With the legalization of recreational cannabis in a number of states across the country, many people might be wondering whether or not they can order cannabis or THC online.
If you are planning on shopping for THC on the internet, there are a number of things you should keep in mind. While you might be tempted to try and order cannabis from a legal state to your state where marijuana is illegal, this is never a good idea. No legitimate operation will send cannabis across state lines.
While it is possible to order cannabis online in some states where marijuana is legal, you definitely don’t want to just order from the first company find, and you definitely don’t want to order from some guy that posts an advertisement in Instagram comments.
Let’s take a look at 10 tips for safely shopping for THC online so that you protect yourself from financial and legal problems.
1. Look Into Your State’s Laws
Cannabis has been legalized for adult recreational use in 15 states and the city of Washington DC. In 34 states, the use of cannabis for medicinal reasons is legal. If you do not live in any of these states, you shouldn’t try to buy THC online.
Any dispensary that is legitimate will not ship cannabis or THC products to locations where their products are not legal. If you do find a vendor online who is willing to ship to your state, that’s a giant red flag.
If you do live in a state where it is legal to use cannabis recreationally as an adult, then you’ll still want to look into the laws. Find out whether or not delivery services are legal in your city. If they are, there is a chance that you can legally purchase THC products online.
If THC is not legal in your state, don’t fret. There are some other options. You can learn more here about delta-8-THC.
2. See If You Can Order Ahead From a Local Dispensary
Purchasing from a local dispensary can help you support your local economy and can ensure that you are buying from a reputable seller. While not all local dispensaries will have delivery options, as it is not legal in all places, there is a good chance that you will be able to order your products online and easily pick them up after the fact. This way, you can still pick out your products online and skip the line at the store.
3. If It’s Legal In Your State, Look Into Delivery Service Options
In some states, delivery services are legal so long as they remain within the state’s borders. This means that you might be able to have your cannabis or THC delivered right to your door.
These states that allow marijuana product delivery under a specific regulatory regime are:
- New York
- Rhode Island
- New Mexico
Some other states have basically allowed a “gray-market” approach to delivery services. Basically, cannabis is allowed to be delivered as “gifts” in certain states and businesses find a way to make that work.
4. Look For a Secure Site
Whenever you are giving personal information and credit card information online, you want to make sure that the website is secure. What this means is that you should look for a lock in the “locked” position on the left-hand side of your URL bar. If it’s unlocked, then the site isn’t secure and your personal or financial information could end up getting in the hands of the wrong person.
Purchasing from unsecured sites could lead to a long list of issues, including identity theft and tons of bot calls and spam emails.
Make sure any THC product websites you use are secure, otherwise it could jeopardize your bank account and livelihood.
5. Know What You Want
There are so many different THC products to choose from but it can be hard to decide what you exactly want. Doing some research into the different delivery methods and strains can help you figure out what it is exactly that you are looking for.
It’s important to understand that everyone has a different physiology and will respond to THC differently. If you are new to using cannabis, you should know that the effects of cannabis are highly individualized. A number of personal factors will impact your experience, including your previous experience with marijuana, your gender, age, and your overall physical and mental health.
A lot of people when they are buying cannabis or THC for the first time assume that the strongest percentage of THC is the best. Since they know that THC is the psychoactive compound that is responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabis, they think that more is better.
This isn’t actually always the case, though. If you are a new user, products with high THC percentages might be overwhelming. The very strong THC is considered anything over 20% and 33% is about the highest potency level you could find. Keep in mind that the cannabis that was smoked by the hippies in the 60s averaged about 2% THC content.
Another factor that you will want to consider is the canopy all, or CBD, content. While CBD isn’t intoxicating on its own, it does change the effects of the high you might feel when combined with THC.
If you want to get into the details, you could also learn about terpenes. These are the chemical compounds that influence the flavors and scents of cannabis. Many users believe that the terpene profile can impact the effects of the strain.
There is plenty of information online about the difference between indica, sativa, and hybrid strains. As a general guideline, indicas tend to be more relaxing and give a body high, while sativas tend to be more energizing and give a head high. Hybrids will depend on the parent plants and whether they lean more indica or sativa.
