Cannabis is now legal to purchase for adult recreational consumption in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, and as of January 1, 2018, California—making the Golden State the largest marijuana marketplace in the world.
Retail cannabis shops in California opened their doors to long lines of cannabis enthusiasts on January 1 and have continued to do brisk business ever since. If you’re buying weed in California, be mindful of the fact that although anyone over 21 can buy and consume cannabis legally, you have to do so privately. No public puffing! Discreet edibles are the way to go if you’d like to get lifted when you’re out and about. Vaping is also less obvious than hotboxing your car—but remember, all public consumption is illegal as is driving under the influence.
Where To Buy Legal Weed
There are currently only a few places to shop for legal weed in Los Angeles. Currently, you can visit Alternative Healing Health Services, MedMen, Los Angeles Patients and Caregivers Group and Zen Healing, all located in West Hollywood, to make your pot purchase.
In San Diego, check out Mankind Cooperative, The Healing Center San Diego, A Green Alternative or Urbn Leaf. If you’re out in the desert looking for some mary jane, Desert Organic Solutions, Desert’s Finest and Palm Springs Safe Access, all in Palm Springs, are open for recreational pot sales. So is Green Pearl Organics in Desert Hot Springs.
What To Do When You’re Baked
You’re high—now what? Southern California is one of the best places in the world to explore when you’re elevated. Go to the beach, take in a concert, go to Disneyland, take a movie studio tour, eat incredible food … the options are endless. Here are a few suggestions to make your perfectly baked day in SoCal extra-special and fun.
Take A Sound Bath
The most Californian of all experiences, a sound bath is the perfect thing to do when you’re high and in touch with all your senses. A sound bath is just what it sounds like—a soothing, meditative series of sounds washing over you, deepening your connection to your inner self and the universe. Think of it as a healing music concert—one where you get to lie on the floor. You can find sound baths all over Southern California. Some of them recommend getting high!
Get A Massage
Cannabis tunes you into your body. Relaxing under the skilled hands of a massage therapist when you’re pleasantly stoned is a life-changing experience. A low-dose edible can work wonders to help your muscles melt as you drift away on the massage table. Just be sure to hydrate well before and after. And don’t drive—go with a friend who can get you home safely after your session. You’ll want to bliss out in the passenger seat.
Puff and Paint
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When you’re high, creativity abounds. One way to express yourself freely in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere is to join a Puff, Pass & Paint class. The group offers cannabis enthusiasts of all artistic talents the freedom to create an original masterpiece in a fun, intimate setting. The framework for the class is straightforward: puff, pass, and paint. Easy, fun and you’ll have a new conversation piece at the end of class. Class schedules are listed on the site.
Go For A Hike
Southern California is breathtaking. Thousands of miles of gorgeous hiking trails wind through mountains and along coastlines. Pack a lunch, and make sure you have plenty of water, sunscreen and a map. Roll up a joint, or grab your vape, and hit the trail. When you’re out enjoying Mother Nature, a little bit of weed goes a long way to enhance her beauty. Remember, it’s always best to hike with a companion, and be sure to tell a friend where you’re going.
Immerse Yourself In Virtual Reality
Virtual reality game arcades offer the thrill of the newest technologies for adventure-seeking gamers. Add cannabis to the experience, and the plunge into the immersive world of VR gets more intense and exciting. Try one of VR Territory’s California locations. If you’ve never experienced virtual reality, give it a whirl before you get high—otherwise you might find it a tad overwhelming. The future is here!
Go To A Record Store
It looked like vinyl was heading toward extinction when CDs, and then music streaming, took over. But everything old is new again, and vinyl refused to die. Happily, the experience of going to a record store when you’re stoned and browsing for hours, listening to new and favorite artists with like-minded music lovers, is still alive. Check out Amoeba Music in Hollywood, or Vacation Vinyl in Silver Lake.