Budtender – Noun. An employee who assists customers buying cannabis (medical or adult-use) at a retail store/dispensary. The budtender helps a customer select the best strain, amount, and delivery method for what they are looking for.
Still confused about what a budtender is? Think of a bartender serving alcohol – just substitute pot for liquor, and instead of someone who can’t tell you the difference between Jack Daniel’s and Pappy Van Winkle, a budtender generally is going to be quite knowledgeable about which strains are best suited for what ails you.
The earliest reference to “budtender” that I could find was a High Times article from March of 2000 detailing the history of the Cannabis Cup, but the term has only gained mainstream prevalence in the last few years. We’ve come a long way – there is even a “Budtender Society.” Who knew?