So, it’s time to make your first-time cannabis purchase? With a few tips to help you understand the basics of bud, delving into all things cannabis doesn’t have to be intimidating. From flowers and smells to content and strains, here’s what you need to know.
What kind of cannabis smoker are you?
Cannabis hemp flowers come in thousands of different strains, which are categorized by their terpenes. These fragrant oils create different tastes and smells and each kind has different effects. Marijuana plants break down into two subspecies, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. Sativa plants have high THC content and lower CBD content while Indica plants have low THC content and higher CBD content. THC is the psychoactive ingredient that gets you high, CBD is non-psychoactive and won’t get you high.
How to spot the difference between subpar and high-quality CBD flower.
The better the CBD flower you smoke, the better the overall experience. Knowing how to spot the difference between subpar and high-quality CBD flowers takes time and experience, but thankfully there are a few traits found in high-end strains over less than desirable ones.
CBD hemp flower refers to the dried and cured female cannabis plant’s blooms. These nuggets or buds are where you find THC content that varies in potency from bud to bud. There are four main traits that distinguish high-end strains from subpar strains:
- Smell: a desirable flower should have a distinct, pungent, and unmistakable smell. In the cannabis world, the stronger the smell, the better, and such flowers are said to have a “dank” or “loud” smell.
- Look: a top-shelf strain of CBD hemp flower should look aesthetically appealing, usually marked by a vibrant mix of colors. High-quality flowers tend to have a deep or lime green coloration with bright orange or red hairs, or sometimes they have colors ranging from deep purple to bright blue. What matters most is that high-quality flowers should never have brown tones. Another way to identify high-quality hemp flowers is by the number of trichomes seen with the naked eye. These shimmery, crystal-like arms are found on the plant’s surface and contain the compounds that create the flower’s smell, flavor, and effects. More trichomes indicate how potent the flower is.
- Feel: a top-shelf strain will be sticky and spongy, with stems and buds that are easy to break apart without crumbling. You don’t want buds that are completely dry, nor do you want buds that are wet or soft, as these could potentially develop mold.
- Flower Structure: Cultivated and cured Sativa flowers are light and fluffy in their shape and composition, while Indica flowers are denser. If flowers are too hard, this could indicate that plant growth regulators were used. If flowers are too fluffy, this could indicate that the plant wasn’t grown in the right lighting conditions or cultivated fully.
Plain Jane carries a wide variety of high-quality hemp CBD products including CBD preroll joints, CBD cigarettes, edibles, tinctures, CBD oils, and topicals. Their CBD pre-roll joints are made with premium flowers for the most terpene filled flavor profile. All of Plain Jane’s CBD flower products are made from high-quality hemp grown according to the Farm Bill.
Before you finalize your online pre-rolled joint purchase…
Like any online purchase, shop around a few different CBD product companies to get an idea of prices and product offerings. When it comes to purchasing cannabis, prices vary by city or state and are affected by supply and demand. High-quality strains can be pricier, but the price doesn’t always indicate quality. Marijuana is not federally legal in the US which means payments by credit or debit card may be refused or cause your account to be canceled.
Don’t allow marketing or branding to sway your purchase decision. Many CBD strains have fun names related to food or pop-culture. Choose your strains based on the mental and physical effects, the growth process, its chemical makeup, and the best-recommended ways to consume it.