Now that you can legally buy weed in many places in the United States, you are able to be a little pickier. In the past, the weed you bought from your friend was good enough because it was better than nothing. But now with a ton of options available, you can actually pick and choose what you smoke.
It might be confusing to hear the terms “good weed” and “bad weed“. How can you tell the difference and why does it matter? Let’s learn together!
Use Your Senses
Determining if weed is good or not can be broken down by using three senses: touch, smell, and appearance. These areas will help you figure out if you’re buying some quality bud, or if you end up with last month’s old stash.
Look at the nugs you’re about to buy! Are they bright green?
Do they look full? If they have a dry and shriveled appearance, they’re most likely bad. Good weed will have tons of crystals, called trichomes, nice hairs, and look even in color and overall shape. Don’t be afraid to ask to look at your weed before you buy it.
A huge factor to think about is smelling the flower before you buy. Marijuana should have appealing and strong aromas that range from earthy, spicy, fruity, or sweet notes. Some strains have a skunk or diesel smell but that shouldn’t be confused with bad weed. Since each strain is different, the smells will vary a lot. Just let your nose guide you – if it smells bad, it probably is.
Many dispensaries won’t let you touch the flower, but if you can that’s awesome! Squeeze the nug just a little to see how sticky it feels. In this case, sticky is a good thing, meaning there’s a lot of resin. Good weed should be slightly firm and a little dry, but not crispy.
Why Good Weed Matters
Let’s be honest, if you’re cheap then any weed is good weed. But if you want to make the most out of your money and your high, it pays to know good weed when you see it. There are a variety of reasons to steer clear of bad weed including:
- The Smell and Taste: Bad weed typically isn’t pleasing and just tastes nasty!
- Your High: Often times bad weed has lower THC levels from being mishandled. This results in less fun for you and a waste of your money.
- Health Matters: Bad weed can be prone to mold and bacteria. If that’s present in your nugs and you smoke them, there’s a good chance you can actually get sick from it.
The next time you hit up your local weed shop, talk with the budtender about the strains they have available. Often times asking for “the freshest strain” or something that’s “sticky” will end up getting you the good weed you want. When in doubt, ask to check out the nugs before you buy – after all, you deserve to know what you’re smoking.