If you have ever attempted to buy a cannabis product for a particular ailment, you should have heard something like this from your budtender: “We are not legally allowed to make suggestions for medical conditions; however, we can help educate you on the product and help you find something you will enjoy.” This can be a frustrating response for many reasons. The main reason being that most doctors that are writing scripts for cannabis are not familiar with the endless list of products available to the consumer; therefore, most people coming into a shop after visiting their doctor have no idea what they are looking for, and the last thing people want to hear when they are looking for medicine is that they can’t be helped.
It may seem inconvenient; however, I think we can all agree that it is a good thing that only medical professionals can offer medical advice. I just wish more medical professionals have studied cannabis and the available products on the market. Right now, we are in a situation where the people that know the most about cannabis products can’t offer their advice, and the people that can offer advice on what to take for ailments know very little about the actual products. Eventually the science and medical practitioners will catch up; however, what do we do until then? The answer…we get educated and creative! A budtender cannot tell you what you should use; however, they can tell you what they have used. They can also tell you all about a product like: terpene and cannabinoid profiles. You might not be able to ask a budtender for something for insomnia; however, they can tell you that products high in CBN and Myrcene will be heavy and sedative. In other words, a budtender should be able to give you enough information about the product to help you make an informed decision.
At CBC, our goal is to be the most informed staff in the market and offer every person that walks through our door the best customer service possible. We can’t offer you medical advice, but we can help you navigate your options. We look forward to helping you soon!