Purchasing pot can be scary. When you enter into a pot store, you are met with a massive choice of products. How can you begin to navigate your alternatives? Why would you spend $60 in an eighth of Purple Punch that is 23 percent THC when there is a $20 eighth out of another brand with 28% THC? Plus it may be even harder if you’re buying online and can’t see this product.
When it comes to buying pot, a lot of people employ a system that reflects my beer buying strategy: I find a cool-looking tag that fits my price point and move on to the checkout line. Does this help me find a fantastic beer? Nope! Nonetheless, it allows me to get back home in a timely fashion which is half the battle when I’m grocery shopping.
From my experience for a budtender, I discovered that cost, THC percent, and strain name would be the most common reasons clients pick a product. Why spend the extra cash? To answer those questions, we must take a look at the features that define quality pot.
Good quality pot is not just THC
Ever wonder why the top-shelf flower is not always the highest in THC? Quality cannabis is characterized by a intricate arrangement of cannabinoids and terpenes, not only THC. This intricate arrangement of substances–known as the entourage effect when consumed–will produce strong, well-rounded effects that lead to a more pleasing high.
Another way to look at it’s that if you pay more for quality pot, you’re paying for the chemicals which aren’t THC. Unfortunately, since some of these compounds can be located on the tag, it can be hard to determine if the product you’re buying is worth the extra money. Whilst not all products will have their entire chemistry in their tag, but there are ways to find out whether the cannabis is of premium quality.
Attributes of high quality pot
If you don’t have the capability to smell flower before you buy it, freshness is going to be your best indicator for determining the quality of a product. pot degrades over time; terpenes have been in a constant state of evaporation and are pretty much gone after six to seven months.
Suitable storage may delay this procedure, but nothing will completely stop it. So make sure you check the harvest date on your flower prior to purchase, as the chemical complexity is dependent upon it–you are ensuring the chemicals responsible for your entourage effect are still there.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a place that lets you smell flower before it is packed, you have an advantage. Smelling flower is the best way to determine its terpene profile. The more pungent the odor, the more terpenes are present. You also want to make sure you assess the wellness and ripeness of the trichomes. A ideal trichome will be milky white, and a plant with powerful genetics will likely be blanketed by these. Clear trichomes are an indication that the plant was chosen before it reached maturity, and, if you notice amber or brown trichomes, the plant wasn’t harvested shortly enough. Ensuring that your bud has ripe trichomes allows you to go through the flower in its peak ripeness, if you may.
Lastly, there is something to be said regarding handling and shipping. This allows your flower to become tasty, smooth, and free
of mold. I always buy flower in a jar, as a plastic tote destroys the trichomes on the exterior of this flower. A jar has a minimal effect on the general price of the solution but a massive effect on your own experience of the product. Pay for the jar.
Trust the pot grower
At the end of the day, quality pot is produced by quality growers. Producing great pot isn’t magic–it’s a skill that’s developed over the years through hard work. Fantastic marijuana ought to be nothing short of fantastic because the proper time was put to it. You will have the ability to see, taste, and smell the effort that goes into developing quality cannabis.
Being able to trust a grower also provides you confidence when trying a new strain. You can’t always understand how a strain will affect you personally, but you can know whether the strain was grown by somebody who values quality. If you enjoy a specific strain from a grower, try out another one of the strains, you may like it. The encounter of a specific flower will be unique to you, but the beauty of this will be evident to everybody.