Weed slang: the difference between dank, mids, and ditch weed
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- Dank weed
- Ditch weed
- What is kind bud?
- Factors that affect weed quality
Consider for a moment the difference between a cheap bottle of wine from the local convenience store and a pricey selection from an upscale Italian restaurant’s reserve list. While both are classified as wine, the grape quality, grow climate, and post-harvest techniques all distinguish the finest varietals from wines of lesser quality.
The same principles can be applied to cannabis plant quality, too. As medical and adult-use cannabis legalization continues to take root across North America, the difference between dank bud and ditch weed has never been clearer than it is today. Over the decades, people have used a variety of slang terms to classify weed. Like all slang terms, they vary by region. What is called reggie by some, may be seen as schwag to others. While one person may be looking for dank, another may be asking for top-shelf. But in the end, they’re usually looking for the same thing: the best marijuana on the market.
Weed quality is relative to what’s currently available on the market and the location of that market. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Overall, the quality and potency of weed have dramatically increased since the 1960s and 1970s. What was once considered dank a decade ago would likely be relegated to mids today. Something that is considered to be mids in California might be coveted as top-shelf in a state where cannabis is illegal.
In this article, we’ll break down the main categories of weed to help you distinguish between schwag or top-shelf herb and learn the most popular slang terms in the process.
(AKA top-shelf, loud, chronic, kind, headies, piff)
Dank, fire, dang good. Whatever you wish to call it, this is the type of weed that you’ll find on the top shelves of dispensaries. In this most premium category, you’ll find a diverse cast of products with strains that vary in effects, flavors, and aromas. In legal states, top-shelf weed usually comes at a top-shelf price. An eighth of dank can cost upwards of $60 in some adult-use markets. Ultimately, the price will vary on a number of factors, such as the dispensary location, cultivator, and product availability. Think of top-shelf bud as craft beer, carefully curated to offer unique aromas and flavors. In most adult-use markets, top-shelf weed tends to have a focus on higher THC levels.
In most adult-use markets, top-shelf weed tends to have a focus on higher THC levels. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Top-shelf, high-quality nugs can range from bright green to a darker green with streaks of purple, often heavily blanketed with sugary trichomes and vibrant hairs that boast a fiery orange or red hue. Most dank buds come in the form of dense, vibrant, frosty nugs. The trichomes should sparkle when the surface is struck with light.
Taste and aroma
Similar to the appearance, the taste and aroma of dank will also depend on the strain’s terpene profile. One quick sniff of top-shelf bud will pry open a world of aroma that is louder and tastier than milder mids could ever evoke. Taste will also be determined by the strain type and the presence of certain terpenes. If the abundance of trichomes doesn’t convince you of the dankness of a particular strain, a complex, well-balanced aroma and flavor can indicate high-quality flowers.
With top-shelf cannabis products, high potency should be expected. THC levels for the particular product you select will depend on the strain and grower. You can find lab analysis results on the packaging of products sold in most adult-use and medical markets. In general, top-shelf flower in recreational markets will have high THC levels — anywhere from 25% to 30%. But psychoactive potency isn’t necessary for consideration as top-shelf as is the case with hemp products. On the medical market, for instance, high-CBD strains derived from hemp plants (such as perennial favorite Charlotte’s Web) are also seen as top-shelf selections.
More closely related to dank than schwag weed, mids are, as the term denotes, middle-of-the-road in quality for marijuana plants. Although legalization has caused an influx of high-quality weed to flood legal markets, prices for top-shelf bud can be prohibitive. This has made mids an enticing option for those living in legal states, as it offers a decent bang for your buck. While some dispensaries classify mids as lower-potency strains, this could end up being a bargain for consumers who prefer something lower in THC and higher in other cannabinoids.
Cannabis labeled as mids will usually have more airy buds compared with the densely packed, trichome-coated flower that is sold at top-shelf prices. But most mids should still have a noticeable amount of frosty trichomes sprinkled throughout the bud. Compared with top-shelf, mids tend to be less vibrantly green in color with fewer orange hairs sprinkled throughout the flower. Mids rarely contain seeds and have been trimmed to remove most or all stems. In certain locations, mids can pass as high-quality nugs.
Taste and aroma
Mids have a smaller concentration of trichomes, which contain the terpenes that make cannabis aromatic and flavorful. As a result, the aroma and flavor of mids will be less intense than those of their top-shelf counterparts.
Depending on the location, mids will boast THC contents ranging anywhere from 10% to 16%, or sometimes higher in legal states. The price of mids will also vary on where they’re being sold.
(AKA regs, reggie, schwag, dirt weed, brick weed)
When someone tells you that you’re smoking ditch weed, they probably didn’t intend that remark as a compliment. Ditch, also known as schwag, is a term for low-grade cannabis that can be rather unpleasant.
