MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUD, SIMPLIFIED
A person should be able to choose whether or not to use cannabis if he wants to. They should also be able to pay for it if they choose to do so. People who need cannabis for medicine should be able to get it legally without having to spend too much money. Patients should be aware that health insurance won’t pay for medical marijuana treatment, or at least until it is federally legalized as a medicinal plant. Some states do offer Medicaid programs for low-income people, but this may not be enough coverage for everyone. In addition, Medicare does not cover medical marijuana treatments. Some HSA and FSA programs do provide coverage for the cost of appointments related to being certified for the medical marijuana treatment plan.
A few patients have suggested using savings accounts or credit cards as a source of funds for medical marijuana. This could include paying off debts or buying things that you need now instead of waiting until your next paycheck.
You can also purchase certain components of the cannabis plant to benefit your health which are not laden with THC, aka the compound that has been made illegal nationwide (and classed as a schedule one substance). The most popular one is CBD, although Delta-9, Delta-8 and Delta-10 are also widely available. If you are new to the world of CBD and want to learn more about what is available out there, we recommend starting with our comprehensive guide (located here). If you already know what you’re looking for, then please follow up with the dispensary staff once you indicate the products you desire.
How Much Cannabis Does the Average American Buy?
Americans spend $13 billion per year on marijuana altogether, creating a massive economy for all aspects of the cannabis industry. Most of this goes towards recreational use. Medical patients spend more than $5 billion every year, however. Cannabis is legal in most states, but there are still laws prohibiting growing or selling weed. There are also rules regarding who can buy marijuana.
A medical card allows for a certain amount of cannabis to be grown and sold. Cannabis helps people who suffer from chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety, nausea, as well as hundreds of other health conditions. People who use cannabis reduce their consumption of over-the-counter drugs. Patients also reduce their intake of alcohol or other unwanted substances which may have previously acted as a band-aid to whatever symptom or health concern they were trying to treat. Americans spend more than 200 million dollars per day on legal weed, all over the country, in many different ways.
The average American spends around $100 each month on marijuana, if it’s within their monthly budget at all. That’s less than half the price of some popular prescription medications, and far more reasonable than alcohol or tobacco prices by comparison.
How Can I Save Money at a Cannabis Dispensary?
Medical marijuana users often need to spend more than average on medicine because of the high price of cannabis products. Luckily, these tips help them save money by finding cheaper alternatives that are just as effective!
1. Locate a dispensary near another dispensary
Medical marijuana patients should shop around for the best deals. Patients who live near dispensaries may be able to save money by visiting several nearby shops. They can compare prices and find the dispensary with the lowest costs. So, if you’re planning to visit multiple dispensaries, make sure they’re close together and keep track of the ones you’ve visited along with any discounts they may routinely offer.
2. Keep an eye on the dispensary’s website for sales and specials every week or month
Some people like to visit dispensaries less often than others. Patients often visit their doctor only once per month and purchase the maximum quantity of medicine they can legally purchase. While it may be convenient and cut down on trips to the dispensary, it is unlikely that you are getting the best price for your cannabis.
Dispensaries in high-demand areas often offer special promotions and discounts. Most dispensaries offer a senior discount and a discount for veterans on specific days of the week. You may want to check if there are any discounts available for indigenous patients, low-income patients, and first or second-time purchases. If you qualify, then you may get a discount. Although you are eligible for a discount if you meet certain requirements, not all dispensaries provide the same discounts or the same rates..
3. It’s time to shake things up
Shake is less expensive than flower and often readily available at most dispensaries. However, they’re usually smaller in size and contain fewer cannabinoids. Shake is often used by patients who want to save money but still enjoy the effects of cannabis.
Shake is literally what “shakes loose” when cannabis buds are being cut for sale. And shake forms naturally in every container marijuana nugs are stored in. Some dispensaries keep shaking mixed together by strain.
