mid weed plants

Mid weed plants

For those not living in weed-friendly states, it can be exciting to get your hands on any kind of cannabis, regardless of the quality. Grateful, you puff and praise the universe for sending such a thoughtful gift your way. Oftentimes, ganja comes crumpled up in cigarette box cellophane or bundled in a sandwich baggie. A delivery service may also bring clear plastic cubes decorated with cartoon stickers and made-up strain names. When you’re lucky, though, a friend gifts you precious flower from an underground grow.

Without access to legal, regulated retail cannabis, you may have very little control over what you consume, no idea about pesticides, cannabinoid percentages, and terpene profiles, and little insight on what defines quality. To assist with this, we assembled this guide to help you decipher the difference between low-, mid-, and high-quality bud.

High-Quality Weed

Craft cannabis, artisanal, top shelf, piff, fire, chronic, headies, kind, loud are some of the terms you may hear when talking about the diggity dank. Boasting a vibrant spectrum of color (deep hues of red, purple, green, blue, pink and orange), high-quality chronic features prominent cannabinoid and terpene profiles, pronounced translucent trichomes, complex aromas, powerful flavors and attention to detail in every aspect—from cultivation, to curing, to trimming.

Artisanal growers use house-crafted compost teas, living soil, organic nutrients, and zero chemicals and employ techniques like glass-curing and hand-trimming with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Even quality outdoor sungrown can qualify as piff when cultivated by a knowledgeable grower. In fact, certain outdoor sungrown cannabis can be so good, machine-trimmed nugs may still qualify as fire. Hand-trimmed headies will be easy on the eyes, showcasing intact structure and geometry, letting you know that handlers have exercised extreme care and love out of reverence for the plant. Attention to detail and careful trimming ensures you’re receiving product with as many trichomes as possible, since that’s where the goodness lives. Preserve these nugs in a cannabis humidor, or a kief box and grind them using a kief catcher. Accumulated pollen is kief, a precursor to rosin and hash.

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The effects of craft cannabis are diverse, spiritual, medicinal, and quite potent. A trained nose can take one sniff and identify whether a sticky, dense bud is high in myrcene, pinene, or limonene. Tests and aromas indicating a robust and well-rounded terpene profile hint to a master cultivator producing bud that’s balanced, complex, and most enjoyable when consumed. Premium cannabis can soar in price, but it doesn’t have to be spendy. Prices vary by dispensary, grower, and city. Finding a seed is rare, so if you do, keep it. Grow it when you’re legally able.

Low-Quality Weed, Shwag, Dirt Weed

Low quality cannabis (a.k.a. shwag, dirt weed, brick weed, ditch weed, popcorn, bottom shelf, and shake) is brownish with hints of green. Usually compressed into bricks for transit, you’ll find a mix of of seeds, stems, and shake as well as dry, compacted nugs. Once you tease a single bud out of the bunch, you’ll notice that it’s light and leafy, lacking girth, like picking up old dead sticks and leaves out of the dirt.

On the nose, shwag is generally earthy and pungent, often tasting harsh and spicy. Cannabinoid concentration is usually quite low due to improper environmental controls such as superfluous heat, causing the buds to bloom prematurely. There are no bulbous, glittery trichomes present in low-grade cannabis.

Due to harsh environmental elements and improper handling, curing, and storage, bottom-shelf bud often tests high in cannabinol (CBN), a result of THC deterioration; when THC oxidizes, it transforms into CBN. Cannabis high in CBN causes marked drowsiness and sedation, not much elevation. By keeping your low-quality nugs in an airtight receptacle, you can slow down the degenerative process a bit. While high concentrations of CBN may be a sign your dirt weed was mishandled before it reached you, there are some benefits to this underappreciated, low-psychoactive cannabinoid, like pain relief and appetite stimulation. CBN also reduces inflammation and combats insomnia.

On the downside, the lack of care typically results in contamination from pesticides, mildew, mold, and insects. Brick weed may induce headaches or other unpleasant side effects. Buyer beware. The good news? Low prices.

Know how to identify each tier of weed.

