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Test Your Cannabis at Home

The cannabis market varies dramatically from location to location. Some markets are over regulated while others operate in the shadows.

No matter the source of your cannabis, several analysis methods can be conducted at home to ensure an enjoyable smoking experience.

Primary Analysis 

Scent Inspection 

The first inspection that should be performed is a scent inspection. 

The overall first impression that forms the characteristic smell of the strain. It is important to listen to your body. 

Quality cannabis has earthy, herbal, woody scents with occasional notes of lemon or other fruits. 

Avoid buds that smell like hay or have no discernible smell. If it doesn’t have that characteristic dankness, you probably don’t want it. 

Pungency is directly linked to potency and Terpene Content. Make sure your cannabis smells appealing.

Visual Inspection 

Visually inspecting can reflect on growing conditions, processing and genetics.

Quality cannabis is primarily green in color, with a wide range of accent colors and undertones. Avoid buds that have inconsistent color with tan, yellow, red, or white spots. Inconsistent color is an indication of mold or pests.

Quality cannabis is trimmed by hand to preserve trichomes and buds. Generally cannabis appearance should be either tight and dense or fluffier with more pistils.

Avoid buds that haven’t been trimmed well or visibly mangled by a trim machine, this visual cue indicates improper Curing Procedures that may cause pathogens.

Quality cannabis is only produced by the female plant. 

Avoid buds with male characteristics indicating the plant was cultivated under stress, reducing the quality and changing Chemical Composition of buds.

Trichome density is relatively easy to distinguish with the naked eye. Quality buds will be covered in trichomes that sparkle like crystals in light. 

Trichome color indicates ripeness. Using a magnifying glass, inspect the trichome head to determine ripeness.  Differentiate prematurely harvested and over-ripened buds. 

Ideally, the trichome heads should be milky white, possibly with a hint of amber. If the trichome heads are clear, the plant was harvested prematurely, and if all the heads are amber, the plant was harvested after peak ripeness.

Taste Inspection

Just like anything we consume the flavor should be appealing. Your body is evolved to know what it desires and what can cause it harm. 

Quality Cannabis should have an enjoyable smooth flavor. Foul-tasting buds can be a sign of mold or mildew.

Avoid buds If you taste chemicals or metallics, there may be pesticides or other contaminants present. If you experience discomfort or any sort of unpleasurable flavor, discontinue use right away.

Additional Analysis 

Though not applicable for everyone, portable tests allow early detection and quality control of cannabis.

Potency Inspection 

Home testing kits allow you to use a small amount of cannabis to detect cannabinoid levels.Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC). Consists of easy sample preparation coupled with inexpensive, rapid and sensitive selection of both the stationary and mobile phases.

This approach does not achieve as clean a separation as Other Methods when it comes to polar compounds.

Until now, lab testing was the only way to assure potency and quality. Recently, reliable home testing kits are available to consumers and small scale growers.

Pathogens Inspection

Technological advances have made it possible to adopt lab tests into portable field detectors. 

Pathogens can be found by gene amplification and detection by the use of automated PCR designed to detect a variety of microorganisms found in cannabis.

Cannabis Inspection

Before consumption Smell the cannabis, visually inspect, and make sure the taste is apitable, do not consume any if you find evidence of mold. Additionally you may want to conduct further tests. 

When smoking you should enjoy a fruity, spicy, pungent, natural flavor, if you taste any chemical-like substance do not risk contamination. 

Additional Tip

When trying a new strain or batch of cannabis, always start with low doses and gradually increase according to preference.