I am rather particular about the quality of cannabis flower I’m willing to purchase. I’ve checked out all of the local dispensaries in Ann Arbor, looking for premium smokable bud. There is a wide range of brands and strains and not all of them are top-shelf. The smokable flower is actually the bud of the female plant. It needs to be allowed to fully mature before being harvested and dried. The dried flower should include hair-like pistils that are a bright orange color. If they are white, the bud has been picked too early. If they are gray, the weed is old. I also look for a complexity of colors. The weed should be a vivid green with flecks of purples, blues, reds and oranges. There should be an abundance of crystal-like trichomes covering the surface. These trichomes contain the cannabinoids and terpenes. A plentfiul supply means a higher potency of THC and richer terpenes. The terpenes are responsible for the flavor and taste of the cannabis. They also influence effects. I prefer a citrusy tast and smell. I enjoy creating my own joints and blunts. I’ve gotten quite good at the rolling process. There are few things more relaxing or enjoyable than lighting a hand-rolled joint, inhaling and enjoying the rapid onset of effects. The effects typically set in within a couple of minutes.There are flower strains that promote relaxation, a good night’s sleep and mellowing out. There are others that increase energy and creativity. I am open to trying indicas, sativas and hybrids of every potency and flavor. I never know when I’ll come across my new favorite strain.