Dispensary: Higher Level
Location: Discreet location in North Park that was a little tough to find. Parking is limited to street parking during regular business hours and there is a small lot usable after 6PM. The interior of the location is clean and professional. It has the look of a new age doctor’s office and features a waiting room with plenty of seating and a huge television. The budroom was spacious and well organized.
Experience: Once inside, I was greeted by a friendly and attractive female receptionist. Check in was quick. The budtender was friendly and knowledgable. The vibe is high end and professional and the staff is accommodating.
Product Quality: I came looking for an edible, but took a look at all of their top shelf indicas. They have 3 tiers of quality. The first tier included 3 private reserve OGs that were priced exorbitantly. They had about 8 top shelf Indicas (primarily Bubbas and OGs) below the private reserve strains and a couple lower quality strains for the budget minded. The 3 private reserve strains looked solid, not the best I’ve seen, but definitely of legitimate quality. I would have picked the Tokyo OG out of the 3. I’m not sure they warrant being priced without breaks for quantity, but at least they looked good. Out of the other Indicas, the Platinum LA Confidential (Platinum Bubba crossed with LA Con), Blackberry Kush and Mr. Nice Guy stood out. Ultimately, I felt that I had better versions of these strains or similar at home, so I passed.
They had a wide selection of concentrates and edibles ranging in strength. I didn’t spend to much time looking at the concentrates, but there were several to choose from. I chose the Honey Almond Cookies that were a triple dose. They had 2 categories of edibles that were stronger (and pricier).
Price: The prices were a bit high for the quality. The 3 private reserve OGs were $20 per gram with no breaks. The top shelf Indicas (primarily Bubbas and OGs) were priced at $20 per gram/$55 per eighth and a couple lower priced strains were available at about $40 per eighth. The edibles varied widely in price with a couple of options below $10 and some in the $20 range. The Honey Almond Cookies I picked were $12 for a triple dose. I’ve seen comparable or better quality in all categories at lower prices at several spots across the city.
The Honey Almond Cookie looked tasty and fresh. It is made with a “triple dose” of organic bubble hash. (I’ll post a detailed review momentarily)
Overall: Relatively fancy location, pretty good product and high prices. The staff was nice and parking wasn’t particularly convenient. I will return if I’m in the area and see something that sticks out on the menu. There are several spots I would frequent over Higher Level, but I still enjoyed my experience. Thanks to the staff for the hospitality.