"I Got The Nickname Bambi Because I Couldn't Walk" - 8 Budtenders Share Their First High Stories

The person behind the counter at a cannabis dispensary is a budtender there to help consumers choose which cannabis strains and products will be best for their wants and needs. California budtenders have been busy since cannabis became recreational January 2018. Both medical and recreational consumers are now visiting dispensaries for their very first time, entering a world of weed products including edibles, extracts, and flower that inspire a number of questions for the budtenders. Budtenders are a valuable resource for both new and old consumers browsing the assortment of cannabis products that may seem overwhelming without someone to answer all questions.

Fortunately, Civilized sat down with budtenders from all over Los Angeles to learn about cannabis culture and dispensaries in our weekly series Ask A Budtender. In this episode of the series, the budtenders remember the first time they got high.

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