Depending on where you live, you may have a lot of accessible cannabis dispensaries. So how do you know which ones are worth your time? While you could visit each dispensary in town and take copious notes about your various experiences, it’s helpful to start with some parameters. Today, we’re making it easy. These are five signs of a great dispensary, so you’ll know one when you see it.
Product Quality & Variety
You walk into a dispensary to walk out with a great product. And a great cannabis product is one that’s safe, effective, and ultra high quality. If you have any concerns that the products you’re perusing in a given dispensary are cheaply made, inconsistent, or unsafe, it’s time to leave.
Variety is another hallmark of a great dispensary. There are all kinds of cultivators and products out there, and this should be reflected at the counter.
Cannabis is very much a trial and error process, and a good budtender will take the time to answer your questions and make recommendations so that you feel comfortable with your purchase. No one wants to feel rushed or belittled or like their presence is an inconvenience. If you’re feeling pressured to buy stuff you don’t want or need, find another dispensary – one that understands the value of quality over quantity.
When you ask those questions, you deserve thoughtful, accurate answers. Budtender training needs to be comprehensive and ongoing so that they’re intimately familiar with they different products they’re selling.
Happy Customers & Staff
What’s the general vibe like when you walk in? Do the customers seem satisfied? Are staff members energetic, motivated, smiling? If people on either side of the counter are irritable, bored, or otherwise unhappy, it may be a sign to move on.
All things being equal, you’re going to opt for the dispensary with the lowest prices. But if the service sucks, the products are unreliable, and you can’t wait to get out the door, you may be willing to spend a little more for a better overall experience. In other words, don’t assume that the best option is the dispensary with the dirt-cheap price point.