Lastly, there is something to be said about shipping and handling. Quality flower is dried and cured properly. This allows your flower to be tasty, smooth, and free of mold. I always buy flower in a jar, as a plastic bag destroys the trichomes on the outside of the flower.
Being able to trust a grower also gives you confidence when trying a new strain. You can’t always know how a strain will affect you, but you can know if the strain was grown by someone who values quality. If you like a particular strain from a grower, try another one of their strains, you might like it.
So, what is the difference between that $20 and $60 eighth of Purple Punch? Why spend the extra cash? To answer those questions, we have to take a look at the characteristics that define quality cannabis.
Characteristics of quality cannabis
Ensuring that your weed has ripe trichomes allows you to experience the flower at its peak ripeness, if you will.
You also want to make sure you check the health and ripeness of the trichomes. A perfect trichome will be milky white, and a plant with strong genetics will be blanketed by them. Clear trichomes are an indication that the plant was harvested before it reached maturity, and, if you see amber or brown trichomes, the plant was not harvested soon enough.
At the end of the day, quality cannabis is produced by quality growers. Producing great cannabis is not magic—it is a skill that is developed over time through hard work. Good weed should be nothing short of amazing because the proper time was put into it. You will be able to see, taste, and smell the effort that goes into growing quality cannabis.
A jar has a minimal effect on the overall price of the product but a large effect on your experience of the product. Pay for the jar.
In short, this leafy weed will have an impalpably vibrant quality to it that the cheap stuff doesn’t have. If you’re wondering “what does good weed look like?” the above components are pretty good indicators.
This dank weed is going to kick in hard and quick and it will probably leave you feeling nice and goofy for a few hours. The potency of this type of bud is the exact reason a lot of people use it medicinally. If you need to treat pain or mitigate the effects of anxiety or depression don’t settle for less than the best.
Other mid-grade weed names include: Regs, Mids, K-town, Mid-shelf
When we talk about weed quality, there is no topping a nice, dank, beaster. Dank weed is really an advent of the medical and now recreational era. This stuff has been engineered through science to be as dope as possible.
Other top-shelf weed names include: Dank, Kine bud or Kind Bud, Loud, Top-shelf, Primo, Kill, Fire, Flame, Top Colas
This is what you call loud weed. When you get top-shelf you better expect a smell that is going fill the room. It will always depend on the strain but you’re probably going to encounter a very skunky very dense smell with this caliber of kush, with fruity, sweet, or vanilla notes introduced to the mix depending in the strain.
You’ll know that you are about to get some bad weed when you hear someone mention Reggie.
The important question to ask is: does the bud look like it came from a healthy plant? It is not uncommon for quality buds to have hints of purple, pink, blue, etc. However, if the majority of the bud is rusty red, brown, tan, or yellow in color, it came from an unhealthy plant.
Avoid buds that smell like hay or have no discernible smell at all. If it doesn’t have that characteristic dankness, you probably don’t want it. Pungency is directly linked to potency and terpene content.
Avoid buds with loose, open structures and visible stems Indicas are generally tight and dense, while sativas are fluffier with more pistils
These are generally not desirable characteristics and buds showing these traits should be avoided. This is a plant’s final attempt to self-pollinate and reproduce after being stressed to a point where it views death as imminent. All that stress means that the plant hasn’t had the energy to devote to becoming potent — it’s been in survival mode. Thus, the earlier in its lifecycle the plant shows hermaphroditic traits, the higher likelihood the bud is seeded.
Usually, the problem is prematurely harvested buds as opposed to those which are over-ripened (especially with sativa strains, as they have longer flowering periods). Premature harvesting is especially common in illegal states where the underground cultivators seek to complete more flower cycles in a year to maximize yield (at the expense of quality).