When you input a ganja shop, you’re met with a massive choice of goods. How can you even begin to navigate your options? Why would you spend $60 on an eighth of Purple Punch that’s 23% THC when there is a $20 eighth from another brand with 28 percent THC? And it may be even harder if you’re buying online and can’t find this item.
When it comes to purchasing ganja, many men and women use a system that reflects my wine buying strategy: I locate a cool-looking label that fits my price point and continue on to the checkout line. It enables me to get back home in a timely fashion which is half the battle when I’m grocery shopping.
From my experience as a budtender, I found that cost, THC percentage, and strain name are the most common reasons customers choose a product. Even though these standards are helpful for narrowing down your choices, none of them talk to the quality of a product. So, what’s the difference between that $20 and $60 eighth of Purple Punch? Why spend the extra cash? To answer these questions, we must take a look at the characteristics that define quality cannabis.
Good quality ganja isn’t just THC
Quality cannabis is distinguished by a intricate arrangement of cannabinoids and terpenes, not only THC. This complex arrangement of substances –known as the entourage effect when consumed–will produce robust, well-rounded effects which lead to a more enjoyable high.
A THC-dominant flower that’s lacking diversity in terpenes and cannabinoids will create an experience that is one-dimensional, short lived, and perhaps even anxiety-provoking.
Another way to look at it is that if you pay more for quality ganja you’re paying for the chemicals that are not THC. Unfortunately, since very few of these compounds are located on the label, it can be difficult to figure out if the product you’re buying is worth the extra cash.
Whilst not all products will have their full chemistry in their label, there are techniques to determine whether the ganja is of premium quality.
Attributes of quality ganja
If you don’t have the ability to smell flower before you buy it, freshness is going to be your very best indicator for determining the quality of a product. Ganja degrades over time; terpenes are in a constant state of evaporation and therefore are pretty much gone after six months.
Proper storage can delay this procedure, but nothing will completely stop it. So make sure you check the harvest date on your own flower before purchase, since the chemical complexity is dependent upon it–you are ensuring the chemicals responsible for the entourage effect continue to be there.
If you are fortunate enough to live in a place that allows you to smell flower before it is packaged, you have an advantage. Smelling flower is the best way to determine its own terpene profile. The more pungent the odor, the further terpenes are present.
You also should make sure you assess the wellness and ripeness of the trichomes. A perfect trichome will be milky white, along with a plant with powerful nourishment will likely be blanketed by these. Apparent trichomes are an indication that the plant was chosen until it reached maturity, and, in case you notice amber or brown trichomes, the plant was not harvested soon enough. Ensuring that your bud has ripe trichomes allows you to experience the flower in its peak ripeness, if you will. Lastly, there is something to be said regarding shipping and handling. Quality flower is dried and treated properly. This allows your flower to become tasty, smooth, and free of mold. A jar has a very minimum effect on the general price of the solution but a massive effect on your experience of the product.
Trust your ganja grower
In the conclusion of the day, quality cannabis is made by quality growers. Producing great ganja isn’t magic–it’s a skill that is developed over the years through hard labor. Fantastic weed should be nothing short of amazing because the proper time was put into it. You’ll have the ability to view, taste, and smell the effort that goes into developing quality ganja.
Having the ability to expect a grower also gives you confidence when attempting a new strain. You can’t always understand the way the strain will influence you personally, however you can know whether the strain was grown by somebody who values quality. If you like a specific strain from a grower, try another one of their strains, you might like it. The experience of a specific flower will probably be unique to you, but the beauty of this will be apparent to everyone.