First Time Visit to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Going for your first time to a medical marijuana dispensary can be a bit overwhelming.  Dispensaries will have a large variety of different types and strains of marijuana, as well as different kinds of medical marijuana products, such as edibles, tinctures, tonics, creams, etc.  Dispensaries will also be able to show you all the different ways of using medical marijuana, i.e. smoking, vaporizing, edible & liquid consumption, etc.

Once you have your medical marijuana recommendation from a state certified health care provider, you can visit a marijuana dispensary.  Dispensaries are safe and secure places to learn about and obtain high quality.  When you arrive, security personnel at the door will ask that you show the original letter of recommendation from your doctor as well as some form of identification to establish identity and state residency, such as identification card, driver’s license, or passport.  If you have a medical marijuana card, you can show that in lieu of the doctor’s recommendation, but you still need to bring a form of valid ID.  Bringing cash as payment is preferred, although some dispensaries will take other forms of payment or have an ATM machine available.

The staff at marijuana dispensaries (often referred to as canna-baristas) are very knowledgeable and friendly.  For first timers, you will be asked to fill out a membership registration form and be given an overview of the dispensary policies, hours, andPharmacy Sign guidelines. At this point, you will most likely be offered a menu that lists dispensary offerings and pricing.  A staff member will help you get acquainted with the dispensary and answer any questions you may have about what is offered on the menu.  Sharing your particular needs for medical marijuana will help them to make recommendations regarding strains, dosages, and products best suited to deliver the desired effect and relief you are seeking.

Some dispensaries allow on-site consumption, providing supplies such as marijuana vaporizers.  If you should choose this option, be respectful of dispensary rules and others who might be waiting.

Currently, there are 23 states that have approved medical use of marijuanaMap Of The United States Of America





Purchasing from a medical marijuana dispensary is the easiest and safest supply of marijuana medicine. To find a dispensary near you, use the search tool on United Patients Group website or the iTunes compatible app.

Feel free to contact us directly at United Patients Group with any further questions or to locate a dispensary near you.

24 thoughts on “First Time Visit to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

  1. I must say, the first time walking into a dispensary was a scary experience for me. I didn’t know what to expect and I assumed that everybody would know that I was a beginner. It was quite the opposite experience. I walk into complete hand holding and felt completely at ease. They walked me through what a dispensary is all about and what medicine would benefit my ailments.
    Before entering, I automatically had an image what a dispensary was like and the people who worked there. Boy, was I surprised. I’m certain everybody has their own experience, but mine couldn’t have been more positive. I had never used marijuana before, but it has been my saving grace. I’m happy to live in a state that allows me access…safely.

  2. I was very encouraged to find this site. Thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it. Thanks

  3. They forgot to write “Begin your life of relying on a drug that make you think it is treating pain when in fact you’re simply using it to get high like a recreational user.” In other words you medical patients are nothing but recreational users who get fancy little cards so you can feel special about being drug addicts. Oh and your little aches and pains that you think cannabis treats? After you’ve used it for awhile they’ll get worse so you’ll need more and more. For example I get migraines that have stroke like symptoms, if I started smoking pot to treat them, then before long my brain would learn I only smoke when I have a migraine so I would get them more frequently. Go ahead and tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about since I’ve never used cannabis. Funny how people addicted to pot who have never tried other drugs think they can comment on them bunch of fucking hypocrites.

    • Sarah,
      Unfortunately there are people that will use the system. We at United Patients Group do not represent or help anyone other than the gravely ill and homebound. Our company began due to my father’s journey through stage 4 lung cancer and a brain tumor. He is 80 years old and is definitely NOT looking to get high, he mearly would like to live a little bit longer and not in pain. We are here for people looking for one last chance. I have added the link to my father’s journey below. I understand your frustration but this site is not about the recreation of cannabis nor the abuse of it. I hope this helps you to understand what we do and why we do it.

    • Sarah, obviously you have been duped into believing much of the same old worn out arguments against using marijuana for beneficial purposes that the old generation used and is using. How sad for you that you cannot do some reading and research on your own. I have worked with both physical and mental health patients and have seen the awesome effects of this plant on a wide variety of ailments.

