Marijuana Shopping Tips from our Cannabis Coaches
Visiting a recreational Marijuana dispensary for the first time can be a little overwhelming, which is why nearly every dispensary has trained employees to assist you. They’re typically deemed “Budtenders” or “Cannabis Coaches”. Here are some Marijuana shopping tips for you to make it easier.
Your Budtender/Cannabis Coach will walk you through the entire process of selecting the perfect marijuana product for you, while also sharing their personal experiences and answering any questions you may have. A big part of the job as a Budtender/Cannabis Coach is to make sure that every guest at the dispensary leaves satisfied and informed about the products they are purchasing.
Budtenders/Cannabis Coaches take great care in recommending certain products. They accomplish this by asking you questions designed to get an idea of your intended mood/mindset, setting (where you will be using the products), and purpose for using the products. Sometimes the questions may seem strange, or you may feel like the person helping you is being weird, but really the Budtender is personalizing your selection based on how you want to feel, how you want to use Cannabis, whether you may need a more discrete product depending on where you’re consuming, and much more.
Good Budtenders/Cannabis Coaches will ask a ton of questions, so a great way to prepare for your visit is by thinking ahead and being ready to help them help you by preparing answers and making decisions ahead of time.
Here’s a few marijuana shopping tips for you to consider before you make your next trip to the pot shop:
Time – How long is my visit going to take?
Just like a doctor’s office or a fancy restaurant, dispensaries have wait times. Being aware of this can save time on a busy day. Most dispensaries will have a phone number you can call before you visit – simply ask them if it’s busy before you head down to the shop.
If it’s busy call back later when it’s a little slower before you make the drive. This is also the perfect opportunity to ask a few questions prior to visiting – keep it short though, the budtenders have guests to help in-store! If you have to choose in a rush, or take too long choosing then you might get a product you aren’t satisfied with.
That’s why considering the next questions before you visit is so important – it’ll free up more time for you to check out the menu and ask questions.
Budget – How much will you spend?
Not all dispensaries list their prices online for a number of reasons (preventing sales to minors, moving through products too quickly to keep up, and more).
Almost every dispensary has a phone, so sometimes it’s as quick as giving them a call to get an idea of the prices that day. Again, this is the perfect opportunity to ask any other pre-visit questions you may have.
Keep in mind that due to state law in Washington State, it is illegal for a dispensary to advertise a price it cannot honor – this means most shops will not give out specific prices for products online. Instead, ask them for a general idea of the price range for the type of product you’re interested in, they’d be happy to tell you that much.
Not all dispensaries have an ATM on site either, and currently, due to federal law, NO dispensary is legally able to accept credit/debit as a form of payment. Bring cold hard cash instead.
Setting aside a budget will help you limit what you spend while also speeding up the selection process because you can eliminate a good portion of the menu ahead of time and focus on what you can afford.
It’s a good idea to bring a little extra with you just in case, though, you never know if there’ll be a discounted item or a special deal that day just slightly above your budget.
Type of High – How do you want to feel?
This might seem like a redundant question for some, I mean the answer is simple, right..? I want to feel high – DUH! This isn’t always the case though, especially with the wide selection of many different types of products available in a post-legal marijuana market. Some get you high, some intentionally don’t. Some make you wired, some make you tired.
With products of all types, choosing the right one for what you’re intending it for can be hard. Your Budtender is the perfect person to ask for advice about the effects of each product.
While online resources are helpful, they are also sometimes inaccurate or out-dated, so verifying the information with your Budtender is important. Remember, they’re trained experts.
Also remember that every person is different, and their reactions to Cannabis can be too – your experience with a product might have been different than someone else who tried the same thing.
This is why it’s important to talk to your Budtender/Cannabis Coach and allow them to ask you these important questions to help them suggest the perfect product for you.
Location – Where can I consume this product?
Although possession of Marijuana is no longer illegal in the state of Washington, consuming in public is still considered a no-no.
Your budtender/Cannabis Coach can suggest products to you based on your intended activities (an example would be suggesting an infused beverage for while you’re jogging or infused mints for a date night, etc).
If you don’t feel comfortable talking about it don’t worry, this is one of those questions budtenders/Cannabis Coaches don’t want a specific answer for – be blunt about it (pun intended).
These are just a few examples of the Marijuana Shopping Tips Budtenders/Cannabis Coaches will make to help you get what you truly want, so remember to come prepared and be ready for 20 questions! We hope these marijuana shopping tips have been helpful.
Altitude Recreational Marijuana Dispensary is located in Prosser and serves the surrounding cities of Grandview, Sunnyside, Richland, as well as the entire Tri-cities WA, area.