Your First Trip to a Cannabis Dispensary: How to do it Right

Visiting a cannabis dispensary for the first time can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. This guide will give you some insight into making the most of your first visit by combating overstimulation with information. Being armed with information before you go is sure to make your first visit a success!

Know the Lingo

In order to eliminate any uncertainty, research a few terms before you walk into the dispensary. If you’re pursuing psychoactive effects, knowing the type of “high” you’re looking for to help your budtender guide you in the right direction. For example, many consumers claim to feel more productive and generally uplifted by Sativa dominant strains. Indica dominant strains are said to be more relaxing; some even use Indica to help them sleep. Hybrid strains are generally a more even mix of the two. You will also see CBD and THC throughout the dispensary, which are two primary types of cannabinoids. To read up on what a cannabinoid is, take a look at our past blog post.

Bring Your Identification

The moment you enter a dispensary, you will be asked to show some form of identification. Security within a dispensary is no joke, and screening customers is taken very seriously. That means there’s no leniency when it comes to forgotten IDs. The rules are simple: you won’t be allowed in if you don’t have an ID. You also must be 21 or older to enter, no exceptions.

Remember – It’s Okay if You Don’t Smoke

Not everyone smokes, and that’s okay. There are many options for consuming cannabis. Dispensaries often stock everything from chocolate, to drinks, to honey sticks –  so if you want the buzz without the smoke, it’s easy to find. Lean on your budtender to show you the options, and see our past blog post to understand the different ways you can enjoy cannabis.

Cash is King

Most dispensaries are cash only, even going so far as to offer customers access to an ATM inside the dispensary. Although some dispensaries do take debit and credit cards, know that it’s very rare.  If you want to use a card, it’s best to call ahead and see what payment methods they currently accept.

Enjoy Yourself!

If you’ve done your research, brought your ID and cash, and thought about what you’re looking for from your cannabis experience, then you should expect a visit that’s no more intimidating than a coffee shop. Dispensaries allow us to educate ourselves, ask questions, and explore our options – so be sure to take your time and enjoy your first trip to a dispensary.

How Point7 Can Help

Point7 supports our clients by educating our clients on the trends and happenings in the industry. As experts in our field, we are here to provide information to aid your business needs. Some states place limitations on the types of products a cannabis business can produce or sell. Overall, it is essential to understand the local market and the patient/consumer demand for each product type. 

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