Weight Versus Unit Menu Items

There are two different types of menu items you can create: weight-based and unit-based. You can think of this as working with menu items that have variants (weight) and those that don't (unit).

Weight-Based Menu Items

The most common type of weight-based menu item is flower. In this case, you may have multiple weight breakpoints you sell of that flower: 1g, 3.5g, 0.5 oz, and so on. It helps to then think of each of those breakpoints as a variant of the overall flower menu item. Same menu item, different options.

You would then create a weight-based menu item with the following request. Note the usage of the variants attribute.

curl \
  --request POST \
  --url 'https://api-g.weedmaps.com/wm/v1/menu_items' \
  --header 'accept: application/json' \
  --header 'authorization: Bearer [ACCESS TOKEN HERE]' \
  --header 'content-type: application/json' \
  --data '{
    "type": "menu_item",
    "attributes": {
      "name": "Pineapple Express",
      "body": "<p>The dopest dope you will ever smoke.</p>",
      "genetics": "hybrid",
      "image_url": null,
      "published": true,
      "online_orderable": true,
      "variants": [
        {
          "price": {
            "amount": "17.06",
            "currency": "USD"
          },
          "weight": {
            "value": 1.0,
            "unit": "g"
          }
        },
        {
          "price": {
            "amount": "45.99",
            "currency": "USD"
          },
          "weight": {
            "value": 3.5,
            "unit": "g"
          }
        },
        {
          "price": {
            "amount": "374.22",
            "currency": "USD"
          },
          "weight": {
            "value": 1.0,
            "unit": "oz"
          }
        }
      ]
    },
    "relationships": {
      "menu": {
        "data": {
          "type": "menu",
          "id": WMID_HERE
        }
      },
      "categories": {
        "data": [
          {
            "type": "category",
            "id": "a780af3d-bdfe-41ce-a782-20f2519fd7be"
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  }'

Unit-Based Menu Items

You'll want to use unit-based menu items when you sell a single option of an item. This might be the case if you're selling a package of edibles or a vape pen.

The main difference between a weight-based and unit-based menu item is that you're no longer providing a variants array, but rather providing a price hash with a corresponding amount and currency.

curl \
  --request POST \
  --url 'https://api-g.weedmaps.com/wm/v1/menu_items' \
  --header 'accept: application/json' \
  --header 'authorization: Bearer [ACCESS TOKEN HERE]' \
  --header 'content-type: application/json' \
  --data '{
    "type": "menu_item",
    "attributes": {
      "name": "Super Duper Gummies",
      "body": "<p>I am a gummy bear.</p>",
      "genetics": "hybrid",
      "image_url": null,
      "published": true,
      "online_orderable": true,
      "price": {
        "amount": "29.96",
        "currency": "USD"
      },
    },
    "relationships": {
      "menu": {
        "data": {
          "type": "menu",
          "id": WMID_HERE
        }
      },
      "categories": {
        "data": [
          {
            "type": "category",
            "id": "a780af3d-bdfe-41ce-a782-20f2519fd7be"
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  }'

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Variants That Aren't Weight Based

Sometime you have a unit-based product that does have multiple variants/options to choose from. An example being a vape pen in multiple colors.

As of February 2021, the Menu API only handles variants that are weight-based. If you want to display a vape pen in multiple colors, you'd then need to create a unit-based menu item for each color. Each pen would then have its own page in the Weedmaps UI.