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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Depending on the location, mids will boast THC contents ranging anywhere from 10% to 16%, or sometimes higher in legal states. The price of mids will also vary on the where they’re being sold.
Curing is an important part of the cultivation process that, if done improperly, can turn top-shelf potential into mids. Mids will sometimes have a grassy or harsh taste due to improper curing. Aside from the lack of aromatic enjoyment, additional signs of poorly cured weed include dampness to the bud and stems that don’t easily snap.
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.
Low-grade weed is uncommon in legal markets. As a result, the potency and effects produced by it are difficult to quantify. It stands to reason that weed grown in sub-optimal conditions is likely to result in lower potency and less desirable effects than mid-grade and top-shelf cannabis.
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
If your buds are exposed to pollen (either from a male plant or a hermie plant), then it can develop seeds in your buds. A few seeds aren’t going to have much effect on the overall potency of your buds, but very seedy bud that’s been heavily pollinated can sometimes be weak because the plant was putting more energy into making seeds than producing trichomes.
Here are those same buds after they’ve been dried and cured. They’ve sort of “tightened up” and appear less green. If buds already look like this, the curing process may have already happened. However, it can’t hurt to jar your buds anyway because poorly cured buds may still see improvement!
Pipe – a bit more efficient at cannabis consumption
During the process of making magic butter or canna caps, you usually extract all the good stuff from cannabis, just like making hash. This allows you to make edibles that are a lot more concentrated. You can also increase the effects of edibles simply by eating more.
So you grew some cannabis, and unfortunately, it’s not as potent as you would have liked. Perhaps you aren’t getting much of an effect, or even worse you may be getting negative side effects like headaches or racing thoughts. There are a few reasons this happens and today I’m going to break it down so you grow marijuana with the potency and effects you’re looking for!
Vaporizing – Most efficient consumption method, and you can use the buds a second time by taking the vaped buds and turning them into edibles
Turning some of your buds into hash can be a really good solution if you had a really big harvest and the buds ended up being less potent than you hoped.
Put freshly dried or “green” buds in glass mason jars to improve the quality
Note: If the buds ever feel moist, leave the lids off for an hour until buds feel dry, then continue curing. This prevents mold or bacteria from growing.
Why Is My Weed Weak? (And How to Fix It) So you grew some cannabis, and unfortunately, it’s not as potent as you would have liked. Perhaps you aren’t getting much of an effect, or even worse you