Budtender Interview #25 - Rena - Cannacea
What's your name?: Rena
What state do you currently work in?: Oregon
Care to share where you work at?: Cannacea
Recreational, Medical or Both?: Both
What do you do within the cannabis industry?: Budtender
How long have you been in the legal cannabis industry?: Since September 2015
What is your most favorite aspect of working within the cannabis industry?: For me so far it has been getting to connect with patients and customers, which has given the opportunity to spread the knowledge and information I know and have had learned. The cannabis world has been on the uprising for some time now and with legalization in Oregon it's created a whole new industry of jobs, new businesses, new products, and so much more research into the plant. I couldn't have jumped into the industry at a more exciting time honestly.
What were you doing before the getting in the cannabis industry?: Previously I was the assistant store manager/key holder to a local children's consignment store in Portland, Oregon for 2 years. I'm also a single mom to two daughters that keep me pretty busy. I also make baby teethers and a few other items for infants under the name, Made by Mamas.
Cannabis edibles is a touchy subject in the media. How much do you recommend to a first time user and why?: It's a nice way to ease into trying edibles. "Medibles" as I like to call them are quite excellent in the correct dosage & can help in many ways! I would suggest starting with a low dose of 10mg, wait an hour or two from ingestion & see how that sits in! If that has worked pretty good or you aren't even feeling it try that second dose and see how that sits for a couple hours. It's easy to have too much especially for a patient whose never had an edible before, if that happens and you feel like it's maybe too much for you, enjoy some CBD flower or an edible and you will counteract the THC on some level.
Have you ever ate too many edibles? Have a story to tell?: I can generally eat 60-90mg of THC in an edible and be right at my happy place, however if I was to consume that and cannabis in other forms at the same time that can be a bit much, for anyone. One time I was gifted an RSO chocolate that I ate & had forgotten that I ate it! Meanwhile, I ate half of a Fine & Dandies chocolate bar and smoked a bowl! Within the hour it all sunk in and hit me right as I was sitting at a drive-through ordering food and I started laughing so hard I couldn't speak or stop until I was in tears from laughter!! The lady must have thought I was so odd because the entire time I was so giggly & over NOTHING! It was pretty hilarious at the time & still thinking back on it I haven't been that type of high in a long time!
Do you have a favorite edible company? If so, explain why.: Fine & Dandies! I LOVE their strawberry sundae chocolate bar!! They are made with high quality ingrediants & high grade cannabis oil; aside from simply tasting amazing these are pretty potent!
Have you seen a patient/consumer's health improve since using cannabis? If so, explain!: All of the time! I see PTSD, anxiety, extreme pain, cancer, neurological issues, MS, insomnia,and so much more. Personally, I use cannabis daily to treat PTSD, scoliosis, anxiety, as well as a way to regain my appetite. I've first hand seen patients reduce their seizures and in some cases relieve them so they are no longer having them daily. I am lucky enough to know someone who has been able to successfully regain the ability to become pregnant thanks to cannabis and full extract cannabis oil.
Working within a shop can provide from some interesting stories. Do you have a awkward story of a customers request or a general funny story while working in a shop/grow/kitchen?: We do carry a topical for sexual pleasure in the store; well some of the conversations that have happened from customers and questions can be a bit interesting & hilarious. Among that I do get asked out by customers from time to time and one time I kindly denied the request and he just didn't want to take no for an answer, this guy wanted my number. This customer was very sweet and I said no, he responded with, "okay I will try again later"....The guy left and hung out in the hall and walked back a few moments later and startled me with a, "how about now?" This entire situation had me and my assistant manager in laughter for some time.
Where do you see the cannabis industry in 5 years and why?: I'd love to see the industry create more educational programs to assist to educate parents and schools on the correct information to give children. I believe the focus is now moving more towards the normalization of cannabis in the state of Oregon! I'd also love to see more research done by then.
Which do you prefer when it comes to flower?: Sativa Dominant Hybrid
Explain why you choose the above answer?: Generally I enjoy sativa or sativa dominant strains for their mood altering, uplifting, cerebral effects they cause. These types of strains are usually perfect for daytime use. This isn't to say that I don't enjoy the occasional indica to help me relax and wind down in the evening.
In your opinion, what company is the industry leader in your state?: In my opinion Cannacea, although new, is quickly becoming the industry leader in Oregon. Through vertical integration we are able to provide high CBD strains & medicine at an affordable rate for all of our patients. Cannacea has a true focus on medical patients even while proudly serving our recreational patients. Cannacea also stands out with a next level of professionalism, lots of great knowledge, as well as the greatest staff I have ever seen & definitely that I've had the pleasure of working with! Here to be healers not dealers.
Do you have an all time favorite strain? Explain why you like it so much?: White Widow! You could walk into the shop & ask any one of my co-workers what my favorite strain is and they will say white widow. This is due to the euphoric, uplifting, yet calm high I receive from the well balanced hybrid strain. Always a happy favorite of mine!!
If you could change one thing about the current cannabis industry, what would you change and why?: I'd love to see the laws and regulations be handled by a group of people who understand cannabis and all of the compounds within the plant. This is because I feel then there would be a better understanding on every level for what the patient's need. I'd love to see all of the minds of the people who believe that cannabis has no medicinal value change also. It's a sad thing that we are fighting that belief however I think that now is the time to do the research, learn, and spread the knowledge; now is the time to normalize and inform people.
Why are you excited to work within the cannabis industry? What kind of opportunities have opened up for you?: I am beyond excited to be working in the cannabis industry especially in Oregon with the roll out of legalization! It opens up a world of new opportunities that I am so excited to be a part of! The research to be had, learning to happen, and knowledge to be passed around is endless and only growing! I have gained the knowledge and learning the science behind the plant, learning all about the endocannabinoid system as well as all compounds of the cannabis plant; more than I could have ever imagined there was to learn. The fact of the unknown makes everything that much more exciting, that this is so new in a lot of ways for many. I am forever grateful for Cannacea & the opportunities it has brought into my life! Simply working under such a knowledgeable team of amazing people has created such a stir inside my brain that I am soaking up every ounce of information that I can along the way, I feel truly blessed.
What is the #1 thing you are grateful for today?: Waking up to see another day with my daughters.
Have any hobbies? Care to share them with us?: I love to sew, cook and bake. I love getting to spend time with my daughters and our dog, her name is Mary Jane. She's the sweetest little dog!
Where can people connect with you?: instagram.com/_renalee