      • I am praying this works for me.I am absolutely not a pot smoker…I am not even a occasional user..I have PTSD,insomnia, depression.. The list goes on medication APM st cost me my life Twice and therapy can only help u so much..often even more depressed

        • Christina,
          It is very important to get the correct formulation for your condition. This is not a one size fits all treatment. If you live in a cannabis legal state and need direction, please feel free to call our offices for a referral. Also, we are hosting a medical cannabis conference on May 21st and 22nd at Dominican University in California. See all information here:
          Wishing you the best,

    • Dear Sarah, I have Lupus, bipolar and two cysts on my brain that cause me to have seizures. I have taken almost every prescription medication you could think of and trust me when I say more than half of them did NOT work and sometimes they even made my symptoms worse. And I have taken these meds for eleven years so I know what I’m talking about. I first started smoking weed in high school when the symptoms for my illness’ were at there worst and it worked for me. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying this type of thing is for everyone, but what I am saying is that you shouldn’t judge medical marihuana and the people who use it because of the stigma the plant has had since the 30s. Majority of the time patients get non smokable products. I also believe that regulated medical marihuana isn’t as bad as the media makes it seem, because its not like you’ll walk into a dispensary and see people getting high behind the counter like some ridiculous cheech and chong movie. No, when you walk in there it’s like any other store. Also please educate yourself before you post such a hateful comment on a website meant for medical marijuana patients.

    • Sarah, I am sorry to hear you feel that way. If you only have migraines you should step into bodies like mine. Trigeminal Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, chronic kidney disease, Candida and no I do not have HIV, bursitis in hips that will not go away, low immune disorder due to Menegitis, arthritis throughout the whole body, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, neurological damage from getting Bacterial Spinal Menegitis at 17. These are a few of the medical problems I have. Cannibis works better on my pain then any medications I take.

    • Marijuana can worsen migrains if you dont drink enough water; in otherwords, if you smoke irrisponsibly. You can also take it in the form of a pill, if you want to spare your big ego and make it seem like you’re taking an asprin or any other potentially addictive medicine. Its silly that youre using this argument for medicinal marijuana when studies show in several states there is an icrease of addiction to heorin because of over the counter and perscripted medicine! But yes, what junkies and drug addicts. Using the safest drug out there. For shame!

  4. @Sarah – Uneducated people lacking compassion are the reason that marijuana was criminalized in the first place.

    Medical marijuana is a Godsend, not a “recreation.” Consistently sleeping through the night for the first time in more than a decade, being able to hold a granddaughter for the first time, being able to wipe your own ass – you may take these things for granted, but I don’t, and I owe it to medical marijuana.

    Why are you on a site like this, anyway? Just to harass those of us who have chronic, otherwise un-treatable, often fatal ailments? Don’t you think we’re dealing with enough without being harangued by a society that has already dismissed us?

  5. Hello,
    I am asking this question for my Dad. He has cancer and has already received a paper from his doctor. He is saying that he needs a different form to take with him when he goes to the dispensary. I have no idea what form to print out for him. Can someone please help me?

  6. I’m had a lot of knee surgeries and 2 back and arthritis in knees, back and elbows and hand, I get migrained, I was opened IP across my belly to fixre an intestinal issue every time I move my bowls the adhesion have my screen. I need to see a medical doctor hoping to try marijuana see if it helps, do we use insurance to purchase the medicine.

  7. I get depressed during work and anxiety before my shift knowing that it’s coming. At night i cant sleep knowing the faster i go to sleep the sooner I’ll have to do it again the next day. Quitting is not an option. I need the money. I woukd just like to know if their are any useful marijuana strains for these symptoms that won’t affect me the way pharmaceuticals might and if it would be enough for me to receive a recommendation for marijuana.

    • Angel,
      Cannabis in the, correct formulation, has been utilized successfully for depression and anxiety. With that said, your ability to get legal authorization will depend on whether it is legal in your area and what conditions are approved.

    • Hello Lori,
      We are not physicians here at United Patients Group but you are welcome to schedule an appointment with one of our nurses to get guidance. Please keep in mind, much depends on where you live, is it legal, what are the “work” regualtions on cannabis treatment, other medications and treatments etc…
      I hope this helps,
      Mary Ann

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