A Guide To Picking The Right CBD RICH HEMP Bud

Photo by  Esteban Lopez  on  Unsplash

Photo by Esteban Lopez on Unsplash

CBD fever seems to be spreading across the globe; praised for its remarkable health benefits, CBD is being stocked by everyone from hotels to gyms and spas to almost every health food store trying to keep up with demand.

Hemp is legal to grow in the UK and most parts of the world (with necessary licensing, of course) and yes, hemp flowers can be smoked. Hemp is just cannabis with low levels of THC and the flowers have higher levels of CBD than conventional high THC strains. CBD-rich hemp flowers are fast becoming a favourite amongst CBD users seeking the ‘entourage effect’ due to the flowers containing a full profile of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Not only this, CBD rich hemp flowers allow for an authentic cannabis experience; grinding and rolling your own herb. 

We're in London this month and it isn't hard to find CBD rich flowers here, however due to the hype and lack of knowledge around these flowers there are many low-grade products being sold up and down the country. Lucky for us, we have a good friend who said we should check out Kanaco, and we weren’t disappointed when we found them stocking a selection of at least 7 good quality CBD-rich strains at the time. Read on to find out what to look out for when picking your bud:

Photo by  Esteban Lopez  on  Unsplash

Photo by Esteban Lopez on Unsplash

Identify good quality bud in 4 steps:

1. Appearance

  • Are there any noticeable defects? Think of insect damage, discolouration, mildew, mould, or similar defects. Also, you don’t want the bud to have seeds. Although seeds can be common; there should be none in top-shelf buds.
  • Colouring: Healthy buds are coloured a healthy green. You don’t want dull shades of brown as this can indicate low quality or stale bud. Walk away.
  • Trim and density of the bud: How is the trim job? A top shelf cultivator will always ensure a thorough trim and would only harvest once the plant is developed enough. If the bud you’re looking at is mostly leaves as opposed to bud, walk away.
  • Trichomes: Trichomes should cover the entire bud; this is where most of the magic is; the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and all the other good stuff. The bud should have a healthy coating of trichomes.

2. Smell
Just like the high-THC cannabis strains we are used to; when it comes to CBD-rich hemp buds, you can smell quality. Good quality CBD buds are rich in terpenes and will be very aromatic. As you probably know, cannabis aromas vary a great deal, but one thing is for sure, the scent of good quality cannabis is pungent. If the CBD-rich hemp buds you are inspecting don’t smell like much, you should probably walk away.

3. Texture
Bud that has been dried and cured properly will not be wet and spongey; neither will it be so brittle that it turns to dust when you handle it. You want a bud which snaps at the stem when you bend it but the bud is still slightly sticky when you handle it; this indicates its been dried properly. The aroma and smoke will tell you if it's been cured properly. 

4. Smoke
If all of the above checks out then the bud you’re inspecting is probably worth sampling. Roll it up or pack a bong; whatever your preferred method of consumption, the smoke should not be harsh and should be pleasant to inhale and exhale.

Although the appearance, smell and eventual smoke are great indicators of whether bud is of high or low quality; no matter how great the bud looks or smells, there is no definite way to know for sure whether it meets your personal standards without a lab test.

What are some of your fool-proof methods of picking out the right bud? Let us know in the comments below or tag us in the buds you've picked on Instagram @thecuratorltd.