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Marijuana 101

What to know before you visit a dispensary for the first time

Medical marijuana has been legalized and made available for purchase in many states, including Pennsylvania. Since 2016, medical marijuana legalization has allowed for medical marijuana use with a physician’s approval for those with qualifying conditions. Medical marijuana is effective in treating conditions like:

  • Chronic pain, including cancer pain and arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Epilepsy –medical marijuana has shown a reduction of seizures in pediatric patients.

There are more conditions approved for medical marijuana use as listed here. Do you live with any of the conditions above? If so, it may be time to visit a dispensary (after obtaining an MMJ card from the state) to learn about medical marijuana. 

Visiting a dispensary for the first time can be intimidating, so we recommend doing some research beforehand. You will feel more comfortable and confident with some background before your first visit.

But first, to access medical marijuana, you will need a medical marijuana card. You can get the card by visiting the medical marijuana registry and applying for one. We’ll tell you how.

  • First, create a profile through the medical marijuana registry.
  • Then, get certified by a qualified medical practitioner to verify you have a qualifying medical condition.
  • Once you have the certificate, go back to the medical marijuana registry, and complete your application for the medical marijuana card.
  • With your medical marijuana card, you can now experience the life-changing benefits of medical marijuana.

Here are some things you should know before you visit a dispensary.

You will need a government ID card and a medical marijuana card for Pennsylvania State.

You must be 21 years old or older to visit a dispensary and purchase medical marijuana. You will also need to show your medical marijuana card.

Dispensaries operate under strict rules, and you may be required to produce a medical marijuana card several times. So, it’s best to stay ready.

Get in the Right Frame of Mind

Having the right mindset before visiting a dispensary is vital. There are many stigmas attached to medical marijuana, but you shouldn’t shy away. Medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania.

You also need to be aware that medical marijuana interacts with some medicines. Therefore, it is essential to talk to your doctor before taking medical marijuana. Alternatively, you can speak to a medical marijuana specialist at the dispensary. They’ll answer all your questions.

When you visit the dispensary, consider starting with low doses of medical marijuana.

Have a Medical Marijuana Goal

Before visiting a dispensary, think about your goal for purchasing medical marijuana. Then, contemplate what you intend to purchase and the effect you aim to get. The dispensary has employees who understand the products and can quickly guide you in the right direction.

Remember, there are no returns after purchase. For this reason, you need to understand your needs to avoid buying something you won’t use.

Expect a Line and Take Your Time

When you visit a dispensary, chances are you’ll find a line. You may have to wait in a waiting room and maybe fill out some paperwork as you wait for your turn to talk to a budtender. If waiting in line puts you off, consider visiting when there are less customers.

Remember to Carry Cash

The plant is still illegal in some states, making it hard for clinics to process credit cards. Because of federal banking restrictions, the budtenders will ask you to pay for your purchase in cash.

Expect to Find Products Locked Up

When you visit a dispensary, you will notice the products are behind glass cases under lock and key. This practice is required because there are strict laws that dispensaries must follow to keep their license. You will also see security guards present, which is standard in all dispensaries.

Come Prepared to Ask Questions

Do not shy away from asking questions, including those you think are unimportant. The budtenders are there to help you, and they are well equipped to answer all your questions.

After Your Dispensary Visit

After visiting the dispensary and sampling your purchased products, remember to leave a review. Leaving a review is helpful for other patients who want that exact product or those seeking a similar experience. You can also rate the dispensary and its services on a scale of one to five.

Conclusion

Make your medical dispensary experience exciting and less intimidating by researching before visiting. To learn more about medical marijuana and get the best dispensary experience, visit Fluent, located in Pennsylvania.

Visit our website to learn more about medical marijuana. Better still, contact us and get answers to all your questions about medical marijuana.