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How to Identify Old or Bad Cannabis Buds

After storing it, the moment has finally come. You are now ready to smoke or taste the cannabis buds. It’s a dream that you’ve waited for more than three months of effort on planting and curing it. It’s the time to reap what you have sown and made every effort worth it.

But nonetheless, what if the result is something you didn’t expect. Instead of healthy buds, you’d be surprised to see bad and pungent cannabis buds. It feels discouraging, right You’d gone out wild, imagining all the energy and money you’ve spent for things.

We don’t want to waste months of preparation or our money in buying only bad cannabis buds.That is why it is essential that you are equipped with enough knowledge about identifying bad or good cannabis buds. Aside from that, you should know what to do in order to prevent these bad bud from happening.

Here in this article, we’d offer to you a guide on how to prevent and identify bad cannabis. If you’re ready, then scroll down below to find for more.

What is ‘Bad’ Cannabis Buds

Well, a bad cannabis bud does not just mean that it’s literally bad. Of course, you’ll have to examine its features first before you’ll be able to conclude that you could not smoke on it. But nonetheless, there are three different weed classification according to its quality. This includes the following;

The Top Shelf Bud

Also called often as a dank weed. This type of weed is the highest quality of bud that could be bought or used in the cannabis market. They have an excellent THC or CBD content depending on its use either for medicinal or recreational purposes. It’s the most expensive and even the rarest kind of weed that could be used.

They are noted for their strong cannabis smell and abundant trichome content (visible tiny crystals or small hairs) in the plant. Aside from that, these type of buds is visually leafy indicating its healthy and well-conceived.

The Middle-Grade Bud

This type of bud is the ordinary weeds that are being sold in the local dispensaries. As compared to the high-grade bud, it’s definitely not that expensive with the average amount of THC or CBD into it about 17 to 24% levels.

These type of weeds are the most commonly seen in the local dispensary stores such as White Widow and the Kush weed series such as the Hindu Kush and Lemon Kush. It has a mellow, not quite potent smell with low intoxication levels if taken.

Nevertheless, this type of bud is still consumable for use during smoking as it’s still viable and useable as needed.

The Bad or Poor Quality Buds

Terms such as  Reggie, schwag, ditch weed, dirt, brick bud, shake, wack, or bunk are also called for this type of buds. It’s important to realize that these type of buds could not be consumed in any way by humans. It possesses harmful effects to health and it does have a very bad taste as compared to the previous two types.

Nonetheless, these buds are usually discouraged to be sold in the dispensaries or any store as it’s not desirable for use. If you’re a keen observer, then you’ll be able to easily identify these type of buds. However if not, then you’ll be able to learn more through reading the rest of this article.

Characteristics of Poor Quality Buds

There are a number of ways to identify whether the buds you have are bad or not. You just have to use your senses and a few important tools in order to validate if one’s weed is bad or old. Likewise, if you aren’t sure about the quality of the buds you have, then its best to check on these guidelines to verify its validity.

a. The Use of Senses

Humans have five basic senses. Respectively, the sense of touching, hearing, smelling, tasting, and seeing. It’s essential that you use each of our senses to examine the quality of cannabis buds. Just using these senses, is quite sufficient to then conclude the quality of the buds.

Sense of Touch

It’s vital to understand that when you hold the cannabis buds using your hand it should not disintegrate or break into pieces. Also, the exterior covering of the buds isn’t damp or wet. It should be permanently dry to assure that there’s no excess moisture in the buds. Nonetheless, to check well, the inside buds should also be evaluated. Thus, upon trying to expand and spread the bud’s interiors, it should feel sticky. It isn’t supposed to be wet or damp, a similar amount of moisture to the exterior as much as possible.

Sense of Hearing

Most cannabis users often neglect this sense thinking that it will not be usable. However, there’s much more to it when detecting if the cannabis is bad or not. Upon trying to break the bud into pieces, good cannabis should produce soft snaps. It should not sound like crackling as it indicates that cannabis is very dry. If it doesn’t generate any sound, then the buds contain excess moisture and possibly, its damp.

Sense of Smelling

You could also use the nose to detect if it smells like cannabis. Nonetheless, it should not smell unpleasantly resembling a faint or fecal matter. This smell indicates that its more exposed to mold or mildews as needed. Though, there are few strains who have skunk-like smell such as Space Queen. If it does not smell anything, then it could be very dried and aren’t suitable for use. Chemical or pesticide smell signify poor curing or storage with cannabis. High-quality cannabis should smell like cannabis. Though, it smells varies depending on a particular cannabis strain that you have.

