Connect with us

Cannabis 101

A Beginner’s Guide on How to Buy in Cannabis Dispensaries

Daniel King

Published

on

Cannabis Dispensaries

The legalization of medical marijuana in various U.S. states has launched a multi-billion dollar industry. With many patients wanting to experience the host of benefits of cannabis to their health and wellness, the market has grown exponentially. Even in the nations capital, people are able to easily find weed in DC. Among those who benefit from the birth and growth of this new market are dispensaries that sell marijuana and other related products like pure CBD oil.

This article will serve as a guide and a walk-through when you visit a dispensary near your area.

What is a Cannabis Dispensary?

The medical cannabis dispensaries act as retail shops where you can purchase cannabis and cannabis-related products. There are laws governing the dispensaries. As such, most of these dispensaries can be found where medical and recreational marijuana are legal. Unlike in the Netherlands, where the concept of dispensaries comes from, consuming the plant either by smoking or vaping on the site is not allowed.

A dispensary manager runs a typical store. He or she oversees the site’s day-to-day operations. It is also staffed by budtenders, who acts as a pharmacist, store attendant, and cannabis consultant in the store. Just like any retail outlet, it has cashiers, delivery crew, and other personnel.

Dispensaries are different from head shops, which strictly sells paraphernalia such as sell hashish pipes, rolling papers, and vaporizers for consuming marijuana products. Operating head shops is authorized by some states, especially where recreational marijuana is legal.

Buying from dispensaries can give you an edge over buying them online. Aside from having a chance to check the quality of your purchases, you can also seek help from budtenders or other people specializing in this plant.

Medical vs. Adult-Use Cannabis Dispensaries

Dispensaries fall under two categories: medical and adult-use (recreational). Medical cannabis stores only offer cannabis strains and products to patients who have permission or recommendation by doctors and other qualified health professionals. Meanwhile, adult-use cannabis dispensaries sell the products from the plant for relaxation and recreational activities.  Customers in both store types are required by law to submit requirements when purchasing.

Medical Dispensaries

Here are some documents requested by most medical cannabis shops:

  • Doctor’s recommendation and prescription, medical cannabis ID and certification, and other documents required by your state.
  • You must 18 years old and above to qualify for medical authorization. But you can apply for exceptions in some instances, especially if the minor has particularly debilitating conditions.

In most states, medical dispensaries require you to register and submit copies of your medical marijuana documents to keep them on file. They will keep this record for whatever legal and regulatory purposes imposed within the state.

The atmosphere of a medical dispensary typically resembles a clinic or other healthcare facility. After registering and presenting your documents to an attendant, you will be asked to proceed to a waiting room before a budtender will call you for a one-on-one consultation. The budtender will candidly discuss your medical issues and provide recommendations for your health condition based on your doctor’s findings.

In most cases, medical dispensaries track the products you’ve purchased. This procedure can help budtenders and patients monitor the potency of the medicine. The dispensary will also use the results as a live record of producers and their products for future reference.

In some states, medical dispensaries allow you to examine the quality of buds and other products before purchasing.

Adult-Use Dispensaries

Adult-use stores can only sell recreational cannabis to people aged 21 years old and above. You need to prove your age by showing a valid and unexpired state ID. You can use eligible and unexpired passport as an identig

Many outlets have menus and product lists that you can check while you stand in line. Their menus are organized in various ways, such as by product type such as flower, edible, concentrate, topical, and many others. Many also specify the THC content of the products, to give you an idea on the level of intoxication you can experience when consuming the product.

Unlike in medical stores, budtenders in the adult-use dispensaries usually don’t give you a full 20 minutes of their time in giving you advice. Adult-use dispensaries are often designed as a regular store where you can purchase marijuana products with more accessibility and convenience. They only need to check whether you are qualified to buy based on your age.

But this doesn’t mean you can no longer consult with budtenders. These professionals can still educate you or give you honest recommendations on which strain or product to use based on your needs.

Tips for Buying in Dispensaries

Visiting a cannabis dispensary should be an enjoyable and educational experience. These are some things to do when you visit in one of these specialized stores.

  • Do your research

Some websites such as Leafly has a list of dispensaries where you can buy marijuana products (whether medical or recreational) and CBD oil near you. You can check the type (medical or adult-use), address, and the menu of the stores. You can also contact the dispensary on the phone, via email or your social media account to double-check the availability of any product and for consultation.

