The modern shopper of today has access to just about everything you could ever need or want, and with ‘Free Shipping’ to boot! Revolutionary companies like Amazon have driven e-commerce to unthinkable heights – you can purchase your groceries online, have them delivered within 24 hours, and spend more time with family or doing what you love. Shopping online has created a positive time surplus for many Canadians, especially when you consider factors like Christmas shopping, the poor weather conditions in winter, and the physical and mental toll that perusing through each individual store can take. For many of us, the only time we’re spending in retail stores these days is to get a coffee, try on clothing, or to kill some time. In all of these examples, the urgency to make a purchase is no longer as prevalent as it used to be; many Canadians will check out what’s new at the mall, but when it comes to actually making their purchases they’ll wait until they’re home and buy it online. The prices, the deals, the inventory selections, they’re all a step-up and just a click away on e-commerce sites. There are some who have disdain for online shopping due to its significant ecological footprint (shipping, excess packaging, etc) but nonetheless e-commerce is here to stay, and it’s how the majority of Canadians choose to get their goods.
Shopping for cannabis online is no different from everyday commodities – convenience and cost dominate people’s needs. Marijuana is unique in that it is both a commodity and a medicine, so there are varying degrees of quality, consistency, variety and availability requirements. Regardless of why you need cannabis in your life, you expect a certain combination of effects, specific looks or tastes, and the promise of value. Legal cannabis is intended to be a safe, one-stop shop for all your cannabis needs but they are not yet caught up to Canadians’ needs. With all cannabis products legalized today – flowers, edibles, concentrates, extracts, cannabis topicals – there is much more to choose from, so now is an excellent time to experiment and test out what kind of marijuana products work best for you. What kind of cannabis potency or cannabinoid concentrations do you need? Understanding the differences between THC and CBD, how much is ideal for you, and what form of cannabis you should consume to optimize the benefits can be an undertaking.
What do you need to know about shopping online for cannabis in Canada? Here’s some of the basics you need to know about legal marijuana and how to manage it.