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Must-Dos Before, During and After Your Cannabis Dispensary Visit

Jordan Webber

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Cannabis Dispensary

With all the buzz around marijuana and hemp, more people are becoming curious about trying these products for themselves. This is why talking about the best ways to get your hands on these items has become all the more essential. If you are planning on going to a cannabis dispensary, here’s what you need to do before, during and after your visit:

Before Your Visit Cannabis Dispensary

Nothing beats the feeling of going to your trusted dispensary for a visit – aside from the feeling you get when you ingest your cannabis, of course! Whether you are a long-time enthusiast or a newbie to the cannabis world, keep in mind that it is always important to prepare for your dispensary visit. These are some of the things you should do before you go:

• Check Your State’s Marijuana Laws

There is no denying that this plant has been widely used in the United States for decades. However, recent changes to legislation have made the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis legal in a number of states. As of today, 33 states have legalized medicinal marijuana, 10 of which (with the addition of Washington, D.C.) allow its use for recreational purposes too. Moreover, cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and a controlled amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are permitted in a majority of the states, except Idaho, South Dakota and Kansas. So, before you go to a dispensary, ensure that using this herb for your intended purpose is allowed in your state.

Cannabis Law on Each State

Once you are sure that possessing and using cannabis (and cannabinoids) for medicinal or recreational purposes is permitted in your state, you should take note of the specific details of such permissions. How much cannabis are you allowed to possess on your person? How about in your place of residence? Are you required to obtain an MMJ card before you can get your dose of cannabis? Keeping tabs on the policies can help give you peace of mind in knowing that you are aware of the fundamentals and on the right side of the law when purchasing this plant.

• Do Your Research

Another important step you should take before you travel to your dispensary is to do due diligence on such dispensary. Aside from knowing the law, you might want to do further research to make sure that your trip is worth all the effort. A quick look online to get the best marijuana dispensaries in your area is a good idea. Look for a local dispensary that operates legally, and that offers excellent products, services, and variety. The best way to do this is to scour the internet for reviews about a particular dispensary. Take note of what they have to offer, how their budtenders interact with customers and the overall quality of the shop.

You also need to make sure that you know how CBD and THC works. Basically, these compounds bind with the body’s cannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous system, as well as in the digestive and immune systems. What’s fascinating is that our bodies have a natural endocannabinoid system and the compounds from the herb simply enhance its functions. It is also crucial to know that a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC improves the effects of these two cannabinoids.

By knowing how cannabis works, you will be more confident about getting these products. This knowledge can also help you decide which products will best suit your needs to achieve the desired results.

• List Down Your Expectations

To guarantee that you get the effects you are aiming for, be sure of your needs and preferences. First, determine what you want to get from the product. Are you looking to take advantage of cannabis’ medicinal properties? Or do you simply want it for the recreational effects it offers? This will help you determine what kind of item to get.

For the dispensary itself, you might want to set a time and place that is amenable to your schedule. A word of caution though, you might want to set aside more time for your visit, especially if you are getting medical marijuana. Just like regular medical clinics, these places can have licensed medical practitioners who will conduct consultations, and these can take time.

• Bring These Essentials

When heading out to the dispensary of your choice, you want to ensure that your visit will be successful. To guarantee that you will be going home with goodies in your cannabis pouches, make sure that you have these with you before you leave home:

o An ID – In states where recreational cannabis is legal, dispensaries are only permitted to distribute these products to people 21 years old and over. The dispensary may require their customers to present identification cards, so see to it that you bring one that shows your date of birth.

o Your MMJ Card – For people under the age of 21 and in need of medicinal cannabis, make sure that you have your doctor’s recommendation. If you are a patient who incorporates this herb into your medical routine, make a point of having your MMJ card with you.

o Cash – Bear in mind that this herb remains illegal federally. Hence many banks and financial service companies prohibit transactions involving marijuana. If you are thinking of going cashless, reconsider this plan and go with cash instead.

During Your Visit

So, you found a place that has great reviews, and you are ready to go. While you are there, you want to make sure that you get the best product. Check out these helpful tips on how to pick the cannabis item that perfectly suits your taste:

• Survey the Selections

With the variety of cannabis products available on the market, these shops are likely to carry a wide selection of items. Take the time to see which of these items might suit you the best. You may find a combination of dried buds, baked goods, and cannabinoid extracts. Decide for yourself the intake method you prefer. Is it the old-school way of smoking a joint? Or perhaps you want to give your experience a delicious twist and get cannabis-infused food products.

