Simple Guide to Buying Cannabis

Simple guide to buying Cannabis in many different forms.

Looking to try cannabis for the first time? Never been to a dispensary before? Or maybe just want to know a little more about what exactly you’re saying when stopping by our dispensary to grab an eighth of bud? No matter the reason, here is a simple guide to help figure out exactly what to buy; and how to buy it.

Cannabis can be found in many different forms, from edibles to vapes to tinctures. This guide is for the most common and most classic form: flower. Flower is the term for the smokable part of the cannabis plant. It can be consumed using many different methods, such as pipes, joints, or bongs. In order to purchase flower, you first need to know the measurements it is sold in.



The world of cannabis can initially be a bit surprising due to the math references involved. Marijuana is generally measured and sold within the context of an ounce. The more you buy; the cheaper the price – think of it as a bulk discount. Some of the most common measurements for cannabis flower are:

One Gram of Cannabis

Gram – One metric gram of cannabis. This is the smallest purchasable amount, typically enough for one joint. Small purchases are measured in grams. If you are just starting to smoke or want to try a new strain without committing to buying too much, starting off with a gram is the way to go.

Eighth -An eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams. It should be noted that above one gram, cannabis is measured and referenced in ounces. As stated in Key to Cannabis’ article, an eighth “can be rolled into roughly 7 half-gram joints or 14 quarter-gram bowls”. For users who don’t smoke too often, an eighth typically hits the sweet spot.

Quarter – ¼ of an ounce, or 7 grams. A quarter ounce is usually purchased by heavier smokers, as it can last a while for a user.

½ Ounce – Exactly what it says, half an ounce, or 14 grams. This will satisfy even a heavy user’s supply for a while.

Ounce – One ounce, or 28 grams. If you are really looking to stock up for a while, an ounce should do the trick.


Arguably the easiest way to begin smoking flower is with a pre-roll. A pre-roll is, well, exactly what it sounds like; a pre-rolled joint. A common fixture in nearly all dispensaries, pre-rolls can be bought individually or in packs. They are a very user friendly alternative to flower, as they are ready to smoke from the moment they are purchased, no assembly required. If you are looking for a simple, straightforward way to smoke cannabis, instead of buying flower, consider grabbing yourself a pre-roll!

Finding your strain

Not all cannabis is right for every user. Different strains have different effects on their users. Some are bred for relaxation, some for anxiety relief, others for creativity, etc. By knowing what type of affects you want, you can make sure to select something in our Long Beach dispensary menu that works for you.

First, the basics. There are three main classifications of cannabis: Sativas, Indicas, and Hybrids, which are a mix of the two. For more information on these classifications and what they mean, check out the detailed description in our article about Long Beach’s most popular strains of 2019

Websites such as Leafly have facts and descriptions for many popular strains, including common effects, side effects, and user reviews. They also often have information and fun facts about a strain’s history or an explanation behind its name. After all, who wouldn’t want to know why what they’re smoking is called “Sour Diesel” or “Banana OG”?

However, the best and easiest way to figure out which strain to try is by simply coming into our local Long Beach dispensary. Budtenders (a dispensary’s salespeople) are trained to help customers find the exact product that is most tailored to their specific needs. Our budtenders are knowledgeable on what each strain’s effects, side effects, and effectiveness are, and will work with you to find the right fit. Dispensaries also often have various deals and sales going on, and Modern Buds offers a discount for first-time buyers, so be sure to inquire about one when you visit.