Buying Medical Marijuana for the First Time – Is It Stressful
May 17th, 2019 by Akbar Mohammad
Surely, you’re asking this question because you were already approved as a patient of a medical marijuana program but you haven’t tried purchasing cannabis before. Well, that’s perfectly okay and you’re not the only first timer there. Your first time doesn’t have to be stressful, you just need to plan it all out and prepare what you need to. Dispensaries and the people who were there might seem intimidating but they’re just there to help you. Here’s a list you can use for reference on your first visit.
Find a Convenient Dispensary
Before you even pay a visit, it’s best to look up for the nearest dispensary to you. Or if you don’t want to go down that road, you can just look for the best dispensary in your area. Look up reviews and see if they sell anything you might like.
This is a crucial step because it could either make or break your first time and we don’t want to ruin that, right? This is also your chance to find a store you’ll patronize. Read up and ask your friends for referrals.
Secure Your Valuables
As a first timer, there’s a few things you need to know – and bring with you. First, you need to bring your card with you to the dispensary. It’s your ticket to buying marijuana at dispensaries, so best not to forget than on your way to one.
Second item you need to bring is your doctor’s recommendation. This is necessary so that the staff at the dispensary, or so called budtenders, can easily scan through your documents and narrow down the choices for you.
Your ID is needed during every visit, but you don’t need to bring a doctor’s recommendation every time. Remember, these are you valuables and you should never forgot to bring them during your first time.
Expect Waiting Time
Depending on the state, you might need to wait a little as these dispensaries can get quite busy. Chances are, you’re not the only first timer the staff needs to handle – there might be a lot of you. So, be patient and just relax.
What you can do while waiting is to roam around and check out the products being sold. You might even find ones you like and you can ask the budtender about it later. Reading and looking up labels might even speed up your own process when you find something you want to try.
Just by going to a dispensary, you need to be prepared for a lot of things and one of these things is for the amount of questions that’s going to come at you. The budtender that will be helping you through your first time will be asking a lot of questions to narrow down your preferences, the things you need to avoid, and basically getting the drug that’s ideal for you.
Don’t worry, these people are trained to deal with all sorts of people, especially first timers. It’s okay to feel intimidated but don’t feel pressured, they’re just doing their job. The least you can do is answer their questions honestly so the conversation won’t go back and forth.
Ask Your Own Questions
It’s your first time and you definitely need to ask some of your own questions. Not everything will be found on the internet and surely those that you can find might not be as reliable as the answers you get from budtenders.
So, prepare some of your own questions. Don’t be afraid and just ask them just so you can sleep well during the night. It won’t annoy them if you ask nicely and appropriately. It’s vital that you know every little detail and it saves time and hassle from going to the professionals and clarifying things for you.
Of course you need cash, you might probably need lots of it. Marijuana doesn’t come cheap because it’s taxed pretty high. So expect that the prices might be way over your budget. If you’re really looking to buying during your first time, it’s best to bring a lot.
You can ask your friends or consult your doctor just how much it would cost so you’re prepared for your visit. And yes, bring cash because the dispensary might not be accepting major credit cards yet. You could look it up but it’s best to be safe than sorry.
Your first time doesn’t have to be stressful. All you need to do is bring your essentials and prepare yourself in terms of money and questions. The rest will be done by the staff. Just remember, be as honest as possible and relax. The first time is always going to be the hardest but it’s going to be worth it once you get your hands on that weed.