Questions to Ask Your Budtender
Whether you’re a seasoned cannabis user or a newbie, visiting a cannabis dispensary can be a bit intimidating. There are a lot of different products on the market these days, and cannabis can take a multitude of forms, many of which require specific techniques or equipment. Luckily, your local ‘budtender’ is always there to field any questions and help guide you through the purchasing process.
Not sure where to start or what to even ask? We’ve got you covered. Here are some great questions to start the conversation and help you find the right cannabis products for you.
1. What products are good for beginners?
If you’re new to cannabis you might just be looking for something to start out with that ensures a positive experience. There are plenty of options, and not all cannabis strains will offer the same effect, so it’s important to ask your budtender what might be appropriate for you.
Cannabis can affect each user differently depending on their weight, body type, metabolism or even how much they have used cannabis in the past. As a general rule it’s always better to start slow when trying out new cannabis products, especially edibles.
2. What are the different cannabis strains and how they might affect me?
When deciding what cannabis products to purchase, knowing which strains you prefer can be helpful in determining the right product for you. The two main types of cannabis include Sativa and Indica – and both offer different benefits depending on the person.
Sativa often provides invigorating feelings and blissful energy, while Indica offers more relaxing effects like muscle relaxation, relief from tension. There are also lots of hybrid strains that combine both Sativa and Indica genetics in different ratios to create new varieties that offer specific therapeutic benefits.
Ask your budtender about the strains they have available at their dispensary so they can help guide you towards a product suited perfectly for your needs.
3. Is it safe for me to take edibles if I’ve never used cannabis before?
While many people are interested in trying out cannabis, it can be anxiety inducing not knowing what to expect. Edibles have made cannabis far more accessible, but many of us have heard of people having ‘bad highs’ that last for hours after taking too much.
Your budtender will ensure you buy the right product with an appropriate dose for your body type for the desired effects. They will also explain how long it takes for edibles to kick in, and give you tips on how to improve your experience.
4. What are the therapeutic benefits of cannabis?
As cannabis becomes more widely used and accepted, many people are using these products for a variety of therapeutic benefits. If you have certain needs or you’re looking to treat specific conditions, ask your budtender to fill you in on the best strains for your needs.
For example, if you suffer from anxiety or have trouble sleeping, there are certain strains that can help your body relax and provide stress relief throughout the day. Cannabis can affect people in different ways so sometimes it can take a bit of trial and error to find the perfect product. With the help of your budtender, you can speed up this process and narrow in on exactly what you need.
5. What is your favourite product?
Budtenders love getting this question because it allows them to discuss products that may not always get the attention and recommendations they deserve. Asking this question is one of the best ways to find out about hidden gems the dispensary keeps in stock, and it just may help you find your new favorite product!
By asking about your budtender’s favorite products, you can broaden your horizons and might even find something you may have otherwise overlooked.
6. How do I use this product?
There are many ways to ingest cannabis, whether it’s in the form of joints, edibles, vape cartridges, tinctures, and more. Some cannabis products are simple and straightforward to use, but others require more specific equipment and techniques.
Looking to try something new, like a concentrate, but not sure how to use it? Just ask! Budtenders can walk you through the dos and don’ts of each method you are interested in, and they can give you expert tips and recommendations no matter which type of product you are looking at.
Have questions for our budtenders at Olympia Cannabis? Call us today! Our team is on hand to answer any questions, from beginner concerns to questions from cannabis aficionados - we’re happy to help you out.