8 Things to Think About Before Going to a Dispensary
Live in a legal state or visiting one? Here’s what you need to do to buy weed.
With over 30 states medically legalizing and 9 states recreationally legalizing weed, more and more people are realizing what the cannabis community, research community, and 1930s NYC Mayor La Guardia knew: addiction rates are lower than commonly accepted substances like alcohol and nicotine while the therapeutic benefits are potentially high. So how does one navigate this brave new weed world? Legalized states have regulated products sold in licensed stores called dispensaries. Buying from a marijuana dispensary still can’t guarantee you’ll get the right product so here are some questions to ask before you go buy legal weed.
But first, a quick primer: Unlike alcohol, which affects most people in basically the same way (you drink; you get drunk), cannabis is anything but consistent (though the DEA has repeatedly concluded that zero overdose deaths come from cannabis.) Different forms of ingestion, applications, and strains interact with your unique endocannabinoid system making weed a choose-your-own adventure experience.
Your endocannabinoid system are the receptors floating around your entire body that regulate everything from mood to digestion and immunity. Different compounds can unlock and activate these receptors, and it just so happens that cannabis has many compounds—cannabinoids—that act as keys in this way. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, and more than one hundred other compounds have been discovered in the plant as well.
No two people’s endocannabinoid systems are the same, and it’s the dispensary staff’s job to help you figure out if and what type of cannabis, and product, is right for you. Here’s what you should be asking yourself—and your cannabis consultant—before you commit to buying.
Am I in a recreational or legal state?
Only 9 states allow for anyone over the age of 21 to walk through the door. That list is here. 30 states are medical, in those states you have to apply for a medical card and each state varies when determining which conditions qualify for a card.
Does the store has a recreational license?
Just because a dispensary is in a recreationally legalized state doesn’t mean they have their recreational license. You can find this information on a dispensary’s site or go to Leafly, which has peer-reviewed locations and easy-to-use finders for places near you.
What is my experience level?
A good dispensary will not weed shame you if you’ve never tried it, most dispensaries I spoke to are thrilled to open the wonderful world of cannabis to someone new. Eliot Dobris from Apothecarium, a dispensary located in San Francisco with branches all over the city and a location in Vegas stressed the importance of being honest with your cannabis consultant (they avoid the more common label of “budtender”) because they are there to help you navigate a complicated plant.
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Published: September 06, 2018
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