How to Find The Right Cannabis Dispensary For You

Looking to get into cannabis, or just new to purchasing pot in general? Don't worry, we'll help you navigate the fast-paced world of marijuana dispensaries.

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Cannabis dispensaries come in all shapes and sizes. However, just like in any other industry, there are businesses that provide quality service, and others that leave the customers wanting more.

In spite of this fact, it's true that there are tons and tons to choose from…which may lead you to question, which one is right for you?

Whether you're planning a vacation or a resident in need of a regular spot, finding a dispensary shouldn't be thought of as a chore. It should be a fun and enjoyable experience—especially if you plan to continue consuming cannabis.

In this article, we will discuss what to look for when selecting a cannabis dispensary that you will like. Keeping these things in mind will offer you a few key criteria to consider before you make your next pick-up.

Research

The world of cannabis is growing and with it is a gargantuan amount of products to choose from. Those who are experienced cannabis consumers might not find it as overwhelming.

However, if you are a newbie, things can get really confusing, really fast.

Aside from deciding what to choose, finding cannabis is also a matter of figuring out if the choice you made was a hit or miss.

As with anything, it's always important to perform the necessary research to learn more about what you're putting in your body, and the same can be said for cannabis.

You are not expected to know about every product that's available on the market, and even less so their effects.

However, if there's a specific product you're interested in, you should be able to check out a dispensary's company website to see how the dispensary treats their customers in a virtual sense before blazing up.

Location

There are over 1,500 dispensaries in the United States, and according to the Colorado Department of Revenue, Colorado has more dispensaries than any other state, with over 500 currently active.

Whether the dispensary is across from your place of work or home, convenience always finds its way into the equation. But, this should never be your only criteria.

Sure, a couple minute commute sounds enticing, but it doesn't equate to knowledgeable budtenders, quality cannabis, or any of the other important factors that you need to take into consideration when it comes to choosing the right cannabis dispensary for you.

Worst case scenario, you have to travel a ways out to get your bud, though, if it's good — like really really good — it might be worth the travel.

Atmosphere

No matter the place, no one likes going where he or she doesn't feel welcome. That said, checking out a dispensary in person is one of the best ways to find which one will suit your taste.

Does it feel like a doctor's office or a "stoner" hangout? Whatever you prefer, purchasing cannabis should never make you feel uncomfortable.

Instead, whether an advanced or novice consumer, it should make you feel empowered, happy, and giddy to get home to try out your bud. And of course, you should feel like returning.

Knowledgeable Staff

There's no better feeling than walking into a place and getting the help you need, not to mention all with a smile.

Unfortunately, the cannabis industry has a huge education gap, with many being left in the dark—intentionally or unintentionally—about what they are purchasing. So, here's a little tip: come prepared with as much information as possible.

This shouldn't be approached as an attempt to outsmart your budtender, but to make sure you know what you're getting and that your budtender really knows their stuff.

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Selection

Though breeders develop new strains all the time, don't trade quantity for quality. All products should also be well taken care of, so try to steer away from buying any cannabis products that have signs of mildew, mold or smell unpleasant.

Furthermore, if you are using cannabis medicinally, it's important to think about availability. A dispensary with a large selection of sativa, indica, and hybrid medicinal cannabis strains will be able help you pick the best one to address your specific ailments.

If you need to chill out after a long day, you might prefer a relaxing indica like Northern Lights.

For an energy boost, Durban Poison is a sativa that just might do the trick and makes the perfect strain for gatherings where you need to be social.

Quality

When spending your hard-earned money, there's no doubt that you want to make sure your herb is dank—and when we say dank, we mean high quality and worth every penny spent.

And if you don't, chances are you're going to end up with both an unhappy wallet and a mediocre smoking experience.

But as with any product, you do need to make sure you're buying good quality stuff.

When it comes to weed, it's really difficult to tell before you try it so it's important to ask the necessary questions to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality bud possible — from its ingredients to the way it was manufactured from plant to shelf.

Quality bud will not only look great, but it will also feel and taste great.

Price

If you're new to cannabis, to you give an idea, the average cost of a gram is between $5-20, which should give you about 3 joints if you choose to inhale your bud.

Speaking of pricing, the growing level of competition has caused many dispensaries to offer a variety of deals on cannabis, ranging from typical discounts and sales, to point systems and punch cards.

Whatever the case, getting you hooked with the best price is always a good thing. Though it's important to remember that some dispensaries sell certain products at a cheaper price to get them off the shelves.

But, doing a little window shopping online before hitting the location can help you compare prices.

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The Final Hit

Well, that does it, there are a few of things that you need to consider to find the perfect dispensary for all of your cannabis needs.

If you want one smoking experience to remember—over and over again—we cannot stress enough how important it is to find the right cannabis dispensary that best fits your needs. This is especially true for those of you who are new to the world of cannabis.

By performing the right amount of research, asking as many questions as possible, and experiencing new places and spaces that sell cannabis products, not only will your body be happy, but also your wallet as well—trust us.

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Mell Green
Mell Green

Mell supports the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis. In an attempt to help end the stigma surrounding the humble plant and represent it as a positive part of society, she has written for a variety of publications, including Terpenes and Testing Magazine, Hytiva, Royal Queen Seeds, and more. When not writing, she's enjoying the latest craft brew innovations, traveling, and seeking satire in everyday life.

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