Five cannabis-friendly joints in Sedona

Sedona is a to-do list destination for world travelers and metro Phoenix stoners.

Smoking weed at 4,350 feet above sea level can elevate your high and boost your consciousness without the plant’s psychoactive THC, and consuming CBD-infused drinks or topicals is also an illuminating option in the Sedona vortex. Just ask the attendees of the popular VortiFest in September.

In Sedona, there is an abundance of outdoor spaces in which you can wander, anchor and enjoy Red Rock Country and breathtaking viewpoints. While travelers speak of healing energies and therapeutic hotspots throughout the region, cannabis use has also been a source of healing and therapy.

Sedona is only a two-hour drive from the Phoenix metro, but sometimes it feels like a different world. In case you run out of cannabis or forget your CBD oils at home, here is a list of cannabis-friendly places in and near Sedona.

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The Curaleaf Dispensary in Sedona offers a bamboo garden.

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465 Jordan Road, Sedona

curafeuille is the only dispensary within the city limits of Sedona. While there are other Curaleaf locations in the Phoenix metro area, they don’t share the Red Rock Country backdrop that this one offers. The serenity and mystical vibe at this altitude is evident to the cannabis consumer as they make their way to the entrance of the store. The medical and adult consumption lines are separated by a bamboo garden, miniature pagoda statues, a large tree and a running water facility.

In the showroom, the nature motif continues with a simulated wood floor and a large amount of flowers presented in white color display cases. The dispensary, formerly known as the Bloom Dispensary before Curaleaf took over, has a smaller showroom than you might be used to in the valley. But don’t worry, because it contains enough pre-rolls, flowers, wax, and edibles to lift you through the vortexes of the city. Yelpers give the spot a four out of five rating. The clinic is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Crystal, bartender at Lacuna Kava Bar, invites cannabis consumers to join the fun at Sedona’s first kava bar.

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Bar Lacuna Kava

150 AZ-179, Suite 9, Sedona

Whereas Bar Lacuna Kava, Sedona’s first kava bar, doesn’t sell cannabis per se, it does offer a CBD wine drink and a pre-roll combo. The bar’s CBD products, including a bottle of Melo wine, are derived from hemp plants grown in Arizona without the psychoactive effects of THC.

Several cannabis users in Sedona who spoke with new times listed Lacuna as a place where people can comfortably smoke a joint with THC, which customers bring themselves.

“We just prefer people to be discreet, and if someone asks, you smoke CBD,” said Crystal, a bartender from Lacuna who asked to be referred to by her first name only. “Otherwise, whatever is natural, and if you’re not disturbing anyone, have fun,” she said.

Crystal also serves kava, a tea derived from the root of Piper methysticum, a Polynesian shrub that translates to “bewitching pepper”. The plant has been used for almost 3,000 years by the indigenous tribes of Tonga in communal ceremonies or to reach higher levels of consciousness.

The Botanical Elixir Lounge located in the Red Stone Center mall is set up like a bar. Instead of alcoholic beverages, staff serve natural wellness-focused beverages. They also make kratom infusions, another traditional herbal medicine that is consumed for a natural boost, among other benefits.

Come hang out and listen to live DJs and musicians. Or, smoke a joint outside and draw mandalas inside with Antoine Lamar, a Chandler artist and traveling massage therapist who travels to Sedona once a month to set up shop inside. “Everything feels better when it’s done in Sedona because there’s a nice-tasting healing energy here, so it just makes the vibe in everything feel good,” Lamar said.

The plant-based wellness drink spot and canna-buddy hangout also have a flagship location in Phoenix. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., though doors stay open until midnight on some days.

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Patrick Sullivan (right) of the Sedona Greenhouse Project in Sedona.

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Sedona Greenhouse Project

While the non-profit organization helps the community grow fruits and vegetables by hosting educational activities and community gardening events, Sedona Greenhouse Project also has people who help grow cannabis properly in the desert.

“There are several gardens,” said Patrick Sullivan, a volunteer and educator with the association. “They might be in someone’s garden; there’s two in the city grounds; there’s another one that has a big grow space that’s right by the river [where] they grow cannabis. So it’s all about how to take care of the plant.”

In Arizona, a 21-year-old resident can legally plant up to six marijuana plants in their residence.

Sullivan – who also owns Source of Gaia, a small business that bottles botanical creations of wild herbs and mushrooms – smokes the same herb it grows. “I help grow flowers a lot in Sedona,” he said. “So if people are interested in coming here and spending a day, I’m part of the project where we go to a different garden every day of the week.

The project was formed in 2020, Sullivan explained, when “organically people started coming together at this biodynamic farm in Sedona, which means you use everything as a resource, even the position of the moon. When you are growing cannabis, you can harvest on certain days when you know energies are being drawn into the plant based on the position of the moon.”

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Aalia Kazan (far right) infuses her CBD oils by playing crystal bowls, singing and toning.

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Mount hemp oil

301 AZ-89A, Sedona

Mount hemp oil is not your standard CBD business. Instead, her ointment and other products are activated with sound and crystal energy. Aalia Kazan started the business in 2018. “We use the frequency because it was a sound healing clinic,” Kazan said. “And we provided sound and crystal healing [sessions], so when people went to bed, I put crystals on their bodies, then I played crystal bowls, sang and did toning. So now I infuse CBD oils the same way.”

Ascend Hemp Oil also sells full-spectrum oils, CBD gummies, and organic skincare. The spot is located at Sacajawea Plaza in downtown Sedona and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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The Harvest House of Cannabis dispensary closes at 8 p.m., allowing travelers to mark some heads before checking into their hotel or Airbnb in Sedona.

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Cannabis Harvest House

2400 Arizona 89A, Cottonwood

With nearly two dozen locations across Arizona, Cannabis Harvest House in Cottonwood is the last dispensary you will see when traveling from Metro Phoenix to Sedona on State Route 89A. The brick building opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m., allowing travelers to score a few buds before checking into a hotel or Airbnb in Red Rock Country. Don’t pass up the daily and weekly deals. Harvest HOC in Cottonwood is about 20 miles southwest of Sedona.

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