When you start looking to purchase weed, you’re met with a huge selection of products. How do you even begin to navigate your options? Why would you spend $60 in an eighth of Purple Punch that’s 23 percent THC whenever there’s a $20 eighth out of another brand with 28 percent THC? Plus it may be even harder if you are purchasing online and can not see this item.
In regards to buying great weed, a lot of people use a system which reflects my olive buying strategy: I locate a cool-looking label that fits my price point and continue on to the checkout line. Can this help me find good olives? Nope! But it enables me to get back home in a timely fashion which is half the battle when I’m shopping.
From my experience as a budtender, I discovered that price, THC percentage, and strain name are the most frequent reasons clients pick a product. Thus, what’s the difference between that $20 and $60 eighth of Purple Punch? Why spend the extra money? To answer those questions, we have to look at the characteristics that define quality weed.
Great weed isn’t just THC
Ever wonder why the top-shelf flower is not always the greatest in THC? Quality weed is characterized by a intricate arrangement of cannabinoids and terpenes, not only THC. This intricate arrangement of compounds–known as the entourage effect when consumed–will create strong, well-rounded effects which lead to a more enjoyable high.
A THC-dominant flower that is lacking diversity in terpenes and cannabinoids will create an experience that’s one-dimensional, short lived, and maybe even anxiety-provoking. Another way to check at it’s that if you pay more for quality weed, you’re paying for the chemicals that are not THC. Regrettably, since very few of those compounds can be found on the tag, it can be hard to figure out whether the product you’re
purchasing is worth the excess money. Whilst not all products will have their entire chemistry in their tag, but there are ways to find out if the cannabis is of premium quality.
Great weed has specific attributes
In case you don’t have the ability to smell flower before you purchase it, freshness will be your best indicator for determining the quality of a commodity. Weed degrades over time; terpenes have been in a constant state of evaporation and are pretty much gone after five to six months. Suitable storage may delay this procedure, but nothing will totally stop it. So be sure to inspect the harvest date on your flower
before purchase, since the chemical complexity is dependent upon it–you’re making sure the compounds responsible for your entourage effect are still there.
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area which allows you to smell flower before it is packaged, you experience an advantage. Smelling flower is the perfect approach to ascertain its own terpene profile. The more pungent the aroma, the further terpenes are present. A ideal trichome will be milky white, and a plant with powerful genetics will likely be blanketed by them. Clear trichomes are an indication that the plant was chosen until it reached maturity, and, if you notice amber or brown trichomes, the plant wasn’t harvested shortly enough. Ensuring that your bud has ripe trichomes lets you go through the flower at its peak ripeness.
Finally, there is something to be said regarding shipping and handling. Quality flower is dried and treated properly. This permits your flower to be yummy, smooth, and no mold. A jar has a minimum influence on the overall cost of the product but a massive effect on your own experience of the item. Producing great quality weed isn’t magic–it is a skill that’s developed over the years through hard effort. Fantastic weed should be nothing short of amazing because the suitable time was put to it. You will be able to see, taste, and smell the effort that goes into growing superior quality weed.
Having the ability to trust a grower also provides you confidence when attempting a new strain. You can’t always understand the way the strain will influence you personally, but you can know if the strain was grown by someone who values quality. If you enjoy a particular strain from a grower, try out another one of the strains, you might like it. The encounter of a specific flower will be unique to you, but the beauty of this will be apparent to everyone.