Article by Lin Shen, Cannabis Life Network
Whether you’re a regular consumer or a new user of cannabis, knowing how to differentiate between good and bad weed is crucial to having the best possible experience with your high. So here is an analysis of good weed vs bad weed
Examine the buds
The first thing you should do when evaluating the quality of your weed is to observe its appearance. Looking at the buds is a fast and easy way to determine how good (or bad) the weed is. Here are some of the aspects you should be paying attention to analyze good weed vs bad weed
The most simple place to start your analysis of good weed vs bad weed is with the color. Although different strains come in different shades of green, generally speaking, good weed should be rich in color– mostly green with some purple, orange, red, or even blue accents. Also, if there are little colored hairs on it, that is some good weed. You can read more about the different colors of weed and what they mean here.
Bad weed can contain contaminants such as mold, insects, or spiderwebs. Things that you should watch out for and avoid include tan, brown or black spots, white web-like strands, and bugs. You definitely do not want to be smoking moldy weed with bugs in it.
The quality of the weed is highly dependent on how well it was grown. Although the trim doesn’t necessarily determine how good the weed is, a well-trimmed, good-looking nug is usually a good sign that the grower is experienced and takes proper care of the product.
You should avoid nugs with seeds, leaves, and stems still attached as it dilutes the smokeable portion of your weed. Those things don’t contribute to the high and only make the weed harsher to smoke. Seeds also tend to explode when you light them on fire– you probably do not want that to happen in your nicely rolled joint. Moreover, you’d also be paying more for the useless, extra weight. Don’t get ripped off buying badly trimmed weed!
Trichomes are crystal-like specks or fuzz on the buds that contain the majority of the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, including THC. The potency depends on how much trichomes are on the flower; so, the more trichomes, the higher the potency. Good weed should look sparkly under the light as that means it is covered in trichomes.
Smell your weed
Good weed is loaded with terpenes. Terpenes are natural aromatic chemical compounds that give weed its smell and taste. Thus, top-notch weed should have a strong scent that you can smell before you even open the bag. The smell should be fresh– and not necessarily the conventional refreshing type of “fresh”. It can have scents similar to citrus, berries, or pine, or it could have a dank, meaty, or gassy scent. Learn more about all the different terpene profiles here.
You can tell the weed is bad if it has a foul smell or no smell. Steer clear of weed that smells like mold, hay, or grass as it has probably gone bad. If the weed lacks terpenes and has little or no scent, yes, you can still smoke it if you’ve already paid for it but it won’t taste good nor be very effective.
Feel them nugs
Get a good feel of the buds before you grind them up. Good weed is properly dried and cured after harvest; they should be slightly dry but still sticky. The buds should bounce back a little when you give it a squeeze. The perfect balance is tricky to find because you don’t want it to be too dry nor too moist.
When weed gets dried out too much, it will become crumbly and turn into dust when you break it apart. If the weed is soggy, it may contain mold. These are all signs of bad weed. However, sometimes, you might have some really good weed that dried out because you forgot to close the lid of the container. In that case, you can restore the humidity by leaving a humidity control pack such as Boveda in the container for a few days and your weed will be nice and sticky again.
Light it up – One of the best way to differentiate good weed from bad weed
After going through all those steps to determine whether or not the weed is good enough for you to buy and smoke, you’ve arrived at the moment of truth. How does this weed taste and feel when you smoke it?
When you smoke good weed, it should taste good and feel smooth. You should be able to taste the terpenes as you let out the smoke. It also won’t feel very harsh on your throat– sometimes, smoking really good weed feels like you’re just inhaling warm air with no throat hit whatsoever. This is largely due to how clean the weed is. Clean weed is good weed. What I mean by clean is, if the weed was properly flushed and cured in the cultivation process, the ashes of the weed should be close to white. In general, the whiter the ash, the cleaner the weed.