The thicker the bud, the better it is
Before heading to the cannabis dispensary to shop for smokable flower, I wanted to familiarize myself with common terms. Flower refers to the dried and cured female cannabis plant’s blooms. They are sometimes called buds or nugs. The flower are normally intoxicating because of the level of THC. The percentages of THC indicate the intensity of psychoactive effects. There are strains of flowers with lower THC levels and higher CBD content. Those strains aren’t as potent yet provide beneficial curative properties. There are lots of different cannabis strains on the market, and each one offers unique characteristics. When shopping for flower, it’s important to know good weed from bad. One of the factors to consider is the trichomes. They are very tiny, mushroom-shaped crystals that coat the surface of the bud. The more trichomes, the higher the THC content. Trichomes contain the cannabinoids and terpenes that directly impact potency, flavor and effects. Weed that has been properly dried and cured will present a dense coating of trichomes. The flower will look green in color, maybe with flecks of purple or orange. There should be plenty of orange hairs. Those pistils evidence a well pollinated and mature plant. If the weed looks brown, it won’t be as good. It might even contain pesticides or other harmful chemicals. If there is any sign of mold or bugs, it’s best to avoid it. Most dispensaries are very careful in the quality of their flower and the products are lab-tested and third-party verified. Premier flower will have very few sticks and stems and no seed. The thicker the bud, the better it is. I’ve learned to look for a well-trimmed flower without extra leaves.