It's Legal, Now What?
Would you believe October 17th was only a little over a week ago? Has your social media feed spiraled into all-things-cannabis? Does it still feel shiny and new?
This post is sponsored by a Canadian company by the name of Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. They blew it out of the park on October 17th and I'm so excited to watch them grow. All content has been written by me (kaespo) with the same caffeine-fueled honesty & love that I put into all my other work.
I was fortunate enough to check out Fire & Flower Cannabis Co in St. Albert on opening day and it was exciting, weird, and busy. I was ecstatic to see how open-minded some people were about this huge step for Canada. The stigma is there, sure, but so is the sincere curiosity. Since recreational use has become legal, I’ve had questions coming in here and there. Lots of them are the same and all of them are great questions to be asking if you’re just starting to dip your toes but there are a few main ones I wanted to bring up in this post.
do i just… walk in the store?
This is not a silly question! For a lot of people, this is the first time they’ve ever had a chance to visit a dispensary. The answer is, yes! Not all stores are the same in regards to organization and displays - or stock, for that matter - but you will need your ID at all of them.
I cover a little bit about what to expect in this blog post: What to Expect From a Cannabis Retail Shop & Dispensary.
Some stores organize by experience, some organize by Indica/Sativa strains. What you can expect though is that you can ask for help or direction!
do I have to smoke it or what’s the deal?
No, not if you don’t want to. There are a lot of different ways to smoke/consume cannabis - joints, pipes, edibles, and more! It really comes down to why you’re doing it and your level of experience.
Smoking - an easy way to start small but also very convenient for regular users. Pre-rolls (pre-rolled joints) are available at a few dispensaries and will save you the time of rolling your own. You can also pick up one-hitter pipes, bowls, bongs, and more from dispensaries or accessory shops.
Vaporization - let’s face it, vapes have a bad rep (queue memes of ‘do you even vape, bro?’) but it’s been shown to lower health risks that come with smoking and it’s considerably less ‘smelly’ (if that' bothers you).
Edibles - they sound fun, don’t they? Take it easy though, because a pot-brownie is a great idea until it’s a few hours later and you’re ready to go home. But, despite what the movies might tell ya’, brownies aren’t the only edible out there. This isn’t as easy to try as smoking but doesn’t have the harmful effects. That being said, gummies and teas are fun to check out (in baby steps, if you must).
Topicals - not for ‘getting high’ but think about sore spots and muscle aches! These are great for a natural remedy to pain. If you’re unsure about a product, as with most things, I’d suggest checking out reviews from people who’ve tried it before.
Is it really expensive? What if I don’t like it?
Think of it like alcohol - sometimes you buy wine and sometimes you don’t like it. But sometimes you splurge and sometimes you love it.
Not everything costs the same and you can easily find something within your budget if you do a little bit of research first. Again, think of it like alcohol. If you’re not sure when you whiskey, you’re not going to buy the most expensive bottle on the shelf. You might start small and try a few brands first. Same goes for cannabis.