Low-grade weed will typically take on a brownish appearance with hints of dark green , and is often mixed with seeds and stems. In some cases, regs are so dried out that they simply crumble upon contact.
Top-shelf, high-quality nugs can range from bright green to a darker green with streaks of purple, often heavily blanketed with sugary trichomes and vibrant hairs that boast a fiery orange or red hue. Most kind bud comes in the form of dense, vibrant, frosty nugs. The trichomes should sparkle when the surface is struck with light.
- Appearance: Top-shelf flower will usually be carefully hand-trimmed, coated with trichomes and hairs, and sticky to the touch. Decent mids will also have trichomes and hairs, but to a lesser extent than top-shelf, or dank, while schwag should be identifiable by its brownish color and crumbly nature — especially if it’s accompanied by seeds and stems.
- Flavor and Aroma: Top-shelf cannabis strains tend to offer a complex and well-balanced aroma, as cultivators are heavily focused on maximizing terpene profiles to achieve a certain smell or flavor. A quick whiff or hit should be all it takes to figure out whether the weed is dank or mids. If you’re shopping in a legal market, look for cannabis products that provide lab analysis and list terpene profiles along with levels of THC and other cannabinoids.
- Trichomes: Look at the surface of the bud to see if there are trichomes coated on the surface, a clear indicator that you’re puffing on some piff. A frosty, dank nug will be covered in these sparkly crystals, while mids will have them more spread out. In terms of trichomes, think of dank as the blizzard and mids as a flurry. Regs will typically not have much by way of trichomes and should be easy to separate from more exquisite nugs.
Consider for a moment the difference between a cheap bottle of wine from the local convenience store and a pricey selection from an upscale Italian restaurant’s reserve list. While both can be classified as wine, the grape quality, grow climate, and post-harvest techniques distinguish the finest varietals from wines of lesser quality.
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.
If bud is harvested too early, it could be relegated to the mids or even schwag category, as a premature harvest can result in reduced potency and a less enjoyable taste.
Cannabis labeled as mids will usually have more airy buds compared with the densely packed, trichome-coated flower that is sold at top-shelf prices. But most mids should still have a noticeable amount of frosty trichomes sprinkled throughout the bud. Compared with top-shelf, mids tend to be less vibrantly green in color with fewer orange hairs sprinkled throughout the flower. Mids rarely contain seeds and have been trimmed to remove most or all stems. In certain locations, mids can pass as high-quality nugs.
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.
When we’re talking about top-shelf bud sold on legal adult-use markets, the packaging is oftentimes as enticing as the nug itself. High-quality flower should have levels of THC and other cannabinoids listed on the product label – and should come with a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing lab to ensure there are no pesticides, mold, or other contaminants on the bud.
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
Unfortunately, you may sometimes only begin to wonder about the quality of your cannabis once you’ve smoked some. If you’ve advanced to the point where can actually taste the pot in question, are you noticing any terpene flavors? Notes of blueberry, lemon, or pine are signs that your flower is well-stocked on the terpene front, while anything that fails to produce some or any of these common tastes is almost certainly low-quality. Again, that runs the gamut from alarming, improper tastes (chemicals, mold) to the sheer lack of any taste at all. Whichever end of the spectrum your “reggie” may land on, the best option is to toss it (responsibly) and look for something far more delicious.
In some cases, “reggie” weed may be fine, which is to say remarkably average. Pot need not be tainted with toxic substances to qualify as “reggie” weed. For some, the matter comes down to potency. There is a galaxy of valid reasons to consume cannabis, but benefitting from the medicinal effects of the plant is hopefully a common desire among all fans of pot. If the flower you’re consuming is failing to deliver the expected high, that’s a qualifier for “reggie” status, as well.
You’ll want to keep your expectations low where “reggie” is concerned.
Another way to analyze the quality of your cannabis is to give it the old smell test. While variances among strains means that there is no one singular “correct” scent when it comes to pot, there are certainly red flag aromas to be aware of. Cannabis that smells musty — like it’s been stored in a basement or somewhere dark and dingy — is not to be consumed. Ditto anything that gives off a chemical stench. On a more subtle level, weed that offers little aroma or simply smells “off” is best discarded, as well. Weed should smell natural and aromatic, so trust your nose!
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Before you’ve engaged your nose (and certainly before your taste buds come into play), one can often spy “reggie” weed by sight. Healthy pot has a number of classic cues, including bright colors. Cannabis that looks yellowed or brown with age is always best avoided. Another thing to look for is trichomes — top-notch weed should be rich with these sticky crystals, while “reggie” is often barren on this front. Reminder: the trichomes are really what make a given bud of flower worth smoking, so anything devoid of this cannabis essential is probably not worth your time.
Before recreational cannabis was commercially available, most of the pot-smoking population was most likely regularly getting down with “reggie.” That’s because the advent — first of medical, than later recreational — cannabis reform has led to vastly improved growing conditions which, in turn, has elevated the quality of flower available to purchase to an almost incalculable degree. With a superior alternative available, “reggie” became a shorthand way of describing product inferior to what’s found on dispensary shelves.
You’ll want to keep your expectations low where “reggie” is concerned.