Diaries of a Budtender by Robert Wasmund

Friendship is the best Helping Hand

Budtenders are often overlooked as just stoners that can keep a job. We are often dismissed as glorified cashiers. There are times in my job that I would agree with that, but there are moments that define why I became a Budtender in the first place. 

I decided to start this series to talk more about those moments. That’s not to say that I won’t use this series as a way to vent about the inner workings of the industry from time to time. That is not the purpose of this series of articles. 

As with all things, there is an air of negativity in the cannabis industry. We are fighting 60 years of false propaganda. We are only starting to understand cannabis from a scientific view. Even though it’s legal, we still have to be concerned about Federal backlash. These stresses compounded with just trying to run a business can wear anyone down.

Let’s take a moment to remember why we fought for legalization in the first place.

I was working at a startup retail store in Washington in the first year of legalization. An older man came in and walked up to the counter. We’ll call him “Will.” Older customers are my favorite because they are usually new to cannabis and ask a lot of questions. 

As Will walks up to me, I noticed that his eyes looked as if he had not been sleeping or had been crying. He was dressed like a classic “Grandpa”. I ask him, “How are we doing today?”

Will responded, “Not the best. I’m hoping you can help me.”

His tired eyes and desperate stare told me that this was very serious.

“I hope I can as well. What can I do for you?” I reply.

He places his elbows on the counter and leaning over, he takes a deep sigh.

“My son is on dope. Heroin. He is trying to get off of it and I’m very proud of him, but he is in so much pain right now. He has good moments and bad moments. He is in a bad moment. I don’t know anything about any of this,” He gestured to the displays, “I don’t even really drink. Is there anything I can do to help him make it to the other side of this”

“I’m sorry to hear that. It’s hard to make the decision to quit. Do you mind if I ask a few questions?”

He nods, “Yeah.”

In my most compassionate voice, I say, “First, I have to let you know that I am not a Doctor or a medical professional. I cannot make a diagnosis or treatment plan. I’m only going to tell you what works for me and others that I personally know.”

“You know someone who went through this?” He asked hopefully.

I lean in on my elbows next to him over the counter. “Honestly, Yes. I was addicted as a teenager. Unfortunately, it defined a lot of my past, but it is beatable.” I take a deep breath, “BUT… nothing in this store is going to guarantee that he will get clean. That is ultimately up to him.” 

Will lifted his chin proudly, “I know. He wanted this. He asked me to help him.”

“Well, you can’t ask for better than that.” As I turned to grab some selections

“When I was going through withdrawals I found that heavy indicas helped me the best. Not because of any medical benefits, but because it would cause me to fall asleep or forget that I was miserable.” I lay down a selection of classic indicas like OG Kush, Grand Daddy Purple, Sherbet and such.

“None of these will be cure-alls and none of these will guarantee results. I just know that being asleep and dumb was better for me than awake and in pain.”

He chooses an 8th of one of my selections, Thanks me and leaves.

Over the course of a few weeks, Will would come back with feedback from his son and we would adjust which strains he was trying. He told me that his son started counseling as well. Will was just a concerned Father who loved his son. 

After a few more weeks, Will stopped coming in. It was business as usual and I eventually forgot about Will and his son.

About 2 months later Will and his son come into the store. Will immediately smiles and points me out to his son. They walk up to me and Will says, “I really wanted you to meet my son.”

We introduce each other and his son begins to tell me how much I helped him and his dad. He proceeds to tell me that even though the strains I suggested helped him, he wanted to thank me for helping his Dad get through this tough time. That meeting me and seeing that someone can quit and understood the struggle gave his Dad hope. 

It’s moments like this that I became a Budtender. Helping someone find exactly what they need or want is why I love my job. 

Author: Robert Wasmund

Bud Tender 101 by Rachel Grimsley

This is Bud Tender 101, here to give you some of the necessary know-how to bring your best to bud tending. If you aren’t interested in working in the industry, this information will be helpful for your shopping and consuming experience. Recreational stores in legal states offer a variety of products that range from classic flower to baked edibles and tinctures to highly concentrated hash oil and vaporizers. With such a huge assortment of products, learning about processing techniques, dosages, and different options is important.

A selection of licensed, legal marijuana, from Buddy Boy Farms

First thing’s first, flower! Bud is available in cannabis shops statewide, sold in quantities from a single gram to an ounce. Many stores also offer pre-rolled joints for convenience and simplicity. For a higher cannabinoid profile, many users opt for hash oil concentrates, sold in smaller quantities starting at a half gram. Concentrates range dramatically in price depending on the solvent used to process them. Butane or propane extracted oils will often sell for a lower price point whereas CO2 extracted oils and solvent-less rosins can be rather expensive. Oil is also available in cartridges for vaporizer pens, simplifying and streamlining the dabbing process. If the flower doesn’t provide quite enough of a desirable high and dabs are too intense for you or your customer’s tastes, classic hash or kief add a little extra something to the typical bowl or joint.

