You may consider yourself a long-time cannabis connoisseur, or maybe this is your first time at a dispensary and honestly, you have no idea what anything means. You possibly just want something to help you relax. No matter where you land on the “experienced user spectrum,” the sheer number of products offered can be a bit daunting. This is where your friendly neighborhood budtender comes to the rescue!
Cannabis consultants are well versed in the products offered at the dispensary and are accustomed to asking questions to find out what suits each customer. However, if you fancy yourself to be a savvy consumer, we’ve got a bowl full of information packed just for you. Here are a few things you should really be asking your budtender!
1. Ask for a cannabinoid and terpene profile
Most people have an idea of what they want out of their cannabis experience. You may be looking for something to help you sleep, fuel creativity, make you a social butterfly etc. Instead of simply asking for an Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid strain, ask them for a profile. Most dispensaries have them and they are very helpful when determining effects.
The terms Indica and Sativa refer to plant type and structure. While this distinction helps growers care for and harvest the plants efficiently, recent research has shown that there really isn’t much of a difference between the two when it comes to consumption. The answers are all in the cannabinoid profiles. What you’re really looking for is whether your strain of choice is THC dominant, CBD dominant, or balanced. Terpenes are the essential oils secreted by the plant. These little aroma molecules give each strain it’s unique flavor and scent profiles such as citrus, pepper, and lavender. So, remember to smell your flower too! You’ll get an idea of which terpenes appeal to you.
2. What’s a good starting dose?
If you’re new to the world of edibles or trying out a new treat for the first time you should you look at the packaging to see what the serving size and dosage is. It also can’t hurt to ask your budtender as well. Everyone generally has a unique response to cannabis but your budtender’s recommendation can at the very least give you a baseline of what to expect to ensure a pleasant experience for you.
3. What’s local?
If you’re feeling adventurous or just looking for something new then this would be where to start. Many strains are exclusive or regional and if you keep an open mind you might just find something you love in the form of flower, tasty edibles, or hard-hitting concentrates. Here at 7Engines we pride ourselves on local. Between in-house grow, local concentrates and edibles you’ll never know what you’ll find!
4. What’s new?
The cannabis industry is constantly evolving and new products are launching all the time. Instead of trying to keep up on every High Times or Leafly newsletter sent your way why not ask your budtender? They’ll know about the new devices, strains, and other products being sold at the store you’re already standing in, making life just a little bit more convenient.
5. Do you have any specials? What’s the best value right now?
Dispensaries are always trying to keep a fresh product flowing in and out of the store and running promotional discounts is one way to do this. It also helps your budtender to by being transparent about how much you are looking to spend. They want to find your right fit and no one wants to sell you something you aren’t willing to buy.
Questions To Ask Yourself
Some people leave a dispensary without getting exactly what they wanted or needed. It’s easy to get caught up or overwhelmed and maybe even pressure yourself into making a quick decision. So, here’s some things to think about before you walk in. Your budtender might even ask you some of the same questions and you’ll have the answers all rolled up already.
What’s your previous experience with cannabis? This can help your budtender gauge your tolerance levels and set you up with a starting point.
Are you seeking a product purely for psychoactive effects or a medical ailment like pain relief?
When do you typically like to use cannabis and what do you like to do afterwards?
The clearer your reason(s) for consuming cannabis, the more likely you are to be satisfied with your choice and have a pleasant experience once you get home.
HAPPY BUD HUNTING! Gotta Love The Plant!