Working For Free Doesn’t Work

I get a fair amount of reach -outs asking for advice on making it in this industry which can seem cut-throat at times.

I actually respond to everyone. Let’s dive into this. No, you shouldn’t work for free. You need to start out somewhere, I understand. You might feel like there aren’t many options or you don’t bring as much to the table as of yet. It’s a mindset, I’m not saying you shouldn’t charge a reasonable rate that aligns with your experience or lack of. It’s OK to TRADE in some way that will mutually benefit. When work is given away the result is- it devalues it unless it’s a hobby free work will not get you any farther along.

That client won’t stick around during the transition from FREE to professional rates.

Here is my full response:

✋ 🛑 You need to change your mindset if you expect to make it. At least call it a trade and acknowledge your offering something of value. If your time and efforts are to be given away for free, you will not turn those into clients. It only devalues what you trying to do. It’s a huge problem of canna companies expecting photos and media to be done for free, cause people keep offering it up at first thinking that will get them entry. It won’t. You just gotta be real with it, let them know it’s an intro rate or your doing a trade.

It’s ok to say your just starting out and your going to charge them little, it’s the mindset and principle that it must be paid work. Other than a favor, and you shouldn’t be handing out random favors to anyone.

You got this though. It sure wasn’t a quick process for me, but I think if you stick to your guns and keep at it you’ll find a way.

– RL
In the DM it Goes Down

Cannabis Aged 1 Year

Check out what happens after 1 year.

Same bud photographed a year later.
 As it ages it changes. WHICH ONE WOULD YOU PREFER TO SMOKE?

This specific bud was stored in a small glass jar and stored in a closed cardboard box out of light for 1 year at 60-74F. Same settings and setup for the comparison shots.

Is this interesting? Should I go another year? I’ve done this with about 15 strains.

From personal experience and observations

– I’ve noticed the leaves of the bud will darken, the green will fade and become more brown over time, purple can become more gray or even burgundy. Trichomes begin to mature to amber, even after the initial curing with age it seems to still mature the trichomes. I have found the sedative effects to be stronger on older weed (matured trichomes?) Sometimes it’s just like over-eating and you will just want to sleep, or you will drag if you resist the urge to sleep. The smell and flavor also changes. Terpenes start to change. When it’s stored for year(s) without interruption the change can be swayed by some environmental factors.  Was the bud handled without gloves prior to this? The traces of bacteria, oils from hands and other contaminants can play a role in the development of the aging cannabis.  The specific strain definitely plays a role, purple weed seems to hold up really nice flavor wise.  Anything with a menthol, mint, or deep purple holds up well. The fruity strains flavors can get funky. I’ve noticed a strawberry fields turn from a sweet faint berry smell to a loud rotten mango. I’ve also noticed smokey smells, and less personally desirable notes… Often it’s the outer surface area of the nug, and once you crack it open a more pleasant smell will be found.

Let’s hear your thoughts on AGED WEED, or is it just OLD WEED?? Tell me what you know or have experienced in the comments. 


This specific bud was was stored in a small glass jar and stored in a closed cardboard box out of light for a year in 60-74 degree temperature. Same camera settings and light setup for the comparison shots.

This bud is Gnome Walker by @gnomegrownorganics
It was entry No. 7225 at last years @cultivationclassic
Photography by @resinated_lens

Beer and Cannabis are Favorite Cousins

Beer and Cannabis are Favorite Cousins

Beer and Cannabis are Favorite Cousins - Brewing IPA with Puffco Vaporizer and Obama Kush Cannabis
Brewing some Citrus IPA – smoking on Obama Kush bud, Obama Kush Shatter in the Puffco

With their terpene profiles often complimenting if not matching cannabis and craft beer go hand in hand.  Hops are actually in the same family as cannabis, and I personally have a love for both plants.  During the boil where hops are added at specific times, the aroma is amazing, if you match an equally tasty concentrate in the Puffco the experience is really top notch.

Check out my review of the Puffco- Here