Sense of Taste

This would be your last option. If you will taste it, then you should take it bit by bit. If you are quite sure that it’s bad, then it’s best to skip this method. A taste of a top shelf or mid-grade bud is readily recognizable. It varies though depending on the strain you have. It could be sweet tastings like cherry, orange, and apple. Bad cannabis often tastes bad as literally, it is.

Sense of Sight

Upon looking with the cannabis bud, you could have an idea if its bad or not. Nonetheless, it’s the first step that should be done when examining if it’s a bad or good cannabis bud. As compared to other senses, you have a lot to look on its features to point out if it’s bad. We’ll take this to classification for further understanding into these features.

  1. Color

High-quality cannabis is often color green or any shades of green. There are exceptions to those who are purple or yellow in color. Aside from that, there are hybrids that have a variety of colors as well. However, bad and very dried cannabis should appear brown. Buds who are either red, tan, and yellow could be a sign that the bud is from an unhealthy plant. Nevertheless, buds that are heavily bleached is an indication of light burn. These types of buds should not be considered for smoking and even vaping.

  • Bud Morphology

The bud structure depends on a particular strain. Indica strains are heavily tight and dense. Whereas, Sativa strains are often soft and feathery. Though, there are strains that could appear one from the other. Nevertheless, those hybrid strains partake a combination of traits from both indica and Sativa strains. A bad cannabis bud is often lightly branched with incomplete twigs, stem, and buds.

Avoid buds that have a lot of seeds and stems. They indicate low-quality buds, adding weight to the flower itself. Consequently, it means fewer THC content that’s quite discouraging most especially if you want to experience the psychoactive effects of the cannabis buds. 

  • Trimming Quality

This is not quite a valid identification if its healthy or not. However, it could signify if the buds are cultivated well or not. Usually, trimmed buds have been taken care upon growing of it. Nevertheless, those who are very dense and full of leaves is an indication that it isn’t trimmed and perhaps, unhealthy it is.

  • Hermaphroditic Characteristic

This is an undesirable trait that indicates poor cultivation technique. It’s an indication that the plant is stress out because of either extreme heat or coldness. It’s the plant’s last shot to self-pollinate for its own survival.

A hermaphrodite cannabis bud contains a male cannabis trait as such as pollen sacs. These sacs are little hairs appearing like balls within a part in the stem or node. It should be avoided when you see it in a bud or to a plant. Nevertheless, it isn’t smoke or taste as needed.

  • Mold and Pest Infestation

Molds appear to be white and powdery that are often scattered or clustered in the buds. These molds if consumed could be detrimental to health causing various illnesses. Nevertheless, there are also instances that the buds have grey and a very fluffy appearance. This could reveal insect infestation. Cannabis buds are a favorite delight of a variety of insects from mites, aphids, and gnats.

  • Trichomes

These small crystals hold the key to the flavor and taste of a particular cannabis bud. Thus, if the bud is completely dense with trichomes, then it could indicate a healthy bud. However, if the bud has a little of these white crystals, then it could be not that potent though still could be smoke or consume.

Aside from that, trichome ripeness could be evaluated using a magnifying glass or a jeweler’s loupe. A trichome head that could be harvested should be milky white with a little amber color in it. Nonetheless, a premature cannabis bud hastrichome heads very clear. Whereas, if it’s overripe, the amber color dominates its trichome head.

Moreover, very bad cannabis does not have an indication of the presence of cleartrichomes. The trichomes could be readily wilted or easily removed before using it.

Video: How To Tell Good Weed vs Bad Weed

b. Test for Cannabis Potency

The potency of the cannabis indicates the THC or CBD levels of the buds. Thus, a bad cannabis bud possesses very low cannabinoid value. It usually includes below 5% THC or CBD levels. To examine the potency, there are available testing kits that could be bought through local dispensary stores or online. These portable kits measure the amount of THC or CBD of particular cannabis. To use this kit, the following steps should be followed;

In a vial (included in the kit) place small pieces of the cannabis sample that you have.

Insert it into the kit to further analyze the sample

If the value for THC or CBD isn’t displayed in the front monitor of the device, then use a connector to your smartphone and install its app.

Usually, it takes minutes to view the results. Thus, it’s best to wait and see what happens.

Video: MyDX Portable Cannabis Tester

c. Presence of Terpenes

Terpenes are cannabinoid that secretes aromatic oils to produce a distinctive flavor or smell such as citrus or vanilla-like to a particular strain. These terpenes play an important role to repel invasive insects and pollinators that could prevent the plant from generating a bud or flower. There are diverse genetic traits of terpenes, uniquely identified to each particular strain.

