We’ve all had that “new kid at school feeling.” As an adult, it may be less likely but not any less daunting. For your first dispensary experience, you may not know what to expect or maybe you have the wrong expectations. Maybe you’ve been a cannabis user for years or maybe it’s your first experience with cannabis. Either way, learn what to expect, ask, and purchase at a dispensary with a little help from your friends at Silver Sage Wellness.
Dispensary vs. Cannabis ShopWhat is a dispensary? What makes it different from a “cannabis shop?” We’re glad you asked because there is, in fact, a difference.
Dispensary: a definitionOriginally, “dispensary” meant any place or room wherein medicines are prepared or provided to people of all ages. In recent years, marijuana dispensary has come to mean a place where they dispense marijuana to patients 21 and older. Simply put, a dispensary is a place where a storefront dispenses medical marijuana. While dispensary cononates medical marijuana, dispensaries may also sell recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana means patients with a medical marijuana card purchase their marijuana for a specific ailment and typically at a cheaper price. Recreational users can use marijuana medicinally as well although without the discount. In Nevada, we strictly have dispensaries.
Cannabis Shop: a place to do just thatThe cannabis shop typically entails just recreational sales. As marijuana becomes more accepted federally and prevalent in our day and age, the necessity of the term dispensary may become less prevalent but focus more on the accessibility to adults over 21 who wish to purchase cannabis for a variety of intents. Some things may stay the same when you initially enter a dispensary or cannabis retail store.
Your First Dispensary Experience: What to ExpectDispensaries or cannabis retail shops may vary across the legalized states but the general process remains the same.
What to Know in AdvanceFirst, know your rights. You may no you can buy rec legally now in Nevada—great. But, make sure you know where and when you can use the awesome cannabis you just purchased. Here are some important points to remember about marijuana consumption and purchasing in Nevada:
- You must be 21 years and older to purchase and consume marijuana in the state of Nevada.
- If you’re a minor with a medical marijuana card, you still need a legal guardian or caregiver to go with you to a dispensary.
- You cannot possess more than one (1) ounce of marijuana (legal cannabis places will not sell you more than that anyhow.)
- Smoking in public places is strictly prohibited.
- Possession of more than a 1/8 of an ounce of concentrated marijuana (the separated resin, whether crude or purified, obtained from marijuana) is also prohibited in our state.
- You cannot smoke while operating a vehicle.
What to BringWhile some dispensaries can vary in size, aesthetic, or experience, they all require by law that you bring your real ID. From out of town? We get it, but you still need a photo ID. Out-of-state licenses work just fine. Make sure they’re valid and show your accurate age of 21 or older. No matter where you get your cannabis for the first time or go to a dispensary for the first time, here’s what to bring:
- Photo ID
- Your knowledge
- Your questions
What to AskYou’ve heard it said: “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” Maybe that’s true, and we mean it when we say you should bring all your questions. If you’re unsure or even nervous about the experience, you can always ask for help. Budtenders, patient consultants, or cannabis consultants as they are sometimes called, all want to help and serve you and provide you the best product to suit your needs.
- What are some products you recommend to first-timers?
- Are there any deals or specials running today?
- What’s your favorite product or strain?
- I suffer from _______ . What do you recommend?
What to Try FirstNow, this is the exciting part. After you’ve done your research and asked your questions, you now have the opportunity to consume cannabis in a myriad of ways. These questions will help you determine what to try first:
- I’m a new user. What strain is good to start with?
- I don’t like to smoke. What are some alternative methods?
- I don’t like the smell. How can I be discreet but also medicate?
- I’m a long-time user. What are some of the best products you carry?
That’s good to know that out-of-state licenses also work at dispensaries. My cousin has a really bad back and will be visiting for a few weeks, so I’m looking into if she can get her medication here. We’ll have to find a dispensary that she can go to while she’s here so she can get her medication so she can walk around fine while we go visit some sites.
It’s a good thing you mentioned that marijuana dispensaries only allow customers who are 21 years old and older to purchase marijuana. I think I’ll bring my sister’s out-of-state license to one so I can purchase marijuana on her behalf. Since she’s a minor, I’ll take her with me so I can give her the marijuana she needs for her back.
Thanks for explaining what a visit to a dispensary is like. It’s good to know that dispensaries will always require you to bring your real ID. I’m interested to learn if some locations would need certain types of IDs depending on what state they are in.