What to expect the first time that you use a weed delivery service

Published Sep 10, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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These are exciting times, and now that cannabis is legal, many are making their very first purchase through legitimate websites that offer delivery. This is an incredibly convenient option, and one that allows you to stay home, which is something that is preferable while we continue to dapple on the edge of what we hope will be the end of a global pandemic, but it’s not quite the same thing as visiting your local dispensary.

Weed delivery is great because you don’t have to live anywhere near the store that you order from, but the experience can be a bit overwhelming for those who are still used to visiting their local black market dealer for whatever random strain they have available, and there are different etiquette's and tricks that you’ll need to know about if you want to be completely satisfied once your purchase arrives, which is what we’re here for today.

1. Convenience

Convenience is truly the number one reason why so many are opting to buy weed online instead of heading out in person to their local dispensary, and this is a luxury that most are happy to get used to. When you’re ordering online, you’ll find seamless customer menus that seem to go on for miles, so soak it all in and enjoy it.

2. Watch for limited service areas

If you search for ‘cannabis near me’, up will pop a whole bunch of results with the assistance of engines like Google, but some of what you see might not be a viable option for you, because most dispensaries are heavily limited, and are forced to operate within a specific service area. In some cases, they might only deliver to big cities and skip over smaller towns, or they might be bound by other barriers such as state or provincial lines, so make sure the one that you choose will cater to you before you buy weed online.

3. An overwhelming number of choices

One of the biggest shock factors that many customers see when they browse an online dispensary is the sheer number of choices that are available, as most are used to limited options that rarely exceed one or two types, so ensure that you set aside plenty of time to browse what’s out there, otherwise, you might miss out on a stellar deal or strain that’s hidden a few pages into the menu.

4. A delay in service times

Convenience is often touted as the number one priority from websites that allow you to buy weed online, but the reality is that most of these services need time to prepare your order and get it out. In many cases, a dispensary could be anywhere from 1-3 days before your order ever ships, and if it isn’t couriered to your door, then the average snail mail times apply, so it’s not an ideal option if you’re looking for cannabis products that you can enjoy as soon as possible.

5. Increased cost

Flashy websites, unique advertising, employees, taxes, and shipping costs all add up to more expenses than your average neighborhood dealer once faced, which is why the prices are often a bit higher than what you might expect to find on the street. Though we all like to save money when we can, in this case, you’re paying for quality, a range of choices, and convenience, so inflation of around 5%-15% should be expected as they are fair when you buy weed online.

6. Strain information

You aren’t going to be able to smell the buds to pick them out from the comfort of your home, but there are many tools at your disposal that can make the process easier, and one of them lies in the available strain information. This section will tell you everything that you need to know, including the kind, potency, effects, and potential adverse effects, all rolled into an easy to understand description, so make sure that you utilize this free research when you’re making a decision on what to buy.

7. Various grades

Cannabis is typically measured by weight, but it is generally graded on a completely different scale that varies from one dispensary to the next, and it can give you a good indication as to the quality of the buds that you’re about to spend your hard-earned cash on. Greenhouse reveals that the flower is one of the lowest qualities, and then Grade A is the next step up from there, which should be nicely cleaned, and well-rated strains. Next up the scale is AA, AAA, and then AAAA and some will even toss in a few plus signs for special effect. So always remember, the more A’s, the better it will likely be as far as quality is concerned.

8. Expect to show ID

A lot of underage cannabis consumers opt to buy weed online in hope of avoiding the dreaded carding that is received when you visit a dispensary in person, but this is something that is never accepted by legitimate online weed delivery services. In most cases, you won’t have to show it until your package shows up at the door, but you will need to provide proof that you’re of legal age before you get to dig in, so be ready.

9. Tip your delivery driver

The cannabis industry is booming, but everyone wants a cut of the pie, and just like in most other industries, weed delivery drivers don’t make a whole lot of money on average. In fact, very few make more than minimum wage, and they have to use their car and gas to get your package to you, so if your online dispensary hires contractor drivers, then it’s always good etiquette to leave a fair tip for their exemplary service.

10. Rate your experience and tell your friends

Weed delivery services are still incredibly new, so once your transaction is done, don’t forget to let the world know how they did. Was the product acceptable? Did they correct mistakes? Was your order on time? Things like this can help other potential consumers to avoid bad vendors while they search for the perfect dispensary to suit their needs, plus it buys you brownie points with your favourite legal dealer so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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