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Top 5 questions budtenders answer most

Published Oct 16, 2022 09:00 a.m. ET
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Budtenders play a critical role in dispensaries as the first point of contact for customers, many of whom have no idea which products they want or need or how to use them. It’s not uncommon for shoppers to come into the store slightly confused about where to start, and that is especially true for beginners and medical patients. Budtenders are tasked with assisting by imparting valuable knowledge to those who need it the most so that consumers can make informed decisions.

There are thousands of budtenders in Canada alone, a number that is only expected to grow as shops finally enter cannabis deserts in a bid to carve out territory with less competition, and these wonderful souls tend to have more experience and expertise than the average enthusiast. But even with plenty of education, they’re generally asked the same line of questions.

Here, we’re going to talk about the five most popular questions you should ask a budtender if you want to get the most out of this experience.

1. Should I buy weed that’s Indica, Sativa, or hybrid?

Prior to legalization, there was a lot of emphasis placed on these labels, with many consumers believing that each one would produce an oddly specific effect. Unfortunately, this misconception is still holding on strong, even among the most experienced individuals in the cannabis community who are repeating what they were taught by those who came before them. The truth is so much more complicated than that, and a good budtender needs to know how to explain why that is.

2. Are there legal limits for medical cannabis users?

Recreational consumers use cannabis to get high, while medicinal users require the many benefits of cannabinoids to make it through each day with a better quality of life. One might assume that this should be reason enough for medical patients to enjoy the benefits of fewer legal limits and restrictions, but that isn’t always the case. The answer to this question is dependent on location, so budtenders should always be familiar with their local laws and limits when it comes to medical cannabis.

3. What’s the difference between THC and CBD?

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Nearly every budtender has been asked this question at least once by someone who is new to the big wide world of cannabis. Those who wish to excel in this career choice should know how to distinguish the difference between the two primary cannabinoids in a way that is easy for them to understand.

4. How do I dose with edibles?

Even the least experienced consumers should know that edibles are a whole other world when compared to faster-acting methods of consumption such as smoking or vaping, but very few know where to start in getting the appropriate amount to suit their needs. Though in most regions it’s not legal for budtenders to dole out medical advice in regard to cannabis, what they can do is share a standard set of guidelines that every consumer should follow on this journey to finding the perfect cannabinoid dose.

5. Which method is most convenient?

One of the most crucial tasks of any budtender is to listen and understand so that it’s easier to make better recommendations based on a customer's lifestyle. For some enthusiasts, smoking or vaping might be the most convenient, while for others, alternatives like tinctures, edibles, or oils might just make more sense. Budtenders should, at the very least, be able to explain how each method works so that consumers can make informed decisions when they invest in cannabis products while looking for a particular experience that won’t adversely impact their lives.

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