Tips for Your First Visit to A CBD Online Store

Tips for Your First Visit to A CBD Online Store

Tips for Your First Visit to A CBD Online Store

Tips for Your First Visit to A CBD Online Store

Your first visit to a CBD online store can be a lot to take in and research if you have never bought a CBD or cannabis product online before. With many states in the U.S. updating their laws regarding cannabis, THC, and CBD products, many more items are available for legal sale and consumption.

Learn about different CBD product types, how they are used, their strengths, their strains or types, and which products may be best for you depending on your goals.

What Is CBD

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis (marijuana) plant. It is the second most prevalent of the active components in cannabis, after Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and accounts for about 40% of the plant’s extract.

CBD is an active component of many cannabis products, alongside other substances that provide pain relief, euphoric feeling, relaxation, sleep aid, and other effects.

CBD is a non-intoxicating, non-psychoactive compound that is derived directly from cannabis or hemp plants. Hemp is a cousin of the marijuana plant, which is often used for clothing, crafting, and other commercial products.

Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are federally legal, though still illegal or face restrictions in some U.S. States. Cannabis-derived CBD products are legal under some state laws (such as California), but have not been federally approved for use in all states.

CBD can be found in both cannabis products with THC or CBN and in topical products and oils without the presence of THC.



One of the most important questions to answer before your first visit to a CBD online store is how you plan to use the products you want to buy.

Will you be using the products to reduce pain, to sleep better at night, to help you relax, just to try it out, or for recreational uses such as mood enhancement?

Does an edible or liquid version of a product make more sense for you than a vape or topical cream? Each CBD product has its own benefits, so it makes sense to do a bit of research on each product and determine whether it will work better than others for your use.

What you plan to use CBD for will help you narrow down product options and select the best item to achieve your goals. You can also pick up any items that spark interest or that you are curious about trying out.

CBD Products

CBD Products

When first browsing CBD products, you will find that there are a many, many options. Oils, vapes, pre-wraps, gummies, flower, extract, tincture, topical, capsules, and even drinks- it can be a lot to take in, even for experienced members of the community or long-time consumers.

CBD products provide a variety of pain relief and wellness effects and can be found in products with or without THC. If you’re considering trying a CBD product for the first time or just venturing out to try another brand of CBD product, there are some things that are helpful to know before getting started.

As a tip for your first visit to a CBD online store, get to know what products are available and what they consist of.

  • Oils/Tincture – CBD oil is created by extracting cannabidiol from a cannabis or hemp plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. Oil is often taken sublingually (a drop or two under the tongue).
  • Vapes – Vaporizers allow users to inhale CBD oil vapor from a cartridge inside, or even use a vape pen to inhale sugar wax concentrates with CBD or THC. Vapes have become incredibly popular due to the different flavors available and the ease of use.
  • Pre-Wraps – Pre-wrapped joints with ground up CBD flower are meant to be smoked, and typically also contain some amount of THC or CBN. Companies may also offer CBD wraps and gear for smoking.
  • Flower – One of the most popular ways to consume CBD is to smoke highly concentrated-CBD cannabis flower in a joint or other cannabis gear. Cannabis flower comes in many different types and strains, some naturally containing more CBD or THC than others. Typical flower strains you may see are Sativa, Indica, or Hybrids of the two.
  • Topical – Topicals are meant to applied directly to the skin and include a huge variety of CBD creams, lotions, and gels. Topicals are a great choice for treating localized pain since they provide concentrated relief to the application site.
  • Capsules – There are also CBD pills that can be swallowed, similar to edibles. CBD capsules tend to work faster than edibles and usually don’t contain the sugars or preservatives found in foods or sweets.
  • Edibles – Edibles often come in gummy form, but can also be made into cookies, brownies, chocolate bites, mints, or other edible treats. Since they are digested in the stomach, edibles can take a bit longer to kick in.
  • Drinks – Some brands and dispensaries have introduced drinks with CBD, often in the form of sparkling waters or juices with a concentrated amount of CBD or THC present.
CBD Strength & Ratio

CBD Strength & Ratio

Before your first purchase from CBD online stores, you should get a better understanding of the CBD concentrations in various products and what those amounts mean.

