When you choose to medicate with a medicine like marijuana, it’s important to consider who you’re getting your medicine from. With medical (and in some places recreational) marijuana legal in several states, patients have the opportunity to visit a dispensary to receive their product.
Dispensaries are like pharmacies, but only for cannabis! Having too many options can make things more difficult for you, so we’ve put together some considerations you should make when selecting a medical marijuana dispensary.
Cities that are in medical marijuana states have become very cannabis-friendly are known to be saturated with dispensaries. If you’re lucky to live near one of these, location might sway you to one dispensary over another. Some cities even have at home delivery services, making it even easier to get your medicine. If you’re a regular user of marijuana, you should probably find a dispensary in a location that is convenient for you.
You may not know this, but there are many different things that can happen while marijuana is being grown that have an exponential impact on the quality of medicine from that plant. Many dispensaries work closely with their suppliers to make sure that they are not only getting quality product, but are also becoming more knowledgeable about how the medicine was created. If you have any question about the products that you see in a dispensary, staff members (lovingly called budtenders) are there to answer any questions you may have.
As far as specific products go, when you walk into a dispensary for the first time you may be a little taken aback by how much you have to choose from. Don’t worry, there are many different options for many different symptoms and your bud tender can help you find the medicine that is best for you. Some popular items at dispensaries are flower (buds of marijuana), edibles, tinctures, drinks, topicals, concentrates, and more.
Unless you’re active in the medical marijuana industry, your budtender should know more about the products than you do. You can tell a lot about the dispensary based on how friendly the staff is. Are they asking you questions? Are they encouraging you to ask questions? If the answer to both of these questions is “Yes”, you should be happy to know that you’ve probably picked a great place to get your medicine from!
By keeping these three things in mind, you’re sure to find the best dispensary for you. If you’re visiting and don’t plan on purchasing from a dispensary for the long term these will work for you as well! The best thing about finding a medical marijuana dispensary is that, no matter what, you’ll get some medicine to help you with all your ailments. Our advice to you: travel around and find the right dispensary that makes you feel the most comfortable, and stick with it!