Because there are so many different factors that affect the quality of a cannabis product, it is important to know how to distinguish quality marijuana from low-quality substitutes, such as compressed commercial bud or scuffed bud. There are telltale signs that any cannabis connoisseur can pick up on if they spend a little time inspecting their cannabis before they buy it. Let's review some of the qualities of bad and good marijuana below.
1: Is it Scuffed?
One of the worst tricks that anyone will play on you is scuffing your buds. This is a common trick that is played on the travelers to Amsterdam when they come to the cannabis shops for a toke.
Because tourists are not used to the high quality of marihuana that is available at these shops, the owners will scuff (remove) the resin glands from the buds. It is the resins that contain the THC, the chief activator of the euphoric buzz. Once you steal the resin glands for your own private hash, you have effectively reduced the bud to an empty shell of herbaceous flavor.
2: Is it Compressed?
Brick weed is a common staple for smugglers who want to move large amounts of product across the borders illegally. Whether it is compressed B.C. buds or Mexican marijuana, the quality of this ganja is lacking. The marijuana is compressed into large bricks for transport that are often urinated on to mask the odor.
Once it reaches its destination, the dealers will fluff up the buds and increase their sale weight by misting them with some water. The water hydrates the weed, reduces the volatility of the burn, which, in turn, increases the THC levels to make them happy.
Because heat destroys THC, these just-add-water buds seem to be of a higher quality than the 3 to 5 percent THC levels that you'll find. And the smugglers always bring in some red-haired buds for the holidays as a special treat to rejoice in the giving season with Christmas weed.
3: Is it Sensimilla?
There is no sense in purchasing seedy weed. Plants that are allowed to form seeds already decrease their resin and THC production. The solution for most growers is to simply kill all the males once they reach the flowering phase and start showing their sex organs in the crotches of the plant. Sensimilla is often produced by clones or creating ideal conditions to raise all female plants.
4: Is it Dank?
Although odor alone does not always indicate the quality of marijuana, the skunky buds or citrusy buds will have a wonderful aroma. You can tell that someone took a lot of care in cultivating these plants if they impress the nose. As stated, low-grade weed may smell like urine or moldy because it is transported in bulk and sold for volume rather than quality.
5: Is it Full of Crystals?
The kind buds will all be full of the heavy snow-white crystals and sticky resin glands. Although crystals don't equate to high THC content, they are a clue that someone has grown out a special strain. You can check the trichomes with a magnifying glass and tell if the buds were properly harvested by the milky translucency.
Trichomes that are too clear were harvested too early. If they are too white, this would be a sign of a late harvest and higher CBD content. Because trichomes degrade so quickly under heat, packaging, and handling, only premium buds will have an impressive and fresh display of trichomes like those seen in magazines.
6: What is the Name of the Strain?
The name of a strain can mean a lot. Although low-grade versions of potent strains exist, anything with Afghani, Snow White, Widow, Cinderella, Cookies, Diesel, Blueberry, or any of the other famous strains are sure to pack a punch. If you are buying what is called a one-hit-wonder from a marijuana dispensary Canada, you should proceed with caution. Just one puff of this stuff can be enough to say "enough" because the euphoria and mind-altering effects are intense.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist