Announcing: OU Budtender’s Guide

November 25, 2022

Just in time for the holidays, Oaksterdam University has released The Budtender’s Guide: A Reference Manual for Cannabis Consumers and Dispensary Professionals on The e-book is designed to give both budtenders and consumers the knowledge they need to understand the landscape of cannabis products available in licit markets across the country, along with the history, laws and policies, science, and cultural nuances of the plant.

This comprehensive guide brings together the collective knowledge of the experts at Oaksterdam University, America’s premier cannabis college, along with budtenders across the country. It is perfect for those who aspire to careers in cannabis and those who are already working as budtenders and wish to deepen their knowledge. It is also essential for cannabis consumers who want to be educated before they walk through a dispensary door.

The book is available as a digital download on the Amazon store, priced at $9.99. 

“This book brings legitimacy to the role of budtender as it continues to grow worldwide,” says OU Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones. “Budtenders are the crucial gatekeepers of the industry, ushering consumers into safe and educated usage. It is essential that they receive proper training, and this book offers just that.

A Manual for Cannabis Consumers and Professionals 

As more states legalize cannabis, more consumers are coming into contact with the plant than ever before. Budtenders work on the front lines and play a crucial role in guiding consumers through a wide array of products, from edibles and beverages to concentrates and cartridges. In addition to information on cannabis and methods of ingestion, this book provides a guide to dispensary customer service and the unique challenges and opportunities cannabis retail provides. Dispensary owners and managers will find this book an invaluable reference for staff.  

The Budtender’s Guide helps budtenders and consumers navigate the constantly changing landscape of cannabis varieties, products, and legalization policies, as well as understand the chemistry of cannabis. It is designed as a quick-start guide with thorough and easy-to-use references, including cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid charts and other instructional media elements.

An essential addition to any dispensary or cannabis consumer’s library, it has been written and peer-reviewed by the world-renowned faculty of Oaksterdam University. OU faculty comprises professionals, academics, and subject matter experts who have taught more than 80,000 alumni from 110 countries, many of whom have become successful business owners and industry leaders.

About the Authors

The Budtender’s Guide was edited by Angela Bacca, who has been covering the cannabis industry since 2007 and co-authored the Cannabis Grower’s Handbook. In addition to Bacca, contributors include Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML and author of Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids; journalist Mitchell Colbert, a long-time budtender, OU Budtending instructor and former editor of The Leaf Online; Journalist Wensdy Von Buskirk; and Natalie Darves, founder of Cougar Acres Consulting, who assists companies in developing strategies to compete in the burgeoning cannabis market; and many more.

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