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How Do You Become a Budtender?

If you've ever been in a cannabis dispensary, you may have wondered “how do you become a budtender?” while speaking with one of the friendly faces behind the retail counter. Budtenders are the employees that customers in cannabis dispensaries spend the most time with, as they are the passionate experts who help customers choose which marijuana strains and products to try. Here we talk about how you can work towards becoming a budtender at a licensed marijuana dispensary. 

1. You have to have a broad understanding of cannabis culture and a great amount of knowledge about different strains of marijuana to become a budtender. All budtenders have to know not only the sensational qualities of cannabis plants and the general effects each strain has over our bodies but also the basics about cannabis-infused products as well as the different ways to grow and consume cannabis.

2. Even though there isn't a national standard certification for budtenders yet, getting a “budtending certification” from one of the many institutions may help your prospects. Different companies offer online or in-person workshops with comprehensive curriculums that prepare you for work as a budtender, but be careful not to choose one with an unfavorable record of job placements for participants Some reputable budtending certification companies are: 

Green CulturED
Hemp Staff
Cannabis Training University

3. Get comfortable sharing your personal experiences with cannabis. This will be a major part of your job as a budtender, as customers will be looking to you for advice about which marijuana strains will be best for their wants and needs.

4. Approach managers of cannabis dispensaries near where you live with your interest in becoming a budtender; if one doesn't have an opening he or she may know of another shop that does. Also network with people at cannabis industry conferences, classes, or workshops to find open budtending positions.

5. Look for open budtending positions on cannabis industry career websites such as:

6. Stay up-to-date with the latest knowledge and products in the cannabis culture industry by following trends on social media, reading industry blogs, or subscribing to a scientific journal that covers marijuana.

7. Be open to starting out in a lower position (such as a bud trimmer, cashier, or volunteer) and proving your ability to learn how to become a budtender.


There are so many strains of marijuana available it can be nearly impossible to figure out which one is right for you. And sure, a knowledgeable budtender could point you in the right direction, but we think we've figured out a better method for choosing a marijuana strain. Take our quiz below to find out which cannabis strain is your true soulmate.

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