CBD concentration is typically measured in Mg (milligrams) per serving. Additionally, many products have a primary ratio of CBD to THC or other product composition (such as CBN), along with the product ingredients.

THC is the primary psychoactive and “high” inducing cannabinoid, whereas CBN is the non-intoxicating compound that is created when THC ages.

Product ratios are typically shown as the composition of one cannabinoid to another, though there may be others present.

For example, here are some common ratios for CBD products:

40:1 ratio, 30:1 ratio, 20:1 ratio, 18:1 ratio, 1:1 ratio, 1:3 ratio, 3:1 ratio

Products also tend to have the ratio composition listed out, such as:

1:3 CBD:THC [50ml] (100mg CBD/300mg THC)

There is no single right or standard ratio for CBD. Each person has a different level of sensitivity to CBD and THC which determines the appropriate ratio and dosage for achieving desired affects.

Though there are general suggestions for first time users of a product based on weight, gender, prior use, and desired effect, you will need to find the right combination of CBD, THC, or other cannabinoid extracts that work best for you. Try starting out with a small amount (mg per dose) of CBD and THC and increasing the amount or changing the ratio as desired.

CBD Brand or Source

CBD Brand or Source

It’s important to get CBD products from a reliable brand or source–that way you know that there are no dangerous chemicals or other unwanted substances in a product you plan to consume.

Since not all CBD products are regulated in the U.S. by the FDA, it’s important to ensure you know exactly what is present in the products you are consuming.

Additionally, purchasing CBD products from a legitimate, regulated brand guarantees that you are getting a quality product that contains what it is supposed to–as opposed to relying solely on what a company claims. To ensure you receive the best quality CBD products, it’s best to purchase products from a reputable, state-licensed dispensary.

One of the best tips for your first visit to a CBD online store is to ensure they are a licensed dispensary with reputable products. As a state licensed cannabis dispensary, every product that reaches our shelves has gone through rigorous testing to meet quality standards (the same standards that every agricultural product in the state of California must adhere to).

Order from Our Online CBD Store

Order from Our Online CBD Store

Browse our store and get products delivered right to your home. Get product discounts and delivery deals from Purple Lotus when you order online.

Purple Lotus is a state licensed cannabis dispensary, and every product that reaches our shelves has gone through rigorous testing to meet quality standards. We offer step by step product guidance and recommendations to help you get pain relief, ensure proper treatment for your medical condition, stress, or anxiety, and help you find the best CBD and cannabis products available.

3 Things to Look for when Choosing a Cannabis Oil Vaporizer

3 Things to Look for when Choosing a Cannabis Oil Vaporizer

3 Things to Look for when Choosing a Cannabis Oil Vaporizer

Whether you’re thinking of switching from smoking cannabis to vaporizing, or your 510 thread just isn’t cutting it anymore, finding the right vaporizer can be a daunting task. With the overwhelming selection of oil vapes on the market, it’s important to make educated decisions that will help you get the most out of the cannabis plant. Here are 3 questions you should ask your budtender before choosing a vaporizer:

1. What type of heating element does it use?

Most vaporizers use a wick and coil heating system. Given that the steel coil has a very small surface area, it needs to generate a very high temperature in order to heat the entire wick and the oil that’s in indirect contact with the oil. This creates hot spots that significantly exceed the boiling temperature of the oil causing some of it to overheat and combust rather than vaporize. The result is impure vapor with a rough or harsh taste. If you’ve ever experienced a metallic or burnt taste to your vapor, then that vaporizer was most likely using a wick & coil heating element. 

