Author: Kelly Pitts
If you’re anticipating your first trip to the dispensary, you may be curious or even apprehensive about what to expect when you walk through the door. After so many decades of cannabis prohibition, the prospect of walking into a legitimate business and shopping for cannabis may seem foreign and unnatural. Luckily for you, we have created a quick and handy guide to help prepare you for what to expect at the dispensary on your first visit.
1. Research Dispensaries
All dispensaries are different, and it may require some trial and error to find the right fit for you. Depending on where you live, there may be both recreational and exclusively medical cannabis dispensaries. Some dispensaries have a large retail space with a wide range of unique cannabis products, while others offer a smaller, more boutique atmosphere. You may also have a certain cannabis product or strain family in mind, so it’s a good idea to do some research on the offerings at a few dispensaries near you. Look for dispensaries that are highly rated for their product selection, prices, and customer service.
2. You May Need Cash
One feature of purchasing cannabis from a dispensary that may surprise you is that many modern dispensaries remain cash-only businesses. Some have ATMs on-site, while others use a cashless ATM system. Consider calling ahead to see if the dispensary you choose accepts debit and credit cards. If not, you may want to withdraw cash from your bank or a surcharge-free ATM to avoid any additional ATM fees.
3. Bring the Necessary Documents
Make sure that your trip to the dispensary isn’t interrupted by forgetting the proper documentation. You will likely need to bring your government-issued ID (Driver’s License, photo ID, or passport) to verify that you are of legal age to purchase cannabis. You will also need your up-to-date medical marijuana recommendation or MMJ card. Be aware that many physician recommendations have an expiration date, and expired documents are not considered valid.
4. You May Have to Wait in Line
Some states mandate that dispensary employees may only serve one medical patient at a time. It is important to ensure that each customer has the time to make well-informed choices about the products they select and learn more about their proper use. For this reason, especially during peak business hours, you may experience longer wait times. Try to plan your trip to the dispensary at a time when you’re not in a hurry to get to your next appointment, event, or other obligation.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
The dispensary employees who can assist you in selecting and purchasing cannabis products are known as budtenders. Many are well-trained in making cannabis recommendations based on the individual needs of their customers and are happy to help. If you are using cannabis for a particular health concern, it may be a good idea to ask your budtender what products will best suit you. For example, a budtender may recommend a topical product for joint issues or a specific strain to aid in sleep.
While your first trip to the dispensary may seem daunting, with the proper preparation and knowledge you’ll be able to navigate this new experience with ease and enjoy taking this important step on your wellness journey.
About The Author:
Kelly is a lifestyle and wellness writer. Her guilty pleasures are coffee and celebrity gossip. When she’s not hard at work creating content, you can find her traveling the world and cooking vegan food.