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Going for your First Dispensary Visit Here’s What You Need to Know First

When going for your first dispensary visit, it might be the case that you feel uncertain or even a tiny bit intimidated about what to expect and how to act. But the truth is, there is no point to worry – not at all!

The qualified staff in dispensaries is always there to give you precious pieces of advice. Nevertheless, you can also choose to explore what’s on the shelves on your own.

But since it’s best to be well-prepared for your dispensary visit, here’s what you need to know first.

#1 – Make Sure to Bring the Documents Needed for Legitimate Cannabis Purchase

It is impossible to purchase cannabis products from any dispensary –whether it comes to recreational or medical marijuana – without first validating that you are legitimate to do so.

For this purpose, you must always bring a valid ID with you.

For states where recreational marijuana is legal, your ID will verify that you are over 21 years old.

Once you show your valid photo ID, the marijuana dispensary staff will be able to confirm that your purchase-to-be is legitimate.

If you are a verified medical marijuana patient, then you need to bring a valid medical marijuana card along with your ID. In some cases, you may also need to bring other additional documents required by the laws in the state where the dispensary is located – such as a medical marijuana recommendation from a qualified physician alongside the valid medical marijuana card.

The National Conference of State Legislatures website provides up-to-date information regarding state medical cannabis program laws.

Mind that if any of your documents are expired (for recreational cannabis users – valid ID; for medical marijuana users – valid medical marijuana card and/or a medical marijuana recommendation by a qualified physician), the dispensary staff cannot possibly sell you any cannabis products.

Keep your documents handy as you enter the dispensary, and show these to the staff as soon as you walk in. This way, you will save time and efforts – both yours, as well as the staffs.

Also, mind that if you’re visiting a medical marijuana dispensary, it might be the case that you’ll need to spend some time in the waiting room. Some dispensaries practice one-to-one services only with a mind to ensuring customers’ privacy and satisfaction, so be patient and plan your time and tasks accordingly if needed.

#2 –A Little Planning can Take You a Very Long Way

Undoubtedly, it can be perfectly fine to simply enter a dispensary and get down to choosing the products that will suit your personal needs and preferences with no planning at all.

However, if you choose to spend some time planning ahead, this can truly take you a very long way.

But why is that so

In a nutshell, different dispensaries offer a different range of products.

Not the least, depending on whether you are a resident of the state where a dispensary is located or you are just visiting from another state, there are differences in the number of weed products you are allowed to purchase due to law restrictions.

What’s more, these products can highly vary in price, convenience of use and/or packaging, extensive and up-to-date testing data, cleanliness of the cannabis products, and that’s just to name a few.

You might ask yourself a few important questions before your dispensary visit in order to first plan things in advance.


What are the cultivation practices of the marijuana products offered at the dispensary you are about to visit


What is the price range of the products as opposed to other dispensaries

The list of question can be extended depending on what you’re looking for, as well as what matters the most to you as a recreational or medical marijuana user.

Just don’t forget that different methods of cannabis cultivation and extraction do inevitably affect the quality, as well as the healing properties of the green medication.

As highlighted in the open access research paper titled Quality Traits of Medical Cannabis sativa L. Inflorescences and Derived Products Based on Comprehensive Mass-Spectrometry Analytical Investigation “ … [] different bioactive compounds from plants carry certain drawbacks… []”

Fortunately, most (if not all!) dispensaries have functioning websites and/or social media profiles where all the essential information you need when planning your first visit is literally a click away (a click that is, indeed, well worth it!)

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#3 – Consider What Type of Cannabis Products you are Looking for

It’s not only the quality and price range of the products that are worth to think about in advance before going for your first dispensary visit.

It’s also a fantastic idea to consider the type of cannabis products you’ll be looking forward to.

There is truly a spectacular myriad of ways you can consume cannabis nowadays apart from the old but gold, simplest method of consumption – smoking dry marijuana flowers (aka buds).