Why You Should Grow Cannabis in a Mid-Size Tent

Looking to grow a few ounces to a pound of weed indoors? Then this article is for you! Since you’re here, I imagine you’re thinking about setting up a new grow space. I’ve grown in a bunch of different places in various homes, and I wanted to share my experience with you.

You’re probably wondering, “Where should I grow?” The most common options are a closet, a room, a basement, an attic, a garage, or a spare bathroom.

These are great choices, but instead of growing plants in the open air, I think most people growing for personal use would be happiest with a mid-size tent. This size tent accommodates many popular grow lights and can grow up to about a pound of cannabis per harvest (a mid-size grow tent has dimensions of 2’x4′ or 3’x3′ with a height of 5′-6′).

I like grow tents for growing cannabis because…

  • Cheap – A grow tent usually costs less than building a grow space from scratch and can be set up in an afternoon.
  • Instant Grow Space – Place a grow tent almost anywhere to create an instant contained grow space that’s reflective, waterproof (protect your floors!), and light-proof. They also can be placed almost anywhere, including inside a closet, room, basement, attic, etc.
  • Easy to Cool – Just add a decent exhaust fan to easily vent heat and ensure great air circulation.
  • No Smells – A grow tent can be set up with a carbon filter to prevent anyone from smelling plants outside the grow area. It can be difficult to contain smells in an open room and using fragrances or perfumes can affect the taste of buds.
  • Protect Buds – Buds are very sticky and it’s easy for them to hold onto hair, fur, dust, and other random stuff floating in the air. A grow tent has mesh intake holes, which prevents a lot of standard debris from getting near your buds. The mesh intake holes also help protect plants from any bugs or spiders randomly crawling on your plants.

This is the grow tent I’m currently using: TopoLite 2’x4’x6′ (0.6mx1.2mx1.8m)

Recommended Tent for 3’x3’x6′ size: CoolGrows 36″x36″x72″

Why these particular grow tents?

  • TopoLite Brand – The main reason I’m using this brand is because they’re one of the few companies that offer a 2’x4’x6′ size grow tent. With only 2′ of depth you can easily reach all of your plants, and 6′ is usually plenty of height even if your plants get taller than expected. There’s nothing particularly special about the TopoLite tents, but they come with all the standard features and are relatively cheap. Additionally, as of this writing, their tents are all available via Amazon Prime. This is a big plus for me. I like the free 2-day shipping and the fact that Amazon will return any item for any reason without a hassle.
  • CoolGrows Tents – CoolGrows tents are just generally higher quality than the TopoLite tents. They don’t have any extra features but they feel sturdier and have stronger zippers. The two downsides are that CoolGrows doesn’t offer a 2’x4’x6′ size (yet) and their tents aren’t available from Amazon Prime. If you can find the size you want and don’t mind ordering from a third-party seller, a CoolGrows tent is a great choice.

These grow tents support grow lights like:

  • 250W HPS grow light – up to 9 oz harvest
  • Small Quantum Board – up to 10 oz harvest
  • 315 LEC Grow Light – up to 10 oz harvest (unless you follow my 315 LEC “grow a pound” method)
  • 400W HPS Grow Light – up to 14 oz harvest

Example Plants Grown in This Size Tent

8 plants under 315 LEC in 2’x4’x5′ grow tent – Harvested 497.23 g (17.5 oz or over a pound!) of quality bud

Same size tent with a 250W HPS produced a plant that yielded 6.2 oz at harvest

These 3 autoflowering plants were grown in the same grow tent, also under a 250W HPS and yielded 6.7 ounces at harvest between the 3 plants

This hydroponic White Rhino plant was grown in a 3’x3’x6′ grow tent with a 250W HPS grow light and yielded 6.4 ounces at harvest

Another view of that plant

These 7 plants were grown in a 2’x4’x6′ grow tent with a 315 LEC grow light and yielded a total of 384.76g (13.57 oz)

Those are just a few examples. In my opinion, a mid-size tent is one of the best options for beginner cannabis growers. I hope you enjoyed the article. Let me know what you think!

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