Founded in 2008, Weedmaps is an online platform that helps “cannabis consumers, patients, retailers, doctors, and brands” connect with each other. Specifically, the company specializes in providing customers with product information, retailer and brand listings, consumer education, and online ordering functionality.
More recently, Weedmaps has expanded into the SaaS (software as a service) and data solutions industries, including point of sale, logistics, wholesale, and ordering.
Combined, Weedmaps has grown to a team of more than 500 employees since its founding, with annual revenue exceeding $175 million.
In this article, we will provide a high-level overview of many of Weedmaps’ features, including functionality, how to use their app and website, and a few of their popular competitors.
The Weedmaps website and app are filled with robust features and dense information resources. To help you save time while making more informed decisions, here is a brief list of Weedmaps’ core services, and how they relate to you:
As their name might lead you to believe, everything about Weedmaps is traceable to places on a map.
Whether you are searching for a local dispensary, reading customer feedback about a specific strain or retailer, placing an order for pickup or delivery, or scoping out deals, simply enter your address or enable location tracking, and Weedmaps pins different locations in an area, such as doctors (light blue), and medical (dark blue) and recreational (orange) dispensaries.
In many instances, the business’s map pin will have a small shopping cart icon attached, indicating that online ordering is available.
Once you locate a dispensary in the Weedmaps system, you can click on a selection for additional details like their address, contact information, hours of operation, user reviews, a list of their products, current deals, and amenities (handicap accessible, ATM, security, etc.).
Weedmaps also allows you to locate address-based doctors and learn more about them, such as their location, hours of operation, services they offer (including deals), and former and current patient reviews.
Depending on your location, Weedmaps lists local delivery services that give you the opportunity to order online, and then wait for all kinds of goodies to show up at your front door, including vaporizers, herbs, edibles, and other related products.
On their website and app, Weedmaps allows you to filter delivery services by medical only, recreational only, if the dispensary accepts online orders, and if they accept credit cards.
Along these same lines, Weedmaps commonly lists products like flower, concentrates, vape pens, and edibles, which you can search by category, CBD and THC concentrations, brand, and featured. Depending on your location and the product category, you might be able to place an order for pickup or delivery.
Weedmaps is a popular platform for companies to reach their potential customers, so they will frequently list money-saving deals on their website. The platform will automatically list nearby opportunities, which you can then filter by category and product type.
Weedmaps posts original content about related topics, including companies in the industry, news, popular products, how-to articles, and guides, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
If you want more information about Weedmaps, you can find them on many popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Medium.
The Weedmaps team makes finding the information you need super easy, with user-friendliness as a top priority.
Simply visit their website or open their iOS or Android app, select the category you need additional information about, browse around, and click on a listing(s) that interests you. In specific locations, Weedmaps allows customers to order online for pickup or delivery, although they do not offer a payment platform.
Weedmaps provides access to listings across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Obviously, their app and website will deliver more meaningful location-specific information in some areas than in others (e.g., a large city vs. a small town, states and counties where cannabis is legal, etc.).
The fastest method you can use to find out if Weedmaps lists locations near you is to visit their website or download their app, enter your exact address, and then browse around for local listings. You might need to zoom out and expand your search area to maximize the results.
Weedmaps' business model is continually changing, along with state laws, and they seem to do a great job of keeping all of their information up-to-date. Therefore, if you don’t find what you need today, keep checking back regularly.
Weedmaps is a hub of information about companies in the industry, which offer customers just about everything you can imagine, including herbs, concentrates, vape pens, edibles, and even gear.
With these details in mind, it’s important to emphasize that you cannot actually purchase products directly on Weedmaps. You can, however, place delivery and pickup orders on Weedmaps (where available), who routes your information to the retailer and then allows them to complete the transaction.
During the process, you will need to enter an address that is within the dispensary’s delivery radius, and also verify your phone number. After your order is complete, you can track it via the Weedmaps system until it is available or arrives at your front door.
Additionally, you can always visit a manufacturer’s website or storefront after learning about them on Weedmaps, and then purchase whatever you need directly.
As a customer, you can access Weedmaps site using a standard web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari, to name just a few popular options. These will work well across both desktop and mobile platforms.
You can also download the iOS or Android Weedmaps app from iTunes or Google Play. Weedmaps’ website and apps provide access to many of the same features, although the latter seems to deliver a more robust user experience.
Would you like to list your business, dispensary, or brand on the Weedmaps website or in their apps? If so, you can fill out a relatively quick form on the Weedmaps website, send it over, and they will review it for eligibility. If approved, you will be listed as a verified vendor.
Although Weedmaps has been around for more than a decade and they have grown by leaps and bounds in that time, they are not the only game in town. As such, several competitors deliver many of the same features and information, including:
Leafly lists nearby dispensaries, deals, doctors, and products, provides the ability to place delivery and pickup orders, and offers access to cannabis information and news. The company also founded the Leafly Certified Labs Program to ensure consistent laboratory testing results.
iBudtender lists location-based dispensaries, strains, brands, and events. Plus, they offer access to basic information about terminology, history, lab testing, and so forth. Their user interface is not quite as slick as Weedmaps and Leafly’s, though.
Allbud compiles lists of dispensaries, strains, deals, products, and doctors. Plus, they also provide access to news and resources, along with the ability for dispensaries to “claim” their businesses and respond directly to customer feedback.
In addition to the standard dispensary, product, brand, and news directory found with many of the competitors above, PotGuide also lists 420-friendly lodging options, related events and activities, and county-specific travel guides across different US states.
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