Boasting The World’s Cannabis Information Resource title, the Leafly app was one of the first weed apps on the market and also one of the most extensive resources on strains and dispensaries. Leafly provides multiple services, indexing strains and dispensaries as well as providing user generated reviews for both. Unlike many of its competitors, Leafly is free to download, so there are a few ads, but they’re mostly small, inoffensive and 420-related.
Features highlighting new and trending hybrids make Leafly particularly attractive to the seasoned smoker, while its reliable, up-to-date feeds allow users to seamlessly locate bargain bud or find a dispensary in an unfamiliar neighborhood. If you have a little more time, Leafly also offers Web-MD style breakdowns of individual strains and organizing strains by symptom, strength, and intended use. Great for cautious new smokers or dabbed out veterans wanting to try something out of their usual wheelhouse.
Despite its neon interface and heftier price tag (.99 as apposed to free), we were disappointed to find Snoop Lion’s app a bit lackluster – at least compared to what we’ve come to expect from the Doggfather. Snoopify functions similarly to the popular Drake Shake app, allowing you to alter you own photos with the app’s themed stickers. Free options include Cheetos, a cartoon of Riff Raff, and a purple mushroom, while premium selections like “Deez nuts!” will cost you an extra .99 fee.
As it turns out, adding themed stickers to your photos isn’t that great when you aren’t shaking it before they appear. It doesn’t help that #Snoopify continually prompts you to pay while weirdly pushing Eat 24 branded content.
The more time I spent in #Snoopify, though, the more I started to develop this bizarre Stockholm syndrome and self doubt: like who was I to not want to pay a dollar for these images? Why don’t I take as much joy in them as I should? I feel like I also need to mention that my thumbs got weirdly sweaty trying to flip or resize the stickers. I went in hoping to make a fun image of myself looking “chill” but I started to feel really anxious, so just I surrounded myself with anthropomorphic food objects so I could leave.
While my experience with #Snoopify was primarily one of disillusionment, I was excited to learn about some of Snoop’s lesser known interests, or at least things he liked to enough to try to charge me .99 to display on my iPhone photos: a fluffy white cat, the phrase ‘ole ole ole’, David Beckham, a dancing record player.
With its stripped down layout and extensive directory of dispensaries, Weedmaps may be the weed app of greatest utility. Weedmaps allows users to search locally for dispensaries and delivery services, and filter results by location, hours of operation, and payment options. Though prices aren’t listed within the app, most pages include links to individual websites of dispensaries and delivery services that provide more detailed product descriptions and price lists. Though we’re generally fans of the app, we’ve encountered some bugs with the “search by location” feature, particularly when trying to locate a delivery service with multiple branches.
Anthony loved nothing better than getting baked and playing arcade games, except for one small hitch – the curmudgeon at the counter always made him feel so guilty and anxious! Each time poor red-eyed Anthony had to face the mean ol’ grump, he left flustered; in fact, it almost ruined his buzz entirely! “If only there was somewhere else I could go!” Anthony thought to himself, “somewhere I could catch falling items without this judgmental dickish fellow condescending me so.” Soon, Anthony began to work tirelessly on his own game, compiling algorithms of falling objects and perfecting them for use on smartphone platforms. “This is okay,” Anthony said, dejectedly picking up his trusty bong Calvin Coolidge. “But it could be better.” Calvin puffed quietly in agreement. “That’s it, Calvin!” Anthony said, “The game can be MADE UP OF WEED. Then, the mean old man will have no place in it! I can forget all about him!” Calvin smiled, agreeable as always. And so Weed Fall came to be.
Okay, so that isn’t exactly true, but it’s how I imagined the game’s inception. Unlike some of creator Anthony Liu’s other, more complicated games (Anthony, if you’re reading this I have nothing but admiration and gratitude for you), Weed Fall features a help button to redirect dabbed out game players or newbies like myself. Likewise, while some of Liu’s other games Timber Weed and Happy Weed begin at a fairly intimidating pace, Weed Fall eases you in, which is a huge incentive to those of us moving…uhh… a littttle on the slow side.
Eaze’s pitch is simple – Uber for weed. Unlike independent delivery services, which often take well over an hour, the app’s standard delivery time is a mere twenty minutes. Eaze partners with area dispensaries, contracting its own drivers and to deliver products locally. So far, the app is limited to the San Francisco Area and East Bay, but if Bay Area born predecessors like Uber and Lyft are any indication, it won’t be long before Eaze expands to other parts of the country. Though Eaze hasn’t come to us yet, its user friendly interface and rapid delivery rates are sure to be a big hit with smokers (and iPhone junkies) in Los Angeles and beyond.