Beginner's Guide to Cannabis

November 14, 2019 • 03 pm

The Leaf El Paseo’s Beginner’s Guide to Buying Marijuana

Top 8 Recommendations from Leading Cannabis Dispensary in Palm Desert, CA

In California, marijuana has officially gone mainstream. Since 2016, with the passage of Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, adults (21 and over) are now allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis for recreational use without a doctor’s recommendation. So whether you’re visiting the weed-friendly state for the first time or simply canna-curious, The Leaf El Paseo offers a beginner’s guide for what to expect on your first trip to a cannabis dispensary.

Here are the Top 8 recommendations to ensure a smooth and pleasurable experience:

Choose a licensed dispensary you trust

In Greater Palm Springs, there are numerous dispensaries to choose from. Each offer different products, levels of customer service, and atmospheres. The Leaf El Paseo, considered to be the most lavish ‘must-see’ cannabis dispensary in Southern California, is located in the heart of the Greater Palm Springs’ world-class retail, art and dining district often referred to as “the Rodeo Drive of the Desert.” With a state-of-the-art showroom, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a curated inventory of superior cannabis products for medical, therapeutic and recreational use, customers are invited into a one-of-a-kind elevated cannabis experience. The dispensary offers over 700 cannabis products, from vapes to tinctures, edibles to topicals, to various strains of flower or pre-rolled joints, and is at the forefront of the burgeoning trend of boutique-style cannabis shops that connect traditional high-end retail and dining with cannabis products. Superior product, “Higher Learning” educational sessions, community partnerships and innovative technology set The Leaf El Paseo apart from all the other dispensaries and redefine what the modern cannabis dispensary should be.

Educate yourself on cannabis

Cannabis affects everyone differently. Cannabis consultants at The Leaf always recommend starting slow and learning the proper introductions to various cannabis products. Essentially, it all comes down to how your body processes active cannabinoids like THC and CBD. They recommend starting with smaller amounts of THC, whether it be a lower THC percentage cannabis flower (less than 20%) or a low THC milligram ingestible product (5mg or less) like a tincture or edible. Cannabis produces a variety of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are part of what give the plant its medicinal properties. They have now classified 113 different types of cannabinoids: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and CBD (cannabidiol) being two of the most common compounds found in the cannabis plant. THC is the compound that is mostly responsible for the euphoric or “high” effect where CBD has shown to help reduce inflammation and calm the body and mind. A strain of cannabis will differ depending on the composition of cannabinoids within the plant; however, the industry has attempted to classify the wide variety of effects into three broad categories: Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. Sativa strains tend to provide more of a focused and energetic effect whereas Indica strains are usually more of a relaxing and sedative effect. It should be noted that this categorizing system is not an exact science and it will take some trial and error to find the product or strain that best fits your needs. Visit The Leaf and ask the highly trained staff on how to get the most out of your cannabis experience.

Bring your ID with you to the dispensary

Patrons are required to show a government issued ID upon entering a dispensary. A valid ID could be a driver’s license, passport, passport card, or any other ID issued by a legitimate government. The reason rules are so strict is because state liquor control commissions are in charge of regulating the cannabis industry, and the same rules that apply to liquor purchasing also apply to cannabis purchasing. Forget your ID and you’re going home empty-handed.

Anticipate a short waiting period upon arrival

With the popularity of first-time customers entering the cannabis space on the rise, dispensaries are focused on spending quality time with each guest to ensure that each customer is educated and comfortable with their cannabis purchase. Wait times can sometimes be an issue, especially on weekends and holidays during peak hours. In a hurry? Try The Leaf’s in-store express checkout, order on-line for quick and easy delivery or store pickup.

Bring cash to purchase any cannabis products

While banking still remains a challenge for the industry, credit card processing in dispensaries is still prohibited. The Leaf has an ATM on site, but we suggest coming in with cash to avoid the fees.

Communicate your needs to the cannabis consultant

Deciding what to buy can be tough for newbies, so feel free to ask the experts, also known as budtenders or cannabis consultants, any questions you might have about strains or cannabis products. The cannabis consultant is going to be happy to provide you with all the information you need about the products available as well as their differences. Also, feel free to tell them the reason you want to buy cannabis, and they will help you make the right choice. Whether you want cannabis for relaxation, pain relief, anxiety, or energy, rest assured that the cannabis consultant can be your guide.

Next time have your cannabis delivered

In a rush and know exactly what you want? Many dispensaries now offer cannabis delivery for easy accessibility. The Leaf is currently extending a FREE delivery promotion to patrons throughout the Coachella Valley within a 30-mile radius of the Palm Desert location. Clients can track the delivery by using GPS after receiving an automated text when the driver is on the way and again when the driver is two minutes away from the drop off location.

Relax and enjoy your cannabis experience

Whether you purchased cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, stepping foot into a dispensary for the first time should be a positive experience. This is only possible when you go in prepared with knowledge of what to expect. The above tips contain the basics of all you need to know when visiting a cannabis dispensary, especially at The Leaf El Paseo in Palm Desert.

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