When you go to a dispensary for the first time, it can be hard to know what good weed looks like.
A lot of novice cannabis consumers make the mistake of spending too much money on low-quality cannabis because they don't know answer to the question, "what does good weed look like?"
In this article we'll answer, "what does weed look like?" "What does good weed look like?" "Is colorful weed stronger?" and "is brown weed bad for you?" By the time you're done reading, you will be able to visually identify high-quality cannabis so that you can make the most out of your dispensary visits.
If you're ready to learn what good weed looks like, read on!
Before we answer the question "what does good weed look like" let's dive into the basics: "what does weed look like?"
We'll be focusing on cannabis flower.
When cannabis flower bud is ground up it looks somewhat like dried oregano.
The DEA describes cannabis like this: "Marijuana is a dry, shredded green/brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves from the Cannabis sativa plant. The mixture typically is green, brown, or gray in color and may resemble tobacco."
In general, cannabis has varying tones of green and brown, and visual variances include the absence or presence of amber, orange, red, and blueish-purple hairs. Additionally, you may see trichomes, which can be glistening clear to milky white and sometimes even red.
Now that you know what weed looks like, let's answer the main question: "what does good weed look like?"
Good weed is cannabis that has been grown and harvested properly. It has been cured and trimmed well, and doesn't have any mold, mildew, or contaminants.
Cannabis sold in a legal dispensary has to pass a mold and mildew lab test. Unfortunately, humidity, air circulation, light, temperature fluctuations, and/or poor packaging can cause approved cannabis to develop mold or mildew before you get it. Make sure to visually inspect your cannabis before smoking it.
Buying cannabis tainted with mold or mildew is not only a waste of money, but is also dangerous. If ingested, both mold and mildew can cause health problems.
To make sure you are buying good weed that is not tainted with mildew or mold, avoid weed that has:
Now that you’ve learned visual clues to identify what weed that isn’t good let's get into what good weed does look like.
Good weed is like fresh produce. A fresh head of romaine lettuce has rich green colors is not wilted looks good. Similarly, healthy, vibrantly colored cannabis will likely "look good" to you. High-quality cannabis usually has:
There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that colorful weed (i.e. weed with amber-orange, red, or blueish-purple hues) has a higher cannabinoid content than weed with only green tones. But decades of cannabis users feel that colorful weed is often stronger and higher quality than weed that is brown. Of course, that is not always the case.
Color in cannabis flower comes primarily from anthocyanins, which are the same compounds that give blackberries and blueberries their color. The temperature that the cannabis is grown and cured at has a major impact on whether anthocyanins are produced and retained. (Want to know how to grow purple weed?)
While there is not a definitive rule, colorful weed often indicates careful growing and curing, which often means the cannabis is high quality.
If you are wondering "why is my weed brown?" or if brown weed is bad for you - we can settle your mind. There is no evidence to suggest that brown weed is bad for you.
However, brown weed is often lower in quality than green or purple weed and has a reputation for being harsher and worse tasting than colorful weed. Some cannabis strains are naturally brown, and others become brown due to the growing conditions.
Now when you enter a dispensary, you will know how to visually identify high-quality cannabis flower.
Good weed has rich green tones. It can have hues of orange, red, blue, and purple. And good weed should have a white frosting of trichomes, which is where the cannabinoids are stored.
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