Budtender Interview #7 - Jessie

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Budtender | Washington

Name: Jessie  

What state do you work in?: Washington

Care to share which dispensary you work at?: High End Market Place

Do you work Retail, Medical or both?: Recreational/Retail

How long have you been in the industry?: 3 months

How did you go about getting into the industry?: I have been a Marijuana user for over 11+ years and was given the opportunity to work at High End Market Place through Morgan Hutchinson. (co-owner/CEO) Morgan has been a long time friend and thought i would make a great addition to the High End Team. She was Right! I love working with such Amazing people and for such a Great company!

How did you react to your first day working? Was it mind blowing?: First day on the job was a day to remember for sure! This industry has nowhere to go but up up up!

What is the most random question somebody has asked you about cannabis?: I have definitely been asked some off the wall questions… one that comes to mind… a woman confidently purchased a large quantity of flower then as she was leaving she says “so how does this work?” i was able to show her what a pipe was a lighter and how to smoke!!! So happy for that Lady, im sure she had the BEST night ever!!!

Ever have any awkward moments with a patient or customer?: I’m the most awkward person in general… So yes, lol… I have a very Black and White personality so being blunt makes for some awkwardness… but who doesn’t like a little spice… if you want a boring budtender you can probably find one at that “one” shop down the street… Or come find me and enjoy some quality awkwardness!

Is there a patient or customer that you have seen improve their health due to cannabis use? If so, explain.: Being a “Recreational” Budtender that’s a tough question. I have noticed with one person specifically who would only eat edibles. She would come in very down all the time, super anti-social. After a few times coming in and taking my recommendation to try out a couple different Sativa-Hybrids via flower instead of edibles. She came back a new person… She was able to hold a conversation with me and look me in the eyes instead of staring at the floor. She said she felt more uplifted and motivated when she smoked and i could tell it drastically helped with her all over mood. All She needed was some guidance and I was happy to help.

Cannabis Edibles seem to be a touchy subject in the news. Have you ever had a bad experience with them? Also, how many MG of THC do you recommend for a first time consumer?: Edibles are not an instant gratification type of high, you have to digest them. I prefer to smoke flower. If i go for any type of edible it would be a cannabis infused coconut oil tincture from Fair Winds. You can take it sublingually under the tongue, there is 100mg in the bottle. Usually i will take 40-50mg but definitely for a first time user i would say use the dropper in the lid which allows you to regulate your dosage. One full dropper is 10mg so “one dose” start there, wait an hour. Maybe you don’t need any more, maybe another dose is needed. Each person will have their own different experience. Trial and error…. you can always take more, but you can’t go back and take less...  

Do you have an all time favorite strain? If so, why is it your favorite?: I really like the Sativa Dominant Hybrids. I would say that Middlefork from Royal Tree Gardens is my favorite at the moment. I find i get a little bit more creative, motivated, functional… Being an Artist/Painter i try to seek out those types of strains. Middlefork is spot on for me! Also being a Dutch Treat and Blueberry Hybrid it has some amazing flavor!!!

Do you have any advice for people looking to get into the industry?: It’s all about who you know at this point…. Keep on Keepin on, try and try again. Being passionate about what you love goes a long way!

The cannabis industry is new and obviously has a lot of improving to do. Where would you like to see improvement in the industry?: I would like to see the United States as a whole be progressive about “Legal Weed” Every state!!!

How do you explain the difference in the effects of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains?: Sativa is more of a Heady high, cerebral, motivating, uplifting, creative, and functional. Indica is more of a body high, relaxing and mellow. Hybrid is a combination of the both. If it’s an Indica Dominant Hybrid then it’s a Hybrid that leans towards the indica side, same with the Sativa Dominant Hybrid.

What’s the largest amount of flower you have smoked in one setting?: Usually after 14gm at once I tend to lose track so…. not sure, lol...

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Working at High End Market Place or at one of our sister locations (might have one by then) Either Budtending, Managing or Creating some type of Art/Cannabis Community project.

Do you use cannabis more so Medically or Recreationally? Explain please.: I use Cannabis Recreationally. I have decent health and don’t see a need for it medically.

Have any hobbies? Any examples you would like to share?: I’m a Painter. I have Artwork up around Portland Or. and VAncouver Wa. Check out the A.N.D. Cafe on 54th and Burnside or Dark Star Tattoo in Downtown Vancouver.

Where can people connect with you? Instagram? Massroots?: I have an Instagram account @Captainjessiej where you can see photos of my Budtender Life and recent Artwork. My website also will have photos of my art www.jessiejordanart.com

What are you most grateful for today?: Today I’m grateful for my HUSBAND! I woke up to a beautifully loaded bong this morning. All credit goes to him for that and for always supporting me!!! Thanks Adam!

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