Whether you want weed for relief from pain and other ailments or are looking for recreational marijuana, there are plenty of options available in Canada. But without experience, it can be difficult to tell the difference between good and bad weed.
Here are a few things to look for if you plan to buy weed online or at a brick-and-mortar dispensary.
- Potent Smell
Upon entering a good dispensary, the first thing you should notice is the sweet, earthy smell of cannabis. When buying weed, look for cannabis products with a strong odour. Generally, the stronger the smell, the higher the quality. However, the smell of weed depends on the strain and its terpene profile. For example, some strains have a sweet smell while others have a skunky scent.
- Looks Fresh
Colour is perhaps the best indicator of quality. Good weed ranges from bright green to shades of purple. But most importantly, the colour should be consistent throughout the flower. Bad weed looks brown, and the darker the colour, the older the weed. Also, look for trichomes, which are tiny crystal-like objects that appear on the bud. The more trichomes you see on the bud, the stronger the cannabis’s effects.
- CBD to THC Ratio
Depending on the effect you’re looking for, you should choose weed strains based on the THC to CBD ratio. The higher the CBD, the less likely you are to experience any psychoactive properties. For example, a ratio of 1:2 will give you a relaxed high. But THC isn’t the only indicator of quality. It depends on the arrangement of terpenes and cannabinoids that make up the entourage effect.
Check the profile of minor cannabinoids and terpenes for a well-rounded effect that will promise an enjoyable experience. Similarly, weed with too much THC and not many terpenes or other cannabinoids give a one-dimensional experience and often provide a short-lived high.
- Types of Weed Strains
There are hundreds of marijuana strains that cause different effects. Citrus-smelling strains are more likely to energize, while herbal strains maintain a relaxing effect. There are also two main categories of marijuana: sativa and indica. Marijuana growers can crossbreed these subspecies to produce hybrids. Depending on the percentage of strain, a hybrid strain can be indica-dominant or sativa-dominant.
While sativa-dominant hybrid plants have a higher THC content, indica-dominant hybrids have a higher CBD content. Before choosing a weed strain, decide on the effect you want. Also, the most popular strains are well-liked for a reason and can give new weed users a great place to start.
- Buy Weed Online
Not everyone can or wants to walk into a dispensary to buy marijuana. An online dispensary offers a wide range of cannabis products that can be delivered to your door. Before you buy weed online, make sure the retailer has positive reviews. Read testimonials and reviews on marijuana forums to look for sellers who promise good quality products and excellent customer service.