Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

52 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 Carmel Big Sur Canna+Botanicals It’s as extravagant as a dispensary is expected to be in Carmel. The waiting room is finely furnished with what the staff describe as an “Industrial Cabin” theme, with wood grain tables. Once inside, browse an inventory of high-end cannabis products like THC mints and organic edibles. But this dispensary’s charm transcends its poshness and lies in its attentive staff eager to educate new and senior cannabis users and everyone in between. 26352 Carmel Rancho Lane, Carmel. (831) 250-7756, Synchronicity Holistic This elevated dispensary, with its sleek, elegant interior, seeks to promote the medical uses and benefits of cannabis to newcomers young and old. Their staff of experts includes a longtime pharmacist and registered nurses, and both their facility and website contain a wealth of educational material on cannabis wellness. Alongside their medical-grade supply, Synchronicity also offers recreational products, including a hearty range of high-end edibles like flavored chocolates and sativa tonics. 26390 Carmel Rancho Lane, Suite 4, Carmel. (831) 624-9042, Carmel Valley Joint Venture While not a large shop, Joint Venture offers great variety—with new items cycling through regularly. Expect to find what you are looking for, whether pre-rolls or cartridges, edibles or flowers. The folks at Joint Venture are not afraid of exotic flavors. There are daily deals, and the budtenders have honed their customer service skills. Opened in 2023, the shop became instantly popular. 27280 Dorris Drive, Carmel. (831) 609-4202, Del Rey Oaks Del Rey Farms Known as the “home of the $15 eighth” specials, with an ever-rotating selection of reasonably priced bud, Del Rey Farms markets over 20 different strains (some of which are shared by their Salinas sister dispensary, Valley Farms). Besides their impressive volume of flower, they’ve also got a strong selection of extracts, pre-rolls, edibles, tinctures and CBD topicals, and excellent customer service to help you sort through it all. 800 Portola Drive, Del Rey Oaks. (831) 393-2500, enjoythefarm. com Marina Catalyst With a motto of #WeedForThePeople, Catalyst in Marina has a staff full of knowledgeable budtenders. With a menu as robust as their featured flower, edibles, tinctures, concentrates, vapes and more, their help is key. Be sure to ask your budtender about new drops, deals, or specials. If you know what you want, you can order online and pick up at the dispensary for prompt service. 3100 Del Monte Blvd., Marina. (831) 747-1452, catalyst-cannabis. com/marina-dispensary Element 7 Marina took a little longer than some other Monterey County cities to open cannabis dispensaries, but it was worth the wait. Element 7 offers craft, premium and value-driven cannabis. Sign up for their VIP customer loyalty program and enjoy even more perks. Knowledgeable staff can help you select the right products, or order online and pick up curbside. 234 Reservation Road, Marina. (831) 324-4024, STIIIZY One of the fastest-growing cannabis companies in the U.S., STIIIZY products are available at most dispensaries in the area. Skip the middleman and head on over to the STIIIZY shop and get the goods for lower prices when you buy direct from the source. The dispensary has beautiful, large-format, image-wrapped walls and a welcoming staff. WIth weekly deals, a referral program and accrual of customer loyalty points, regularly low prices drop even lower. 3170 Del Monte Blvd., Marina. (831) 201-1795, Monterey Monterey Holistic Health The county’s only strictly-CBD dispensary aims to alleviate an array of ailments rather than getting you laughably high. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound of cannabis. Experts recommend CBD for a range of health and mood benefits, for everything from reducing symptoms of anxiety to treating arthritis and asthma, and much more. 623 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. (831) 583-5122, North County East of Eden The Salinas-born dispensary’s second location brings the original East of Eden experience to Moss Landing: same accommodating staff, same convenient ordering, same broad range of product. The only difference lies in their flower and concentrates, which shift according to demand—while indica is generally more popular in Salinas, this location currently stocks California has long been at the forefront of cannabis, from cultivation to consumption—even before sales of recreational cannabis became legal for the 21-and-up crowd in 2018. Cannabis tourists will find dispensaries in Monterey County stocked for all interests. Whether you’re looking for a gram of good flower, a potent edible, an ointment to alleviate the pain, an infused beverage to go with dinner or you are looking for some direction, you’ll find it all. And if you are in need of information, the budtenders here are knowledgeable about all strains and uses. Cannabis Del Rey Farms