Follow these seven guidelines to find a high quality strain!
While there is no real substitute of a genuine smoke test to know exactly what you’re getting, there are methodical ways to inspect buds that will give you a pretty good idea about the quality of strain you’re getting.
Here are 7 ways to help you determine if you’re smoking dank or schwag buds:
Cannabis that is well grown will have an identifiably pungent smell that indicates your bud has a high terpene content. On the flip side, poor quality buds will usually smell like hay or lack any sort of distinguishable smell. For instance, a pungent coffee or chocolate scent is usually indicative among good quality Indica strains and strong citrus is usually a calling card of a good sativa.
Visually speaking, a good quality bud is generally green, however, a good strain can create different shades like purple or almost an orangish-red color depending on its genetics. The key thing to take note of is if the majority of your bud is yellow, brown, tan or red instead of just hints of other colors—it is likely it didn’t come from a healthy plant and isn’t a high-quality bud. Same goes for buds that are too white and look bleached; that usually means it was a light burn victim after being subjected to too much high-intensity light.
For those of you who are new to the cannabis scene, it may be a little harder to determine good vs bad weed via taste, but good bud will have a nice fresh taste. Bad bud can taste off or even stale. Many experienced Cannasseurs can immediately detect good quality weed from bad by the taste of it—but keep in mind don’t go off of taste alone.
The way marijuana is textured is another factor that can hint at good or bad bud. Marijuana that is properly cured will feel slightly dry but a little sticky. If your cannabis isn’t sticky icky—it means its dried out and will crumble to dust very easily.
Generally, the rule of thumb is a good quality or well-grown
The ultimate goal of any quality grown cannabis would be to produce buds that are packed with trichomes because all the good stuff is stored in the cannabinoids and terpenes. The density of trichomes are relatively simple to distinguish with your naked eye by determining how “frosty” the bud is. Quality cannabis will be laden with trichomes whereas bad quality bud lacks the thick trichome dusting.
Now, this is just the first part of trichome knowledge you need to know about. Determining ripeness is a little more difficult to figure out without help from a magnifying glass. Instead, the color of the trichome head is the most efficient way to assess the ripeness of your trichomes. In a perfect
7. Pests & Mold
This should be a no-brainer that high-quality cannabis is free of pests and mold, but it needs to be stated. Mold will look grey and fuzzy or white and powdery; pests like gnats, mites, aphids
The Key Takeaway
Apart from not wanting to smoke bad weed for the obvious reasons ranging from bad flavor to not getting high— finding and knowing what good quality cannabis looks and smells like is imperative to making quality edibles, tinctures, oils, and concentrates. Every type of consumption method literally stems from the flower that the plant produces. High-quality plants have a much better chance of creating buds that are densely packed with cannabinoids—the most beneficial compounds of the plant.
We hope this was useful in helping you identify what to look for in good quality bud so you can have an enjoyable session that gives you the best bang for your buck. For a good visual reference on good vs bad weed—check out the video below from C.E.H/
Breckenridge Organic Therapy carries a variety of cannabis products that are naturally sourced and high quality. Feel free to stop by or contact us with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help!