Meet your budtender: Zandria Herrera

Green Degree


Why did you decide to become a budtender: I became a budtender to help chase away the stigma of how people view marijuana, as well as educating those around us who want to learn more about this beautiful plant and what it has to offer. This medicine has changed lives. I’m very grateful we’re able to be a part of it.

What’s your favorite part of the job: Helping the customer find the right product for them. 

What sort of things have you learned on the job: I’ve learned how CBD works in our bodies to help with smoking and eating. 

How do you help a customer who is new to cannabis, or returning after years away: I love asking which route the consumer wants to go, whether it’s smoke, edibles, vaping, or CBD. 

What’s the biggest challenge in your job: When there’s not a product for the consumer that will help them. 

 What’s your most memorable job experience: Helping a customer who had lung cancer and didn’t smoke. They wanted something to help them with adequate appetite, so I recommended a FECO product as an alternative for smoking. It’s a highly concentrated whole-plant extract, so you can use it in cooking or hot drinks. It helped my customer eat when they couldn’t. To this day that experience has made me want to help those in need. 

 What’s your personal favorite product among those that you sell: Dr. Dabber is my favorite product.

 How long have you been in Alaska, and if from somewhere else, where: I’ve been in Alaska nine years. I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If you could share a bowl with one famous person in the world, who would it be and why: Stevie Nicks. I’d love to get to know her and talk about the ‘80s. 

 What are your interests outside of work: Home growing, snowboarding, and spending time with family. 

If someone asked you about becoming a budtender, what would you tell them: I’d show them how to get going. There are lots of websites for resources.

— David James

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