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11:56 pm - February 9, 2024 - Easthampton, MA - Fyre Ants Editorial

Whether you’re new to cannabis culture or are a connoisseur, there’s always something to learn about marijuana flower. These potent plants offer endless flavors, aromas, and effects. The only limitation is how far you’re willing to push your experimentation and curiosity.

If you’re a newbie, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of choices when you walk into your local dispensary. Rest assured; no one knows everything about marijuana flower. An open mind is the first step to acquiring the information you need to experiment with the different ways to enjoy the plant confidently. Don’t overlook your local budtender as an excellent source of knowledge next time you pick up some pre-rolls.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s dive in!

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What is Cannabis Flower?

You may have heard many terms used to describe a marijuana flower: bud, weed, THC, and plain ol’ flower are just a few. Here’s a breakdown of some of the popular language:


Bud is an interchangeable name for cannabis flower.


Weed is another word for cannabis. It became popular in the ‘90s to differentiate cannabis from previous generations’ terms like dope and grass.


THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the cannabinoid responsible for getting you high. Its percentage varies by plant, but generally ranges from 10% to 30% in flower form.

Cannabis Flower

Cannabis flower refers to the dense part of the plant that contains all of the good stuff you’re looking for: the chemicals within the plant called cannabinoids (which determine the effects), and terpenes (which produce aromas and potent flavors). The bottom line is that the flower is home to tight little pods where all the magic originates. 

Choosing Top-Shelf Marijuana Flower

The quality of marijuana flowers can vary according to countless factors. It’s important to know what to look for when shopping for the best bud around.

Color Is Better

Marijuana flower come in a range of colors. Although predominantly green, they can also include browns, oranges, purples, and more. As you get more familiar with marijuana flower, you’ll start noticing the subtle differences in varieties. Look for more colorful ones, which may point to higher-quality buds that boast rich cannabinoids and terpenes. Marijuana flower may not have gorgeous blooms on a traditional flower like a rose or a peony, but they sure pack a bigger punch!

Awaken Your Senses

The potent aromas of marijuana flower can tell you a lot about the plant. Please make a point of stopping and smelling the flowers before you pick them. Look for complex and intriguing aroma profiles, like scents of lemon, wood, or even diesel. If the flower you’re considering has a dull or musty smell, it’s probably not the freshest bud around. Don’t settle for anything less than potently scented flowers that tingle your senses.

Variations of Cannabis Flower

Not all marijuana flower is the same. There are many different strains to choose from depending on the type of effect and potency you desire. You may have heard your local budtender talk about indica, sativa, and hybrid strains, but the differences between each one are still cloudy. Let’s clear the air.


Sativa is considered more of an energizing strain, one for boosting creativity and focus, and it is ideal for partaking in before a social night out.


Indica is deemed more relaxing, and the chill effects of the strain can be remembered by thinking of indica as “in-da-couch.” Usually, people reach for this strain when they want a mellow effect to relax after a long day’s work or get a little help falling asleep.


Hybrid refers to a mix of indica and sativa strains, resulting in the relaxing and stimulating effects of both.

Indica and sativa are botanical distinctions of the flower. There are no scientifically proven differentiators when it comes to their effects. What truly characterizes a marijuana flower is its makeup of cannabinoids and terpenes. So why do we still use botanical terms to describe marijuana strains if their intended effects are not necessarily accurate? The short answer is that it’s easier and has become part of mainstream cannabis culture.

The best way to determine the effects of cannabis strains on your body is to try them. See for yourself if indica mellows you out for a relaxing time at home. Or maybe sativa gives you an uplifting boost to enjoy the great outdoors with your friends. Or perhaps you prefer a hybrid strain that leaves you somewhere between. Your body chemistry is unique. Your experience will determine how marijuana flower strains provide the desired effects.

