Do you know whether or not the cannabis that you’re about to purchase is of high caliber?

Learning the different factors that come into play in respect to identifying quality cannabis could mean the difference between buying a sack of topshelf buds, or getting stuck with a bag full of nasty nugs.

Let’s face it, a trip to the cannabis dispensary can prove to be a daunting task, especially if every strain looks somewhat the same.

And although there isn’t an exact science designed for choosing choice cannabis over the less than stellar sticky stuff, we thought it would be a good idea to list a few key variables to keep in mind for your next trip to the pot shop.

If It Looks Good, It Is Good?.?

Most consumers are visual customers. Meaning we base a number of our purchasing decisions on what we can see. For example, if it looks good, then our brains compute that as being a good product, regardless of whether or not it truly is good. I myself have purchased strains solely due to their appearance only to quickly learn that just because it looks good, doesn’t always mean that it is indeed good cannabis.

Even with that being said, there are still a number of vital visual indicators that you can look for when scanning the strain offerings at your local dispensary.

Facets Of Purchasing Quality Cannabis

Selecting what cannabis to buy at a dispensary is similar to purchasing fresh flowers or fruit at your local market. Preferably you want to choose something that has great visual appeal, has a healthy color, and produces an alluring scent.

Additionally, you’ll want to avoid cannabis with any visibly noticeable defects, such as mold, mildew, insects and their waste matter, and any strange discoloration. It’s also important to note that the standards in regards to cannabis quality can vary from dispensary to dispensary.

  • Bud Density– Most consumers associate quality cannabis with thick, hard buds that are firm to the touch, which can be true of some strains. But I’ve found that some of the more potent strains available on the market are somewhat fluffy in respect to the density of their buds, which means the bud’s denseness doesn’t necessarily equate to quality cannabis.
  • Moisture Level– The level of moisture present in dried cannabis buds is crucial to assessing their overall quality. Buds that weren’t properly dried and cured not only greatly affect their level of potency, but it can also play a huge role where flavor is concerned. Cannabis that is too dry can affect the quality, just as well as buds that are too moist. Buds that are too dry not only shortens their shelf life, it also speeds up the degradation process of the bud’s essential oils or cannabinoids, which means the medicine won’t be as effective as it could be if it were dried and cured correctly.  Furthermore, overly dry buds tend to result in a harsh smoking experience. On the other hand, cannabis buds that are too moist usually means they weren’t dried and cured for a long enough period of time and were most likely rushed to market by the producer. Moist cannabis can pose several problematic issues for the consumer, such as the possibility of an onset of mold, a harsh, unpleasant smoking experience, and improper measurements of weight due to high levels of moisture.
  • Bud Texture– The texture of cannabis buds can tell you a lot about their moisture levels. For instance, buds with optimal levels of moisture will have a slightly dry feel but sticky at the same time on the outside, there will be some measure of moisture and a great deal more stickiness on the inside, and the bud’s center stem will snap when broken into two pieces. Additionally, cannabis that has been properly dried and cured will spring back into shape, somewhat, after having been pressed between your fingertips, and then released.
  • Bud Aroma– Ah yes, the sweet, pungent aroma of cured cannabis is of course an important characteristic when it comes to determining which buds will best suit your needs. Just as the visual appeal can tell you a lot about cannabis buds, so too can their scent. The second thing folks do after selecting cannabis buds with their eyes is position their nose over the top of the container of buds and take in its perfume. Some claim that the smell is the true tell to quality cannabis. And I would have to agree to a certain degree. Some of weakest cannabis in the world in terms of potency can have an amazing aroma, so going on scent alone shouldn’t be the deciding factor when making your cannabis purchase. However, it definitely should smell good. Some strains possess aromas that some folks would consider offensive, while other strains emit bouquets equivalent to that of flowers and tropical fruits. But as with any type of purchase, it’s all about personal preference. I’ve personally found that strains that have more of a floral or fruity fragrance aren’t quite as potent as those that emit what most of us in the know refer to as a “dank”, powerful aroma that smells similar to the scent of a skunk mixed with diesel fuel. But again, it’s boils down to personal preferences.

The Proof Is In The Pudding

Even after all the facets of purchasing quality cannabis are taken into consideration, truthfully, the single best way to determine whether or not a certain strain is right for you is to try it. But unfortunately, for now anyway, most state laws prohibit the sampling of strains while at the dispensary. Most dispensaries, whether they’re recreational or medical, employ folks that use their products, so you can always ask them for their advice on any given strain or cannabis-infused product. But it’s important to note that just because it works for them, doesn’t always mean it will work for you as well.

We hope these cannabis purchasing particulars will help you make a more informed decision on your next visit to the dispensary.

Toke on and take it lite.

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