Budtending Basics

By Manny C.
Are you ready to rise to the challenge?

Budtending is one of the hottest new jobs for adults in America with the booming legalized marijuana industry, and thousands are jumping at the chance to get in on the career paths. So what is budtending and how can YOU snag one of these sweet new gigs in your state? Learn some of the basics with Slyng’s Budtending Basics!

 

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Know your role: Medical & Recreational


There are some pretty important differences between the two markets, most importantly is the need for quality patient care and interactions. In the recreational market, a budtender’s knowledge will lean heavily on knowing how potent a strain is, flavors, tools, etc. In the medical market, these things are even more important, as you’ll be dealing with people who need specific symptom alleviation. This can be something as seemingly minor as daily anxiety and depression treatment or something as major as pain relief and cancer treatment. Taking the time to ask a few questions, especially in dispensaries that cater to both medical and recreational clients can be a total game changer for the client.

 

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Study Up: Know your sh*t

I can personally attest to how frustrating it can be as a client to have a budtender that doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve also been served by people who were so lit I don’t think they even knew that they were at work, but that isn’t the same issue. Study up, learn about strains, their effects, the different kinds of THC there are and their effects, maybe even sprinkle on some sweet tidbits about local growers, tools of the trade, or flavor profiles. Sites like Slyng and Leafly offer information about various strains, along with product and strain reviews to help you keep up to date on what’s what. Some areas even host classes and seminars geared toward educating budtenders and those looking to enter the weed market.

 

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Sharpen those skills: Customer Service

Just like with any business, you have to keep in mind these are customers you’re working with as a budtender. It’s not like slinging weed on the curb (a BIG No-No), there are expectations and levels of professionalism involved. YouTube is chop-full of videos about public speaking and customer service tips, and it’s time well invested. Being able to stay on top of your service game will play a huge role in keeping your shop, crew, and you at the top of the local hot list.

In our next article we’ll tie of these insights together and wrap up with a quick look at:

Compliance & Ethics
Tools of the Trade
Higher Education

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About the author: Manny C.

Cannabis Activist, industry blogger, and founding member of Illinois Citizens Responsible Regulation.