High Grade vs. Mids vs. Low Grade
Can you tell the difference between high grade and low quality? Would you be able to differentiate mids from everything else?
Well, first of all, if the language in those questions confused you, don't worry. We're going to break down (pun intended) the different kinds of marijuana when it comes to quality and give you tips on how to pick out the better from the best.
Let's start with the bottom of the barrel. Low grade quality cannabis is usually transported in brick form - which is not the natural state in which the flower is grown and picked. The end result will be a mixture of stems, shake (flower ground to dust) and compressed flower. Low grade flower will most likely be less colorful than the flowers you see in pictures that you dream about getting your hands on. Hues of light green and gray are common.
Low grade will have a strong, earthy aroma and taste and has the tendency to be quite harsh. Usually dry, the concentration of cannabinoids is likely to be very low and due to the handling and storage. There is a high percentage of CBN, which is responsible for the sedating effect as well as the degradation of THC.
If you smoke low grade, it's not terrible. You will still feel effects such as being sleepy, relaxed and mellow. However, it is not uncommon to experience headaches after consumption. The one benefit to low grade is the price - it's usually extremely cheaper than other grades which means you get more for your money.
Moving on to the middle shelf - also know as reggie, regs or mids. Most domestically grown American cannabis lands in this category due to quick-to-market techniques. Growers (& there are many) who conduct improper flushing of nutrients, quick curing methods, and sloppy trim jobs produce mids. Flowers that have grown to the potential of a middle shelf have the tendency to have a purple tinge, moderate flavor profiles, and sugary trichomes.
Pricing is pretty standard with mid shelf flowers however it isn't uncommon to receive bulk pricing when purchasing ⁄4 or more at a time.
The best of the best doesn't come cheap! And for many reasons, you'll understand why. Top shelf - a.k.a high grade, nugs are colorful, pungent and coated with sugary trichomes. High grade nugs are usually dense and thick from advanced CO2 levels during the flowering cycle. The trichomes should be sticky to touch without being moist or wet. It will not break down into a pile of dust, but into a fluffy pile. Seeds are rare to find in a these batches - so keep it and possibly grow your own if you find one! When smoking top shelf, the flowers leave behind a white ash. Black ash is a signal that there is excess moisture in your flowers