If you’ve finally received your medical marijuana card Orange County, you know it’s time to get in the car and drive to your nearest dispensary to have your first stash of cannabis. There are more than a thousand different varieties that you can choose from. Northern Lights or OG Kush, you are just a purchase away from getting the experience you always wanted. However, if this is your first time, let me remind you that there’s more to purchasing cannabis than just choosing the strain type.
When you are consuming cannabis for medical reasons, you want the buds to be of the best quality. From the smell and color to the taste and effects, everything should be of high quality. Any compromise in this aspect and you may end up disappointed and even cause yourself more harm than good. So, how do you ensure that you are exchanging your hard-earned money for quality and not an ineffective stash of green buds? Here are a few tips that can help you in this case.
Check the Chemical Profile
When it comes to the quality of cannabis, the first indication is the chemical profile. Cannabis works better only if it has a strong workforce that includes cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids etc. So, when you are searching for a strain, you look for the presence or absence of these chemicals.
Since cannabis and ‘high’ are often associated together, a lot of people think that a high THC content is synonyms for quality. It’s anything but true. When you are looking for a strain that’s effective for your condition and good quality, you turn to the ratios of chemicals. CBD is just as beneficial as THC. In fact, it also enhances the medical qualities of THC. Similarly, terpenes are chemicals that will give you the flavor and aroma you want as well as help produce the entourage effect. With the help of your cannabis doctor, you can understand which chemical you need the most to attain the effects you need to get healthy.
Always Check the Certificate of Analysis
When you buy cannabis from legit sources, you always ask for a certificate of analysis or COA of every product including the flowers. A COA is an official document by Quality Assurance that stands as proof that every product aligns with the quality standards that the product specifies.
It contains information such as the CBD to THC ratio, CBD and THC percentage, terpene profile, and lab tests for pesticides, microbes, heavy metals and residual solvents. Basically, you are getting written proof for the safety and quality of your cannabis.
In some online stores, you will get a printed copy of COA with your order. If not, you can always go to their website and check the details.
Do a Physical Inspection
You can also find out the quality of your cannabis by doing a closer inspection of the buds. Quality cannabis has certain characteristics. You need to look for these factors to identify if your buds are good or bad.
First is color. The color of your cannabis buds can tell you a lot. Generally, they should be a shade of green with hints of orange, yellow or purple (depending on the strain). Any brown or black hints indicate that the buds are dry or rotten.
The second is smell. Have a sniff of your stash. Its smell should be somewhere near the lines of skunk and herb. You may also get hints of pine, citrus or even lavender according to the terpene profile.
The third is texture. Make sure that it is neither too sticky nor too dry. It should be a well-balanced texture.
Always Choose State Dispensaries
To avoid any possible risks of poor quality cannabis, always visit a state dispensary. These are licensed and have quality standards. Each of their products has to pass these standards before hitting the shelves. So you can be sure that what you smoke will be nothing but the goodness of cannabis.
Good quality of cannabis is very important. You can never compromise it for anything else. So, next time you are out to buy your first stash or a restock, make sure you remember these simple tips to find only the good quality cannabis for yourself.