I have to disagree with this as well Johnson. Typically a lighter airier nugget is of the sativa side while smaller denser nugs are usually from a more indica base plant. Tho these things can be a bit more manipulated in todays times of advanced grow techniques and fertilizers. Nugget size in general is not a indicator as everyone already said, some times you will get a slamming batch of OG kush which in my area is almost ALWAYS little popcorn nugs but ill be damned if those things arent sticky as all hell and frosty white!
I’ve heard the larger the bud the closer you are to the source. IE: better bud
On the flip side, from a growers perspective rather than a consumer, big buds are great because you are maximizing your return on investment. Grow ops that are destined for the street are solely focused on getting the biggest plant they can for the least amount of nutes, grow media and lights.
The bigger the nug the bigger the stem
In my experience people think big nugs are cool because you don’t get them too often. After all, the bud has gone from the hands of a grower to a few middle men and then to you (assuming you are not in a mary-j friendly area) so by that time its been broken up into smaller buds. The closer you get to sourcing from a grower and the larger quantities you buy the more likely you are to get bigger buds.
I see a lot of people on r/trees and in real life being like “dude this nug is huge” but does that actually indicate any quality in the weed you are smoking? Like do bigger nugs mean the weed is better and small nugs mean poorer quality of weed?
If you want a better idea of quality consider investing in a 420 scope or other type of microscope so you can gauge the density of trichomes. In addition you will be able to see if any mold has begun homesteading in your bud. You should also look for pistil coverage, stickiness and odor. A great bud will be a whole experience, not just a big piece of weed.
I think density of the bud is a better indication of quality than the actual size of the bud.
So you can get amazing quality from a small plant that wasn’t vegged too long and doesn’t grow super huge colas from a grower who put love and dedication into the plant or you can get shwag in the form of huge buds from a 6 ft tall monster from a guy just tryin to turn a quick buck.