For years, Woody Harrelson’s name has spelled success for Hollywood productions. So it was no surprise that Harrelson’s dispensary, The Woods WeHo, opened to significant fanfare in West Hollywood earlier this year. Everyone expected it to garner attention. What was uncertain was whether it would be well-executed.
After a few visits, it’s safe to say that this is one project that deserves the hype.
Launched in partnership with Harrelson’s wife Laura, comedian and talk show host Bill Maher, and their other partners Devon Wheeler, Jay Handal, Thomas Schoos and Michael Bernman, the dispensary aims to be an oasis among the shops and bars in West Hollywood. A longtime Cannabis activist with strong ties to the sungrown community of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle, Harrelson and his team wanted to provide a respite from the norm of the indoor-focused Los Angeles scene, and built every part of the concept with that in mind.
Set and setting
The space is open and airy, with tons of natural light, wooden accents, and 13-foot-tall fiddle leaf fig plants that give visitors a refreshing impression of being in a tropical garden. Informative displays showcase highlighted brands, with an emphasis on the farms of Humboldt and Mendocino counties. The flow of the main sales floor is inviting and natural, built around a counter that extends out into the middle of the room. It’s an excellent use of space and the different displays give shoppers something to do besides just stare up at a readerboard. It has a garden boutique feel that fits in nicely with the locale.
Product curation at The Woods focuses on premium, respected brands and spotlights full-term sungrown flower as its mainstay. It’s part of the mission of the shop to bring the passion and terpene-laden love of cultivation from Northern California to the glitz of Hollywood – featuring products from farmers who fought for decades to bring the plant to the people during the times of prohibition. You can find legacy sungrown brands such as Ridgeline Farms, Huckleberry Hill Farms and Swami Selects next to powerhouse indoor brands such as Alien Labs and Connected. Prices are competitive for the area, with eighths on the menu ranging from less than $20 to almost $80. The edibles selection is stacked, making up more than 25% of the total product mix. Expect to find an array of favorites from 710 Labs, Papa & Barkley, Space Gems, Kiva and more, alongside a tight but well-selected lineup of concentrates.
The Woods WeHo offers delivery via its website, but why anyone would skip out on visiting this beautiful shop in-person is a mystery. Especially now, since Harrelson’s team opened the jewel of the property, an open-air consumption lounge, at the end of October. The lounge offers zen cabanas available for rent, and a dab and infused beverage bar. The staff in the bar will happily answer questions for revelers who want to learn more about terpenes, efficacy and the history of the plant. The open-air space in the lounge matches the vibe of the interior of the shop and enhances the tropical oasis feel. Whether you’re in the neighborhood or simply visiting Hollywood, The Woods WeHo dispensary and consumption lounge make for an experience you won’t want to miss.
Address: 8271 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Phone: (844) 484-3966
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. – 9:50 p.m.