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Every day for the past six years, hundreds of people walk into a legal cannabis dispensary for the first time. Maybe one opens up down the block, or you drive across town, even over to a neighboring state to see it for yourself. It’s one of the few places you can go right now, since they’ve been deemed essential businesses. Dispensaries have adapted to the COVID-19 retail era with increased delivery services, curbside pick-up, and limits on capacity to maintain safe distances, with many stores are doing more business than usual as people stock up to stay home. The one thing that all first-time customers have in common, regardless of the extent one has enjoyed cannabis prior to this moment, is a shared sense of unfamiliarity. This isn’t like walking into a liquor store at 21, but it also won’t be anything like exchanging $20 for a ziplock on your former dealer’s couch. It’s a completely new kind of experience, and despite how recent its debut, one that has already developed its own standard customs and etiquette.
The other part of the preparations is your mindset. You don’t need to educate yourself in cannabis science in order to shop for weed, but coming in with a clear idea or ideas of what you’re looking for will make a huge difference. Check in with yourself and how you’d like to feel. Do you want to feel happy? Do you want clear-headed focus? Relief for a specific symptom? Something to accompany a particular activity? These kinds of parameters will help you and your budtender navigate the shelves successfully.
"The more fluent you are in the language of dispensaries, the more likely you are to get great service and leave with something that delivers the effects you seek."
If you happen to be someone seeking strong effects, don’t get distracted by THC percentages. Without proper storage, 30% THC flower harvested over six months ago will be a weaker smoke than freshly cured and properly maintained flower that happened to test at 18%. The reality is that a single plant contains buds with varying amounts of THC across each branch, and only a handful of random buds determine test results for a whole batch of product. Current testing can somewhat ensure safe product, but it does not accurately assess potency. It’s more effective to ask budtenders about the cultivators behind each strain, and if you can smell before you buy, a rich, complex fragrance is a fundamental indicator of good weed. If you still just want the strongest products on the menu… Just ask the budtenders what they’ve been smoking over the past month.
After all, you’re not just picking out a couple t-shirts at H&M—you’re legally buying something that is federally illegal. Be prepared to wait a few minutes as budtenders input information into unintuitive software required by state law and print compliant receipts. Your friendly patience may just result in an extra discount as checkout or a heavier weight on your flower. You never know.
Time to bust out that ID. And you have to do that every single time, even regulars. It’s good to keep in mind that state regulations like this one give a clunky flow to every process.
When you trust your grower–or your dispensary to use the right growers–you can buy confidently, knowing that every strain is well worth the price it costs.
Not all weed is grown with the same passion for purity. Some growers utilize pesticides and other harmful chemicals throughout the process, while others stick to largely organic methods. Some concentrates are extracted using butane or ethanol, while others use “solventless” extraction methods, like CO2 or water, for a cleaner, more flavorful product. And some “strong” strains pack in the cannabinoids while losing many of the terpenes that give strains their unique flavor, aroma, and effects. Others prioritize the unique ratios of terpenes and cannabinoids that make each strain unique.
You don’t have to change how you consume cannabis to enjoy a healthier, better high. But with a couple clicks online or a few quick questions while you shop, you can make sure you’re getting the best, purist cannabis for your smoking needs.
Purity means the “cleanliness” of your cannabis. If a grower uses harmful chemicals or isn’t careful in their methods or testing, trace amounts of pesticides, heavy metals, mold and other chemicals can find their way into the finished product.
New mandatory pesticide testing in Colorado is revealing a range of pesticides were still present on a surprising percentage of commercially available marijuana flower. When choosing a grower, find a business that avoids synthetic chemicals and pesticides as a matter of principle, not because they’re being forced to because of testing and regulations.
Our award-winning budtenders are here to help answer your questions, whether you want to know more about how we grow, how a product works, or you just want a recommendation for a new strain to try.
There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy pot. But whether you prefer cheap, abundant weed or high-end bud that looks, tastes, and smokes like a dream, there’s one question you shouldn’t ignore: