Citizens form all walks of life are attracted to the many benefits of medical marijuana. Patients are understandably excited about legally easing their symptoms with a natural and effective medicine. It is oaky to be nervous or apprehensive about your first time visiting a dispensary.
The best way to have a great experience is to know what to expect when you get there. Each dispensary has its own quirks and drawbacks, but the general experience is similar for all dispensaries. Knowing these 6 things will help you to be more at ease and walk away with the medicine that is right for you.
Bring Your ID
You will have to present your ID no matter how old you look. You should expect to be carded whether you are 20, grey bearded or otherwise. When asked for your ID, you should also present your medical marijuana card. Having both of these ready will ensure a smooth experience from the beginning.
It is good practice to be prepared and have as much knowledge as you can about the dispensaries near you. Search for dispensaries using online search engines and read the reviews posted there. These will help you get an idea about their customer service, experience, selection and style. Look for the highest rated shops. In some cases, there may be an online menu that will help prepare you for your options before you even walk in the door. Being prepared will keep you from feeling rushed or overwhelmed when you get there.
You May Have to Wait in Line
Regulations differ from state to state. Be aware of the fact that you may have to spend time in a waiting room while other customers are with the Budtender. Some regulations and shops put a limit on the number of people permitted in the Budtending room at a time. Take this opportunity to check out the online menu if available or to research what strains may work best for you.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
The Budtender is there to help you. Asking a lot of questions is the best way to make sure you leave happy and with the best medicine for your needs. Let the Budtender know what you are looking to treat, no matter how small. Need something for sleep? Pain? Nausea? Ask for recommendations.
Be Aware of Payment Methods
Many dispensaries don’t take cards. Make sure you bring enough cash for your needs or check online to see if they have an ATM on location. You don’t want to be caught off guard and add stress to the experience by not being prepared. While it is common for shops to have an ATM, don’t count on it unless you know for sure.
Allow Yourself to Walk Away
If you don’t feel right about your purchase or feel pressured to buy something you don’t want, walk away. It’s okay to walk away from buying a products you aren’t sure about. In almost all cases, you won’t be able to return what you buy. You can also buy a smaller amount if you want to make sure a certain strain or product is right for you.
We hope these recommendations will help you have a productive first time visiting a dispensary. The main thing to remember is that being prepared leads to a better and more effective experience. Ask questions about anything you are unsure about and let your Budtender be your guide.