7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis in the Bay Area [Updated]

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Years from now, a fresh-faced generation of San Franciscans will look back on this moment as a defining one in Bay Area history. This is the moment when disgust and fatigue with the failed war on drugs, with the unjust overpopulation of our prisons, with the criminalization of farmers and consumers of a curative and, to some, sacred plant, gave way to a modern-day Summer of Love. When our roots as Gold Rush–era entrepreneurs and rebellious hippie pot smokers met our current incarnation as technological innovators and creators of artisanal everything to ignite yet another movement that will change not just San Francisco and California but the rest of the country, if not the world as well. This is the moment when Californians said no to senseless prohibition and yes to regulated recreational use of cannabis for adults ages 21 and up. Can we get a hell yeah?!

To celebrate Northern California's tens of thousands of small cannabis farmers, growers, makers, and entrepreneurs, 7x7 has curated a Bay Area guide to cannabis for the kind of people who love a good glass of wine or a craft beer, an energizing hike, a locally made garment, an eye-opening experience, an inspiring conversation. Because the world's most stigmatized plant is becoming as mainstream as Bi-Rite's salted caramel—and in many cases, it's just as tasty.

This is in no way a comprehensive look at marijuana in the Bay Area—there's already too much out there. Instead, these are our absolute favorite things in the world of Bay Area cannabis, thoroughly vetted for quality, style and safety by industry experts who know. Don't see your favorites? Send us your recommendations!

While we won't feel the full high of legalization until recreational licenses go into effect on January 1, 2018, you may still partake of the Bay Area's best by using your medical marijuana card. (Don't have one? Scroll to the bottom of this post.)

Happy smoking, vaping, eating, soaking, lounging...however you enjoy your cannabis, for ganja's sake be smart about it. The world is watching.

—Chloé Hennen

The Bay Area's Best Dispensaries, Deliveries + Chic Weed Boutiques

Here are our favorite (read: clean, stylish, safe) places in the Bay Area to buy grade-A flowers (all lab-tested with no yucky stuff), artisanal edibles, and more. Read more...


The Best Artisanal Marijuana Edibles Made in the Bay Area

Treats for all occasions—granola for your breakfast, pretzels for the afternoon, and no end to cookies, brownies and little cakes. Vegan. Gluten-free. Paleo. You get the picture. Read more...


The Sleekest Vapes, Sweetest Bongs + Coolest Toking Accessories

Oodles of cute pipes, high-tech vapes, chic stashes, and more. Behold, the most elegant accessories the industry has to offer. Read more...


The Bay Area's Hottest Cannabis Dinners, Festivals, Ganja Yoga + More

Experiences are the new commodity, and the cannabis world is getting in on the action. As pot goes mainstream, devotees are coming out of the shadows to share herb together over a host of fun activities. Read more...


Our Favorite Marijuana Flowers, Pre-Rolls + Growers in Northern California

A handful of our absolute favorite flowers and pre-rolled joints, all lab-tested to guarantee the highest quality (no pesticides, no mold, no other weird junk). Read more...


The Best Tinctures, Topicals + Bath Soaks Handcrafted in the Bay Area

These magical potions are the easiest entrée in the wide world of medical marijuana—and a perfect option for anyone wishing to ease tension without getting high. Read more...


Legit Pot Docs + Stylish Spots to Get Your MMJ Card

Until recreational sales licenses take effect on January 1, 2018, you'll still need a medical marijuana card to purchase cannabis in California. Here are the coolest and quickest ways to get your card, as well as a few doctors and nurses who are changing the landscape of modern medicine. Read more...

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7x7's Guide to Cannabis was originally published on April 20, 2016 and was updated on November 8, 2016.

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