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Cannabis sommelier: “Many people think that I smoke weed all the time at work”

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Dominik Benedens works as a cannabis sommelier for the Cologne company Cannamedical. On his YouTube channel “Higher thoughts” he explains about the medical benefits of cannabis.

TIME ONLINE: Mr. Benedens, you have been Germany’s first cannabis sommelier since last year. How do you become that?

Dominik Benedens: I saw the job advertisement online and found it really exciting. I am actually a trained automotive mechatronics engineer, but I have Crohn’s disease and was therefore often unable to work due to illness. Since 2019, I have been consuming cannabis for medical reasons – and have been able to participate in life again.

TIME ONLINE: She was hired by Cannamedical, a Cologne-based company that produces medical cannabis. More than 3,500 people applied for the job. How were you able to convince yourself?

Consumed for medical reasons: Cannabis sommelier Dominik Benedens © Cannamedical

I thought I had no chance.

Dominik Benedens

Blessing: I’m glad I didn’t know at the time how many applicants there were. I was totally insecure myself. I thought I had no chance because I didn’t have any sommelier training, which doesn’t exist in Germany anyway. I almost didn’t apply, but then my wife said on the sofa in the evening: Go ahead and do it, it’s exactly your thing! In the end, my many years of experience probably led to me being selected.

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TIME ONLINE: Experience with what? Smoking weed?

Blessing: No. Since I was prescribed cannabis by my doctor and started using it, I haven’t had any flare-ups anymore – that’s why I’ve been explaining the benefits of medical cannabis on social media for several years. And I have a large vegetable garden, I know a lot about plants. I then just had to expand my botanical knowledge to include hemp, but that wasn’t that difficult.

I am a low responder.

Dominik Benedens

TIME ONLINE: As a teenager – before your diagnosis – were you the classic amateur stoner?

Blessing: Of course a joint was passed around at parties, but I never smoked a lot of weed. I’m also a so-called low responder, meaning I don’t react particularly strongly psychologically to cannabis. But it relieves my pain and I have fewer cramps. I vape around a gram and a half a day in around ten consumption units. How much you are prescribed depends on the illness.

TIME ONLINE: Do you probably add a few grams a week through your job as a sommelier?

Blessing: No, everyone always thinks that. Many people think that I smoke weed all the time at work and smoke one joint after another. But that’s not true, and I wouldn’t want that either. The current law states that I can only take the cannabis that my doctor has prescribed for me. Maybe that will change when partial legalization comes.

TIME ONLINE: So you test the quality of cannabis without consuming it. How is this suppossed to work?

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Blessing: On the one hand, I develop them Grow-Guidelines for the growers. This determines, for example, how much light the plant should receive, how long and how the flowers should be dried. The collaboration with the cultivators is therefore very close; we communicate regularly. That’s why I regularly go to our suppliers and check whether everything is OK there. And: The plantations from which we source our cannabis naturally also have their own laboratories that continuously test the goods. From this you can draw conclusions about the quality.

Dominik Benedens works as a cannabis sommelier for the Cologne company Cannamedical. On his YouTube channel “Higher thoughts” he explains about the medical benefits of cannabis.

TIME ONLINE: Mr. Benedens, you have been Germany’s first cannabis sommelier since last year. How do you become that?

Dominik Benedens: I saw the job advertisement online and found it really exciting. I am actually a trained automotive mechatronics engineer, but I have Crohn’s disease and was therefore often unable to work due to illness. Since 2019, I have been consuming cannabis for medical reasons – and have been able to participate in life again.

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