No phones inside of the dispensary because they don’t want pictures are taken or breaches of confidentiality
Ask your budtender questions because they’ve likely tried every strain in the store
Tip your budtender if they went above and beyond to help you
Don’t use products in the store, it’s illegal and rude
Have a general idea of what you want before arriving to save everyone time
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This article shared everything you needed to know about how to buy weed at a dispensary. Follow these tips and the budtenders won’t even know it’s your first time.
Tips for the Best Dispensary Experience
Believe it or not, going to a marijuana dispensary in California is like visiting an upscale boutique. You want to make sure you know how to act.
Besides having your ID, cash, and relevant paperwork on hand, here are some other ways to behave like a regular:
Marijuana has been illegal for decades and there’s always been a big stigma attached. California residents are now permitted to buy recreational marijuana on top of the medical strains that have been available for over a decade. But, it could take some getting used to.
Licensed cannabis dispensaries sell dozens of marijuana strains. Purple Kush, for example, helps treat pain and muscle spasms. Sour Diesel gives the user a burst of productive energy.
Make sure to always stay within your state’s legal limit of growing plants.
Even one weed plant can produce a lot of buds come harvest time, so make sure you grow a strain you like. Note strains you enjoy when you pick something up at the dispensary or smoke with friends, and look for seeds of it when you want to start growing.
Although this option is only available to people living in states with medical and adult-use legalization, buying marijuana seeds at the dispensary is far more straightforward. However, your options are more limited.
How many seeds should I buy? Are they all going to survive?
Some strains also take longer to grow than others. Depending on whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, you may want to grow a quicker marijuana strain if you live in a climate that get cold and wet early in the season. For example, indicas are known for having a shorter flowering time than sativas.
Marijuana seeds are considered a cannabis product just like flower, edibles, and concentrates. Their legality depends on which state you live in. People living in states with adult-use legalization can buy, produce, and sell seeds within their own state, but seeds can’t cross state lines. People living in states with medical marijuana legalization can only buy seeds if they have a medical card.
When growing regular seeds, some won’t germinate and some will have to be discarded because they’ll turn out to be males. With feminized seeds, some won’t germinate, but a higher percentage of them will turn into flowering plants because there won’t be any males.
Feminized and autoflower seeds will cost more because more breeding work was put in to creating them and they take less time for the grower to get buds.
Once you enter the shop, you’ll need to check in with the front desk. They will scan your I.D. to verify your age and then put you on a list to enter the sales floor. You will then be directed to wait in the waiting room. At any point during your visit, you may experience long lines. As you can imagine, legal cannabis is quite popular, and extended wait times do happen. Try to schedule your visit for when you know you have time.
When it comes time to buy marijuana at a recreational dispensary, the sheer amount of products available for purchase can be overwhelming. Not only are you asked to choose between marijuana flower, extracts, edibles, and topicals, but there are also a seemingly endless amount of strains and brands to choose from. So how do you know which marijuana product is best for your needs?
This also applies to individuals who are crossing from one state in which recreational marijuana is legal into another state in which it is legal, such as driving from California to Oregon with marijuana on your person. Even though marijuana is legal in both California and Oregon, when you cross state lines you are in the jurisdiction of federal law enforcement and are subject to hefty fines and penalties. We recommend, no matter what, that you should never cross state lines with marijuana.
Visiting a Shop
State marijuana laws will vary regarding what is needed in order for people from outside of the state to purchase marijuana, but in general, all you need to do is find a local recreational dispensary and show your ID. Once you do, you are allowed to freely purchase a variety of marijuana and cannabis products.
Topicals : The cannabinoids in cannabis can also be absorbed by the body through the skin. For this reason, you can find topically-applied products like balms, lotions, massage oils, and even patches.
There are limitations to how much marijuana and its derived products you can legally purchase and possess at any given time. These amounts will change by state, so check with your budtender to find out how much marijuana you can buy at one time.
Delivery services can be found in the same ways as a physical store. Once you find a delivery service you want to use, typically, you will need to call in to the delivery service to place an order. However, more savvy services allow order by text. Some even have their own smartphone apps or allow you to order online through their website.