Weed quality classifications have changed over the years due to sweeping cannabis legalization, as the quality and potency of weed has increased compared with what was grown in the ’60s and ’70s. In other words, the type of weed quality is relative to what’s currently available on the market and the location of that market. What was once considered dank a decade ago would likely be relegated to mids today. Something that is considered to be mids in California could be coveted as top-shelf in a state where cannabis is illegal.
Similar to the appearance, the taste and aroma of dank will also depend on the strain’s terpene profile. One quick sniff of top-shelf bud will pry open a world of aroma that is louder and tastier than milder mids could ever evoke. Taste will also be determined by the strain type and the presence of certain terpenes. If the abundance of trichomes doesn’t convince you of the dankness of a particular strain, a complex, well-balanced aroma and flavor can indicate a high-quality nug.
In most cases, mids will still contain a passable terpene profile that gives off a pleasant aroma that is more akin to dank than regs, but the difference in pungency between mids and top-shelf should be discernable.
When someone tells you that you’re smoking reggies , regs, or schwag, they probably didn’t intend that remark as a compliment. Regs, also known as schwag weed , is a term for low-grade weed that can be rather unpleasant.
More closely related to dank than schwag weed , mids weed is, as the term denotes, middle-of-the-road in quality. Although legalization has caused an influx of high-quality weed to flood legal markets, prices for top-shelf bud can be prohibitive. This has made mids an enticing option for those living in legal states, as it offers a decent bang for your buck. While some dispensaries classify mids as lower-potency strains, this could end up being a bargain for consumers who prefer something lower in THC and higher in other cannabinoids.
The same principles can be applied to cannabis quality, too. As medical and adult-use cannabis legalization continues to take root across North America, the difference between dank bud and ditch weed has never been more clear than it is today. Over the decades, people have used a variety of slang terms to classify weed. Like all slang terms, they vary by region. What is called reggie by some, may be seen as schawg to others. While one person may be looking for dank, another may be asking for top-shelf. But in the end, they’re usually looking for the same thing — the best on the market.
To help you distinguish whether you’re smoking schwag or good weed , here’s a breakdown on how to identify the different types of weed and the factors that contribute to their classification.
One whiff or look should be all it takes to figure out whether you have schwag or mids. Reggie weed has an earthy, dirtlike smell that translates into a rather harsh and pungent taste upon combustion. Some might find the flavor bearable, but regs lack the nuanced flavor that top-shelf strains have to offer.
In some cases, mids could be good weed that is a bit old or sun-damaged, which would give it a brown appearance. Mids in states with established markets, such as California, would pass a top shelf in other states — especially those states where cannabis is prohibited. In cannabis-illegal states, mids are often the best weed you can get.
The Difference Between Dank, Mids, and Reggie Weed Consider for a moment the difference between a cheap bottle of wine from the local convenience store and a pricey selection from an upscale
Next, you’ll need to place your stash into airtight containers. Mason jars provide a sturdy option and allow growers to easily monitor their buds throughout the process.
Heat will only be a substantial issue if you live in a climate where it becomes exceptionally hot. Heat is another factor that can lead to the degradation of cannabinoids, potentially reducing the potency of your buds. Be sure to keep your jars in a cool location to minimise damage and mould formation. An ideal room temperature for curing is around 21°C.
During the first couple of days, you’ll need to check on your buds around twice per day. Inspect them through the glass and keep a careful eye on any mould formation. You’ll also need to open the lids for a couple of minutes each time you check to allow for fresh air exchange. Keep an eye on your hygrometers. If the reading displays 60–65% humidity, continue as normal. If things are getting too wet, leave the lids off the jars for around 3 hours to let excess moisture escape. If humidity is too low, leave the lids on for longer periods without breathing sessions. If you still don’t notice any increase in humidity, place a small humidity pack inside the affected jars.
Patience is a virtue in all areas of life, and it certainly pays off when curing cannabis. Curing is a prolonged process that can take weeks to complete. It might seem like a hassle at first, but the reality is that curing will turn harsh buds into ones that offer a smooth and delicious smoke. This is because prolonged curing leads to the degradation of byproducts produced by the drying process, such as sugars. These molecules leave a particularly harsh and unpleasant taste in the mouth. Curing banishes these compounds, resulting in a buttery smooth smoke.
On the flip side, curing bud that is too dry will create a crumbly and harsh stash that isn’t pleasant to smoke. Ideally, cannabis flowers should be dried in a room with a humidity of between 45–55%. This will result in a dry and slightly crumbly exterior and a more humid interior. Once it comes time for curing, humidity is increased slightly to an ideal reading of around 62%.
After carefully cultivating your crop for months, an additional few weeks of curing is nothing. It will transform harsh and damp buds into smooth flowers loaded with taste.
Curing will also greatly enhance the shelf life of your harvest and further minimise cases of mould. If cured and stored correctly, your buds can last for a year or longer without any decline in taste or strength.
Before we get into exactly how to cure your cannabis buds, let’s discuss some of the factors that influence the process. This will help you gain a firm understanding of what to aim for and what to avoid.
Apply the lids to your jars and place them in a cool and dark location to protect against the threats mentioned above. Ideally, place them in a cupboard or other storage room that maintains a temperature of 21°C and a relative humidity of 60–65% within the jars. The only way to accurately measure this is to add a small hygrometer (a device that measures humidity) to each jar.
Curing is a long and tedious process for many growers, but results in a buttery smooth smoke and enhanced flavour. Learn how to do it properly here.