How to Navigate the Cannabis Store

Whether you’re purchasing cannabis for recreational or medical purposes, you’ll find what you’re looking for at a cannabis store. Licensed dispensaries follow strict regulations to sell their products. If you’re new to cannabis, you may be unsure of what to expect during your first visit. Here are a few tips that can help you navigate your first trip to the cannabis store.

Do Some Research Before You Go

If you’re walking into a cannabis store for the first time, the sheer selection can be overwhelming. You might not know where to start. You may not even be at the right dispensary. Before you go, do some research. Determine what’s important to you, what you want out of your cannabis experience, and what methods you’re interested in trying. It can even be helpful to create a list. If you have several dispensaries in your local area, try taking a look at their online menus. This can give you an idea of what they have to offer and their pricing. Look at some photos and read reviews. This can help you to narrow down your search and find a dispensary that can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. 

Come to the Dispensary Prepared

To purchase cannabis recreationally, you must be 21 or older and have a valid ID such as a driver’s license or other state-issued ID. Medical cannabis requires a doctor’s recommendation. A medical cannabis ID can be helpful, but it isn’t necessary. You may also want to consider stopping by an ATM before you head to the cannabis store. While some dispensaries can take cards, most deal mainly with cash. Or, call ahead and find out what payment methods are accepted before you go. Don’t forget your list of questions and what you’re looking for. When you arrive, a budtender will work with you to find the right type of cannabis to meet your needs. They’ll ask you questions to help steer you in the right direction. Coming prepared with your responses and questions of your own will help to ensure that you find a good match. 

Do’s and Don’ts to Get the Most Out of Your Visit

Do Ask Questions

Whether you’re brand-new to the world of cannabis or you're looking to try something different, ask questions in the cannabis store. Budtenders have extensive knowledge regarding their products and they can help to point you in the right direction.

Don’t Be a Snob

Even if you’re looking to simply get high, don’t just walk in and ask for the strongest product the dispensary has. The amount of THC in cannabis is just one factor that goes into your experience. Mention that you’re looking for something potent, but don’t just demand the strongest product in the store.

Do Make Yourself Comfortable

While it can be exciting and overwhelming to be in a cannabis store for the first time, try to make yourself comfortable. The more at ease you are and the more you open up, the more likely you are to have a great experience at the store and with the product you purchase.

Don’t Ignore Advice

You might have an idea of what you want, but if the budtender advises you to stay away from it because it’s exceptionally strong or it might not work well for your health conditions, you should listen. The budtender knows their products and they genuinely want you to have a good time. Listen to their advice.

Do Leave a Tip

If you had a great experience in the cannabis store, show your appreciation with a tip. It’s recommended that you leave $2 for small purchases and $5 for larger ones. Your first trip to the cannabis store can be overwhelming. Preparing yourself before you go and being open and honest with the budtender can help to ensure that you find exactly what you need and have the best experience possible.