Shopping at different cannabis dispensaries in my local areas allows me to be genuinely particular about the quality of weed I smoke. I’ve learned the producers, strains and even grow methods that I prefer. There are subtle differences in indoor grown and sungrown cannabis. There is entirely a noticeable elevation in flavor, effects and even the burn of the bud when the plant has been allowed to fully mature! Proper cultivation and processing methods are seriously pressing. I am willing to pay more for top shelf flower that is free of sticks and seeds. I don’t want to see any hint of webs that might indicate spider mites or fuzzy mold. I look for dense buds that give a texture somewhere in-between sticky and dry and crumbly. The weed needs to have a vibrant green color, possibly with flecks of red, and bright yellow pistils. If the hair-like pistils are white, I know the weed was harvested prematurely. If they are a brownish-gray, the marijuana is most likely old. There needs to be an abundance of mushroom-shaped, crystal-like trichomes. Those tiny trichomes are where the cannabinoids and terpenes are found, giving the weed its potency, flavor and smell. I always provide the dried flower the sniff test. The smell of cannabis is unmistakable; Because of the terpenes, the flower can be dank, diesel, citrusy or peppery in smell. It should never smell like hay or have a musty smell. I have been seriously pleased with the level of flower I’ve bought from the local dispensaries. I’ve discovered some genuinely amazing strains.