Understanding The Difference Between "Dank" and "Stank"
When did cannabis become so complicated? Twenty something years ago, when I first found cannabis the only decisions you had to make were; hydro, indoor, out-door or occasionally something “exotic” would show up as a treat.
“Do I want a dab”? “Some flower could be really awesome”? “Maybe an edible or I’ve heard wax is awesome, maybe I should try”? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, you are not alone.
These are only a few of the almost anxiety provoking amount of questions surrounding how they wish to “medicate” or consume cannabis which It is ironic considering cannabis is supposed to elevate said anxiety.
Let’s simplify these questions by identifying “Dank” or “Stank” buds. You can determine if your flower or bud or weed (or any other worldwide nostalgic term you use to call cannabis) by using your five senses.
When you first look at your flower, you SHOULD see trichomes, which are tiny little crystals you should be able to see on your nugget of flower. These crystals are shiny, sticky and usually hold most of the plants aroma.
Take a nugget of the flower in question and if you try and break up the bud for consumption, you SHOULD see these trichomes throughout the nugget, not just on the outside, if you DON’T see lots of trichomes, you may have some STANK
When looking at your flower, you should see minimal stems. Additionally, you SHOULD NOT see any seeds.
If the amount of stems outweigh the amount of buds, you have some STANK. Also, if you find excessive seeds, you might have some STANK. If you touch your flower and it feels like sandpaper, I would make a hard pass because that usually means the flower is not as fresh as it should be.
*I do suggest looking at multiple buds in this scenario because any cultivator can make ONE bud look decent. It is when you look at quantity that you need to be wary of stems and seeds. No one wants to pay for a part of the flower they cannot consume and if you have ever tasted a bunch of seeds, it is a taste you do not wish to have again.
Your flower should taste sweet, earthy, AND fresh.
You want to make sure you are not tasting anything completely foreign like something that resembles heavy chemicles. That could result in the cultivator using pesticides or something else to get rid of a foreign substances like mold or bacteria.
You should smell all things plesant and it should smell somewhat like a plant. BECAUSE IT IS!
IF YOU SMELL POPCORN DO NOT CONSUME! THIS COULD BE FENTANYL
You hear no outside or foreign noises when trying to consume your cannabis.
If you choose to put it in a bowl or bong or even roll something up; and you hear cracking, that is VERY bad. If usually means that something is in that flower that you might not want to put in your body.
These steps are not fool proof. Ask questions, any reputable cultivator should share information pertaining to their harvest. If not, they are probably hiding more than you realize and personally I would look elsewhere for my medicating needs.
By: Josh Viveiros