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Confessions of a Boulder Budtender – Cannabis Capital

December 16th, 2022

Do you want to be a better budtender? Then go to Amsterdam (the the world reopens and they welcome Americans again). Working in the industry in America with knowledge of the old world is priceless and it can be a good way to reconnect with cannabis if you are a long-time budtender. After a time, so much weed goes through your hands that it can start to become just another commodity. It is easy to get in a rut, and it is easy to forget how much you love this plant when you find yourself cranking it out daily at work. Visiting the city can provide a memorable and immersive learning experience that... Read More

Cannabis Is Not Alcohol

April 22nd, 2022

As the budtender, I get in a lot of conversations about why cannabis should be legal. One common argument made is that cannabis should be legal because alcohol is legal. To start with, marijuana should not be legal just because another thing is legal. Marijuana, oops I mean cannabis, should be legal because it is a benefit for humans. We all understand why this argument gets made though, alcohol and cannabis are both substances that get you a little impaired and can affect your judgment. In our society, they are two of our social norms for changing the mindset and relaxing, but they are very different... Read More

What’s On the Cannabis Menu?

February 1st, 2022

What is on the cannabis menu tonight? There is so much to look at when going into a cannabis dispensary it is tough to decide where to start. You have never been into a cannabis shop, you have been waiting in line for half an hour, and now you are at the counter. Although you have looked at the menu since you walked in you are so overwhelmed by what you are looking at you have no idea what to choose. What does ten milligrams mean, conversely why are some things one hundred milligrams? You have smoked weed for years but since you have lived in an area of the country where this stuff is illegal there... Read More

Cannabis Capital

May 6th, 2020

Do you want to be a better budtender? Then go to Amsterdam. Working in the industry in America with knowledge of the old world is priceless and it can be a good way to reconnect with cannabis if you are a long-time budtender. After a time, so much weed goes through your hands that it can start to become just another commodity. It is easy to get in a rut, and it is easy to forget how much you love this plant when you find yourself cranking it out daily at work. Visiting the city can provide a memorable and immersive learning experience that can provoke imagination, introduce unknown subject matter,... Read More

Walking the Walk

January 8th, 2018

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog regarding the differences between addiction and dependence. I published it on social media and received some negative comments. That is what people on social media like to do but it got me thinking. They were accusing me of talking the talk but not walking the walk. In the article, I mentioned how quitting weed was not very hard for me and I do it every now and then just to be able to continue to prove that to myself. I thought I had offered a pretty decent article and I was encouraging anyone who did not think they could quit to just try it, to breathe, to drink... Read More

What Are You Dankful for This Year?

November 29th, 2017

This article may come at you a little late this year, being that Thanksgiving was last week, but it is never too late to be thankful, or dankful this season. I normally like to use this column as an outlet to bemoan about something that most people would bend over backward for. It can be fun to sit back and air my grievances about the weed industry, after all, it is the landscape I see every day. Fortunately, the industry I work in is hot right now, so it affords me this outlet. No grievances today though, just love. I am dankful for all the amazing growers out there. Indoor farmers and outdoor... Read More

Chiefton Supply Co.

November 21st, 2017

As an aging weed smoker, I cannot continue to wear clothes that have giant weed leaves on them. Like all fading trends, I need to retire my Wu Wear and Seedless clothing at some point for something that is a little more current. Plus, I am an adult; and as the weed industry matures so must the clothing that goes with it. A brand of cannabis-inspired clothing called Chiefton is here to fill that void. Chiefton Supply Co. is a cannabis-inspired clothing company that represents the culture while not being in your face about things. They allow cannabis users the opportunity to represent the industry... Read More

Cannabis Is Not A Partisan Issue

November 13th, 2017

The hot topic up at the bud bar this week did not involve the most fire strain of weed, nor was it about the best new edible on the shelf. It was not about what state would be going legal next or what concentrate process created the most potent dab. It was about a Gallup poll that showed marijuana legalization is currently supported by more Republicans than ever. Why should this surprise anyone? Marijuana is not mentioned in the Constitution and it is not mentioned in the Bible. Marijuana does not hurt or go against any of our cultural values. Marijuana has nothing to do with abortion and marijuana... Read More

Been Dabbin’ With the Dipper!

November 7th, 2017

Concentrates are so expensive, and I would like to find a way to dab it and not lose a portion of it on my fingers, or have it run down the side of my vaporizer pen. I would like a device that allows me to take a clean dose of my powerful medicine and I would like it to consistently work just as well as it did the first time. After years of dealing with low-end products that do not last more than a few months and a few gimmicks, I am ready for a little ease. Enter the Dipper by Dipstick Vapes. Although the market these days is flooded with devices for dabbing, rarely does one find a device that... Read More

CBDeez Healthy Remedies

October 31st, 2017

It is very likely that part of the reason why marijuana reform is sweeping the country and legalization is being discussed in most states is due to the medicinal benefits of an active ingredient in cannabis called cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is one of over many compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. For lack of a better example, cannabinoids are like “ingredients” in a cannabis plant. Like THC, CBD is an active cannabinoid in the marijuana plant, only CBD is non-psychoactive. CBD does not cause a high. We are all beginning to see that cannabis is not... Read More

Your Weed Might Weigh More

October 16th, 2017

I would like offer a kind suggestion, be polite to your budtender. You never know, it might make that bag a little heavier. We are nice people, we have similar interests as you, we are stoked to live in Colorado, and we have a cool job so finding us in a good mood is common. We work in an industry where our customers bring in tons of positive energy and are happy to spend their money. Where else do you find that? We enjoy talking to new people about the subtle differences in cannabis, the possibilities of cannabidiol (CBD), and we would love for you to ask every question you can think of, but do... Read More

I’m Back Baby!

