What to Expect Your First Time at a Cannabis Dispensary

From The Earth cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI staff member with customer

From The Earth cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI staff member with customer

The first time you walk into a cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI with your medical marijuana card, you might have a few questions or concerns. Thanks to long-standing stigmatization around cannabis, you may even feel like you’re doing something wrong or may even find the very idea of entering a little bit intimidating. 

While that feeling is understandable and even normal, we don’t want you to feel that way! A cannabis dispensary should be a welcoming and inviting place that is both informative and free of judgment. However, no matter what, it is still best to be prepared prior to walking in the front door. 

So what exactly should you expect and what do you need to do to prepare? Let’s find out!

 

Expect to be Carded

Every time you walk into a dispensary, whether you are barely 21 or are pushing 70 and bear a striking resemblance to Bernie Sanders, you’re going to need to have your state-issued ID ready. Staff members are going to need to look at it the very moment you walk in the door, and they may even ask to see it again at the register when you go to finalize your purchase. This is normal! So keep your ID somewhere that it is easily accessible. 

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal but approved only for medical use, make sure you have your medical marijuana card ready as well as your state-issued ID. Once again, you are likely going to have to show it again at the register when checking out. Even if you become a ‘regular’ around your favorite dispensary, it is absolutely necessary to bring your ID and/or medical card with you each and every time.

Some dispensaries service both. For example, at our cannabis dispensary in Hanover, Mi, we welcome medical patients as well as adult recreational users. 

 

Do a Little Research

Whether it is through word of mouth and personal recommendation by a friend or by browsing through reviews on the internet, it’s important to do a little research before choosing a dispensary. If you have friends who smoke, make sure to check in with them. Do they have a favorite spot or budtender? Why do they recommend this shop? Likes or dislikes? 

If you don’t have a personal reference to go by, that’s okay! Hop online and read through various customer reviews. If there is one thing you can say about the internet, it’s that people have no problem being honest on it, especially when leaving reviews. Be sure to read through to look for a few important things, such as how many stars or likes does the establishment have? Are the staff typically credited as being helpful and patient and willing to answer questions? What about the selection of products, are they affordable and fairly priced? These are just a few things to keep in mind.

 

Wait a Minute

In the medical market, you may be asked to wait outside in a lobby or sitting room before going into the main part of the dispensary. Oftentimes, only one customer is permitted back. If this happens, it’s perfectly normal and is important for protecting patient privacy. While you’re waiting, don’t just scroll aimlessly through social media. Try to make the most of your time by browsing through the shop’s products, or preparing any questions you may have in order to expedite the process.

Due to COVID-19 practices, even some recreational stores may only permit a single person or a very small number of customers in at a time as a way to encourage social distancing. Again, if this is the case, take advantage of your downtime and prepare in advance to expedite the process once you’re inside.

 

Ask Questions! 

Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth visit, if you have a question, just ask! Here at From The Earth, cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI, our staff is happy to assist you, and we are chock-full of knowledge on all of our products, ranging from CBD to THC and more. If there is something specific you’re after, please share that information. After all, we want you to leave our store with the best product for you. There is a reason you’re coming in today, and we want to hear it!

For example, if you’re on the hunt for a gummy to help you with joint pain? Let us make a recommendation! If you’re trying to find the perfect strain to get you energized and inspired? We totally have an answer for that. 

No matter what, don’t be embarrassed! We are so excited to help you along every step of the way. And don’t fret – our budtenders have heard it all. 

From The Earth Cannabis Dispensary in Hanover, Michigan counters, store

Look, but Don’t Touch

In most medical-only cannabis dispensaries, you will be permitted to look at the product, but you won’t be allowed to touch it yourself, especially when it comes to bud or flower. Your budtender is there to handle it for you, and can answer any questions you may have. You can certainly look at it up close, but won’t be able to touch it until after it’s been purchased. 

