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Picking Great Bud:  Red Hairs and Glitter Say a Lot

Picking great marijuana can be as easy as visiting a dispensary with a reputation for selling great bud, but sometimes that can be easier said than done.  Marijuana is an agricultural product, and just like our fruits and veggies, sometimes the crop isn’t picked at the perfect time and quality suffers.  Picking too early or too late can affect the flavor, THC and cannabinoid content and high of the finished product.  So how can a marijuana consumer tell if the pot they’re buying was picked at its peak?  One way is to take a good hard look at the bud before you buy it.  A bud will say a lot about its life in its appearance.  In determining if it was picked at the right time there are two main things to look for, red hairs and glitter.

Red hair

Mentioning hair in pot makes many potheads remember the old days when picking dog hair out of the baggie was a part of rolling a joint.  But red hair in marijuana can be a great sign.  If a bud is covered in red hair, that is a great indicator that it was left on the plant until it was done developing, which means the percentages of THC and cannabinoids will be higher than if it had been harvested early. 

There are a couple of important notes concerning red hair in marijuana.  First, not all strains have the ability to produce as much red hair as others.  These “hairs” are actually part of the cannabis flower, and just like many flowers, different varieties produce different color variations.  Some strains of pot produce these red “hairs” while others have smaller, and harder to see, hair.  Second, these hair parts can also indicate a bud that was picked too late and started to lose quality and THC content.  If the hairs seem particularly withered or brittle, another strain may be your best bet this time around unless you can grab it on discount, like day old bread.

Glitter

We are not talking about that movie about the singer.  Glitter, as in the sparkly, shiny stuff that envelopes each and every nook and cranny of a good bud.  Mother nature’s greatest marketing tool ever – a glittery bud and a few well aimed LED lights, and everyone will come and buy your beautiful and irresistible buds.  And if those buds are coated in glitter, then they very well should go and buy those buds! 

The glitter on marijuana is actually the trichrome and home to the volatile oils that make the plant what it is -  the oils that make up live resin.  Get up close and personal with a bud sometime and check these little gems out.  Each and every one of those sparkly little dots is really a tiny little bubble of the good stuff.  THC, cannabinol, and other active chemicals are carried and housed in these bubbles of oil.  When marijuana has lots of these bubbles left on it in the pot shop, this means a couple of things.  It means that the bud was allowed to mature to a point where it produced a lot of this oil, which means it should be stronger.  It also means that it was not allowed to stand in the field too long and loose vital potency.  But lots of glitter left on the bud also means that it was cured and handled with care and that its at least fairly fresh.  As pot sits around and dries out, so do these oils, making even the best weed loose quality and glitter if not stored properly. 

When shopping for your favorite strains of marijuana at your local dispensary remember to keep one eye open for red hairs and glitter.  Better than thumping a melon, these are two tried and true indicators of mature, high quality marijuana that is sure to provide the high you are looking for at great cannasaver prices

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Medical vs Recreational Weed

Posted by CANNASaver on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 in

Many countries and US states are legalizing cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use. If you’re wondering what the difference between recreational vs. medical cannabis… the biggest difference is ultimately the needs of the user.

When talking about medical marijuana, it’s about using the whole plant or the cannabinoids within it to alleviate or help improve symptoms of certain medical issues such as epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer.

On the other hand, recreational marijuana is used for reasons that are not medical. Recreational users use marijuana for personal pleasure and enjoyment, or to relieve stress and anxiety. Although recreational users may also seek the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, they don’t require it in the same sense as medical users. 

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Differences Between Medical vs Recreational Weed

THC/CBD levels

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Recreational marijuana usually has more THC content than medical cannabis. Those who use cannabis for recreational purposes usually seek the ‘high’ that comes with smoking cannabis. This is why you’ll find that recreational strains tend to have a higher THC content compared to medical strains. But that’s not to say recreational users don’t love CBD. 

