Meet Alex “Kindbud” Chatigny, budtender with Alternative Therapies Group – the first licensed medical dispensary of Massachusetts, proudly holding license number 001. Now, they have three locations and Alex works at the Salisbury store.
I found Alex at the front ID check window as another client came in after me, so I went inside to look around the dispensary while he checked their ID. Alex stepped in to give the client help, as they knew him by name.
I sat back eavesdropping a little, looking at the beautiful flower photo enlargements on the wall. The client was looking for something to help him sleep and Alex gave him a few strain recommendations, then highlighted one he liked to use when he was unable to sleep. He then told them about how this one strain was a hard hitter and the buzz comes in like a train, giving you couch lock. The client was happy as can be!
I sat down with Alex and found out he had been a massage therapist, owning his own business in Boston for 15 years before being able to enter the Cannabis industry. He undoubtedly has a good understanding of muscle and nutrition to go with his knowledge of Cannabis and what it helps.
What brought you into the Cannabis industry?
I used to smoke when I was young. But I think my godmother would still be alive today if we had dispensaries back in the ‘80s when she had breast cancer. Whenever anyone who comes into ATG says the word cancer, I drop whatever I am doing and spend 15-20 minutes going over all I know, or put them onto a path where they can find out more.
What kind of Cannabis do you like?
I like flower – it all depends on what I’m doing and I mix up the spectrum some, maybe some Blue Dream with some Tahoe, but I also like trying many different strains. I wouldn’t recommend a strain that might have a heavy cerebral hard hitting buzz if the person is a newbie, or recommend a strong sativa-dominant variety to someone who really wants to fall asleep.
What inspires you the most with Cannabis?
I like helping people and working here at ATG. I think I have helped more people while working here in just two years, than I did in 15 years of massage therapy!
It’s no surprise after meeting him why the owner of ATG would recommend him as favorite budender, and why Danny Danko recommended that I interview him. You really should go meet Alex – he’s friendly, personable, experienced and knowledgeable!