One of the best aspects about the growing business of marijuana is its dispensaries, which can inform newcomers and seasoned consumers on the types of cannabis that exist and the products that better suit their needs.
People who work in these establishments (aka budtenders) tend to vary greatly upon location. You may need to visit several spots in order to find one you click with. No matter their level of expertise or way of communicating with costumers, it helps significantly if you know a few basics. Here are five questions you should ask yourself before making your first visit to a marijuana dispensary.
Do you live in a legal state?
Basic stuff, sure, but the more states legalize marijuana the easier it is to lose track of them. As of June 2019, only nine states allow for anyone over the age of 21 to enter marijuana dispensaries, with the rest of the legal states requiring a medical card. Here’s a handy list to keep with you.
What kind of cannabis do you want to consume?
Now that you know if your state is legal or not, it’s time to do some research and see which type of marijuana you’re interested in consuming. You can smoke flower, soak in some cannabis infused bath salts, dab, vape, eat an edible and more. Know the answer to this question or ask your budtender for more information on each method, learning which one suits your needs best.
What effect are you looking for?
If you’re looking for medical marijuana, you might be better off using a transdermal patch over smoking flower. Most methods have their strengths when it comes to how they affect your body. If you’re looking into medical marijuana, you might find better information by contacting a doctor who’s educated in the area over a budtender who may or may not know what you’re looking for.
How psychoactive do you want to get?
Depending on your tolerance and the marijuana’s dosage, strain and method of consumption, effects on mind and body can shift drastically. You should be clear with your budtender about your level of experience with the plant, orienting them so that they provide you with the proper product and dosage. It’s also important to be clear about the experience you’re seeking, whether you want some pain relief or you’re looking for a fun experience with friends.
How discreet do you want to be?
Discretion varies from person to person, with some having the ability to own a dab rig and smoke in their living room and others having to consume something less conspicuous. For those who don’t want to attract attention edibles, vape pens, sublinguals and transdermal patches are great options.