Your First Trip to a Dispensary - How to Do it Right!
Updated: Jan 21
Visiting a dispensary for the first time can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. This guide is intended to give you some insight into making the most of your first visit by combating overstimulation with information. Being armed with information before you go is sure to make your first visit a success! By the end of this article, we hope that you can walk into a dispensary in any state with confidence, and enjoy a rewarding experience.
Know the Lingo
In order eliminate any uncertainty, research a few terms before you walk into the dispensary. If you’re pursuing psychoactive effects, knowing the type of “high” you're looking for will help your budtender point you in the right direction. For example, many consumers claim to feel more productive and generally uplifted by Sativa dominant strains. Indica dominant strains, however, are said to be more relaxing; some even use Indica to help them sleep. Hybrid strains are generally a more even mix of the two. You will also see the terms CBD and THC throughout the dispensary, which are two primary types of cannabinoids. To read up on what a cannabinoid is, take a look at our blog post titled “Know your CannaTerms: Cannabinoid, THC, and CBD.”
Bring Your Identification
The moment you enter a dispensary, you will be asked to show some form of identification. Security within a dispensary is no joke and screening customers is taken very seriously. That means there’s no leniency when it comes to forgotten IDs. The rules are simple, if you don’t have an ID, you won’t be allowed in. You also must be 21 or older to enter, no exceptions.
Remember - It’s Okay if You Don’t Smoke
Not everyone is a smoker, and that’s okay. There are many options for consuming cannabis. Dispensaries often stock everything from chocolate, to drinks, to honey sticks - so if you want the buzz without the smoke, it’s easy to find. Lean on your budtender to show you the options, and see our blog post titled “Cannabis 101: Routes of Administration,” to get a more solid understanding of how you would like to enjoy cannabis.
Cash is King
Most dispensaries are cash only, even going so far as to offer customers access to an ATM inside the dispensary. Although some dispensaries do take debit/credit cards, know that it’s very rare. If you want to use a card, it’s best to call ahead and see what payment methods the dispensary is currently accepting.
If you’ve done your research, brought your ID and cash, and thought about what you’re looking for from your cannabis experience, then you should expect a visit that’s no more intimidating than a coffee shop. Dispensaries give us an opportunity to educate ourselves, ask questions, and explore our options - so be sure to take your time and enjoy your first trip to a dispensary.