After 2020, few doubt the power of THC and CBD to relieve anxiety and unwind after a stressful day at work.
If you’re looking for an elevated smoking experience or need some guidance from a professional to find your perfect blend, you’re in luck: Boston’s led the way for recreational use of the wonder plant since cannabis became legal for adults to grow and possess in Massachusetts in 2016.
The city boasts more than 80 stores to blow off some steam, but some dispensaries stand out for their relaxing atmospheres, enticing menus and social justice endeavors. If you’re ready for a luxurious experience, head to one of these seven high-end smoking spots in town.
430 Blue Hill Ave. / Website
Pure Oasis is Boston’s first cannabis dispensary, but there are so many more reasons why the establishment warrants attention. The knowledgeable staff and user-friendly menu make for a great experience if you’re new to 4/20 mania. This shop also participates in one of the Cannabis Control Commission’s equity programs, designed to help communities disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs. If you’re looking to support a Black-owned business while indulging in high-end relaxation, you know where to go.
160 Washington St. / Website
NETA Brookline’s state-of-the-art cannabis is offered inside a former bank building, now beautifully-decorated with high ceilings and ornate designs. The network cultivates 50 strains and produces more than 100 pharmaceutical-grade therapies in lab-grade environments, so you know you’re only getting the finest stuff. NETA’s business also fights for social justice by providing social equity programs.
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1351 Beacon St. / Website
As its name suggests, Sanctuary is a refuge for organic cannabis lovers. The place has an extensive menu of high-quality products hand-crafted in-house, selling a variety of flowers and pre-rolls, as well as vape cartridges and concentrates. Blue-rasp and peach-mango chews are also on the menu for edible fans.
253 Meridian St. / Website
Berkshire Roots’ rich selection of unique flower strains, innovative pre-rolls and signature blend concentrates puts this shop on the map. Its thoughtful edible creations, gummies and chocolates are also well worth the visit. The interior is soothing and modern, and Berkshire Roots does more than provide excellent products: the company prides itself on its involvement in community organizations and nonprofits.
304 Somerville Ave. / Website
Liberty’s large selection of edibles and concentrates is reserved for medical use, but new patients are welcome. The high-end spot is incredibly user-friendly, as all cannabis is organized in by effect. You’ll find a descriptive word, distinct color and unique set of wings associated with each category, like “serenity” for Indica or “tranquility” for Indica Hybrid, so you can take the guess work out of the equation.
541 Massachusetts Ave. / Website
These quiet dispensaries promise more than quality medical marijuana in fun vaporizers, pre-rolls, flowers, concentrates and edibles. Revolutionary Clinics also offers workshops to educate patients on products, allowing you to make informed decisions about your care.
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Various locations / Website
Known for its premium cannabis plants, Sira Naturals actually provides wholesale cannabis to more than 20 companies. The shop offers patients extracts, concentrates and flower brands, including Jimmy’s Choice and Root 90. The real stars of the show are its Wicked Gummies—hot cinnamon, sour citrus, tropical, green apple, watermelon, blue raspberries, you name it! Try it for yourself to see what the hype is all about.
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