CANNABIS FLOWER ESSENTIALS
In this area I will make familiar my list of “Cannabis Flower Essentials” needed to embark on your very first cannabis adventure from selecting your flower to grinding and storage. Whether you are headed over to the local dispensary, a buddy’s house, or ever alone at home trying to relax, I’ve got you covered!
CANNABIS FLOWER ESSENTIALS NO. 1
There are many ways to differentiate between “Top Shelf” (excellent quality cannabis) and “Bottom Shelf” (poor quality cannabis). Being able to quickly tell them apart is essential in proving yourself to be a stylish cannabis smoker. Listed below are four distinguishing traits of top shelf quality cannabis:
Great cannabis can have a wide variety of smells. The scent of pine trees and skunks, for example, are both common indicators of good cannabis. However, if the weed smells very pungent and “grassy,” it may have been picked prematurely. (When a cannabis plant is harvested before reaching maturity, it often lacks the potency of a fully-grown plant.)
A quality jar of cannabis usually consists of medium to large buds with little or no stems. Top shelf buds may also have a crystalline quality that creates a “sparkle” under direct light. These buds will often be bright green with orange, red, or purple hairs. If the bud is brown, turn it down.
Quality weed is usually soft, light, and sticky to the touch.
“High.” Finally, you can always tell a fine weed by the “high” you achieve after testing a sample. Great weed should inspire you creatively without that heavy “burnt-out” feeling sometimes associated with lesser quality marijuana.
Keep in mind that these are only guidelines and not concrete rules. It’s possible (although unusual) to find bottom shelf cannabis that smells, looks, and feels great. Occasionally, a less knowledgeable cannabis smoker may be fooled. However, if the cannabis doesn’t deliver the “high” of top shelf cannabis, it’s not top shelf cannabis.
If you allow your weed to remain unprotected for long (exposed to air, heat, and light), it will become dry and brittle. When dry, your bud will burn too fast and the hits will be harsh. To keep your weed in prime condition, place your “stash” (supply of marijuana) in an airtight container or a plastic bag. However, even when you’re careful, your buds can loose a little moisture. So, if you notice your weed is getting too dry, add a sliver of orange or lemon peel to your bag, and seal it up tight for a few hours. The weed will sap the water from the rind and become re-hydrated. (Be careful not to leave the peel in for too long, as it could mold and ruin your weed.)
A less common, but more troublesome problem is wet weed. If you try to smoke weed that is too wet, the bud will burn slowly and won’t stay lit. (This kind of saturated condition usually occurs when you don’t give your homegrown enough time to dry.)
Here are a few options to help you adjust the moisture:
Open container. If you aren’t afraid of getting caught with your weed, simply leave your container open, exposed to air, heat and light. (Leaving your weed exposed to the elements can ruin the quality of the bud, so be careful not to leave it out longer than necessary.)
Add paper. When you need to keep the weed hidden, add a finger-sized piece of paper to your stash. The paper will absorb some of the moisture from the buds. Then, remove the paper from the bag when you think the weed is ready to smoke. If the weed remains wet, continue to add paper (one piece at a time) until you reach the desired level of moisture.
Other containers. Placing your weed in a tightly-sealed wood container will allow the pot to dry at a slow and steady pace.
CANNABIS FLOWER ESSENTIALS NO. 2
Below is a table with the three most-used basic measurements of weed. Make sure you memorize these and know them like the back of your hand.
|1 Pound||=||16 Ounces|
|1 Ounce||=||8 Eights|
|1 Eighth||=||3.54 Grams|
CANNABIS FLOWER ESSENTIALS NO. 3
Next up on our list of cannabis flower essentials is a cannabis grinder is a simple tool filled with small sharp pegs (called “teeth”) which allow you to easily grind your buds into the perfect size depending on your needs. For example, you might use a grinder when smoking from a vaporizer, when rolling joints or blunts, and/or when making pot-butter/cannabutter.
Also known as herb grinders, bud grinders, pot grinders, and marijuana grinders, these grinders come in many varieties from 2 to 4 pieces. The two-piece grinders simply break your cannabis into bits, while the more elaborate four-piece grinders typically include a kief screen for trapping any valuable trichome crystals that might escape as you grind your buds.
DE-SEED YOUR WEED
If you ever hear a “pop” while smoking a bowl, someone has packed a seed. Packing a seed is a surefire way to expose yourself as a novice pot smoker. The smoke from a burning seed, if inhaled, can cause a throbbing headache and absolutely ruin your high. Don’t take chances; de-seed your buds completely before smoking them.
If the weed you smoke typically contains seeds, then it’s a good idea to maintain a separate/de-seeded stash. That way, you can reach into the seedless sack and load bowls without worry.
BUD SAYS: Better yet, smoke only high-quality weed. Great weed will either be seedless or will contain only a few seeds.
There are many ways to store your cannabis. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. I’ll list the most common types below with a brief description of each.
Sandwich bags are a cheap and convenient way to store various quantities of cannabis. However, while they are very portable and extremely inexpensive, they have a tendency to degrade your weed faster than the other storage options.
The cannabis enthusiast will often turn to glass jars rather than plastic bags to store their high-quality buds. Glass jars come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to suit your every need. Because most glass jars are resistant to air-leakage, marijuana stays fresher and more potent when stored in these containers as opposed to plastic or wood. A glass jar will cost significantly more than a sandwich bags. However, the jar can be used year after year and will show your peers that you do, indeed, smoke with style.
Many stylish enthusiast prefer to use a small wooden box for their stash … especially for small amounts. These “stash boxes” come in an endless assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors. Choose the box that calls out to you, but make sure it has sufficient room for your needs and that the lid fits tightly. No one-size-fits-all, so you may find that you need two or three different boxes to cover your basic storage needs.
BUD SAYS: When given the choice, use a glass jar to store your personal stash.