The cannabis industry has just started booming. The wave of medical marijuana legalization and the growing demand for the plant’s products, especially CBD oil, propelled the rise of the sector to unprecedented heights. As of 2019, the legal weed industry has created 211,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. Market analysts, and other experts in the field expect the number to grow even more, especially as investors are taking the opportunity to generate handsome returns from the new business.
If you are unemployed or seeking a more rewarding career, applying for cannabis jobs is a great way to go. Market research firm Brightfield Group forecast the industry to explode in 2022 to a become a $22-billion market. Companies need trained professionals to satisfy the growing demand in the cannabis sector. According to Leafly, many states like California, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Florida, and Arkansas are seeking talent to boost their weed production. Aside from budtenders and growers, they also need accountants, lawyers, business strategists, patient care coordinators and other ordinary professions specializing in the thriving marijuana industry.
Tips for Landing a Cannabis Job
Finding a job in the weed sector can be challenging. Despite being a new and blossoming trade, it is also marked with legal issues and other uncertainties. To build a promising career in this business, you need to get the consider the following tips of the trade:
Enroll in Cannabis Specialization Courses
Due to the rise in demand for employment and skills, some colleges and universities are now offering majors specializing in marijuana production, research, and trade. You can now enroll in a medicinal plant chemistry course that focuses on the medical applications of marijuana at Northern Michigan University. University of California–Davis currently offers the Physiology of Cannabis course while a class called Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain is also taught at the University of Washington. Meanwhile, the Law School of Ohio State University offers a seminar titled Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform. You can expect more courses and learning institutions in the coming years.
Since the industry is at its infancy, business owners, government agencies, and customers are still looking for the best practices to keep the sector thriving. Just like in tech, the CBD, hemp, and marijuana industry are constantly changing, from abiding by legal evolving legal requirements to the technological developments and discovery of new strains. The pace of the developments is so fast that employees or professionals with three years of exposure to the field can already be called veterans. To flourish in this field, you need to become highly adjustable. This industry is not for those who want a structured, rigid work environment.
Be Passionate and Learn a Wide Variety of Skills
Enthusiasm and passion for weed as a plant and industry is significant. If you want to explore the rich potentials of marijuana and hemp, falling in love with cannabis is not difficult. But since the trade is just new and most of the companies that will hire you are just startups, you need to learn multiple skills to contribute to the growth of the company. Most cannabis or CBD companies only compose of fewer than 50 employees. Hence, employers may assign additional tasks aside from the job description you are applying for. Even though you are a budtender or finance associate, you may be tasked to pack boxes or organize things in the office or workplace.
Keep an Open and Curious Mind
Because of the demand for the plant, companies are commissioning more researchers and scientists to discover more products and medical and lifestyle benefits from marijuana. To succeed in your new career, you need to keep abreast with the developments in the field.
The legalization of medical weed unlocks a comprehensive range of business and career opportunities. To make the most of these opportunities, you need to take note of the tips above and apply it in your quest for a better job in the cannabis industry.
Here’s What You Can Expect from LA’s Cannabis Café
With the recent opening of Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café, a lot of cannabis enthusiasts are dropping by West Hollywood to catch a glimpse and even partake inside the establishment. Restaurant director Kevin Brady even said that all types of cannabis enthusiasts and patients are flying in from all over the world to visit the café. “I feel like we’re Disney World,” he said.
As the place is slowly becoming an attract from people from all walks of life, it is definitely getting the success and recognition it deserves. Interested in visiting this place? Here’s what you can expect.
Lowell’s Cannabis Café – What To Expect
- A Safe Space
Perhaps a great concern among cannabis consumers is how their consumption will be received if they do so outside of the safety of their own homes. This worry comes at a time when marijuana and its use is becoming more accepted and mainstream. However, this is a valid concern as many individuals remain to be prejudiced against the plant.
One of the best things about the country’s very first cannabis café is that it offers a safe space for all enthusiasts and patients. This establishment offers a community-like place for marijuana consumers where they can expect to be able to be themselves. Moreover, they can express their love for the plant without fear of being judged.
- A Relaxing and Conducive Ambiance
Aside from being a place where enthusiasts and patients can freely partake, the café also serves as a great site for people who are looking to wind-down after a long day. Complete with earth-toned, rustic décor and furnishings, this café definitely emphasizes the natural quality of the plant.
While the interior may seem intimidating, the place is anything but. In just one look, you can see that space is created for the comfort and enjoyment of consumers. The café is equipped with comfy chairs that can definitely make your stay more relaxing. Sensitive of harsh lights? This establishment does away with those types of illuminations and favors warm, soft lighting that is perfect for your downtime.
- A Sommelier at Your Service
Ever been to those fancy restaurants in which a wine expert explains the different types of wines to customers? LA’s newest cannabis recreational space has one of those, as well. These marijuana experts will be glad to assist you in choosing which strain is perfect for your wants and needs.
Because they are experts, you can rest assured that you can ask them anything about their offerings. You can inquire about CBD and THC content to the buds’ flavor profiles, and you can expect a clear and precise recommendation. From strains with citrusy flavor and aroma to those that have the plant’s signature taste and smell, you can definitely choose one that suits your palate.
- A Wide Variety of Cannabis Products
While the café will definitely carry buds, you can expect to find the best marijuana-infused products in the shop. It has a gastropub-style kitchen which serves food and drinks that uses cannabis products such as CBD oil. You’ll be surprised what normal-looking dishes they can cook up using marijuana.
