Did you ever think the day would come when you would have several legal options of where to buy cannabis? Well, that day is here! You can now find a cannabis dispensary for both your medical and non-medical (recreational) cannabis desires.
But how are you supposed to find the best pot shop? Excellent question. Before you spend your money on cannabis products, use these 5 tips on how to choose the best dispensary.
A cannabis dispensary is just a way of saying a store that sells cannabis and cannabis-related products. Before jumping into the criteria for choosing the right dispensary, you should know a few things about local cannabis laws in your area.
First, you have to be 21 to enter, purchase, and use cannabis in most areas. Medical and non-medical cannabis will not be sold to anyone under the age of 21. Identification is always verified.
Second, you cannot use any cannabis products on the dispensary property (including the parking lot or sidewalk outside). So wait until you get home to try out your new products.
Finally, cannabis delivery is legal if the dispensary has appropriately registered with the city. You can legally purchase up to 28.5 grams (about an ounce) of cannabis from a dispensary at one time for delivery.
Okay, now that that’s covered, let’s move on to how to find the best cannabis dispensary near you.
QUALITY VERSUS QUANTITY
In a perfect world, the cannabis dispensary you visit or order from has a great selection of cannabis products all of high quality. But that’s not always the case.
Dispensaries with a large selection of products will allow you to find what you want at the right potency. For example, you might see edible forms like cannabis cookies that come in 1.5mg, 2.5, 5mg, or 10mg of THC.
The benefit to the selection is that you are in control of the potency and you may have more options for products including different types of edibles, tinctures, and cartridges. You may also be able to find exactly the blend you are looking for.
But just because a dispensary makes you feel like a kid in a candy store, doesn’t mean it’s the best option.
You should also consider the quality of the product you’re getting. It can be difficult to tell by looking at the product, but not impossible. Unfortunately, you are no longer able to smell and see the product unpackaged before purchase, but if you notice a bad smell or you can see mold on the plant, and it’s not fresh, you should look elsewhere.
If you are forced to decide between quality and quantity of choices, always go with the dispensary with better quality products. But you shouldn’t have to settle for one or the other.
WHERE IS THE BUD COMING FROM?
When you are shopping around for a dispensary, it’s a little bit like trying to find a good produce market or fruit stand. You want to know where the product is coming from and how fresh it is.
You can usually ask a budtender where the strains come from and how the dispensary gets their cannabis. It’s possible they grow onsite, but it’s more likely that they buy from a local farm. Sometimes a dispensary will also make this information available online as well.
The freshest product is usually when it is grown on-site.
IF THEY OFFER DELIVERY?
Don’t underestimate the importance of convenience when it comes to buying cannabis. Now that delivery is legal, find a dispensary that will bring the bud right to your door.
Dispensaries now offer fast and easy delivery to your residence. You can make your selections online and someone will bring them directly to you. You must be present at the time of the delivery so that they can check your identification and you can sign for your goods.
Some dispensaries allow pre-payment online which is more convenient than paying in-person because you cannot always pay the delivery representative in cash. Keep that in mind when looking for a dispensary delivery service.
If you aren’t looking for delivery but you already know what you want to purchase, many dispensaries will offer a pre-ordering service so that you don’t have to wait in line or find what you’re looking for inside.
If you’re not interested in getting cannabis delivered, you can visit the dispensary to shop around and ask the budtender a few questions. If you are relatively new to cannabis, this might be a good choice so that you can look and learn the different strains available.
But if you walk into a dispensary and you feel out of place, unwelcome, or judged it could ruin the experience. Find a dispensary with a friendly, inviting environment with helpful staff.
Dispensaries come in many sizes, from the small mom-and-pop shop feel to the large department store vibe. Pick what’s right for you and makes you feel the best when you walk in.
CHECK THEIR REVIEWS
Another thing you can do when choosing a cannabis dispensary is to look at reviews and ask around for recommendations. If a dispensary has great customer service, you want to hear from customers that can confirm that.
Reviews may include information on the quality of products, the knowledge of the staff, and the number of choices. You can take a look at the dispensary’s website to get a feel for who they are and their approach toward cultivating and selling cannabis.
Reviews might also comment on overall pricing which could be helpful, but keep in mind everyone has a different idea of how much certain products are worth and what quality of cannabis they are willing to buy.