You’ve done your research. You know which strain of marijuana you want to purchase. You’ve found a dispensary in your location. You’ve found the right products to consume cannabis in your preferred method. But how do you know what you’re buying is actually good? The good news is that you can avoid being stuck with below average weed if you know what to look for. Here are five easy tips on Good vs Bad Weed – How to Tell the Difference?

Visual Inspection

First and foremost, you should start with a quick visual inspection, as there are many signs that are usually easy to see right on the surface. There are a number of tell-tale signs that are usually right on the surface. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Trichomes – look for buds with plenty of trichomes. Those are the hairlike structures that grow off the surface of cannabis flowers. Trichomes are important because that’s where a lot of the cannabinoids are found—most importantly, trichomes hold the bulk of a bud’s THC. To be sure you’ve got trichome-rich buds, look for lots of hairs and tons of white crystals.
  • Color -Obviously, good weed should be a nice, rich green color. Depending on the strain, it could also include other colors like purple, red, or orange. But watch out for brown bud that looks dried out. That is not what good weed should look like. If you see bud like that, it’s probably bad weed and isn’t worth your money
  • Hairs vs. leaves – One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between good and bad Marijuana is looking for leaves and hairs. Leafy buds are not good, as they usually are less potent and it won’t break down well. If you get leafy weed, you’ll have more fluff than pure weed. Good weed should be harvested, cured and trimmed with care. However, if you find weed with little hairs on the end of it, you shouldn’t think twice. This is some good stuff and the more little hairs your weed has, the better it’s going to be. Look for weed with very little stems, steeds, or sticks.
  • Mold and Pests – Mold manifests itself as white, powdery mildew (distinct from the crystalline trichomes) or a grey, fuzzy mold, depending on the particular fungal pest. It’s important not to get anything like contaminated marijuana. Make sure you’re getting pure weed, with no mold or bugs.


When flower is cured properly it should feel slightly dried but still sticky. If you feel your buds feel too dry, it’s probably not the good batch of weed. Similarly, bad weed that’s too dry will be crumbly. It will basically turn to dust when you break it apart.  In the same manner, you don’t want weed that’s too soggy or moist. That is another sign of bad weed. Keep in mind that the texture of your weed will tell you a lot about its potency and quality. When it comes to texture, it’s all about balance.


Once you’ve gave your weed the first glance, you should proceed further and give it a smell. In general, the stronger the herb smells the better it is. When you take a whiff of a baggie filled with flower you should smell that sweet, tangy, skunky, dank, herby smell of cannabis—and it should be strong. Be careful though, if your weed smells bland or dull, it’s a bad sign. Refrain from picking up any scent of hay, moldy grass, or other odors like such, as it is a sign of bad weed, probably dried out. That is not how cannabis should smell. There is a simple rule: if your weed doesn’t smell like good stuff, don’t smoke or consume it.


It may not always be possible to taste your weed before purchasing it, but if you manage to get a chance, pay attention to how it tastes. When it comes to the taste of weed, it’s similar to the way it smells. Good weed should taste fresh a lot like how good weed smells: rich, pungent, and pure. Bad weed will usually taste bland, and will produce smoke that is harsh, metallic, and acrid.

Well-Trimmed Flower

Good weed is weed that was grown well, harvested with care, cured properly, and trimmed well. A good-looking nug is almost always a good sign. Quality cannabis buds should be tightly hand-trimmed as opposed to machine-trimmed. Trimming machines tend to mangle buds and disrupt the fragile trichomes they harbor. Avoid buds that have been machine trimmed or untrimmed buds with excessive leaves; typical indications of rushed cultivation practices