 

Don’t Feel Pressured

If for some reason, you don’t feel like making a purchase today, that’s okay! We understand. Buying cannabis is something totally new for you, and maybe you were just popping in to do a little research and get your bearings or check out the atmosphere. No matter what, you are always welcome to leave, though we hope you’ll come back and see us again soon! 

 

Take a Moment to Reflect

After your first visit, take a moment to reflect on how it went. What did you like about the atmosphere? Did you feel welcome? Was the staff helpful? Were you honest with your questions, needs, and concerns? 

After you’ve considered these questions, visit the cannabis dispensary’s website and leave an honest review about your experience. After all, this will be the roadmap that will be a guide for future beginners, as well as a helpful tool for the dispensary’s staff. 

11 Cannabis Gifts Perfect for Any Dad

Older man standing in kitchen smoking cannabis flower with bong

Older man standing in kitchen smoking cannabis flower with bong

Father’s Day is coming up on June 20th! With Dad’s special day right around the corner, shopping for him can be a little difficult sometimes. This year, ditch the novelty tie or home renovation store gift card and give him something we know he’ll really love – something from your local cannabis dispensary

If you’re not sure where to start, use our guide below to find the perfect product for every type of dad. From the canna-curious, to the vegan, to the dad on the go, you’re bound to find something he’ll love (& hopefully share)! 

 

Canna-curious:

If your dad is someone who is interested in getting into the world of cannabis but hasn’t had a lot of exposure, something practical and simple is a great place to begin. We recommend Care by Design’s 18:1 refresh drops.

This tincture is powerful and potent, working together with the combined forces of THC and CBD to deliver wellness to both the body and the mind. Whether he’s a novice or a pro, this product is great for soothing the occasional life stress that pops up. Pair this gift with your dad’s favorite tea and tell him to kick back and relax – he deserves it, after all! 

 

Newbie: 

A great product for anyone new to the cannabis scene are Kiva Confections’ Petra Mints. Specially made using a precise blend of California-grown cannabis, green tea matcha, and peppermint extract, these mints are a delicious treat for Dad. Each piece is 2.5mg microdose so he won’t feel overwhelmed if it’s his first time trying cannabis. Discreet, easy to carry, and extremely flavorful make for the perfect combination for any dad to enjoy!

 

Edible lover: 

Gift your dad the delicious taste of summer with Camino’s Watermelon Lemonade gummies. For any edible lover, this product is a real treat, combining a synergistic blend of Sativa and Indica. Rich flavors, such as juicy watermelon and tart citrus, come together to create an edible that is equal parts delicious and refreshing. For the dad who loves to hit the pool or the beach, you’ll definitely earn brownie points with this gift!

 

Flower Guy:

If your dad is a bit old-school and prefers to enjoy cannabis in its truest form, don’t miss out on giving him some quality flower. Our topic pick is Shift’s Lemon Spice – a pre-packed Sativa 8th that is known to increase focus as well as creativity. Native to Salmon Creek, it carries a refreshing citrus aroma and tastes just like Smarties candy. Don’t forget to include some rolling papers and a fun, kitschy lighter! 

 

Beer Fanatic: 

No beer is made equal and any dad who is a brew fanatic will tell you that for themselves. For this Father’s Day, step up your gift-giving game by delivering a classic with a twist. A new product on our shelves is Pabst Blue Ribbon’s Lemon Seltzer, only this particular beverage is packed with 5mg of THC in each can. Combine the best of both worlds by offering up this tasty and refreshing beverage. Who knows – maybe he’ll even be grateful enough to share!

 

Vegan:

If your vegan dad is tough to shop for, look no further than a cannabis dispensary! Here at From The Earth, one of our highlighted products is the Sour Watermelon Fruit Chews by Smokiez. All-natural and vegan-friendly, this edible offers a sweet & sour watermelon flavor packed into a satisfying texture. These gummies provide a calm and euphoric high that will have Dad launched into a blissful state. To keep the gift going, add a little CBD oil for your dad to take alongside this great product to elongate the high. 

