Buying medical marijuana for the first time can be intimidating, no matter who you are, so we’re here to help with what to expect at your first dispensary visit.
Before you head out the door to purchase your medical cannabis for the first time, you want to be prepared with everything you’ll need.
Make sure you have your state issued ID and Maine medical cannabis card in hand, along with cash for your purchase. Most dispensaries will have an ATM on site, but many do require cash for payment.
Do your strain research
There are plenty of regular marijuana users who don’t fully understand the difference between cannabis strains. With varying degrees in both strength and medical benefits, it’s good to have some basic education on the varieties available.
Of course, you’ll also have the staff at the dispensary to lean on with any specific questions you have.
Manage your expectations
Based on your medical needs, you likely have a good idea of what symptoms you’d like to treat with medical marijuana.
You may also want to consider other factors, like whether you need more subtle symptom relief if you plan to be active outside, for example.
Spend time to choose the right dispensary
Just like anywhere else you shop, it’s important that you know, like, and trust your Maine dispensary of choice.
Use a mix of online reviews, recommendations from friends or family, and even a reference from your doctor to help put together a list of potential dispensaries.
Use the budtender as your guide
Marijuana dispensary staff – fondly known as budtenders – are well educated in the products they sell.
Their job is to help identify the best cannabis option that fits your needs, so use their expertise to your advantage and ask any and all questions you may have.
Leave a review
As you know, medical marijuana users rely on the honest feedback from other patients.
Leaving a review for your Maine dispensary of choice will help other cannabis users in your area make an informed decision when it comes to where they choose to buy.
Your first Maine dispensary visit doesn’t need to be intimidating. Follow these simple tips and create an enjoyable first experience!