So if you’re buying Blue Dream, you can get a discount on Blue Dream to shake. Smaller volume dispensaries might collect the shake from all containers, mixing the strains up. You may not know exactly what you’ll experience with your shake purchase.
For some people, it can feel exciting to not know in advance what psychoactive effects you might experience. But for others with severe symptoms, shake could be a wildcard not to play around with. Shake-ups are very popular among both recreational and medicinal dispensaries. You should be able to get your hands on some great deals when buying shake! Ask your dispensary about separating shake by strain, or check out the online menus to see if they offer discounts.
4. Make bulk purchases during sales from the medical marijuana dispensary
A medical card allows you to purchase up to three ounces of dried flower per month, depending on the state you carry a card in. You may also purchase edibles or concentrates if your state allows them. A super sale occurs when supply exceeds demand. A dispensary drops a particular strain of marijuana that has been overproduced. This causes a blowout sale. You can also observe sales of this nature during other blow-out dates, such as 4/20 or Black Friday.
Check your local state laws before buying cannabis. Legal protections for medical patients do not apply to people who grow cannabis without the proper certifications at home. If you don’t have a medical card, you will need to ask your doctor’s permission to buy cannabis. If they are unable to certify you, you can obtain a recommendation though a qualified provider who has been properly trained on the use of cannabis as a medicine.
Although medical cannabis has been made more affordable due to an increase in dispensaries and therefor competition, the price of your medication will vary widely based on where you live and what is available to you. Your certified physician may recommend purchasing cannabis in bulk, depending on the status of your health or your level of concern regarding being able to afford the medicine. Buying in bulk means you can stock up on a variety of different strains.
5. Join Dispensary Membership program
Patients with medical cards can go anywhere they want within the state they obtained certification to buy marijuana. However, sticking with one dispensary allows them to learn about different strains and methods of consumption specific to that location. Loyalty clubs offer exclusive discounts and contests, so ask your pharmacist or bud tender if they are available when you next purchase. Online membership helps patients find the best deals and promotions; these can often be ascertained by visiting the dispensary’s website.
The loyalty program rewards members for their purchases, and sometimes even referrals as an added bonus. The more you spend, the more points you earn. Points can be redeemed for discounts on future purchases.
6. Get Help With Medical Marijuana Laws
Legalizing marijuana is an issue that has been debated for years. The debate continues to rage on, and many states are still trying to figure out how they want to handle the issue of medical marijuana as well as recreational. Some states have passed laws allowing it while others have banned it outright, although both recognize that federal decriminalization is on the horizon.
Some states allow access to medical marijuana through a physician’s recommendation. Others require a prescription from a licensed physician who is allowed to prescribe cannabis as a treatment plan. If you live in a state where medical marijuana is illegal, you may need to ask your doctor for advice or provide medical records which show you have a qualifying condition for the treatment plan in order to be approved.
7. Shop Seeded Weed & Seeds at Discount Prices
If you are looking for a great deal on discount weed seeds, you’re in luck. Most applicable sites in recreational states have a huge selection of seeds that they offer at discounted prices. You can find all kinds of marijuana seeds including feminized, autoflowering, and regular seeds.
You’ll get a better deal if you buy lightly seeded weed, although not many patients will consider this route due to taste and the possibility of encountering headaches. Edible products infused with cannabis are very popular today, however, and using seeded weed to make them would be an appropriate use of this discount item. You can make them yourself by grinding up the seeded weed, decarboxylating it, and mixing into different foods. Cannabis is also easy to grow under the right conditions, and where it is legal to do so. Raw cannabis seeds are nutritious and contain lots of fiber as well!
Cannabis products certainly aren’t always a steal price-wise, but some careful planning can help you use your medicine more efficiently. Keeping track of “happy hours”, online discount codes or daily deals at nearby dispensaries are all effective ways of achieving this.
Get in touch for more info!
Green Team Doctors | Utah Certified Qualified Medical Providers (QMP)
6975 South Union Park Avenue, Suite 600, Office 679
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84047
Call today: (801) 382-9006