Smoking is still the most preferred method of cannabis consumption despite the growth of edibles. With several dispensaries and cannabis varieties available, it can be difficult to determine the quality of your purchased product. You can either rely on the company’s reputation or third-party lab testing, but the best way to ensure the product’s quality is to look at the test results. However, you can also learn to read your cannabis ash to determine the quality of your product.
Clean cannabis is essential to avoid headaches, sore throat, or irritated lungs after smoking. The quality of cannabis ash can indicate good or poor quality of cannabis. Residual contaminants can result from poor treatment during the growing process rather than the cannabis itself. Two factors that can impact the cleanliness of cannabis are flushing and curing. Flushing is the process of giving water to cannabis plants without nutrients to remove unwanted nutrients and potentially dangerous chemicals. Curing is a long-term process of moisture removal under controlled conditions that helps to preserve the cannabis.
The color and texture of your cannabis ash can help you determine its quality. Light gray or nearly white ash is a sign of clean cannabis, whereas dark gray or black ash indicates that the flower was not adequately flushed or cured. If the ash is hard and grainy, there might be lingering pesticides or fertilizers. You can also tap the lit joint gently to check its texture. If the ash separates easily, your cannabis is pure, but if it becomes crusty and falls apart, there may be unsafe residuals.
However, the purity of cannabis should not be the only thing you notice if you love smoking it. You should also consider the texture of the ash. Clean cannabis ash should be light, fluffy, and delicate. The finer the ash, the better. Take a few puffs from the joint to analyze the ash and observe how the texture changes at different lengths of each joint.
When purchasing cannabis, always buy from credible vendors that are transparent about their third-party lab test results. Checking your cannabis ash should be secondary. The first step is to ensure the source of the cannabis is trustworthy and offers lab testing. The quality of the ash is a DIY at-home method that won’t be 100% accurate. You can also look for visuals such as mold, which can be a red flag.
In conclusion, smoking cannabis is a common practice. It is essential to ensure that the cannabis is of high quality and clean to avoid adverse side effects. Although reading your cannabis ash is a simple at-home method, it should be combined with thorough research on brands and vendors to ensure that your health is protected.
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