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Bad Weed vs Good Weed: 9 Tips & Signs to Look for

Everyone wants to have a good weed experience. And what’s the number one way to have a good weed experience? Get good weed.

Choosing good quality weed can come with enormous benefits for people looking for a good weed experience. Good quality weed can have richer flavors, higher potency, and a better, longer high. Bad quality weed on the other hand can ruin your experience and even leave you feeling sick.

But how do you know what makes weed top shelf? Well, this article will tell you what you need to know.

9 tips to choosing bad weed vs good weed

When it comes to differentiating good vs bad weed, some of the things you can look out for are the color, smell, and feel of the weed. But there are even more great ways to pick good weed. By following the tips in this article, you can avoid the dreaded bad weed experience and have better, more consistent highs.


While you may not want to judge a book by its cover, judging weed by its color can often be a great first step to choosing good weed. Good-quality weed often has vibrant colors, such as deep green, with bright orange and red. Other colors to look for are deep purple and bright blue. On the other hand, bad weed tends to have dull colors. Since humans are typically attracted to deep and bright colors, this is a pretty easy way to choose good-quality weed. Buy what looks good!


Bad-quality weed often has a mildewy smell, which is an indicator that the flowers are past their prime. A grassy or musty smell can also be a sign that the weed is bad quality as it may have been poorly dried or cured. High-quality weed is typically strong and pleasant. While a “pleasant” smell may seem like a generic way to describe the aroma, the smell is distinct and hard to miss.


A flower’s structure can also be a strong indicator of whether or not the weed is good. Good weed is typically dense, although not extremely hard, as that’s an indication that the weed cultivator used plant growth regulators. These can cause an unpleasant taste. Weed that is too fluffy can point to being bad quality, as it may not have been grown with enough light intensity. An easy way to remember what to buy is a flow that is dense, but not too dense.


If you’re able to feel your weed before buying it, look out for weed that is sticky and firm, as that’s typically a good sign. Weed that is too wet can be hard to smoke and even have mold. On the other hand, weed that is too dry can hurt your throat when smoking it. It also may lack cannabinoids and terpenes, which give weed its smell, flavor, and effect. So, just run your fingers over the flower to try and choose one with the right feel. 

Another way that feeling the weed can help you choose a good weed is if it crumbles right away. Fresh weed shouldn’t break apart so easily, so if it does, you know you shouldn’t buy it.


The amount of trichomes can also be a great indicator of whether the weed is good or bad. Trichomes are crystal-like spots on the weed that hold the compounds (terpenes and cannabinoids) that dictate the flavor and effect of the weed. So typically, the more the merrier. However, trichomes that are completely clear are typically a sign of immaturity, and trichomes that are amber are a sign of age. The ideal trichome color is milky and opaque.

Smoke quality

Another way you can know if you’re in possession of some good weed is the smoke quality. A good smoke should feel fairly smooth on your throat and lungs, and the flavor should match what was in the item description. A harsh inhale points to bad quality, so you may want to avoid buying that particular weed again.

Cannabinoid/terpene profile

While this criteria may be more subjective, a good quality weed that suits your needs can sometimes depend on the cannabinoid and terpene profile. For example strains that are high in CBD can provide more relaxing effects, while other compounds like CBN, THCa, myrcene, and limonene are associated with energizing, pain-relieving, and euphoric effects.


When it comes to weed, you often get what you pay for. Cheap weed can sometimes mean cheap quality. That’s not to say that more expensive weed is always better than less expensive weed, but it does mean that if you want great quality weed, you might want to avoid simply looking for the cheapest weed. Try to find a middle ground by exploring different brands. If you need help doing this, check out our blog on finding affordable cannabis.

Dispensary quality

The dispensary that sells you your weed can be a big sign as to whether or not the weed is good or bad. Dispensary quality is affected by several factors, including the sourcing, cultivation, and storage practices employed by the dispensary. Good-quality dispensaries tend to sell good weed, and bad-quality dispensaries tend to sell bad weed, so it’s important to buy from a place you can trust. For example, DDM Cannabis is committed to making cannabis safe and available to everyone. The product line is fantastic and high quality, which is why their customers love them!

Find the right cannabis for you with help from DDM Cannabis

If you want a consistently good weed experience, you need to learn how to choose good weed. And it doesn’t have to be hard. Simply follow the tips in this article and you’ll have a much better idea on how to find good quality weed. If you need more advice on choosing the right cannabis for you, check out some DDM Cannabis’ other blog posts.

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