 

Man walking outside in glasses smoking cannabis blunt

On the go: 

Dads are busy guys! They are constantly moving, bouncing from one task to the next. Reward the busiest dude you know with a cannabis gift that is portable, disposable, and discreet. DIME’s 500mg disposable vape offers all the potency and power that’s perfect for Dad’s on the go. With a sleek design, it can fit perfectly inside a pocket or a bag. 

 

Who is looking to relax: 

We could all benefit from a little more rest, and if your dad needs a little help catching some Zzz’s, we recommend a tincture by Dreamt For Sleep. This sleep shot offers up all-natural, restorative sleep in an effective and affordable dropper. Designed for helping the consumer not only fall asleep but stay asleep throughout the night, increasing REM and deep sleep. What better gift to unwrap than a little extra rest in a bottle? 

 

Everyday Consumer: 

If your dad is a cannabis pro, and you’re not sure what to get the guy who has everything, look no further than a full ounce jar of Outlitt’s Carmel Cream. A pre-packed hybrid flower covered with gorgeous trichomes that make them look like a bite-sized bit of sugar-coated candy, Caramel Cream really earns its name. Sweet, aromatic, with hints of skunk and spice, let dad light this up and veg out to his favorite movie. When he comes unglued from the sofa, he will be sure to say thank you! 

 

Who needs some pain relief: 

As we age, our bodies become a little worn out and rundown. Unfortunately, dads are no exception to this rule. However, we can help! Provide the dad in your life with a little relief by giving him a container of Papa & Barkley CBD balm. This award-winning product is proven to provide targeted pain relief when applied to affected areas. Applied directly to the skin, it is non-psychoactive and does not enter the bloodstream. 

 

Has a sweet tooth: 

If you don’t have time to bake something up yourself, or you’re simply just not gifted in the kitchen, but you know your dad loves sweets, make sure to pick up a bag of Familia brand Churoo Krispies! Combining the effects of THC with Rice Krispie balls baked to perfection and coated in a rich layer of cinnamon and brown sugar, these are sure to be a hit. At an affordable price, it’s easy to snatch up a bag or two and keep dad stocked up for a bit.  

 

Terpenes 101: What it is and How it Works

Woman holding cannabis up to nose, smelling aroma

Woman holding cannabis up to nose, smelling aroma

Being a part of the cannabis community you have probably heard the word terpene thrown around quite a bit. But do you actually know what it is and what it refers to? 

 

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes come from cannabinoids, just like CBD and THC, and are the aromatic oils that give cannabis its distinct flavors, like citrus, berry or pine. They also play two major roles in every plant’s life as they are the primary component of resin and they protect the flowers from predators.

Terpenes are the most common plant chemical in nature and found in a variety of plants such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs and cannabis. These microscopic aromatic compounds are what give cannabis its distinct aromas like citrus, pine, diesel, or spice.

Cannabis produces over 200 different terpenes though only about 30 of them are found in significant quantities. These terpenes are stored with fats and cannabinoids in delicate resinous glands known as trichomes. 

The way a cannabis plant smells or tastes depends on a number of factors. Everything from genetics, climate, weather, fertilizer, age, soil type, and even the time of day can impact cannabis’s terpene profile.

Terpenes are found throughout the natural world and in various consumer products.  Beauty products, essential oils and even perfumes are infused with terpenes. Some industries use synthetic terpenes which are commonly used for flavoring or as a food additive. 

 

What do Terpenes do?

Studies suggest that terpenes play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. The relationship between cannabis and its effects is known as the entourage effect. This explains that consuming the whole plant has greater effects than each of its individual parts. So terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and other botanical compounds interact synergistically to produce enhanced effects.

