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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One of the few things I remember from grade school biology is the concept of tropism. In plain language, tropism is the reaction of a living thing, like a plant, towards a stimulus like sunlight or heat. You've likely seen this before but just didn't recognize it for what it was. If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action. The plant is bending towards the sunlight.
If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action.
In our everyday lives, we are all inundated with stimuli throughout the day. The driver in front of us that stalls at the yellow light and zooms through the red light, leaving us behind to wait. Or the customer service rep that leaves us on hold for an ungodly amount of time, only for the call to prematurely drop. There are so many examples both common and unique to our individual lives. The trouble begins when we form the habit of responding to everything — particularly negative stimuli. By doing this, our mental peace is disrupted and diverted making us slaves to whatever happens to happen. Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us. Now take that concept and multiply it by the number of things that can happen in a day, week, or month. What happens to you mentally with so many emotional pivots?
For me, the result is: Restlessness. Anxiety. Sleepness. Mindless Eating. Everything besides peace of mind.
Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us.
Earlier this year, something pretty trivial happened to me. I'm sure this has happened to you at some point in your life also. I was walking through a door and, as I always do, glanced back and held the door longer and wider than normal for the person coming behind me. My gracious gesture was met with silence — no thank you, no smile, not even a nod. I remember being so annoyed at this travesty of justice. How dare they not acknowledge me and thank me for holding the door? After all, I didn't have to do it. I know I spent the next few hours thinking about it and probably even texted a few friends so that they could join in on my rant and tell me how right I was to be upset. In hindsight, I should not have allowed this pretty petty thing to occupy my mind and heart, but I did. I let it shake my peace.
I've since taken some classes on mindfulness and what I've learned (and I'm still learning) is the art of being aware — being aware of the present and my feelings. Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy. We're all human and having emotions is part of the deal but as mindful adults, it's critically important to choose what you're going to care about and let everything else pass along. There are several tools on the market to help with this but the Headspace app has really helped me in my mindfulness journey. The lessons are guided and coupled with some pretty cute animations.
Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy.
Over the course of the next week, I'd like to challenge you to pay more attention to your reactions. How aware are you of how you allow your environment to affect you? Are you highly reactive? Do you ruminate for hours or even days on events that are insignificant in your life? If so, practicing a bit of mindfulness may be the way to go.