Ditch weed will typically take on a brownish appearance with hints of dark green, and is often mixed with byproducts of the plant such as stems and leaves. In some cases, ditch weed is so dried out that it simply crumbles upon contact.
Taste and aroma
One whiff or look should be all it takes to figure out whether you have ditch weed. This grade of marijuana has an earthy, dirt-like smell that translates into a harsh and pungent taste upon combustion. Some might find the flavor bearable, but ditch weed lacks the nuanced flavor that top-shelf strains have to offer.
Ditch weed has an earthy, dirt-like smell that translates into a harsh and pungent taste upon combustion. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Ditch weed is uncommon in legal markets. As a result, the potency and effects produced by it are difficult to quantify. It stands to reason that cannabis grown in sub-optimal conditions is likely to result in lower potency and less desirable effects than mid-grade and top-shelf cannabis.
What is kind bud?
Sandwiched in the gray area between mids and dank is a type of flower known as kind bud. Correctly spelled “kine,” from the Hawaiian word for “excellent,” this type of bud is above average but doesn’t score quite as high as dank. With kine bud, the cannabinoid profile can be either high in CBD or THC depending on the strain, so potency isn’t a distinguishing factor. You can identify kine bud by stacking it up against the factors used to measure mids or dank, with some slight modifications. For example, kine bud might be more potent than mids but less so than dank. You also might observe more trichomes on a kine bud than on a mids, but fewer trichomes than would be on a typical top-shelf flower.
Factors that affect weed quality
High-quality cannabis is typically cultivated in optimized environments where growers have greater control over every aspect of the cultivation and curing process. Strains are carefully selected and the cannabis plants are often grown with the finest cultivation supplies, such as living soil and organic nutrients. In order to maintain a natural shape and keep the trichome-coated bud intact, most top-shelf marijuana is carefully hand-trimmed, but even machine-trimmed marijuana can still classify as dank.
Schwag weed is typically grown in a harsh environment, causing the buds to form early without the glittery trichomes commonly found on the surface of dank or mid flower.
Curing is an important part of the cultivation process that, if done improperly, can turn top-shelf potential into mids. Mids will sometimes have a grassy or harsh taste due to improper curing. Aside from the lack of aromatic enjoyment, additional signs of poorly cured weed include dampness to the bud and stems that don’t easily snap.
In most cases, mids will still contain a passable terpene profile that gives off a pleasant aroma that is more akin to dank than ditch, but the difference in pungency between mids and top-shelf should be discernible.
If bud is harvested too early, it could be relegated to the mids or even schwag category, as a premature harvest can result in reduced potency and a less enjoyable taste.
When we’re talking about top-shelf bud sold on legal adult-use markets, the packaging is oftentimes as enticing as the nug itself. High-quality flower should have THC and other cannabinoids listed on the product label and should come with a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing lab to ensure there are no pesticides, mold, or other contaminants on the bud.
Schwag, on the other hand, is sometimes compressed and transported in a brick that contains a mixture of small, dry nugs, shake, and lots of seeds and stems — hence the well-deserved nickname “brick weed.” When improperly handled and cured, even the best nugs can contain high levels of the cannabinoid, cannabinol (CBN), which may offer sedative qualities.
Although this sleepy cannabinoid might not be preferable to the recreational user seeking a buzz, CBN has been studied for the potential ability to treat insomnia,inflammation, pain, and bacteria, and may even act as an appetite booster. In its molecular form, CBN might sound appealing to some, but keep in mind that low-grade weed could also be contaminated with pesticides, mildew, mold, or insects due to having an adverse growing environment.
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What Is Reggie Weed?
Every seasoned smoker you meet will have a handful of favorite strains, whether it’s the classic OG Kush for a euphoric high or Blue Dream for its sweet berry flavor.
But one thing everyone seems to be able to agree on is how terrible reggie weed is.
Regarded as the black sheep of the family, this strain will not keep you coming back for more, but how did it land such a bad reputation? Let’s have a look at its characteristics compared to a typical top-shelf strain as well as a Reggie weed definition.
Reggie weed is a low-grade C strain – although some consider it a B+ or mid-grade weed – usually with a sativa-dominant heritage. It’s typically considered a beginner’s strain as its effects are very mild, with THC levels around 15% to 18%.
How Well Does Reggie Weed Grow?
Do you know the phrase you reap what you sow? Never has it been truer. Very little affection goes into the cultivation of this strain. Reggie weed is typically grown outside , and while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can make growing a lot more difficult.
When growing indoors you can regulate moisture levels, sunlight and temperature to create a high-quality variation. Often, growers will give little attention to developing the plant and simply leave it alone until it produces a decent amount of leaves, which is often not many.
Another problem with this strain is that the female variety is fertilized, which means it typically produces more seeds than leaves. It then uses its valuable energy on the seeds instead of the leaves, which reduces the quality of the strain.
What Does Reggie Weed Look Like?