  • Find out your specific goals for buying marijuana products

The first thing budtenders will do is to ask your reason for purchasing marijuana. Some of the questions they may throw to you revolves around:

  • The way you would like to consume your cannabis
  • Whether you will use marijuana as medicine
  • The level of psychoactive experience you want to experience
  • For how long you will experience the effects
  • How discreet you want your cannabis consumption to be

And you can’t blame budtenders for doing so. Cannabis come in a wide variety of strains (more than 100) with different effects in your body. You can also buy a host of cannabis-related products like CBD oil, THC oil, terpenes, and other substances. They need to know your definite intent for using marijuana to give you the best recommendation for your unique needs.

While visiting the website, you can also check what kind of IDs and other documents you need to show to the dispensary.

  • Prepare to ask the budtender

To be sure that you are buying only the best strain and product, you need to inquire budtenders many questions. Despite its popularity in popular culture, Americans, in general, are still newbies in terms of marijuana use.  Many will consume the plant for the first time. If you’re one of them, you need to check which one suits best for you. As mentioned above, marijuana comes in many variations, with each has a distinct flavor and effect on your body. You can even request the budtender to smell, feel, and taste the flowers and determine the quality of the plant first-hand.

But don’t expect to get authoritative answers from budtenders. The federal government has yet to issue license showing the expertise of these professionals in giving expert advice on the plant. What’s more, there are only a few educational institutions that offer courses about marijuana. So while you can seek their opinion based on their experience, you still need to consult cannabis doctors and other experts in the plant for guidance.

  • Be aware of any health issues that could surface while taking cannabis.

Marijuana consumption can lead to different consequences. Some people are prone to side effects that can impact their health in the long term. A few of the effects only take place after the continuous consumption of marijuana products. Because of this fact, you need to coordinate with the dispensary to help you track the changes in your body while you’re taking marijuana.

Remember, this plant can affect different people in different ways. What can be a medicine to one person can be a cause of mental disease or other health issues to another. It’s better to keep in touch with the store where you purchased the product to make the necessary steps when a health problem arises.

  • Find out what payment modes your chosen dispensary take

Up to this date, the marijuana has not been legalized up to the federal level. Hence, finding a dispensary that accepts credit or debit card can be challenging for you. Many banks or digital payment providers avoid recognizing transactions that involve cannabis or even CBD-infused products. Some people even use cryptocurrencies like Potcoin as their mode of payment for marijuana products. While this currency type is not yet commonly used, you may need to bring cash to secure your purchase.

  • Only buy what you suits you the best or what you feel comfortable with

Virtually all dispensaries impose no return and refund policy in their merchandise. So, make sure you only bring home what feels right for you. It is then important to double-check whether the item you are buying suits you the best to avoid wasting your money. Take your time to research online and ask doctors, budtenders, and other experts on which strain or product to choose.

Buying marijuana products for first-timers can be tricky. While purchasing products online is more convenient, you may need to ensure that you only buy items that will benefit your health. When visiting a dispensary near you, you can seek help from people with experience and expertise in cannabis.

Cannabis 101

How to Use CBD Crystals – Beginners Guide

Carissa Stevens

Published

on

cbd crystals

Ever heard of CBD Crystals? Learn more about this interesting CBD product and how to use it.

Continue Reading

Cannabis 101

Cannabis Is In A Situation Of Change

Carissa Stevens

Published

on

Cannabis is in a situation of change. Although the recreational use of marijuana is still far from being well seen but more are preparing joints over a weed rolling tray and, even more, legalized, in most societies around the world the use of medicinal cannabis to fight different diseases and ailments is increasingly accepted; and there are already many countries that have legalized marijuana for this type of use. Even so, as it is a new paradigm, the number of studies on cannabis is still small, and research is needed to guarantee its use and convenience depending on each case.

The CBD Craze

At this point, the medicinal properties of CBD (cannabidiol), the second main component of cannabis after THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is already well known. This substance is used to stabilize the endocannabinoid system of the body, combat stress, facilitate sleep, alleviate muscle and joint pain. Despite many of CBD properties seem indicated for the classic symptoms during this period, it seems that there are unknown consequences on its use.

CBD for nausea, pains and sleep problems

First of all, to consume marijuana to fight nausea, pains and sleep problems, you have to make sure it is without THC. There are many cannabis derivatives in the market with concentrated CBD that, in small doses, could help to cope better with the upbringing of a baby, but the few studies carried out in this regard discourage exposing the fetus to new substances to which it may not be prepared.

It is possible that in the future consuming CBD is completely safe and helps to alleviate the side effects of it, but for now the lack of studies invites to avoid cannabis use during this phase of life. However, in cases of extremely complicated issues, CBD oils or other derivatives could be more effective and natural than any other pill. In any case, it is a personal decision.

