If you’re going to spend top dollar for a legal cannabis experience, it’s a good idea to go into the dispensary with a few pointers to make your visit memorable and joyful.

All too often, I watch people get enthusiastic about purchasing marijuana for the first time legally, only to be disappointed when they receive dry, stemmy, larfy buds with no scent or flavor, only a baseless ashy/harsh smoke that makes you cough and tastes like hay.

So how can you be sure you’re receiving the best?

Can you put your faith in the reviews for online dispensary Canada? Everyone has an opinion, which is why online reviews may be perplexing. A thousand people have a thousand distinct levels of experience. Have they ever consumed high-end cannabis products in order to make an informed decision? How would you know for sure? Someone from Tennessee will have a distinct set of skills than someone from California or Colorado, for example. Have they spent their entire lives in a remote location using mids, then traveled to a legal state and smoked some mediocre marijuana that they thought was the best in the world, prompting them to write a review about it?

You can see how this would be perplexing for YOU, the customer.

“How about the budtenders? Shouldn’t they be able to assist me?” The majority of the time, the response is “no.” You can’t just take the budtender’s advise at face value. In my perspective, many budtenders lack experience and/or education, and they primarily sell things like a sales clerk. It can be difficult to obtain the truth from a budtender who barely smokes and doesn’t even dab.

That’s why I’ll give you the advice you need to leave satisfied. I’ve been smoking cannabis for for 20 years and have tried it all, from brick shwag to Mexican imports, mids/commercial, BC bud, pretendica, indo, outdoor, light dep, greenhouse, LED, and finally the best marijuana and hash in the world—take my word for it.

Flowers, nuggets, buds, and so on

1. The scent. If you don’t get an identifiable and delightful aroma when you open the jar, you won’t get a flavor on your tongue. Organic chemicals known as “terpenes” are directly linked to the smell of cannabis. When your senses detect a recognizable or familiar odor in plants or meals, these molecules transport all of the aromatics. These terpenes also transfer to your palate and contribute to the effects of marijuana in their own unique ways.

It’s not just about feeling high when you smoke cannabis; it’s also about the scent, flavor, and overall affect. Don’t buy it if it doesn’t smell good. Continue on your way.

In most cities, there are several dispensaries to choose from, so don’t spend all of your money at the first one you see. As an illustration, consider the following: Both flowers were acquired within 100 yards of each other in Colorado, as shown below. There is a noticeable difference in quality. For an eighth of an ounce, they were about 60 bucks each.

2. Outward appearance. You’re not going to have a nice time if the cannabis is brown, hairy, and leafy. Make sure it has some vibrancy—those vibrant, rich hues. That’s not to say that some duller golden colors can’t be fire, but as a rule, it shouldn’t seem like it’s been sitting in a coffee can since the 1960s.

Look for trichrome coverage next. Those tiny, gleaming crystals, not the leaves or hairs, are the only thing that contain the scent, flavor, and cannabinoids that get you high. Check to see if it’s covered in trichomes. You don’t have to look far these days to find a good grower that can provide you with some nice frosty smoke.

3. Lack of moisture. This is a difficult question because I’ve smoked dry buds that were flavorful and delightful, but most of the time, dry isn’t nice.

If the weed is turning to dust at the bottom of the jar, it could be a good sign that it is resinous and potent cannabis, but it could also suggest that it was dried too quickly, as opposed to a slow dry, which keeps the buds moist before putting them on the shelf. This can have an impact on the smoke’s overall flavor and harshness.

4. What is the method of cultivation? Is the dispensary willing to reveal how the marijuana was grown? Is it natural or man-made? Soil or water? Organics have been found to be more flavorful with higher phenol/terpene levels than synthetic and hydro, and while I’ve smoked wonderful hydro before, I’m confident in saying that if given the choice, I’d go with organic every time.

Genetics is number five. It all comes down to genetics. Stick to tried-and-true flavors. There are so many different breeders and crosses out there that it’s difficult to weed (pun intended) through them all.

If you’ve never heard of the new strain “Triple Double Pre ’68 Purple Bling,” you might be unsure what to anticipate. That’s not to say TDP98PB isn’t a terrific strain, but if you’re stumped and can’t decide, stick with the tastes that have lasted the test of time to prevent disappointment. That is, unless the contents are screaming at you as you open it. Terps aren’t known for lying, so why not give it a shot?

Packaging is number six. Prepackaged foods might be risky at times. Are they debating it right in front of your eyes? I’ve had people say they were happy with what was in the display jar, but when they got home, they opened the container and saw a different picture—small larfy bottom, trim-worthy containers passed off as solid nugs. You must use caution. If feasible, request that the contents of the container be examined before allowing it to be slipped into the bag.

Hash, BHO, Rosin, Bubble, and other similar substances

For the most part, the same laws apply to hash.

1. Aroma is essential. I can’t emphasize this enough: it must have an appealing, vibrant scent to it, one that makes your eyes water. To put it another way, if you want the flaming hash, it has to smell good. Period.

Not that I haven’t had good stuff that wasn’t quite “loud” when it first opened, but it’s simply that. We want you to say, “WOW, this stuff is incredible,” not “WOW, this stuff is incredible.” Pick a winner using your senses.

2. Outward appearance. To ensure that the extracts are of high quality, check for creamy, transparent golden, gold, yellow, electric orange, and light amber in their color. Amber tones are occasionally okay, but anything with a brown hue isn’t always a suitable choice. It’s mainly trim run or very old unpreserved trim and buds transformed into hash.

Except for water hash, I’ve discovered that even the amber colors aren’t always worth the time in my opinion. “Hey!” you can now exclaim. My work is excellent, and it has an amber/brown tinge to it!” All I can say is that everyone has an opinion, and some of them are more respected than others.

For the best quality, look at the permissible colors listed below.

These specimens of flower rosin, BHO, PHO, and hash rosin on the left have brilliant hues. The amber colors, which are normally not as tasty as the others but can have some nice properties in effect, can be found to the right.

Water hash, often known as “Bubble Hash,” may be very palatable while still retaining the amber/brown hues. To view an example, look at the image below.

In the case of water extractions, however, the brown/amber criterion does not apply. In this scenario, you should follow your nose to ensure that you obtain some tasty bubble. Take note of the appearance as well. If you want melty water hash, it should be shiny and oily. If you like “dabbable,” the dryer, sandy substance usually doesn’t hold enough of the oily qualities to be considered “dabbable.”

Typically, a star system is established to provide you with a clue to its purity and meltiness, as well as to assist you in selecting the appropriate product.

Finally, if you see extracts that look like the one below, dark brown or black, do yourself a favor and get out of there. This is the hash world’s pipe resin, and you don’t want anything to do with it.

Let’s be honest: recreational marijuana isn’t cheap. It can pile up quickly at $10 – $20 per gram.

So, the next time you go to a dispensary and conduct the “open, sniff, and close” ritual, keep this in mind: Is it appealing? Does it have a fresh, pleasant scent? Is it trichome-covered? Is it a little too dry? Is it natural? Is it a mystery bag that you won’t be able to inspect first?