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CANNABIS: LEARN TO SPOT GOOD POT

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If you plan to buy a car, you research your car, read reviews and get informed before you buy. It is part of being a smart consumer. Buying weed is no different. In order to enhance our smoking and/or vaping experience, one must learn to spot the signs of good vs bad cannabis.

Today everybody claims to have high-quality cannabis in stock, but how can you tell who is genuine and who is trying to make a quick buck?

Look

  • Look for crystals. These crystals, known as trichomes, contain terpenes, CBD and THC. If you can look at your weed closely and see lots of crystals in it, it’s a safe bet that the bud will be high in cannabinoids.
  • Look for hairs. These hairs or pistils are an indicator of plant maturation. The pistils change from white to yellow, orange, red and brown. However, they add little to taste or potency
  • No seeds, no stems! This is one of the golden rules of bud buying. They add next to nothing to the experience, stems can annoyingly pierce your papers, and seeds will “pop” when under high heat.
  • It should be green. This sounds obvious but buying brown weed is like buying brown lettuce, you just wouldn’t do it! Purple bud, on the other hand, is very desirable and is indicative of selective breeding for anthocyanins pigments, which give it the purple colour.
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The Smell

If you are looking at acquiring marijuana, do more than just sniff an open bag.
GET IN THERE, break up a bud, and smell the inside of it.

The potency of the smell is a key to figuring out quality. Terpenes are what you smell, and knowing what they are will deepen your appreciation of cannabis and you will be able to recognise nice diesel, earthy or fruity smells.
Sometimes it will be so strong that you can smell it through the bag. Next time you have some weed, take some time to smell it and figure out what exactly good weed smells like.

The Taste

Whether it’s a vaporiser, bong, waterfall, pipe, etc, this category of critiquing marijuana is self-explanatory. Everyone’s tastes are different but potency and flavour profiles provide a diverse range of effects and individual experiences that amplify the consumer’s connection to the cannabis plant.

First-class cannabis will have a thick coat of sugary resin that contains the cannabinoids and terpenes, giving the plant its powerful effects and captivating flavours. Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids, terpenes are the pungent oils that colour cannabis varieties with distinctive flavours like citrus, berry, mint, and pine

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The Touch

It shouldn’t be too dry. Good weed is not going to be dry or feel like it’s been sitting out in the sun for too long. If there is no stickiness, this is not a good sign. Keep your weed from getting dry with glass jars.

There is a reason why rappers always brag about having that “sticky icky.” Stickier weed that is harder to break up contains more resin and will always get you “higher” than weed that just crumbles as you break it up.

CBD VS NICOTINE

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Nicotine and CBD are both compounds produced by plants. Nicotine is extracted from tobacco and CBD from Hemp. Hemp is a legal strain of cannabis that does not get people high, that’s why it’s grown by thousands of farmers in Europe and USA.

This article reviews the main differences between CBD and Nicotine and explains why CBD e-liquids should replace “regular e-liquids” in the coming years.

What is Nicotine?

“A toxic colourless or yellowish oily liquid which is the chief active constituent of tobacco. It acts as a stimulant in small doses.”

Nicotine stimulates the release of dopamine, also known as “Bliss Molecule”, a powerful neurotransmitter playing in the pleasure circuits of the brain. A brain addicted to nicotine constantly craves nicotine so that more dopamine will be released and give it those intense pleasurable sensations again.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 compounds, many of which are toxic and damage our cells. Included in these compounds are acetone, used in nail polish remover; arsenic, often found in insecticides; benzene, a cancer-causing agent; ammonia, used in dry cleaning; and cadmium, which causes cancer of the liver and kidney and brain damage.

Nicotine is addictive but did you know that:

  • It’s five to 10 times more potent than cocaine or morphine in producing behavioural and psychological effects associated with addiction, according to a report produced by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians in 2007.
  • It can contribute to sleep disorders. It stimulates the nervous system and when taken at nighttime it ensures that the user is alert and awake rather than in deep sleep
  • It binds to an area of the brain known as the adrenal medulla, which increases the flow of adrenaline. This in turn causes increased blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, and these conditions exacerbate existing heart and blood pressure problems.

Electronic cigarettes with nicotine e-liquids have been a popular way to consume it without the toxicity from the smoke. But lately, more and more vapers have been switching from Nicotine to CBD e-liquids.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most prevalent cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBD is non-toxic and doesn’t have any relevant side effects. Don’t expect to get “high” off of this compound. CBD is not psychotropic and has a very wide range of applications in e-liquids, food, cosmetics…

Because of its non-toxicity and non-psychotropic nature, CBD is becoming the best choice for smokers looking to get into vaporization, and more and more vapers are switching from Nicotine to CBD.

CBD CULTIVATION

Data taken from Google Trends shows how interest in Cannabidiol has taken over in the last year. And the trend is just starting.