How to Know the Difference Between Good and Bad Marijuana

When purchasing marijuana, there is always a chance the worst thing will happen and you’ll end up with worse buds than you could ever imagine. In order to always enjoy your weed sessions, it’s essential to learn how to tell the difference between good and bad marijuana. To help you avoid getting bad stuff, we’ve prepared a complete guide on how to tell the difference before smoking your bud.

Here are four ways to tell whether or not you’re about to buy a high-quality marijuana:

1. Take a Closer Look At The Buds

In order to check whether or not the buds are high-quality, start with a visual inspection, as there are a few things you can check just by looking at the buds. Before buying your marijuana, check the following characteristics to make sure you’re getting good buds:

Color is obviously one of the first things on our checklist. Of course, the color of marijuana can differ depending on the strain, but the color of buds is the first thing you should check when looking for quality marijuana.

What do all premium-quality marijuana buds have in common?

They usually come in a rich green color. Depending on the particular strain, the buds also have red, yellow, orange, white, purple, or blue shades. However, almost all high-quality marijuana strains come with some kind of green shade.

Now that you know what color of your buds to look for, it’s high time we found out what to avoid when buying marijuana.

First and foremost, never buy buds with shades of brown that look too dry, as this kind of marijuana may contain chemicals, mold, and pesticides.

Secondly, take a closer look at your buds’ trichomes. Trichomes are usually easy to see on the surface of marijuana buds, as they look like little crystals. They hold the bulk of cannabinoids, including THC. Thus, if you’re looking for high-quality marijuana, choose buds with plenty of trichomes, as they herald a powerful high. Note that buds generously covered with trichomes are more sticky to the touch.

Trimming job is the third thing to check when looking for high-quality marijuana. In fact, it’s one of the most significant differences between good and bad quality cannabis.

Top-notch buds are harvested, cured and trimmed with precision, care and passion; you can easily tell it by looking for leaves and hairs of your stash. Keep in mind that leafy marijuana is usually less potent, and it’s a bit more challenging to break it down into pieces. In fact, leafy are worlds apart from pure marijuana.

Hairs, on the other hand, are the more sought-after parts of the plant, as they make the buds more flavorful and potent. Thus, the more little hairs your marijuana have, the more powerful it will be. Simply put, try to avoid marijuana with lots of stems, sticks, leaves, and seeds. However, once you see lots of little hairs on the buds, don’t hesitate and get your hands on it as soon as you can!


2. Smell It

Once you’ve examined your marijuana visually, it’s time to check how it smells, as the aroma profile of your buds can be extremely helpful in determining its quality.

Start by checking the intensity of your marijuana’s scent. The stronger the smell is, the more potent are your buds. The highest quality marijuana smells so strong you can detect its aroma even before opening a bag with your buds.

Aside from the potency of its aromas, marijuana strains smell can differ depending on the variety. Nevertheless, there is this specific marijuana-like aroma we’re all familiar with, and it’s common among all cannabis strains. It’s this sweet and skunky, herby smell of weed, one that can get your nostrils hypnotized.

Some types of marijuana come with delicate tones of lemons, berries, grapes, flowers, and more. All in all, there is one thing you can be 100% sure: good weed always smells appealing and delightful. If your marijuana smells bland or dull, the quality may be inferior. Always avoid buying moldy-smelling buds, which is probably old and dried out.


3. Touch the Green

As mentioned before, high-quality marijuana comes with lots of trichomes, which are responsible for the stickiness of your buds. Always choose stickier marijuana over dry buds. Although properly trimmed and cured weed  can be a little dry, it should still have its sticky trichome coat. High-quality buds must be dry enough to grind it with ease, but also sticky enough to give your green goodies the desired potency.

The consistency of a top-notch bud should perfectly balanced between dry and sticky; however, it can be easy to mistake soggy or moist marijuana with sticky flowers. Keep in mind not to buy wet or even moistened buds.

To know the difference between good and bad marijuana, always try to touch the buds to check their texture before purchasing. The texture of marijuana flowers holds lots of information about both potency and quality of your buds.


4. Check the Taste

If possible, check the taste before purchasing your marijuana to determine its quality. The flavor should be similar to the aroma of your weed, which is sharp, rich, and usually very fresh and pure. Avoid bland and off-tasting cannabis, as it usually gives a very harsh smoke.


As you can see, there are several ways to tell the difference between good and bad marijuana. However, sometimes the only way to check the quality of your weed is to simply smoke it. It doesn’t really matter whether you choose to smoke a bong, joint or a spliff, as any method of smoking marijuana is good to determine its quality. But most importantly, always make sure you’re buying your marijuana from a trusted dispensary, one that offers A-class quality products. Once you get used to the above tips, you will become able to tell the difference between the good and bad weed in the blink of an eye.

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