Unlike the common wick and coil systems, ceramic heating elements deliver diffused heat over a wider surface area for gentler and more controlled vaporization that eliminates burn and unwanted by-products. The result is clean, great-tasting vapor. 

2. How does the device heat the oil?

Most devices operate with a simple “on/off” switch: you draw and it heats to its factory-set temperature. . However, each oil is made up of a unique blend of terpenes & cannabinoids, that all vaporize at different temperatures. Many brands fail to take that into account and give their devices arbitrary temperature settings that are oftentimes inaccurate. 

So rather than choosing a one-size-fits-all 510 thread with a pre-set temperature or a vaporizer where you have to guess the temperature yourself, look for vaporizers that automatically change their temperature based on the cart you’re using.

3. What type of oil can I use with this vaporizer?

The cheapest and most common oil on the market is “distillate”. It’s made by stripping the THC off discarded cannabis materials, like stems and leaves. That isolate then needs to be supplemented with synthetic or botanical terpenes and cannabinoids. The result is usually a high THC % oil that will get you high, but the effect typically isn’t euphoric or well-rounded.

Live resins or rosins, the highest quality cannabis oils, exist at the other end of the spectrum. They’re typically the closest thing to fresh flowers and are made without distillate, fillers, or cutting agents. Live resin extracts are known for a well-rounded, clean experience because they contain a true “full-spectrum” of cannabinoids and terpenes that contribute to the “entourage” effect – all active compounds working together in natural harmony. Live resins typically preserve more of the natural terpenes from the plant, so you get great flavour and aftertaste with every draw.

In light of the recent vaping crisis, it’s more important than ever to find brands that you can trust. Premium brands like Airgraft and A Golden State are teaming up to create an unrivaled vaporization experience that delivers the full taste & benefits of the cannabis plant. Using a ceramic element and tailored heating algorithms for each oil, Airgraft takes AGS’ terpene-rich, high potency live resin to create pure, potent cannabis vapor that stays true to the flower. And with a myriad of app features to customize your experience, Airgraft is the clear choice for anyone looking to elevate their vaporizer game.

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Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Cannabis Measurements

Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Cannabis Measurements

Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Cannabis Measurements

Recreational weed has only been legal in California for a few years now. That means that every day, there are people visiting dispensaries for the first time.

Whether it’s your first time using cannabis, or your first time using legal cannabis, walking into a dispensary for the first time can be intimidating. That experience becomes even more intimidating when you’re faced with unfamiliar cannabis measurements.

So what is a gram of pot? And eighths, quarters, and halves—what is that measurement referring to? Is 20 percent THC going to be an intense strain or a mellow high? And what about edibles?

If these are questions you’ve asked yourself recently, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn more about how to measure weed, and where you should start as a new cannabis user.


Start With a Gram

Butter comes in sticks, eggs come in a dozen, and milk comes in a quart container. That’s what a gram is for pot; it’s the basic starting place for measurements of weed.

A gram is one-thousandth of a kilogram—or, for a more familiar metric, one gram of weed will make for about two average-sized joints. If you’re new to smoking pot, or just want to try out a new strain, you can’t go wrong with a gram.

A gram is also typically the smallest unit to buy pot at a dispensary—though sometimes you might be able to buy a half-gram pre-rolled joint.

Prices for grams will greatly vary depending on the quality, supply versus demand, and where you’re buying it. But, generally speaking, you should be able to pick up a gram of decent flower for between $10 and $20.

Eighths, Quarters, Halves and Ounces

If buying a gram of pot is like purchasing one can of soda, then buying an ounce of pot is like picking up a 24-pack of soda. It’s a way to buy in bulk, so you can save money in the long run and be stocked up on flower for a while.

In fact, one ounce is equal to about 28 grams. Other cannabis measurements that you might come across at a dispensary are also based on ounces.

An eighth is one-eighth of an ounce or about 3.5 grams. A quarter is about seven grams. And a halve is about 14 grams.

