If you’ve ever smoked marijuana, chances are, you’ve encountered at least one low-quality strain. This is to be expected since you’ll never come across two marijuana harvests that are identical. The quality of bud depends on various factors including the condition of the grow, the general strain quality and the care provided to the plant during and after the harvest.
You might think that low-quality weed will carry a low price tag. Wrong! Some disreputable suppliers will try to pass off their garbage by selling it at the kind of price associated with medium or even high-quality marijuana. Fortunately, it isn’t difficult to spot low-quality weed before parting with your cash. Here are a few things to watch out for.
Decent quality marijuana buds will have an easily identifiable smell which indicates a high level of terpenes. In contrast, low-quality weed either smells of hay or has no discernible scent. This is a clear sign that the cannabis was poorly grown and/or cured. When looking for a sativa strain, check for sharp citrus notes. For an indica strain, check for a coffee or chocolate scent.
The type of strain dictates the structure. Sativa buds are typically light and fluffy whereas indica buds are dense and tight. In poorly grown indicas, you will notice visible stems and incomplete buds which make them look more like sativas.
While cannabis strains have different colors, they should be some shade of green. It is important to note that some high-quality buds have tinges of pink, blue or even purple so don’t discount any marijuana containing those colors. However, if you notice that a bud’s color is majority tan, red, brown or yellowish, steer clear because it clearly came from an unhealthy plant. You should also avoid any buds that have a ‘bleached white’ color because they have ‘light burn.’
High-quality cannabis is loaded with ripe trichomes, and you can distinguish the trichome density pretty easily. Buds that have a ‘frosty’ appearance are covered in trichomes, and they sparkle like tiny crystals. Low-quality cannabis will have little or no trichome coverage.
You should also check for trichome ‘ripeness,’ but you will need a magnifying glass or a similar tool. With this device, look at the ‘heads’ of the trichomes. If they are white, you have a high-quality strain. If the heads are clear, the plant was harvested too early, and if they are entirely amber, the plant was harvested too late.
General Low-Quality Marijuana Strain Information
There is still a plethora of mass-produced junk on the market which is also known as ‘Schwag,’ ‘Dirt Weed’ or ‘Ditch Weed.’ Not only is it produced in bulk, but the weed is also grown in poor conditions. You can easily spot this kind of rubbish by following the tips above, and it is imperative that you do. This type of low-grade marijuana is filled with pesticides and heavy metals and is about as harmful as cigarettes!
The main reason for the poor quality is because the plant is improperly cured and dried and it is much older than its high-grade counterpart. Aged marijuana is high in CBN which is a low-quality breakdown of THC. If your goal is to get high, you won’t succeed with this kind of cannabis!
If all of the above isn’t bad enough, low-grade weed will certainly lead to several coughing fits. Here is a quick overview of low-quality marijuana:
- Contains seeds.
- Crumbles easily because it is so dry.
- Has a brown or reddish color with little or no green.
- Poorly trimmed and manicured.
- Not dense.
- Contains little in the way of trichomes.
- Is incredibly harsh to smoke, causes coughing fits and a pain in the chest.
- Has a weak or musty smell.
Contains residual pesticides, mold, mildew and possibly heavy metals.
Now that you know what to look out for in low-quality marijuana strains, let’s check out five of the worst.
Please remember that this is our personal opinion
1 – Chronic (The Rapper’s Favorite Marijuana Strain)
Chronic was a major favorite amongst rap stars in the 1990s. It was made popular by the likes of Dr. Dre and was considered high-class weed at a time when most people only had access to stem and seeds skunk. Fast forward 20 years and it’s clear that this strain (with a THC content of up to 20%) no longer passes muster.
It is a hybrid strain and originated as a cross between Skunk, Northern Lights, and AK47. To be fair, the modern version of Chronic is vastly superior to the decades-old rubbish that veteran smokers had to contend with but even today, it gives you cotton eye and dry mouth.
2 – Mango Pina (The Forgotten Marijuana Strain)
Mango Pina was another 90s favorite and the mango cannabis strain has been around since the 1960s. Today, you’ll find that such strains have been crossed with KC33 and that’s what you’ll find when you look for a mango marijuana.
However, the Mango Pina strain from the old days tasted pretty good but was weak as hell. At best, you’ll have a somewhat relaxed state of mind, but you never felt as if it was worth the effort frankly.
3 – Violator Kush (The Bizarrely Flavorless Marijuana Strain)
According to experienced smokers, avoid all crossbreeds referred to as Violator Kush; truer words were never spoken! It has a THC level of up to 23% and a CBD level of 2%. This Indica dominant (80%) hybrid is supposed to reward users with a spicy, pungent earthy aroma, and at over 20% THC, one would expect a pretty good buzz.
Instead, you end up with a relatively flavorless bud that feels as if you’re inhaling broken glass. If you’re lucky you’ll end up being talkative but droopy red eyes means that sleep isn’t far away. Overall, if Violator Kush doesn’t have OG, it isn’t worth your cash.
4 – Madman OG (The Marijuana Strain That Causes the Jitters)
This is a hybrid strain that is supposed to alleviate cramps, chronic pain, hypertension, and headaches but it is one of the most likely types of marijuana to be grown poorly according to the various reviews we’ve read.
It has a THC level of 19% but also contains 1% CBN which, as we mentioned above, is a red flag. You should never smoke Madman OG for anxiety (the name is a giveaway surely) because it only makes matters worse and it also gives people a case of the jitters.
5 – Top 44 (The Sedative Marijuana Strain)
One would expect a lot more from Top 44 since it was created by the breeders at Nirvana Seeds. It is probably harsh to place this strain in a ‘worst of’ list but we are taking into account the level of disappointment users will feel afterward.
With a THC content of 8-15%, Top 44 won’t do much for experienced smokers, and as it is an indica dominant hybrid (90%), the best you can hope for is a solution to your insomnia. Overall, the long-awaited intense body buzz doesn’t really materialize and you wonder why you bothered.
Final Thought on Low-Quality Marijuana Strains
Whether you like it or not, you have to pay decent money if you want the kind of marijuana that makes you love life. However, you should never make a purchasing decision based on price alone, just in case, the seller is trying to pull a fast one.
Take your time to inspect the weed to ensure it passes the color, trichomes, smell and structure tests, along with any other criteria you have established. While many readers will disagree with the above list, we feel as if those strains either disappointed or failed to deliver on what they promised. When in doubt about the quality of a marijuana strain, you can’t beat the old-fashioned smoke test!