Cannabis budtenders have to educate themselves on the effects of their store’s products

Big companies hire employees in droves and hope that they find their way as a cog in the wheel, but often they’re given the least amount of training possible.

It was hard for me working as a retail associate for a large department store in high school.

Aside from dealing with angry customers, I hated the expectations that were thrust on me from management, especially in situations when I wasn’t given adequate instructions in the first place. I thought it would be easier working for one of their competitors, but it was exchanging one demon for another. You end up realizing that both companies are uniquely bad for diverging reasons; it’s so overwhelming that you can’t comfortably work for either. I started working for a cannabis dispensary recently because of my love for the plant and its various administration methods. I didn’t realize that I knew so much about marijuana until I started speaking with my fellow budtenders at the store. Most of them didn’t know how different terpenes yielded different qualitative effects in users, nor could they recommend a good strain for specific ailments whenever a customer asked for advice. Instead of being complacent like my coworkers, I educate myself on marijuana to the fullest of my abilities. If a customer walks into the dispensary and asks for a recommendation that will affect their ability to feel “well,” I don’t want to fool around guessing what one strain will do if I’ve never sampled it before. That’s why I go by the lab test data and try to determine how the strain might affect someone based on the specific terpenes that are found in the highest concentration.

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