Today, the position of budtender is becoming the dream job of many cannabis connoisseurs. People imagine that they will relax in a shop while smoking weed non-stop and advising the customers which product to choose. However, the reality differs from the prospect of an easy job that anybody can get.
You might think that the job requires no special skills. However, to become a budtender, you must know more than an average stoner. Of course, the job is amazing, but you cannot win the position on sheer passion for cannabis. If you have decided that budtender is the job you want to get, learn some extra information about the plant and do not miss any aspect, however small and insignificant it may seem.
If you think that being a budtender means selling weed only for recreational purposes, you are greatly mistaken about the job and the industry in general. Many people who come to head shops and dispensaries are interested in the medical benefits of the plant. There are many conditions and symptoms that can be treated with the help of cannabis. The list of the medical benefits of cannabis is extremely diverse, and you will have to know all of them to be able to advise people which strain to choose when they have a headache, insomnia, depression, or stress.
Of course, the recreational value of cannabis is what leads thousands of people to the nearby head shop. If you plan to work as a budtender, you probably already know about most effects of marijuana and can consult the beginners. However, your knowledge has to be deep and full to satisfy even those who have already been using marijuana for some time.
First of all, you should know all differences between indica and sativa strains. Besides, you have to be able to recognize them on sight. You have to know the potency of each strain stored in the shop. In addition to potency, each strain has many other aspects that have to be studied—the exact percentages of cannabinoids, the terpenes that are contained in the plant, all contaminants, etc.
Edibles are very popular today. Your future workplace will most definitely sell some kind of edibles if not several of them. While they may seem like some harmless brownies that can be eaten one after another, they contain psychoactive compounds that should be dealt with care.
The knowledge of the rules of marijuana edibles dosing is obligatory. Edibles contain THC in different doses, so you should be able to tell the customers how many cookies or pieces of chocolate they can eat.
Complying with marijuana laws of your state in the most important thing that the dispensaries and head shops have to do. If selling products in your shop violates the law, you may lose your job, and your dispensary may lose the license. Each state has different laws. Even the laws of those states that have already legalized weed differ when it comes to details. Learning the restrictions will not take a lot of time, but you will use the information every day of your career.
All in all, there are many things that a future budtender has to know when applying for the job. Some of the aspects will come to you while you are working, others have to be studied in the very beginning. If you know anyone who already works in the business, it will be helpful to ask them for advice as they know more than any stoner. In addition, they may share some insights that the Internet cannot help you with.