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Things You Should Consider Before Choosing Your Cannabis Dispensary

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Got your MMJ card in Long Beach? So, what now? Obviously, you’re gonna put it to use! But have you decided on which dispensary you are going to buy your cannabis supplies from?

Now, you may ask- Aren’t all dispensaries the same? They all sell cannabis, I mean.

Well, if you are new to the cannabis world, it’s perfectly normal to think this way. However, if you ask an experienced player, they’ll tell you that not all places that sell marijuana are the same. And so, you need to do some research before you make your decision.

But how to do that exactly?

For the starters, look for a place that is properly registered and has a license to sell cannabis. You don’t want to compromise on your source, obviously.

Here are a few other things you should look for before you decide on which dispensary will be the best for your needs.


The first and foremost thing you need to do is to check if there is a cannabis dispensary near you. You surely don’t want to spend two hours in your car traveling to a dispensary when you don’t need to. So, make sure the dispensary you choose is convenient to reach.

Furthermore, many people use cannabis for pain or some other reason that makes it difficult to travel. If that’s the case with you too, you must check if you have a place nearby. You may use apps like google maps etc. to find this out.

However, don’t always prefer the closest. Closest doesn’t mean it is the best. And so, you need to check some other things too. For instance, price. There is no point buying a product from a nearby dispensary if it’s costing you more than traveling. So sometimes, it’s better to travel a short distance so that you can get a better price, experience and product.


A lot of cannabis consumers nowadays are taking the herb as a medicine. And in some cases, they may need it on a daily basis. Traveling frequently, however, is not very feasible in such cases. So, how do you stock?

For such scenarios, you should look for a dispensary that offers online ordering and doorstep delivery. These may come in quite handy when you can’t leave your home due to some ailment or any other reason. In case the home delivery isn’t available, check if they offer curbside delivery. Any of the two options can be helpful for a patient who can’t visit a dispensary.

Product Variety

You should also check the type of products they are offering.

The cannabis plant has several different strains. And each strain has its own unique abilities. So whether you are looking for a strain that may fill you up with the energy or something that leaves you couch-locked, your dispensary should have the right products for your needs.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind that not everyone smokes. You may need some other delivery method, such as wax, edible, or any other product. So, make sure the dispensary you choose is able to provide you with these.

In short, look for a dispensary with a wide variety of products under the roof.

Product Quality

Your dispensary should definitely have choices. However, you should note that quantity and quality are two completely different things. If a dispensary has a wide variety of products, it doesn’t mean they are of good quality too. And so, you need to a bit careful. Ideally, you should go for a place that has a nice balance of both, quantity and quality.

But how to make sure the product quality is good?

This actually depends on how the products are checked and stored. So, first of all, look around and see how they handle and store their products. If they don’t handle it nicely in front of customers, think of when no one is around. 

Another thing you can do is to ask for a quality check reports. If the place is good, they won’t hesitate to present the quality certificates to you. But if they don’t show you any such documents, it’s time to move on to some other dispensary.

In order to be sure of the quality of the products, you should also learn to identify it yourself. Initially, it may be difficult. But with time, you will be able to easily differentiate between a good and a bad bud.


Along with the quality and quantity of the products, the people working at the dispensary can also make or break the reputation of the place. And this is especially true for the budtender.

There rarely are any jobs with such a unique and interesting name as “Budtender.” However, the job demands knowledge. When people like you and me walk into a cannabis dispensary, we have a lot of questions in our minds. And to answer those questions, the budtender needs to know everything. They need to have the knowledge about the types of strains, their effects, different delivery methods, and many other things. 

Furthermore, as a budtender is the first point of contact to any dispensary, they need to be friendly and attentive. They should be able to help their customers in the best way possible.

Therefore, while deciding the dispensary for yourself, look for a place with a well-qualified budtender. You don’t want the person to have little knowledge about the products, as this may make you end up with the things that you don’t actually want.


Sometimes a dispensary may look extremely amazing on papers, however, the reality may be a little different. And thus, before you finally choose your dispensary, you should look for its reviews. For this purpose, you may visit their social media page, their website, or some other website, such as yelp. You may also try talking to their existing customers who had an interaction with their staff. Ask them about their experience with the place. 

We may say that if the place has good reviews, they usually offer very good products and services.

Final Tips

Whether you have just got your MMJ card in Long Beach, or are already a cannabis user, finding the right dispensary is very important. After all, this is the place you are gonna get all your supplies. So, I hope the above tips help you with this.

However, even after you have found the right place, your dispensary experience also depends on certain things you do. 

There are a few things you should keep in mind while visiting a cannabis dispensary. For instance, people who already have a cannabis card sometimes forget to check its expiration date. And this leads to a very bitter dispensary experience. We suggest you not to repeat the same mistake. So, check your cannabis card before visiting the dispensary. And if it is expired, apply for an MMJ card renewal as soon as possible.
You may also do a bit of preparation before you go to a dispensary. For instance, you may make a list of questions you may ask your budtender or research about the products you want to try. All these things will help you boost up your confidence while visiting a cannabis dispensary.