Know the difference between THC and CBD.
There are still rules.
If you’re a novice, don’t jump into the deep end—that means none of the wax, shatter, or other cannabis forms for advanced users—and stick to low dosages, measured in milligrams, unless you want to spend your entire visit to Colorado in a useless haze. Once you pick what you want, the clerk might hand your selection to another staffer, who will fill your order in another area and return the product to you right before you exit.
The trouble and stink of smoking is why many people are turning to vaporizers, which are often mostly odorless. Dispensaries usually sell those, too.
No driving under the influence, either, which means you shouldn’t partake of the dispensaries’ infused candies and brownies (otherwise known as edibles, which generally require a few hours to take effect and have longer-lasting results for some people) unless you have no intention of going anywhere for a day. The same issues in the federal law over cannabis that affect paying with credit cards have also made it hard for anyone to develop a reliable roadside test for THC, so it’s possible to get hauled in for not much more than suspicion.
There may also be a binder or a menu that explains the various strains and blends. They tend to have names reminiscent of racehorses—Dairy Queen, Cheesequake, Kandy Apple, Gorilla Glue, Ghost Train Haze, and that old stoner’s standby, Sour Diesel.
THC is the compound that makes you high, and it’s what the government is most interested in controlling. CBD, another chemical found in cannabis products, does not provide a high so it’s often considered harmless.
Can I get it delivered?
If you’re paying by credit card, the driver might carry a terminal for wireless payment processing, but some businesses offer delivery on a strictly cash-only basis. Double-check that when you place your order.
Clerks will give you the product in sealed, carefully marked containers. Think of the contents like booze: You’re not allowed to have an open container in the car with you. Keep everything wrapped until you are able to use it in a private place. That should be the easiest part: You might feel like you need a special doctorate degree to open the child-proof packaging that California requires on cannabis products.
So normal there are even companies, such as West Coast Cannabis Tours, that combine dispensary shopping trips with activities such as yoga, painting, and beer tasting.
There are still rules about where you can use it.
Keep in mind, however, that this isn’t a winery—you cannot sample the goods.
Delivery apps such as Eaze can streamline the process.