Purchasing great marijuana could be tricky. When you go into a cannabis store, you are met with a huge choice of products. How do you even begin to navigate your alternatives? Why would you spend $60 on an eighth of Purple Punch that is 23 percent THC when there is a $20 eighth from another brand with 28 percent THC? Plus it can be even harder if you are buying online and can’t find the item. When it comes to purchasing marijuana, a lot of people employ a system which reflects my cheese buying strategy: I find a cool-looking label that fits my price point and continue on into the checkout line. Can this help me locate a fantastic cheese? Nope! But it allows me to get back home in a timely manner which is half of the battle when I am grocery shopping.
In my experience as a budtender, I found that price, THC percentage, and strain name would be the most frequent reasons clients choose a product. Even though these criteria are great for narrowing your choices, none of them talk to the quality of a product. So, what is the difference between that $20 and $60 eighth of Purple Punch? Why invest the extra money? To answer those questions, we have to look at the characteristics that define quality cannabis.
Superior quality is more than THC
Ever wonder why the top-shelf flower is sometimes not the highest in THC? Quality cannabis is distinguished by a complex arrangement of cannabinoids and terpenes, not only THC. This intricate arrangement of substances –called the entourage effect when consumed–will produce strong, well-rounded effects that result in a more pleasing high. Another way to look at it is that when you pay more for quality cannabis, you’re paying for the compounds which aren’t THC. Regrettably, since very few of those compounds are located on the tag, it can be difficult to figure out whether the product you’re purchasing is worth the extra cash. Whilst not all products will have their entire chemistry on their label, there are techniques to determine if the cannabis is of premium quality.
Attributes of superior marijuana
In case you don’t have the ability to smell flower before you purchase it, freshness will be your best indicator for determining the grade of a product. Suitable storage can delay this process, but nothing will totally stop it. So be sure to check the harvest date on your own flower
before purchase, as the chemical complexity depends upon it–you’re ensuring the chemicals responsible for the entourage effect continue to be there. If you are lucky enough to live in an area which allows you to smell flower before it’s packed, you experience an advantage. Smelling flower is the best approach to determine its terpene profile. The more pungent the aroma, the further terpenes are found.
A perfect trichome will be milky white, along with a plant with strong genetics will be blanketed by these. Clear trichomes are an indication that the plant had been chosen until it reached maturity, and, if you see amber or brown trichomes, the plant was not harvested soon enough.
Ensuring that your bud has ripe trichomes allows you to go through the flower at its peak ripeness, if you may.
Finally, there is something to be said regarding handling and shipping. Quality flower is dried and cured properly. This permits your flower to become tasty, smooth, and free of mold. A jar has a very minimum influence on the general price of the product but a large effect on your experience of the product.
Believe in the grower
Producing great cannabis isn’t magic–it is a skill that is developed over the years through hard labour. Fantastic weed ought to be nothing short of fantastic because the suitable time was put to it. You’ll be able to view, taste, and smell the effort which goes into growing quality marijuana. Being able to expect a grower also gives you confidence when attempting a new strain. You can not always understand the way the
strain will influence you, but you can know whether the strain was grown by someone who values quality. If you like a particular strain from a grower, try another one of the strains, you may like it. The experience of a particular flower will probably be unique for you, but the beauty of this will be apparent to everyone.