When you first walk into a dispensary, it can seem like there are endless options. There are so many strains and products to choose from that it can be overwhelming. Luckily, choosing cannabis isn’t as hard as it seems.

There are only a few factors to consider when buying weed for the first time at a dispensary. The type of high you want, how you intend on consuming the cannabis, your budget, and how much you’re willing to spend—these are all things you should keep in mind when deciding which strain is right for you.

To make things easier on your next trip to a weed store, we’ve got some pointers on what to look for and avoid. With this guide in hand, your next visit will go smoothly and end with bags that meet your needs!

Decide How You’ll Consume Your Cannabis

When you start shopping for your cannabis, the first thing you’ll need to decide is how you plan to consume it. One of the first things you’ll notice while walking around a dispensary is the variety of different products you can buy, such as edibles, tinctures, topicals, and many more.

Those who want to avoid smoking cannabis can opt for any of the above products. Although many people assume edibles are the best choice for novices, we suggest starting with a topical or tincture.

This will give you a much lower dose than edibles, which is great for beginners and for those who don’t want to get high. If you’re planning on smoking cannabis (using a joint, pipe, or bong), you’ll need to choose quality flowers (bud). If you want to use cannabis in food or beverages, choose an edible product.

Know Your High

The type of high you’re looking for will be determined by a few factors. The first thing to consider is whether you want to feel a head high or a body high. A head high is what most people think about when they imagine smoking cannabis.

It usually comes with feelings of happiness and euphoria. A body high, on the other hand, will make you feel relaxed and maybe a little sleepy. The next thing to consider is whether you want a quick-hitting high or a long-lasting one.

Quick-hitting highs are best if you’re planning on doing something active after, and long-lasting highs are better if you’re looking to relax and chill.

Know Your Buds

When you walk into a dispensary, you’ll likely see jars filled with buds. You may have heard that you should choose buds that are bright green and have red hairs. While it’s true that these buds have high levels of THC, that isn’t the only factor that you should consider when choosing your buds.

When you’re choosing buds, you’ll want to look for ones that are dense and sticky. These are signs that the buds are fresh, which means they’ll be better for your needs. Buds that are soft, crumbly, and have a strong scent are worth your money.

The best way to ensure you’re getting cannabis buds that are fresh and high-quality is to find a dispensary with an employee behind the counter. An employee who is knowledgeable about the cannabis they’re selling will be able to help you find the best buds for your needs.

Know Your Pricing

The price of cannabis varies greatly from one dispensary to the next. The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to the price of cannabis is that bigger jars aren’t always a better deal.

If the jar you’re getting is smaller but the price is larger, the quality of the cannabis probably isn’t worth what you’re paying. The next thing to consider is the THC content.

While THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the high you get from cannabis, it’s also what determines the price of buds. If you don’t know the THC content of the buds you’re purchasing, you won’t know if the price is worth it.

Be Aware of Upselling

While some cannabis stores are clearly scrupulous, many others are there to make a profit. This means you should be aware of any attempts to upsell you on products you don’t want or need. Many dispensaries will try to sell you edibles, topicals, or other products even if you’ve clearly stated that you only want flowers.

If a budtender is trying to sell you products that you don’t want or need, walk away. If you feel like you’re being pressured into buying things you don’t want, make sure to stand your ground. If you’re at a dispensary that is upfront about what they’re selling, chances are you’ll find the products you want at a fair price.


When you’re buying weed for the first time at a dispensary, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. The first thing is to decide how you’ll consume your cannabis. Next, you’ll want to decide what type of high you want.

Finally, you’ll want to keep in mind what bud you want, what price you’re looking for, and if they’re trying to upsell you on products you don’t want. With these things in mind, you’ll have no problem picking out the cannabis that’s right for you!

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