Whatever your thoughts, if you ever get confused and overwhelmed, do not hesitate to get help from the budtender. Remember, these people know the items they are selling, and they are there to assist you on your journey.

• Dig Deeper

You may have decided to get, say, the dried buds. You’ve found the type of product you think you might like. But remember, there is more to marijuana than meets the eye. You still need to decide which strain will certainly hit the spot for you. Again, your budtender will be your best source of information if you’re unsure of what to get. If you are looking for a body high, their staff is likely to recommend an indica-based strain, while they can suggest getting a sativa-dominant variety for a head high.

• Go Beyond the Mainstream

Aside from getting mainstream products like dried buds, baked goods, and extracts, you can also get more artisanal ones. From finely made cannabis-infused chocolates and coffees to vape juices and cosmetic items mixed with cannabinoids, you can be as adventurous as you like when choosing a product.

After Your Visit

Congratulations! You have just purchased your cannabis item! You must be excited to consume your newly-purchased goodies. However, the best experience comes when you make the most of these products. Need help? See to it that you keep these pointers in mind:

• Pick the Best Time

You want to make sure that your intake will work to your advantage, so it’s important to pick an optimal time for your consumption. If you want a brain high, it is likely that you purchased a CBD-rich item. These products are great for daytime, especially for mornings, as they will boost your energy and creativity levels. For those who work in the afternoon or at night, you can also ingest it before you start.

On the other hand, THC-rich treats give you a body high based on its sedative, relaxing and euphoric effects, making it better to consume these products during your downtime or before you rest.

• Take it Slow

The cannabis experience may vary, depending on the individual. For some, just one hit gives them the effect they are looking for, while for others, it takes time to show results. If you do not get the feeling you are looking for, take our word of advice: avoid taking it all in one go! Give it time to work its magic, and sure enough, you will feel its effects. This way, you are not getting more of a dose than intended, and you will be practicing healthy and safe consumption.

• Enjoy Your Cannabis!

Lastly, the best advice we can give you is just sit back (or get up!) and enjoy the goodness cannabis provides. This way, you can take advantage of what the plant has to offer without worries. Who knows, you might be on your way to becoming a cannabis enthusiast if you aren’t one already.

Along with the push to legalize cannabis, the call for proper education on procuring these items is on the rise. This helpful guide is a valuable resource to a smarter, safer and more effective way to avail of and use these products, allowing you to benefit from this wonderful plant.

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The Growth of Online Cannabis Delivery in Canada

Stacey Wellington

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon many changes, both positive and negative to our daily lives. One of the most prominent changes was made to the way businesses are conducted. While the transition to online businesses and e-commerce was already in progress, the global lockdown has accelerated the pace at which businesses needed to adapt their operations and bring their business online. It was a matter of survival for many businesses of a variety of industries, including cannabis.

As the majority of the population was forced to remain indoors, brick and mortar dispensaries were no longer desirable, and the need for online dispensaries intensified. Many people were already opting in to do their shopping online, as the convenience of having everything delivered to their doorstep without having to leave the house outweighed the potential dangers of making in-person trips for their daily necessities. The cannabis sector saw a huge spike in interest during the pandemic lockdown period, which opened up many doors of opportunity to online dispensaries. Those companies saw huge potential for growth not only in 2020 but in the coming years. Canada’s online cannabis businesses saw intense growth in the last year, generating the highest amounts of revenue historically, and continue to attract the interest of future customers, as the convenience of online cannabis delivery outshines that of traditional dispensaries.

What To Look For When Ordering Cannabis Online?

Before you consider ordering your cannabis via an online dispensary, however, it is important that you consider a few important things mentioned below.

Product Selection

As with any product, having a variety of choices to offer to customers is important. Before you consider buying cannabis from an online dispensary in Canada, first you need to find out whether they offer the products you are searching for. Are the products of good and reliable quality? Are there multiple strains available to suit your cannabis needs? Does the dispensary offer edibles and other cannabis products? Is the selection limited?

You should consider multiple dispensaries and find one that is able to meet all of your cannabis needs, not only the most convenient one but rather one that focuses on quality products and experience.

