If you have never before visited a marijuana dispensary but would like to in the future, you likely have many questions. Many people feel apprehensive about going to a dispensary and may find them intimidating; if you have these feelings, you are not alone.
Shopping for cannabis is relatively new to everyone. Before you visit a dispensary for the first time, you may wonder what the shopping and purchasing process is like. You may not know what kind of questions to ask to get the products you most want and need.
You shouldn’t be nervous about visiting a marijuana dispensary. If you’re wondering what to expect before you go, read on. This post will walk you through the process and will tell you everything you should know before you go. Before you know it, you’ll be shopping like an old pro.
1. Bring Identification
You probably already know that you have to be twenty-one or older to buy cannabis at a dispensary. If you are younger than that, don’t think for a second that you will be able to pull one over on them. You will be asked for identification upon arrival and it will be checked with meticulous care.
Some dispensaries have two entrances: one for recreational sales and one for medical sales. If you do not have a medical card, you will need to enter the recreational entrance only. However, if you do possess a medical card, you can buy medical cannabis; medical cannabis is tax-free and is often more potent.
When you arrive, you will first enter a small room in which your identity is checked. Most frequently, people use their driver’s licenses for this purpose, but other legal, photo ID is often accepted as well including passports. You will also be asked to show your medical card at this time.
After this step is complete, you will go into the room with the budtenders to begin your shopping.
2. Consider Your Goals
It’s best not to go in entirely cold. Even if you have never consumed cannabis before in your life, you likely have some idea of what you wish to get out of the experience. If you have enjoyed cannabis in the past, you may even have a very specific idea of the types of products and methods of consumption you wish to pursue.
Either way, you should have an answer prepared for the budtender when he or she asks you about your objectives. That way, he or she can steer you towards the appropriate products that they have in stock to meet those goals. If you are looking to treat pain, they can direct you to products that are created to that end. If you are looking for something to help you sleep, they can point you in that direction, too.
You may be seeking a high that will help you to relax, or one to help you focus on your work. No matter what type of effect you want, the budtender wants to connect you with exactly that. Knowing what you want before you approach the counter will help them to achieve your shared goals.
3. Do Your Research
Every marijuana dispensary has a website and you can learn a lot about the products they offer on it. Many of these websites are updated every day so you can review a real-time menu of the products they offer. Some take their listings a step further and list specific information about each and every strain they have for sale. If they don’t have this additional information, you can use other websites to cross-reference and learn more about them there.
You can learn a lot about a strain online before you even see it or smell it at the dispensary. Online listings usually tell about the origin of the strain, its potency, its flavor, and more. If you see a few strains that interest you, write them down. Then you will know what to ask for when you arrive and you can decide among them after you see them in person and with the budtender’s advice and guidance.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Budtenders are more than happy to answer your questions. It’s their job and they take pride in helping all customers that come through the door. Chances are, they have tried many of the products the dispensary offers and they can give personalized reviews and recommendations as needed.
5. Be Ready to Pay in Cash
Cannabis is still illegal on the federal level, so dispensaries are excluded from banking. Therefore, most only accept payment in cash. Some have figured out ways to get around the rules; as a result, some do accept credit and debit cards, but it’s always best to arrive with cash on hand just in case. Although all dispensaries do offer a few low-cost items like pre-rolled joints and grams of cannabis, most people spend at least fifty to one hundred dollars during a typical visit.
6. Returns Are Not Allowed
Once you’ve made your purchase, what you bought now belongs to you. Dispensaries do not, and cannot legally, accept returns. If you don’t like something you bought, you’re stuck with it. At least you’ll know that you don’t want to buy that product again next time!
7. It Should Be Fun
Shopping for cannabis at a marijuana dispensary should be a fun and enjoyable experience. Don’t stress about it. After you have been a few times, after you get used to the process, and once you know what you want and like, the process will soon feel very ordinary.
However, don’t get stuck in a routine; challenge yourself to try something new every time you go. There are so many different strains and products to try. You never know when you’ll find something new to love!
Enjoy Your Trip to the Marijuana Dispensary
Now that you know what to expect during your trip to the marijuana dispensary, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get shopping, and you can be enjoying a great new cannabis product before you know it.
If you’re looking for a great dispensary near you, download our app and start browsing. We can’t wait to connect you with a dispensary you’ll love!