The Rise of Cannabis Cafes in North America

For the longest time, The Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam, reigned supreme with cannabis cafes on every corner. A place where locals and tourists alike could gather to smoke or fill their stomachs with cannabis-induced treats. It only took like, one hundred years, but North America is finally catching up! There’s competition in the air now for the world’s best cannabis cafe. Let’s find out where some of the best cannabis cafes are and the do’s and dont’s of each one.

Add These Cannabis Cafes to Your Bucket List

Just a few years ago, the only place to buy cannabis legally was at a medical dispensary in a state that had already legalized cannabis consumption for medicinal purposes. But that is rapidly changing due to more states legalizing recreational cannabis use. Currently, 11 U.S. states have legalized recreational cannabis use, and the number figures to grow even more in coming years to become a truly nationwide phenomenon. The fact that recreational cannabis is now legal in more than twenty percent of the nation is setting the stage for cannabis cafes and restaurants to pop up all over the United States, especially in California, where upscale cuisine and cannabis are turning out to be an attractive and potent combination.

Club Ned In Colorado

Of course, gorgeous Colorado makes this list. It’s got mountains, craft beer, and cannabis for days. It would almost be rude to come to the Mile-High state and not enter a cannabis cafe. Colorado’s first cannabis cafe, Club Ned, prides itself on being a “club with altitude” — meaning it’s only for pot smokers. The owners’ idea is to have a small, intimate space where people can enjoy each other’s company. Not in the mood to be social? No problem! Club Ned has quiet corners where you can just sit and chill.

Garden Lounge In Vancouver

We haven’t forgotten about you, dear Canadians. The next time you’re in Vancouver, stop by the Garden Lounge for a smoke or snack. There are several Garden Lounges across the city, so you may end up having one right in your neighborhood. For only a $2 cover charge, you can enjoy a smoking circle, an outdoor vapor area (as long as weather permits), an arcade area. That’s right, you can play arcade games without little kids running around to distract you. Garden Lounge has a highly spiritual place where customers feel like something bigger, part of a larger puzzle.

Vapor Central In Toronto

On the other side of Canada, you’ll find the much-loved Vapor Central, right in the heart of downtown Toronto. The lounge has developed quite a devoted following. It only costs $5 per person to get in — but you could also choose a weekly, monthly, or yearly membership. The schedule at Vapor Central includes a “weedy Wednesday” and “cannabis comedy hour.” There’s something new going on almost every day of the week, so you’ll never get bored! You may, however, leave the place laughing your face off.

The Coffee Joint In Colorado

We’re not biased when it comes to Colorado or Denver, but it is one of the only states that have legal cannabis cafes as of 2019. Rest assured, the rest of America is taking notes and making changes. The Coffee Joint differs from the others on this list in the sense that you cannot actually buy cannabis here — but it is attached to a dispensary. Instead, The Coffee Joint aims to be a “Starbucks on steroids.” You can sip your morning coffee and walk right next door to buy cannabis. Talk about major convenience!

California Has Multiple Cannabis Cafes, but This One’s Our Favorite…

Arguably the most famous cannabis cafe in the world right now, Lowell Farms is situated right in the heart of Los Angeles. It’s marketed as the first “real” cannabis cafe in America. Here’s how it works: you sit down and order off a menu the same way you would at a regular restaurant. But instead of selecting wine, you’ll have cannabis offerings. You cannot drink alcohol inside Lowell Farms. Trust us, you don’t want to mix THC and alcohol. It usually doesn’t end well. Instead, order a sandwich, a lemonade, and your favorite strain. You can even roll your joints yourself!

Great, now we’ve made ourselves hungry, thirsty, and in the mood for an “elevated” experience. Don’t worry if none of these cannabis cafes popped up in your home state. As we speak, more and more cannabis cafes, shops, and boutiques are in the works throughout North America.

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