Shipping and Safety

If you are a person that values privacy, it is important to shop at a dispensary that offers discreet and smell-proof packaging and shipping options. Is the shipping fast and discreet, ensuring that you not only receive fresh products but also prevent curious neighbors from snooping on your favorite past-time?

Before you shop at an online dispensary, find one that values the privacy and protection of its customers by investing the time and resources to provide fast and safe packaging and shipping.

Price

While higher price usually indicates higher quality, price gauging has become extremely popular during the lockdown. Many businesses saw the pandemic as an opportunity to raise prices on common goods to exploit desperate customers. When shopping for online cannabis delivery, ensure that the price you are paying is due to the quality of the product you are receiving. Do the due diligence of comparing multiple online dispensaries, their products, and prices. Always ensure you are receiving your money’s worth and aren’t falling a victim to price hikes.

Online cannabis dispensaries in Canada are seeing extreme popularity, attracting more businesses to the market. Before committing to a cannabis delivery service, using the three factors mentioned above, do the due diligence to ensure you find a reliable company that offers a high-quality product with discreet shipping options at a reasonable and justifiable price.

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The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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How to Find the Best Bud for Your Needs

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So, you’ve heard about cannabis. You hear that it gets you high and doesn’t carry some of the worst parts of alcohol, like the hangover and dizziness. Now you’re interested in trying it for yourself, but where do you begin?

Today’s your lucky day. We will be looking at how to find the best bud for your needs at a marijuana dispensary right near you. Still, we have a few notes to go through before we begin. For starters, we’ve laid out the information below as a series of “either-or” questions. These help to direct you to a desired experience rather than a specific brand or type.

Additionally, we will be giving pointers in four different categories. See below for a brief explanation of each.

Sativa, indica or hybrid?

Sativa cannabis strains generally give users more pep and contain greater quantities of THC. Conversely, indica strains are used for relaxation and calmness more often than not and contain higher quantities of CBD.

Low, medium or high THC/ CBD?

As the active ingredient in marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is what gets you high. Its counterpart, Cannabidiol (CBD), counteracts some of the effects of THC but gives a more mellow and relaxed feeling. Honestly, the dosing and differences between these two cannabinoids is a larger task than this article can tackle, so check here for more info.

Flavor Profile

The flavour profile of your marijuana can be one area where you have full control over the selection. If you want something fruity, spicey, sour, dank, piney or with hints of evergreen, simply get your nose involved in the selection process at your preferred marijuana dispensary.

Delivery Method

The delivery method you choose can play a big role in how the effects occur. Generally, inhalation will give you the quickest onset of feelings, whereas ingestion can take up to an hour to begin.

Active or Sedentary?

Active

Some people enjoy activity when they’re stoned. Getting high can make exercise more enjoyable, increase your focus and (surprisingly) help the time pass quicker. If this describes your desired outcome, look for the following traits:

  • Sativa-dominant
  • Low-middle THC concentration
  • Fruity flavours
  • Fast-acting delivery method

Sedentary

The cliche experience you hear about marijuana imbibers is that they lay around doing nothing. While this couldn’t be further from the truth, it is hard to ignore how much better watching television or playing video games can be with the proper substance. When it comes to selecting product at a marijuana dispensary for a better sedentary experience, these factors might get you closer to the goal:

  • Indica-dominant
  • Low CBD concentration
  • Evergreen, piney flavours
  • Gradual delivery method

Fun or Powerful?

Fun

Unlike the previous two choices, your options here can lead to the other. What we mean to say is that you can have a fun experience with powerful weed, and vice versa. Still, for beginners, it is essential knowledge that you do not need the highest THC to have a good time. When you are looking for something to bring to a house party or take a walk through the park, consider these objectives:

  • Sativa or indica dominant
  • Any THC concentration
  • Any flavour
  • Edibles, oils, smokeables, etc.

Powerful

If your objective is to get as high as possible, that can be a tall order. Marijuana affects everyone differently, and with experience comes an understanding of how different highs feel. As a result, it can be difficult to offer suggestions for the best experience possible due to how much of it will boil down to personal preference. Still, for those looking to head in a particular direction, prefer these traits in your cannabis:

  • Sativa or hybrid
  • High THC concentration (over 18%, generally)
  • Your favourite strain (kush or diesel yield positive results)
  • Concentrated products (oils, hashish, shatter, etc.)
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