How to Buy Weed at a Dispensary – 5 Questions to Ask

Want to learn how to buy weed at a dispensary but too shy to visit one yourself? Cannabis dispensaries can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time visiting one or if you’re not too familiar with cannabis and its intricacies. Even if you’re experienced with cannabis, navigating the hundreds of different strains and product formats available at many dispensaries can be overwhelming.

With so many options available, talking to a budtender about your preferences and consumption habits can help expedite the discovery process to help you find a product that’s right for you.

Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks you can do to make your first dispensary visit a positive experience, whether you’re experienced with cannabis or not. 

However, it’s important to remember that while budtenders can recommend products that might suit you, they cannot recommend specific consumption methods as everyone’s cannabis tolerance and reaction to cannabis will differ. Still, although they can’t recommend the perfect product for you, they can offer you some good options.

Here’s how to buy weed at a dispensary with five easy questions.

How to Buy Weed at a Dispensary – 5 Questions to Ask

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What’s Your Experience With Cannabis?

While every budtender is vetted and knowledgeable about cannabis, the budtender who has been working with cannabis for a decade or more will likely have a more nuanced understanding than one who has been working for less than a year. 

Regardless of their experience, all budtenders will do their best to help you find a product that’s right for you, but don’t be afraid to ask to speak to someone that’s more experienced if that makes you more comfortable.

How Do I Read Cannabis Packaging? 

Upon first glance, cannabis packaging and labels can seem almost alien. With a wealth of information, including strain name, product category, cannabinoid content, and warning labels, making sense of everything on the product can be difficult.

Fortunately, an experienced budtender can help explain what everything means and how you can use cannabis packaging and labels to differentiate products from one another. If you want to be prepared beforehand, you can also read our guide to cannabis packaging here.

What Do You Recommend For Beginners? 

Although there aren’t any products specifically designed for beginners, many are better suited for first-time users. Strains that are lower in THC content and higher in CBD content are excellent choices for novices. Additionally, letting your budtender know that you’re new to the cannabis scene will also help them find and recommend products.

How Will This Product Make Me Feel? 

The human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the structure responsible for mediating the effects of cannabis. Since everybody’s ECS is different, it’s hard to objectively measure or explain the experience a particular strain or product might provide. The differences between indica and sativa strains are more of a suggestion than gospel. However, still, budtenders can provide you with their personal and anecdotal experiences with the product in question to help you get an idea of what to expect.

How Do I Use/Consume This?

While some cannabis products, such as edibles, tinctures, and beverages, are self-explanatory, other product formats such as joints, dried flower, and BHO concentrates have a steeper learning curve.

If it’s your first time using or trying a product, be sure to ask your budtender if any additional accessories or equipment are required to consume it or if they have any tips. For example, smoking a joint is the most accessible and popular form of cannabis consumption but can be especially harsh on the throat of new users. A great budtender might explain how you can take lighter draws to alleviate that harshness or recommend a lozenge.

How to Buy Weed at a Dispensary – Nothing to Be Scared Of

Visiting a dispensary for the first time can be intimidating, but you can find solace in the fact that budtenders are there to help you make your cannabis experience, whether it’s your first or 100th, a great one. Canadians are only just beginning to embrace cannabis, and with so many new customers visiting dispensaries for the first time, it’s only natural that many will have questions.


Visiting your local dispensary should never feel awkward, uncomfortable, or intimidating. If one store or budtender doesn’t offer the experience you’re looking for, don’t feel pressured or obligated to make a purchase and try visiting another one or shop online instead. Purchasing cannabis should be an enjoyable experience, and we hope these five tips help make all of your future visits pleasant and agreeable.

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