Best Of the East Bay

Best of East Bay 2022 – Cannabis

Best of East Bay 2022 – Cannabis
Oakland alone has 16 fully-permitted dispensaries with 10 more conditionally approved. (Photo courtesy of Thought Catalog)

You Need a NUG

Embracing state’s first Asian-owned equity dispensary 

While not suffering from a shortage of cannabis dispensaries, NUG is a trim above the rest, and I highly recommend it. NUG is the first Asian-owned equity dispensary in California, and a supporter of Oakland’s Social Equity Cannabis program, which provides opportunities in the legal cannabis industry to those targeted by the “war on drugs.”

NUG is all about normalizing cannabis use, and curates their dispensary impeccably with the finest in California edibles, beverages, flower and more. 

Their location on Broadway in Oakland is underground, through a security guard, down a hallway with a lightning-esque neon installation and down a flight of stairs. The music is always good, and the bud tenders
are informed and friendly.
Their edibles can’t be beat. 

Try their rapid impact THC/CBD fruit chews—Kickin’ Mango is my personal favorite. NUG is also where I discovered the Lagunitas Hi-Fi Sessions, a zero-calorie drink infused with hops and cannabis. It’s a delicious alternative to gummies and sets in the high like a slow sunrise. 

NUG is a gem, for the community and the cannabis user alike. Stop in.

 —Jane Vick

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Best Hydroponic Supply Store
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Best Cannabis Delivery
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Best Cannabis CBD Selection
Farmacy

Best Vape Shop
Big Al’s Smoke Shop

Best Cannabis Menu Selection
Farmacy

Best Curbside Service
Harborside

Best Dispensary Discounts (MMJ, Vets, Seniors, etc)
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Best Attorney
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Best Budtenders
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Best Dispensary
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Best Hydroponic Store
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Best Place to Get a Medical Cannabis Recommendation
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Best Cannabis Label
IC Collective

Best Cannabis Farm
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Best Edible Selection
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Best Cannabis CBD Product
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Best Cannabis Pre-Order Pick Up Service
Harborside

Best Cannabis Body Care
Sweet Releaf

Best New Dispensary
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Best Local Edible Brand
Kiva Lost Farms Gummies and Chews

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