If you come across a strain that you particularly like, then it’s a good idea to buy a larger measurement—especially if it’s a popular new strain that might sell out quickly. Dispensaries will also typically have better deals on flower as you buy it in larger quantities.

An ounce is typically the largest amount you’ll be able to buy at a dispensary in a single day.


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How to Calculate THC Percentage

Now that you understand how to measure weed, you might be curious about what the percentages on the weed menu are referring to.

Those percentages are telling you how much THC or CBD there is per volume in that particular flower strain. THC is the psychoactive element present in cannabis, while CBD is used to treat anxiety and pain relief.

Typically, THC percentages will be in the 10 to 30 percent range, with a few special outliers on either end.

If you are new to using cannabis or haven’t used it in years, then you might want to start with a strain that has a relatively low THC percentage, like 10 or 15 percent. Cannabis you buy in a dispensary in 2020 is typically going to be much stronger than the joint you smoked once at a concert 20 years ago, so starting on the low end will ensure you don’t have a bad first experience.

Once you’ve gotten a better feel for what you can handle, you can start experimenting with different strains with higher THC percentages.

What About Edibles?

Wondering how to measure the weed present in edibles? Well, first you’ll need to forget everything you’ve learned so far about how to measure weed.

Edibles are an entirely different ball game because edibles are absorbed into your body in a much more potent, long-lasting way than when you smoke pot. That means it’ll take a lot less weed to get high and stay that way for several hours.

Instead of grams, the potency of edibles is measured in milligrams—or one-thousands of a gram. Edible potencies can range anywhere from 5 milligrams of THC in a serving to 500 milligrams, and higher.

As with flower, it’s a good idea to start on the lower end of the edible spectrum. Edible highs can last for up to eight hours—so if you eat one that’s too strong, it could be a seriously traumatic experience for you.

For your first edible experience, try a 5 milligram serving to see how you like it. If you enjoy 5 milligrams, you can start slowly working your way up the spectrum to see which potency suits you best.

And if you ever do eat an edible that’s too strong, don’t panic—try making yourself as comfortable as possible, put on some relaxing music or a calming movie, drink lots of water and remember that it’s only a temporary situation.

Find What’s Right For You

Now that you have a solid grasp of cannabis measurements, it’s time to start experimenting with recreational cannabis!

And if you have any questions that didn’t get answered, remember that our helpful team is always here to educate you. Check out our selection today!


Benefits of Cannabis for Veterans

Benefits of Cannabis for Veterans

Benefits of Cannabis for Veterans

Veterans across the country have sacrificed their physical and mental health for our safety, all while serving in our country’s greater cause. Unfortunately at the risk of their service, a majority of them still struggle with debilitating conditions well after they retire from active duty. While the VA health care system has taken painstaking measures to provide relief to these Veteran communities, many still do not respond to conventional medications and therapies for life-altering conditions such as PTSD and chronic pain and seek alternative methods of coping, like cannabis.

Did you know that Veterans consume cannabis at rates far higher than the general population? Among military veterans who acknowledged using cannabis within the past year, 41% classified their marijuana use as medical – a percentage that is double of that adults in the general population.


So what is the reasoning behind increased Veteran cannabis use and how can benefit effects that have arisen during military service? Read on to find out!

Cannabis for Veterans

How Cannabis Can Benefit Veterans

Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is something many veterans face post-combat. The American Psychiatry Association defines PTSD as a “psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or who have been threatened with death, violence or serious injury. PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II, and has long been linked to combating Veterans specifically.

So where does cannabis come into play with PTSD? Studies have shown that THC could help with hyperarousal symptoms, insomnia, anxiety, and extinction deficits all related to PTSD. Available data has even suggested that low doses of THC can reduce anxiety responses in anxious and PTSD patients without inducing a psychotic effect.

