Going Medical Cannabis Shopping!
If you’ve never visited a dispensary before, especially if you’re new to medical marijuana, it might seem intimidating. Don’t stress yourself out, though! Visiting the dispensary should be an enjoyable experience. Your budtender will be ready to help you find exactly what you need to treat your specific condition and needs. Before your visit, you can do a few things to prepare so things can go smoothly.
Visiting the Medical Marijuana Dispensary for the First Time
Mostly, visiting a cannabis dispensary does not differ from visiting any other specialty store. Most budtenders and dispensary workers will be there when you’re ready for them while giving you a chance to explore the store at your own pace. Think of it like visiting a brewery, a natural health store, or any other shop very niche specific.
However, there are a couple of things you should bring with you on your first and every visit to the dispensary.
Bring Your Identification
Identification is one of the most important things to bring to a medical or recreational marijuana dispensary in Michigan. Suppose you’re going to a recreational dispensary. In that case, your state-issued ID, passport, or other government-issued photo ID showing you’re 21 or older will be sufficient. But if you’re going to a medical-only dispensary, be prepared with your state-issued medical marijuana ID card.
Have Cash on Hand
Cash is almost as important to bring as your ID. Though this trend has shifted, especially in the pandemic era, many dispensaries are still cash-only businesses. This is mostly because banks and credit unions are uncertain about offering services to an industry that lingers in a legal grey area between state and federal law. While some shops may take your debit card, you’re better off keeping cash on hand just in case.
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Research Before Choosing a Dispensary
Just like choosing your mechanic or finding the right lunch stop, choosing a dispensary is something that you should research online first. Websites like Leafly and WeedMaps make it easier to look up reviews of dispensaries, the products they offer, and sometimes you can even order ahead if they take card payments. This will allow you not only to decide on which shop to visit, but it also gives you a chance to consider what you purchase when you get there, which brings us to our next point.
Look at Products Available Online Before Shopping
Comparing product prices and reviews online before making a purchase is practically second nature for most of us. Honestly, how often have you checked your Amazon or Walmart app before making a purchase in a different store? It should be no different when it comes to the medical marijuana products you purchase in a dispensary. Look up products and brands for reviews before you go, and if you’re still unsure at that point, then ask your budtender when you’re in the shop. The more you know going into the purchase, the better the results, especially with medical cannabis.
Talk to Your Budtender to Get Recommendations for You
There is no one-size-fits-all recommendation for medical marijuana. Even two people treating an identical condition with identical symptoms may find that different dosages or products work better for them. However, based on your specific needs and preferences, a budtender is like your pharmacist. They can help point you in the right direction. They can help you decide between different products and strains and advise how often and how much to medicate.
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