• Do trust your budtender - We spoke with Evan Trout with Nuggets Cannabis, Detroit’s first black-owned legacy dispensary, who stated, “Most dispensaries nowadays have very educated staff working in their stores. They know the products better than anybody else and are always looking to give you the best experience they can while also providing you with the product(s) that best fit you as an individual.”
• Do ask questions - Don’t feel shy if you’re unsure about a product or its effects. Budtenders are always ready to answer your questions.
• Do check for deals - dispensaries always have specials promoting the latest brands, discounts, seasonal clear-outs, and more. Discounts can be found on apps like WeedMaps or asking in-store.
• Do ask about vendor days - dispensaries host vendor days to invite local and national cannabis brands to showcase new products, product giveaways, and more.
• Don’t assume all products affect customers the same. Nuggets Cannabis chimed in to say, “The product your friend had that they loved may not be a good option for you, so listen to your budtender and trust that they are going to provide you with the best product for you!”
• Don’t touch the buds – budtenders happily let you look at their strains up close and give them a smell test before buying. However, don’t touch the buds—we don’t know where your hands have been.
• Don’t overindulge - whether recreational or medical; it’s important to be responsible with your cannabis usage. Green Genie was one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit and expressed the importance of communication: “It’s important to communicate your preferences and desired effects so they can assist you in finding the right cannabis products for your needs. [Budtenders] are knowledgeable and can provide valuable insights on products, dosage, and consumption methods.”
• Don’t forget to bring cash - cash still remains one of the best methods to pay in dispensaries. Federal regulations restrict the widespread use of debit/credit cards, although more are beginning to accept them. Keep in mind that card transactions or withdrawing from onsite ATMs may add fees.