Recommendation

Be that as it may, there are a number of recommendations for consuming CBD. It is crucial to ensure that it comes from organic crops, without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. Also, that the product has been tested by a trusted laboratory. The consumption of THC and the pulmonary route is totally inadvisable, although vaporizers are not a bad option.

The THC Hype

If you are a cannabis smoker or if you have ever consumed it, it is likely that you have experienced a temporary memory loss or have felt more forgetful. There is a scientific reason that explains this phenomenon, and is directly related to the different types of memory of the human being.

There is a single neurotransmitter that intervenes in all types of memory, from short-term memory, through verbal or spatial memory. It is acetylcholine, which intervenes, for example, in diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, or others related to memory loss.

THC for memory

All memory problems are related to the number of acetylcholines. Whether it is higher or lower than optimal levels, it can lead to memory problems such as those mentioned above. To maintain these levels stable there is an enzyme, acetyltransferase.

Cannabis THC inhibits acetyltransferases, interfering in its work as stabilizers and causing an increase in the number of acetylcholines. This is positive in the cases of those people who need an increase of these neurotransmitters, but harmful if you do not need more. That’s why THC can affect negatively in the short-term memory, specifically.

However, no study so far has concluded that THC consumption has an impact on long-term memory. That is, you will only experience a small loss of memory while you are high, not after. This is due to CBD, which counteracts the effects of THC and stabilizes the level of acetylcholine.

Side Notes

A research was conducted and has analyzed the brains of mice that began to administer THC chronically during the considered critical period for the development of their brain, which in people corresponds to adolescence. In the study of the cerebral cortex of these mice, researchers have detected alterations in the serotonin 2A receptor, the main responsible for the hallucinations characteristic of psychosis and schizophrenia. In particular, researchers have found that this receptor increases its functionality after chronic treatment with cannabis products.

The researchers have discovered the alterations that occur in the neurons of the cerebral cortex of mice treated chronically with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This study opens ways to generate prevention strategies, as well as the design of drugs and therapies to improve the lives of people with schizophrenia.

The final aim of the study is to identify the existence of similar molecular changes in people who use cannabis to be able to relate them to the development of psychosis or schizophrenia. On the other hand, this research opens the way to the creation of new drugs that improve the symptomatology of patients with schizophrenia.

Continue Reading

Cannabis 101

What is Kratom: A Quick & Dirty Guide

Stacey Wellington

Published

on

what is kratom - guide

More and more individuals are looking for healthy and natural alternatives to medications. While this does not mean that such options will replace medicines, the presence of naturally occurring substitutes can benefit patients. Just look at the impact of cannabis is the medical community, which is now being studied as a safer and less addictive replacement to opioids.

Kratom is one of the naturally occurring options to some medications. Those who are in search of healthy and safe alternatives but are not familiar with this plant should take a look at the guide below:

Introducing the Plant

Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical tree found in parts of Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It belongs to the botanical family Rubiaceae. There are three varieties of this tree such as those with white, red and green leaf veins. Each type contains varying levels of chemical compounds that gives it psychoactive effects.

Those with green leaf veins are known to give uplifting effects, which offers a boost of energy. Meanwhile, those with red veins are known for is sedating property. In some Southeast Asian cultures, this plant Is consumed as an intoxicant or as medicine. It can be consumed fresh or dried. Its leaves can be chewed fresh or it can be brewed into teas. It also comes in pill or tablet form.

Aside from its activating and sedative effects, these leaves are also known for being an analgesic and mood enhancers. When used for its medical properties, it can help in relieving pain and addressing sleep issues.

Kratom and other Similar Plants

Now that you know what this plant is and its effects, you might be wondering how it compares with other plants such as cannabis. Like cannabis, kratom is known for its psychoactive properties. Both are also used in folk medicine in various cultures because of their pain-relieving, uplifting and sedative effects. They also come from a family of flowering plants, and they have varieties that are valued for their respective medicinal and recreational effects.

However, they share some differences. The most obvious is that cannabis is becoming more mainstream and is even incorporated in federal and state legislations. Moreover, cannabis comes from the family cannabaceae, while kratom belongs in the family rubiaceae.

Speaker of families, did you know that kratom and coffee are related? They both belong in the family rubiaceae. They both have energy boosting and mood-enhancing attributes. Both are also rich in anti-oxidants. Kratom, however, has a sedative property. It also has a pain-relieving attribute, which coffee also has but to a limited extent.

