How much weed you need to get high and the extent of your high will always depend on your body, your age, weight, sex, and even what you have had to eat or whether you are well-hydrated. It is best to start with one hit, and then wait 30 minutes to 1 hour and see how you feel. You can always smoke more, but you can’t take it back.
Top-shelf, high-quality nugs can range from bright green to a darker green with streaks of purple, often heavily blanketed with sugary trichomes and vibrant hairs that boast a fiery orange or red hue. Most kind bud comes in the form of dense, vibrant, frosty nugs. The trichomes should sparkle when the surface is struck with light.
Mids have a smaller concentration of trichomes, which contain the terpenes that make cannabis aromatic and flavorful. As a result, the aroma and flavor of mids will be less intense than those of their top-shelf counterparts.
It depends. If you never smoke or consume cannabis, you will have a low tolerance. So “mids”, or cannabis that contains THC percentages around 10% to 16%, would likely do the job if you’re a beginner. If the weed is mids, it will have a smaller concentration of trichomes, which means less cannabinoids and terpenes. As a result, it will not smell very potent.
Low-grade weed is uncommon in legal markets. As a result, the potency and effects produced by it are difficult to quantify. It stands to reason that weed grown in sub-optimal conditions is likely to result in lower potency and less desirable effects than mid-grade and top-shelf cannabis.
In most cases, mids will still contain a passable terpene profile that gives off a pleasant aroma that is more akin to dank than regs, but the difference in pungency between mids and top-shelf should be discernable.
Cannabis labeled as mids will usually have more airy buds compared with the densely packed, trichome-coated flower that is sold at top-shelf prices. But most mids should still have a noticeable amount of frosty trichomes sprinkled throughout the bud. Compared with top-shelf, mids tend to be less vibrantly green in color with fewer orange hairs sprinkled throughout the flower. Mids rarely contain seeds and have been trimmed to remove most or all stems. In certain locations, mids can pass as high-quality nugs.
Dank, fire, that good good. Whatever you wish to call it, this is the type of weed that you’ll find on the top shelves of dispensaries, a diverse cast of strains that vary in effects, flavors, and aromas. In legal states, top-shelf weed usually comes at a top-shelf price, as an eighth of dank can cost upwards of $60 on some adult-use markets. Ultimately, the price will vary on a number of factors, such as the dispensary location, cultivator, and product availability. Think of top-shelf bud as craft beer, carefully curated to offer unique aromas and flavors. In most adult-use markets, top-shelf weed tends to have a focus on higher THC levels .
When we’re talking about top-shelf bud sold on legal adult-use markets, the packaging is oftentimes as enticing as the nug itself. High-quality flower should have levels of THC and other cannabinoids listed on the product label – and should come with a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing lab to ensure there are no pesticides, mold, or other contaminants on the bud.
The Difference Between Dank, Mids, and Reggie Weed Consider for a moment the difference between a cheap bottle of wine from the local convenience store and a pricey selection from an upscale
Another reason to reconsider mids in California: the market is all distorted. As regulations bite down, the supply chain is in turmoil. Low-priced cannabis can sometimes be higher quality than the product riding the top shelf.
That means the end of the standard $60 eighth price point from 2005. It means the rise of a spectrum of prices, from $50 ounces now common in Washington and Oregon, to high-end extracts that go for $100 per gram like it’s caviar.
Mids can be too dry or too brown due to its age, or because of how the cannabis was harvested or stored. Mids are often grown outdoors, or under cheap coverings called “hoop houses.” They can taste a bit grassy, owing to a bad cure. Or they can hit a bit harsh, owing to leftover nutrients in the flowers. Even great bud can become mids if it’s stored too long or improperly.
In California, modern “mids” are stronger than at any time in history, testing at 10-16% THC. High THC would be 16-25%. Lower than 10% THC is now considered “bammer.”
Go on social media and you’ll see rappers and aficionados bragging that #wedontsmokethesame. Really? Sure, you could drink only Macallen 72 Years Old for every occasion, but you’d be that guy. Sometimes, a cheap lager is most appropriate.
- You could get Blue Dream from Honeydew Farms for $35.
- Autumn Brands had a $35 no-tax Chemdawg from coastal greenhouses near Santa Barbara.
- Red Tail Farms’ Orange Cookies was a steal at $40.
- Humboldt Sky sold heirloom, solar-powered, rain-watered “Rise” at $35.
- Flowerdaze Farms—way up in Trinity County—took home an Emerald Cup in 2017 for their regenerative farmed bud. At Local Sesh, Flowerdaze had fresh, top-shelf, Key Lime Pie for a farm-direct discount of $40.
But nowadays, price won’t always match quality. Some stores have their own farms and in-house brands that cut the middleman out to bring you wholesale prices. Meanwhile, some branded bud is a year-old, and multiple middlemen have tacked on their fees to the retail price.
Here’s why I stopped worrying and learned to love to settle for the middle.
Don’t be foolish enough to stuff your blunt with $60 of flower while underfunding your 401K. Save for a rainy day and get just as high with two bowls of mids instead of one bowl of exotics. Mids make great big fat party joints — who cares when someone accidentally drops it in a cup of beer?
The cost of California cannabis is too dang high, so we’re doing something drastic—we’re smoking ‘mids.'