Lorena Cupcake, voted “best budtender in Chicago,” has answered hundreds of questions from cannabis shoppers and patients during their time as a budtender. And now they’re turning that experience into a monthly advice column, Ask a budtender. Got a question for Cupcake? Submit your questions to askabudtender@weedmaps.com.

Dear Cupcake,

20-plus year weed enthusiast here, asking if the trend of overpackaging is simply the result of the commercialization of weed, or if the fact that every time I buy weed, pre-rolls, or gummies, I’m also bestowed packaging that seems like it could be . . . less than . . . because of security concerns? Is there something I’m missing?

IMO, it would be great if I could “bring my own bag” so to speak, so I don’t feel like I’m killing Mother Earth…

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