After working in a dispensary for a decent amount of time, it quickly becomes apparent that not everyone buys marijuana the same way. Some people will only ever buy ounces at a time, some people can’t let themselves have more than a gram at a time in their house for fear that they’ll smoke it all. This kind of buyer always makes me sad because even though I understand where they are coming from, most dispensaries don’t run any particularly strong sales on very small amounts, so I end up having to charge them far more over time than someone who comes in for an eighth every few days. And then you have customers who only buy large amounts or specific strains, still wasting money on small day to day purchases in between their favorite strains availability.
Strain availability seems to be kind of a hard thing to grasp for some people, I personally have been yelled at countless times because someone couldn’t rationalize the idea that marijuana has to be grown, cured, and tested before it can be released for consumption. Depending on the strain it can also take longer to grow or produce far less than some other strains a dispensary might have, which is why while it may seem like they are focusing on a strain you don’t particularly care for in reality your favorite just produces notably less per harvest. In this way you can’t really blame the people that stock up on their favorites, but as with anything too much of one strain is not necessarily a good thing.
I think it is very important to be fairly constantly changing what strains you smoke, of course everyone has a favorite but you stand to make your favorite hit you harder if you take a break from it for a bit. The more you smoke a specific strain, especially if you get it from the same dispensary, your body has a very good chance of slowly building up a tolerance to it, in some cases I’ve even felt that smoking different strains from the same dispensary can hit you weaker because they all use the same sort of nutrient cocktail. I recently visited another recreational state and found that even though I had purchased something considerably lower THC wise, the weed hit me very differently from any of the strains that I had been getting from my dispensary. This is nothing to do with the quality of the weed, it was simply something that my body had not gotten used to yet.
I am also a fan of getting out of your strain comfort zone. If you are someone who is constantly smoking the heaviest Indicas you can find but aren’t feeling the kick like you used to, switch to some Sativas. There are plenty of Sativa options that don’t carry with them the raciness some customers avoid, plenty of strains that will serve their purpose of kicking your receptors out of the rut they can get into. This goes for Sativa users as well, find a light Indica, something with uplifting body high instead of heaviness. You may find that when you go back to your Sativa standard it’s been given back some of the kick you missed.
So what does this mean all together? I recommend getting an eighth to a quarter of whatever strain you are looking at, anything more can start to degrade somewhat by the time you get to the end of your bag, jar, what have you. I just finished a half ounce of something and the first hit of the new strain was a phenomenal change. And most importantly, try new things. Don’t get upset when your spot is out of something you love, it may just be a chance for you to find a new favorite, and with so many dispensaries running specials on eighths there is always something new to be tried.