If you plan to buy a car, you research your car, read reviews and get informed before you buy. It is part of being a smart consumer. Buying weed is no different. In order to enhance our smoking and/or vaping experience, one must learn to spot the signs of good vs bad cannabis.
Today everybody claims to have high-quality cannabis in stock, but how can you tell who is genuine and who is trying to make a quick buck?
- Look for crystals. These crystals, known as trichomes, contain terpenes, CBD and THC. If you can look at your weed closely and see lots of crystals in it, it’s a safe bet that the bud will be high in cannabinoids.
- Look for hairs. These hairs or pistils are an indicator of plant maturation. The pistils change from white to yellow, orange, red and brown. However, they add little to taste or potency
- No seeds, no stems! This is one of the golden rules of bud buying. They add next to nothing to the experience, stems can annoyingly pierce your papers, and seeds will “pop” when under high heat.
- It should be green. This sounds obvious but buying brown weed is like buying brown lettuce, you just wouldn’t do it! Purple bud, on the other hand, is very desirable and is indicative of selective breeding for anthocyanins pigments, which give it the purple colour.
If you are looking at acquiring marijuana, do more than just sniff an open bag.
GET IN THERE, break up a bud, and smell the inside of it.
The potency of the smell is a key to figuring out quality. Terpenes are what you smell, and knowing what they are will deepen your appreciation of cannabis and you will be able to recognise nice diesel, earthy or fruity smells.
Sometimes it will be so strong that you can smell it through the bag. Next time you have some weed, take some time to smell it and figure out what exactly good weed smells like.
Whether it’s a vaporiser, bong, waterfall, pipe, etc, this category of critiquing marijuana is self-explanatory. Everyone’s tastes are different but potency and flavour profiles provide a diverse range of effects and individual experiences that amplify the consumer’s connection to the cannabis plant.
First-class cannabis will have a thick coat of sugary resin that contains the cannabinoids and terpenes, giving the plant its powerful effects and captivating flavours. Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids, terpenes are the pungent oils that colour cannabis varieties with distinctive flavours like citrus, berry, mint, and pine
It shouldn’t be too dry. Good weed is not going to be dry or feel like it’s been sitting out in the sun for too long. If there is no stickiness, this is not a good sign. Keep your weed from getting dry with glass jars.
There is a reason why rappers always brag about having that “sticky icky.” Stickier weed that is harder to break up contains more resin and will always get you “higher” than weed that just crumbles as you break it up.