Tips and tricks for cannabis users who want to save a lot of money

Published Aug 9, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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Cannabis lovers tend to take little to no issue with dishing out some of their hard-earned cash for the goods that they like, but even if you aren’t an everyday consumer, this habit can get expensive quite fast. $5 here and $50 there can easily add up to several hundred dollars each month, especially if you’re trying to stay up to date on all of the latest trends, which is why today we’re bringing you ten tips and tricks that can help you to save a lot of money by making a few minor changes to your habits.

1. Don’t pay extra just for a brand name

Sometimes it’s nice to splurge on rare finds and highly rated cannabis products, but for the most part, it just really isn’t usually worth it to dish out more cash on a brand name alone. That is true for both cannabis products like flower or concentrates and devices like bongs, pipes, and dab rigs. A brand name attachment doesn’t generally add anything extra to the experience when there are hundreds of other ore highly skilled competitors out there who will settle at a fraction of the price.

2. Make your own storage containers

It’s easy to spend a small fortune on official storage containers like blunt tubes, or humidors, and if you’re someone who carts them around a lot, the wear and tear is liable to be too much for most affordable storage options, which is why we highly recommend you opt to save a lot of money instead, by crafting your own out of materials that you have lying around the house already.

A small mint container or empty cigarette pack can be perfect for carting around pre-rolls, and a good Tupperware container can work to keep your buds and concentrates safe as long as it's tucked safely away inside of a drawer. The same is true for cannabis storage jars, which can be bought for mere pennies at a yard sale, and painted into a safe container in a matter of minutes, so don’t hesitate, get creative, and save a lot of money while you’re doing it.

3. Buy in bulk whenever possible

More is less in this case, as most dispensaries part with bulk orders for a much cheaper rate than small separately packaged amounts. It helps the product to move off the shelves faster, keeps prices more competitive to draw in consumers who go through a lot, and it requires less footwork to get it all done. This means savings for the vendor, which are almost always a better deal, so don’t forget to inquire about discounts for volume during your next visit to a dispensary, because every little bit adds up.

4. Grow your own cannabis plants

Buying weed can get old quite fast, especially when you aren’t finding the strains or products that you want when you need them, and if you want to solve this problem and save a lot of cash, then growing your own might be the best option out there. Sure, it can cost a few dollars to get started, but after a few minor initial investments, you could be producing yields in no time for free.

This setup always pays for itself almost instantly, plus it can give you something fun to do as you learn copious amounts about what it takes to produce the highest quality cannabis buds out there. Some say that this even makes the reward taste sweeter, but you’ll have to decide that one for yourself if you get the opportunity to try it.

5. Never waste a single piece of the plant

This tip kind of had to follow the last one because a lot of cannabis consumers don’t realize how much there is to be gained from growing a plant at home. Most believe that it comes right down to the amount of flower that each cannabis plant produces, which isn’t always an eye-popping amount, especially if you’re inexperienced, but you can get so much more if you know where to start.

Everything from the deep and highly discuss roots is useful for consumers, as they can make excellent tea or salve with very little processing. The large fan leaves and small sugar leaves that are trimmed away during the trimming process, though they aren’t exactly high in things like cannabinoids or terpenes, can still contribute something to the mix if you’re willing to break it down into a cannabis concentrate at home.

6. Sign up for deals and discounts

A lot of people don’t realize this, but now that cannabis is legal in so many areas, it’s relatively easy to score free weed through a variety of different avenues. You can reach out to suppliers for a sample, enter online giveaways, and sign up for newsletters from your favourite cannabis brands. Some will ship out a few solid nugs for you to try, and a few might even toss a bag of edibles your way to draw you in. There is plenty of opportunities out there to get the price reduced or free weed, so don’t miss out on a single one.

7. Mix it

Sometimes, keeping up to the amount that you like to smoke out of sheer habit can add up to quite an expense, and even after doing everything that you can to make the habit cheaper, it can still be a burden on your pocket. Luckily, there are a couple of different things that you can do to make a significant dent in the amount of cannabis that you go through each week, but you do have to ensure you stick to safe options.

Some cannabis enthusiasts enjoy mixing tobacco with their flower, as it makes it cheaper to keep the fat blunts flowing, and many even believe that it can enhance a buzz. For those who have an aversion to chemical-laced tobacco leaves, there is cannabis leaf and hemp, both of which can be bought at an affordable price, while altering the taste as little as possible and saving you a whole lot of money along the way.

8. Never buy cannabis products that you can make at home

Hot new cannabis products might be enough to make you drool, but unless it’s something that you simply can’t make at home, it’s likely not worth whatever price that you’ll end up paying through your local dispensary. It might seem simpler and less messy, but that’s half of the fun of learning, and once you get over the curve, you’ll be whipping up fantastic batches of your favourite cannabis goods in no time.

Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for tiny containers of THC capsules, you could make them yourself for up to 90% less, and the same is true no matter what cannabis products it is that your heart desires, so even if you mess up along the way, the experience will quite quickly begin to pay for itself once you figure out the process, and get comfortable with making them like a pro.

9. Enquire with your local dispensary about compassion pricing

Most cannabis consumers who have frequently visit legal dispensaries and medical-based locations have heard about compassion pricing, but the majority assume that it’s something only offered to medical patients who have proven a medicinal need through a prescription or written health history when the truth is that this option is typically extended to all customers who have trouble affording their cannabis.

This generally isn’t an avenue that will score you free weed, but it can significantly reduce the overall price, which can add up quite quickly by the end of the year. Some dispensaries will offer discounts as high as 80%, but the majority range closer to a 20%-30% discount, which is still one third less than you’d pay without inquiring about this special offer.

10. Learn how to clean a bong without expensive chemicals

Most cannabis users know how to clean a bong with some of the abrasive pre-mixed bong cleaners that can be found at nearly any pot shop or head shop, but some of these concoctions can cost upwards of $20 or more per bottle, and though that might not seem like a large amount, if you’re maintaining your device the way that you should be, using a small amount each day, that can easily add up to far too much-wasted cash.

Sure, those products can work instantly, but what is it that’s in them that you think does such a great job, and do you feel that potentially ingesting some, and paying for it is worth it? You can maintain your health and save a lot of money, just by switching to a simple vinegar and sea salt combination that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, and it will cost mere pennies on the dollar which is a lot of extra dough that can stay in your pocket.

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