If you know anything about Sierra High Infusions, you know we’re passionate about education and awareness. Every week we publish content with the aim of shining light on various aspects of the world of marijuana. We cover topics ranging from politics to economics to evolutionary biology and more because we feel that a broad range of material is integral to a well-rounded educational platform.
However, while these niche topics are great, we mustn’t forget the basics. That’s why when a good friend of mine reached out with the idea of a “dumb questions people are too afraid to ask” column, I jumped at the opportunity.
Without further ado, here is the first installment of “dumb questions everybody has about cannabis but are too afraid to ask because they don’t want to seem dumb”. It’s a working title.
[When buying marijuana] how do I know if it's fake?
Ahh, the classic image of a high-schooler selling bags of oregano to naïve freshmen comes to mind.
I can’t comment too much on the black-market side of things beyond telling you that I personally have never seen or even heard of anyone encountering counterfeit marijuana. Let’s just say that any dealer selling fake marijuana will likely develop a pretty bad reputation and won’t last long in the marketplace.
That being said, when taking the risk of purchasing cannabis on the black market, anything is possible. This fact alone is one of the reasons legalization efforts have been so successful in recent years. These efforts have brought a great degree of quality control, transparency, and accountability to the world of marijuana sales.
Americans are going to consume cannabis regardless of its legal status, so why not regulate it so we can know for certain exactly what we’re putting into our bodies?
How do I know if it's good quality?
Not to get too Bill Clinton on you here, but it depends on what your definition of “good” is.
Traditionally, “good” marijuana has been synonymous with “strong” or “potent” marijuana. The idea that stronger marijuana is always better still dominates the industry today, but given recent advancements in availability and variety of different types (strains) of marijuana, I have begun to challenge this point of view.
As I explain in this video, I actually enjoy consuming marijuana that has less THC than most. In fact, my favorite strain only touts about 25% the THC content of the average plant. Every human is different and so it follows that every human will have different preferences.
Getting back to the original question: I now define “good” marijuana as “safe” marijuana. This means I know where the plant came from and trust the providers to sell me a clean product free of chemicals, pesticides, fungus, etc.
Do I need to do anything to prepare the leaves before smoking it? How critical is that?
Fun Fact: the vast majority of marijuana intended for consumption does not come from the leaves! Despite the iconic image of the 7-leafed fan, the most popular part of the cannabis plant to consume is the “bud”, or “flower”.
To answer the question: If we’re talking about smoking, no preparation is required. The THC in cannabis must be activated by heat (a process known as decarboxylation) before it can produce the classic marijuana “high”. When smoking, this heat is provided by your lighter, so no prep required!
Optional prep: Many people like to break down their cannabis buds into smaller pieces (usually with the assistance of a grinder). This allows the marijuana to burn more evenly and completely, ensuring you get the most out of your cannabis investment.
Have your own take on one of the questions? Maybe your own question? Let us know in the comments!