You’ve finally gotten comfortable with the idea that weed is legal in California, but you’re not quite down with the idea of going to the dispensary yet. Not sure about where to start, what questions to ask, what to buy? You are a weed dispensary virgin. In this post, I’ll tell you what to expect, what to buy, and help you get ready to pop your dispensary cherry.
Initially, you’ll want to do some research to see where your neighborhood dispensary is located. Some dispensaries are for medical patients only but don’t get discouraged by that. They usually have on-site assistance to help you acquire the proper medical authorization to shop there.
San Diego has a lot of great dispensaries
Also, you don’t have to go to the one in your neighborhood. San Diego has a lot of great dispensaries, each with a different personality, product selection, and host of promotions and specials to meet all types of consumer profiles. I seem to frequent Ramona Cannabis Co (medical dispensary/no edibles) quite often which has a mellow vibe, welcoming atmosphere, limited high-quality selection, and knowledgable budtenders.
Another good one is Torrey Holistics in Sorrento Valley. I write for the Torrey blog and that’s how I was first introduced to the dispensary. However, I choose to shop there because they have a great selection that enables me to experiment with all different kinds of cannabis-infused products and extracts. Torrey
What to Expect at the Weed Dispensary
Once you’ve decided where you’re going, be prepared to encounter security which may involve a
At the dispensary, you’ll be asked to provide photo ID, your med card if you have one, and to complete an intake form when it’s your first time visiting. Most dispensaries have a lobby/waiting area that is separate from the product and sales area. This provides a quiet space for patient/consumer intake and a more lively area where cannabis products are displayed and sold.
When it’s your turn, a budtender will greet you and may even escort you into the sales area. There you will be transported to a place in space and time that, in my opinion, resembles the “pure imagination” scene from Willy Wonka. There are terpene scents, colorful packaging, and curiosities of weed wonder in every direction. A proper dispensary will have a variety of products and an informed budtender that will have the knowledge and skills to navigate this landscape to reveal the perfect weed experience for you.
The great thing about the weed dispensary is that the budtender is your personal shopper while you’re there. You get to tell them what’s ailin’ ya. Are you there for pain? Anxiety? Need to relax? They want to know. They need to know so that they can recommend great cannabis products to you.
They’ll ask you if you’re wanting a whole body high or more of a heady experience. This question helps them know whether to focus on an Indica or Sativa strain to meet your needs. Indica will kill your pain but may put you to sleep in the process, while Sativa is known for creativity and productivity. There’s also the best of both worlds, the hybrid.
Ask your Budtender
Take the time to ask your budtender any questions that you have about the products. Ask them what other people have been buying. Have them explain how to read the product labels and understand the dosing. Budtenders are on the front lines and a great resource to learn from because they interface with all of the new products and the customers that use them on a daily basis.
Secondly, don’t be afraid to try new things! If you’ve never eaten cannabis, try an edible. If smoking shake out of an apple
The first time visiting the weed dispensary can be overwhelming, because there’s a lot of information to take in. However, if you remember why you’re there, you’ll quickly realize that you’re in good hands. Everyone working at the dispensary shares the goal of keeping you happy and helping you feel good. They know cannabis and understand how to assess customer needs and make product suggestions. You’ll likely leave there with a bag full of joy and a lot more confidence, AKA a happy ending.