Even if your local budtender can help guide you in choosing a strain based on the outcome you’re looking for, there’s no way to predict how it will work (or not) for you. Keep track of how each affects you and which you prefer (or dislike). Start small with each type and see where they take you. Each strain has hundreds of flavor and effects profiles, so have fun exploring. The sky’s the limit.

A cannabis pipe filled with ground bud sits on a bench in front of two grinders

How to Use Cannabis Flower

How can you enjoy cannabis flowers? Let us count the ways. There’s no better way to consume the flower—that’s entirely up to your preference.

Au Naturel

A favorite way to partake in cannabis flower is to smoke it. Whether you opt to roll your own joint or purchase a ready-to-go pre-roll from your local dispensary, the idea is the same—cannabis flowers are rolled up and ready to smoke at your convenience.

If you want to invest in a bit of gear, you can also smoke marijuana flower with a pipe or a bong. Break down the marijuana flower into small, loose pieces with your hands or a grinder. Then, pack the flowers into the pipe or bong bowl (not too tightly!), light up, and inhale the smoke.

As Concentrates

Marijuana flowers can not only be consumed in their pure state but also transformed into concentrates through solvent and solventless extraction methods. Once in their concentrated state, the potency of extracts jumps exponentially, up four times (and even more!) compared to marijuana flowers in their natural state. The high potency of concentrates can feel intimidating. While it is true that you have to be careful about dosing, there’s nothing to be afraid of if you start small. Plus, with various ways of consuming them, such as crumble, live resin, rosin, and other products, it doesn’t have to be complicated or require a lot of special equipment.

How Concentrates Are Made

To create concentrates, cannabis flowers go through a technique called purging to extract our much-beloved cannabinoids and terpenes before they are transformed into another product. Purging can either be done using chemicals, the solvent method, or the solventless using heat, pressure, and filtration to remove the chemicals from the plant. Although the second method is considered by many as more natural, either one works well. And if you are purchasing concentrates from your dispensary, both methods are regulated and safe.

The Many Products of Concentrate

The extraction method will determine what type of cannabis product it can be transformed into. For example, adding butane extract to a marijuana flower strips away the plant’s essential oils. This process optimizes the concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. This extract can then be made into wax, live resin, shatter, sauce, budder, or crumble.

An example of a solventless method would be dry sift, which is the process of rubbing marijuana flowers over a sieve to collect the plant’s resin glands. These potent little pieces are called kief and look like crumbly powder. To consume dry sift, you can go as simple as smoking it over a bowl or in a pre-roll or enjoying it once it’s been transformed into rosin.

Cannabis Flower Dosage, Effects, and Benefits

The world of marijuana flowers is exciting. There are endless varieties of aromas, flavors, and effects. Your unique body chemistry makes all the difference. It would be best if you took the time to learn what dosage works for you, how it affects your body, and what benefits you feel. If you’re new to the world of cannabis culture, here are a few guidelines.


The golden rule is to start small. If you’re exploring a new strain or consuming concentrates for the first time, take it easy, assess the effects, and see how you feel about going further. It’s especially important to be mindful of dosage if you are using cannabis to treat PTSD or other medical conditions.


Depending on the type and dosage of the marijuana that you consume, the effects can vary. The effects may feel euphoric, relaxing, creativity-inducing, or stimulating. You can also notice a reduction in anxiety, an increase in appetite, and pain relief. Speak to your budtender about the effect you’re looking for and hone in on the marijuana products that work for your particular need.


Marijuana has been used for over 3,000 years to treat medical conditions. It is a robust plant that is finally recognized as a legal solution for many ailments. If you suffer from chronic pain, marijuana could help provide relief. If you suffer from social anxiety, cannabis could be used to help make you feel more relaxed in social settings. Please speak to your doctor about the health benefits of marijuana as they relate to your medical history.


Now that you know a little more about shopping for flower, what it is, the endless varieties, and how it is transformed into various products, you can feel more confident next time you walk into your local dispensary. There are no right or wrong questions, only curiosity and willingness to learn. Enjoy the trip!

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