In reality, purchasing cannabis buds online or in dispensaries is not always satisfying because the weed quality is oftenly uneven. The worst thing that can happen is you’ve done your research, you know which strain of cannabis you want and you found a dispensary close to your home, but it ends up you spending your hard-earned money on some bud that turns out to be worse than you could ever imagine. 

In fact, bad quality weed can be harmful for your body, so it is very important to know the difference between good quality weed and bad quality weed. This blog will teach you seven simple tips for evaluating weed from appearance. 


1. Hairs & Leaves 

One of the easiest ways to tell the difference is to look for leaves and hairs. Leafy buds are not good, as they are usually less potent. The less haris your weed has, the better quality weed is. Look for weed with very little stems, steeds or sticks. 

2. Dryness 

After the cannabis flowers are harvested, it generally takes 7-12 days to dry, and more sophisticated cultivators will go through another curing process, which is similar to the brewing process to highlight the unique flavor of cannabis and turn harsh buds into a smooth and delicious smoke. However, if the cannabis flower on your hand is very fresh, the humidity is very high, or even it is not easy to burn, it means that the seller has completely omitted the above steps. Such cannabis flower is not only less than the actual weight, but also likely to be moldy. 

3. Seeds

Cannabis Seeds

Some cannabis seeds will appear in the buds, which is not a good sign. Seeded buds indicate that male cannabis pollen was received during the planting process, which would switch the nutrients originally used to make cannabinoids to seeds, resulting in a significant drop in cannabinoids in the buds. If it is not for the purpose of deliberately multiplying the seeds, this situation is simply a mistake in planting. Even worse, they can have a tendency to explode when set on fire. 

4. Color

Cured Cannabis Evaluate Cannabis Buds

In general, well-treated cannabis buds should be green, and some have a yellowish-green color, which are considered standard. If the color is blue-violet, it might be caused by either a cold or hot planting environment. The most unacceptable are the brown, earthy colors, they are likely to be improperly treated after harvesting. It is also likely to contain chemicals, mold and pesticides, that being said, it’s not worth spending money on them.

5. Compactness

Some people think that the tighter the cannabis bud, the better, but it is not absolutely true. Under natural planting conditions, cannabis varieties - fertilization, lighting, CO2 and other conditions can all affect the bud density at harvest. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the tighter the better, because black market or low shelf cannabis is also very compact in vacuum packaging.

6. Trichome Count (Crystallization) 

The crystals on the cannabis bud are part of the whole cannabinoid. If the crystallization remains intact, it means that the cannabis flower is in a fresh state, and the content of cannabinoid will also be more than that of the cannabis bud without crystal. How to tell if there are crystals on the buds? The more crystals you weed has, the more sticky to the touch it is. 

7. Taste


Good cannabis smells like a strong herb. It will slowly fade after a long time. If it has a moldy smell, it must be poorly preserved.

There are many ways to observe cannabis. Paying more attention to it can avoid buying bad quality cannabis. Hopefully a fully-legalization for cannabis can bring the overall quality to the desired level. 

Wish you all the best finding the right cannabis you love!