This post is a little different from the content I have been posting recently. (I’m still trying to figure out ‘my voice’ and what works and what doesn’t for my blog) So here it goes! In the year and a half I’ve had my medical marijuana license here in Washington State, I’ve picked up some great tips that I’ve shared with other patients and I’d like to share this valuable information with you because I believe there’s a lot of benefit in these tricks!
Before you even head into the dispensary, preshop! Go to Weedmaps or Leafly and do a little research. As a general rule, I use Weedmaps to select the dispensary I want to go to and Leafly to research different strains.
Decide which strain/s you want to buy before you go. Selecting the right strain will likely mean you’ll use less cannabis in the long-run because you’ve picked something out that will (hopefully) treat your condition as well as give you the desired affects you’re after. It can be wasteful to buy the a strain that just doesn’t work for you, so if you’re unsure how a specific strain will affect you, buy small amounts first.
Almost all dispensaries list their menu with price point breakdowns. By comparative shopping, you’ll discover that some dispensaries charge as much as $5/gram more than another dispensary. This can add up, so be sure to really check out to see who has the best deal for the bud you’re looking for. This goes for medibles and tinctures too – shop around!
Select which dispensary you want to visit. Reading the reviews will usually give you a good idea of what you’re in for – you’ll find out what sort of environment you’ll walk into (including what the staff are like and how knowledgeable they are), discover the quality of flowers they offer, and even get some clues for what to watch out for. Many reviewers will even recommend flowers to pick up there. You’ll save gas money and time selecting the right dispensary. Take notice of their hours/days of operation too, they are all open at different times. Also, it doesn’t hurt to call before you go. That way you can be sure they’re open and that they have what you’re looking for in stock.
If you are trying to budget how much you want to spend, but want to maximize the amount of weed you’ll get, check out Wikileaf. The idea is simple – enter the amount you want to spend and the distance you’re willing to travel. The results will share where you can get the best bang for your buck! For example, I entered $200 for the amount I’m willing to spend and the results shared that the maximum amount I can get is 49 grams at two dispensaries near me.
Take advantage of special promotions that each dispensary offers.
Almost every single dispensary has ‘First Time Patients’ offer like a FREE joint, FREE medible, and/or a FREE gram.
Many dispensaries offer special referral incentives!
Many dispensaries also offer loyalty punch cards. Be sure to clarify the terms, because some will have a limit for how many punches they give your card each time.
Some dispensaries will promote a special strain by giving a gram away for free (on a specific day) or offering a special discount. Check out the DEALS tab on Weedmaps to see a list of current specials.
Some dispensaries have a day each week where they offer a FREE joint (or similar offer) with a minimum donation.
Asking questions such as ‘where does this come from?’ ‘Is this organic?’ ‘How is this grown?’ will help you narrow down the dispensary you feel comfortable being a customer for life.
Do you see a flower selection that is down to the bottom of the jar? Just ask if you can have the rest of it at a reduced price. They might say ‘no,’ but they will usually say, ‘yes!’ And you’ll walk away with a great deal.
If they don’t have any referral incentives or first time patient offers displayed, just ASK – they will probably offer you something just for asking!
If the price listed on a site like Weedmaps is lower than what it is when you get into the dispensary, ask them to honor the listed price. After all, it is the responsibility of the dispensary to update their menus, so the onus should be on them.
If you’re really on a budget, and don’t care which strains you get, you can ask if they have any shake or trim that you can purchase at a very deep discount.
To save even more money at the dispensary, just ask if they have any specials that are not advertised.
Buy in Bulk
If you have a favorite strain - buy it in the highest quantity you can with the largest price break. The savings really add up, especially if you’ve done your homework and shopped comparatively.
For example, here is a listing at an organic dispensary I really like:
And here’s one from another dispensary I am a member of (but do not visit often):
Now, it may be that the second dispensary listed is more expensive because it really is better quality. But, they might just be saying that because they know other dispensaries in the area have a lower price point. But wow – look at the difference if you decide to buy an ounce – you just saved yourself $170!
Before you head in to the dispensary for the first time, make sure that your doctor’s office is available to confirm patient status. (It’s like the worst thing ever to have to leave a new dispensary without medicine.) This will save time and gas.
Become a member of several different collectives, not just one. You don’t want to be held hostage by one dispensary’s selection, price point, and hours.
If you’re looking to make medibles at home consider buying cooking kief which will save you time and money. (Sometimes you have to ask for this as it’s not always on display.)
Ok, I think that wraps it up! I sure hope this guide to saving money at the dispensary has been helpful to you. Do you have any other tips you’d like to share? Do you have any questions about this? Drop me a line in the comments!