Legislation Regarding Kratom

We all know that cannabis is federally a Schedule I drug as per the Controlled Substances Act. It has also been legalized for medical use in more than 30 states and for recreational use in 11 of those, including DC.

Kratom is legal in almost all states except Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. In some states, it is fully legal, but in some prohibit it in some counties and cities. However, some are proposing that it should be included in the list of Schedule I drugs.

Internationally speaking, the legality of this plant varies. Some countries such as Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia and Poland do not allow the consumption of this plant.

Conclusion

Kratom can be the next big thing when it comes to naturally occurring alternatives. While no significant researches have been conducted, unlike in the case of cannabis, it might be worth considering, especially for scientists and those who are looking for natural options.

Continue Reading
Advertisement cbd oil
Cannabis Legalization2 weeks ago

Hobo Cannabis Wants Delivery Service to be Legal in BC

mmj expansion bill
Cannabis Legalization3 weeks ago

Louisiana to Provide Wider Access to MMJ Via New Law

Cannabis Legalization3 weeks ago

IL Delays Issuing of Licenses for Minority Business Owners

Racial Disparity in Marijuana Searches and Arrests
Cannabis Legalization4 weeks ago

Racial Disparity in Marijuana Searches and Arrests Still Persists, Studies Reveal

Cannabis Reforms Legislation
Cannabis Legalization4 weeks ago

Israel to Enact Cannabis Reforms Legislation

Green Growth
Cannabis News1 month ago

Canada OKs Green Growth Asset Sale Plan

Kratom 4 Reasons Why It’s Worth Exploring
Cannabis News1 month ago

Kratom: 4 Reasons Why It’s Worth Exploring

CBD Products
Cannabis News2 months ago

How to use CBD Oil for Pain – 2020 Quarterly Review

Milpitas Council Mulls Over Cannabis Sales Tax in Ballot
Cannabis News2 months ago

Milpitas Council Mulls Over Cannabis Sales Tax in Ballot

New Cannabis Strain, Leo Bridgewater and Harmony Dispensary
Cannabis News2 months ago

Harmony Dispensary, Leo Bridgewater Comes Out with New Strain

Arts & Culture2 months ago

10 Famous athletes who support the use of Cannabis

biden marijuana decriminalization plan for blacks
Cannabis News2 months ago

Biden’s Plan for Black America Includes Cannabis Reform

San Francisco Govt Gives Cannabis in A Harm Reduction Effort
Benefits of Medical Marijuana2 months ago

San Francisco Govt Gives Cannabis in A Harm Reduction Effort

Life in Quarantine Coping with CBD, Cannabis
Cannabis News2 months ago

Life in Quarantine: Coping with CBD

Here’s How to Use CBD Safely Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Arts & Culture2 months ago

Here’s How to Use CBD Safely Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Cannabis News2 months ago

Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases with The Help of Cannabis

Cannabis Use Increased in March in Light of Pandemic
Cannabis News2 months ago

Survey: Cannabis Use Increased in March in Light of Pandemic

DC Opens Marijuana Dispensaries
Benefits of Medical Marijuana3 months ago

DC Opens Marijuana Dispensaries to Out-of-State Patients

Cannabis Jobs
Cannabis News3 months ago

Top High-Paying Jobs in the Cannabis Industry

Las Vegas Police Seize $8.6 Million Worth of Cannabis Plants
Cannabis News3 months ago

$8.6 Million Worth of Cannabis Plants Seized in Nevada Police Raid

20 CBD Gummies for Sleep
Cannabis Recipes6 days ago

Hot Products: 20 CBD Gummies for Sleep

Cannabis Recipes1 week ago

How To Make CBD Cookies [VIDEO]

Cannabis Recipes2 weeks ago

Introducing CBD Water – What Is It and Should You Try It?

cannabis beverages
Cannabis Lifestyle2 weeks ago

Cannabis Beverages as a Refreshing Option for Consumers

Cannabis Cooking, CBD Recipes to Try While on Quarantine
Cannabis Recipes2 months ago

Quarantine Cooking: Cannabis Recipes to Tide You Over

CBD Recipes to Try Over the Weekend
Cannabis Recipes2 months ago

Top 3 CBD Recipes to Try Over the Weekend

CBD Infused Drink
Cannabis News6 months ago

Cann Social Tonics Gains $5m in Funding

Cannabis Kitchen Essentials to Have This Holiday Season
CBD Drinks and Edibles7 months ago

