When you browse the shelves of The Farmacy Santa Barbara, it’s clear that cannabis today can take more forms than ever. Extracts, edibles, concentrates, oils, capsules, tinctures, hash, creams, vape pods— the list only seems to grow.
But what about the OG form of cannabis— the flower? With so many different ways to buy and enjoy cannabis, it’s worth taking a moment to focus on weed in its most natural form. What exactly is cannabis flower, and how can you be more informed about making sure you’re buying quality flower that will suit your unique needs?
Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis flower.
What is Cannabis Flower?
When you hear the word ‘flower,’ you probably picture images of brightly colored petals splayed out in a symmetrical sunburst shape— like the daisies in your front garden. But cannabis flowers aren’t exactly flowers in the traditional sense of the word.
Flower is the most commonly used term for the part of a cannabis plant that’s smoked. It’s the rich part of the plant where all of the trichomes containing cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and more) and terpenes (the oils that give cannabis its different aromas and tastes) are found. The word ‘bud’ is synonymous with ‘flower’ when talking about cannabis.
While cannabis flower can look different depending on the strain and type of plant, they generally are greenish and/or brownish in color, sometimes with hints of purple, and look like densely packed little pods of goodness— which they are.
What Makes One Flower Different from Another?
While ‘cannabis’ is the catch-all term for any plant in the genus cannabis under the Cannabaceae family of plants, there are two distinct species— cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. Within these two species, there are hundreds of different strains created when cannabis growers breed different plants together to achieve desired properties. This can result in what are known as hybrid strains, or strains that have both sativa and indica properties.
These different strains all result in flowers with different properties. These can range from differences in appearance to, more importantly, differences in THC or CBD content, terpene profiles, and type of high.
The way cannabis flower is grown, cared for, cut, and packaged has a massive impact on whether a customer ends up with a great cannabis experience or a subpar one.
What Does Quality Flower Look (and Smell) Like?
While the quality of a cannabis flower ultimately comes down to whether it gives you what you’re specifically looking for— the flavor/aroma profile, cannabinoid and terpene content, and type of high or wellness benefits you want— there are some general traits that can help you determine whether a flower is quality or not.
Quality cannabis can often be visually identified by its color profile. In general, high-quality cannabis buds have a greater range of colors than low-quality flower. This is because their trichome content is higher, resulting in colors that go beyond basic green to sometimes include purple, orange, and more. These first-class buds will feature a coat of sugary resin where the terpenes and cannabinoids are found.
You can also smell quality cannabis. It will feature a potent symphony of aromas that stand out from the rest. When ground up, quality cannabis should break apart easily without turning into dust. When burnt, its ashes should be white rather than black.
Measuring Flower Size & Weight
Generally, cannabis flowers are measured in grams and ounces. One gram is usually the smallest serving you’ll see listed, followed by an eighth ounce (often simply called an eighth), a quarter ounce, a half ounce, and then one 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
If you’re looking to experience high-quality cannabis flower for yourself, one of the best California-based growers in the market is Glass House Farms. They’ve established themselves as a go-to grower thanks to their passion for the highest quality cannabis strains grown in the best possible conditions for maximum quality and potency. 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 The Farmacy SB. Get yours today and experience the highest level of cannabis flower quality for yourself.
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