Sun, Jul 5, 2020

“I will forever be grateful for this community of people. So many beautiful souls flowing through these THC-filled bodies.”  Taylor Davis – Maryland Leaf Budtender of the Month

How did you get your start with Cannabis?
Well, this question was harder than I thought it would be. It’s like the first moment you lay eyes on your newborn child or your first pet you loved – anything in that sense. You just love it and would do anything in the world to savor each moment you get with it. I’ve had a passion for Cannabis ever since I tried it for the first time when I was 16. I learned that this amazing plant had the power to eliminate all of my stress. I didn’t realize how vital it was for me to consume it until I was in my early 20s, though. Life is hard, but it’s a hell of a lot more tolerable when you have your indicas to mellow you out and your sativas to energize you. Huge shout out to all medical states for jumping on board for legalization! People like myself appreciate it!

What made you want to become a budtender?
Honestly, it was a dream come true. I was working for an HVAC company, mindlessly grinding through each day, wondering if I would be doing that for the rest of my life. It turns out that the universe had more in store for me.

The owner of the HVAC company’s daughter happened to be the general manager at Southern Maryland Relief and loved how compassionate I was with her dad’s customers. I was presented with an opportunity I couldn’t turn down: reception work at the dispensary. After about a year, I started working as a patient consultant.

When I’m behind the counter on the sales floor, I’m in my element. Being a budtender is so much more than what I imagine most people assume. I love sending someone home with completely natural medicine that I have absolute faith in. Having these patients come back to me with the most fulfilling results is what makes every hardship I’ve ever dealt with worthwhile.

How do you find the right medicine for a patient? Is there a process you use?
Communication is key. Just like anything else, you have to make sure that you and your patient are on the same level and can comfortably communicate. I ask them a series of questions: What is your experience with Cannabis? What are you trying to treat? Is your goal pain management, alleviating stress and anxiety, or increasing appetite? What consumption method would you like to use? When I have first-time patients, I diligently explain everything they need to know so that they feel comfortable going home and testing their new medicine. With new patients especially, I like to slowly introduce them into the world of medical Cannabis because it can be so overwhelming for some people. I never want one of our patients to leave and feel like they have to frantically search Google for information.

What do you like the most about working at SOMD Relief? 
That’s easy – the people. All of them. My amazing coworkers, the owners and the patients that we see day after day. Seriously, I’d hate to sound like Eeyore, but before I started at SOMD Relief, I felt very lost and hopeless. This job has been the biggest blessing. I will forever be grateful for this community of people. So many beautiful souls flowing through these THC-filled bodies. Being able to handle beautiful buds on a daily basis doesn’t hurt, either.

What is your favorite ways to use Cannabis?
I’m a flower child, always will be. With that being said, I don’t shy away from any method. Sometimes when I get off work or if I’m starting a new day, I like to give different strains an honest try with a 100% sober mind. I’ll do the same with different tinctures, vapes and edibles. I will always love flower for its instantaneous relief. Ingestible medicine always takes time to kick in, and sometimes I just don’t have that.

Favorite Strains?
I’m a sativa fiend, so I would hands down say G6 by Verano. Other strains that will always have my heart are Strawberry OG and Miracle Alien Cookies by HMS. I like AAA OG by Forward Gro for a light pick me up. Air Force One by gLeaf for a heavy pick me up and Grease Monkey (if you can get your hands on it) for a heavy sit me down. But if I am really looking for a heavy sit me down, my go-to is usually edibles. Nothing is better than a nice edible kind of evening.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In June of 2019, I partnered with SOMD to start my own side business, Smoking Taylor’s Art Studio. We host ‘elevate and paint’ parties which offer the community a safe haven to consume their medicine while painting with acrylics and socializing with fellow MMCC-certified patients. I’m also a huge family person, so if I’m not making art or making money, I’m spending time with my amazing immediate family. Not to be confused with Carole Baskin, but I am a huge fan of my pet cat, and we enjoy Sundays filled with coffee and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Southern Maryland Relief
28105 Three Notch Rd, Mechanicsville, MD
(301) 242-3200 | @somdrelief_

STORY by WYATT EARLY @errlywyatt/Maryland Leaf | photo by SOMD Relief