Weedmaps offers the largest dispensary database in the world

Published Dec 26, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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If you have ever tried to use the internet to find weed by searching for “delivery near me,” then chances are you have already come across Weedmaps at least once. This online website promises the world to consumers, and a quick peek inside might be enough to leave you worried about its legitimacy, and you’d be right to question it, but let’s start out by highlighting what Weedmaps is, and some of the most fantastic products that you can find on their platform.

What is Weedmaps?

Weedmaps is a website and online platform with only one goal in mind, to connect every cannabis enthusiast in the world with whatever they might be looking for. That could mean direct links to an online marijuana dispensary that has a particular product in stock, or it could be phone numbers to your local weed delivery service.

On top of all that, Weedmaps also provides the public with a massive database of helpful information on everything cannabis-related, from the latest news and headlines, to real consumer interactive reviews and strain or product-specific information so that you know exactly what you’re buying before you make the investment. They also feature a handy list of medical cannabis providers and licensing information for all consumers, no matter where in the world they may reside.

Products on Weedmaps

Your licensed marijuana dispensary is only going to carry a limited stock of derived or pure goods, and that is because federal regulations in most regions have yet to allow for high THC edibles, and other more potent products to be sold in store. That is why Weedmaps is the only place you might find most of the products listed below, and it’s quite a menu of options to choose from including:

  • Buds
  • Hash
  • Oils
  • Tinctures
  • Edibles
  • Bath bombs
  • Beauty products (ointment, cream)
  • THC and CBD capsules
  • CBD pet treats
  • Moonrocks
  • Moon Rockets
  • Distillate
  • Vape juice
  • Pre-rolls
  • Vaporizers
  • Bongs
  • Rolling papers
  • Pipes
  • Rolling tools
  • Dab rigs and accessories

Is Weedmaps safe to use?

The trouble with Weedmaps, as we mentioned lightly, is that they often host a marijuana dispensary, store, or delivery service without verifying their legitimacy. Thus far, federal governments have applied pressure in hopes of forcing Weedmaps to adapt to cover only the legal market, but it doesn’t seem to be working, as they currently host thousands of illegal options. Some of which, are not legitimate businesses, but with individuals who are functioning as an old school type dealer with an odd and direct line of contact advertised online, and that is why if you do choose to use this extensive service, there are a few things that you should know to protect yourself.

Tips and tricks for ordering weed off Weedmaps

As long as you follow these 5 guidelines when placing an order, the experience will likely be a good one, but we must stress that this avenue may lead you to unlicensed distributors.

1. Only show your identification in person

This is a common scam that is prevalent throughout several different industries, but no matter how badly you want to score some green, it’s just not worth it to send a photo online to someone you do not know. Always insist on ID at the door, and if they won’t agree to those terms, then find a better vendor. Otherwise, you risk having your identity stolen, or worse.

2. Do not pay upfront through money transfers

Money transfers are a reliable way to pay for goods in person over a Wi-Fi connection, but if you are ever asked to send one ahead of receiving your order of cannabis goods, then you risk parting with your money and never seeing a package arrive. This form of payment is nearly impossible to trace or retrieve once accepted, so it’s best to avoid it altogether, as you will have no viable options for retrieving your money.

3. Don’t fall for the top-ranked dispensaries

Top-ranked and listed dispensaries on Weedmaps pay the most for that spot, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the best product or deals. In most cases, the best bang for your buck and the most honest small-time vendors are listed closer to the bottom, so don’t be afraid to scroll a bit on your search.

4. Pay attention to packaging in photos and in person

Packaging can say a lot about a cannabis product, but it can also be deceiving. Some vendors will pre-purchase vape pods or empty tuna cans, just to fill with a mediocre product that looks like it’s from a well-known company. Be vigilant especially in the case of can products, as several worldwide famous cultivators and distributors from BC have made this a staple feature.

5. Read up on customer reviews

Weedmaps may not list each marijuana dispensary by its rating from customers, but it does offer a massive library of consumer-controlled reviews that you can check out. If the company has left someone high and dry, or sold them a mediocre product, then you will probably get some fair warning by checking here.

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