This is the weed that you’ll find on most cannabis Instagram pages. The green will pop through all the juicy trichomes. The buds should look like they were just removed from the plant, even though they have been drying and curing for the past few of weeks. When the bag is first opened, the smell should hit you right away. If you need to put your nose inside the baggie in a closed room, you already know it’s not worth smelling.
A great weed will leave your mouth watering until you roll it up. Different strains have different smells, but they all have that sweet hint of familiarity. Try to always smell your bud and remember the aroma if you enjoyed the smoke. Your brain will create a stoner database of “dank smells.” TRICHOMES AND RESIN - WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR. It should coat your grinder with a delicious, yet annoying, layer of resin (but hey, that’s the price you pay for your fire weed). This happens because of the gooey trichomes, not humidity. Although sticky, your nugs should be crisp and crunchy too. The grinding experience should be pleasant, not an arm exercise.
Those white, microscopic hairs are probably the visual aspect of the bud that will be most conclusive when it comes to the potency. It’s here that you’ll find your THC, the component responsible for giving you the traditional cannabis high. These are also what falls into the bottom layer of your 3-piece grinder. Next to this delicious frost, you’ll also see brown hairs. These don’t get you high and the abundance of them does not represent anything about potency, only quality. The brown hairs, technically referred to as pistils, represent maturity in a flower. This means that the grower took good care of their end of the deal and you should trust them. We could spend the whole day looking at buds, trying to figure out if they’re good quality or not, but it all comes down to consumption. Never will you be able to tell, with 100% certainty, the potency of your bud. And like your mother always told you: “don’t judge a book by its cover,” neither should you trust your eyes when it comes to the sticky icky. Because of this, here are a few pointers to look out for if your weedman passes you a Jay before you buy his weed. Before anything else, look at the cherry and the ash of the joint. If ash is grey or black, then the weed is too humid. This isn’t conclusive when it comes to the quality of the high. However, a humid flower will give you a nasty headache and will have extra water weight. You’ll be paying for a lot of water, which won’t add anything to your high. If you’re buying weed, you don’t need to smoke up your guy’s whole stash. The best way to tell if a bud is good or not is to consume small quantities. This way, if it hits you good, you’ll have a solid opinion on it. When puffing, make sure you take a good look at yourself. I’m always conquered by a hot sensation on my face with fire marijuana. It should give you the feeling that you’re sweating from your forehead when you actually aren’t. CBD-rich strains without THC won’t get you high, but can be of excellent quality and value. Remember to have clear guidelines on what you’re looking for.
If you’re fortunate enough to be able to choose between indicas, sativas and hybrids, research these variations well. Learn all about them and the manifold strains within each group.
You might be sold an indica when you actually asked for a sativa and end up disappointed on the effects, judging the strain. Be sure that you can trust your supplier - we can’t stress this enough.