“I fell in love with the culture that went along with the plant.” Jackson Ursin – Alaska Leaf – Budtender of the Month
Jackson Ursin is closing in on two years over at Enlighten Alaska on Spenard Road in Anchorage. Always upbeat and eager to assist with first time users as well as seasoned veterans of consuming, we had the chance to chat about why he loves doing what he does
When did Cannabis first come into your life?
Cannabis first came into my life close to the end of my senior year of high school. My first experiences with it were much earlier, around middle school, but not frequently until later in high school. I fell in love with the culture that went along with the plant. I also started to grow a little bit around this time as well! I was really into the biology of the plant. I was into the artists making glass. I really immersed myself in the culture of it all. I grew for a few years, but am not growing at the moment.
How did you become a Budtender?
Well, I graduated college with a degree in education, and I really didn’t want to get into a job where I would be locked into a contract. I still had aspirations for traveling and stuff along those lines. So, I initially got into budtending because of that. I had worked as a barista in school, and I feel that type of skillset translated very well to what I am doing now! I have loved it since day one, and still love it today.
What is your favorite part of being a Budtender?
Probably educating people on Cannabis. I really like explaining concentrates with customers. What the process that goes into it is, what the differences are between a shatter or a wax, what is in a cartridge, what are diamonds? I really like being able to help people understand them more.
Favorite way to consume?
A nice clean bong rip. You can’t go wrong with that – will always be one of my favorites. But I am also really into concentrates, so I will never say no to a good dab. It’s almost a 50/50 toss up on which one sounds better. I go through my phases.
What are your favorite strains and producers?
I am a huge fan of Mercy Fruit Haze by Mercy Tree. It is a crazy good high throughout the day. It’s a very clean smoke. A lot of sativa plants tend to make me cloudy, but this one, my head stays so clear and alert. For concentrates, I have to say almost any hash rosin from Cold Creek. Their products are always top notch. I also want to give a shout out to AKO. They have been putting out fire.
How do you find the right Cannabis for a customer?
If they are unsure, we just get to chatting about what they plan on doing. Are they trying to melt into the couch or remain on the go and alert? I try to stay as informed as I can on all the products that we have coming into the store, so I can really help give my two cents about everything we carry. My approach is very customer driven.
What do you like most about BEING AT ENLIGHTEN?
We are all basically family and hang out outside of work. The owners are always doing things with us as well. It’s nice to know that they have our backs. We have so many repeat customers, where they know us all by name, and of course we know them by name.
I love working here.
HOBBIES OFF THE CLOCK?
I’ve been rock climbing for three years now. It started as a casual thing, but I am getting seriously into it. I just got a puppy (a blue heeler/lab mix). She is a very active dog, so I can take her into the mountains with me. I get to visit some beautiful places and love to have my camera with me. And finally, I love spending time with my wonderful fiancé!
2600 Spenard Rd, Anchorage
INTERVIEW by JOSHUA STAHLE/ALASKA LEAF | PHOTO by BOOM MEDIA