Whether you are new to cannabis or getting reacquainted, a trip to the dispensary can be pretty intimidating. Even for more experienced cannabis consumers, the dispensary experience has changed a lot in recent years.

So for newbies to connoisseurs and everything in between, we’ve put together 8 things you might want to think about before visiting a Los Angeles dispensary:

1. What Are You Taking Cannabis For?

Some people find that cannabis can help them with pain, sleep, anxiety, and a wide array of other ailments, while many others consume it for meditation, fitness, or simply because it’s fun. At The High Note, the biggest reason why we offer such a large product assortment is because we know there’s no such thing as “one size fits all”.

Knowing in advance what your end goal is will help our budtenders narrow the selection down and suggest solutions that specifically suit your needs.

2. How Do You Want To Feel?

Some people love getting high, while others are less comfortable with the idea.
Whatever your preference, from CBD products all the way to concentrates, effects run the gamut from zero intoxication to all manner of mental and physical euphoria. Whether you’re looking to experiment with different outcomes and sensations, or simply want to achieve balance, there’s something for everyone at The High Note.

3. What’s The Difference Between Indica, Sativa & Hybrid?

With enough dispensaries open late at night, you’re likely to encounter flower and other products described as being Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid strains.

Indica products tend to relax the body and mind, making them great for nighttime use. Sativa strains can produce a mental and physical buzz, and help the consumer feel social and uplifted, making them excellent for daytime. Hybrids generally fall somewhere in the middle, producing a combination of effects that don’t lean too heavy on either the relaxing or the stimulating side of things.

Cannabis ultimately impacts everyone differently, and The High Note’s friendly and knowledgeable budtenders are here to help guide you through what to expect with every product we carry.

4. What’s Your Budget?

The High Note carries an assortment of cannabis products to suit every budget, from affordably priced pre-rolls to premium flower, topicals, edibles, and concentrates. When setting a budget, consumers should also factor in applicable local and state taxes, which can add anywhere from 20% – 34% to the final total. For a breakdown of the taxes, please check out our FAQ’s page. (link to page)

Before your visit, check our online store (link to page) to see what’s in stock and get a feel for pricing. And be sure to sign up here (link to sign up) for our daily deals newsletter for additional savings.

5. Do You Already Know What You Want?

For many customers, the dispensary is an educational resource. If you have questions or need friendly guidance on how to pick the best cannabis products for your needs, The High’s Note’s knowledgeable budtenders are here and ready to help. More experienced consumers who know what they want can simply order online for same-day pickup from our Express counter.

6. What’s Your Preferred Way To Consume?

Smoking, vaping, eating it, applying it topically – there are lots of ways to consume cannabis. The High Note offers a wide selection of flower, pre-rolls, vapes, concentrates, topicals, edibles, tinctures, capsules and sublinguals so you can consume however you want. And if you’re not sure which is best for your needs, our expert budtenders can help.

7. Do You Need Accessories?

If you’re buying flower, do you already have a grinder and rolling papers? Could you use a stash box for your herb? The High Note carries all sorts of accessories for your convenience so you have everything you need to enjoy your consumption experience right away.

8. Is a Medical Recommendation Necessary?

Cannabis is legal for all adults over the age of 21 in California, which means it’s only necessary to prove your age with a valid driver license or ID card when visiting most dispensaries, including The High Note. But for some patients, having a medical cannabis card can offer a number of benefits including higher purchase amounts and some tax exemptions. To learn more, speak with one of our helpful budtenders.

Feeling empowered is a huge part of what makes a trip to the dispensary pleasant and productive. If you’re still feeling unsure, come into the High Note and our budtenders will walk you through everything and answer your questions on the spot. You can also contact us (link to page) ahead of time.

Always remember to please enjoy reasonably.

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