The texture should fall somewhere in-between dry and sticky

My first visit to the cannabis dispensary was overwhelming and intimidating. I had no experience with cannabis or understanding of how it works. I was unfamiliar with consumption methods, cannabinoids and effects. I didn’t know the difference between sativas, indicas and hybrids. I wasn’t aware of the differences between THC and CBD or how terpenes influenced the flavor, smell and whole experience. It took me a while to figure out that I prefer old-school smoking. While tinctures, edibles and vapes offer all sorts of really great benefits, there’s something soothing about lighting up a joint, blunt or bowl. There is a wide variety of flower options to choose from. There are thousands of strains of all different potency and effects. As I’ve gained firsthand knowledge, I’ve learned how to determine if the cannabis flower is good quality. I start by checking its appearance. The weed should display quite a bit of color. It’s often a bright green with flecks of blue and purple. If the hair-like pistils are a bright orange, I know the flower was harvested at the right time. White pistils are a sign of immature bud and grayish pistils are a warning sign of older plants. When the surface of the bud is coated in mushroom-shaped, crystal-like trichomes, it’s going to be high in THC potency and terpenes. I also check for any indication of mold or webs. The smell of the weed should be pungent. The texture should fall somewhere in-between dry and sticky. I prefer dense buds that don’t fall apart, and I stay away from seeds, sticks and leaves.



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