“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.” – Bob Marley
Are you a cannabis aficionado? Consequently, are you interested in working in the weed industry? Are there any formalised jobs available in the marijuana industry?
The good news is that there are formal jobs available in the global cannabis sector. Therefore, you can turn your passion into a fulltime employment opportunity. However, before we consider several job possibilities in the weed industry, let’s ponder a succinct definition of cannabis, as well as some of the different cultivars on the market today.
Succinctly stated, it is a good idea to gain an overall understanding of the business before jumping feetfirst into a career in what is still considered a contentious industry by many people.
Cannabis and its cultivars
Wikipedia.com describes cannabis as “a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used primarily for medical or recreational purposes.” The plant originated in Central Asia and is widely grown around the world today.
The main psychoactive ingredient is known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)When smoked, or consumed in any form, it has mental and physical effects, including a “general change in thought and perception, difficulty concentrating… altered sense of time, and relaxation.” It is generally used recreationally, for spiritual purposes, or as a medicinal drug.
As an aside, the quotation highlighted above by Bob Marley, the founder of the worldwide Rastafarian movement, describes the consequences of using cannabis for spiritual purposes.
There are a number of different cannabis varieties or cultivars. It is interesting to note that, in modern times, different varieties and hybrids have been cultivated because the percentages of THC and other psychoactive compounds differ between the different cultivars. Some cannabis varieties, like the C. Sativa subspecies Sativa variety Sativa, are domesticated varieties with low THC. While others, such as the C. Sativa subspecies Indica variety India, variety are a domesticated cultivar with high THC levels.
There are many employment opportunities in the weed sector right from growing medical marijuana to selling the different strains of weed in a US dispensary. Therefore, let’s consider a few of these formal and informal jobs
1. Medical marijuana grower
Growing medical-grade cannabis is not simply a case of planting a few seeds in the ground and forgetting about them until it is time to harvest the leaves and buds. The process is fairly time and resource-intensive, so it is important to ensure that you know what you are doing before starting on this journey. Otherwise, you could have no harvest at the end of the day. The counterbalance to this argument is that harvesting a high-quality product is hugely rewarding and worth the effort.
2. Crafting marijuana edibles
Not everyone enjoys smoking cannabis. Consequently, there is also a substantial market for innovative chef’s and edible creators to work their magic to make any number of new marijuana edibles. Making edibles that both tasted good and still include the requisite medical properties is more of a science than an art. Therefore, this job opportunity is good for a creative, innovative, skilled chef who is passionate both about cooking and weed.
A budtender is a person who works in a US weed dispensary and who knows everything there is to know about the different cultivars and strains to sell the right cultivar to treat each client’s symptoms. For example, if a client walks into a weed dispensary looking for a treatment for chronic, recurring migraine headaches, the budtender must know what strain to recommend and in what format, either in edibles of smoke, depending on the client’s preferences.
These are just a few of the jobs available in what is a fast-growing global industry. And, as the medical marijuana and recreational weed sector continue to grow and gain mainstream traction, employment opportunities will grow exponentially.