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Budtender of the Month: Jake Dimmock

May 06, 2017 | WES ABNEY

Who's your favorite budtender? Every month, our dedicated team meets to select a budtender that stands out above the rest! Alaska Leaf's Budtender of the Month is Jake Dimmock.

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How do you find the right Cannabis for someone?

Well you want to listen, first and foremost, to be open to understand what their needs might be. Listen, and steer them in the right direction on dose size, sativa vs indica, when do you plan on using it, type of strain, etc. The most important thing you can do is to give the best advice on what you feel is best for them, with the understanding that Cannabis is an individual experience for everyone. You have to try it yourself, but in this environment you don’t have to buy from the parking lot at a 7-11, you can choose from a selection and find what is right for you. I tell people all the time, it’s a $10 gram, not buying a house, there’s no long term commitment, so you will know by tomorrow.

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside the Cannabis industry?

Other than the industry, I’m a caregiver for my father in law, he’s 86 and he lives at home with my wife and I. We’ve been married for 7 years, and he’s a welcome blessing to the home and tolerates everything I do! We have 5 dogs at home and live in West Seattle, and my wife works as a nurse, I have a pretty settled life, I guess my focus here at the household is looking after my father-in-law, and my focus is on my home and my dogs, which is my favorite place to be.

How long have you been a budtender and what’s your favorite part of the job?

As a budtender I wouldn’t be here without John Davis, who gave me my first chance at selling in 2012 when we opened our shop, Northwest Patient Resource Center. My favorite part is the customer service, that connection with a new person or the familiar person who reconnects each visit and counts on you for good info each time, and hearing “Yea that’s what Jake’s smoking.” People want the pot, but they also want the experience of the person who led them into that.

You co-owned NWPRC, one of the longest running medical dispensaries. How have things changed since medical? How is recreational?

I miss providing medicine for patients, helping is rewarding, working with cancer patients and people with real afflictions Those days are kinda gone, and I felt guilty that some of the MMJ pioneers don’t understand why I help in recreational Cannabis. But today I am talking to more people about Cannabis than I ever did owning a medical shop because so many people are asking questions that have no idea about it. Its refreshing to be able to introduce them to that, in an environment where its normal, you can go into a shop and see the brands and get the info you need.

What is your favorite method of consumption?

In the winter time, it’s dabs. Dabs are just easy, I don’t smoke in the house, I have a man cage in the garage to smoke at, but in the winter its cold and I dab, and I do a couple in the am and two or three at end of day. In the summer I smoke more joints because I can relax with them and enjoy the warm weather, and I enjoy the occasional bong hit. 

We get samples as budtenders and it’s a good way to test it, I test samples in the morning with a bong toke and see how they affect me.

Any favorite strains or products right now?

Certainly I’m a big fan of Solstice because we all grew up in the industry together. My favorite strain is the pre 72 Colombian Gold that has a heritage here, I believe it was Jerry Whiting who brought that in, and because of that knowledge I enjoy the pedigree, and the seed came from that batch. Treehawk Farms, I’m a big fan of them and take them home most. 

For oil, its Seattle Refined or Oleum, they both have some of the best oils that Ive dabbed for sure. I also love Gold Leaf and the Cannagar, certainly they stand on their own.

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