3 Tips For Your First Visit To A Recreational Dispensary

Posted on: 15 November 2017

As recreational marijuana is becoming legal in many parts of the country, more people are visiting dispensaries for the first time. Whether you are interested in trying edibles, buying a vape pen and cartridge, or simply want to find the perfect strain of marijuana for smoking, you can find it all at a dispensary. Visiting a recreational dispensary for the first time can be a little intimidating if you don't know what to expect, but if you follow these tips, you will feel like a dispensary expert:

Do Your Research First

Most dispensaries have websites, like http://elevatedmt.com, where you can check their current menu and any specials they may be offering. You can also read reviews of specific marijuana strains and products including edibles and cannabis oil on review websites like Leafly. Spend some time deciding on your budget and the products you are most interested in.

It's also a good idea to think about the effect you'd like from your marijuana, since some strains are much more calming and relaxing, while others are more stimulating. If you know what you want, it will be easier for your "budtender" to help you find it.

Know the Etiquette

There are a few basic etiquette guidelines and expectations when visiting a dispensary, and they may not be obvious to first timers. One guideline is that photos are usually not allowed inside a dispensary, and most have signs posted to this effect. If you really need a photo for your Instagram, take one of the outside of the dispensary or of your product after you've purchased it and left the dispensary.

Another guideline to keep in mind is that dispensaries are set up a lot like medical offices or pharmacies, and the other customers may be discussing personal medical issues with the staff in order to get the best recommendations. Don't intrude on personal conversations, and give the other customers plenty of space when they are talking to the staff. When it's your turn, you will be glad to have privacy yourself.

Bring Your Official ID and Cash

Even though you are visiting a dispensary in a state with legal marijuana, you are required to show your official state-issued ID when entering a dispensary. Some dispensaries will even scan your ID and ask you to sign in. You should also bring enough cash with you to make your purchase, as many dispensaries do not accept cards.

Following these tips will ensure you really get the most out of your first visit to a recreational marijuana dispensary.