How to Choose the Right Marijuana Dispensary for Your Needs

Here we will go over how to choose the right marijuana dispensary for your needs. 

Whether you have a medical marijuana card or are a recreational consumer, where you purchase your cannabis is important. However, new dispensaries are popping up all over the country. which makes choosing the right one a challenging task.

Let’s jump right in and discuss the factors you should consider when deciding which dispensary is best for your needs.


Unless you plan to order your marijuana online, the location may be important to you.

Buying marijuana is not a one-and-done deal. You will likely be making purchases regularly. Therefore, you should find a close location. Otherwise, you may find that it’s hard to fit a dispensary trip into your schedule, and you will unnecessarily waste gas.

On the other hand, you don’t want to impulsively choose the closest dispensary because it may not have the products you need. Instead, you should make a list of locations and narrow your search to other convenience factors. Here, you can find out which dispensaries are closest to you. 


To make your search easier, consider asking for suggestions. Your friends, family members, and doctor can help guide you toward or away from certain dispensaries based on their personal experiences. 

Of course, not everyone has a friend or family member that uses marijuana. If this is the case for you, you can find recommendations online. Local Facebook groups and google reviews are great places to find reliable information and feedback. However, you don’t want to read reviews on a page or website controlled by the dispensary. These pages will withhold negative feedback and only show biased information.


Unlike retail stores, marijuana dispensaries are not required to follow a pricing guideline. Once a product is received from a distributor, they can put any price on it.

Since dispensaries get to choose their own pricing, you will find that a product may be much cheaper in one store than it is in another. Therefore, comparing dispensary prices is essential if cost factors into your decision of which dispensary to choose.

For the most part, you will find that most marijuana strains stay within the same price range. However, the cost of marijuana accessories and non-flower products like edibles tend to be priced much differently. 

Another thing to consider when looking into dispensary pricing is whether or not the store offers discounts, deals, and a reward system. Most dispensaries incentivize purchases by advertising daily or weekly deals, member discounts, and rewards systems that allow you to accrue and redeem points.


The quality of marijuana at a dispensary is essential to your health and your high, so you should check the cannabis quality before selecting a dispensary.

Unfortunately, you can not tell if marijuana is good or not by looking online, so you will have to stop by the dispensary and do some window shopping.

There are many indicators that point to high-quality marijuana such as the way it looks, smells, and feels. Aim for strains that have:

  • Potent and pleasant aromas
  • An abundance of trichomes
  • Dense buds
  • Medium moisture levels
  • No stems, seeds, or leaves
  • Colors of green, orange, red, or purple 

Low-quality marijuana can also be identified by the following:

  • Gray buds ( this may be a sign of mold or mildew)
  • Dry buds that crumble
  • Wet buds that are hard to pull apart
  • Minimal trichomes
  • The smell of chemicals or rubber


The product variety is another thing to consider when looking for a dispensary.

If you are the type of person that likes to try new strains and pick up all your smoking accessories in one place, you will want to find a dispensary that consistently stocks a wide range of products.

Marijuana strains interact with our minds and body differently depending on their genetic makeup. This means that some strains are better for you and your health conditions than others. Therefore, at the very least, your dispensary should offer multiple options of each strain type (indica, sativa, and hybrid) to ensure your needs are met.

If you don’t plan on strictly smoking marijuana, you might want to consider a dispensary that offers items like edibles, tinctures, hash, topicals, CBD oils, and capsules.

Additionally, you may want to find a dispensary that carries smoking paraphernalia and accessories like blunt wraps, pipes, bongs, grinders, and rolling trays.

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