What is Cannabis Flower?
If you’re a green cannabis user, you’ve likely heard the term ‘cannabis flower’ or ‘flower’, and maybe you’re unsure what that means. If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place. In this post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about cannabis flower.
What is Cannabis Flower?
Flower is the most prevalent form of cannabis because it is extremely versatile and can be consumed in a broad spectrum of ways, from smoking it in a pipe or joint, vaped, or consumed as edibles. Cannabis flower, also known as bud, is the smokeable, trichome-covered part of the female cannabis plant.
Forms of Flower
Cannabis flower comes in different forms, including:
Loose flower refers to buds on their own that have not been rolled or processed. Loose flower can be purchased in a dispensary and usually comes in a jar or sealed bag. Once the flower is harvested from the cannabis plant, it is then dried, cured, and ground in order to make it as easy to consume as possible. Once the flower is ground, the user has the choice to roll it in a joint, pack it in a bong, or use it in homemade edibles.
You can also buy and consume flower via pre-rolled joints. This is an extremely convenient way to consume cannabis that doesn’t require any additional grinding, packing, or rolling.
Ways to Smoke Flower
There are several methods to smoke flower, including:
- Joints and blunts
- Pipes and bongs
- Vaporizers, or ‘vapes’
Dispensaries these days organize their cannabis by quality. As with any product, the quality of flower fluctuates into the following categories:
This category of flower is the best cannabis a dispensary offers. Oftentimes, dispensaries cultivate and harvest their own Private Reserve flower.
This term refers to bud that’s high quality, just not as good as Private Reserve. Terms to describe this tier of cannabis include loud, artisanal, chronic, fire, and piff. Growing top-quality cannabis requires detailed care and attention, and meticulous harvesting — this is why the top-shelf flower is more expensive than other kinds. Top shelf growers focus on quality over quantity.
Bottom shelf is used to describe low-quality herb. It’s also known as brick weed, dirt weed, popcorn, ditch weed, and popcorn. Bottom-shelf cannabis is old, contains seeds and stems, and has a harsh taste when it is combusted. Bottom shelf cannabis is usually brown and doesn’t have the robust aroma of higher quality products.
Signs of Flower Degradation
If you want to make sure your flower is not degrading, watch out for:
- Changing or fading color: Exuberant cannabis is bright green, purple, and/or orange. But over time, it will wilt into lumps of rust and khaki green.
- Smell: Unattended cannabis left in a jar will produce a rather unpleasant aroma over time. Exposing the cannabis to fresh oxygen should be enough to flush the container of its fermented air.
- Taste: The taste of cannabis and how it feels in your mouth are quite different than fresh flower.
We hope this post was a helpful guide on the basics of cannabis flower. For any other questions related to cannabis, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today.