How to Order Weed

How to Order Weed

As marijuana becomes more accepted and accessible in today’s society, finding top-quality cannabis is easier than ever. Gone are the days of sketchy meetups, disheveled dealers, and crappy weed. Nowadays, purchasing marijuana is a boutique experience, with all the flair, selection, and personal care of a fine jewelry showroom.

Sound intimidating? We promise, it’s not. Stick with us and you’ll have no trouble navigating dispensaries and ordering weed like a pro.

Step-by-Step Guide

In this section of Cannabis University, we’ll walk you through the process of ordering marijuana from start to finish at your local dispensary (hopefully one of our Maggie’s Farm locations!).

You’ll learn what to research beforehand, who to ask for help, what you need to bring with you, and more. We’ll also teach you about all the different types of cannabis products so that when a budtender asks, “What brings you in here today?” you can answer with confidence and get exactly what you want. So let’s get started!

Research Ahead of Time

If you wanted to, you could absolutely wander into a dispensary off the street and leave with a smile and a nice bag of weed. But your chances of (1) not being overwhelmed and (2) getting the perfect products are much better if you do a little bit of pre-planning.

Before you head out, it’s important to arm yourself with some basic information:

The Dispensary Itself

Check the dispensary’s website for their hours, location, and any special policies they have in place.

Pro tip: Google Maps lists the “Popular Times” for each business, so you can plan your trip for the slowest time of day. Not only will that cut down on your time in line, but it’ll give you even more uninterrupted time with the budtenders (the experts behind the counter) to ask questions and get advice.

What Weed You Want

Although budtenders are always happy to walk you through your options and help you find the best fit, it can all be a little overwhelming if you’re learning everything on the fly.

With the help of Cannabis University, you can quickly master the basics ahead of time, like the difference between Indicas, Sativas, and Hybrids, the role that Cannabinoids and Terpenes play, and How to Choose a Strain.

Crucially, you’ll want to figure out what form of cannabis you want to consume. Here are the main product categories and a brief description of each, but we recommend clicking on the links to learn even more:

Marijuana Flower


Flower, or “bud,” refers to the sticky, red-haired, crystal-covered “nugs” harvested from the cannabis plant that are dried, cured, and trimmed to perfection before being smoked for their medical and psychoactive benefits.

Flower also often comes in the form of “pre-rolls” (you might know them as joints).

Explore our strains.

Marijuana Concentrates


Concentrates are a potent form of cannabis that has been refined and purified from the flower/bud through a delicate extraction process. Concentrates are available in a variety of forms and consistencies, including shatter, wax, butter, live resin, hash, and cartridges.

Marijuana Edibles


Edibles are food or drink products that have been infused with the active ingredients in marijuana. They come in many forms, including baked goods, chocolates, candies, gummies, sodas, and more. Edibles typically take longer to kick in and last longer once they do, so learn How to Dose Edibles before chowing down.

Marijuana Topicals


Topicals are applied directly to the skin, where they act locally on the surface to provide physical relief. They come in almost any form you can imagine, including lotions, salves, oils, sprays, bath soaks, sugar scrubs, lip balms, and so much more. Transdermal products, on the other hand, are designed to enter the bloodstream and produce stronger effects throughout the whole body.

It’s never a bad idea to check out the dispensary’s online menu before showing up, so you can discover exactly what piques your interest, how much everything costs, and whether your favorite product is available somewhere else nearby.

Check out what we have to offer in the Maggie’s Farm online store!

Questions to Ask

Even if you show up armed with all that information, there are still questions that only a trained budtender can answer. Here are some questions to consider asking once you get to the counter:

  • Do you have any sales going on?
  • What’s the most popular product/strain?
  • What’s the best product/strain for ______?
  • Can you help me understand ______ better?
  • What are the local laws about buying, carrying, and using these products?

Come Prepared

Knowledge and enthusiasm aren’t the only things you need to bring with you to a dispensary. Along with shirt, shoes, and pants, be sure to pack these essentials before heading out the door:


Most dispensaries will require some form of government-issued photo ID for you to make a purchase. For security, you’ll likely be asked to provide it when you check in and again before you order at the counter.


Since marijuana is still federally illegal, many banks are hesitant to do businesses with dispensaries. This means that dispensaries are often an all-cash business. Either bring cash with you, or be prepared to use a nearby ATM (which most dispensaries have in their lobby). Some places might also let you use a debit card for an extra fee. Don’t forget to account for tax!

Get Out There!

And that’s it! You’re ready to strut into a dispensary, slap your ID down on the counter, and walk out of there with an order tailor-made for you. Happy shopping!

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