FAQ: First time to the dispensary - what questions should I ask?
An informed consumer is a safe consumer, and no two dispensaries are alike. Strict regulations for testing, safety standards and quality are now required and enforced (see more) so any reputable dispensary should be able to answer these questions - and frankly, they should include this information on their website.
How is the product cultivated?
Just like produce in the grocery store, it's important to know how your cannabis was grown. Indoor versus outdoor? Organic or pesticides? Is my vape juice Co2 extracted (good), propane (bad) or butane (bad)?
Has the product been tested?
The answer should be YES, and they should be able to show you proof that the product doesn't have mold, pesticides or other nasty additives.
How will this product impact me?
A 2-3 milligram (mg) micro-dose mint will impact you very differently from a 100 mg lemonade. Vaping is different from topicals, which are different from edibles. You should inform your budtender about your intentions/needs, and then expect them to help you navigate their menu. If they can't, walk out the door.
How long has this been here?
If flower is left on the shelf too long, it can lose cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavor.
Do you accept cash only (do you have an on-site ATM?) or debit/credit?
Since cannabis is still federally illegal, banking remains one of the most challenging aspects of running a dispensary. It's good to know ahead of time so you can plan accordingly.
Do you have a loyalty program?
From punch cards to daily texts, most dispensaries have a loyalty program that offers discounts or access to special events with brands and experts. The price of cannabis has generally gone up since it went fully legal, so be sure to ask!