Today, we learn how one woman’s experience as a budtender helped her find the best cannabis for herself. Marge Madden, host of Bite Me The Show About Edibles podcast, is featured on this weeks 1st Time I Bought Legal Weed sharing why her favorite customers are new-to-weed.
Did you know that 3 out of 4 women in the U.S. have access to legal cannabis? This series is dedicated to women sharing their stories and empowering you in your own experiences buying cannabis.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (00:00):
This podcast discusses cannabis and is intended for audiences 21 and over. Welcome to How to Do the Pot, a podcast demystifying cannabis for women. I’m Ellen Scanlon. Did you know that three out of four women in the US and in Canada, everyone over the age of 19, has access to legal cannabis? This whole series is dedicated to women sharing their stories.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (00:29):
Because buying weed can still be an intimidating thing, and I hope the personal stories of these women give you the confidence that comes when you have a friend to help you out with all you need to know but for you go. And we would love to hear your story. Just send us a voice memo with your three to five minute story to firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s email@example.com. Marge Madden is a Canadian and the host of a really fun podcast called Bite Me The Show About Edibles.
Marge Madden (01:07):
The first time I consumed legal weed was after I became a budtender at a local weed shop. It was actually the first legal weed shop in my small city. I had applied for the job, not really expecting too much, and I had kind of written it off because I didn’t hear back from them for months after applying. I think the process of opening the store took longer than they had anticipated. Then I got a call and an interview. Next thing you know I was hired, which was thrilling because I learned also that they had had over 500 applicants. Now what makes this interesting is that before I started at the store, I didn’t really smoke a whole lot of weed. I have been consuming cannabis for most of my adult life in one way, shape, or form, but there was always sort of an ebb and a flow to it. You know, periods of my life where I was using it a lot.
Marge Madden (02:00):
But then later on in years, and I’m in my early 40s now, I wasn’t really smoking a lot of cannabis, and prior to legalization I was consuming a lot more edibles than I was smoking. I think it’s because as I got older I wasn’t smoking as much and so my tolerance went down quite a bit. Then when I was spending time with friends who did consume cannabis, and consumed it a lot, I would partake, get too high, become paranoid and antisocial. And that sort of defeated the purpose of smoking cannabis in the first place. Enjoying edibles was something that really resonated with me because I liked the slow onset. I liked the warm feeling it gave me, the relaxation. I consumed it in the evenings after dinner when I was relaxing for the night. It was sort of my glass of wine, if you will. But I wasn’t smoking a lot. And even before legalization in Canada, I just didn’t know a whole lot about terpene profiles, cannabinoid content, CBD, and so there was a lot to learn when I started at the store.
Marge Madden (03:07):
I hadn’t really bought weed in quite a while, again, because I was making my own edibles anyway. So I went to the store, actually I was working at the store, and I thought, “I need to learn about this so I can better help people that I’m serving.” I bought just a single gram to start out. I took it home. I had my husband roll it for me because to this day I’m still not a great roller. It’s passible, but I prefer a dry herb vaporizer anyway so I can get all those terpenes. But he rolled it up for me, and I consumed it. Because it was a strain, and there was so much selection, it was something that really did make me feel nice, and I really enjoyed it. From there, of course, I’ve started consuming cannabis by smoking a lot more regularly. Almost every day I’d have to say.
Marge Madden (03:57):
I’ve learned a lot about cannabis since then as well. The exciting thing about it is that, generally speaking, there is so much more science coming out about the marvels of this plant. As places are freeing up and legalizing, it allows people to do research that they were not able to do before. This fascinating plant has so much to offer us, and it’s really exciting. So the first time I bought legal weed was after I became a budtender, and I haven’t looked back since. I really feel that gives me an interesting perspective as well, because I know that feeling that people sometimes have when they’re new to cannabis and they’re walking into a legal pot shop and sometimes they’re really intimidated.
Marge Madden (04:44):
Those are some of my favorite customers to deal with because I can easily put myself in their shoes and understand how they’re feeling. I really love to make them feel comfortable, and welcome, and like their questions are intelligent, even if I’ve heard them before, because people just want to feel like what they’re doing is okay. So find yourself a budtender in a store that is friendly and approachable, and they’ll be able to answer all your questions. If they can’t, they’ll have somebody that they can ask as well, because in these places it’s usually a real team atmosphere.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (05:21):
Thanks for listening to this episode of How to Do the Pot. If you’d like to share your story about the first time you bought legal weed, please send a voice memo to firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us @dothepot. For lots more information and past episodes, visit dothepot.com. And that’s also where you can sign up for How to Do the Pot’s newsletter, which comes out every other Friday. And if you like How to Do the Pot, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts. It helps more people find the show. Thanks to Madi Fair, our Brand Manager, and our Producer, Nick Patri. I’m Ellen Scanlon, and we’ll be back soon with more of How to Do the Pot.