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Happen to have walked into a marijuana dispensary for the first time and found yourself totally lost within minutes? The first few visits to a dispensary can be a little confusing.
First of all, the brand of cannabis you will find inside each dispensary may vary from state to state. In Massachusetts for example, it is mandatory that each dispensary produces their own cannabis, so consequently, you won’t find a West Coast cannabis brand there. However, if you have a brand you find at Patriot Care Boston, it is also likely that you will find it at Patriot Care Lowell.
Don’t forget to bring some cash. Due to federal banking restrictions, the cannabis market primarily a cash-only business. CanPay is a new app that is popping up all over the place and actually allows customers to use their credit card(s) at dispensaries. Give it a shot if your local dispensary supports it.
The words weed, bud, dank, sticky icky, ganja, and herb are all terms that have been used for decades to refer to our lovely cannabis flowers.
Before you walk into a dispensary, try and familiarize with the terms and strains. If not it’s totally fine, Flowers are sold by their weight, which can be confusing since they’re a mix of metric and imperial units. You will find the smaller batches in grams and largest in ounces.
In case you are no very good at rolling joints and wish to have yours perfectly packed and rolled, you can ask for a pre-roll. You usually find them with half-gram to a full gram of flower. If you are worried about the potency of the flower, most of them in the legal market vary from 15% to 25% THC content, but can certainly can go lower and higher.
Another term you may want to familiar with is extraction. It is the process of “extracting” THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis. It is done using a commercial, food-grade processor, extracting a concentrated oil of cannabis leaves and flower. Lots of products from extract, including vape cartridge and high-end dabbing waxes.
Vape cartridge are one of the most common devices to consume extract. The cartridge refers to one half of the cannabis vape pen; the other is the battery that powers the heating element.
Rosin is a kind of hand-crafted form of a concentrate. It is done by pressing a cannabis flower in a heated hydraulic press, which results in concentrated oil, free of solvents or added ingredients.
Wax is a concentrate in a waxy form, which you can consume in a dab rig or in a special vaporizer. Shatter is a concentrate in opaque brittle solid form.
Dabbing refers to a concentrated form of vaporizing cannabis, usually in a form of wax or hash.
Almost all forms of concentrates come from specific strains, which possess different properties, corresponding to the qualities exhibited in their flower form.
Edibles are your favorite childhood lollipops, lozenges, pie, cookies, brownies, candies and beverages… except these are infused with THC and/or CBD. A pro tip for enjoying your edibles is to start slow. You need to know how your body reacts, or it will hit hard even for the most experienced of smokers.
Tinctures are a liquid form cannabis extracts, consumed by placing drips under your tongue. You can also mix them with beverages or food. Tinctures are a great entry point for consumers trying not to go for the smokable forms of cannabis. The dosages are also pretty easy to measure, unlike with edibles. You can start with 1 milliliter of your finished tincture and if you’re happy with the effects, you’re done. If not, you can try 2 ml the following day until you find the amount you’re ok with. Don’t start with large drops or you may get a little too elevated.
Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions and skin products that contain THC, CBD, and/or other cannabinoids. You’ll probably find lotions, soaps, transdermal patches, massage oils, body balms, shea butter, and other products on dispensary shelves. They are absorbed through your skin and are responsible for relieving localized pain, soreness, and inflammation.
Now that you know it all about marijuana talk, it is time to go after a dispensary and test your knowledge when buying your cannabis.
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