- Jennifer Betz
Your First Visit to a Missouri Dispensary
Knowing what to expect when you visit a Missouri dispensary for the first time will help ensure a successful trip!
Your first visit to a medical marijuana dispensary in Missouri will no doubt feel a bit surreal. Each one has a different vibe, but there is no mistake about what you are there for: Cannabis.
Marijuana-inspired art adorns the walls of some dispensaries, there are usually menus to look at before you talk to a budtender; and despite the fact that the odor of cannabis is supposed to be contained, that pungent sweetness just kind of permeates the walls.
Patients in Missouri who get a medical marijuana card are able to walk right into any dispensary in the state and shop for an enormous variety of products, including flower, vapes, edibles, tinctures, topicals and concentrates.
The products are legal, and it’s difficult to put a monetary value on being able to leisurely shop, choose from a hundred or more cannabis items, get help with your selection, and walk back to your car with your bag full of medical marijuana—without looking over your shoulder to make sure there aren’t any cops watching you.
How Can You Legally Purchase Medical Marijuana From a Dispensary in Missouri?
One of the best things about medical marijuana in Missouri is how simple it is to get a medical card! Though headlines about the politics of cannabis in the Show-Me State dominate the news, legislators have worked hard to keep politics out of the process for patients.
You simply need to have one of the qualifying conditions for treatment with medical marijuana in Missouri, then set an appointment for a marijuana evaluation and you are on your way to natural wellness!
The doctors at Missouri marijuana card are compassionate, and they can help you get the relief you’ve been waiting for. Our staff is here six days a week to answer your questions if you call us at (877)303-3117. Or if you feel ready for the next step, simply make an appointment to see one of our doctors today!
Once you have a Missouri marijuana card, you can shop at any dispensary in the state and purchase anything your heart desires. Whether you are used to making marijuana purchases on the illicit market or you are a cannabis beginner with a low tolerance, there is something for everyone at a Missouri dispensary!
How to Prepare for Your First Visit to a Missouri Dispensary
Imagine if someone handed you a crisp five dollar bill and then pointed you to the closest candy store at age ten. Now let’s pretend candy is a brand new concept, and you’ve never tried or even heard of 90 percent of the candy that you had to choose from.
That’s kind of what it’s like trying to decide what to get on your first trip to a Missouri dispensary. Heck, there are products at Missouri dispensaries that I’ve never heard of, and I write about marijuana all day every day.
Five Things You Can Do to Prepare for Your First Dispensary Shopping Trip
Preparation is key to a successful first trip. If you take these five steps, you should be able to walk away from your first experience buying legal medical marijuana feeling like a pro!
1. Have Your Paperwork in Order
When you visit a Missouri dispensary, you will need to have the right paperwork with you every time you visit. You’ll first enter a lobby or receiving area, where someone will check that your Missouri marijuana card is up to date, and that you have your state-issued photo ID.
Once they have made sure you have everything you need, they will escort you back into the shopping area where you can look at products and talk to a budtender.
2. Look at Your Chosen Dispensary Menu Online
Depending on where you live, you may have several dispensaries to choose from. People who live in KC or St. Louis can practically visit a dispensary in every neighborhood. Other areas, like Farmington, Poplar Bluff or Hannibal have only one or two dispensaries. However, you are welcome to shop at any dispensary in the state, no matter where you live.
Once you choose your dispensary, visit their website to see what they have for sale that day (inventory often varies from day to day, especially on the weekends). Take time to make note of any product that interests you, and choose a couple of backup items just in case the dispensary is out of your first choice.
3. Look for Specials
Take a look at the menu to see if there are any specials. Most Missouri dispensaries have sales happening on any given day, discounted products, reduced prices for veterans and people on SSI, and customer loyalty programs.
If you’re feeling confident about your selection, you can even place your order online and it will be ready when you get to the dispensary to pick it up. You may have to go inside to get your products, but some dispensaries have drive-thrus, and delivery is coming soon to select Missouri cities.
4. Decide How Much You’re Going to Spend
If you are going to visit the dispensary before you make your medical marijuana choices (it is nice to talk to a budtender if you are unsure of how to use something or to learn the actual effects you can expect), make sure you have your budget in mind ahead of time. Otherwise, you could end up spending too much on products that might not be necessary.
5. Prepare a List of Questions
Have a list of questions ready to ask your budtender when you get to the dispensary, so that you don’t forget anything. If you’re a newbie, you might not know where to start, so here are some questions you may want to ask:
What is this strain/product good for?
How do I use this product?
Do I need any additional accessories (battery, etc)?
What is the potency?
What is the terpene profile?
How much should I start with (consider if you have a higher or lower tolerance)
What’s the best way to store this product?
How long will it stay fresh?
Tracking the Effectiveness of Your Medical Marijuana Products
If you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck, you might want to consider tracking the effectiveness of what you buy. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep a cannabis journal.
There are apps you can download on your smartphone, templates online, and fancier physical journals with a cover and everything. It’s all up to you and your personal style!
Get a Marijuana Card to Shop at Missouri Dispensaries Today!
You can now get medical marijuana in Missouri legally, and most residents live within a half hour of a dispensary. You have a right to get the natural relief you’re looking for, but getting a Missouri marijuana card is the only way to exercise that right.
Give us a call at (877) 303-3117, or schedule an appointment to get a telehealth evaluation today. We’re here six days a week to answer your questions and help you get on the path to wellness you’ve been waiting for!
Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.
At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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