going to a dispensary

Things to Know before Going to a Dispensary

If you want to take a trip to a dispensary in any cannabis friendly location, there are so many things you need to know. If it is your first time, you may be overwhelmed if you did not prepare for what to expect. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be overwhelmed during your trip. Knowing the right things to do can lighten the mood and make it exciting.

Generally, the universal sign of dispensaries is a green cross. You must have come across some in the past. Here are some other things to know before visiting the dispensary.

Age Limit

You need to be more than 21 to buy weed from a cannabis dispensary. This is the law and there are no exceptions to this rule. The dispensaries are legally allowed to refuse to sell to minors. Also, you will be required to show your ID to the security personnel at the front entrance. This is why you should always carry your driver’s license with you. If you don’t, you may not be allowed in.

Carry Cash

In most cases, cannabis dispensaries run cash only businesses, so you may need to carry cash. Some may still accept credit cards too but it’s better to take cash to be safe.

Marijuana is not yet legal on the federal level. So, several banks are not yet comfortable enough to do business with the dispensaries because it may lead to a money laundering charge. This is the main reason why most dispensaries only use cash. Some dispensaries may still accept debit cards, but you should go prepared.

No Returns

You cannot return an item from a marijuana dispensary. Even though a cannabis dispensary is a retail environment, it does not have a return policy. This is why you need to be sure about a product before buying it so you won’t need to return it. You could be introduced to different marijuana products when you visit, but you should only choose what works for your lifestyle.

Find Out about the Recreational License

Does the cannabis dispensary have a recreational license? The fact that a dispensary is legalized to operate in a state does not mean that they have a recreational license. Be sure to check the website of the dispensary before going to be sure that they have the legal backing to sell recreational cannabis.

Research Different Strains to Find the One You’re Looking For

Dispensaries often display the names of the strains on the shelf. You can easily find out if it is Indica, Sativa, or a hybrid. Some even use highly digital displays to highlight their edibles, tinctures, and cannabis flowers. Also, some dispensaries may not have this feature, so prepare to ask the attendants for help.

Listen to the Budtender

A budtender is an attendant in a dispensary. In most cases, they may not be licensed medical professionals but they have experience in the field. so you can ask them questions if you are confused. Some dispensaries do not have products displayed on the sales floor where you can just grab and go. A budtender can guide you on the offerings in the store and direct you to what you are looking for.

You can talk about the effect you’re hoping to get so your budtender can help you to choose one. They have most likely sampled the products in the store and have heard testimonies from buyers in the store. So while they aren’t medical professionals, they can answer most of your questions. Just ask away.

Don’t Smoke Outdoors

After getting your weed, resist any urge to light it up in the shop or anywhere outside. Even though cannabis use has been legalized in some states, you still cannot smoke it in public. Some shops also operate on strict regulations, so it could be wrong to smoke there. It is a better idea to take your stash home and light it up in the comfort of your home. Until smoking weed in public becomes legal, this is the way it has to be.

Buying cannabis from a dispensary does not need to be tasking. When you understand what to do or expect, it will be a lot easier. If, however, for some reason you are unable or unwilling to go to a dispensery, you can always find its website, order bud online and have it delivered to you at home.