How to Get the Most Out of Your Medical Marijuana - A Guide to Saving Money at Missouri Dispensaries
Using Therapeutic Cannabis Can Be Less Expensive With Our Tips and Tricks
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri are opening at lightning speed. This means that the pressure is on to provide access to better products at lower prices, in order to beat out the competition. Most dispensaries have deals and specials on a regular basis, and customer loyalty discounts are abundant throughout the state.
Regardless of the opportunities for savings, however, you want to make the most out of your medical marijuana purchases. Treating your chronic pain, PTSD, cancer-related symptoms, or a host of other conditions with medical marijuana can get expensive, but it’s possible to put a plug in the wallet-drain with some of the following strategies:
Purchase Flower for the Best Prices
Medical marijuana comes in a variety of formats, including tinctures, pre-rolls, trans-dermal patches, edibles like gummies, beverages, and more. But purchasing loose flower is one of the least expensive routes to go.
There is minimal processing and less packaging involved, so companies are able to offer flower at the lowest price of any medical marijuana products. You also have a greater amount of flexibility with unprocessed marijuana.
DIY THC Tinctures
You can try your hand at making your own THC tinctures through decarboxylation. This can be done in your oven or a slow-cooker, or with a one-time investment in an at-home cannabis extraction machine that sits on your countertop.
DIY Cannabis Recipes
Or use recipes like this one for making your own cannabutter. You can also find recipes online for how to make “magic brownies,” infused gummies, or anything else you can dream of that goes well with cannabis.
Vape Your Flower
Unfortunately, most vapes are not interchangeable between concentrates and flower. However, the Pax 3 offers chambers for both. This is one of the most popular vape brands on the market today, and you can find a versatile selection of products on Pax’s website. The brand also makes vaporizers intended just for dry herb as well.
Roll Your Own
With a little practice, you can roll marijuana joints that smoke as nicely as the pre-rolls you buy at the dispensary. If you are timid about rolling freestyle, try a rolling machine to get the job done. Many dispensaries sell them, and they are also sold at smoke shops all over Missouri.
Find Medical Marijuana Discounts
It takes a bit of bargain-hunting savvy, but you can often find discounts and savings opportunities on medical marijuana products, giving your budget a bit of breathing room. There are a few different ways to find the best prices, and savings will get more common as access to medical marijuana in Missouri expands.
Most dispensaries charge similar prices for the same products. For example, a 10-pack of Wana Hybrid sour gummies (100mg) costs about $40 at Releaf in Grandview, Greenlight in Cape Girardeau, and Missouri Health and Wellness in Washington. However, you may be able to find similar strains at different dispensaries for varying prices.
It’s usually pretty convenient to shop around before you actually visit the dispensary, because menus and prices are often listed on each location’s website.
Join Your Local Dispensary Loyalty Program
Loyalty programs are a great way to find savings on your medical marijuana purchases. Sharing your phone number or email address is often all you need in order to get notifications any time there is a sale at your favorite dispensary.
Not only will you get a message in your inbox whenever you have a chance to save on your medical marijuana, but some stores allow you to build rewards points to use toward the price of your purchase.
Subscribe to Dispensary Newsletters
Some dispensaries have a separate email newsletter that they send out monthly or bi-monthly, and they usually include special deals for subscribers. Dispensaries that have weekly specials will often use this medium to reach customers about those deals as well.
You never know what you will find when you walk into your local dispensary. The nature of supply can be a bit unpredictable sometimes, and some sales are just for the day or even the hour. Chat your local budtenders up, and you may be able to get a heads up when something is about to go on sale.
Grow Your Own Medical Marijuana
If you love gardening, you can certainly put your green thumb to use by growing your own medical marijuana. It may take a bit of practice in order to get your final product just right for your symptoms, but the payoff can be tremendous.
Decide Where You Want to Grow
The techniques for growing and the fruits of your labor will differ depending on if you grow in a greenhouse, your basement, or your back yard.
Growing in a greenhouse comes with the biggest startup expense, but the free light from the sun may pay for your initial investment through energy savings.
Growing indoors gives you the greatest amount of predictability with your results because you have complete control over the environment, but grow lights can be expensive and hot to run.
Growing outside is the least expensive route to go, but your plants are mostly subject to the weather and have a more limited season.
Learn the Secrets to Growing the Best Medical Marijuana
Since growing your own marijuana is becoming normalized—not just in Missouri but in several states across the US—resources showing how to get the most abundant, potent plants are becoming more and more widespread.
I Love Growing Marijuana is a one-stop website that offers a free grow guide, strain reviews, grow journals, grow calendars, how-to videos, and seed sales.
Find classes that will give you hands-on instruction and support for growing your own medical marijuana at home. The Elite Home Growers Academy offers courses on indoor and hydroponic growing, and the Weed Squad offers consulting and assistance designing your entire growing system.
Ask someone who grows their own medical marijuana. If you're friends with a DIY marijuana gardener, you probably already know every secret there is to getting the best results with your plants. If you don’t, then just ask. Marijuana grow enthusiasts usually love to chat it up about their hobby, and they are more than happy to impart their wisdom onto the next gardening newbie.
Final Thoughts on Getting Medical Marijuana Without Breaking the Bank
Until medical marijuana becomes recognized as a medication that should be covered by your health insurance (and until everyone can afford health insurance), treating your symptoms naturally can be expensive. You don’t have to completely break the bank every time you need a refill on your treatment, though.
Bring out your inner bargain-hunter to save money when you visit the dispensary, or grow your own medical marijuana for the ultimate in savings and reward. Either way, a little extra effort and research can go a long way in helping you get the relief you deserve for less!
Missouri Marijuana Card is Here to Help
If you have not yet received your medical marijuana card, now is a great time to have an evaluation. Most people who attend an appointment with Missouri Marijuana Card end up qualifying, and we can even help you obtain your medical records if necessary.
We offer telemedicine so you can talk to one of our doctors from the comfort of your home, our staff is always available to answer any questions you have, and we take pride in our ongoing customer support. You are never alone in your healing journey when you join the family Missouri Marijuana Card.