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Voltaire prides itself on providing concierge-level service, and we are here to answer all of your questions!

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), but please keep in mind that this page will be updated soon with tons of new and helpful information!

  • I am new to cannabis, what should I try first?
    Cannabis isn't one-size-fits-all. Just like alcohol, there are many varieties of cannabis, which can make ordering a bit overwhelming! So if you aren't sure where to start, we'd recommend first considering the following questions: 1. How do you prefer consuming cannabis: Smoking flower? Vaping cartridges? Using edibles, concentrates, or topically? 2. When do you primarily consume cannabis: at night or during the day? 3. Are you trying to treat a medical condition (such as pain or trouble sleeping)? The answer to each of these questions should help you decide which products to begin with, but if you're still having trouble, please speak with one of our Budtenders! At Voltaire, we can help provide individualized recommendations and tweak your selections until you find what works best for you (based on current availablility, of course). FYI: We always recommend that new users start with a low dosage and go slowly, based on your history with cannabis and your current goals.
  • Can anyone shop at a New Jersey dispensary?
    Anyone ages 21+ with a valid form of ID can purchase cannabis in New Jersey.
  • Can I use cannabis if I don’t smoke?
    Yes! There are many ways to use cannabis products beyond smoking. Many patients find that vaporizing the flower or extract is easier on their respiratory system, while others prefer to eat edibles. At Voltaire, in addition to Flower and Pre-Rolls, we also have Vapes/Oil Cartridges, Edibles, and Topical Formulations (transcutaneous therapeutic cannabis extract for application directly on the skin).
  • What is the difference between CBD and THC?
    Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. When you ingest THC and CBD, the THC directly stimulates CB1 receptors, while the CBD acts as a modulating influence on the THC. Additionally, THC is psychoactive, meaning it will produce a euphoric effect, while CBD is non-psychoactive. CBD-only products derive from "Cannabis Ruderalis", a class of cannabis we often call "Hemp". Recently, Hemp-derived CBD products became federally legal, which is why you’ll see them available all over, from grocery stores to coffee shops. Today, when we say “cannabis", we’re usually talking about the federally illegal, euphoric, THC-9 version.
  • What is the difference between cannabis from a dispensary vs cannabis from the “street”?
    Licensed cannabis dispensaries are held to a high standard, all products are laboratory tested and meet stringent cleanliness standards. The cannabis available elsewhere can be contaminated with fungus, molds, or pesticides. There is also very little verifiable information about the genotype (strain name, origin) or chemotype (THC % etc) outside of a licensed dispensary.
  • What is the difference between medical cannabis vs recreational "adult use" cannabis?
    The difference is based only on in its intended use. Medical cannabis is used by people with a qualifying medical condition who have registered under a state's medical cannabis program. The cannabis itself is no different from that which can be purchased for adult-use—that's the preferred term for "recreational use." One exception: You may at times see the words “medical grade” on a cannabis product’s label or package. This specifically refers to the quality of the cannabis, as some patients require a higher caliber product in order to best manage symptoms.
  • What is the difference between smoking and eating cannabis?
    There is a much more immediate perceived effect when cannabis is smoked or vaporized. It is easier to control dosage, because the effect is shorter lived than consuming an edible. Preparing and consuming an edible is an effective delivery method, but it takes longer for your body to feel the effects. Therefore, it is important to start with small amounts of an edible and slowly eat more over a period of time until you reach a comfortable level of desired effect.
  • Are there any restrictions on my usage of cannabis?
    Smoking cannabis falls within the definition of “smoking” as set forth in the Smoke Free Air Act at N.J.S.A. 26:3D-57 and is therefore subject to the provisions of the Smoke Free Air Act. Those who consume cannabis may not operate, navigate, or be in control of any vehicle, aircraft, railroad train, or stationary heavy equipment vessel while under the influence of cannabis. Additionally, consumers may not smoke cannabis: On a school bus or public form of transportation. In a private vehicle unless the vehicle is not in operation. On any school grounds, in any correctional facility, at any public park or beach, at any recreation center. Any area pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:33-13. Please remember to be responsible and considerate when consuming cannabis.
  • Cannabis often gives me negative side-effects, am I doing something wrong?
    The THC in cannabis is psychoactive and can sometimes lead to varying side-effects depending on a large variety of factors: age, weight, gender, amount consumed, strain, THC level, and MANY more variables! In other words, similar to alcohol, cannabis can effect each person differently for reasons we cannot yet fully explain. Consequently, if you consume cannabis from a reputable seller (like a dispensary) and notice a pattern of negative side-effects, you should immediately consult a medical professional to determine whether cannabis usage is safe for you.

NOTE: We are committed to science, transparency, and intellectual honesty. You will notice that all of our sources are cited, and if you find ANY mistakes, please let us know and we will correct them immediately.

To visit the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission's (CRC) official FAQ's page, click here.

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