Long-time cannabis users can tell good weed from bad weed even with their eyes closed. And they probably learned the hard way or know it by experience.
But what if you are a first-time user and you unknowingly got the bad-quality weed? That could actually make for a bad cannabis experience — one that could make you say you do not like it at all and make you decide never to try it again!
Or what if you are relatively new to cannabis? How do you determine the quality of the cannabis you get? How do you choose the best one available in the market?
This special report is all about determining the different types of weed and determining cannabis quality.
These are the different terms stoners use to call different quality buds. It would be good for you to know these slang terms so you would know which ones to avoid and which ones are okay to buy and consume.
Reggie and other bad-quality weed
When you hear someone mention Reggie, you know that they are talking about some bad-quality weed. Reggie is what you call the dirt weed that any discerning cannabis user will avoid.
You know the type that a high schooler would try to grow in his parents’ backyard and sell to his stoner-wannabe friends? Reggie is that kind of weed. And stoners would only smoke this weed when there is absolutely nothing else.
Reggie is very dry. It is also very full of stems and seeds. And when you smoke it, the smoke is harsh on your lungs.
Other names for reggie or low-quality weed include schwag, ditch weed, brick bud, shake, dirt, bunk, wack, bottom shelf, Bobby Brown, and popcorn.
Characteristics of reggie or low-quality weed
Low-quality weed looks a lot like grass clippings or that someone just pulled it out of their own backyard. It doesn’t have the fine little hairs that good-quality weed has.
Some people refer to bad weed as dirt or brown weed because it does not have an appealing green color. It actually looks more brown than green.
Moreover, low-quality weed is often transported as compact bricks. As a result, it will have a mix of dry, compressed buds, seeds, and stems. When not compacted into bricks, low-quality weed tends to be light, wispy, and leafy.
Other visual cues in bad-quality buds that you need to look out for are mold and mildew, discoloration, and insects.
Generally, low-quality weed has a dry and earthy aroma. Moreover, the smell is extremely strong, so it is not something you would want to smoke when you want to keep things on the down low.
However, reggie has that skunky smell that is commonly associated with marijuana. And some people would even detect a faint sweet smell.
Poor weed can taste spicy and harsh, unlike good weed, which tastes sweet and with floral notes. The taste of poor buds is dictated in part by the circumstances under which they were grown.
Reggie tends to taste very skunky, too, with earthy notes that many do not really love.
Reggie is not known to deliver a killer buzz. In fact, it is one of the milder low-quality weeds on the market. This is perhaps why other people would categorize reggie as a middle-shelf cannabis bud.
In fact, for seasoned stoners, reggie might not even hit their systems. However, for those who are just starting out, you might sense a nice relaxing feeling that quickly sets in.
One thing for sure is that there are definitely worse types of bad-quality cannabis in the market.
Reggie and other low-quality weed are known to promote the munchies. They are not really used for treating any serious medical condition.
However, you can use reggie if you want to relax and curl up in bed after a hard day at work.
The THC concentration found in most reggie buds ranges from 15 to 18 percent. Better strains generally have about 30 percent THC level, with some even going as high as 60 percent.
There are some people who do not want to get too high and would prefer the low THC content of reggie. All we can say is that it really is just a matter of preference.
Mid-grade bud is another term for okay weed. There is nothing wrong with it and when used for medicinal purposes, you will get the effect you are expecting. Of course, it won’t give you the kind of knockout effect you get from a real prime bud, but it will get you going through the day if that’s what you need.
Other names for mid-grade weed are regs, mids, mid-shelf, and K-town.
Characteristics of mid-grade quality weed
A good mid-grade bud looks nice and leafy, with a spectrum of green hues. It has bright green parches with some darker green notes and purple tinge. There are also some luscious hair-like fibers that are mostly going to be red and orange in color. This kind of bud has a much richer and more vibrant appearance compared to reggie.
Like all buds, mid-grade weed is also dry, but unlike bad-quality weed, it does not crumble up in your fingers. In other words, this leafy weed will have a palpably vibrant characteristic that the cheap type of weed does not have.
A good mid-grade weed has equal parts perfumey and skunky notes. You can also expect it to have a nice rich dank quality in terms of smell, and this is what sets it apart from the cheap kind of pot.
The taste of a mid-grade cannabis will depend on the strain you are using. There are strains that will give a mid-grade bud nice earthy tones, and there are those that give it fruity notes. Also, the better the bud, the danker its taste.
A good mid-grade weed is a bit more mellow compared to a reggie and will gradually leave you more relaxed. It could also leave you just a little bit hungry. A good mid-grade weed can also be used to help you sleep or fight off insomnia, depending on the strain.
Generally, though, the experience or the feel you get out of a mid-grade weed will depend on a fairly wide range of factors, which includes your tolerance level, the strain, and the smoking paraphernalia you use.
A mid-grade strain is also not extremely intoxicating, so it is a lot better than reggie for medicinal purposes.
A mid-strain has a THC level of somewhere around 17 percent to 24 percent. This may be substantially more than the average reggie, but this is not nearly as potent as the really good weed can get. However, even if you have a healthy tolerance, a mid-grade strain can still get you high and feeling nice.
Top-Shelf Dank Weed
Dank weed is the kind of weed that has been engineered through science to give you the best stoner experience. It gives you the best medicinal and recreational effects. And stoners would say that the danker the weed, the better the quality.
Top-shelf weed is the sort of cannabis bud you get for a bit more money. But stoners would always say that this kind of weed is very much worth its price.
Other names for top-shelf weed include dank, loud, primo, fire, top colas, kine or kind bud, and kill.
Characteristics of top-shelf weed
Top-shelf cannabis is dense, chunky, and sticky due to the advanced levels of CO2 during the flowering cycle, as well as other innovative growing techniques. You should expect to see countless trichomes sparkling in the light. Many strains of good-quality weed would look like they are coated in thick sugary dust. This blanket of white resign is where the cannabinoids and terpenes are stored, giving the plant its captivating flavors and potent effects.
Top-quality weed is also noticeably hairy and it boasts a diverse spectrum of colors, thanks to premier cannabis genetics. It will have darker green, red, purple, or orange tones, depending on the nature of that particular strain.
The smell of a top-shelf weed is going to fill the room. You can expect a very pungent and very dense smell, with sweet, fruity, or vanilla notes, depending on the strain.
The taste would always depend on the cannabis strain you got. You can get something with a spicy component, a fruity flavor, a lemony zest, or an earthy taste. For you to be able to taste the bud, we suggest that you use good glassware.
Top-shelf dank is very potent and will surely give you a good buzz and leave you subdued. Unless, of course, you have a very developed tolerance. Because of its potency, top-shelf is the perfect weed to use for pain relief or for the treatment of certain ailments.
The flavor profiles and advanced potency of top-shelf weed provide a wide range of effects and experiences that will heighten your connection to drug. Generally, dank weed will kick in quick and hard. It will leave you feeling goofy and nice for a few hours.
The top-shelf weed’s potency is the reason a lot of people use it for medicinal purposes. If you want to get relief from pain or to mitigate the effects of depression or anxiety, do not settle for anything less than a top-shelf bud.
The THC levels of top-quality cannabis can range from 25 percent to 35 percent. This level of THC makes this kind of weed great at alleviating pain and effective in treating certain ailments.
It is also the best kind of weed for the best recreational effect. In other words, a top-shelf weed can take any recreational user to another world.