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Jimmys Choice: Sourcing Quality Cannabis

Jimmys Choice: Your source for top shelf buds

Let’s face it, there is a lot of weed out there. Separating the “fire” from the “snickefritz” can be a daunting task, especially if you aren’t an avid cannabis consumer or are new to the plant. This is where I may be able to help…

Back in 2017 I joined the Sira Naturals Team as trimmer/ packager, pursuing my passion for the plant and getting firsthand experience preparing, assessing and packaging up cannabis from the plant to the buds. After some time in those departments, I moved onto Sira’s Extraction department, where I helped create the framework of what is now our solventless extractions program (bubble hash & rosin). There I led the team to create the first rosin cartridge and solventless diamonds in the Massachusetts medical market amongst creating other extracts. Apart from my time in production, I’ve enjoyed growing for years and love sourcing interesting genetics to pheno-hunt.

Through my experience with the company I have been able to help educate people within and outside the organization on the safe consumption and benefits of cannabis. This knowledge and drive for educating staff, consumers and patients is ultimately what led to the creation of Sira’s newest brand, Jimmy’s Choice, founded by me, Jimmy.

Background

Jimmy’s Choice is about having a brand that you can rely on to always get the most well grown, frosty, terpy and pleasant cannabis experience. While everyone is different in what they like, one thing stays constant, well grown weed is well grown weed, and that is what I want to bring to you.

In my travels throughout the state checking out other producers and facilities, my mission is to find the buds that truly standout. This is not to say that the rest of the weed out there is not good, because that is not true, but it is more to say that what’s in this jar is something special.

I cannot tell you what you will like, but I can help guide you towards product grown to its fullest potential. Only the best, highest quality cannabis from around the state of Massachusetts makes it into these jars. Choice strains will be available on a limited basis. These strains won’t always be available, sometimes there may be a few, sometimes there may be none.

The below guide will walk you through the steps that I personally use to assess the quality of cannabis that I curate for you to experience. While the best way to judge the quality of your cannabis is to consume it, these categories will serve as a telling guide.

what to look at when checking out your cannabis

  • TAC
  • Smell
  • Color
  • Trichomes
  • Structure
  • Plant Health
  • Moisture Level
  • Trim Job
  • Seedless

THC % – I list this first because this is usually what people look for on the menu before they even look at the strain. I am here to tell you that this number doesn’t matter nearly as much as you think it does and I will never select a product solely based on this number. Just because something is high in THC content does not mean its going to get you “more high”. What will accomplish that however, is the total makeup of the plant including terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids. Your body reacts to terpenes in a way that will provide you with different experiences based on the concentrations of them. While the link between certain terpenes and their effects is still a fairly new science, it is becoming clearer that terpenes have more to do with experience than the THC % content and whether a certain variety is classified as an “Indica, Hybrid, or Sativa”.

Now onto looking at your cannabis.

Smell – Start by opening the bag/container up and take a smell. What does it smell like? Pepper, lilacs, lemons, skunk, berries, cheese, pine, gasoline? Good cannabis should have a unique and distinct smell. It shouldn’t smell like grass clippings, wet grass, hay, or a nondescript plant. If your buds have a nice strong smell that is a great first step to having quality product.

Color – Observe the color of your bud. Due to different amounts of chlorophyll, anthocyanins, and carotenoids, cannabis can range in colors from greens to purples, blues and whites. All of these are a sign of well grown, mature cannabis and strong genetics. However, some of these colors can be made through stressing the plant, such as making a plant purple by manipulating temperature. Because of this, color is sometimes hard to judge unless you know what it is supposed to look like based on its lineage. One thing I look for in particular is that the buds aren’t brown, brown is never good. This will indicate poorly grown, cured, or stored weed and is usually very telling of how old the product is.

Trichomes – Does the bud look shiny, and sparkling or almost white because it is so frosty? If so, this is a very good sign as it shows that trichomes are still intact. If you are able to use a jewelers loops or magnifying glass (I recommend everyone have one for another reason I will cover later) and take a close look at one it should look like a stalk with a ball on the top of it (Capitate-Stalked Trichome). The ball is what we are looking for as this contains the largest concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. Stalks without heads can also show you that the plant has been overhandled. Buds with a large amount of capitate-stalked trichomes are desirable.

Structure - The structure of a bud will vary greatly depending on the genetics of the flower. Strains that are of a haze or African lineage will generally be less dense and more airy while strains such as kush or from an Afghan lineage will have tighter more dense nugs, and there are hundreds of structures in between. Cannabis has become so hybridized that lineage is very diluted at this point. Much like color, structure can come down to one or two things: you don’t want stringy or super airy buds to the point where you can see the stem through the bud, and you don’t want buds that are so dense you could break a window with them.

Plant Health – For this you should be using a jewelers loop or magnifying glass. Using your tool of choice, inspect the bud for any traces of mold by breaking a piece of the bud off down to the stem as this is where mold usually starts. Most of the time you can see mold with the naked eye but sometimes you would need a jewelers loops. The next thing to look for is any traces of mites. Mites will look like tiny little spiders. If you see any presence of these things you should discard your product as it probably isn’t the best thing to consume.

Moisture Level – Bud should be sticky, due to resin from the trichomes, but not wet and should not be so dry that it crumbles into a powder.

Trim Job – Sugar leaves should only be left of the bud if they contain trichomes. If they do not and are still on there, then it was not trimmed enough. If the bud looks perfectly round and uniform this is also a bad thing. It could indicate that the bud was “snowconed”. A snow cone trim job is where the nug is so tightly trimmed that the actual flower was cut into removing a lot of trichomes in the process. Cannabis is a flower and should look natural not grown or trimmed to be uniform and symmetrical.

Seedless – Good weed should not contain seeds. This one is very simple. If your buds contain seeds, they were pollinated during the growing process resulting in seed creation. No one wants seeds in their weed, simple as that.

There is no substitute for consuming the product when it comes to judging your cannabis. But knowing these 8 things to look for (and 1 thing to not - THC % content) when purchasing your product can help you ensure that you are getting high quality, potent cannabis that will provide you with the pleasant experience you are looking for. With all this said the only way to tell what you like is to try it yourself, so kick back, roll one up, and enjoy some choice buds!

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