If you have ever been to a shop and are not sure the best way to go about purchasing your cannabis, or if it’s your first time in a shop and you don’t know where to start, the amount of products and information may be overwhelming. Patient Consultants are there to help you find the best products and strains for your needs, so giving them helpful information on what your goals are will help go a long way. Consider the following tips while prepping for your next visit.
Tips to Talking to your Patient Consultant
- How would you like to consume your cannabis?
Smoking and vaping are two of the most common ways to consume cannabis. Not everyone enjoys the feeling of breathing in cannabis, but there are a multitude of other smoke-free ways to consume cannabis. Edibles, like breath mints, brownies, cookies, gummies, and tinctures are a popular way to experience cannabis as are topicals, such as soaps and lotions. How we consume cannabis plays a key part in how we experience the effects of cannabis. If you are looking for an instant high, smoking or dabbing may be the best option, edibles are great for the longer duration of the high, and, for muscle soreness, topicals may be best for you.
- Are you looking for a medical benefit?
While patients may want to keep their medical information private, it may help to tell your Patient Consultant if you are looking for pain relief, mood elevation, or help with inflammation so they can help you pick the right strain for your needs without getting too personal. If you are using cannabis for a specific medical condition, it is best to look into strains that have effects that can help with a physical or mental ailment. Someone who is looking for pain relief may want a higher percentage of CBD or find an infused salve or bath soak to relieve sore muscles. For someone with anxiety, a CBD-heavy tincture may be better than dabbing because of the high concentration of THC. Green Crack, Jack Herer, Northern Lights, and Skywalker are common strains for medicinal use to help with pain, anxiety, inflammation, increased appetite, and more. Your Patient Consultant can work to help identify the strains that can best suit your medical needs.
- What feeling are you looking for?
Don’t let the terms “sativa” and “indica” keep you in a box. Each strain has a unique profile of cannabinoids and terpenes that provide different effects on the body. There are some sativa strains that have a relaxing and sedating effect, while some indica strains may have an uplifting effect. You may want a calmer high with a lower THC percentage or a hard hitting, long lasting high, so you may want a strain with a higher THC percentage. If you would like to have energy and focus to continue to go about your day, or you want to stay in, relax and watch a movie, you’ll have different options of strains to choose from. By letting your Patient Consultant know the effects you would like to feel, they will be able to determine what strains will work best for you.
- How long do you want the effects to last?
Knowing if you want an immediate reaction to cannabis or you are willing to wait for the effects to kick in is a key part in understanding how long the effects will last. You’ll want to take your tolerance level and the method of consumption into consideration while determining how long you want your effects to last. You can always chat with your Patient Consultant to get products and dosages that are good for any tolerance level. Smoking, dabbing, or vaping have almost immediate effects that last a few hours, but if you are willing to wait for a high that will last you through the night, an edible may be a better choice.
- Set a budget.
Cannabis can get pricey, and understanding how much quality and quantity of products can be, you can set a budget for your visit. While budgeting, also consider the taxes that will be added to your purchase. Letting your Patient Consultant know how much you are willing to spend at the beginning of your visit will help them select appropriate products. Keep in mind that product quality also impacts how much an item costs. Like with most things, higher quality bud and concentrates are more expensive than a lower quality product. Also keep in mind that this is a service industry so while tipping isn’t required, it is appreciated by your Patient Consultant if you enjoyed your visit.
- How discrete do you want your cannabis consumption?
Depending on who you’re with, cannabis smoke or vapor may make people uneasy so it’s important to understand how smoke can affect people around you. If you live in a smoke-free building, you may also want to stay away from pungent products. Edibles, vape pens, tinctures, and capsules are all discrete ways of cannabis consumption.
- Ask questions.
Patient Consultants are here to help you find the best strains for you, so it’s best to keep asking questions if you want to learn more about the products you are purchasing. Patient Consultants are knowledgeable about the products that are sold so don’t be afraid to ask them questions. They are here to help you get the best experience for your cannabis consumption.
While our Patient Consultants are trained on all things cannabis, each one has different experiences with certain products or strains. Asking their preferred method of consumption may not be your favorite way to consume and a strain that might’ve helped them relax, may make you more energetic. Rather than asking for their recommendations, sticking to these tips will help you get the most out of your cannabis experience. Their job is to help you find the best products for your needs, so working with them in a friendly and courteous manner will help you both get through finding the perfect products and get more value out of your visit.