Cannabis is probably one of the most complex plants on earth, with, quite possibly, millions of different variations, smells and effects. Marijuana strains and flavors are rapidly evolving because so many people are beginning to breed their own custom hybrids. In cannabis, there are around 100 different flavor terpenes which all possess unique aromas and help to attribute to each stains distinct taste and scent.

Before you begin tasting and sampling your weed, you need to make sure the whole process is fair. This means that you need to maintain the same consumption method for each strain that you’re going to try. The best method is really just the one you’d normally use when smoking marijuana, so whether this is rolling and smoking a joint, hitting a bong, or using a vape, pick one and stick to it. Also try to ensure you have a clean palate and haven’t eaten or drank anything particularly flavors that could change the way your bud tastes.

One way to examine bud is simply by looking at it, and some may argue that this is one of the best ways to get a feel for your bud. Physically examining your weed is important, and you can actually tell quite a bit about it before consumption. Looking at weed can give us a real insight into its genetic composition as you will often be able to tell if a flower is indica or sativa just by seeing it, some people may even be able to determine how potent it will be by observing the amount of trichomes that are visible.

When testing your cannabis, it is important to touch and smell it too; is it wet or dry? Dense or airy? What kind of aroma does it have, and does it match up with what your budtender told you? is it citrusy, earthy, or sweet? These are the questions you need to be asking when you’re looking at your flower. It’s really important to know what to look for, mostly so you don’t get ripped off, but it’s also just a good idea to be knowledgeable about one of the worlds fastest growing commodities.

Now here comes the fun part: smoking your product. During the smoking evaluation it is important to take note of the kinds of effects you’re feeling, as well as the overall taste of the bud. Some things that should be considered is whether or not you feel relaxed or active, drowsy or talkative, creative or unmotivated. It’s also important to note how long you feel high for. Furthermore, if you have any medical conditions, you can test out whether or not each individual strain does anything to ease your discomfort.

Trying and testing bud is an incredibly fun activity and you can actually learn a lot about different strains in doing so, so if you have the time – and let’s face it, the money and the tolerance – why not give it a try?