These days, there are tons of different high-quality edibles to try in the California recreational cannabis market. Not all edibles you’d think hit hard and taste good, though, end up living up to your expectations. We’ve done the preliminary work of weeding out the rejects and ranking the top 10 edibles we liked the best throughout all California — broken down by city.

What are the best edibles in California?

First, let’s cover the ranking system we use at Best Dosage. These are the five key categories we compare:

1. Convenience

Cannabis products should always be convenient to use, and this is even more the case with edibles. Some things that make edibles convenient include:

  • Simple opening and resealing mechanisms
  • Discreet packaging

A cannabis edible can be inconvenient, though, when it:

  • Has a strong cannabis aroma
  • Isn’t easy to reseal

2. Flavor

Lots of edible manufacturers take putting THC in treats as carte blanche to fill them with terrible ingredients. Low-quality ingredients come through in the flavor, however, and flavor is also a great way to determine the quality of the cannabis extract used.

3. Activation time

Edibles obviously take a while to kick in, but they should kick in… eventually. If edibles take too long to deliver effects, there’s something wrong with the way they were made.

4. Effects

Edibles should hit hard if you eat enough of them. We evaluate edibles both on their relative strength or weakness and the type of effects they deliver.

5. Price

A 100mg bag of edibles should cost around $20: period. Any discrepancy from this general price range is enough to raise our eyebrows.

Best THC edibles in Los Angeles

LA is the epicenter of California culture. What are the best edibles to buy in LA right now?

Camino Gummies by Kiva Confections

  • Score: 5
  • Effects: Reasonably powerful effects for gummies
  • Good for: Sharing with friends or at a party
  • Potency: 5mg THC per gummy
  • Activation time: 30-45 minutes
  • Best dosage: 1-2 gummies per session
  • Ideal user: As an ideal glimpse into the world of THC edibles, we recommend these gummies to any new cannabis users

CANN Social Tonic

  • Score: 5
  • Effects: Bubbly, light effects
  • Good for: Excellent for socializing, sharing among friends
  • Potency: 5mg THC per can, 6 cans per pack
  • Activation time: Around 10 minutes
  • Best dosage:b 2-3 cans per session
  • Ideal user: Cannabis newbies looking for a familiar product type

Best THC edibles in Palm Springs

Chill out in Palm Springs with these indulgent, decadent THC edibles:

Smokiez Blackberry THC Gummies

  • Score: 4.8
  • Effects: Focused and relaxed, light effects
  • Good for: Sharing with friends, relaxing during the day
  • Potency: 10mg THC per gummy
  • Activation time: A little slow — around 45 minutes
  • Best dosage: 1-2 gummies per session
  • Ideal user: People who love edibles and don’t care that much about organic ingredients

Emerald Sky Peanut Butter Cups

  • Score: 4.8
  • Effects: Strong across-the-board effects that didn’t seem to significantly impact mood
  • Good for: Relaxing in a social setting
  • Potency: 10mg THC per edible
  • Activation time: Relatively slow — close to 1 hour
  • Best dosage: Try eating 1-2 peanut butter cups every 5 hours or so
  • Ideal user: Cannabis edible enthusiasts who are always looking to try new canaan-chocolates

Best THC edibles in San Diego

Getting hot down south? Try some unconventional edibles as you taste the Mexican breeze.

Zendo BBQ Honey Roasted Almonds

  • Score: 4.4
  • Effects: Strong effects (especially if you have a habit of popping nuts in your mouth while you work)
  • Good for: Micro-dosing or keeping on hand as an office snack
  • Potency: 2.5mg THC per almond, 100mg THC per bag
  • Activation time: Relatively fast, faster if you chew the almonds thoroughly
  • Best dosage: 4-5 almonds per session
  • Ideal user: New or casual cannabis users on the hunt for an alternative to gummies

Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans by Kiva Confections

  • Score: 4.8 
  • Effects: Powerful THC effects accompanied by natural caffeine
  • Good for: Sharing, snacking on to get your morning going
  • Potency: 5mg THC per bean
  • Activation time: Very fast for edibles
  • Best dosage: 2-3 beans per session
  • Ideal user: Coffee addicts and chocolate lovers looking for new ways to experience their favorite endorphin-boosting substances

Best THC edibles in Sacramento

Enjoy some tasty gummies in the Golden State’s capitol:

Lost Farm Strawberry Lemonade Gummies by Kiva Confections

  • Score: 4.6
  • Effects: Reasonably strong live resin effects
  • Good for: Exploring the limits of California cannabis edible ingenuity
  • Potency: 10mg THC per gummy
  • Activation time: Pretty slow as far as edibles go
  • Best dosage: 1-2 gummies for session
  • Ideal user: Strictly organic cannabis nerds who don’t mind a few strange tastes in the name of all-natural ingredients

Kanha Hybrid Watermelon Gummies

  • Score: 4.4
  • Effects: Average edible effects — reasonably powerful
  • Good for: Experiencing the connoisseur side of the cannabis edible spectrum
  • Potency: 10mg THC per gummy
  • Activation time: Reasonably fast for edibles
  • Best dosage: 1-2 gummies per session
  • Ideal user: Ingredient snobs who don’t even want to think about ingesting anything artificial in their edibles

Best THC edibles in Tahoe

Go wild with these overwhelmingly tasty edibles on your next lake retreat:

Dosist Wild Orange Live Resin Gummies

  • Score: 4.4
  • Effects: Pretty potent for edibles, not inherently micro-dosed like other Dosist products
  • Good for: Taking the most high-brow approach possible to consuming cannabis edibles
  • Potency: 10mg THC per gummy
  • Activation time: Average activation time for edibles
  • Best dosage: 1-2 gummies per session
  • Ideal user: Fans of Dosist who want to try this brand’s new live resin gummies

Espresso Dark Chocolate CBD 1:1 Bar by Kiva Confections

  • Score: 4.8
  • Effects: Strong effects… especially if you accidentally eat too much
  • Good for: Pairing with Dosist Wild Orange gummies for a chef-inspired canna-taste explosion
  • Potency: 5mg THC & 5mg CBD per piece
  • Activation time: Average for edibles
  • Best dosage: 2-3 pieces at a time, or just try to limit yourself to half the bar
  • Ideal user: Chocolate lovers who aren’t opposed to a little cannabis here and there