With recreational licenses finally being registered to dispensaries, more people have access to quality cannabis than ever before. When I first visited a dispensary, I was intimidated by the all of the options available to me. Different types of edibles and concentrates lined the walls. A plethora flower sat in the glass display counter. The choice can be hard, and when the right cannabis for you is important, you may walk out disappointed.
Finding the Right One for You
The right dispensary can make all of the difference in your experience and quality of care. Some locations carry phenomenal buds but have terrible service. Other locations may have an endearing staff but carry only a small supply. Maybe what you are looking for is concentrates; some places focus more on flower. Look around your area and visit the shops. Most locations have great first time patient deals that can often land you a free or cheap high quality eighth (3.5 grams) or possibly a vape pen. Frequently there are returning patient or referral deals too. Websites such as weedmaps.com and leafly.com may help you find quality dispensaries in your area.
Getting the Good Stuff
Once you’ve found a shop you like, it’s time to get the right stuff. Many people don’t realize that it’s possible to request strains for more than just their type. Asking for something to help with sleep or pain is very doable. Requesting for a creative, energetic strain or a mellow and hunger-inducing one is equally possible. If you have medical issues you feel cannabis may help like headaches or stomach pain, feel free to ask your budtender their opinion. Some dispensaries are better at this than others, and depending on what your goal is for finding the right product, finding the right one will be up to you.
If you are new to the quality edible or concentrate realm, there may be a bit of a shock. Edibles are available in more than just brownies; honey sticks, gummy candies, soda beverages, throat lozenges, you name it. There is many to try, and often I find myself trying something new for the fun of it. There are many healthy options too; infused teas, fruit shots and concentrated solutions to add to your own beverages. An easy way to go about picking something is to find something that can be incorporated into daily life easily. Be creative with it, honey sticks in a morning tea or coffee and medicated mints to refresh your breath and mind could be a powerful way to start the day.
For fans of concentrates, you will not be disappointed. Top shelf ultra strength shatter or wax of many strains is available from different manufacturers. Oil prepped for vaporizers or portable units is also available, which comes in handy, dispensing containers. Other things like live resin – a special processed concentrate – or pre-filled disposable vaporizers are available as well. Whether you are looking for an indica shatter or sativa crumble, you will find it.
New to concentrates? Ask your budtender today! (Be warned. It’s strong!)
Now that both medical cannabis and recreational cannabis have been legalized in the state of California, it is legal for anyone over the age of 21 to purchase cannabis at a legal dispensary. With a medical recommendation from a doctor, the age is 18 and over. Before the legality of the recreational kicked in, there was no tax on the medical cannabis. However, as of now, a steep tax has been added to both the medical and recreational patients. Here is a breakdown:
15% Excise tax from the State of California (Usage tax)
5% Medical & 10% Recreational from the City of LA
9.5% Sales Tax from the State of California – This is waived if you have a identification card issued by the California Department of Public Health
These total to a 29.5% for standard medical patients, 34.5% for recreational patients, and 20% for medical patients issued with the health department.
Remember, this will be tacked on to your total price, so if you intended on spending $40, you will need to grab $53.80 because of the tax! Don’t forget, you can take money out of the bud to reduce your cost! For example, if your budget is $40, buy $30 worth of cannabis, as this will come out to $40 (and 35 cents.)
Enjoy your journey to the dispensary; it is an invigorating and peaceful experience. Your budtenders are there to help you find the right medicine for you, so speak up!