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.
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.
Good genetics is a key factor in obtaining quality bud, but growing the flower is only half the job. The rest of the effort must come from the grower after the harvest. The same happens with trimming. When you see that the buds are too leafy, they weren’t cared for properly. Leaves don’t get you high. So apart from paying more than what you’re actually going to smoke, it shows carelessness. Don’t buy your weed from someone who doesn’t care about it.
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:
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.
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.
We could spend the whole day looking at buds, trying to figure out if they’re good quality or not, but it all comes down to consumption. Never will you be able to tell, with 100% certainty, the potency of your bud. And like your mother always told you: “don’t judge a book by its cover,” neither should you trust your eyes when it comes to the sticky icky. Because of this, here are a few pointers to look out for if your weedman passes you a Jay before you buy his weed.
At first glance, fire herb should make you wish you already had a joint of it rolled up or a bowl packed. This is the weed that you’ll find on most cannabis Instagram pages. The green will pop through all the juicy trichomes. The buds should look like they were just removed from the plant, even though they have been drying and curing for the past few of weeks.
Take your time. Take a couple of puffs then pass it back. If you’re buying weed, you don’t need to smoke up your guy’s whole stash. The best way to tell if a bud is good or not is to consume small quantities. This way, if it hits you good, you’ll have a solid opinion on it. When puffing, make sure you take a good look at yourself. I’m always conquered by a hot sensation on my face with fire marijuana. It should give you the feeling that you’re sweating from your forehead when you actually aren’t.
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.