How To Buy Cannabis When Budtenders Are Bad

How To Buy Weed When Budtenders Are Bad

Every day we dedicate hours and hours to connecting with new stores across the state. We’ve been visiting all kinds of shops and meeting budtenders, learning about each city and neighborhood day after day. Throughout all of our travels, we notice that many budtenders aren’t “that” educated on cannabis.

The next time you visit a shop,  you might ask for something and get something entirely different. You’ve got to be educated about cannabis or you might end up consuming something you don’t like. It goes beyond tasting gross weed when you’ve got different types of highs and effects to consider too.How To Buy Weed When Budtenders Are Bad

If you have to step out of your comfort zone and buy something you don’t normally go after, THC percentages are just a small part of what really matters. All budtenders are not equal. Just because you love getting high and have done so for years, doesn’t mean you’re educated about cannabis. To find a budtender that is educated about the products you’re asking about is actually hard to find still.


You should look and listen for someone who can communicate knowledge and experiences about products in an appropriate way. This means finding ways to describe things to different types of people. Old, young, experienced or not, a GREAT budtender can communicate about terpenes, cannabis genetics, grow methods, how concentrates are made, the differences between concentrates, their store’s brands, plus they’ve got to know the in’s and out’s of recreational compliance.

It never hurts to do research online. These days, there are plenty of strain reviews on Leafly and Wikileaf, plus there are Washington-specific product reviews on Respect My Region. Many brands also have websites and social media accounts that share product information. We want you to create relationships and ask questions with budtenders, but you’ve got to be able to make informed decisions based on what YOU know, versus what they know.

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If you’re a frequent user or buyer, you can attend vendor days, network with cannabis industry people and maybe even tour grow facilities. If the store doesn’t have something that catches your eye, don’t feel pressured into buying something. You can walk out and go somewhere else just as easily as you first chose that store. Some good strains for first-time users include blue dream, pineapple dream, and locktite. If you’re a seasoned smoker looking for the best, professor chaos, blue rush og, golden panda, and pineapple dream are great choices.

While THC packs the psychoactive effects, we prioritize terpenes because we know that’s what drives the high. How THC and cannabinoids interact with terpenes is what facilitates strain-specific effects. Terpenes produce the smells we associate with cannabis. Hazes are usually energizing and typically have high amounts of terpinolene while Citrus aromas come from terpenes like myrcene and limonene. Citrus aromas can help people focus or induce anxiety depending on the individual. Pine smells come from pinene while Linalool is associated with lavender and de-stressing. Terpenes have been known to carry more THC across the blood-brain barrier. This is why a strain can be extra effective, despite having high THC or having low THC numbers.

If the buds look pretty and the budtender confidently says it should help provide the kind of high you’re looking for, don’t overthink the purchase. We suggest you try it out. The best way to know if cannabis is worth trying or not is to ask questions and then just try it. If the buds are thick, full, fluffy, covered in trichomes, or if they don’t look dried out, why not try them?

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Many people still don’t know much about cannabis and that is holding major parts of the industry back. The fewer consumers know, the less they’ll buy. People do need to do their own research but it is our job to give them a place to learn, connect, and safely use cannabis.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

Our products have 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 these products. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.