How to Prepare for Your First Visit to Weed Dispensaries


There are over 9,000 active licenses for marijuana business in the US. Which is why it’s never been easier or more convenient to find a local dispensary with your cannabis needs.

However, there are some important things to keep in mind before making your first visit to a dispensary. Read on to learn how to prepare for your first dispensary visit. 

Finding Local Dispensaries

With the legalization of Cannabis in more than half the country, there are new dispensary options popping up each day. However, you may not know where to find them if you’re new to the area or simply aren’t aware when one opens.

Fortunately, there are a number of sites and apps designed to help you find dispensaries, cannabis doctors, and even delivery cannabis services. The site Weedmaps is a great place to get started.

Check Out the Reviews

The same way you would want to check out the reviews for a restaurant or hotel, it’s smart to check out the reviews for dispensaries. These reviews will often give feedback on areas like customer service, products, and the appearance of the dispensary.

If you’re looking for reviews on dispensaries near you, check out the Leafly app which has been considered the “Yelp” of cannabis businesses. They do a great job at highlighting a dispensaries specialties, like those found on this menu

Have the Right Identification

You’ll want to make sure you have everything you need on you to actually be able to purchase weed. The requirements will vary state from state. For any purchase from dispensaries the minimum you’ll need a government approved ID such as a drivers license or passport.

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Depending on your state’s cannabis laws, you may also need a medical marijuana card or a prescription from a certified doctor.

Don’t Be in a Hurry

Shopping at a weed dispensary should be an enjoyable experience that isn’t rushed. So try to avoid making the trip when you have to be somewhere immediately after.

Give yourself an open window of time to check out the products at your leisure.

Choose Cash Over Card

Make sure you stop at an ATM before your visit to the dispensary to take out as much cash as you may need. Most dispensaries are cash only, and if you don’t know the area well it could be difficult to try and hunt a cash machine down. So come prepared. 

Have an Idea of What You Like

Chances are you’ve had some experience with cannabis before, so it helps to know what you’re looking for ahead of time. This doesn’t mean you need to be an aficionado that knows every strain name, however, you should know if you prefer marijuana, edibles, or topical lotions.

If you’re truly a novice, try talking with some friends ahead of time to get a better idea of what’s right for you.

Be Willing to Ask Questions

The clerks at dispensaries are often referred to as “budtenders”. That’s because they are there to not only sell you the products but make recommendations and answer any questions you may have.

These people are used to answering questions, so don’t feel like you’re bothering them.

Getting the Most Out of Your Visit

The more you educate yourself about the current cannabis market the easier it will be to navigate your way through dispensaries. Check out our article on recognizing a reputable dispensary to help you get started. 

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