While many of us use indica, sativa, & hybrid to describe the effects we are looking for, we really should be talking about terpenes. Indica and Sativa describe the plant’s anatomy – sativas grow tall and have long thin leaves, while indicas are short and stocky with wide leaves. Thanks to modern science, we know a few things about terpenes, and that is each has a unique set of effects it is known to enact. 

Let’s take Terpinolene for example. This terpene has fruity notes and is typically found in energetic, uplifting strains like Super Lemon Haze and Jack Herer. However, Pinene is often found in focused and relaxing strains like OG Kush,  Strawberry Cough, and Harlequin a CBD-dominant strain.. 

If you want to dive in more to see the connection between terpenes and your favorite strain of cannabis, check out this great, interactive strain finder from Leafly

 

Cannabis farm, cannabis plants, grow house

 

What are the Different Terpenes and Their Flavor Profiles?

Now that you know terpenes play such a large role in the flavor profile of cannabis strains, let’s take a look at each terpene and their unique flavors and how they affect you and your high. This way, the next time you stop by your local greenleaf dispensary, you will know even more about the cannabis you are looking for. 

 

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most abundant terpene found in cannabis and is often recognized for its earthy flavor and scent.  Outside of being used in beauty products or perfumes, myrcene is known to promote sleep and relaxation. It is also known for reducing inflammation and chronic pain, and is often recommended as a supplement for cancer treatments.One study found that myrcene makes up about 65% of the total terpene profile in some cannabis strains. 

Myrcene’s notable earthy smell is paired with spicy and musky notes.. Some cannabis strains that contain a high percentage of myrcene are White Widow, Blue Dream, and Special Kush.

 

Limonene

Like its name suggests, limonene has a citrusy aroma which comes as no surprise since all citrus fruits contain large amounts of limonene. Limonene is commonly used in cleaning products and cosmetics due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties  One study even found that it played a role in reducing the size of a tumor. 

Similar to myrcene, limonene is the second most abundant terpene in all cannabis strains but is not necessarily in all of them. It is known for its therapeutic properties and helps to improve mood and reduce stress. 

When shopping at your local From The Earthdispensary an indicator that a strain includes limonene is if they have “lemon” or “sour” in their name. This is because of limonene’s distinct zesty citrus aroma. 

Some cannabis strains with high amounts of limonene in them are O.G. Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Cookies and Cream, and Sour Diesel. 

 

Linalool

Linalool is a terpene that is also found in lavender, mint, cinnamon and coriander. It is also the terpene most responsible for the recognizable smell of cannabis with its spicy and floral notes. 

You will find people who suffer from arthritis, depression, insomnia, seizures, and even cancer all turn to linalool for relief. It could be that, just like the aromatic herbs it’s found in, it too contains strong sedative and relaxing properties. 

The next time you would like to unwind and destress, check out some of these options from your local cannabis dispensary; Special Kush, LA Confidential, OG Shark, or Amnesia Haze

 

Humulene

This terpene is typically found in hops and contains earthy, woody, and spicy notes. Aside from cannabis, you can also find humulene in black pepper, clove, and sage. 

Some research has found a variety of medicinal properties associated with this terpene. It has been shown to be anti-proliferative, meaning it prevents cancer cells from growing in the body. It has also been proven to suppress appetite, which suggests that it could potentially help with weight loss. And like many other terpenes, it also fights against bacterial infections, is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. 

Some popular cannabis strains you can find that contain high amounts of humulene are Skywalker OG, Headband, Girl Scout Cookies, and Pink Kush. 

 

Conclusion

When it comes to understanding cannabis, there are many things to keep in mind. Before heading to your local From The Earth dispensary, do a little research and decide what types of strains you are interested in. Think of the effects you are wanting to feel as well as the flavor profile you would like to try. Are you wanting something high in THC or CBD?

Then stop by your local From The Earth cannabis dispensary or head online to our website and make your purchase online. You can choose to have your items delivered to you or pick up curbside at the cannabis dispensary near you. 

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