4 Cannabis Kitchen Essentials to Have This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving Turkey
Cannabis Recipes8 months ago

Best Cannabis Recipes To Serve This Thanksgiving

Halloween Horror Movies
CBD Edibles8 months ago

Fright Night: 5 Horror Movies to Match with your CBD Snacks

CBD Edibles for Your Halloween Party
Cannabis Recipes9 months ago

3 CBD Edibles for Your Halloween Party

Cartoons to Watch with CBD Edibles
CBD Drinks and Edibles10 months ago

Top 7 Cartoons to Watch with CBD Edibles

Cannabis Cookbooks
Cannabis Recipes10 months ago

The Best Cannabis Cookbooks To Have

US-Restaurants that Serve CBD Food and Drinks
Cannabis Lifestyle11 months ago

5 Restaurants That Serve CBD Infused Food and Drinks

Arizona Iced Tea
Cannabis News11 months ago

Maker of Arizona Iced Tea to Enter Cannabis Industry

Cannabis Drinkables
Cannabis News11 months ago

Big Alcohol Companies to Develop Cannabis Drinks

Cannabis-Infused Multi-Course Meals
Cannabis News1 year ago

Yellowknife Chef to Develop Cannabis-Infused Multi-Course Meals

4th of July Celebration
Cannabis Recipes1 year ago

Cannabis Recipes To Try this 4th of July

Ben & Jerry's CBD Ice Cream
Cannabis News1 year ago

Ben and Jerry’s Intends to Make CBD Ice Cream, Enter Cannabis Industry

Marijuana Books
Arts & Culture1 year ago

Reading Literature: 5 Marijuana Books to Add on Your Must-Reads

Benefit of CBD
Benefits of Medical Marijuana2 days ago

The Inside Story of Cannabidiol – What are the Benefits of CBD? [VIDEO]

how cbd can help
Benefits of Medical Marijuana2 weeks ago

Here’s How CBD Can Help You While Stuck in Quarantine

treatment for fibromyalgia
Benefits of Medical Marijuana2 weeks ago

CBD as Treatment for Fibromyalgia: Is it Effective?

CBD to address insomia
Benefits of Medical Marijuana1 month ago

Using CBD to Address Insomnia: Is it Effective?

Kratom
Benefits of Medical Marijuana1 month ago

Kratom – Benefits, Uses, and Dosage

Benefits of Medical Marijuana1 month ago

Cannabis Mixed with Dung Found at Ancient Israeli Shrine

CBD as an Aid in Treating and Managing Asthma
Benefits of Medical Marijuana1 month ago

CBD as an Aid in Treating and Managing Asthma

Ways How CBD Is Changing the Health Industry
Benefits of Medical Marijuana1 month ago

5 Ways How CBD Is Changing the Health Industry

Why Consume CBD for Backpain Caused by the Pandemic
Benefits of Medical Marijuana1 month ago

Why Consume CBD for Backpain Caused by the Pandemic

Cannabis Use Increased in March in Light of Pandemic
Benefits of Medical Marijuana2 months ago

Can Cannabis Help In The Fight Against Anxiety?

Arts & Culture2 months ago

10 Famous athletes who support the use of Cannabis

San Francisco Govt Gives Cannabis in A Harm Reduction Effort
Benefits of Medical Marijuana2 months ago

San Francisco Govt Gives Cannabis in A Harm Reduction Effort

CBD Oil for Burnout
Benefits of Medical Marijuana2 months ago

A Guide on Using CBD Oil to Cope with Burnout

Cannabis and Pets
Benefits of Medical Marijuana3 months ago

Pot for Pets: Benefits of CBD Oil for Furry Friends

DC Opens Marijuana Dispensaries
Benefits of Medical Marijuana3 months ago

DC Opens Marijuana Dispensaries to Out-of-State Patients

cannabis
Benefits of Medical Marijuana3 months ago

CBD Help Guide: How to Manage Anxiety During Health Crisis

CBD Oil and Sleep Benefits
Benefits of Medical Marijuana4 months ago

3 Excellent Sleep Benefits with Using CBD Oil

PrestoDoctor Snags Top Cannabis Telemedicine Award
Benefits of Medical Marijuana4 months ago

PrestoDoctor Snags Top Cannabis Telemedicine Award

Seniors Using Cannabis On The Rise
Benefits of Medical Marijuana4 months ago

JAMA Study: Number of Seniors Using Cannabis On The Rise

Medical Marijuana in Alabama
Benefits of Medical Marijuana5 months ago

Alabama Senate Committee OKs Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Trending Articles