Many people are buying weed online. Here at exclusivebud.com we receive emails on the daily asking general question on how to buy weed online. So we put together a comprehensive guide on where to find reliable non-government sites that carry great cannabis and cannabis products. Starting with the basics from research and reviews to shipping and paying for your order.
As legalization has passed, Canadians are still finding it hard to get there hands on good weed. Consistently we at exclusivebud are being asked a simple question on buying weed online so we thought we would give you a step by step guide to finding the best mail order marijuana site (MOM) for you. As there are MOMs popping up by dime a dozen, we are here to help you find secure, reliable MOMs.
So let’s get down to the facts.
Start with the basics
Most sites will have 19+ login sign up, however, many sites will not ask for ID to purchase marijuana or marijuana products unless they are government run or licensed websites.
Most online dispensaries are not fully legal, however, there is a huge grey area as it is hard to justify these outlets as black-market because marijuana itself is not an illegal entity.
Many sites are based out of British Columbia as B.C has a ideal climate of growing great weed. B.C is also known globally as the place to get the ‘best bud’ in Canada. Many licensed producers (LLC) are located in northern B.C. However, if you are buying online from eastern parts of Canada be aware shipping is standard 20 dollars and up depending on the region (below I will list the price for shipping across Canada) for Canada Post, sending to a P.O box is an available option as well. It is best to request a signature for your packages if you live in a house, as many people are aware of the mail order marijuana packages because they all come in similar parcels. Package tend to be stolen when left at your door and this is a re-occurring problem for many online dispensaries.
Is it Safe?
There are more than 200+ online dispensaries across Canada that are NOT operating under the federally-approved medical marijuana system. To qualify under the federal system, you’ll need to get a doctor’s approval and Health Canada’s permission to purchase from one of the 26 licensed producers. Each provincial governments have allowed dispensaries to proliferate so people can safely access medical marijuana, so long as there are no sales to minors or any gang affiliations.
There are many mail order sites that have been around since early 2000(s). Currently, there has never been anyone charged with receiving cannabis or cannabis products in the mail. So you don’t need to be looking over your shoulder when receiving your packaging or going to pick up your package.
That being said, there is still a risk on both ends, many dispensaries are not looking for federal approval to sell weed online.
To be noted NO DISPENSARY SHIPS OUTSIDE OF CANADA.
Where to find reliable websites?
Is a great forum run by few Canadian Marijuana enthusiasts. Essentially the forum started on reddit. However, reddit started banning the posting of “illegal” websites that would post deals and sales which made the forum essentially useless to Canadian reddit readers. So the “Captin” as he is known started their own forum.
Ideally, this is a great place for Canadians to come review websites. They can voice their opinions on their personal experience with all the different websites they have tried and weave out the good from the bad. Customers are able to place their reviews of strains, customer service, shipping, and overall experience. Dispensaries are able to post deals/ bundles/ promo codes/ sales as well as interact with people looking for specific items they might carry. This is a great forum for newbies and seasoned professionals to ask about anything and everything related to cannabis culture, and then have different dispensaries give you their input as well!
Reddit still has different forums with past MOMs (Mail order Marijuana Sites). Here you can see past reviews over the last couple of years of different companies. Essentially if you are buying from a MOM you should search the MOM through to see what people are saying about there experiences with the site your looking into. Most established or “trusted MOMs” should be on both these forums.
Weedmaps and Leafly are paid advertising sites, some MOMs are on these sites. Weedmaps recently started charging for there service since legalization so many MOMs menus and reviews are not available due to the fact they have not bought a subscription package from these sites. That being said, these platforms are great for finding MOMs, also they have great content and information on all different types of strains. Personally, I prefer to refer to leafly as the platform is easier to navigate through regarding strain information.
Twitter is an awesome place to find established MOMs. Twitter allows online dispensaries to post sales and deals as most social media sites do not allow advertisement of the sale of the “illicit drug”. So it is best for you to follow different Mail order Marijuana sites on Twitter to keep up to date on promotions sales and deals! It is to be noted many social media handles have been suspended throughout the past couple of years, before legalization so don’t be worried if the social media handle seems fairly new. P.S Keep an eye out for coupon codes.
