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Why should you buy cannabis from a licensed dispensary?

Licensed dispensaries make cannabis accessible for millions of customers in many states, but that’s not the only reason why buying from a dispensary is a good idea. Here, we’ll break down five reasons why you should buy your cannabis from a licensed provider near you.

You know what you’re getting

Simply put, there’s no real way to confirm what’s in the products obtained from a non-authorized cannabis seller. Without lab reports to confirm what’s in — and not in — your products, there’s no way to rule out if pesticides and harmful chemicals were left behind during the growing, processing, or manufacturing process. For example, you won’t find a vape cartridge with Vitamin E acetate, a common ingredient in black market cartridges that can be harmful when heated and inhaled, in any product sold in a licensed dispensary. 

Don’t just take our word for it: dispensary products have the paperwork to prove it. The contents of your chosen product are verified by an independent, third-party lab, so you can be confident what you’re bringing home is authentic and contains the cannabinoids and terpenes listed on the label. These lab results also confirm that no harmful chemicals, pesticides, or byproducts are in your product. Read our article on lab testing to learn more.

Quality comes standard

The legal cannabis system operates through a tightly-controlled supply chain that requires your product to be tracked from the moment it’s planted to the moment you take it home from a licensed dispensary. This “seed to sale” tracking system ensures that cannabis products are certified and untampered with.

In addition to the tightly-monitored seed to sale tracking system, legal cannabis products are grown, processed, and manufactured under strict supervision and to top-of-the-line standards, so you know they’ve passed the bar before you bring them home. These safety standards vary from state to state, but they are all tightly controlled. Each state has its own criteria for cannabis, but generally, cannabis flower must be inspected, tested, and verified to be free of mold, mildew, pesticides, contaminates, and other toxins as determined by that state body.

Dispensaries offer more choice

When you buy dispensary products, you’re supplied with all the information you need to shape your experience — information not definitively available when you buy outside a dispensary. Use the data on the label or in the lab report to select the right cannabinoid profile, cannabinoid radio, terpene profile, and terpene ratio for your desired outcome. When it comes time to shop, you’re not stuck with just a few limited options that may or may not support your goals: whether you’re after a 10:1 THC to CBD ratio tincture or a vaping cartridge high in myrcene terpenes, a dispensary can help you find what you are looking for. Visit our article on cannabinoids and our article on terpenes to learn more about how these compounds shape your cannabis experience.

Expert advice is on hand

More choice is certainly a plus for a licensed dispensary, but such a wide selection can be overwhelming for someone new to cannabis or someone looking to expand their horizons. Patient care associates and pharmacists are available to guide you through the vast array of product choices. Don’t hesitate to ask detailed questions about what’s in each product, how they work, and recommend products that support your desired experience or are similar to ones you’ve enjoyed in the past. With the input of these professionals, you can discover new strains, product forms, and cannabinoid and terpene profiles that can take your cannabis experience to new heights. You can’t get that sort of professional assistance anywhere else.

Dispensaries support ongoing cannabis research

Dispensaries have access to the research institutions that are working each day to build upon and expand our cannabis knowledge. Ethos patients can access these studies firsthand, and in select areas, they can volunteer to be a part of a study as more studies open up to participants.

In Pennsylvania, Ethos holds a Clinical Registrant (CR) license from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This partners us with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, which is researching how much cannabis and in which forms helps alleviate symptoms of the most commonly recommended conditions in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program. The results will allow us — and caregivers around the world — to better recommend products for our patients. 

Choose a dispensary for quality and choice

It’s easier than ever for customers to access cannabis, but where they buy from makes all the difference. At Ethos, our attentive product associates, patient care experts, and pharmacists can be your guide through a plethora of options not available from an unauthorized seller. Unprecedented and careful seed to sale tracking ensures product quality and integrity every step of the way, with the lab test results to demonstrate that you’re truly getting what it says on the label. At Ethos, we’re also partners in research, and our customers can be a part of the next generation of cannabis knowledge and understanding. Stop in and experience the difference a licensed dispensary can provide.

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