Many Veterans also come home from service with various injuries, making pain management a necessity for everyday life. Rather than turning to prescription medications, many Veterans found that cannabis is a great tool for pain management. According to a review of over 10,000 studies by the National Academy of Sciences, “In adults with chronic pain, patients who were treated with cannabis are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.” There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis and cannabinoids are effective for the treatment of chronic pain in adults.


Another added benefit of medical cannabis use is the reduction of opioid use and opioid-related deaths. When Veterans don’t have the easiest access to cannabis, they sometimes turn to opioids or alcohol out of necessity or convenience. In states that permit medical marijuana dispensaries, studies show a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not.

Cannabis Can Benefit Veterans

Purple Lotus Honors Veterans

Purple Lotus understands the sacrifice that Veterans have made for our country and strives to provide them with the best possible medicine each day. All Veterans receive a 15% discount, 365 days a year in honor of their time served as a small token of our appreciation.


In addition, this Veteran’s Day (Nov 11, 2020, Only) Purple Lotus will be giving a discount of 20% off Blue Chip, Astro, Stiiizy, and Purple Lotus Products. Veterans can stack this discount with their normal 15% off for a total combined discount of 35% OFF, plus a special gift! We hope to honor and salute all of our Veterans today.

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Organizations Helping Veterans Gain Access to Cannabis

Looking to help even more? Check out one of the many organizations that make cannabis readily available to Veterans in all states, despite current legislation.


Veterans Cannabis Project

Veterans Cannabis Project is dedicated to improving U.S. military veterans’ quality of life through the opportunity of cannabis. We believe medical cannabis saves lives and that veterans deserve full, legal access.

VCP is working to change the conversation about the life-saving health treatment value of cannabis by advocating on behalf of veterans’ cannabis access, educating policymakers and the public about the value of cannabis to veterans to eliminate stigma, and supporting veterans across the nation with the resources they need to understand the value of medical cannabis and know their rights while arming them with the tools they need to encourage policy change.


Weed for Warriors

Weed For Warriors Project is a social justice lifestyle brand supporting holistic rehabilitation for veterans through community-based projects, proactive care advocacy, cannabis education and compassion WFWP urges change for the empowerment of the people.


Veterans Cannabis Coalition

The Veterans Cannabis Coalition is an independent, self-funded advocacy group dedicated to ending cannabis prohibition and driving the research and development of cannabis-based treatments through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
VCC aims to close gaps in the community’s understanding of medical cannabis while ensuring accessibility and affordability for veterans and all patients.


Helping Veterans Gain Access to Cannabis


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cannabis Dispensaries

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cannabis Dispensaries

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cannabis Dispensaries

Did you know that 283 million people use some form of cannabis, according to the United Nations’ World Drug report in 2017? Those millions of people make cannabis the most popular drug globally, with consumers spread across 135 countries.

Cannabis has become much more accessible, with dispensaries all over the world for people to order from or drive over and pick up edibles, joints, or other forms of cannabis. Keep reading, and we will walk you through the five little known facts that you should know to make the most of your dispensary experience.

What is A Dispensary?

There are two types of dispensaries. There is a medical dispensary and recreational. Depending on your state laws, you will see one or both near you.

Medical Dispensary

The conditions to get a medical marijuana license vary by state. In California, the conditions range from cancer to AIDs to chronic pain to migraines to any illness that marijuana will help provide relief.

Other states are strict about getting a license. One example is New Jersey, where you can’t get a medical marijuana license unless you have a “debilitating” medical condition.

When you go into a medical dispensary, you need the correct documents. You will need to register with reception once you go in to prove there are medical reasons behind your visit.

Legalize Weed

In January 2020, cannabis started to become legal across many states. Now, marijuana is legal in 11 states for people 21-years-old and above and for medical use in 33 states.

Check your state for more information to see if your state has medical, recreational, or both facilities.

Recreational Dispensary

Recreational dispensaries have become much more common as weed is legalized across the U.S.

