When you’re a weed connoisseur, there’s no such thing as “good enough.” You want the best possible experience, and without proper knowledge of how to identify good quality marijuana, that can be hard to achieve.
The colour and texture of your weed can tell you a lot about the quality. If it’s dry, brown, or dark in colour—plus it feels brittle and not very sticky—it’s probably not going to be very good. The same goes for buds that have lots of stems, seeds or leaves mixed in: these are signs of low-quality plants that weren’t properly trimmed before harvest and dried out too much when they were stored.
Trichomes are glandular hairs on the leaves and flowers of cannabis plants that contain cannabinoids (THC) and terpenes (fragrant oils). The higher the concentration of trichomes on your buds, the stronger their effects will be. Buds with more sugar leaves than sugar leaves than sugar leaf material may indicate an immature plant lacking potency; however, this isn’t always true!
The most important indicator of quality is the smell. If your weed has a pleasant, earthy and sweet scent, you’re in good shape. The smell should be consistent with the strain—the citrusy terpenes that give Blue Dream its signature flavor can also be found in other strains, but they’ll have a distinctly different odour.
You should also be able to detect some spiciness or pine-like aromas from your marijuana. A strong aroma is a good sign that your bud was cured well and dried properly at some point during its life cycle (unless it’s been artificially enhanced).
Finally, if it smells too strongly—or not strongly enough—or like anything else besides pot (like cat pee) or alcohol (your stuff probably isn’t clean), then you need to question its legitimacy before smoking any more of it!
To start, it’s important to touch the buds. Feel for moisture content, stickiness and weight. This can be done using your fingertips or by rubbing between your fingers like you’re playing cards (this is usually referred to as “cracking” the buds).
Once you’ve identified these qualities, move on to examining their density – are they dense and heavy? Or light and fluffy? This will help determine what kind of strain it might be. If there are lots of stems in the mix then this may indicate that it’s an Indica-dominant hybrid with low THC levels but high CBDs. It could also mean that there were some male plants growing among the female ones during harvest time which resulted in a lower overall quality because there wasn’t enough leaf material available for proper curing conditions before drying so most likely people wouldn’t want it anyway because it would probably make one sick if consumed directly from its fresh state without having been properly prepared first (i.e., steamed/dehydrated etc.).
How to identify quality.
The first step in determining the quality of your weed is to examine its appearance. You should expect to see a smooth, light green color with no visible signs of mold or mildew. The buds should be covered in white trichomes that look like crystals and have a sticky texture.
If you can’t find any mold or mildew on your buds, then it’s time for you to move onto the next test: smell! If you want to know how to tell if your weed is good, start by giving it a whiff and paying attention to what you smell. A strong odour will indicate high levels of THC (the main psychoactive chemical found in pot), while an absence of odor means that there isn’t much THC present in your strain (or at least not enough for any noticeable effects).
Finally, take note of how hard or easy it is to break apart each bud into smaller pieces by hand; good quality marijuana tends toward being harder than average because this means there are more resinous glands on each bud which contain most of its psychoactive compounds!
We hope this blog post has helped you understand the basics of identifying quality weed. As we’ve discussed, it’s important to be able to know if your buds are good or not because it impacts your experience. If you want to learn more about quality cannabis strains and how they affect the body and mind, check out our other posts on the subject!