Quick Growing Tip: Utilise environmental factors to boost trichome production. Strains such as ICE are genetically wired to develop high quantities of trichomes.
Quick Tip: Sativa and indica flowers tend to look different; know what to look for when browsing.
Growing Tip: Utilise powerful lights to grow dense and compact flowers.
How to tell the difference between good and bad cannabis buds.
If you’re looking for medium-quality bud, or simply trying to dodge the bad stuff, look for these traits:
These mushroom-shaped structures feature a bulbous head atop a narrow stalk. In this head, specialised cells tasked with resin production work tirelessly during the flowering phase. The resin exudes downward and gradually covers the majority of the surface of the flower. This resin—and its active phytochemicals—help guard buds against insect attacks and temperature extremes.
The key signs of low-quality cannabis include:
I’ve seen some growers get impressive results with bagseed, but overall results seem to be hit or miss. Plants can grow in odd ways and often either the yields or quality isn’t as expected. The problem is that seeds often don’t “breed true” to the buds that they came from. That is why many growers either stick to clones (which are exactly the same as the “mother” plant) or purchase seeds of a stabilized strain from a trustworthy breeder, where each of the plants will grow the way you expect, and buds more consistently have the smell, yield and potency they’re supposed to.
If it’s very seedy the buds may not feel as potent, though a few seeds here and there won’t make much difference in potency. The main problem with seedy weed is that you are getting less smokeable bud for the amount of total mass there. If it is seedless, you will get a lot more bang for your buck. Seedless bud (sinsemilla) is considered to be the highest quality and most potent type of weed.
Seeds are the result of pollination. That means the seedy cannabis buds (which come from a female plant) may have come into contact with pollen from a male plant. Therefore, it’s possible the grower didn’t identify and remove all the male plants before the released pollen. It’s also possible that the plant self-pollinated (sometimes called herming) which is often the result of plant stress during the budding phase but can also be caused by genetics.
Are seeds good to grow?
What does it mean to find seeds in your marijuana buds? Is it something to be worried about?
There’s a seed in my bud!
It should be dark and relatively hard. Very pale or white seeds, that can be easily crushed between the fingers, usually won’t sprout. However, I have been surprised to find some very flimsy seeds sprout and produce amazing plants (we aren’t breeding them for hard seeds after all) so when in doubt, I highly recommend doing the true test to see if the seed is viable – try to germinate the seed and see if it sprouts!
Waka Flocka Flame’s “Take a Wish”:
The term “loud” has also taken root in pop culture with other cannabis lingo terms like “zip” and “dub.” Here are a few examples:
Kid Cudi and King Chip in “Just What I Am”:
The origins of loud and the strains named after it
Cannabis lingo can sometimes be overwhelming and puzzling, especially for novice consumers. Strains in particular carry their fair share of confusion, in part because of their monikers, such as WTF strain names like Meat Breath and Alien Asshat, that offer no clues to their effects or what to expect from the experience. Add one more term to your weed lexicon, one that is both strain name and adjective: Loud.
There are varying levels of cannabis quality that can affect aroma, taste, efficacy, and cost. At the bottom rung of the ladder are “reggies” — also known as brick weed. This type of weed is defined by its dull green or brown coloring, and may contain stems and seeds. Think of it as cannabis amateur hour, something you’d expect to find at a college party in the 90s.
The word loud also encompasses three strain names: Loud, Loud Dream, and Loud Scout.
What exactly is “loud,” and how is the term being used in cannabis land? Let’s dig in.