Are you new to the world of medical cannabis? If so, you aren't alone. In the state of Oklahoma, over 300,000 patients are currently using medical marijuana - just over 9% of the population!
To legally purchase cannabis using your OMMA card, you'll need to visit a marijuana dispensary. And, if you're completely new to the idea, this might feel intimidating.
Relax - you're in the right place.
We'll guide you through all the questions you need to ask a cannabis dispensary to make sure they're a good fit for you. We're also including insider tips on what to look for in a dispensary, from staff and services to cannabis kitchens and more!
Keep reading for all the details.
In the state of Oklahoma, a medical marijuana license is required before you can access a dispensary and its products. So, if you haven't taken this step yet, this is 100% the place to start.
Some dispensaries can help you get your OMMA card by working with licensed Registered Nurses. This streamlines the process for you, skipping an extra trip to the doctor and helping you access the medicine you need sooner.
Keep in mind that you won't be approved immediately. In most cases, approval takes place within two to four weeks, but you may wait longer for your physical card to arrive by mail.
Try to get a bit of background information on where your dispensary's marijuana is grown - and how. You should be able to find out whether the cannabis was locally sourced and if it was raised indoors or outdoors. This is also a good time to find out if traditional nutrients and pesticides were used, or if there is an organic option on the menu.
Just like shopping for fruit and vegetables, buying fresh marijuana can help ensure more flavor and moisture are retained in each bud. This means a better smell and taste in some cases.
You should also take a look at how the dispensary stores the fresh flower that it keeps in stock. Airtight containers will help your marijuana stay at its peak for far longer than open bins or bags.
Your budtender will be able to help you navigate a large menu to find the products that best suit your medical concerns and lifestyle. They'll help you choose from flower, edibles, and other products to make sure you're maximizing the benefits of medical cannabis.
This is the right time to share any specific symptoms that you're trying to target. For example, if you're looking for help with sleeplessness or appetite stimulation.
Before buying any marijuana product, you should be able to check its potency. Lab testing also confirms that products are free of pesticides and other agricultural residues. And, in some cases, you might also have access to advanced information like terpene profiles.
Lab testing should always be performed by a third party, and customers should have easy access to the information.
These days, nearly every outlet imaginable offers online shopping - so why should your cannabis dispensary be any different?
Even if you plan to pick your products up in person, an easy-to-access online menu can help you prepare for your visit. Arriving with a good idea of what's in stock and how much cash to bring can save you time and help avoid the needless hassle.
Your dispensary's online menu is also a great way to find out what's on sale, and what new products might have been added since your last visit.
If you're using marijuana as a medicine, you probably don't want to combine it with unhealthy ingredients.
Find out what your dispensary's edibles contain before purchasing them. And, if possible, opt for freshly made goods from a local cannabis kitchen.
You should also discuss any special dietary requirements or additional medical concerns, to be sure their products fit the rest of your health and lifestyle.
Believe it or not, marijuana does go on sale just like everything else. You should also find out if your dispensary of choice offers any savings plans or welcome promotions for new customers.
If you're planning to become a dedicated client, find out if they have an email list or social media page where you might find information about future sales and specials.
With this article as your guide, you're ready to narrow down the playing field and find a local cannabis dispensary to shop with.
You should always receive patient and professional service while shopping for medical cannabis in a dispensary. And, when you've found the right match, you'll enjoy a relaxed and stress-free experience in an environment that feels more like a community than a retail shop.
Med Pharm offers fresh, local cannabis and compassionate personal care. And, we give 30% of our profits right back to the community that we serve, building no-kill animal shelters right here in Tulsa. We're more than a marijuana dispensary; we're a family.
Stop by and meet our team of professional budtenders, check out our cannabis kitchen, and explore all of our medical marijuana offerings. You can also visit our FAQ page or contact us with any further questions you may have.