Assessing the Quality of Your Weed

By Rolling Up

It’s important to understand the quality of your cannabis. Understanding the quality of the cannabis that you have grown or bought is one of the most valuable skills you can have as a consumer. The quality of cannabis should be accessed on a number of factors, from the way genetics are selected and grown to the way they are cured and its overall effects. To different people, cannabis quality can mean different things. 

Picking fresh cannabis is like picking fresh produce at the grocery store. You’re looking for something that is appealing, has good color, and has a wonderful aroma. Some attributes to look out for when looking at the quality of your cannabis:

Low Quality 

Low quality cannabis is oftentimes transported in compact bricks which gives it the name “brick weed” resulting in a mix of shake, stems, and compressed buds. It’s less colorful than your average cannabis. The tinge is a bit brown rather than green. It’s oftentimes a black market product. Home growers might accidentally produce this quality.

Medium Quality 

The appearance is lighter shades of green, shiny trichomes, and a healthy bulbous aesthetic, protruding orange pistils. It’s compact, sticky, and will spring after a slight squeeze. The scent will be pleasant and noticeable. It will produce strong effects over brick weed.

Premium Quality

High grade bud comes at a cost. It’s found in spots like Northern California, Colorado, Spain, and the Netherlands. If you’re looking for the best buds that money can buy keep an eye out for some important features. The buds will look perfectly manicured and nugget like. The trichomes will have a frosty covering. 

The quality of the strain is dependent on a number of factors:


Due to selective breeding practices some genetics are prone to pumping out more aromatic terpenes.

Drying and Curing

After harvesting, drying and curing practices preserves the terpene profile and make for better tasting buds. It’s an art form. 


In the flowering process, cannabis plants have a higher demand for potassium and phosphorus. The balance is needed to produce the smell of the flowers.


Soil health and quality is rudimentary to plant health. A strong microbial population will help the plants to develop their terpene profile. 

Crystal and Resin

Trichomes are an abundant feature when looking at a cannabis bud with the naked eye. It differentiates good quality flowers vs low quality flowers. The more resin coating on the surface the more cannabinoids there are when smoking. You will notice just by holding it and watching the bud glitter.


Every grower hopes for dense and heavy buds at the end of the growing season. Fluffy buds yield in disappointment and less plant matter, which means it won’t have as much plant matter. Airy flowers are linked to growing conditions, lack of light, and nutrient deficiency. 


Rule of thumb: avoid buying buds with excess stems. Ask your budtender to trim them off before you purchase. Extra stems means that it was a rushed process.


Taste completes the process of whether or not your bud is high quality. It’s a true test to see what you’re purchasing or whether you’re growing it. There are two major considerations: flavor and smoothness. Low quality cannabis will be flavorless and will most likely have a dead taste. Medium and high quality flowers will leave unique flavors of fruit, skunk, fuel, berries, and even a hint of sweetness.


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