For those lucky enough to live in a state or country with medical and/or recreational marijuana dispensaries, a great marijuana budtender can be the difference between an awesome, educational and ultimately successful experience and a visit that is disappointing and overly expensive. A good knowledgeable budtender makes your trip to a dispensary the first part of achieving that perfect high.
What is a Budtender?
A person who works at a dispensary whose job it is to help you select cannabis products that meet your needs. Much like a bartender, a budtender is a service oriented job that requires a variety of skills.
Most budtenders have some industry experience, meaning they are current or previous marijuana users themselves. Naturally this is only a small part of the job. Most budtenders in competitive markets have extensive knowledge about the local growing communities, the ever growing methods of consuming cannabis products, an in depth slightly nerdy approach to the science behind marijuana and some level of social skill. Who are these magic unicorns and how do you become one? Connections. Most budtenders got their gig by knowing a friend of a friend of a friend. Update that LinkedIn profile!
What Can I Expect From a Budtender?
For the cannabis novice who has never set foot in a dispensary, think of a budtender like a teacher. Like any good teacher, a marijuana budtender won’t do the work for you but knows how to ask the right questions so that you can arrive at the answer, the perfect bud, without too much time and stress. A dispensary is the last place you should be stressed, so keep the vibes chill.
There is a scene from the movie “Bridesmaids” when after boarding a flight to Vegas for the bachelorette party, a drinking newbie asks the flight attendant for a “glass of alcohol”. Don’t be that person. Do some homework on your own before you head out. Your marijuana budtender will appreciate it, especially during these times of social distancing, that you do not show up and ask for some “really good weed”.
Of course you should ask your budtender for recommendations but keep in mind part of their job is sales and like any salesperson may recommend top shelf cannabis products that are not what you had in mind. If you have tried some marijuana recently that you loved, or hated, be sure to mention that to your budtender. Be specific, tell them what you loved or hated about the last product. When in doubt listen to your budtenders advice but be willing to try a few different strains. Sometimes the quest for cannabis perfection takes some trial and error.
What Budtenders Want You to Know
No it’s not the perfect job. Most marijuana dispensaries budtenders do not sit around stoned all day, in fact most follow very strict laws and guidelines to stay in business. Treat them with respect and they will reciprocate. Feel free to ask for a discount but don’t demand one and please no complaining about prices and taxes. Your budtenders have absolutely no control over prices or taxes. The prices are negotiated between the growers and the dispensary owners, your typical marijuana budtender is not part of this equation. Taxes are determined by law at the state or federal level. Budtenders want your feedback. Found the perfect Sativa during your last visit? Make sure to thank your budtender on your next visit. The last Indica recommendation left you unimpressed, your budtender wants to know this too. No touching the cannabis products! Enough said. Ultimately a budtender is doing everything possible to help you find the best cannabis for your specific needs and the more you work with them, do your homework and treat them with respect, the better the outcome and you may just be on your way to the best marijuana experience of your life.
Be Sure to Tip Your Budtender