For those that are new to the world of legal cannabis, it can be a bit daunting. Buying weed has become a complicated and complex subject, especially with the various paraphernalia and all the different strains.
For someone that has never gone out to buy weed before, this guide can be a stepping stone into the world of weed buying. As a newbie to the world of marijuana, you will have more than just a few questions. There are years of ingrained fears and doubts about the plant that could be scaring you off. Firstly, weed isn’t that scary. Secondly, just by doing a little bit of research you can enable yourself to have an experience that will make you want to come back for more.
There is a very simple rule about weed:
Good weed equals a good experience.
That said, how do you identify what good weed actually is? This is crucial if you actually want to buy good weed. The key to unlocking a great weed experience is being able to spot good weed from the bad. In order to buy god weed, you need to know what you are looking for. Even seasoned cannabis users can get a little confused when it comes to picking out the best weed, so here is a little guide to shine some light along your way to buying good weed.
There are several traits specific to good weed, as well as several traits that isolate bad weed. The trick is knowing these and applying your knowledge when you go out to buy your weed.
If you are a newbie in the cannabis world then it will be helpful for you to know a bit of the terminology:
What is a flower?
‘Flower’ is the term used to define the dry bud that you buy. Other terms for this could include ‘bugs’, ‘buds’, ‘grass’ or ‘green’. The flower is literally a flower, from the female bloom. The flower usually holds the most THC and CBD and is the part of the cannabis plant that is cultivated and cured for consumption.
What is THC?
THC is short for a rather long and complicated sounding name. For the sake of information overload prevention, we will omit the rather long name and focus more on what THC stands for. THC is one of many cannabinoids within the plant responsible for making you high and providing a euphoric experience. THC is known as the psychoactive compound in the marijuana plant.
What is CBD?
CBD is also a cannabinoid however this little compound is not psychoactive. CBD acts as a sedative compared to the stimulating effects of THC.
Now that we have the three basic terms out of the way, let’s focus on the four main signs of some good green:
- Flower Structure
Weed that is grown and cultivated well has a lovely smell. ‘Lovely’ might not be a word that a first timer would use however after a bit of experience than that is the perfect word to describe the pungent aroma of good weed. The quality of the cannabis is directly proportional to the quality of the aroma, and different strains will have different scents. There are a few common terms that are used when describing the aroma of such mugs, ‘dank’, ‘piney’, ‘skunks’ or even ‘diesely’ are some words that are often used.
In the beginning of your weed buying experiences, the smell will not be as distinguishing. However, with time and experience you will be able to pinpoint the type of high that particular aromas will create, and you can begin creating your weed experience and euphoria with more precision.
Visually, there are more than just a few pointers to look out for when eyeing out some good weed. Cannabis is an honest plant, and is like an open book, you just need to learn how to read the bud. Everything about the particular flower’s high is revealed in her scent, her physical appearance and also how the bud feels (more on that point later). The look of the bud is one of the easiest and simplest ways to identify good weed. When you are buying weed, look out for buds that are vibrant in colour. This colour could be a lime or deeper green to purplish or even blueish. Avoid at all costs flowers that have a brown hue.
Heres another term to learn: Trichomes. These are the little guys that are responsible for creating your high. Therefore, you want to look out for buds that display a rich array of ‘crystals’ on their surface. The trichomes look like glittering crystals on the flower’s surface.
- Flower Structure
The flower should not crumble to the touch but rather should break apart gently and easily while still maintaining a fair amount of structure. If the stems are easily broken and pulled apart, this is a sign of good weed.
Now, when it comes to touching the buds, be gentle and sparse with your squeezing. When you do touch the flower, a good indicator is that it has a sponge like texture and is sticky.
Avoid flowers that are rock hard. This is a sign that those growing the plant have used some sort of chemical or enhancer. These types of chemicals are best avoided.
Also, avoid flowers that are too soft or wet. This could promote mildew.
Flowers that are too soft and fluffy are a sign of insufficient light during cultivation and although this won’t create a bad experience it certainly isn’t the best weed to buy.