Dispensary: California Herbal Remedies (CHR)
Location: 5470 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles
Years in business: 10
Number of reviews in 2016: 1,002
Total products: 370
California Herbal Remedies (CHR) and its affiliates have won a whopping 39 trophies in just one year on the competition circuit, and it’s easy to see why. The whole team is passionate about providing patients with the highest quality of medicine available. Shelves here are stocked with award-winning strains from such reputable curators as Los Angeles Kush, Utopia Farms, and Dr. Greenthumb – and while this may not be bargain-basement bud, members of the collective are all about the top-shelf quality.
When first diving into the industry, CHR manager Lexi felt compelled to get involved in a company that helps multiple people every day. “I’ve always had the urge to help others my entire life,” she says. “After college, I wanted to create a place where patients are allowed safe access to quality medications; therefore, that is my purpose in life.” That purpose has helped create one of the finest selections of cannabis on the California market, and has many producers in the area clamoring to get a spot on CHR’s shelves. The collective’s dedication to top brands and utmost quality has also helped it establish a rock-solid reputation in the industry.
If you’re a first-time patient at CHR, Lexi advises to “know exactly what you are hoping to alleviate or resolve with the use of medical cannabis” so the budtenders can provide their top recommendations according to your needs. Shelly, a CHR budtender, agrees: “I can recommend hundreds of different products but if it isn’t what the patient is looking for, it really doesn’t help or matter.”
Employees and patients alike agree that the store is always characterized by good vibes, which makes CHR worth a stop regardless of what you’re looking for. After you’ve picked up what you need, make the 10-minute drive to nearby Mama Churro Y Mas, where you’ll find some truly next-level munchies: namely, the signature Fried Chicken n’ Churros.
Top selling product: “The original Los Angeles Kush…consistently fire.”
What is the surrounding neighborhood like? “We have a corner liquor store that is our go-to spot for snacks and drinks, and a local fruit stand where we satisfy our fruit cravings! But, if we ever get lucky, the Elote Man will show up and bless us with his delicious esquites (a Los Angeles native favorite corn snack).”
What inspires you to come to work? “I come to work every day hoping to make a difference in the lives of our patients – hoping to leave a positive impact by providing the best quality meds and quality care that each patient deserves.”
How do you develop relationships with farmers and producers? “Mainly through cannabis events…in this industry a face to face interaction is very important in building long-lasting and honest relationships.”
California Herbal Remedies offers “quality” medicine that is “unmatched and unbeatable.” To some, it’s their “favorite place in the world” and “by far the best collective in Southern California.” The location also tends to stock “exclusive strains” not found in other shops in the area. It’s no wonder it’s considered by many to be the “best dispensary…hands down.”
Runner-Up: CaptainJacks (Upland, CA)
*Last names withheld by request.