Many people use marijuana in the United States for medical or recreational purposes. As a result, cannabis dispensaries have emerged as stores that sell marijuana and marijuana-related products. Due to the complexities of cannabis culture, getting into a dispensary for the first time can cause extreme anxiety. Understanding what to expect in the store is vital in ensuring that you have the best experience.

Here are the main things you need to know before visiting a medical cannabis dispensary:

1. Age

First, you need to understand that to enter a marijuana dispensary, you need to be 21 years old and above. If you visit the store for the first time, your details will be taken, and you will need to produce a valid ID for age verification.

You might also be asked to show a driver's license at the gate before proceeding further to the dispensary. If you don't have the proper documentation, there are higher chances that you will be turned away.

2. Purchasing Qualifications

The qualifications depend on whether you are buying cannabis for medical or recreational purposes. If you visit a recreational dispensary, all you need is valid identification documentation to verify your age.

If you are buying marijuana for medical purposes, you need a medical marijuana card. This is a state-issued card that allows a patient who has a doctor's recommendation to purchase marijuana. The card is mandatory in states where cannabis use is allowed for medical purposes only. In such a case, you need a card identifying you as a licensed marijuana user.

3. Honesty Is Vital

The budtender will first ask about your goal with cannabis. It's always advisable to research different cannabis products and ask for the one that specifically addresses your desired outcome. Be honest about your tolerance level so that you don't end up taking too much.

Honesty helps the budtender curate the product that will give you the best experience. Thus, it is always good to openly state why you intend to use cannabis — for instance, to get stimulated, reduce anxiety, or ease pains.

4. Choosing the Best Cannabis Dispensary

If you have no experience, it can be overwhelming to research and identify the best dispensary. Feel free to ask around for recommendations or look at reviews. Some of the factors you need to consider when selecting a store include:

  • Location
  • Overall pricing
  • Quality of the product
  • Variety of products offered
  • Experience of the staff


Now that you have information about what to expect when you visit a cannabis dispensary, you can start looking for a store near you. Don't shy away from calling or visiting the store if you have personal or specific questions.