From edibles, tinctures, capsules, drinks, topical ointments, concentrates (and that’s just to name a few) – many dispensaries can exceed your expectations in terms of innovative and well-working cannabis derivatives that can suit each one’s unique lifestyle, as well as mental and physical condition.

#4 – Budtenders are Always There to Help you Out with a Smile

Did you know that in 2019, the number of people working in the legal US cannabis industry has already officially exceeded the number of people who make a living as librarians and pilots

As traced back in an article published by the Forbes magazine, the cannabis industry has created 100 000+ new job opportunities, while also bringing billions in tax revenue!

But what does this has to do with going for your first dispensary visit, you may ask

After years of repression and being faced with the ugly misconception of “couch potatoes” and/or “potheads”, many marijuana users have finally reached a point when they can make an honest living by working the job of their dreams.

Not simply just another get-up-8-in-the-morning-and-hit-the-office-up-till-late-in-the-evening, hate-this-job scenario, you can bet that the experts you’ll meet during your first (and next) dispensary visits will be more than eager to help you out – with the passion and genuine care a friend is willing to offer to another friend. Because just as the traditional, weedy proverb goes “A friend with weed is a friend indeed.”

Now, don’t mistake the fact that the dispensary staff is (most probably) working the job of their dreams as a sign of possibly dealing with amateurs.

Experts who work in dispensaries go through extensive training, additional education, and a lot of extra work before becoming legitimate budtenders.

So yes, you can count on budtenders’ precious advice in a similar manner you can count on the advice by a qualified physician – with the exception that dispensary budtenders will make your experience feel much more like a leisure activity rather than an often undesirable and even traumatic experience as with having to visit a hospital.

Also, don’t you ever think any question that might pop up in your head is stupid to be asked After all, nobody expects you to be a master cannabis guru of some kind when you’re going for your first dispensary visit.

It does take time, research, and willingness to learn when making your way into the world of cannabis – and, in fact, this whole process can take years.

With this in mind, feel free to ask as much or as little as you want to find out everything you need to know in order to pick the most suitable cannabis products available– that’s why in-house budtenders are there for you!

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Video by WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side – Inside the Consumer Experience in Colorado | Weed Revolution
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#5–Write down a List of Important Questions before you Visit a Dispensary

While dispensary experts are always there to help you out with a smile, it can take forever to make your way through the myriad of products if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

That doesn’t mean you should come up with a full list of particular strains and/or products – this step can be accomplished once you are already in the dispensary and take the time to consider what is available.

But without any doubt, you will be far better prepared if you have a neat cheat sheet that includes the most important questions that matter to you.

For instance, are you looking for cannabis products that can provide reliable relief for pain management

Well, not all marijuana strains work equally well on targeting different kinds of pain. To illustrate this better, some strains can work wonders for fighting off headaches while others will be far more better-suited for treating abdominal pain-related issues.

Also, some strains are notorious for stimulating appetite. But if you’re trying to put down weight, you can ask for strains and/or particular cannabis derivatives that are not that powerful when it comes to waking up the munchies.

Nonetheless, some strains can easily help you fall asleep by leading you on the brink of sedation – but if that’s not the effect you are looking for, then it’s best to get advice in choosing other strains and/or products.

Don’t be afraid to be as descriptive as possible when listing the important questions before your first dispensary visit. This will help both you, as well as the staff in finding out the type of cannabis products that are most well-suited based on your requirements.

Finally, do keep in mind that it can be a great idea to extend the go-to collection of cannabis strains and/or products in your personal home kit.

Since the products will be neatly packed and labeled, you can choose to use them accordingly whenever needed – whether you want to unwind after a tiring day without getting couch-locked or exactly the opposite; whether you want to boost your creative juices or you want to opt for an all-natural remedy for eliminating pain and discomforts.

#6 –Paying in Cash vs. Using a Credit/Debit Card

As a rule of thumb, most dispensaries do have an ATM machine available so that you can finalize your purchase without bringing any cash with you. However, there are also exceptions on that note.