But nonetheless, this particular cannabinoid is highly sensitive and does not tolerate unsuitable conditions. Thus, terpenes are mostly absent in a bad cannabis bud. An indicator could be its flavor. If a particular strain loses its scent, then it must be old or quite bad for consumption as well.

However, if you really want to test and examine the terpene composition of your cannabis, then you’ll have to do distillation or extraction using proper laboratory methods to separate it from the bud.

Video: What Are Terpenes – Uses in Cannabis

d. Third Party Laboratory Testing

If you’re really uncertain whether your cannabis products are still viable or not for use, then you could hire a third party laboratory analyzing provider to help you on it. These companies offer their services exclusively to test your cannabis buds or products as needed.

Variety of laboratory tests such as residual solvent analysis (for extraction of active ingredients), microbial and contamination testing for safety hazard, potency (presence of THC), and terpenes testing. They also conduct cannabinoid composition analysis and even elemental analysis for your cannabis products through mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography.

Is the ‘Old’ one still good for smoking

Oldies does not mean that they are no goodies. Upon discovering cannabis stored in a sealed jar for how many years, it should not be thrown out immediately noting that it’s old and harmful to smoke it. Don’t put too judgmental with those cannabis buds stoners!

The fact is that it depends. There are ‘old’ cannabis buds that could be still smoke if its properly stored or cured in a secure place. For long term storage, it’s recommended to properly seal it in a vacuum bag or in a closed glass container to prevent moisture from entering it. If nonetheless, you’d fail to do this, then you’ll eventually see some white powdery spots which indicate molds. The presence of molds could be detrimental to health if consumed directly through mouth, nose, and even to your skin.

Though, old stored cannabis could be less potent as compared to those new ones. It could be a bit brownish with significant trichomes losses as well. Its definitely still could be viable for smoking and use for emergencies as needed. Just take note with the indications above to evaluate its weed quality.

Preventing the Weed from Turning ‘Bad’

Bad cannabis is undesirable and thus, we always wanted to make sure that we tend to prevent getting these type of buds. The key to a ‘good’ looking bud is most likely lies to its curing and cultivation.

Thus, it’s essential that upon planting the cannabis, it should be properly taken care from planting, drying, and harvesting. It should be given the right amount of sunlight and nutrients.  In this way, the plant will be able to deliver your buds with high THC or cannabinoid content.

Another critical stage is curing and storage as well. Like said, it must be sealed properly away from any exposure to moisture or extreme conditions to avoid it from drying or molding. It’s essential that it should be from time to time be monitored preventing any of these undesirable things from happening.

Genetics also play a role in this. That is whyits best to choose a seed that comes from high-quality genetics. If it’s applicable, you have to examine its mother plant whether it’s healthy or producing a lot of buds. Otherwise, no matter how much you cultivate it well, your cannabis plant won’t reach its highest THC content.

However, if you are planning to not cultivate and just buy, then make sure to buy in a reputable cannabis dispensary. Ask for an opinion to someone you knew or research for reviews before buying any cannabis into a store.

Second, if possible, you have to see or even hold what you are buying. Many cannabis dispensaries allow its customers to do this in order to prove the quality of their buds.

If your thinking of buying through online, then its best to make rigor research on to whomever you’ll be buying. There are existing scams reported by a few users and its best to know well the company first before buying directly to them.

What Happens if I Consumed Bad Cannabis

Well, don’t worry you’ll not going to die immediately. However, repeatedly smoking a badly cured or stored cannabis could be harmful to anyone’s health.

Most likely, a mold or pest infestation could trigger allergic reactions or fungal infections.

Nonetheless, they could even cause chronic diseases that may lead to death eventually if not properly medicated. Early symptoms for this includes respiratory inflammation or chest pain as well.

However, if you’re just smoking a very bad cannabis bud, then it’s no major risk to health unless its infected or contaminated. Though, you’ll have a long way of enduring the pungent feeling that it induces upon smoking. At worst cases, allergic reactions could occur. Though, it’s minor and could be treated.

Final Word

In general, we don’t really want to smoke bad bud. Thus, we do our very best to buy or cure our buds to get it the best taste the way we needed to feel it. However, there are inevitable moments that we tend to encounter these instances. It’s hard yet there’s nothing we could do with it and try harder. You’ll always not get success with only a few tries. Just do your best and good luck to it!