The potential benefits of cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, are well-known. This leafy product can treat different health conditions, regardless of how severe they are. And the legalization of CBD products has further added fuel to its popularity.
So, if you are thinking about trying cannabidiol goodies but don’t know where to begin, you’ve come to the right place.
Typically, the journey to purchase any CBD-infused product- topicals, oils, edibles, and more, starts by searching for local dispensaries. As there will be different dispensaries, you need to shortlist a few. After that, you can follow the tips given below.
Before Dispensary Visit
Visiting your local dispensaries is quite different from going to a regular store. You need to be prepared for a few things to make your first experience great. Let’s learn what these are:
- Have A Clear Goal
As numerous CBD products are available at the store, it might get overwhelming for the first-time buyer. The presence of budtenders and other staff may seem intimidating. And the stigma attached to buying cannabidiol goodies also causes hesitation. Therefore, it would be best to have a clear goal in mind.
As CBD sale is legal in most cities of the country, you need not worry about anything. Instead, your focus should be on deciding on the product.
- Bring Your ID
In order to buy the product, you need to verify your age. You have to be 21 or more years old. It is mandatory at every online as well as physical dispensary. So, make sure to carry any of your ID proofs, such as a driver’s license, ID card, social security card, or other.
- Carry Cash
In the majority of dispensaries, non-cash payments such as credit cards or online payments are not acceptable. Therefore, you’ll need cash to carry out the transaction. As the product price can range anywhere from 50 dollars to hundreds, make sure to have enough cash before your visit.
Some dispensaries have ATMs for buyers to withdraw a high amount of cash. However, you might have to pay additional fees for the transaction.
During Dispensary Visit
The procedure to buy any goodie at the dispensary is quite seamless. You just need to consider the following information.
- Wait For Budtender
Generally, there are waiting for lines inside or outside the store. To avoid the queue, it would be best to visit during the non-rush hours, i.e., early morning or late evening. Or, you can call the store to ask about non-rush hours.
Once you have entered the dispensary, they will assign a budtender to you. Or, you might have to wait for one to get free and attend to your queries. It is important as budtenders can understand your needs and suggest appropriate products.
Tip: Even if you know what to buy, you should still wait for the budtender. It is because they can suggest you top brands and best quality products that will not be overpowering for you.
- Take Your Sweet Time
Because this is going to be your first CBD purchase, do not hurry. Take your time to learn about the products, how they will benefit your health, and other related questions such as dosage, usage, or deals.
Some places also offer special discounts to first-time buyers. So, ask your budtender about the same. It will make your shopping experience enriching.
- Make Payment
As stated above, you’ll need cash to finalize your purchase. Your budtender will ask for your ID to verify your age and proceed with the transaction. The final bill includes the estimated cost of the product plus local and state taxes.
You may also tip the budtender for their assistance if you’d like. The amount, of course, depends on the goodies bought and the customer service provided.
Nevertheless, it’s totally up to you. If you do not feel satisfied with the service or product available, you may leave the dispensary without making any purchase.
Note: Do not buy any product simply because the staff recommends it- make sure it caters to your needs.
After Dispensary Visit
Your first dispensary visit does not end with the purchase. In fact, you need to try the product and:
- Leave A Review
If the store has an online website (the majority of stores do), make sure to leave a product review. It will come in handy for other buyers and help them make the right decision. The review can be as descriptive as you’d like. The more information you provide, the better it will be for customers and the dispensary.
If there is no option to rate the individual products, you can give feedback on the dispensary experience and customer service. It will encourage small businesses to provide their service at a large scale and improve possible discrepancies.
When Trying CBD For The First Time
Typically, budtenders explain the use of products as well as the appropriate dosage. Still, it would be best, to begin with a minimal dose. Different products take different times to kick in.
- Edibles take up to two hours,
- Topicals require 45 to 60 minutes,
- Tincture takes 15 to 45 minutes, and
- Vape requires 15 to 30 minutes.
Take another dosage if you don’t feel any effects after this timespan. Do not rush; start slow. In fact, the general rule of thumb is to stick with the same dose for at least a week before changing.
In addition, make sure to have a company when trying CBD for the first time. Or, try it before bedtime as you may feel sleepy and would like to rest well. It will also accelerate the effects, making you feel fresh in the morning.
To Sum It All Up
As the saying goes, “There’s a first time for everything,” so your first visit to the dispensary need not be taxing. Learn about the different products and their potential benefits beforehand and follow the tips given above for a seamless experience.
Nevertheless, if you feel confused about particular products or what they do, feel free to ask the budtenders. They have the appropriate qualifications to guide you through different products. Or, you can consult your physician before buying.