzies/ Sublime, Urbn Leaf, Loudpack, Smokiez, Harborside Farms, Dime Bag, Key), redeemable for in-store, online or delivery purchases as well as access to exclusive products, launches and more.
How to order: Urbn Leaf is open daily for in-store shopping, as well as online pickup orders. The Bay Park location also offers free delivery throughout most of San Diego with a minimum pre-tax order of $50.

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: designer strains like Garcia Hand Picked and Cheech’s Private Stash, edibles from Korova, and concentrates from Moxie and Raw Garden. 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.
How to order: Harbor Collective is open for in-store shopping daily from 7 am–9 pm, or place your order online for pickup. It also offers free delivery with a minimum pretax order of $50.

Golden State Greens

Point Loma

Back in the day, it was Point Loma Patient-Consumer Co-op, but under any name, Golden State Greens is a favorite with area weed enthusiasts. The smallish interior isn’t as fancy as some of the newcomers to the market, but it has a wide selection of top-shelf flower, wax, oil, edibles, clones, and other products. Customer service is exceptional, with knowledgeable, eager-to-please budtenders, many of whom have spent years working in the industry. The handy pickup window outside of the main dispensary makes grabbing your online order a breeze.
How to order: Golden State is open for in-store shopping daily from 7 am–9 pm, or place your order online for pickup. It also offers free delivery with a $0 pretax minimum purchase under 5 miles and $50 for 5-20 miles.

Torrey Holistics

Sorrento Valley

Rightly claiming itself as 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. Locals also love Torrey Holistics for their product offerings— they feature a good variety of bud strains, choosing to focus on quality over quantity, and a wide selection of accessories. They deliver across San Diego County for free, with required pre-tax minimums depending on your location.
How to order: Torrey Holistics is open for in-store shopping from 7 am–9 pm Monday–Saturday and 9 am–9 pm on Sunday. Order online for pickup or delivery.

A Green Alternative Recreational Marijuana Dispensary

Otay Mesa

A Green Alternative sits mere feet from the Mexican border, making this shop a staple for both South Bay and across-the-border stoners. In partnership with PharmLabs, A Green Alternative tests for both safety screening and potency analysis, with information not only on their product labels, but in a book containing the complete spectrometry reports. Promos include 50% off for first time customers, 25% off every day for seniors, two 15% off happy hours daily and a whole page of bundling and BOGO deals.
How to order: A Green Alternative is open for in-store shopping from 7am–9 pm Monday–Saturday and 10 am–6 pm on Sunday. Online orders are open 24/7, and free delivery (minimums based on zip code) is available from 9 am–7 pm Monday–Saturday and 10 am–4 pm on Sunday.


Little Italy

Little Italy’s Klover sits in an industrial section on Estudillo Street near the airport between I-5 and the Pacific Coast Highway. Besides its selection of some of California’s best brands—the dispensary features names like Papa & Barkley, ABX, Kurvana, Farmer and the Felon—the dispensary offers pickup and delivery seven days a week. There are daily deals, too, including an art-related discount. The building boasts several colorful murals painted by Mexican-American street artist Panca—customers who snap a selfie with one of her murals, post it on Instagram, and show it to the budtender get 10% off their entire purchase.
How to order: Klover is open for in-store shopping daily from 7 am–9 pm. Order online for in-store pickup during regular business hours and curbside pickup daily from 7 am–8:45 pm.
Free delivery is available daily from 7 am–8:45 pm within a 10 mile radius with a $100 pre tax minimum purchase.

March & Ash

Various locations

March & Ash now has six locations across San Diego County. Their beautiful, boutique-like stores have dedicated flower bars, CBD rooms, and clone walls, depending on location. Each location has varying hours of operation and delivery schedules, but their website easily guides you through it all, with pages that detail each shop’s amenities and options, a page just for hours for in-store shopping, pickup and delivery as well as delivery zones and requirements, a first-time customer page with comprehensive FAQs, and deals of all kinds. Customers can also use March & Ash’s proprietary app. Add to that its well-deserved reputation for being one of San Diego’s best-stocked dispensaries, and you’ve got all your lifted dreams covered.
How to order: March & Ash offers in-store online shopping, curbside pickup for online and phone (760-62-GREEN) orders, and delivery, which requires a $30 minimum and is based on your zip code. See each individual store’s page for details.

Mankind Dispensary


Located near the Marine Air Corps Station Miramar, Mankind boasts products from top brands like Kiva, Heavy Hitters, Jetty Extracts, and others. The dispensary prides itself on being self-serve, which means its products are out in the open, rather than locked up in cases, and available for customers to inspect on sight. Deals include 20% off San Diego County customers’ first in-store visit and 10% for retired military (due to its proximity to the Marines base, the dispensary takes a hard-line and will not sell to those on active duty, spouses, and dependants). Delivery orders can be placed up to 96 hours in advance, and a touchless delivery option is available.
How to order: Mankind is open daily from 7 am–9 pm for in-store shopping. Order online for curbside pickup (no in-store pickup) daily from 8 am–7 pm. Free delivery is available daily from 9 am–9 pm across a large part of the county with minimums based on your zip code.


Fairmount Park

Tucked in an industrial corner of the city between the 15 and 94 freeways to the east of Golden Hill, north of Mountain View, and south of City Heights, is the design-forward Hikei. The dispensary, which looks like a hipsterized garage, boasts a wide selection of products, as well as friendly and experienced budtenders. For those looking for a little extracurricular knowledge, the dispensary also regularly updates its blog with consumer-friendly posts like “Best Smoke Spots in San Diego,” “The Ultimate Guide for Gummies,” or “Best Edibles for Sleep.”
How to order: Hikei is open daily from 7 am–9 pm for in-store shopping. Order online for in-store pickup during regular business hours. Free delivery is available daily from 8 am–9 pm, within a 10 mile radius with a $50 pretax minimum purchase. Call 619-517-8605 for minimums outside the radius. (Full Story)

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