What to Expect at a Cannabis Shop?

Cannabis shops have been around for a few years now in Canada, but have you been in one before? It can be a bit nerve-wracking to walk into a cannabis shop for the first time. There is a lot of unknown, even if you have happened to consume cannabis. Everyone’s experience with a cannabis dispensary visit should be a positive one. We’ll walk you through what you can expect at your visit to purchase cannabis.

Common Things to Know about Cannabis Shops

Whether you use medical marijuana or just consume recreational marijuana you’ll end up at a cannabis dispensary. The terms dispensary and shop can be interchangeable in the world of cannabis. Most dispensaries offer the option to purchase cannabis online as well. Making it even easier to look at cannabis products. Here a few things you can expect at a cannabis shop.

Expect to be Carded

When you enter a dispensary you should have your ID ready whether its your driver’s license or another form of formal ID. It’s the first step when you enter a shop. Everyone needs to show an issued ID to staff members that their age is 19 and older. Some provinces are even eligible for 18 years old to enter.

Ask questions

It’s completely normal to ask questions when inside a marijuana dispensary. The staff wants you to feel educated in the products. All dispensaries will have qualified budtenders to help answer any questions you may have whether you’re there for medical marijuana or for recreational cannabis. Your dispensary experience level doesn’t matter. You can even ask about the equipment needed to use your cannabis products. The more you know the better!

Don’t feel pressured

At a cannabis dispensary, you’re not pressured to buy anything, just like you’re not pressured to at any other stores. It’s completely up to you what you want to purchase or don’t want to purchase. You should feel safe in your selection of cannabis products and the staff will want you to feel the same way.

Do a little research

Yes, the staff members will be able to help you with any of your needs, however, it’s always important to do your own research. Even asking other cannabis users can be a great start to get ideas about what you want to try. This goes for all cannabis users experienced or not. Asking friends or family can open your horizons to certain cannabis items. Not all dispensaries are going to carry the same things. It’s important to look into what stores in your areas carry which products.

Legalized Cannabis Dispensary

In Canada, cannabis is heavily regulated by the government. Each cannabis store needs to have its own license to sell legal cannabis. It can be a hefty fine to purchase from a non-authorized seller. Be on the lookout.

Before Entering a Cannabis Shop

There are a few things to consider before entering a cannabis shop that we also need to address. It’s going to be important to understand why you’re going there in the first place. Have you taken cannabis before? Is it your first visit? You’ll want to walk into the store with a purpose. As we mentioned above you’ll want to ask questions and get help from the budtenders.

Understanding why you’re there will improve your experience. Many stores can accommodate your needs. Being prepared will ensure you get all your questions asked about weed or anything else in general.


Walking into a cannabis shop for the first time can be an exciting experience. But with that experince can be a lot of unknowns. We hope this article has at least taught you to feel comfortable when walking into a store. The staff is there to help you. We know the definitions around cannabis can be a lot like plant, flower, thc may be all new things to your process, but it’s okay. You also check out our previous post to learn more about cannabis.

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