Cannabis dispensaries give medical marijuana and recreational cannabis users a safe, convenient, and legal way to obtain cannabis. If you've never purchased cannabis before, you may not know what to expect at the dispensary. Luckily, cannabis dispensaries are welcoming places where people of all experience levels can purchase great marijuana products. Here are some tips that will help you navigate your first trip to a marijuana dispensary:
1. Bring your medical documentation, if applicable.
Some states allow people to use cannabis for recreational purposes, but other states restrict its use more closely. If you live in a state where cannabis is restricted to medical use only, then you'll need to bring your medical documentation to the cannabis dispensary during your first trip. You can bring your medical cannabis card if you have one. If you don't, simply bring your doctor's letter of recommendation that states that you will benefit from the use of medical marijuana. On follow-up trips, you may be able to leave your medical documentation at home if the dispensary keeps it on file.
2. Learn about the different varieties of cannabis.
Cannabis comes in three primary strains: Indica, Sativa, and hybrids. Indica cannabis produces a "body high" that can make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Sativa cannabis is more energizing and primarily works on your mind. Hybrid strains combine traits of both Indica and Sativa cannabis. Learning a little about each type of cannabis will help you make wise selections when you arrive at the dispensary.
3. Save your purchases for use at home.
You can buy any type of cannabis product from the dispensary, from fresh buds to sweet gummy candies. However, you shouldn't use any of your cannabis products while you're at the dispensary because this is often against state law and dispensary policy. Instead, wait to enjoy your cannabis buds or edibles until you get home. Using cannabis while comfortable in your own space can be a more pleasant experience, and waiting until you're at home will ensure that you don't get in trouble with the dispensary workers.
4. Don't be nervous.
Finally, don't be nervous when visiting a marijuana dispensary for the first time. It's normal to have some anxiety about unfamiliar situations, but cannabis dispensaries are designed to be welcoming and easy to use. Cannabis dispensaries are legal and safe. They're staffed by helpful individuals who know a lot about the different types of cannabis and will be happy to help you find a variety that will meet your needs. Over time, you may find that visiting the dispensary becomes one of your favorite errands.