Cannabis FAQs

Is Marijuana Legal in Alaska?

Alaska legalized recreational marijuana in February 2015. Since then, adults over the age of 21 have been able to purchase recreational marijuana from cannabis dispensaries.

You are allowed to purchase and possess one ounce of cannabis (28.3 grams), which is the legal limit of your daily cannabis allowance. If you want to mix and match cannabis flowers, edibles, and concentrates, your Hillside Natural Wellness budtender will calculate your total cannabis amount.

How Much Cannabis Can I Buy in a Single Purchase?

Alaska state law specifies that consumers can buy and/or possess up to one ounce of cannabis. That is the maximum amount you are allowed to buy in a single purchase from a dispensary.

You shouldn’t try to bypass the law by making multiple purchases within a day. One ounce of cannabis is plenty for your daily needs and you can always make another purchase the next day.

Do I Need a Doctor’s Prescription to Buy Marijuana in Alaska?

Alaska has legalized the recreational use of marijuana for people over 21 years of age. That means you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to buy marijuana. You can visit any recreational marijuana dispensary and buy the cannabis products you want.

You can purchase cannabis buds and flowers, concentrates, edibles, or topicals, as long as you remain below the legal limit for a single purchase. Our helpful budtenders will help you calculate your purchase totals between all of the above so that you remain within the law.

Where Can I Consume My Cannabis?

You are only allowed to consume your cannabis on private property.

Because cannabis is illegal at a federal level, you can’t consume it on government property like state and national parks, federal land, or at the airport, among other places.

Additionally, you may not consume your cannabis in public, even if it is on state land or in your car. Public parks are a no go.

You may consume your cannabis in your home. If you are visiting an area that’s legalized cannabis, make sure your host, hotel or AirBnB allows the consumption of marijuana on their grounds.

Can I Pay by Debit or Credit Card?

The ability to pay by card is uncommon, but not something you should rely on when visiting a dispensary. Banks in the United States—and the banking system in general—are organized on a federal level. Since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, banks can’t allow the transaction if it involves a federally illegal product. The places that are able to use the card are often running cash transactions, or have an exotic bank backing them.

Hence, credit and debit cards shouldn’t be relied on as a primary form of payment when purchasing cannabis products at a dispensary or shop in Alaska.

How Much THC Should I Get?

The most sensible suggestion is to start with a low dosage, which usually means around 2.5 gr of cannabis.

Do not underestimate the time it takes for cannabis to take effect. Wait for two hours to experience the benefits of marijuana before you evaluate the quantity you have consumed.

If you require a more intense effect, you can try a larger quantity the next day or a few hours later.

Remember that current cannabis strains have been selectively bred for their high THC potency. While marijuana used to have an average content of 10% THC, it is now not uncommon to have THC content that is at least twice as much. As a result, a small quantity of buds and flowers will go a long way toward creating the high, sensation, or feeling you are looking for.

Do I Know How Potent My Marijuana Product Is?

All our Hillside Natural Wellness products are labeled with their THC content clearly stated. You will have full knowledge about the type of cannabis you are trying—sativa, indica or hybrid—as well as the percentage of THC and/or CBD it contains. This will help you evaluate how much cannabis you should try in the first place.

We suggest you keep notes of the cannabis strain you are trying and the effects it has on you. There are more than 700 cannabis strains available among growers in the USA, and maybe Alaska alone. Some of them are relaxing while others are uplifting, depending on their cannabinoid profile and their content of terpenes and other botanical compounds.

You can sample a few cannabis strains to evaluate how they make you feel and slowly focus on the ones that match your expectations and body.

Our budtenders can answer all your questions and guide you into choosing the marijuana strains that fit your profile, expectations, and health targets.

What’s the Difference between CBD and THC?

The cannabis plant contains hundreds of cannabinoids, of which CBD and THC are the best-known.

With selective breeding, growers have created two different varieties of cannabis: industrial hemp and marijuana. Industrial hemp is brimming with CBD but contains only traces of THC. CBD is a non-psychotropic and non-addictive cannabinoid that may have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-depression, and pain-relieving properties. Many, but not all, CBD products are made from industrial hemp in the United States.

Conversely, THC products are made from marijuana, which has been bred to contain little CBD but significant quantities of THC. THC is a psychoactive component that may have anti-nausea, pain-relieving, and anti-depression qualities.

Because THC is considered hallucinogenic and psychotropic by authorities, it still remains illegal at the federal level. However, 18 states, including Alaska, have legalized the recreational use of THC and marijuana.

What Part of the Marijuana Plant Am I Consuming?

Marijuana products are made from the flowers of the cannabis plant. That is why we are talking about flowers and buds. These are the parts of the plant that contain the most cannabinoids, terpenes, and other botanical compounds of marijuana and they are the plant parts that have the strongest effect on the body.

Understand that concentrates can and are made from other parts of the cannabis, including stalks, leaves, and buds. Bud is the optimal “fuel” for concentrates, but other parts of the plant can be useful and provide THC in lower quantities.

The above may be especially true for CBD focused products that have been concentrated into oils, as “whole-plant” solutions seek to use the entire hemp plant to include more cannabinoids than just the extremely well-known Cannabidinol (CBD).

What Types of Cannabis Products Can I Buy from Hillside Natural Wellness?

Our marijuana dispensary carries many cannabis products. You will find products with THC, CBD, and any combination of these.

If you are looking for marijuana, we have edibles, flowers, concentrates, vape pens, and topicals. You will find cannabis gummies, oral sprays, tinctures, drinks, chocolates, pre-rolls, lotions, and cartridges.

We carry several quality brands from producers right here in Alaska. What makes us special is the inclusion of cannabis products and strains from previously private genetics and plants produced solely by our experts. We are constantly enriching our cannabis product collection to give our customers more choices.