Instagram is a great place to contact the dispensary directly rather than search for there contact info. Most Mail order Marijuana dispensaries post pictures and video’s of there stock for promotion but be wary of this as it is easy to duplicate content to pass for their own original pictures or videos. Instagram does not allow the promotion of sales and deals so many dispensaries cannot post such content as Instagram spiders do detect the post and have it disabled or have the account suspended altogether.
Now that you’ve done research
Now that you’ve looked into your particular MOM of choice, it is time to purchase your cannabis products.
All websites require you to sign up before purchasing. Here is a step by step guide on how to purchase.
- When you have all your products in your shopping cart, and are ready to Checkout
- Click on the shopping cart icon (top-right of your screen) and you will be redirected to the View Cart page
- Check to see if everything looks right, if you have a coupon code, enter in the code and click Apply Coupon.
- When you’re ready click on the green Proceed to Checkout button
In the Checkout page, you will need to login with your email address and password. If this is your first time registering with us, you will need to provide your email and choose a password and an account will be set up for you
- Once you’ve filled in all the required fields, you’ll need to accept the Terms and Conditions (located on the bottom of the page) then click “Place Order”
- On the Checkout Confirmation page, you will see your order number and instructions on sending an Interac E-transfer.
- Orders only ship after E-transfer has been received
- Once we collect your E-Transfer, your order will be processed and will ship the following business day. We’ll email your Xpresspost tracking number as soon as available
Many sites only offer e-transfer some may accept credit card but that is a rare occurrence.
Once you’ve sent your E-transfer, it could take up to 60 minutes for us to receive an email notifying us of your payment. Your E-transfer will be pending until we collect the E-transfer (when we process your order). Payment is made using Interac E-transfer. If you use online banking with a Canadian bank or credit union, then sending a transfer takes just a couple of minutes.
Instructions will be provided with your online invoice and orders ship only after E-Transfer have been received. If we receive your payment by 9 am PST (12pm EST), your order ships that business day, or else it ships the next business day. Once you’ve placed your order, the next step in the process will be to submit an Interac E-transfer. Your order will be kept On Hold till we receive your E-transfer. If we do not receive your payment within 2 days, your order will be canceled.
If you are new to Interac E-transfers, please visit http://www.interac.ca/en/interac-e-transfer-consumer.html
If we receive your E-transfer by 9:00 am PST Monday to Friday, your order will ship the same business day or else it’ll ship the following business day. Once your order has shipped, tracking info will be sent by email.
Shipping Fees Across Canada
Shipping fees cost anywhere from $15-$25 for orders under $100. For orders over $200, shipping is generally free for most Canadian mail order marijuana sites.
Orders are shipped by Xpresspost and a tracking number will be emailed after your order ships. You will receive your order in 1-3 business days. Please allow an extra couple of business days if you live in a remote area in Canada.
Your delivery is guaranteed (except for residents of Nunavut, Northern Quebec or if you provide an inaccurate/incomplete address). As some MOMs choose not to send to rural regions if this is the case for you ALWAYS contact the MOM directly with your full address or P.O Box. Please be aware if you input your address incorrectly most MOMs will not refund your order as it is not there error. However many MOMs will order you a discount code or a special offer for your loss.
Essentially I can only speak for exclusivebud, here at exclusivebud.com we package all orders in vacuumed sealed bags with boveda packs for larger orders and boxes for larger orders. We ensure that no smell or air is leaking out of our parcels to ensure the product is delivered fresh to your doorstep.
Canceling or Editing Orders
If you would like to add or edit your order, you’ll need to contact the dispensary through email. Please email [email protected]’dispensary name’.com with the order number you would like canceled.
If you would like your order canceled and it has not shipped out yet, please email [email protected]
All order edits/cancels are made on a best-efforts basis.
So there you have it! Buying weed online has become a huge business in Canada, essentially its a win-win for consumer and businesses as competition increases prices and variety only get better. More and more Canadians are looking to buy weed online from different outlets that essentially provide great cannabis and cannabis products. With all of these new social media sites and forums that are created to open conversation and provide quality content and information to cannabis consumers globally.
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