Using cannabis and related products on the regular can get pretty expensive, especially when it comes to premium product. Although the growing number of cannabis legalization efforts around the U.S. have created a competitive market resulting in lower overall retail prices for your herb, it can still cost you a pretty penny to get high especially when you factor in the usually high sales taxes that are involved.
This unfortunate financial state for consumers is forcing some enthusiasts to look for ways to get around the mounting costs of enjoying their weed, whether it be for recreational or medical reasons. While we do expect that the cost of cannabis and related products will continue to go down as legalization continues to spread and there is more competition among retailers, what can enthusiasts do today to help mitigate their weed expenses?
The first step is to make sure that you choose your preferred dispensary wisely and always do your homework by trying to find reliable reviews from trusted sources. Even in locations where cannabis was just recently legalized, you should still be able to find info on your area’s dispensaries online or by simply visiting the locales and comparing their different costs. As a general rule of thumb costs are likely going to be higher the closer you are to “touristy” locations so if possible, you’ll want to shop where the locals go for potentially better deals.
Once you’ve found a dispensary that you like be sure to ask if they have any rewards/loyalty programs or clubs that you can join. As with most retail places marijuana dispensaries often have programs for frequent shoppers that may include special sales, discounts, email coupons, and a number of other incentives that you can take advantage of if you’re trying to save a few bucks. Another thing to keep in mind is that most dispensaries are aggressively competing with one another in places where legalization has only recently taken root so they often have sales, promotions, and special offers on a regular basis for you to keep an eye out for.
Another cost saving step that you can take is trying different strains. Using the same cannabis strain long term will have you building up a tolerance which in turn will lead to using more of your weed to experience the same effects. We highly recommend switching up your strains every once in a while or even take a tolerance break in order to prevent a tolerance from developing. Lastly, if you have the means, always buy your weed in bulk. As with most other commodities, the larger the purchase, the lower the overall costs for your herb. You can calculate how much cannabis you will need for a given time period and buy enough to cover you. While initially more expensive due to the upfront cost, you end up paying less for your weed although this approach requires some discipline to ensure that you have enough weed to use as needed.
Do you have any money saving tips for shopping at cannabis dispensaries that you’d like to share?