A selection of Edible and Topical preparations of Legal Marijuana in WA

If smoking isn’t your cup of tea, then try brewing up a mug and adding a THC or CBD infused tincture to the mix. This is among hundreds of thousands of ways to consume medicated edibles, such as chocolates, candies, drinks and of course, “special” baked goodies. There are some very practical and clever edibles on the market today, from mints and breath sprays to flavorless capsules designed to be easily ingested. Legally they may only be sold in doses of 10 milligrams, though some people require multiple servings of ten milligrams to feel an adequate effect. Some people require as little as five milligrams in order to feel a strong high, so always start small and take significant time to allow the cannabinoids in the edibles to break down into your bloodstream before taking more. —–Note, some heavier consumers will need over 100 milligrams to feel the effects. —-If these options don’t appeal to you or combat the pain that many prescribed patients suffer from then topicals are the way to go. Topicals are often used to treat muscle spasms or soreness, joint pain, and to improve overall skin quality —-without delivering a psychoactive effect.—- They tend to be somewhat pricey but are incredibly useful in helping to cure a variety of aches and ailments and many customers swear by their effectivity. Of course, different highs will be associated with the different cannabinoids in each product and are altered through every step of processing. Edibles baked with a heady sativa such as Jack Herer may still give substantial body effects that could induce drowsiness whereas smoking or vaporizing the bud could give you a very different clear-headed or alert sensation.

A graphic depiction of differences between Indica and Sativa. Source: Leafly.com

So what exactly is the difference between a sativa and an indica? Cannabis Sativa plants tend to grow taller and thinner and prosper outdoors. Sativa buds are known to have a more head-oriented high commonly associated with positivity and creativity. Common medicinal uses for sativa plants are to treat depression, fatigue and ADD, amongst others. Cannabis Indica generally grows shorter and bushier than sativa plants, making it a prime option for indoor growing operations. Indica effects tend to fall more on the body-oriented side, often bringing on a more relaxed, fuzzy-headed sensation. Indicas are particularly helpful for patients who are looking for relief from anxiety, insomnia and muscle pain. Hybrids between the two are going to offer a huge range of effects in between, from a combined head and body high to a whole new, unfamiliar psychoactive experience.

Once you know what kind of high you’re hoping for, it’s easy to break down what kinds of products are best. For an intense, couch-locking body high many people opt for edibles or indica-based concentrates. For a more functional, mind or body-stimulating experience sativa-based buds and topicals are a great choice. Some people don’t desire the high but rather the medicinal effects of marijuana and therefore benefit more greatly from capsules, tinctures, and topicals as they tend to have more CBD-based options. Certain strains of bud are even grown specifically with low THC levels for those users who need cannabis as medication more than they desire the plant’s psychoactive effects. Frequent smokers of flower who have built up a tolerance over time would be more likely to enjoy the substantially higher THC content offered by BHO, rosin, CO2 hash oil, and live resin than a less-experienced user might. Other people may find this overwhelming or exhausting, so it’s important to ask a lot of questions and get familiar with the needs and boundaries of your customer – or yourself.

Delta 8

Now carrying Delta-8 products with a higher concentration of Delta 8 THC! Most people are familiar with Delta-9-THC, and some of us know that when you eat it, it turns into 11-hydroxy-THC which maybe why many people feel marijuana is more potent when eaten. But there is another kind of THC, and most people haven’t heard of it, try it here while supplies last! We intend to carry Delta-8 Products as much as possible.

Notice: This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.

Cashy’s Honey – by Samsquatch

High there! I am Samuel. I just wanted to write this quick review of a dab I had the other day. It’s high in CBD and tasted sweet like honey and cherries! Kind of like a cough syrup. It was a really nice balance. I slowed down, thoughts racing happens for me with cannabis sometimes. This hit me calm and smooth.

I really enjoyed it and the effects lasted me several hours! personally, I appreciated a lot how smooth it was on my lungs. I have asthma, and clean concentrates vaped is the way to go for me. I also prefer having a concentrate with lipids removed as waxes tend irritate my lungs. This was a nice snap and pull shatter. So when I inhaled this wonderful dab of Cashies Honey melted into a wonderfully calm and collected mood.

Only thing that I noticed was I craved some coffee, definitely felt like an indica to me. So I might prefer it at night; although it wasn’t so bad I would avoid it during my day, great all around dab.


  • This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming.
  • Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
  • There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.
  • For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.