I’ve been shopping for cannabis at the local dispensary for several years.
- Initially, I was excited to try out all of the different consumption methods.
I sampled a variety of edibles, purchased tinctures and topicals and had some fun with vape carts. Eventually, I went right back to smoking flower. I like rolling up a joint, lighting it up and inhaling the terpenes and cannabinoids. I appreciate the actual method and the quick onset of effects. It’s a great way to unwind after a long day, socialize with friends or boost my energy levels. There is such a vast selection of strains of flower, I can always find something new and exciting. By visiting the dispensary, consulting with budtenders and doing my research, I’ve learned how to distinguish good quality bud. Smell is one of the biggest indications of freshness and whether or not I’m going to enjoy the flavor. Because of its terpene profile, each strain smells different. If I like the scent, I’ll most likely enjoy the strain. Decent flower has a strong odor that can be fruity, flower, piney or even diesel-like. Low quality flower can have a very stale odor that is similar to old hay. The color is also important. Premium cannabis is available in hues from bright green and orange to reds and deep purple. If a jar of flower catches my eyes, I usually ask to smell it. Looking closer, I should find an abundance of what looks like crystals. They are the trichomes that are responsible for the terpenes and effects. Before buying a new strain, I always ask about the effects. Certain flower helps to reduce anxiety while others can have a stimulating effect that can make it worse. Some are better for helping with a good night’s sleep while others have an uplifting and energizing effect.