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Which Product Does Vela’s Elena Mishko Recommend for ‘Stoners on the Down Low’?

Plus, find out which strain leaves a grin plastered to Vela budtender Elena Mishko's face and her body "relaxing like you have a personal cloud to ride around town."

Robot Budtenders Are Coming to Scan Your Fingerprints

For anyone who’s ever been too anxious or paranoid to interact with a living, breathing human being when purchasing cannabis, one company has a solution.

Meet Shanya Schonauer, California’s First State-Certified Budtender

This 27-year-old Sacramento dispensary manager just became the first state-sanctioned cannabis expert.

Budtender Spotlight: 5 Favorites From Dockside’s Austin Tucker

Austin Tucker, budtender at Dockside SODO in Seattle, shares a few of his favorite cannabis products as well as his thoughts on what the local cannabis industry is missing.

Ask a Budtender: How Do You Determine Cannabis Quality?

Learn how one budtender samples and familiarizes themself with new strains to better help dispensary customers find their ideal cannabis product.

Ask a Budtender: What Makes for Good Cannabis Packaging?

Explore industry insider tips from a working budtender on what makes for effective, clean, and overall appealing cannabis product packaging.

What Budtender Qualities Make You Turn Away From a Shop?

We asked our readers what qualities make or break a dispensary visit and they had a lot to say.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Budtender

If you're a cannabis business owner, hiring the right staff can be the key to your success in the marijuana industry. Here are five common mistakes to avoid when hiring staff for your business.

What’s in a Budtender’s Bag?

Ever wonder what a budtender carries around in his or her bag? Catch a glimpse of some items that may come in handy for any cannabis enthusiast on the go.

How to Recommend Sexual Cannabis Products to an Inquisitive Customer

Making sex-friendly strain and product recommendations for customers can feel awkward. Here are some top tips for giving “the sex talk” at your dispensary.

What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Dispensary or Retail Cannabis Shop

Curious about cannabis? Not sure where to start? Here’s a guide to making your first purchase in a legal market.

5 Ways to Help Your Budtender Help You

These five factors should be at the forefront of your mind before speaking with your budtender so you can help them make the best recommendation for your particular needs.

Budtender Tipping Etiquette 101: How Much Should You Give? (And is It Even Legal?)

We reached out to budtenders from California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Illinois to clarify the protocol for tipping, whether it’s encouraged, expected, or unnecessary.

4 Good Budtender Habits That Make for a Positive Customer Experience

We identify good budtender traits based on feedback from cannabis consumers who regularly visit dispensaries. These are four core traits successful budtenders embody.

4 Bad Budtender Habits that Consumers Notice (and Hate)

We asked the Leafly audience what they dislike about cannabis budtenders. Here are four bad budtender habits that customers notice (and hate).

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