Whether you live in a legal state or not, chances are you have encountered sub-par cannabis flowers. The good news is that this can be avoided if you know what to look for. In our experience, there is no substitute for a smoke test in a perfectly rolled joint or blunt, but a methodical visual inspection of the buds will give you a good idea as to the type of strain and the conditions in which it was grown. Once you know what to look for, you’ll always have the best in your 420 travel kit.
Well-grown, quality cannabis buds should have a pungent, identifiable smell; indicating high terpene content. Alternatively, inferior quality buds often lack any smell or smell like hay; the sign of poorly grown and/or cured cannabis. For reference, rich scents like coffee and chocolate are typically indicative of an Indica strain and sharp citrus notes are generally indicative of a Sativa.
Avoid buds that smell like hay or have no smell at all. Pungency is directly linked to potency and terpene content. It is important to trim the quality of cannabis buds so tightly so that no machine trimming is required. The chance is that machine trimming will mangle buds and may disrupt the fragile trichomes, which is not a good thing at all.
Quality cannabis buds should be generally green in color; though the shade can range from a lighter green to darker green. The important question to ask is; does the bud look like it came from a healthy plant? It is not uncommon for quality buds to have hints of purple, pink, blue, etc. However, if the majority of the bud is red, brown, tan, or yellow in color, it came from an unhealthy plant. Buds that looked bleached white are the victim of light burn (an unfavorable growing condition in which the plant is subjected to extremely high-intensity light) and should be avoided.