Most of the time that users search Google for information about weed strains, Leafly.com is the first site to come up. That’s because they’ve spent years building a detailed database of strain information. With its new service, searchers will now be able to go from reading about strains to having them delivered to their door without leaving Leafly.
Leafly announced that they are now offering a delivery service, but as Leafly Senior Editor David Downs told us, it’s more of a “meta-delivery” service that functions similarly to Grubhub or UberEats. Leafly connects their reader with one of dozens of delivery services in their area and allows a Leafly reader to order from a delivery service all while Leafly.com takes care of the transaction.
Downs said that the service comes out of the main use of Leafly, which is consumer information about strains.
“They count on us to know what the name is, what the breeder is, the cross and to get info about terpenes and the parents. A lot of times they’re interested in the effects,” Downs said. “People are really effects driven.”
Shopping for weed these days entails learning the specifics about a particular strain.
“They’re starting to understand that not all cannabis is built the same,” Downs said. Therefore, research is crucial.
Leafly’s new service is an innovation in the weed delivery space. According to Downs, the time is now.
“It’s the future, man. It’s 2022. You don’t just read about OG Kush, you put it in the cart, and then put the cart in the van and the van drives to your house and you’re smoking, and you never had to leave your house,” Downs said.
“It’s pretty big,” he said.
The service connects shoppers with any nearby delivery service that carries the particular strain they’re interested in, and then shoppers can compare price and choose which delivery meets their needs.
Leafly connects readers with numerous local delivery services.
“Leafly’s going to have probably the most aggregated collection of those delivery service menus.”
The site currently features around 2000 partners (including retailers, delivery services, and brands).
Downs said that while competition for delivery services is high in places like Los Angeles, the consumer benefits. Leafly’s new offering is meant to help the consumer while also connecting delivery services to new customers.
“Businesses count on us to keep them competitive in this competitive marketplace,” Downs said.
But ultimately, he said, “we’re focused on the consumer and what they want, which is good cheap weed delivered to their house as fast as they can from someone who can provide it,” Downs said.
That’s what Leafly powers with its delivery option, he said.
“It’s really a boon for consumers. There’s more affordable, tested, strong, new, easier to get cannabis and with fewer people going to jail than ever in the history of the world. It’s the golden era for the breeders, it’s a golden era for consumers, and we’re going to keep powering that at Leafly,” Downs said.
As for the delivery service offerings, there’s tons of versions big and small. In some cases, elite brands offer delivery of their select menu. In others, a dispensary might deliver, or else a large delivery operation carries a huge stock of product.
“It’s a super exciting time, we’re in the Cambrian explosion of delivery service specialization. A lot of people are trying a lot of different things,” Downs said.
“The bottom line is the consumer benefits when they have all those options.”
Check out the new feature on Leafly at Delivery portal leafly.com/delivery.
Read David Downs’s “Leafly Buzz: Monthly Roundup of What’s Best in West Coast Weed” every month at Leafly.com.