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Denali Dispensaries’ Terp Man

I don’t even look at the THC percentage because I’m all about the terps.

Born and raised in Alaska, Cedrick is a family man who started in the Cannabis game doing all the fun stuff like cultivating, packing, trimming and harvesting. Being able to lock in those tasks with the headphones on was a real joy, but now being on the front lines interacting with so many people in the shop is where he feels he truly belongs.

What have you been smoking on lately?
Today I tried AK GG #4 and it was quite tasty. The Snow Angel OG that we grow here is really good, too. 

If you find a strain that resonates with you, will you recommend it to your clientele?
Absolutely. Right now it’s Titty Sprinkles. Everybody loves Titty Sprinkles. 

We’re talking about a Cannabis strain, right?
Absolutely (laughs). 

How do you feel about strain names in general? Do you think they represent Cannabis in the right way?
I don’t, really. It should be more serious because some of the names are a joke. Like I heard of a strain called Death Fart. I tell that to some people, and they look at me like, “I’m not putting that in my mouth.” And I don’t blame them. 

What would you rename Death Fart?
Something like Snowflake (cracking up).

I don’t know, bro, Death Fart sounds like some cryptonic indica that will drop you to the mat!

On the more serious side, have you used Cannabis medicinally?
Definitely. I use it before and after workouts because it helps with pain. 

What advice would you give to someone who is an aspiring budtender?
Just be yourself. People in Alaska can read fakes, so you just have to be you. And learn the difference in strains. Learn the terpenes, too, because that’s the most important thing. I don’t even look at the THC percentage because I’m all about the terps. 

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About Mike Ricker

The first time Ricker smoked weed was at a Santana concert at the age of 12. He then followed in his footsteps as an award-winning radio personality who became notorious for offering a stage for bong toking listeners in 9 different markets over 20 years. In 2016, the Cannabis industry came calling and the rest is history.

This article was originally published in the April 2021 issue of Alaska Leaf.

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