What I’ve learned working in the weed industry
There is no such thing as your typical stoner. You can’t pick them out of a crowd. They don’t have an age, race, gender, or profession. They are you, and me. And our moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles. Even dogs and cats use (I’m talking CBD here, folks).
Regardless of their role in society and the things that make them different, they all have one thing in common, they use cannabis.
I know this because for the last 8 months, I’ve been working in the weed industry. It has been both a rewarding and challenging experience, and I’ve learned a lot. About myself. My relationship to this controversial plant. The “green rush”. And about the patients and customers who rely on this plant to have a better quality of life, no matter what their ills are.
The first few months of having my MED badge, I trimmed. I applied for hundreds of jobs in the industry, hoping to get a budtender job in a dispensary since I had sales experience. The only jobs that would interview me were for trimming or cultivation, but I ended up taking a job trimming.
It was nice being up close and personal with the plant, but knew I was capable of more. I wanted to directly help the consumers.
This May, I finally interviewed for a budtending position, and got it.
I was so excited about getting to geek out with people about weed every day! What not to love, am I right?
Well, let me share with you some of my realizations I’ve had since May.
Firstly. Selling weed is more like selling orthopedic shoes than I thought (throwback!). People come in, and you provide a therapeutic sales experience for them. A lot of folks know exactly what they want (usually these are the customers wanting shatter, or flower, or RSO). But most are either first-timers, or out-of-towners in for the weekend.
In my particular store, we sell a knockoff version of RSO Rick Simpson’s Oil. I can’t tell you the number of people who are buying for a parent with stage 4 cancer. It’s very intense, and a responsibility I wasn’t quite prepared for. Yesterday, I even helped a woman who was told in January she had only two months to live. Guess what, she outlived her diagnosis, and came to me with hope of putting her cancer in remission. When she left, she had a glimmer of hope in her eyes, that she was going to be able to continue to make it.
As it turns out, I am able to calmly help people under incredible pressure, with the most severe circumstances, despite feeling ill-prepared. For the most part, the customers are extremely well-researched, knowledgeable, and empowered to make decisions to improve the quality of their lives. I am simply there to answer questions and build their confidence in the product and its miraculous abilities.
I’ve heard success stories of people being able to cure their cancer, tumors completely disappearing, quality of life improving, people being able to wean off addictive pharmaceutical opiates, and more.
It’s been amazing to help these individuals. I feel fortunate to have learned all that I’ve learned about weed in such a short amount of time.
With my baking experience parred with my sales experience, I am ready to keep learning and growing. In fact, I want to grow weed myself, from seed.
I have my weed dreams, but am unsure of when they will be attained. Hopefully sometime in my lifetime I will grow, extract, bake, infuse, and sell, with an awesome team that shares the same values.
For now, I am focused on starting a new life for myself, focused on long-term goals.
As a flexible person, I remain open to what’s to come, and try to go with the flow. Here’s to “the next big thing”. Cheers.