Dear Stoner: What should I get for my 21-year-old niece at the dispensary? It's her birthday soon.
Dear Auntie: Is she already a cannabis consumer? Experience is a big factor in this decision, as is the proper education about potent concentrates, edibles and other infused products that could be new to someone who’s just come of age. If we’re being realistic, she’s probably already been exposed to not just pot, but hash, vaporizable concentrates and edibles; still, she hasn’t seen what Colorado dispensaries have in store.
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Young people are always on the go, so I’d recommend something discreet and easy to use, like pre-filled vaporizers and edibles, which are much easier to wrap than a few skunky buds. But have a talk with your niece about her experience before buying a 100-milligram candy bar or vaporizer filled with live resin.
Better yet, treat this like buying clothes for a 21-year-old — and by that I mean take her shopping with you to ensure that nothing is returned or thrown away (most dispensaries don’t take returns anyway, but I digress). That way, you can figure out how knowledgable and experienced a consumer your niece is and witness any potential budtender education firsthand. Who knows? Maybe she’ll even be cool enough to share her present with you.
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