You don’t need a medical license or have to pay for a doctor’s visit if you’re going to a recreational dispensary. The only documentation you have to show is your driver’s license to prove that you’re 21 or older to get in.

The products in recreational dispensaries will vary, from smokable flowers to edibles in brownies, cookies, mints, cupcakes, and more to sauces or joints.

Laws vary by state, so it will depend on where you are to find the correct dispensary for you.

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5 Little Known Facts About Cannabis Dispensaries

Before you make your first trip to a dispensary, we will go over five facts you may not have known about a cannabis dispensary.

You will want to take advantage of everything you can while exploring the many cannabis products they have to offer.

1. Know the Drill

When you go to a dispensary, first, make sure you’re going into the right entrance. There may be a medical and recreational entrance, so make sure you know which one you plan on entering.

It would be best if you were 21-years-old to go inside, so make sure you have your ID or passport to prove your age. A lot of dispensaries are cash only, so make sure to have some money on hand.

2. Check Your Area

Depending on what state you live in, there could only be medical dispensaries. If you’re one of the 33 states that only allows legal marijuana use for medical reasons, there won’t be a recreational option.

As we discussed in the differences above, you want to make sure you don’t go to a medical-only dispensary without the proper documentation or license. These laws are enforced, and you should be aware of them before going.

3. Ask a Budtender

Before you go, research the different marijuana strains to see which one you want to buy. Some dispensaries have organized and labeled displays that tell you the strain name.

Some have clear descriptions of each product, but if not, ask someone who works there. The employees are called budtenders and can give you advice on what to get. If you’re looking for an uplifting or energizing high, the Sativa strain is the way to go. If you want a chill, sleepy high, Indica is your strain. You can also get hybrid strains to get a combination of the two. Do your research, and know what you want before you go.

4. Consumption of Choice

Before you buy waxes, oil, or marijuana flower, make sure you know how you will consume it. You could rent a vaporizer from the dispensary if this service is available or purchase premade edibles.

Be careful when eating edibles. They can take an hour to work, and then your high can last as long as 6 hours or more. Start with a small bite and take it slow, especially if you’re not a regular cannabis smoker.

5. No Returns

The cannabis industry has evolved into a retail environment; however, it’s not a store you can come back and return items. It’s essential only to buy what you will like and use.

If you buy something you don’t like, no harm, you will know next time not to get it. Don’t be afraid to ask budtenders questions before purchasing anything.


Cannabis Delivery

If you don’t have time or don’t want to browse through a large dispensary, you can look at a delivery service. Purple Lotus provides a secure, fast, and convenient delivery service.

You can see if you can get dispensary delivery at one near you. This is easy for people who don’t have time to drive to the dispensary or would prefer to relax at home while they wait for their order.

Cannabis Delivery

Stop by Your Local Dispensary Today

Check out your local dispensary and make sure you know the basics to get in quickly and painlessly.

Do your research on all the different strains and ways you can consume marijuana. You want to find the right method that fits your needs.

If you want to enjoy cannabis delivered to your door, contact us with your questions about our delivery service and the many products we have to offer.


5 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Cannabis Dispensary

5 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Cannabis Dispensary

5 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Cannabis Dispensary

Did you ever think the day would come when you would have several legal options of where to buy cannabis?

Well, that day is here! You can now find several cannabis dispensaries in the San Jose area for both your medical and non-medical (recreational) cannabis desires.

But how are you supposed to find the best pot shot? Excellent question.

Before you spend your money on cannabis products, use these 5 tips on how to choose the best dispensary.


Cannabis Dispensary

A cannabis dispensary is just a way of saying a store that sells cannabis and cannabis-related products. Before jumping into the criteria for choosing the right dispensary, you should know a few things about local cannabis laws in your area.

First, you have to be 21 to enter, purchase, and use cannabis in Santa Clara county. Medical and non-medical cannabis will not be sold to anyone under the age of 21. Identification is always verified.

