The opening of Ontario cannabis dispensaries is history in the making, but it’s not a perfect model yet. There are kinks in the system, but consumers and shop owners have been very vocal about the retail weed experience on social media which is helping cannabis shoppers prepare for their first trip. Here are some of the best tips for visiting an Ontario dispensary for the first time.
Consider THC and CBD content in products.
New users should opt for mild THC levels or choose products with higher CBD levels to counter some of the effects of THC.
Make a wish list.
Choices for flower are limited. You can see what is available on OCS.ca, but that won’t necessarily be your choice at the store.
You can call ahead, or check the website, but if you are a more confident or adventurous consumer, try choosing a terpene and cannabinoid combination that you prefer and the budtender should be able to guide you to a product that fits your description. Cannabinoid and terpene profile information should be available both online and in-store.
Check your wallet.
You will need a card or cash, plus ID, and you will need to provide an address when you make your purchase. Have all three things ready on you when you enter the store.
There is no telling what demand will be like in the early days of the Ontario cannabis retail journey but new product drops and cannabis tourism can cause the limited number of Ontario dispensaries to be busy at any time. If the customer service is kind, be patient for them.
Pick up accessories.
Most Ontario retail stores should have a thorough selection of accessories, including rolling papers, hemp wick, rolling trays, pipes and bongs, cleaning products and herb grinders.
Stash your purchase in the trunk if you’re driving.
Comply with the new rules by carrying your cannabis purchases sealed and in the trunk while you are driving.
Additionally, never drive after or while consuming cannabis. Cannabis products containing THC will produce impairment in motor skills, cognition and decision-making abilities.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) oversees all Ontario cannabis stores, and they will be no tolerance for shoplifting or any dangerous activities in or around the store. According to the AGCO website, “the AGCO’s focus will be on the safe, responsible and lawful sale of cannabis, consistent with the government legislation.”