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Those white, microscopic hairs are probably the visual aspect of the bud that will be most conclusive when it comes to the potency. The more crystals on the nug, the better. It’s here that you’ll find your THC, the component responsible for giving you the traditional cannabis high. These are also what falls into the bottom layer of your 3-piece grinder. Next to this delicious frost, you’ll also see brown hairs. These don’t get you high and the abundance of them does not represent anything about potency, only quality. The brown hairs, technically referred to as pistils, represent maturity in a flower. This means that the grower took good care of their end of the deal and you should trust them.
Low-quality bud, most commonly referred to as “shwag,” “ditch weed,” and “brick weed,” is something to stay away from. This is the weed that will be a waste of money unless you’re smoking for the first time. The high will be far away from what you expect. You’ll probably be stuck with a harsh headache and sleepy vibes, but nothing else. To ease transportation within the black market, cannabis is many times compressed into bricks, leaving you with a lot of stems and leaves that will only ruin your joint.
When looking into your next baggie, be sure to examine the colour. This is probably one of the most important factors because the greenness will represent the healthiness of the plant. Not only will it show how well-treated the plant was, it will also show you if the curing and drying process was well conducted.
If it doesn’t smell like weed, it’s not good flower. If the fragrance is not at all familiar, it won’t be a crazy, dank strain you never tried before. Shwag usually smells very earthy and farm-like. There are certain strains that have a very earthy smell, but it’s a weed-earthy aroma, not a soil-earth stink.
Ideally, you’ll be able to pick it up, open the bag and have a real close look and feel of the flower before you take it home. If so, here is what to look for:
It’s probably not your first time buying cannabis, so you’re familiar with the visual weight. If the dealer gives you more than you expected, it’s probably not because he/she wants to be your friend. This will be a very fluffy and loose marijuana. If the flower is lighter than usual, that is a sign of poor quality. Buds should be fat and dense. They should be hard to squeeze and make a crunchy sound when done so. Be sure to feel your bud like your grandmother feels fruit at the market. You can tell a lot by a nug’s consistency.
First of all, there is no way you can evaluate your weed solely from visual cues. You need to smoke, vape or eat it in order to reach a conclusion. But there are several things to look out for that might help you when you call your weedman. If you’re lucky enough to already live in a place where a legal framework is established, you won’t need this article as much. You’ll only need to distinguish the good from the really good bud. You’ll probably never have to experience low-quality cannabis ever again.
Before anything else, look at the cherry and the ash of the joint. The ash should always be white. If ash is grey or black, then the weed is too humid. This isn’t conclusive when it comes to the quality of the high. However, a humid flower will give you a nasty headache and will have extra water weight. You’ll be paying for a lot of water, which won’t add anything to your high.
Now here is the interesting checklist. Good-quality bud, which your friends refer to as “dank,” “sticky icky,” “fire,” or even “loud,” is what you should be looking for. Besides the exact opposite of the points mentioned above, there are many characteristics of good weed that will make you loved by the squad when bringing it to the next smoke sesh.
A deep look into the quality of your marijuana is very important. Here’s our guide on assessing properly for yourself the difference between good and bad bud.
Roots need oxygen as well as water. Excessive watering fills all the small air pockets in the soil, eliminating any trace of oxygen for hours or maybe days. This tragically damages your plants. They will start showing droopy and curling leaves, and buds quality will be compromised if the problem is not solved. Be careful when watering and be sure your pots perfectly drain out excess water. Always choose a light soil mix and add some extra perlite. Underwatering damages plants too, but that’s a less common, and much easier to fix, mistake.
The main causes of an underwhelming crop are bad lighting, poor nutrition, or extreme temperatures. Letting just one of these factors get out of control – especially towards the end of a plant’s life cycle – can drastically impact the quality of the bud. We are going to take a look at each in turn, and see how they can be controlled to produce the best yields possible.
Closely tied in with temperature, it is important that humidity also remains within acceptable bounds. Never surpass 60% in the flowering phase and try progressively reducing it down do 45% in the last 2-3 weeks before harvest. The plant will go into overdrive as it seeks to protect its flowers, responding by producing denser buds and more resin on them. Lower humidity will also help avoid mould formation.
If growing in a container, its size will influence root expansion and, as a natural consequence, a plant’s growth and bud development – ensure cannabis always has as much room as it needs to spread out its root base.
It is important that temperature stays within the right range. Average and peak temperatures should never be too low at night and, most of all, never go above 30°C during the hours of light. Ideal is between 18°C and 26°C. Temperatures that are too hot stunt flowering and can seriously damage buds. In outdoor cultivation, high temperatures can be an issue if flowering has been forced early in the season. Screening and water spraying the plants helps them bearing July and August high temperatures.
Cannabis is able to use certain light frequencies more effectively than others at certain stages of its life. Check out your flowering bulbs colour emission; most manufacturers put the details on the box of the bulb. During the flowering stage, cannabis utilises the red frequencies of the light spectrum most efficiently, so using a bulb with a high output (660nm is ideal) during flowering will help boost the amount and density of bud. However, it is important to note that cannabis uses the entire spectrum to some degree, so bulbs should be full spectrum with the red enhanced, not simply red. We have written an article outlining all you need to know about the light spectrum and cannabis, should you wish to find out more.
Producing dense, resin covered buds is every cannabis grower’s dream. Well, don’t let your dreams be dreams – here is all you need to know about growing dense buds of your own.
Each strain has different feed requirements, so getting to know just how much feed a plant needs, and when to change amounts, comes with time and experience. However, generally, cannabis requires higher levels of nitrogen during the vegetative stage to push growth to the max, followed by higher levels of potassium during the flowering phase to fuel bud production. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the pH of your growing medium, as it can affect nutrient uptake.
Cannabis genetics can influence bud density, and sativa-dominant strains naturally have less dense than indicas. Regardless of the strain, a proper, slow drying and curing is mandatory for good product’s quality. The last common mistake we are here reviewing is the early harvest. During the last weeks and days, plants produce a lot of trichomes and resin – so be sure to let them finish their job.
Everyone wants bigger and denser flowers. Here are some steps to achieving it.