Article by Becky Garrison, Fresh Toast via Canada.com
When recreational cannabis consumers in the U.S. examine the array of flower available at their local dispensary, they’ll notice that cannabis buds may have the same strain name and potency, but they look and smell differently. So how do they know which ones to buy?
Outdoor-grown cannabis (outs) tends to have a more weathered look as these plants have had to deal with the elements, including wind, rain, bugs and sunlight, not to mention squirrels, deer and other animal that enjoy munching on these plants.
As a general rule of thumb, cannabis grown outdoors tends to feel lighter and look darker than its indoor-grown cannabis (ins). Because of these factors, outs will not have the same strong pungent smell and dank as the ins. Cannabis consumers who place a high value on strong-smelling, sticky beautiful-looking buds will probably prefer indoor-grown cannabis.
In terms of taste, some cannabis connoisseurs like to play with terroir, which refers to the geology, geography and climate where a particular plant is grown. Just as some wine aficionados seek wine based on terroir, some cannabis consumers with sensitive palates like to explore the subtleties of individual strains to discover the tastes that works best for them. They are most likely to find that cannabis grown outdoors works best for this kind of experimentation.
As any plant grown outdoors depends on the sun, outdoor-grow cannabis tends to work best in places with longer growing seasons. Consumers who live in areas with a limited outdoor growing season will find that indoor grows allow dispensaries to carry their preferred strains year round instead of only having these products available during the short harvest season.
Also, as growing conditions can be more carefully controlled indoors, the ins tends to have a more consistent profile. This matters to those who need their particular strain to deliver pretty much the same results each time.
In terms of potency, there doesn’t appear to be a sizable difference in the THC and CBD levels between ins and outs. Here consumers are advised to check the lab results listed on the product packaging and not the growing conditions when assessing how potent they want their cannabis to be.