From edibles and capsules to oils and centrates, tinctures and creams to vape pods and hash, there have never been more ways to enjoy cannabis.
But sometimes, it’s important to get back to basics and give some love to cannabis in its original, most natural form— the flower. Cannabis flower is often misunderstood, so why not take a moment to learn a little bit about what cannabis flower is, what separates one from the other, and how to know you’ve chosen the best.
Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis flower.
What is Cannabis Flower?
Cannabis flower isn’t the type of flower you might expect to see growing in a rose garden. In fact, it’s technically not a flower at all, but an infructescence— a fancy name for the fruit section of a female plant. That’s right, cannabis flower has more in common with a pineapple than a daisy.
Cannabis flower, also known as bud, is the rich, densely packed part of the plant that contains the majority of what makes cannabis worth consuming. It’s here that you’ll find the cannabinoids like THC and CBD that give cannabis its effects, as well as the terpenes that give it its unique aromas and flavors.
Cannabis flowers are usually predominantly green, though they can feature a wide range of other colors depending largely on their trichome content. You’ll find them growing between the leaves of mature cannabis plants.
What Makes One Flower Different from Another?
We use cannabis to describe all of the products that come from the cannabis plant, but there’s actually significant variety in these plants and the flower they produce. In fact, there are currently over 700 strains of cannabis, each with its own distinct traits and benefits.
Each cannabis strain has its own properties, from how it looks to the kind of high it delivers, its cannabinoid content, the terpenes that give it a distinct aroma and flavor, and the type of high it delivers.
So, with all this variety, how do you know that you’re getting a quality cannabis flower when you purchase some for yourself?
What Does Quality Flower Look (and Smell) Like?
The truth is that there’s really only one factor that determines whether a cannabis flower is quality or not— if it gives you what you’re looking for out of cannabis, then it’s perfect for you! That said, when shopping for cannabis there are some key things to look out for to help identify quality flower as opposed to cheap, poorly grown and produced flower.
Let’s start with what quality flower looks like. While there’s no catch-all rule for how cannabis should look, subpar cannabis flower is usually mostly monochrome, with little variety in color from basic hues of green. Quality flower, on the other hand, tends to be loaded with color— greens, purples, oranges, and more. This is often a sign of higher trichome content, which is where cannabinoids and terpenes are richest.
You can also identify high-end cannabis based on its aroma. There’s no one ‘weed’ smell, as quality strains will feature a beautiful range of notes and aromas that add up to something beautiful and distinct.
Measuring Flower Size & Weight
There are basic standards that are used within the cannabis industry for measuring cannabis, and understanding them will help you be more informed when buying cannabis buds for yourself.
Cannabis is usually measured in grams and ounces. It can be purchased by the gram, by the eighth ounce (often known simply as ‘an eighth’), quarter ounce, half ounce, and one full ounce.
In California, the most cannabis you can possess at any one time is 28.5 grams, which is roughly equivalent to one ounce. This refers to the weight of the cannabis flower itself, not counting packaging, rolling paper, or other peripheral materials.
Glass House Farms: An Example of Quality Cannabis Flower
Glass House Farms is one of our favorite examples of quality cannabis flower. This California-based grower has made a name for itself with a dedication to quality, sustainable growing methods, and innovation when it comes to creating the best strains available on the market.
With their greenhouse approach to growing, they’re able to capture and reuse all water runoff, harness the natural power of the coastal sun and prevent damaging insects without the use of pesticides.
Glass House Farms just unveiled their Grower’s Choice series of flowers, featuring three strains that represent the absolute pinnacle of quality in aroma, flavor, potency, quality of high, and overall experience.
You can experience the quality of Grower’s Choice flowers right now by purchasing them at Bud and Bloom. Get yours today and experience the highest level of cannabis flower quality for yourself.
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