Now appearance isn’t everything but in the strain world, it can be a great indication of the weed quality . Many describe it as having an unusual dull, dark green or brown color. Often, it’s dotted with many seeds but lacks much of the appealing crystallization you hope to see.
Normally, with high-quality strains like Candy Kush, there will be a mass of trichomes . These are the attractive crystals or frost that form on the buds. These trichomes are also the source of all the cannabinoids and terpenes in your cannabis, so with little visible, you can expect a very mellow high. High-quality strains should have quite an appealing bright green color unless they have been genetically modified.
What Does Reggie Weed Smell Like?
Smell can be a huge factor when determining what strain is right for you, some people prefer hard-hitting smells like Platinum Bubba Kush . This strain has a very floral and spicy scent, which many people love. Not all high-quality strains will have a great smell but typically if they lack in scent, they make up for in either taste or effect. Unfortunately, this cannot be said for Reggie weed, it’s not what attracts potential buyers. The strain is often described as having a mild skunky or dry hay smell. While it’s not terrible, there’s nothing alluring about it either.
What Texture Does Reggie Weed Have?
Luckily, one thing we can depend on is its beautifully sticky texture… Not. Reggie is very dry and dusty to handle and feels a lot like grass clippings. The leaves will often flake from the nugget, leaving a very airy and disappointing bundle of weed. High-quality strains will, again, all have a slightly different texture.
A strain which has a similar texture to Reggie is Fat Banana, but unlike Reggie’s very limp appearance, Fat Banana has a very pleasant, fluffy build.
Strains on the opposite side of the spectrum are like Candy Kush. Candy Kush retains more moisture than a lot of other strains. It has a sticky texture that will often leave resin on your fingers. Compared to Reggie, it is also very dense, which is most obvious when you attempt to squeeze in between your fingers.
What Does Reggie Weed Taste Like?
Reggie weed doesn’t have a particularly memorable taste. It’s often described as bland with occasional hints of herb or grass – not the most inspiring of flavors. That is unless you accidentally smoke some of the seeds. This can produce not only a bitter taste but an awful smell, which has been described like burnt plastic. Perhaps not full of flavor for the right reasons!
This is disappointing considering the amazing variation of taste in other strains. One of these is the Tangie strain, a citrus wonderland. Opening a bag of this will make you feel instantly summary, with a strong taste of apricot and mango too. If you prefer an earthy taste, another high-quality strain is Dutch Treat. Its flavor is rooted in rich pine, with pleasant herbs such as sage and a sharp lemon twist to round it out. So many strains have increasingly amazing and complex flavors that really outshine the dull experience of Reggie.
What Effects Will You Experience?
Reggie produces a relatively quick but mild high. Because of its low THC levels , it doesn’t have the power to create a strong psychoactive reaction. Some smokers have trouble feeling any kind of high at all. The strain, as said above, is also very dry – this can often cause a lot of coughing when smoked and a very unpleasant dry mouth. Certain high-quality strains have been cultivated to deliver amazing highs such as Godfather OG. This is a strain guaranteed to knock your socks off, as it once had a THC level of 34.04%, breaking the world record for the highest THC content.
If it’s not built for psychoactive properties then it must be made for medicinal use, right? Unfortunately, even its CBD levels can’t save it. As a strain, it’s not well looked after or developed enough to be used as an effective treatment for many ailments. That’s not to say it won’t help at all, but they are many more strains such as Harlequin which will produce a much better effect.
When Is Reggie Weed a Good Idea?
Okay, let’s give Reggie weed a break. While it’s not popular among avid cannabis smokers, it can be a decent strain for those beginning their cannabis journey.
Many describe Reggie as one of the first strains they ever tried, probably because it’s a lot more approachable than other types of cannabis.
It can ease you into smoking without you having to try the more intimidating and powerful strains like Purple Kush . At least it’s a strain you can only move up from.
It’s also a very accessible strain, so if you are desperate to get your hands on it quickly, it’s entirely possible to so. Whereas some strains can be very niche or are simply more difficult to grow. Another reason you might choose to use Reggie is that it’s incredibly cheap, which probably isn’t surprising given its quality. Basically, if you are a cannabis newbie and you want a cheap, accessible strain, Reggie isn’t all that bad.
Final Thoughts on Reggie Weed
It’s no wonder strain connoisseurs are increasingly frustrated with Reggie; it lacks any imagination or excitement, whether that be in the high, taste, or smell. There are plenty of other varieties that can give you a great high or medicinal aid.
Many more states are legalizing cannabis – will this lead to a higher production of top-quality strains, so does this mean the end of Reggie? Yes and no. From what we can see so far, creativity in cannabis strains will continue increasing. But for now, it looks like there will always be a place for low-quality varieties like Reggie.
All you need to know about Reggie weed, why to stay away, and some great alternatives to this marijuana strain with our examples of quality cannabis.