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Preparing for Your First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Visit

Medicinal cannabis has finally been legalized in Oklahoma with state question 788, which means that thousands of Oklahomans will soon be making their first medical marijuana dispensary visit. Some new cannabis users might be unsure about what to expect or might feel intimidated about their first purchase. The good news is that once you have your license to purchase medical cannabis, the rest is easy. Follow these quick tips to prepare for your first medicinal marijuana dispensary visit!

Think about your medical cannabis needs 

Determine what type of effects you are looking to have from your medical cannabis. Do you need physical relief from pain, nausea or loss of appetite? Or do you need aid with conditions like depression, anxiety and insomnia? Think about if you are looking for a strong high, a mild high or if you would like no high at all. Having an idea of what you are wanting out of your cannabis will not only give your budtender a better idea on what to accurately recommend, but will help you get better results.

Do your dispensary research

There are many different ways to consume medical marijuana in its many forms. Try to determine what methods you would like to use to ingest cannabis and do some research before your dispensary visit. Going in to the medical dispensary with an idea of what you are looking for, both in what kind of effects that you are looking for and how you want to ingest your cannabis will make your experience easier. Your budtenders are always happy to be of assistance and answer any questions you may have but having a general idea of what you want helps your budtenders to better assist you.

Bring the necessary identification

Dispensaries are required by law to check your medical marijuana license and your state issued ID. Don’t forget both your medical marijuana card and some form of state issued identification card, otherwise you will not be able to complete your purchase.

Be cool, man

Since cannabis has been illegal in most states since prohibition in the 1930’s, it might still feel a bit strange for some medical cannabis consumers to legally buy some, especially for the first time. Don’t be nervous! The law allowing the sale of medical cannabis was passed for a reason, and you have every right to reap the benefits. Your budtender is available to help you have a good experience and to answer any questions you may have.

After you leave the dispensary

Keep the containers with your medical cannabis closed until you reach home. Although it is legal for medicinal cannabis to be transported by a valid medical license holder, it is not legal to have an open container in the car or in public. When you get home, treat the cannabis as you would any other medicine; keep it in a secure place away from children or pets, where only you have access to it. Edibles in particular can look extremely tempting to young ones, so always use good judgement when storing your cannabis! Cannabis flower can also be sensitive to the humidity in its environment. Ask your budtender about the best way to store your cannabis flower to ensure its freshness.

Always buy from an OMMA licensed dispensary, and always follow all Oklahoma laws.