Meet Our Budtenders — Wacheke at Evergreen Market

We love to meet budtenders who share our passion and appreciation for cannabis. Each has a unique story — whether it’s how they came to be a budtender or why they’re an advocate for the herb. Meet Wacheke, one of our budtenders at Evergreen Market. Read why she loves to educate people about the holistic and wellness benefits of cannabis and why she reaches for a mellow Marley Black strain.

Name: Wacheke

Location: Washington State

Occupation: Educator. It’s a pretty cool thing — my role is to teach. My job was great enough to create this position. Our role is to teach cannabis to the budtenders and customers, and to answer questions in-depth. 

How long have you been in cannabis and how’d you get into the industry? I’ve only been in cannabis for about a year. I used to live next to the Evergreen Market in Auburn. I started coming by and made good friends with the people in the store. We started talking, they said they liked my energy, and here I am a year later.

What’s your favorite Marley Natural strain and why? Plushberry. I’m a straight indica fan. I like my stones nice and comfortable, relaxing, but still mellow enough you can get through your day and anything you must go through, so Plushberry is pretty nice.

Favorite method of consumption and tips or tricks? I’d have to go for my personal, absolute favorite — always a blunt. I like a nice Swisher Sweet, Tropical Infusion or the Summer Twist. Little tips and tricks? Right before you’re about to stuff your blunt, lick one end, the one you’re going to fold over, and it’ll make that process so much easier.

What’s your smoking ritual? I usually like to find a nice quiet place with a view. Something with some shade, but still sunshine out. Depending on my mood, it’s a smoke-and-Netflix or a smoke-and-read. Then you just sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

Name one thing you’ve learned as a budtender. There is no end to the things you can use cannabis for. There is no end to the ailments, the things you can relieve, or just the need [for cannabis]. That’s part of why I love being an educator – I’ve gotten to learn and transmit some of that education to others. 

“Cannabis allows you to be a slightly more creative thinker. You can come to solutions you wouldn’t have thought about from a slightly different perspective. It relaxes you. It frees you to be a different version of yourself.”

What’s your favorite part of cannabis culture in Seattle? By far the various foods. I love the ability to smoke and eat Ethiopian food, Japanese food, a nice salad, or a steak. Seattle always comes through for me. I’m a big foodie. I like to get high and eat.

I’m an #AdvocateForTheHerb because… It’s a two-part answer. First, its holistic health purposes. I’ve heard of people who use cannabis for everything from stomach issues to something as simple as wanting to sleep at night. There’s literally no end to the things you can use it for. There’s also no end to the different varieties of cannabis. I love it for its ability to be one-size-fits-all. Cannabis can be whatever you make it.

Second, it frees your mind. It takes your perspective above and beyond yourself. Cannabis allows you to be a slightly more creative thinker. You can come to solutions you wouldn’t have thought about from a slightly different perspective. It relaxes you. It frees you to be a different version of yourself.