If you’re planning a trip to Washington state, then chances are you are planning to visit Seattle dispensaries!
There’s so much to do in Seattle that it can feel overwhelming, so you’ll want to come with a game plan to make your trip as smooth (and as fun!) as possible.
After all, an estimated 39.9 million people visit Seattle every single year. That’s more than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago… combined!
You’ll likely want to hit all the tourist hot spots, but if you want to add an extra “kick” to your visit, then finding the perfect Seattle dispensary is a must.
Seattle Dispensaries: Know Before You Go
Walking into a weed shop for the very first time can be intimidating, especially if you come from a state where marijuana hasn’t been legalized yet. It’s important to remind yourself that in Washington state, yes – marijuana is legal! Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis are protected by state law.
Only those who are 21 years old and older can legally purchase marijuana from a licensed shop in the state.
Take it from us – even if marijuana is legal in your state, there’s nothing quite like a Seattle dispensary. Most Seattle dispensaries source their product locally, so the experience is truly unique and grounded in the city.
So, let’s get shopping!
Where to Find the Best Seattle Dispensaries
If you’re visiting from out of state, don’t pick a dispensary simply out of convenience. For example, just because a shop is right across the street from your hotel, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best option for you. Yes, it might be convenient, but it might not be the best experience.
Take the time to research the various dispensaries – taking into account their menus, location, and reviews.
One of our favorites is American Mary, which has two locations: one in the Ballard neighborhood and the other on NE 45th Street. No matter where you’re staying, chances are that one of these locations will be closeby.
American Mary on N 45 St., for example, is close to sightseeing hotspots like the Henry Art Gallery, Husky Stadium, and University of Washington.
American Mary in Ballard is close to some of the city’s most famous local restaurants (i.e. get the best pizza at Serious Pie and try seafood burgers at Giddy Up Burgers). Here, you’ll be able to load up on grub as well as cannabis!
What Type of Cannabis to Purchase: Flower, Edibles, or Concentrates?
When you think of weed, chances are that the first type you think of is flower. This is the green, tasty bud that you can grind up and smoke!
If you live in a state that hasn’t already legalized marijuana, then “flower” can seem like a strange term. We call it “flower” because these green buds are, quite literally, the flowers of the cannabis plant.
Unless you’re staying at a friend or family member’s house, it’s important to consider the smoking policy of your hotel. If your hotel doesn’t allow regular smoking, then realistically smoking weed won’t be cool there either.
That’s not to say you can’t purchase flower, though. If you want it, then by all means, find the perfect product for you! Just be sure to follow the rules, so that the marijuana industry can continue to thrive.
One of the most discreet versions of cannabis are edibles. At American Mary, edibles are available in virtually any form you can imagine. From gummies to cookies to brownies – their menu has something for everyone! They even carry chocolate toffee minis infused with cannabis. Yum!
Cannabis concentrates are exactly what they sound like – highly concentrated cannabis. These are cannabis products that must be chemically extracted from the marijuana plant.
They come in the form of THC oils (like the liquid found inside disposable vape cartridges, for example). Concentrates also come in different consistencies that can range from a thick syrup to a crumbly brown-sugar texture. Some common names are “wax”, “shatter”, “butter”, “budder” and “crumble”.
To use the concentrates mentioned above is called “dabbing” – something you may have heard of, as it is currently one of the most popular ways to consume!
Concentrates carry very high levels of THC, so dabbing is not the best choice for first time users. Typically, concentrates are recommended for more experienced smokers. What’s more, concentrates often require special tools for consumption – which most dispensaries will likely carry. If you’re on a budget, definitely consider flower and/or edibles first.
Have questions about THC concentrates, and their potency? Be sure to ask your budtender before making your final choice!
Not sure which cannabis product to go for?
Not to worry! Most Seattle dispensaries have knowledgeable “budtenders,” which are like marijuana advisors.
Budtenders are experts on cannabis, and a good budtender should always be able to answer your questions in a professional manner. They can answer your questions about the different types of strains and even the experiences that they offer.
Don’t feel bad asking questions. That’s what they’re there for!
Where Can Cannabis Be Consumed?
The general rule of thumb is that if it’s not in private, it’s not ok.
Yes, cannabis is legal for recreational use in Washington state, but that doesn’t mean that you can use it openly in public. It’s very important to consider others while you consume.
Some visitors do smoke in public, as long as it is not blatantly obvious and with disregard to others. Smoking in public is not something we endorse – but it’s something that locals have seen before.
Can You Get Arrested for Smoking in Public?
If a police officer sees you, you won’t have to worry about getting arrested. In Seattle, smoking in public is treated the same as drinking in public. What does that mean? You can expect a $27 ticket.
Even so, it’s best not to do this, as it can give marijuana and the marijuana industry as whole a very bad reputation. Just be sure you are being respectful as you consume, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.
Seattle Parks: Can You Consume There?
It’s important to note that if you’re visiting a national park, they are considered federal land. Weed is totally legal in Seattle, but the moment you enter a national park, you’re on federal property. So, that’s something to keep in mind when carrying and partaking in cannabis.
How Much Cannabis Should I Use?
If you’re a first time user, for edibles we recommend starting with 5 or 10 milligrams of THC – but always double check dosage with your budtender.
Remember, edibles can take up to 1 or 2 hours to kick in, so if you don’t feel the effects immediately, wait a little longer before eating more.
It’s impossible to overdose on weed, but it’s impossible to consume too much and have an “uncomfortable” high.
By starting slow, you can test your tolerance and always try more if that’s not enough.
We hope that you found this guide helpful! There are lots of fun things to do in Seattle, and visiting a Seattle dispensary is definitely one of them.
Keep these tips in mind and it will help to make your stay as fun (and as safe) as possible!