“I love to cook and do so with Cannabis regularly – including everything from lattes to bison burgers infused with CBD and THC.” Jeremy Felton – Maryland Leaf Budtender of the Month
Ash + Ember
202 Coursevall Drive, Suite 108, Centreville, MD
HOW DID YOU BECOME A BUDTENDER?
Before this, I had a career in information security and database management, which were high stress gigs. I kind of wanted to get into a field that was giving back more directly to people, versus working away on a keyboard every day. When this program first came to Maryland, I had this spark inside me. I thought to myself – I’m in my mid-20s and if I’m going to make a career change, then this is when I should do it. When Ash + Ember came to Centreville I met with the owners, they offered me a position, and I was able to blend my IT knowledge with patient care. I create all the digital displays and menu systems for the dispensary as well.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE THE ONLY DISPENSARY IN CENTREVILLE?
It’s unique to serve such a broad market – we serve a good portion of the eastern shore. I feel like being the only dispensary in Centreville gives us a bit of a closer relationship with the patients. We get a really nice mix of different people with wonderful personalities, and I like to get to know them all. It’s like if you come in and I know you love Air Force One, I will be sure to pull that out first for you to see.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR SCIENTIFIC CANNABIS KNOWLEDGE FROM?
While I was earning my degree, I was also
tutoring people along the way, which further fueled my passion for learning. When it came down to learning about medical Cannabis, I had to take it into my own hands. I have been personally studying Cannabis for about 10 years, since I was 19 years old. There are always new things to learn, such as different cannabinoids and flavonoids.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE RIGHT MEDICINE FOR A PATIENT?
If they have no product knowledge, I like to learn about a patient’s lifestyle before making any recommendations. I like to gauge what could be causing patients pain or creating stress for them, and work with them on setting goals. At the end of the day, it comes down to what the patient is trying to accomplish with using Cannabis as medicine. I have trained all of the budtenders to make recommendations and build off of those. I am a huge proponent for flower, even if you are not interested in smoking or vaporizing it. I also endorse patients making ingestibles themselves, versus buying pre-made capsules, tinctures, etc.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE STRAINS AND METHODS TO CONSUMING CANNABIS?
When I first started using Cannabis I was not interested in smoking flower, so I began experimenting with different vaporizer companies. In the last ten years, I have probably bought almost a dozen-and-a-half different brands. So my favorite way to consume Cannabis is by vaporizing, even sometimes mixing in concentrates with the flower. I love some of the old school
genetics, so I always look for things coming from the Chemdawg and Sour Diesel families. One of my favorite seed banks is Top Dawg Genetics, with popular strains like Hash Plant 13.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?
Outside of Cannabis I am a huge photography buff, shooting everything from macro Cannabis photography to nature and outdoor shots.
Every time I get a new strain in, I like to shoot macro photos of it and show the patients close-ups. I also love to cook and do so with Cannabis regularly – including everything from lattes to bison burgers infused with CBD and THC.
There are so many things that can be infused with Cannabis, so I like to play around with that a bit.