Just keep in mind that the establishment does not allow individuals to drink alcohol while inside the pub. However, you can definitely drink beer or wine on the front patio, but consuming cannabis is not allowed in that area.
So, are you ready to visit the Lowell Farm Café? Make sure to make a reservation as it is pretty in-demand right now. While it accepts walk-ins, a reservation can definitely make your visit a more convenient one.
Ontario Cannabis Gardeners Form New Fall Tradition
With Canada’s marijuana community celebrating its first year of legalization last week, Ontario home gardeners are harvesting their first cannabis yields this fall. With this, residents of the province are forming a new fall tradition in which they harvest their cannabis plants in preparation for the incoming winter.
Katy Perry, the owner of a hydroponic supply store in Toronto, said that “now is the most exciting time of growing at home” because the plants are “finally ready to be chopped down, dried, cured and consumed.”
Home Growers’ Harvest Season
Ontarian growers who made their first harvests this fall have been cultivating their crops since the summer. With the summer being the plant’s growing season and fall being the right time to harvest yields, this is guaranteed to become a tradition for Ontario residents.
One resident, Kat Milevic, preferred to try outdoor gardening using the marijuana plant. She said that “outdoor plants can get bigger,” but poses more issues compared to indoor plants. She cited mildew and molds are primary enemies of outdoor crops. This is true especially as the freezing season nears.
In helping Canadians start their legal gardens, experts are offering classes that teach new growers the right techniques from planting, cultivating, harvesting and battling issues. Expert grower Matt Soltys, who teaches outdoor growing classes, said that planting early in the summer is the best way.
Soltys also noted that the cultivation offers empowerment as it allows people to provide for their own wants and needs.
Ontario Cannabis Laws
This month marks the first time that Ontarians are making their first harvest despite Canada still banning the cultivation of the plant for recreational purposes, said Toronto Storeys.
This is made possible by Ontario’s Cannabis Control Act, which allows individuals 19 years old and above to cultivate and harvest the plant. According to the Ontario Cannabis Control Act 2017, “no person under 19 years of age shall cultivate, propagate or harvest” the plant, nor offer to do so.
The Act also elaborates that residents are allowed to cultivate a maximum of four crops per residence. These plants must be grown using seeds bought from legal cannabis stores or the online Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). Moreover, the law states that residents can grow outdoor crops on their balconies, rooftops and garden.
As of this writing, the OCS reported that they sold around 7,500 seeds (packed in four) since its opening.
Observing All Saints’ and All Souls Days with Cannabis
With the upcoming celebration of Halloween on October 31, believers are getting ready to observe two consecutive days: All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. These two holidays are commonly observed by practising Catholics, making them religious celebrations. However, you can observe the spiritual aspect of this holiday without adhering to the religious traditions connected to these days.
For cannabis enthusiasts, this means observing the days with the plant. Here are some ways you can honor these days with cannabis.
Celebrate the All Saints’ and All Souls Days with Cannabis
Meditate with Marijuana
These two celebrations hold religious connotations, which often require some sort of prayer. Whether you are the religious type or you simply want to observe these holidays for personal reasons, you will need to enter a meditative state in which you will be able to get in touch with your beliefs and traditions better. For many religions throughout history, marijuana plays an integral part in meditation.
From Hinduism and Buddhism to Chinese and even early Christian practices, experts assert that cannabis was used by our ancestors to enter a meditative state. In fact, early Indians were some of the first people to consume cannabis through drinking. Bhang lassi, a yogurt or milk drink infused with the plant, was traditionally consumed for meditation.
So, if you are a cannabis enthusiast who wants to combine this celebration with our beloved plant, you are certainly on track. This plant is known to elevate the mind by improving cognitive and creative functions, while also giving users a sense of calmness, a state of mind that is perfect for praying and meditating.
Get Together with Family and Friends
Aside from prayer through meditation, some families observe this holiday by getting together. Often this includes prayer, as well, but one thing is for sure: there will be food. If you are tired of eating out with your friends and family, you might want to whip up some dishes to serve to your guests.
Just like the early Indians, you can infuse your food and drinks with cannabis. If you prefer to eliminate the psychoactive effects of the plant, you also have the option to use CBD oil when cooking. This will give your cooking a cannabis twist while making sure that you and your guests will not be experiencing any mind-altering effects. You can also mix this with drinks you plan to serve.
By adding this ingredient, you can have a more energetic gathering, while enjoying a calmness that cannabidiol provides. This cannabinoid also has medicinal attributes making it a perfect addition to your recipes. Just make sure to inform your guests about your plan to include cannabis as some people may still have reservations about the plant.
Celebrate Your Own Way with Cannabis Products
If you plan to spend the day on your own but still observe the holiday, you have the luxury to celebrate it however you want. Aside from meditating to get in touch with your spiritual self in order to practice the religious aspects of the holidays, you can observe it by commemorating your deceased loved ones.
This is favorable especially if you do not adhere to the religious implications of the celebration. You can do this by listening to their favorite songs, looking back on your memories with them and even making art about them.
Being spiritual does not necessarily equate to being religious. If you are a marijuana enthusiast who wants to observe these days in your own special way, then cannabis can definitely help you create your own traditions for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.
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