Second, You cannot use any cannabis products on the dispensary property (including the parking lot or sidewalk outside). So wait until you get home to try out your new products.

Finally, cannabis delivery is legal if the dispensary has appropriately registered with the city. You can legally purchase up to 28.5 grams (about an ounce) of cannabis from a dispensary at one time for delivery.

Okay, now that that’s covered, let’s move on to how to find the best cannabis dispensary near you.


1. Quality Versus Quantity of Products

In a perfect world, the cannabis dispensary you visit or order from has a great selection of cannabis products all of high quality. But that’s not always the case.

Dispensaries with a large selection of products will allow you to find what you want at the right potency. For example, you might see edible forms like cannabis cookies that come in 1.5mg, 2.5, 5mg, or 10mg of THC.

The benefit to the selection is that you are in control of the potency and you may have more options for products including different types of edibles, tinctures, and cartridges. You may also be able to find exactly the blend you are looking for.

But just because a dispensary makes you feel like a kid in a candy store, doesn’t mean it’s the best option.

You should also consider the quality of the product you’re getting. It can be difficult to tell by looking at the product, but not impossible. Unfortunately, you are no longer able to smell and see the product unpackaged before purchase, but if you notice a bad smell or you can see mold on the plant, and it’s not fresh, you should look elsewhere.

If you are forced to decide between quality and quantity of choices, always go with the dispensary with better quality products. But you shouldn’t have to settle for one or the other.


2. Where Is The Bud Coming From

When you are shopping around for a dispensary, it’s a little bit like trying to find a good produce market or fruit stand. You want to know where the product is coming from and how fresh it is.

You can usually ask a budtender where the strains come from and how the dispensary gets their cannabis. It’s possible they grow onsite, but it’s more likely that they buy from a local farm. Sometimes a dispensary will also make this information available online as well.

The freshest product is usually when it is grown on-site.


3. Do They Offer Delivery?

Don’t underestimate the importance of convenience when it comes to buying cannabis. Now that delivery is legal, find a dispensary that will bring the bud right to your door.

Dispensaries now offer fast and easy delivery to your residence. You can make your selections online and someone will bring it directly to you. You must be present at the time of the delivery so that they can check your identification and you can sign for your goods.

Some dispensaries allow pre-payment online which is more convenient than paying in-person because you cannot always pay the delivery representative in cash. Keep that in mind when looking for a dispensary delivery service.

If you aren’t looking for delivery but you already know what you want to purchase, many dispensaries will offer pre-ordering service so that you don’t have to wait in line or find what you’re looking for inside.


4. Environment

If you’re not interested in getting cannabis delivered, you can visit the dispensary to shop around and ask the budtender a few questions. If you are relatively new to cannabis, this might be a good choice so that you can look and learn the different strains available.

But if you walk into a dispensary and you feel out of place, unwelcome, or judged it could ruin the experience. Find a dispensary with a friendly, inviting environment with helpful staff.

Dispensaries come in many sizes, from the small mom-and-pop shop feel to the large department store vibe. Pick what’s right for you and makes you feel the best when you walk in.


5. Check Out Reviews

Another thing you can do when choosing a cannabis dispensary is to look at reviews and ask around for recommendations. If a dispensary has great customer service, you want to hear from customers that can confirm that.

Reviews may include information on the quality of products, the knowledge of the staff, and the number of choices. You can take a look at the dispensary’s website to get a feel for who they are and their approach toward cultivating and selling cannabis.

Reviews might also comment on overall pricing which could be helpful, but keep in mind everyone has a different idea of how much certain products are worth and what quality of cannabis they are willing to buy.


Shop, Test, Enjoy

Now you have a few basic guidelines on finding the right cannabis dispensary, it’s time to start looking. Don’t be afraid to call or visit the dispensary and ask more specific questions if you’re new to cannabis or just want more information.

Test a few products and see what you think. You’ll find the perfect dispensary in no time at all!

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