Because of this, you have two major options to avoid getting disappointed and/or having to re-visit the dispensary in the case it doesn’t accept debit/credit card payments.

Firstly, if you can’t find reliable information whether debit/credit card payment is available, you can call or email the dispensary you are about to visit in advance.

Secondly, you can simply bring enough cash with you so that if the dispensary doesn’t have an ATM machine at your disposal, you won’t need to leave without being able to purchase what you were looking for.

#7 –You are not Obliged to Purchase Anything when Going to a Dispensary

In a similar manner in which you can enter just about any grocery store out there, you are not, by any chance, obliged to purchase any products after going for your first dispensary visit.

Of course, this rule applies to your 21st or 333rd time visiting a dispensary, as well.

Different people take important decisions in a different manner – some might act quickly and even spontaneously while others prefer to carefully evaluate the pros and cons before spending a dime – and that’s perfectly fine.

As confirmed by extensive research conducted by experts at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Illinois, headed by psychology professor Aron Barbey, the way different people approach decision-making is related to significant differences in executive, perceptual, and social brain networks.

Especially as you keep in mind that your first dispensary visit can be a bit overwhelming due to the incredible abundance of products available – you should feel 100% free that purchasing anything is not an obligation.

In the case, the dispensary staff cannot answer your questions and give you the support you need – then simply visit another dispensary. You don’t need to buy anything from anywhere and anyone who doesn’t live up to your expectations.

On another note, many people prefer going back home and doing some more research based on the information gathered after visiting a dispensary– and that is, in fact, a brilliant idea.

Because, above all, marijuana consumption is a highly intimate, strictly individual process – meaning that the same strain or product can have a (slightly) different effect on different individuals – or even a different effect in the very same individual based on unique and ever-changing factors such as current emotional, mental, and physical state.

Most noteworthy, remember that reaping the benefits of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes alike takes practice – something that “raw” theory cannot possibly substitute.

So even though critical thinking is advisable when choosing suitable strains and/or other cannabis products, don’t become an over-thinker. It’s just a leaf-like Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed out in an interview not that long ago – and there isn’t anything to panic about!

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#8 – Know your Rights and Responsibilities when Carrying your Cannabis Stash with You

For a start, it is imperative to always keep your valid medical marijuana card and/or a copy of a medical marijuana recommendation from a qualified physician when you are carrying around your green medication after visiting a dispensary. For recreational marijuana users, it is only the valid ID that has to be available if required by state officers during random check ups.

Nevertheless, you need to make sure that you store your cannabis products in the best possible way.

When it comes to edibles or other cannabis derivatives and infusions that can be accidentally consumed by others because of their appealing package/aroma/ appearance – then store these at places only you have access to.

Even though overdosing on cannabis is literally impossible, it can be counterproductive to the well-being of both minors and/or adults when consumed it unintentionally.

In the case of purchasing dry marijuana flowers (yes, those delicious buds) – then you want to make sure you preserve their fragrance, flavor, and potency with best results.

For this purpose, you need to place dry flowers in tight-sealed jars that are stored away from direct sunlight and high temperatures.

You can also use a humidity control packet to further preserve the texture, taste, and aroma of the buds.

Do not underestimate proper storage. Improperly stored buds can get infected with mold which is extremely harmful to your health.

Going for your First Dispensary Visit: The Wrap-Up

As with any new beginning, it is okay to feel confused, overwhelmed, shy, or even intimidated.

But the truth of the matter is – dispensaries are tailored towards providing a friendly, happy experience that is better to be compared with visiting a candy store rather than any ordinary pharmacy – so tune in and enjoy the ride with a smile.

After all, you have earned the legal and sacred right to go for your first dispensary visit after so many years of severe restrictions over a plant that Mother Nature alone brings so that people can indulge inand medicate with accordingly.