Cannabis for Beginners

Your First Experience

Written by Chronic Pain Releaf Center on December 15, 2019

If you’ve never bought weed before, it can be a little overwhelming stepping foot into a dispensary for the first time. Your first time purchasing cannabis should be an enjoyable experience. When you go in prepared and knowing what to expect, buying pot will be much more pleasurable indeed.

What is your reason for buying weed? Yes, we know you want to smoke it. But these days there are countless different strains to choose from that all do different things. Check out our extensive list of Cannabis Strains to see what type of marijuana is best for your personal needs. Here you can search strains by popularity, time of use, common uses, and different effects you’d like to feel.

Have Your ID Ready

Whether you’re 21, 81, or somewhere in-between, have your ID ready when you walk in the door. Pretty much everyone gets carded buying weed at a dispensary, whether they look old enough or not. Forget your ID and you’re going home empty-handed.

Expect to Wait

Buying weed is a bit different than going to a liquor store and waiting your turn in line to buy a six-pack or a bottle of wine. Regulations in most states require that cannabis dispensaries only serve one customer at a time. Depending on the time of day you go in, you could be there a while. And like most retail establishments, weekends are usually busier than weekdays.

Ask your Cannabis Consultant Questions

Your budtender is there to help you have the best weed buying experience you can. There are no stupid questions, and in most dispensaries, your budtender is going to be happy to help you out. Ask them what strain is best for your needs. Want something to help you sleep? Tell them that. Looking for a strain that’s good for spring cleaning? Let them know. Inquire about their favorite strains and why they like them. Let your budtender be your guide when you buy weed. It’s what they’re there for.

Don’t Feel Obligated to Make a Purchase

Unfortunately, not every visit to a dispensary is a positive experience. It’s normal to be nervous but feeling intimidated or unsatisfied with your budtender is another story. If you’re not feeling it, you’re not feeling it. And by no means are you obligated to make a purchase just because you walked in the dispensary door. If you don’t want to buy from this particular place, there are plenty of other shops that sell weed. Politely thank the budtender for their help and be on your merry way.

Have Cash on Hand

In an age where we buy pretty much everything on a debit or credit card, cannabis purchases are done strictly in cash. Most dispensaries recognize this and will have an ATM machine on site. Not all of them do though and even if they do, you’re bound to be charged a service fee for using an ATM that isn’t your bank. Be prepared and take cash out of the bank before you arrive. Not only will you be prepared, but you’ll avoid paying those ridiculous service fees.
An 1/8th can run anywhere from $20 to over $50, so be prepared with enough cash on hand. Most recreational states have a one-ounce limit on what you can purchase in a day. If you’re looking to take home an ounce, it can get pretty pricey depending on what strains you’re selecting. With the average price of an ounce running between $150-200, you’ll want enough cash to cover your purchase.

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