Before legalization, cannabis aficionados may have had preferred strains and modes of use. But in today’s recreational market, dispensaries carry hundreds of products that are accessible to connoisseurs and rookies alike. So, whether you’ve been smoking since the 70’s or are trying it for the first time, the modern cannabis market can be downright overwhelming.
Fortunately, that’s what budtenders are for. These behind-the-counter guides know their products, and they’re here to help customers sift through the flower, edibles, lotions and bath bombs on their shelves. But to make sure you find your perfect cannabis product, you’ll need to help them help you! So, ask yourself these four questions and head to your favorite dispensary.
Why are you buying cannabis?
Before you can start talking products, you (and your budtender) need to know what you’re hoping to get out of your new cannabis product. Do you just want to get high or are you looking for relaxation? Chat with your budtender about the different compounds and how they’ll affect you. And keep in mind, everybody is different, so the specific effects vary from one person to the next.
How do you want to consume your cannabis?
Gone are the days of choosing between smoking flower and eating brownies. Sure, buds and edibles are still a big part of the market, but it’s not that simple anymore. If you like to toke, you’ll get to pick strains. And if you’d rather munch, you can select from candies, pre-made pastries, and infused oils to add to your meals. What’s more, there’s a wide range of tinctures, patches, and topical products to explore.
What’s your tolerance level?
Knowing your body and your preferences is also important for finding the right product. If you’re an experienced user, you might be able to try some of the stronger products on the market. Newer users will probably want to stick with options that are less potent. In addition to varying potency, products are made from different strains and have diverse levels of various cannabinoids. So, let your budtender know if you already have a favorite strain or if there’s something you just didn’t like.
How long do you want to feel the effects?
This question is easy to overlook, but it’s essential to enjoying your cannabis experience. Do you want a high that hits fast but disappears in a short time? Or would you prefer a product that takes a bit longer to kick in but will last for hours? While the general rule of thumb is that edibles last much longer than smoked cannabis, your budtender can use this information to help you choose between specific products.
Although these questions seem simple, your budtender will pool all the information to help you find a product you’re happy with. So, don’t be shy. Next time you visit your favorite dispensary, strike up a conversation and ask away!