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Tips for Visiting a Dispensary

 October 02, 2019  Written by David Melnick
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If you plan to visit a medical cannabis dispensary for the first time, it's completely understandable to be a little nervous or apprehensive. You might have some questions, like what types of products are there or what method of consumption you should choose? Our number one priority at Feel State is to make our patients feel comfortable and informed. Our knowledgeable team members look forward to guiding you through your process of understanding and selecting your medicine. If you walk in with a certain strain or product in mind, we still encourage patients to ask dispensary agents questions to better understand each individual product. Even the same strains can vary slightly from batch to batch! Most medical cannabis dispensaries offer several different strains of cannabis in various forms from a multitude of different producers. Patients will be able to purchase tinctures, concentrates and flower, edibles and much more.

Feeling lost already? Not to worry! Cannabis lingo can also vary from person to person, and place to place. To put you at ease and make your dispensary experience less intimidating, we've described common cannabis terms and phrases you'll often hear staff use while in store.

Buds: Refers to the actual raw flower of the marijuana plant that is dried and ready for consumption. 

Cannabinoid: Numerous chemical compounds that activate cannabinoid receptors in the brain. 

Cannabis: The plant from which all marijuana, hemp and cannabinoid related products originate from.

CBD: The non-psychotropic chemical component found in cannabis compound which is primarily known for medical benefits.

Concentrates: A concentrated form of THC that come in a variety of textures and consistencies, such as hash, wax, tinctures or cannabutter.  Used to deliver potent medicine quickly.

Edibles: Ingestible items made with cannabutter, hash oil or other variations of cannabis.

Flowers: part of the cannabis plant used for smoking or making edibles (Buds)

Hybrid: A mixed breed of Indica and Sativa strains.

Type 1 Cannabis: cannabis which is high in THC (the psychotropic component of the plant) and low in CBD.

Type 2 Cannabis: cannabis which is balanced in both THC and CBD.

Type 3 Cannabis: cannabis which is high in CBD and low in THC.

Shatter: A cannabis concentrate with varying degrees of transparency and color profiles. When warm, it looks like and has a consistency similar to honey. When cold or at room temperature, it is typically the consistency more similar to glass.

THC: The chemical component in cannabis that causes psychoactive effects.

Terpenes: Fragrant oils that are responsible for the smell and taste of cannabis and oftentimes lead to the specific effects of consuming the plant.

Tinctures:  Alcohol-based cannabis extracts usually taken by placing a few drops under the tongue. Great for those who require the medicine to act quickly and typically ingest smaller doses of cannabis.


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