With Michigan on the verge of legalizing medical cannabis, the industry is fueled by the demand for “budtenders.” Budtender is a term used for individuals working at dispensaries to educate customers and sell medical cannabis products.
The state is planning to legalize cannabinoids and their derivatives to treat patients with a number of diseases. Many people are preparing to open dispensaries in the state and are looking for talented salespeople and consultants.
As the industry is in its nascent stage, people lack awareness about the features and benefits of cannabis. In addition to this, cannabidiol-infused drugs and therapies are not designed to treat specific medical conditions. So, doctors can only recommend or prescribe the use of cannabidiol for certain medical ailments. However, when it comes to buying the product, budtenders would play a significant role. They would educate customers to help them figure out the best option for their medical conditions.
The Detroit Free Press reported that a number of strains of medical cannabis are derived from three major families: indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Each strain has specific effects. For example, sativa is used to stimulate appetite, energize, and reduce nausea. On the other hand, indica helps induce sleep and relieve pain. Ruderalis is grown less than the other two strains. It has a faster growing cycle and lower THC levels.
In addition to this, cannabinoid-infused edibles, concentrates, drinks, creams, and oils are required in different dosages to become effective. Another important factor is the duration for which the compound stays in the system. For instance, edibles take time in breaking down to become active and thus stay longer in the system.
Since budtenders are expected to have in-depth knowledge about cannabidiol, a number of classes have been organized to train them. Florida-based HempStaff is an example of a company that holds classes about hemp. Companies like HempStaff provide budtenders with classroom training, as well as online courses, so that they can become experts on cannabis. The classes are also available to people who are interested in this business to brush up their sales skills.
The sales of medical cannabis in Michigan is speculated to cross $700 million in the coming years, thereby creating more jobs. At present, the industry has around 165,000 workers across the nation, says MJBiz Daily.