Medical cannabis contains a higher Cannabidiol or CBD content than the recreational type. This compound found in the cannabis plant doesn’t make you ‘high’. CBD is popular for relieving pain and easing symptoms from various medical conditions. CBD is also scientifically proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. It can also produce a calming effect that can balance the anxiety-inducing effects of THC. 

Legalization

Today, fourteen states have legalized cannabis for recreational use with sixteen states decriminalizing the substance. The public understanding of cannabis has led to a decrease in the stigma associated with it, especially around medical usage. However, it’s important to know the rules surrounding cannabis for specific states as cannabis is fully illegal in some states such as Alabama and Kansas. Getting caught with cannabis in these states can come with hefty fines and even jail time. 

To obtain medical marijuana, you must obtain a recommendation from your doctor. The doctor must determine if you have a qualifying condition to access medical marijuana. This recommendation must be renewed regularly and you must be 18 to purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. In some cases, legal access is granted for minors who suffer from chronic illness. Patients may also be allowed to grow their own cannabis plants.

Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize recreational cannabis for some adults. Today recreational cannabis is legal in several states including Alaska, Arizona, and Maine. In the states where it is legal, you need to be over 21 to purchase recreational cannabis from dispensaries. Recreational users, (depending on where you live) can also choose to grow their own cannabis plant. However, the allowed scale of crops is much smaller than those of medical users.

Price

When it comes to the price difference between medical and recreational cannabis, many factors come into play. Although In most cases, medical marijuana users will pay less than their recreational counterparts. 

Medical cannabis is usually priced and taxed lower than the recreational kind. Because medical cannabis is not assisted or covered by most insurance companies, legal states keep taxes low to ensure it’s accessibility to those who need it. Additionally, medical cannabis doesn’t experience the same retail markup as the recreational kind. Cannabis sold for recreational use is subject to price fluctuations depending on market conditions and supply.

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Quality

When talking about quality, it’s all about where you’re getting your weed from. You can find both quality recreational and medical cannabis from reputable dispensaries or growers. 

Medical and recreational cannabis undergo the same growing process, the differences are in its cultivation and production. Medical cannabis undergoes a strict and controlled process before it’s available to patients and is usually grown indoors. 

Recreational cannabis can be grown indoors and outdoors, however, the environment is less controlled and monitored. Additionally, some recreational plants might have higher levels of pesticides, as it is not strictly regulated like medical cannabis. This is not to say recreational cannabis isn’t safe, you just need to get your weed from a reputable and trustworthy source.

Benefits and Availability

There are a variety of products emerging from the cannabis industry, both medical and recreational. From topicals, oils, candies, and beverages. There are so many new options for users to consume cannabis without actually smoking it. 

One thing about the medical cannabis industry is that it offers a wider scope of products because many of those who use medical marijuana usually opt for smoking alternatives. Alternatives include tinctures, capsules, topicals, and food products. Medical products also have higher concentrations of CBD because of their pain-relieving effects.

Although many recreational users enjoy the ‘high’ they get from cannabis, they also realize the benefits of products with higher CBD levels. Many recreational users turn to cannabis to ease symptoms of anxiety or depression and seek products with CBD to offset the psychoactive effects of THC, which can be known to induce symptoms of anxiety.

Cannabis overall can produce feelings of calm and ease, so no wonder why those who have trouble relaxing turn to the plant to alleviate their symptoms. As recreational cannabis usage becomes less stigmatized, the scope of products offered for recreational is also broadening. It won’t be long from now until we start seeing an influx of new and innovative products hit the shelves at our local dispensaries. 

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Recreational and Medical Weed Deals from Cannasaver

Despite slight differences, there is a tremendous overlap between recreational and medicinal cannabis. The biggest one being that we all love the plant, whether it’s for therapeutic or euphoric effects - or even both! Make sure to check out our latest deals on BOTH medical and recreational marijuana in a variety of product types. Here at Cannasaver, we always have the right kind of deals for you.

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