Given all the recent positive press surrounding CBD oil and gummies, it’s no surprise that more and more people are rethinking their stance on marijuana. 

Are you among them? 

If so, we understand that you might be a bit intimidated by the experience of buying weed. Don’t worry — the days of shady backroom dealings, calls from unknown numbers, and trying to figure out how much an “ounce” actually is are long gone. 

Now, not only can you buy marijuana in a much safer and more professional setting. You can also seek the advice of medical marijuana experts who will ensure you get the experience you’re looking for. 

Read on to access your ultimate guide to buying weed.

Where Do You Buy Marijuana?

The good news is that, as marijuana and CBD oil increase in popularity, you have more options than ever before when it comes to where you can buy them. 

For those who crave convenience, or who just don’t have a physical dispensary near them, buying marijuana online is the way to go. 

You can choose from a variety of different strains, (more on that in a minute) brands, accessories, and even decide if you’d like tinctures, the whole flower, or edibles. Order here to see how easy the process really is. 

Many people, especially newbies to weed culture, enjoy the personalized attention they get from an in-person dispensary. 

If medical or recreational marijuana is legal in your state and you have the proper card, you can easily buy marijuana in a shop as you would anything else.

When you buy from a shop or a trusted online retailer, you’re also getting a much safer experience. This is because the cannabis for sale has likely been tested in a lab to ensure that it’s pure. 

When shopping, always ask for more information about the lab testing process. 

Sativa vs. Indica

The two most important weed terms when buying are Indica and Sativa. 

These are the two main kinds of marijuana strains, and you’ll choose which one based on the experience you’d like to have. (Hybrid strains are also available, but if you’re a newbie, try out the purer strains first to see which one you like best.)

If you’re looking for more of a physical high — that “couch-locked” feeling — then go with an Indica-based strain. Indica strains help you to relax but won’t cause an intense mental high. This is why they’re excellent for those with anxiety or sleep issues. 

Interested more in a mental high? 

Then go with a Sativa-based strain. These strains fuel creativity, conversation, and can even help you to power through your workday or workout!

If you’re nervous about the effects of THC — the psychoactive component in cannabis — we suggest you start with CBD oil.

In addition to having a whole host of health benefits, CBD oil is an awesome way to experience the positive effects of cannabis without the loss of control a “high” can sometimes bring. This is because CBD contains no — or negligible trace amounts of — THC. 

Remember the golden rule. The higher the THC content in a strain, the more of a “high” you’ll experience. 

Evaluate the Weed

A huge part of learning how to buy weed the right way also means understanding how you best evaluate the quality of the cannabis. 

Your first step should be smelling the marijuana. The smell should be strong, almost skunklike.

If it’s not, you likely aren’t dealing with good pot. Also, avoid marijuana that smells like wet grass. If you’re able to feel your bud inside the store, ensure that it’s somewhat sticky, but never damp or slimy. 

When you smoke it, you’ll know you have a high-quality bud on your hands if it tastes a bit like pine and somewhat earthy.

Choose Your Form

Finally, remember that marijuana is available in many different forms, and you should consider the way you prefer to take it when buying pot. 

For beginners especially, edibles like gummies or brownies are the best way to go. You’ll be able to better monitor your specific dosage, and you won’t have to deal with the discomfort and hassle of smoking. 

However, if you want the effects to hit you faster, smoking is the way to go. This means you’ll need a few accessories, like a grinder and the smoking device of your choice. Check out this post for more in-depth information on weed accessories. 

If you’re more experienced with the effects of marijuana and are new to the experience of buying your own, rely on the advice from your budtender. You can talk about the experience you’d like to have, the issue you need treatment for, and ask to try out new strains. 

You can even make your own cannabutter, and use it as a base ingredient to cook with marijuana. This cannabutter recipe is a great guide. 

Buying Weed Shouldn’t Feel Intimidating

Finally, remember that buying weed isn’t meant to be an exclusive, intimidating experience. 

The cannabis community loves to share information, advice, recipes, and even medical studies supporting the benefits of marijuana. Budtenders are there to help you get the experience you’re looking for, not judge you for your lack of experience. 

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For the latest in all things cannabis and CBD, keep checking back with us.

We’ll keep you updated about weed laws, new strains, and everything else you need to know. 

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