We continue to stand by this verdict time and time again: the marijuana industry should prioritize quality over quantity. Why waste your precious, hard-earned dollars on weed that feels like second place? To ensure you get the most bang for your buck, we created the only guide you’ll ever need to high-quality marijuana. With the help of this guide, you can walk into any dispensary and pick out the best flower. Please keep in mind that what defines marijuana as “the best” is subjective to a certain extent.

Guide To High-Quality Marijuana

We get this question a lot for beginner marijuana users: “How do I know that my stash is high-quality? What factors contribute to high-quality marijuana?” At first glance, all marijuana plants may look the same in terms of color and shape. The same goes for weed seeds and flower that you see on the shelves at dispensaries. It takes somewhat of an experienced marijuana shopper to notice the minor details. After all, the devil is in the details. Let’s break down the factors that produce high-quality marijuana…and the components you should look out for as red flags.

Do you see stems, leaves, and seeds?

The presence of seeds, stems, and leaves in your marijuana flower is often a sign of lower quality weed. When you walk into a dispensary and ask for a gram or an eighth, keep in mind that marijuana stems and seeds contribute to that overall weight. Why pay for a gram of weed when all you’re getting are seeds and stems? The result of stems and seeds usually ties back to the harvester who did a poor job of trimming. Pro tip: always ask the budtender to show you the product before you purchase. You’re allowed to look inside the canister.

Guide To High-Quality Marijuana

Do you see any mold?

If you see bits and pieces of mold on your marijuana flower, better to toss it in the trash. Do not purchase or consume marijuana that has visible mold as this could lead to illness. The good news is that legal marijuana dispensaries must abide by rigorous testing requirements to make sure their high-quality marijuana is safe for consumers. If you were to purchase marijuana on the black market, however, no such testing is required and you could end up smoking something bad for you. Mold often presents itself on marijuana as grey fuzz or white mildew.

Take notice of the trichome density

When you see marijuana buds that look like they’re almost glistening or sweating, that’s a great sign! You want trichome density when shopping for high-quality marijuana. The more frost, the better. Again, ask your budtender to show you the product before you whip out your wallet. You’ll be able to instantly tell if a certain nug has crystallization because trichomes reflect light. For the best marijuana experience, you need trichomes as they synthesize and store the cannabinoids and essential oils that give weed its psychoactive and physiological effects. Without trichomes, you may not feel as “high” or “stoned.”

Guide To High-Quality Marijuana

What about the color and aroma?

Seeing as there are thousands of strain variations out there, each product will smell and look different. You cannot compare, let’s say, Animal Cookies to Lemon Haze. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. That being said, you want your marijuana to smell fresh and ripe…the same way you shop for fresh produce at the grocery store, You don’t want a rotten-looking banana or avocado. If your marijuana appears brown and smells stale, toss it out. It’s likely no longer effective in the way that you’d expect. Over time, THC degrades into a different form of a cannabinoid, one that might seem “expired” to you as it lacks the same punch as fresh marijuana flower. For the utmost freshness, store your marijuana flower in a cool, dry, dark place away from direct sunlight in a vacuum-sealed container.

What defines high-quality marijuana?

In short, high-quality marijuana should appear bright and vivid in color—green, orange, possibly even purple with certain indica strains. Brown is not a good look for weed. As for the aroma, it should immediately remind you of fresh-cut fruit, or diesel, or cheese. Something that’s alive and fresh. You also want visible trichomes! Signs of lower-quality marijuana would be the presence of stems and seeds, as well as grey or white mold.

  1. Dolly South says:

    I’m a newbie as a grower and need a few tips. All the pics of buds just increase my excitement to grow my own-always has been a dream! A few questions: I’m close to 30.9 north and 91 west and can’t get a clear answer on what strains to try. I’m intrigued with the classics; Maui Wowie, panama red, Acapulco gold, etc but read that Maui can’t take over 65% humidity outdoors for flowering stages. I could set up indoors but too many eyes might be looking. Auto-flowering looks interesting also. I have a lot of natural areas for outdoors but a lot of critters I’d have to be viligent. Lastly, the mailing of seeds just gets me paranoid! I live in a state that also sucks for legality!

    • Ash says:

      Hi Dolly. I’m also a new grower(first time)BUT after reading your comment my advice to you would be to get a lockable growbox so you can grow ANYTHING you want with a controlled environment. Me personally. If it’s not legal there I would move to where it is. Investing in a good growbox(not a tent) is Wayyyyy cheaper than what your bail will be if you get caught!;)

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