Now that medical marijuana is legal in Oklahoma many people are trying it for the first time for pain relief, cancer, epilepsy, and many other ailments. The vast number of Oklahomans with their state-issued Medical Marijuana Card, saw a doctor to get a recommendation and then applied to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, and for the first time in their lives, became patients instead of criminals.
Once you receive your medical card, you’re ready to visit a cannabis dispensary for the very
Locating a Dispensary Near Me
As you travel around the city you cannot help but notice there are a lot of medical dispensaries. Most metro dispensaries are located on major streets, so chances are you pass more than a few stores on the way to work and back.
Every dispensary has its own culture, décor, and routine so it’s important to visit several to make small purchases. Trying more than one dispensary gives you the opportunity to find a place where you feel most comfortable and welcomed for ongoing purchases. You’ll soon discover different dispensaries have different approaches – some are strictly patient-centered while other stores lean toward a 420 atmosphere.
In addition to planning your first dispensary shopping tour, you’ll need to decide what kind of cannabis you need and want.
Understanding Your Cannabis Choices
Cannabis is a name for a plant that can be grown in very different directions. Hemp farming provides cannabis flower and stalks that are extracted to produce CBD oil. Cannabis growers provide flower and extracts of THC. Many dispensaries carry CBD products and THC products, and they even have flower and extracts that combine both CBD and THC for maximum health benefits.
With your medical card, you can purchase THC products. You’ll have to decide whether you want
The choices continue. After you’ve zeroed in on the type of cannabis you plan to purchase, you’ll have to choose between flower, vape, or edible. Each of these has different absorption rates and very different dosing regimens. Smoking or dry vaping flower gives you an immediate high while eating small doses of edibles has a longer onset but lasts longer.
The best way to approach all these decisions is to first consider why you’re purchasing cannabis. Are you combating cancer? Do you have chronic pain? Is cannabis your appetite stimulator? Having a clear idea why you use cannabis medicinally makes it easier to make purchase decisions.
Whatever condition or preventive measure you’re addressing, google that condition (e.g. chronic pain and cannabis, epilepsy and cannabis, glaucoma and cannabis). Read from several websites to learn how others are using cannabis to help them. By reading information about your condition, you’ll discover the exact strain, dose, and version of cannabis best suited for you. Doing this research will give you confidence during your first visit so it is as enjoyable as possible.
Be Document and Cash-ready
The first time you visit a medical dispensary you must give them your driver’s license and medical card. They will enter your unique medical card number and scan your license into their computer database. When you return to a dispensary all you must] show is your medical card.
Most dispensaries require cash for all purchases. Some dispensaries have onsite ATMs and a few offer debit card purchases. Both the ATM and debit card options may carry additional service fees so it’s a good idea to take plenty of cash so you can purchase the amount you desire.
Security and Waiting
As you enter a dispensary for the first time you may encounter a security guard who will take your license and medical card so it can be entered into their computer before you’re allowed in the cannabis room. Many dispensaries have a waiting room for you until it’s your turn. Other dispensaries are wide open — when you walk in, you’re in. It’s always good etiquette to wait your turn if you’re in a dispensary without a waiting room.
Talking With Your Budtender
The reason you may have to wait is that most dispensaries have a one-on-one relationship between you and your budtender. In this situation, you have the full attention of someone who’s there to help you make the best choices possible. In many cases, you’ll find it very pleasant to work with one person to help you make your first purchase.
When you encounter your budtender, explain to them what you’re trying to achieve, and what type of cannabis that you’re interested in. You’ll find it easy to have a compassionate conversation with your budtender. Those who have a patient-first mindset make it very easy to talk with. Ask all the questions you have and listen to the answers you’re given. Take your time so you have a good understanding of your choices. Before you know it, you will have decided on the amount and kind of cannabis you’re taking home.
You’ll most likely visit four or five dispensaries before you find the one you want to call your own. Most important, because this is your first time to experience legal marijuana, be sure to have fun in visiting dispensaries and meeting like-minded people.
Ask for a Bud Discount
After you’ve made your choices, and before your budtender completes the transaction, ask what kind of discounts they offer. Many dispensaries offer discounts for senior citizens, first responders, and veterans. If you don’t ask you won’t get a discount. So, ask!
Enjoy Your Ride Home Safely
You’ve made your first legal purchase, and now it’s time to drive home. For many new patients, this drive is a stark contrast from the hundreds of drives home in years past when it was a crime to drive with your medicine.
Driving with your medicine is legal, but it’s still best to be discrete on the way home. Once you get inside, what happens next is up to you.