Cannabis culture has come a long way from the old days of buying dime bags in a shady alley from some guy named Chad. Cannabis is used by millions across Canada while bringing in millions of dollars worth of revenue. With boutique producers and very knowledgeable growers who want nothing but the best from their products and for their customers, it is now easier than ever to find high quality cannabis products. That being said, there are now hundreds of brands and strains of weed to choose from. How do you know what is a good quality product versus a low quality one? How do you know if it's a brand you can stand behind or not? It is not always that easy to tell. The first thing most customers want to know is the percentages of THC and CBD. While this is a good way of understanding what sorts of effects, or what strength of effects a strain will have on you itt is not necessarily the best way to tell if it's a good quality cannabis. High THC does not always indicate high quality. First you will need to understand the different compounds that make up your cannabis and how they work together to create the desired effect you are looking for.
The two main components you will need to take a look at first are cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabinoids are a variety of compounds that are present in cannabis including THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). These are the compounds that react to receptors in your body and induce various effects. Terpenes, on the other hand, are aromatic components that occur naturally in cannabis and other plants or herbs. These compounds give different types of cannabis their distinctive scent. When you hear somebody refer to a certain cannabis strain like Blueberry Kush, Sensi Star or Strawberry Ice, they are referring to the genetic makeup that brings a unique scent or flavor profile based off of the terpenes. Terpenes do more than just affect what a certain strain smells or tastes like though. It is thought that terpenes can also affect the certain types of effects that your product will have on you. It also is the main factor in indicas and sativas and could influence the type of engagement you have with cannabis. It is thought that both the terpenes and the THC work together to create specific types of highs. So, when you're looking for a good quality strain, it is important to look at both terpenes and cannabinoids, and how they work together. That is why a high THC strain may not necessarily be the best, and why a high THC strain might not be the most expensive, and why a lower THC strain might cost more money because it's how these specific compounds have been engineered to interplay together and create an overall experience that is more euphoric or more desirable.
A fresh high-quality bud will give a strong, potent, and usually diesel based scent with underlying hints of the terpenes that have been grown into it. Your bud should have a strong aroma, but at the same time allow you to notice the complexity of flavour. A lower quality or old bud will smell stale or musty and lacking the strength and depth of that from a fresh bud. There is no one smell of a good quality flower, but in general you want to look for freshness, full bodied flavor that doesn’t smell like it isn't worn out or past its prime, if it smells dank that’s money in the bank!
There is actually quite a lot you can tell from just the look of a flower as well. A strong high-quality bud will look rich in colour and tightly formed. Colouration of cannabis flowers can range from light to dark green hues and depending on genetics, undertones of purple, red or orange. With the complexity in color and density in how it's grown a fresh flower should look supple, almost moist. Like any fresh plant It should have a rich, bouncy, lively look to it. When you compare that to a lower quality flower or one that's past its prime, it will look dried out, slightly gray and lifeless. Like most plant material, after it's had its time and is on its way out, it will almost fall apart in your hand and crumble. Whereas a good fresh bud will almost have a stickiness to it; they don't call it sticky icky for nothing. So how can you test freshness at home? Try a squeeze test! Take your bud between two your thumb and pointer finger and gently press the bud. If it breaks apart immediately, or has a large amount of deterioration it is a low quality flower. On the opposite side, if the bud sticks to your fingers, or even if it holds the pressure & bounces back to its original form it's a high quality bud. CannMart's team of cannabis experts highly recommends this method to check your flower quality.
Finally, research your products and where they come from. The grower should have a reputable name that is recognizable and easily traceable. If you can't look up grower and find out information about where and how and what process they use in their growing. A large consideration other than terpenes and cannabinoid content customers should always ask about is the package date. After a certain amount of time cannabis can decrease in cannabinoid and terpene content. To avoid this and keep your products fresh, use a humidity pack like Boveda.
Overall, it doesn't have to be very complicated when you're looking for a good quality weed. Just keep your wits about you. Take your time, look at what you're getting and judge it like any other type of produce. If it looks fresh, smells fresh, and feels fresh, most likely, chances are it is fresh. But if it is. Lackluster with a low scent and a crumbly feel. It's a good chance that it's past its prime and not worth your time. If you're willing to do a little bit of legwork and look into the background of what products you're going to be ingesting. You will most likely find much more enjoyment than just buying some random strain anyway. Since you'll have that much more knowledge about what is going into your medicine it will help you feel more a part of the process and you will be a weed connoisseur in no time.