There are hundreds of cannabis flower strains grown by thousands of cultivators.
I am searching for the ideal strains to best suit my chemistry and preferences.
I visit recreational cannabis dispensaries all around the Denver area and usually ask for recommendations from a budtender. I am very particular about the quality of the bud that I purchase. While there are lots of options for consumption methods, I prefer smoking dried and cured blooms. Due to the THC content, the flowers are intoxicating. The level of THC determines the euphoric potency. There are options with lower THC percentages and higher CBD content that offer medicinal benefits with a less intense high. I don’t have a problem with the psychoactive effects. I’m sometimes interested in mellowing out and relaxing and sometimes focused on getting energized and boosting my mood. The various strains of flower offer unique characteristics that let me know if it’s a top-shelf product or sub par. I always check for crystal-like trichomes coating the surface of the bud. The more trichomes, the higher the THC content. Flower that has been properly dried and cured will provide an abundant coating of the glistening little pearls. The weed should be a vibrant green, possibly with flecks of orange, purple or blue. The more complex the colors the better. The hair-like pistils should be a bright orange or red. If they are white, the plant was harvested too soon. If they are brown, the weed could be old or contaminated with mold or pesticides. Any sign of white threads can indicate spider mites, and I stay away from it. I’ve been quite satisfied with the purity of the flower I’ve purchased at the Denver dispensaries. There’s never any seeds and seldom any stems or sticks.