Budtender Certification: Operating A Scale

budtender certificationWeighting scales is measuring instrument for determining the weight of the medicine a patient will purchase. Most dispensaries regulate the design and servicing of scales used for commerce.

In your Budtender Certification, you will learn when operating a scale you want to check it every day a make sure it is calculated. You can put a nickel on it and make sure it weighs 0.5 grams, if your scale is incorrect you can reset it according to how your scale operates and reprogramming the device.

If your scale is off then you will be short or you could lose a patient. Many times it is recommended for dispensaries to always weigh 1/8th’s (of an ounce) at 3.7 grams instead of 3.5 grams and that will keep your patients always coming to your dispensary as well as ensure you’re never shorting anyone.

You can make sure you add this weight when you complete the transactions in your P.O.S. computer system so your inventory matches your accounting records.


Typical Sources Of Scale Errors In Budtender Certification

  • budtender trainingAir gusts, even small ones, which push the scale up or down.
  • Settling airborne dust contributing to weight.
  • Magnetic fields or electrostatic fields.
  • Condensation of atmospheric water on cold items.
  • Evaporation of water from wet items.
  • Vibration or seismic disturbances.


Learn Weight Measurement Charts In Budtender Certification

Weighting medical marijuana is a bit of a science. The first time you do it is the hardest, but once you figure out the little tricks to your scale you can be weighing medicine like a pro.


Steps To Weighing Medical Marijuana

Step 1 – Determine How And Which Scale To Use

There are several different scales that dispensaries will use and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Make sure the scale you use weights in the increments and units you want. Most digital scales weight things in grams, ounces and maybe other units.

Step 2 – How Much To Weight

Decide how you’re going to weight the medicine.

bud-tenderOunce Measurement Chart

->  1 Gram = 0.03 Ounce

->  3.5 Grams = 1/8 Ounce

->  7 Grams = 1/4 Ounce

->  14 Grams = 1/2 Ounce

->  21 Grams = 3/4 Ounce

->  28 Grams = 1 Ounce

->  4 Ounces = 1/4 Pound

->  16 Ounces = 1 Pound

With this step, you have a few options: directly on the scale, in a baggie, or in some other container. Weighting the medicine directly on the scale is a good option if all you have is a solid bud or not very much of it. Using a baggie to weight your medicine is often not a very good idea.

Due to the extra air in the baggie it will throw off your measurements and baggies actually have to weight themselves, but getting that weight is hard to do so it can be throwing off your measurements. It typically is preferred to use a plastic container that will fit on the scale.


Step 3 – Start Weight The Product

Now that you’ve decided how you’re going to weight it, turn the scale on and let it zero out. Some scales you may have to calibrate and most digital scales have at least a calibration option, to test your scale to make sure it is weighing thing correctly you can put a nickel on it. Nickels weight almost exactly five (5) grams, so if you get about 5 grams of your scale then it is good to go.


Step 4 – Remember Container Weight Or Use “Tare” Button

Put your empty plastic container on the scale first. Remembering the weight of your plastic container will certainly help, but you can also hit the “tare button” which will zero out the scale again with your plastic container weight on it.


Step 5 – Package Medicine After Weighting

Pull up your container with all of the patient’s medicine.


Step 6 – Provide Patient With Medicine

Take the reading then transfer the medicine to a container for a patient.

That’s it. It isn’t hard to weight medicine, but it is irritating unless you know the right tricks to get it done without any trouble.

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