Ask a Budtender: Have You Had Any "Bad" Experiences on Weed?

Wyatt B., a budtender at the Higher Path Collective in Los Angeles, entered the cannabis industry after having grown up in the South. In fact, not until he was a budtender did he even learn that CBD existed. The first time Wyatt got high, which he says was "pretty terrifying," he was in 10th grade and smoked his friend's sister's pot out of a makeshift foil pipe. Luckily, his mom suspected he'd smoked when she came to pick him up and put him in front of the TV at home until he felt sober again. Any other "bad experiences" Wyatt says, like eating too much of an infused brownie, can be avoided these days on the legal market, thanks to clear labeling and easy dosing instructions that ensure you start with a low dose and can increase it incrementally. And that seems to be the trend anyway, he says, noting the older couples who mosey in from the bar next door, picking up some cannabis to top off date night — a far cry from the way Wyatt was introduced to weed as a teenager. 

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