First Time shopping at a Dispensary Frequently Asked Questions
Our most memorable moments are never forgotten, and the first time shopping at a dispensary is one of them. After handing your ID to the person at the door, usually sitting at a reception desk, you are ushered into a Highly fragrant room with glass jars of cannabis lining the shelves or counter surrounded by cannabis in every form. There are friendly budtenders, not unlike a bartender, that will help guide you into the right products for your body chemistry. It is as easy as describing an effect that you would like to achieve, like “something creative and uplifting, that won’t give me the munchies” or “something that calming and sedative after a long and stressful day”.
For those of you who haven’t made it out to Colorado, here are some of the more frequently asked questions by first-time shoppers:
How old do I have to be to legally purchase cannabis in Colorado?
Any adult over the age of 21 can purchase cannabis with a valid ID or Passport. Unfortunately, an expired ID or Out-of-State paperwork will NOT be accepted at ANY dispensary in Colorado by law. Medical Marijuana card holders can be 18 and up, and have to be a resident of Colorado.
Can I use a medical marijuana card from another state?
Colorado is not a reciprocal state so medical marijuana cards from other states cannot legally be accepted here.
How much cannabis am I allowed to purchase?
Adult Use: As a legal adult, you can purchase up to an ounce at a time with a limit of 1 oz, or 28 grams, in your possession. However, there are a few equivalencies to keep in mind: 800mgs of edibles = 8 grams of concentrates = 1 oz of flower. Topicals are non-psychoactive so their equivalency is very low.
Medical: With a medical card you are allocated a minimum of 6 plants and are allowed to purchase up to 2 oz, or 56 grams, per day. The equivalencies for medical products are weighted a little differently as 1 gram of flower = 1000mg of edibles = 1 gram of concentrates. As well as there is no limit to the amount of THC there is per package.
What is available for me to purchase?
As we mentioned in Exploring Cannabis Products, there is a wide variety of products on the market for you to purchase. There are infused foods and drinks, concentrated oils, vape pens, lotions, bath soaks, accessories and more for you to choose from. There are new products popping up on the market all the time, including seasonal treats, so there is sure to be something out there that is just right for you!
Is there cannabis that makes you sleepy or energetic?
As we explained in A Little Lesson on Sativa, Indica, and Hybrids, there are the different varieties of cannabis that each have different attributes and effects. Most products on the market are Hybrids, or blends of Sativa and Indica, for a balanced high.
What if I don’t want to get “high”?
As we mentioned in CBD & THC: A Deeper Understanding, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound of cannabis that is still beneficial for pain relief among other benefits. It comes in a variety of forms, including vapes, edibles, and topicals. Topicals are non-psychoactive and can be applied directly to the problem area for relief without any of the head buzz.
Can I touch the bud?
Most shops are going to be like a bakery, the smells are free, but you can’t touch the goodies unless you plan to buy them. Dispensaries almost always have a display jar out for you to see and smell the herb before you make your purchase.
Can I sample the product in the shop?
Unfortunately, no consumption is currently allowed on the premises of a dispensary, so you are not able to sample the products before you make your purchase. However, that may change in the near future with Denver’s Social Consumption Pilot Program, Initiative 300.
Where can I consume?
Cannabis can only be consumed on private property with the owner’s permission. Meaning most hotels are not 420 friendly and you cannot consume in public. There are places like Spectra Art Space where you can pay a membership to get access to their smoking patio. Initiative 300, Denver’s Social Consumption Pilot Program, is in its early stage with people still applying for a permit. We hope that in the upcoming months we will start to see more of these lounges, coffee shops, and yoga studios open their doors.
Can I bring anything out of state?
Legally you cannot bring anything infused with Colorado cannabis out of the state of Colorado. Since cannabis is still federally illegal, it cannot cross state lines. That means even in states like Oregon and Washington, that are both recreationally legal, one could not bring anything over.
Learn more about the two sides of legal cannabis in Medical vs Adult Use Cannabis: Is there a difference?.
If you want to be guided through your first experience in a Colorado dispensary, call us and reserve your experience today! 720.250.8828