October 2nd, 2017

I’m Back Baby! I seemed to have ruffled a few feathers in my last post. So, this week I am going to dial it back a little and keep it light. This week I have been racking my brain about what to write so instead of making it about something controversial, like leaving a gratis for someone who helped you, I will consider some other options. Do I try to tackle the subject of indica versus sativa and do they really exist and matter? Yes, they do but why? The new trend is to discuss how everything is really just a hybrid or a sativa, and nothing is a landrace anymore.  However, many people say that... Read More

The Cannabis Industry is Bringing Change, Feel Free to Leave It

September 26th, 2017

I do not want to get off on a rant here but why would you not tip someone who just helped you out, especially if you are someone who knows nothing about cannabis? There may be some confusion on the issue of tipping your budtender so I am going to clear things up. I understand that most folks who come into a weed shop are spending a good deal of money and I am not asking you to drop twenty percent of your bill, it is not like we are your bartender or anything. When someone is spending a good deal of money already it is hard to want to throw down a little extra for the person who just helped you.... Read More

The More I Know, The More I Realize I Know Nothing…About Weed

September 18th, 2017

Do you have any friends that work in the weed industry? How many of them have degrees from The Cannabis University? None, because I just made that up, no such place exists. We are not healthcare professionals, we have no real training. I am just a dude who loves cannabis and I am standing on the other side of the counter from you. So then why is it that an abundance of folks who get a badge to work in this industry suddenly know way more than everyone else when they put that badge around their neck? What research have they done that would involve anything more than a closet grow or hotboxing their... Read More

Discretion Is Key When Traveling with Weed

September 11th, 2017

You know that dreaded feeling you get after you book a flight somewhere. How am I going to get my weed there? I always consider it right after I hit the accept button on my flight. For some reason, up until then, I have failed to really consider it. I enjoy smoking a big joint at home so no doubt I will want to enjoy smoking a fat doobie on the shores of the lovely island vacation I am about to go on. If you are traveling home for Thanksgiving with the family there is no place on earth where cannabis is more required. The thing about traveling with weed is that it is still illegal and for the most... Read More

Dispensaries On The Cheap

September 4th, 2017

Remember back when weed was illegal and you used to have to go to somebody’s house to get it? It was never quick or easy. Since you were “friends” with your weed dealer you were always forced to listen to the new cd they just recorded or you had to go check out the new dirt bike they just bought. Maybe even roll up something to share with them? Other times they would not answer their phone for three days, you had to meet them somewhere sketchy, or you got a light bag full of seeds and stems. WTF bro? It was always a process, added to the fact that it was illegal so if you were caught by the... Read More

Will Prohibition Return?

August 28th, 2017

In addition to the barrage of questions that customers ask regarding the effects of indicas, sativas and hybrids there is another question that comes up a great deal when people come visit me at the bud bar. Yes, we have the damn gummies alright. I kid, but not really. What they ask is concerning how legalization will maintain under our current administration and whether or not, after all this progress, will there be someone who decides to take it all away from us? They usually pose it with a simple starting off point, “how about that Sessions huh?”. Jeff Sessions may be saying all this nonsense... Read More

For Those Who Want to Lead, Find Some Weed

August 21st, 2017

Looking at the world around me right now I have noticed, as I am sure many of you have, that people are angry. Just so happens there is an excellent relief for aggression out there. It can help people to chill out that temper a little bit and perhaps even rethink some of those rash decisions. I will give you one guess what it is. What is making folks so angry anyway? It could be lack of equality or the fact that many people’s voices are not being heard. It could be religious and cultural differences. It could also be that many people, especially those in the United States, are extremely misinformed.... Read More

710 Dabbing Day

July 11th, 2017

The following quote is to be read in your best stoner voice. “Duuuuude, I have an idea for the newest holiday in the cannabis world bro. OK, so let me tell you how we are gonna do it. OK, since we love taking oil dabs we will take that word “OIL” and read it backwards for some reason. Wait, wait, wait that is not right. Ok I got it. When it is turned upside down and backwards it looks like it now says the numbers “710” right? Just follow along it will make sense, you are going to love this next part bro. 710 will refer to 7/10, or July the tenth. Now on July tenth every year we are going... Read More

Dependence Day

July 3rd, 2017

When you are on the pro-marijuana side of things it is hard to admit if there is any risk to using it. Both sides debate potential hazards of cannabis, but the topic of addiction rarely comes up. Are you addicted to weed? If your significant other, a job, or your parents asked you to stop do you think you could do it? The answer is yes you can do it because you are not addicted to weed. Weed fills the void when life gets a little mundane is all, and what some of us can develop from using it over time is a slight weed-dependent mindset. Quitting is simple, if you want to quit you got this. Don’t... Read More