5 Facts that can make your budtender’s job a whole lot easier

Published Jun 25, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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When you decide to visit your local weed store, it can really help the process to go a lot smoother if you are forthcoming about what it is that you’re looking for. Though most eager consumers set out believing that selecting cannabis products is an easy task, once they set foot in a dispensary, it tends to jar expectations, and to some, it can feel a little bit overwhelming.

After all, it wasn’t that long ago that possession of these kinds of items was illegal, but if you want to leave as happy as possible, then there are a few things that you should try to figure out before you go, and some of them may take a bit of extra confidence to say out loud. It’s ok to be open and honest with your budtender, as most of them thoroughly enjoy helping fellow cannabis enthusiasts to find what they need.

This list also works as an excellent guideline for those who hold budtender jobs, and in particular, those who have yet to build up a repertoire of useful and consistent questions to make the task as easy as possible. It can take a little while to get to know brand new customers, and a helpful list of engaging ideas might be just what you need to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

1. Preferred method of consumption

When you head out to the closest weed store and find a broad range of enticing products to choose from, do you have any idea where to start? Typically, the most important thing a budtender needs to know is how do you like your cannabis. There is no point in showing off a bunch of creams or dabs if you only ever smoke, and the same is true in reverse, so don’t waste your budtenders time and figure this out first.

In some situations like with new consumers, it makes sense that you would have no idea what exactly it is that you want, and that is ok because your budtender is there to help you to make those hard decisions, but the least you can do is figure out which methods you may be more comfortable with first. Are you open to the idea of smoking? What about dabbing, or edibles? This is important for your budtender to know if you want them to help you to make the right choice.

2. Medical or recreational use

Truthfully, many medicinal consumers visit recreational dispensaries for their products, and almost as many recreational users have sought licensing for the ability to buy from elusive medical stores, so this fact likely isn’t going to change the advice that your budtender has to give you if you’re worried about discrimination for making a purchase from a shop that isn’t exactly intended for you. However, it can significantly hinder their ability to recommend the best products.

If you’re experiencing intense headaches, for example, then you’re going to need to avoid strains that have the potential to make things worse, and if you suffer from pain that is caused by inflammation, then they’re going to be a lot more likely to suggest something with a fair dose of both primary cannabinoids, THC, and CBD. Those who are after a recreational buzz might do better with entirely different strains and products, so this fact alone is quite important to reveal to your budtender.

3. How intense of a buzz you’d like to experience

Is this your very first time with cannabis, or some other situation where a mild buzz would be a whole lot more efficient than a strain or product that leaves you couch-locked? Perhaps, you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, and you’re looking to get right wrecked on your night off so that you can totally relax. Your budtender isn’t there to judge you for how high you’d like to be, they are there to help to get you there.

If you walk into a weed store acting like an experienced cannabis enthusiast who is seeking a more intense buzz, then they may forego asking the question, and assume that you’re safe with a stronger sensation. On the other hand, if you aren’t clear about your experience, then you might walk out with something more suited for newbies, so be sure that you know how strong of a high you’re comfortable with, long before you go.

4. The length of time that you want to stay high

Even the most experienced cannabis connoisseurs often forget that this is a critical component to a successful session with cannabinoids and the length of time that you are comfortable being left that way. That’s right, though it might be news to lesser exposed users, cannabis products can induce all different lengths of a buzz. Some will last for a few hours, and the other could go on for the whole day, so it’s important to know which one you want before getting started.

Smoking cannabis provides incredible short-lived effects that some experts believe can wear off in as little as 30 minutes, whereas edibles can keep you stoned for several hours. Other cannabis product alternatives such as capsules, or transdermal patches can continue to release THC into the bloodstream for up to a whopping 24 hours, and for some that could lead to an incredibly debilitating period in which they could not drive, or resume other day to day responsibilities. Imagine how devastating that would be if you didn’t expect it, and that’s why it’s important to tell your budtender what you need.

5. What are your priorities?

Are you seeking the most potent cannabis products that money can buy, but find yourself stuck on a limited budget? Perhaps, you’re one of the million cannabis consumers who put health above all else, or maybe, you’re a loud and proud stoner who wants something that will scream exactly that for all to see openly. Some users require an avid level of discretion, which could require a smell-free option, and many are actively seeking something specific from their cannabis experience.

Though it might seem simple enough to set out on a journey to find the ideal cannabis products all by yourself, it’s a long and lonely road, and if you aren’t willing to reveal where your priorities lie, and absolutely everything else that you require from purchase, then there is no way at all for your budtender to help you. So be honest, transparent, forthcoming, and don’t be afraid to do a little research if necessary, because everyone's got to start somewhere in figuring out what they want, and in the big wide world of weed, a good place to begin is with your budtender.

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