For recreational beginners or medicine patients, the first time visit to the dispensary can be intimidating. The inside of the dispensary is something few are familiar with. There are a lot more products on the shelves than just a few short years ago. There is a wide range of terms that are confusing and may seem mysterious. Plus, purchasing cannabis isn’t like buying over-the-counter aspirin or a new set of towels. Each individual strain provides unique and distinctive effects. There are options with extremely high THC percentages to create strong psychoactive effects. There are CBD isolates that cause no psychoactive reactions at all. For smoking flower, it’s necessary to purchase a grinder, rolling papers, a tray and a lighter. For vapes, you need the cartridge and battery. Dabbing concentrates is downright complicated while edibles can be worrisome because of the delayed effects and intensity of them. From tinctures to topicals, there is an almost endless opportunity to find an ideal delivery method, ratio of cannabinoids, flavors and effects. The key is knowledge. Rather than step inside the dispensary with no clue of what you want or are looking for, a little research goes a long way. The internet is a wonderful source of information. There are lots of blogs, sites and dispensary websites that provide basic education. After gaining an understanding of terms like cannabinoids, terpenes, THC, CBD, indicas and hybrids, you’ll feel better prepared to consult with a budtender. The budtender will most likely ask questions about your preferences. Since everyone reacts to cannabis in a different way, it’s good to be specific about what you’re looking for. It’s also recommended to start with low THC levels and minimum dosage of the product.