5 Reasons You Should Be Smoking Legal Cannabis
If you live in a state where cannabis is legal but you still have your dealer on speed dial, this article is for you.
It’s high time that people are weaned off the black market as a source for getting weed. As if the synthetic cannabis death scares aren’t enough, there are still people who prefer to spend their hard-earned money on dealers rather than on dispensaries where they can safely get legal pot.
Here are the top reasons why you should be breaking up with your dealer and signing up for an MMJ card:
- Safe environment: When you buy weed on the street, any kind of illegal drug dealing feels odd and isn’t safe especially if this is the first time you’re meeting your dealer. You never know if a cop is lurking around the corner, ready to pounce on you any minute just because you were in need of some wacky tobacky.
On the other hand, shopping at a dispensary provides a much safer environment: there are ID checks, hidden cameras, security personnel, and other operational factors that make it a much safer place to transact in compared to random meet-ups on the street at odd hours of the morning.
- Variety and selection: No drug dealer can compare to the variety and selection offered at even a mom-and-pop style dispensary. This is why the experience of visiting a dispensary is often compared to “being in a candy store” – the sheer number of strains, brands, textures, and flavors of cannabis available in a dispensary can never be matched by the black market.
Most drug dealers can’t give you more information on the kind of weed that you’re buying, aside from the fact that it is what they claim it to be – just pot. Drug dealers don’t have access to terpene profiles, strain types, names, even THC/CBD content – so you really have no idea what you’re putting into your body every time you opt to go illegal.
- Dosing: One of the widely discussed topics in the medical and recreational community these days is cannabis dosing. Whether you’re smoking, eating, or taking it sublingually, there is no definitive amount to recommend a patient when it comes to cannabis use. There are so many different factors that affect the correct dose.
When you visit a dispensary, you’ll have access to cannabis doctors for guidance on recommended doses. This is especially helpful for cannabis enthusiasts who want to expand their experience and try sampling other methods of administration such as edibles and oils, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Legal cannabis products are packaged in a way that promote transparency in cultivation, so you at least have an idea of how many mg of cannabis there are in a bar of Kiva chocolate, or in each gummy bear. This means no more amateur experiences with edibles – such as that feeling like you’re going to die because you had too many brownies.
- Product safety: Pesticide use is another hot topic – rightly so; it doesn’t make sense to medicate with something that will only introduce toxic, poisonous, and carcinogenic compounds to your body. In the legal market, pesticide use is becoming increasingly controversial, with crackdowns left and right.
When you walk into a dispensary, you can ask questions and make healthier options. In fact, you can even do your research online to find out if a dispensary sells organic or pesticide-free products before you go – these are things that a drug dealer will never be able to tell you. The absence of federal regulation over cannabis is an obstacle for agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from creating guidelines for pesticide use on cannabis cultivation.
- Budtenders: Even though the requirements for budtenders differ in each state, at the end of the day they still have to go through a rigorous process to get hired at a dispensary. This means you can (and should be, if you want to be brushing up on your cannabis knowledge) ask them as many questions as you want about various products and strains to ensure that your experience is as pleasurable as possible.
The advice offered by budtenders and pother professionals at a dispensary is highly valuable especially if you’re a medical patient who relies on using top-shelf quality and the right strains for your specific needs. A drug dealer can’t offer you much advice – ‘nuff said there.