That being said, strains can vary widely and you might find an indica strain to be energizing or a sativa strain to give you that couch-lock feeling.
You can find online customer reviews of countless different strains in the effects that people felt. These can be super helpful, however, never forget that everyone responds differently to cannabis. One person’s energizer might be another person’s sleep-aid.
Next, you’ll want to think about the delivery method that makes sense for you. It is very different to ingest cannabis through eating or drinking than it is to inhale it through smoking or vaping. They have different onset times, lengths of time that the effects are felt, and different effects associated with them.
When you inhale THC, you will feel the effects pretty quickly. It’s a good idea to wait 5 to 10 minutes after your first hit in order to gauge how you feel.
When you ingest THC, it will take much longer to set in. It’s important to wait an hour or two to see how you feel before taking more. The effects of ingesting cannabis last much longer than the effects of smoking it.
6. Research Sellers and Prices Before Buying
Probably the most important tip of this article is that you should research who you are buying THC from. It is absolutely essential that you find a reliable source for your cannabis products. Not only will this ensure that you receive your order on time, but it will also mean that you are receiving be product legally and that the product is what they say it is.
While it might take some time, it is totally worth it to do your research ahead of time. You never want to give your credit card information to someone who isn’t above board, and you definitely don’t want to be engaging in illegal transactions.
You’ll also want to do some research into the pricing. It’s possible that there is a lot of variance between different websites and dispensaries. It’s important to understand that lower prices might mean that the quality is lower, however, it’s possible that you can find a reasonable deal on products that you are happy with by shopping around.
7. Don’t Mail Or Receive THC Across State Lines
It is always illegal to ship cannabis across state lines. This will be the case unless the laws about marijuana change at the federal level. While you might be able to find websites that will ship cannabis or other THC products to you across state lines, it’s important that you understand that this is considered drug trafficking.
8. Check Online Customer Reviews
Looking at online customer reviews is a great way to get a sense of a company. Look at a number of different business listing websites in order to find the reviews. If you only look at the reviews on their own website, you are running the risk that the reviews are not real and do not reflect the quality of the service the business provides.
If people have been ripped off by a company, there’s a good chance that they are going to leave a negative review online. While all companies might have a few less-than-perfect reviews under their belt, keep an eye out for brands that seem to have screwed over a lot of their customers.
9. Review the Product Labels
In most of the states where cannabis is legal, cannabis products are required to undergo a number of different tests by a state-accredited lab. These tests help to make sure that the products are accurately labeled and are safe to consume. Primarily, lab tests will screen for potency and the levels of THC and CBD, unwanted contaminants, residual pesticides, and the presence of mycotoxins like mildew and mold.
However, the requirements can vary greatly between states. If you are ordering online from a website that doesn’t seem entirely above board, you’ll at least want to read the labels on the products. Make sure that they are tested by a third-party so that you are not buying a product that could have just about anything in it.
10. Keep an Eye Out For Scammers
Unfortunately, whenever there is money to be made, there will be people that are looking to scam you. It’s important to keep your wits about you and always have your eyes open for cannabis scammers if you are shopping for THC online.
If you spend any time on cannabis Instagram pages, then you have almost certainly seen marijuana scammers advertising in the comments section. They will post pictures and offered to ship cannabis for a very affordable price to anyplace in the world. They might even list a phone number that you can call in place your order through.
These phone numbers are often temporary, however, and are made using a burner app. What this means is that they will get rid of the number after they have received money than you. They will completely cut off all communication once they have your money and you will never hear from them again.
This is one of the reasons why it is so important to order cannabis online only from legal, reputable services. If something seems too good to be too, it most likely is. Don’t be left in a situation where you get scammed out of money and you don’t end up with the product you were looking for.
Shopping For THC Online: It’s Worth Doing Your Homework First!
As you can see, in some places it might be possible to buy THC online. And why wouldn’t you want to? There are so many benefits of THC when used properly, and it’s convenient to be able to have it shipped right to your door.
That being said, it’s important to use caution when doing so. You don’t want to break the law, and you definitely don’t want to get scammed.
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