Wikileaf app helps you find the (legal) herb you're looking for

Buying weed can be a chore. No matter if you're a medical patient or a recreational user, finding the right weed at the right price is one of those things that depends on luck or some other karmic superpower stuff. The new Wikileaf app can help change that.

OK, we know that marijuana isn't legal everywhere. We're not condoning or advising anyone to go looking for a street dealer and buying something that's illegal. We're talking strictly about states and places in the U.S. where medical or recreational cannabis is available for adults. We're not here to fuel any arguments about the morality or the details of marijuana legalization, we're only here to talk about an Android app that makes it easier for folks to buy weed where it's legal to do so.

The Wikileaf app has a couple different features, each broken into its own section. You can find information about various strains of marijuana and learn about the effects each may have, as well as a recommendation about the best time of day to use it. Nobody wants to be up all night from some spicy Vietnamese Sativa because they had no idea that it would have that effect. Willie Nelson seems like a chill guy so who could have guessed, right? Wikileaf can help take the guessing out of the equation.

The app is location-aware (or you can manually search a location if you would rather) and also gives you information about the dispensaries and shops around you. Because marijuana isn't available legally everywhere, you'll find listings for dispensaries and shops for cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington. I quickly noticed that Washington, DC wasn't on the list but a quick search of the Wikileaf website let me know that this is because of the weird restrictions for recreational sales forced by an inactive federal government.

Willie Nelson seems like a chill guy, right?

Disillusion from a non-functional legislative body aside, one of the best features of the Wikileaf app is the at-a-glace price map. Pull up a Google map of the area you're searching, and you can see a pin for each business in the right spot labeled with the lowest priced goods they're offering. You can search prices this way by the gram, eighth ounce, quarter ounce, half ounce or ounce. A quick tap on any of the pins opens a pop-up that you can use to give the business a call, write a review, get directions or open a page with a full list of what they're selling and information or photos from both the business and other Wikileaf users.

If weed is legal where you are and you're partaking, having an app that makes shopping easier only makes sense. Wikileaf isn't the first app of its kind in Google Play, and it won't be the last, but it looks like a great option that will be able to help you save time and money. Those are two things everyone can appreciate.

Download: Wikileaf (free)

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.