A buyer's guide to using Weedmaps

Published May 18, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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In this day and age, cannabis consumers really appreciate a truly convenient shopping experience, and that’s what Weedmaps has always aimed to offer. With one of the largest listing databases and a long history that predates legalization, it’s no wonder that millions of consumers turn to the cannabis giant when they’re in need and looking to buy weed.

What is Weedmaps?

Weedmaps isn’t just one thing, it’s more like a giant compilation of data and information that is constantly evolving and growing to include everything that there is to know about cannabis; Where to buy it, where those fantastic strains come from, precisely how to make the journey to your closest, local dispensary, and even weed delivery is all right here in one place.

Where to start

The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out how you want to access Weedmaps, and you have two choices, either the website or the mobile-friendly app. Checking in online is the easiest, as the app does require a download, but either point of access is completely free for the user. You can visit the Weedmaps website by clicking here or download the app through the Google Play Store.

Age verification

Weedmaps is an adult-only platform that requires age verification before opening, and the minimum age required to check things out is 19. If you are of legal age, then simply click yes to unlock the page, and if not, then you’ll have to come back at a later date.

Your location information

Some consumers get nervous at the idea of giving a website their address, especially when it’s related to weed, but this information is absolutely necessary so that Weedmaps can show you the most relevant and up-to-date data for your area. Canadian brands are much different than American’s, and the same is true with laws, available dispensaries and more, so the sooner they know where you’re at, the faster they can get you connected with the information that you need.

Weedmaps offerings

At first, you might just want to browse through a vast cannabis strain database to get some idea of which products or strains could be good for you, and that can be accessed through the menu at the top of both the app and the website by clicking on strains, learn, products, or brands. Each of those options will unravel a long list of cannabis information that is relevant to the subject you picked.

Decide how you want to buy cannabis

Once you’ve soaked in all of the educational content you need and you’re ready to get browsing menus, you’ll need to decide how you want to access your cannabis. If you want to buy weed online, then you’ll find a wide selection of options under the deliveries tab at the top of the page, and if you prefer a more personal experience with in-store shopping, then the dispensaries section is where you’ll find all of the listings you’ll need.

Browsing menus

No matter which one you choose, you’ll be met with a bountiful selection of dispensaries that either offer weed delivery or are located close enough to you for you to conveniently shop in person. Filter through these lists first, by hours, location, proximity, ordeals, and then when one sticks out, click on it to reveal the menu. Menus can be browsed by strain, product type, price, quantity, popularity, and rating, making it easier to find what you need as quickly as possible.

Placing an order

If you like to shop in person, then once you’ve gotten familiar with a menu, you can head on over within business hours, with directions provided from Weedmaps through Google Maps, but if you’re like most consumers, you’ll prefer to stay in and order weed delivery. Luckily, placing an order through Weedmaps is easy, however, it can differ slightly from one location to the next.

To find this information, click on the about tab at the top where you’ll find a clear set of instructions. Some might require you to go to their official website to order, and quite a few rely on methods such as calling or text to get the message through. Here, you should also get an idea of how long your order might take to arrive as well as a list of the methods of payment that are available for you to choose from.

Ratings

No matter how you buy, if you end up making a purchase through a dispensary that’s on Weedmaps, you should always contribute by doing a review. This will help other customers to know what to expect and whether or not you were satisfied while contributing to a rating that every single user can see, a feature that adds an extra layer of transparency for Weedmaps users. Reviews can be completed through each individual business listing by clicking on the stars that are just below the name.

Questions or concerns

If you have any questions or concerns, then Weedmaps policy is to get the customer to reach out to the business they’ve dealt with. Unfortunately, though the platform is convenient, trustworthy, helpful, and really easy to use, it does not take any responsibility for transactions that occur because no money goes through the company’s hands. All purchases are between the customer and the store, so all complaints or concerns should be sent to whomever you bought products from.

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