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'Weed in law': how to choose high-quality marijuana, and how it differs from bad

Experts told how to recognize low-quality cannabis before you try, reports Lifehacker.

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Unless you live in a region where cannabis is produced or where it is safe to grow your own, finding the best and freshest cannabis can be an endless adventure. Even if you rely on legitimate stores, quality and price don't always match. Here are some tips from cannabis experts on how to tell good weed from bad.

Important: look at the harvest date

Emerald Cup judge and columnist Jimi Devine is known as a true connoisseur of fresh cannabis. He has spent years covering cannabis politics and hands-on laboratory work.

“Most of us will not have the opportunity to experience true hyper-elite cannabis in real life,” Devine wrote in an email. - Therefore, if you choose from what is, it is better to buy cannabis no more than 60 days old. After this period, it is difficult for him to be "fresh" in most commercial conditions.

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His advice to consumers is to consider the harvest date. For those who want a quality product but have low purchasing power, Devine suggests opting for “light deps,” i.e., outdoor-grown cannabis lacking the light that triggers the plant’s flowering process.

Color and smell tests

Former marijuana and organic vegetable cultivator Rachel Smith has made great strides in branded marijuana. Her most recent job was collecting (and marketing) for California's top 20 marijuana brands.

What is the main difference between consumer shopping and a buyer doing it on a large scale for work? “One feeds the other,” she said. — Internal quality control is extremely important to ensure consistency for the consumer. My main goal when creating a product line is to package and sell a stable product at a fair price. One bad experience will lead a customer to a competitor's product."

When choosing a product for a client, Smith knows what to look for. “First, and most importantly, cannabis flowers must pass a scent test,” she said. Boss should be sharp and fresh, and you don't need to squeeze or grind them to release the aromatic terpenes. Next I do a visual inspection. The buds should be bright in color and have a dense concentration of trichomes, the growths should be beautifully groomed, without extra leaves and stems.

Look out for signs of mold, mildew, and other signs of poor quality or unsafe product. “Bosses should not contain seeds or male flowers, which will affect the effectiveness of cannabinoids and may indicate other problems with the cultivation methods used,” the expert explained.

Before they hit the shelves, the buds still have to pass a lab test, where they are checked for cannabinoid and terpene content, as well as pesticides or microbes. These are all things you can't see, but they can greatly affect your experience, so shopping in stores is the best way to avoid unsafe product additives.

Smith said if in doubt, ask the salesperson. “Brands that pride themselves on quality usually ensure that retailers have a chance to try their product so they can talk about its features,” she said. - Budtenders hear customer feedback and can evaluate repeat purchases. Choose a seller with competent and knowledgeable staff who will help you make a purchase that you will not regret.

The best weed sometimes comes in a basic package

John Kay is the co-founder of the Burb cannabis company, which sells cannabis to customers in Canada, where the nationwide market is quite different from the patchwork market of the United States.

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“There is no packaging marketing in Canada, so the only thing that matters is the quality of the flowers,” Kay wrote in an email. “In a sense, all brands are on an equal footing due to restrictions, and the quality of flowers is what drives sales. No tricks."

This means that cool design is simply not part of the game. “Manufacturers in Canada grow the product to huge federal requirements, so you get an industry that produces the purest products that are tested in highly controlled laboratories,” he noted.

Kay said that because Canada is one of the few federally legal cannabis markets in the world, "there's a plus for consumers in Canada: they get pure, floral products from growers and brands that follow the process."

We hope the US will follow suit. Reliable cannabis markets help consumers get the best product and the best prices.

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