The year 2020 is coming to a close while bringing with it four more states to legalize marijuana. As more states become weed-friendly, so too do the people and their relationship with the cannabis industry; there are now around 243,000 full-time jobs as of January 2020 in the United States.
And as ease of acquiring marijuana is becoming prevalent and encountering more people associated with the drug is apparent, there is now an influx of cannabis terms and slang words used on a daily basis that can be confusing.
Confusion can be a pathway to misinformation and might hamper anyone looking for some marijuana. There are many good things that marijuana can do for a person and can even be had affordably and conveniently.
Knowing and understanding some of these terms can shed light on why some marijuana strains cost over $500 an ounce while others for way less. And figure out as well what kind of marijuana is both safe and good quality.
Starting with the Names and Appearance of Cannabis
Marijuana, weed, and Mary Jane are just some of the names that refer to cannabis. That’s easy to understand, and everyone at some point has been familiar with these, thanks in part to popular media. It is the other terms that may surprise anyone that taking the first steps to acquire marijuana for personal use. Trying to check online and asking around yields a kind stranger recommending to start by “smoking mids” and to avoid “reggie” as much as possible. What does this mean?
To begin with, cannabis is a plant with three different species, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Despite having three species, some botanists believe that all three are just a sub-species of C. sativa. Many are already familiar with its leaves by portrayal in multiple forms of media. Depending on the species, it can grow as small as a shrub or as tall as a small tree. Its stem is exceptionally sturdy despite its size and weight, but the essential part is its flowers – or the flower buds.
Although the entire cannabis plant can technically be consumed for the effects, it is at the flower or the bud that contains most of the potency – having high THC and CBD. The flowers are characteristically a light lime-green to a rich hunter green with a thick frosting of crystalline trichomes all contained in a dense bud structure. The presence of trichomes is the most crucial part as it has the densest concentration of THC and CBD.
Cannabis is widely accepted to be indigenous and originating from Central Asia, but the plant is found all over the world. Even before the banning and criminalization of marijuana during the early 20th century, cannabis has been a part of American history for industrial use as hemp or by its oil extracts for medicine.
Flowers of the Sativa species are the most commonly found due to its tendency to possess the highest concentration of THC. Sativa is known to have more cerebral effects that enhance creativity and give a jolt of fresh energy. Indica flowers are known more for medicinal and relaxing qualities capable of alleviating pain, insomnia, headaches, and muscle spasms. Ruderalis flowers aren’t commonly used for smoking but as genetic material by cultivators.
There are also hybrids that populate the market for marijuana. These hybrids have a specific mix of 2 or 3 species to provide a combination of benefits and a particular type of kick.
Reggie or Regs
Reggie or regs is a common term for low-quality or bad marijuana. It is identifiable by its brown and dirty appearance as opposed to the vibrant green colors mentioned earlier. Regs are also severely lacking in trichomes, therefore lacking in any significant effect. Its appearance does not hide any surprises in taste and smell either and is as disgusting how it looks. A pack of regs is almost certain to contain seeds and stems, a mark of haphazard cultivation and increasing the volume sold to the uninitiated buyer.
Another term for low-quality marijuana may be dirt weed, ditch weed, or Shwag. This again is also brown in appearance with slight hints of green with a lot of its trichomes gone due to inappropriate cultivation methods.
If anything, Shwag can give any potential buyer more side-effects than benefits that could be gained from smoking marijuana as Shwag is more of an indication of how mishandled the plant’s cultivation was. It is priced low, but it is also the epitome of the mantra “you get what you pay for.” But many beginners will be exposed to this first as it is the cheapest one and the easiest to obtain. Hopefully, however, after they’ve tasted reggie and shwag, they’ll be able to leave it behind and explore more of the vast market for the good stuff.
Mid-grade Weed or Mids
Leaving reggies behind, the next step would be to ask what is mid-grade marijuana and what do mids look like? Mid-grade weed is as it sounds to any potential consumer of marijuana: it is the middle in terms of quality, definitely smokeable but also not the finest cannabis. Although it does not tread the territory of low-quality marijuana, mid-grade marijuana is the stairway to the good stuff.
Good mid-grade weed can be characterized by a fair amount of trichomes that encompass the bud structure. Trichomes are a telltale sign of the quality of cultivation as a more attentive cultivator manages their crop closely to produce the most amount of trichomes. A pack of marijuana mids weed will most of the time be devoid of stems and seeds as well, which is a mark of some level of quality in cultivation and packing.
Mid-grade buds also tend to have a strong aroma that is commonly described as earthy and woody even before it is smoked. So another good indicator for the quality of your mid buds is judging the smell of the produce. Smoking mids grant you the effects in a short amount of time.
Although it is a tad ironic as back in the day, mids were classified as a low-quality form of marijuana. But the benefits of marijuana legalization in more states have allowed for better cultivation methods out in the open for the average cultivator.
These days, it is very common to have good mid-grade marijuana to test for a concentration of 10% – 16% THC, which is clearly more than enough for the average user. Smoking mids’ meanings are no longer a bad connotation anymore as most of the weed-smoking community will be spending their time consuming this.
Mid-grade marijuana can be thought of like your everyday, average, Joe – while some may be better than the bunch, there is a base quality that can be expected all the time.
Loud or Dank
Loud marijuana is considered the top-shelf quality weed; the highs that people like Snoop Dogg or Kyle Kushman will consume daily. These are the ones that enter the territory of carefully cultivated crops to even “designer” levels where cannabis hybrids exist.
Cultivators of loud or top-shelf weed are known to use high-grade compost teas, organic nutrients, and zero pesticides to grow their crops. This high-quality marijuana is meticulously monitored so that THC content and CBD concentrations are incredibly high, reaching to as much as 35%. Loud marijuana can be vibrant in their colors, including a spectrum of variety, with some having hues of red, purple, pink, and orange.
By visual inspection, a pack of loud weed is incredibly dense and full of crystal formations of trichomes. It is almost moist and sticky in feel just because of the sheer concentration of trichomes that carry the punch. The smell alone of the dried product is impressive. Judging by the name itself, it smells as if the buds are yelling loudly at your nose. Likewise, the taste can be considered full and earthy as it is smoked, with the effects packing an intense punch that can be felt almost immediately.
Hybrid weed mostly come into play in this category as they are cultivated closely to get the desired effect. Jilly Bean is one such hybrid that has a sweet flavor and a combination of effects from both Sativa and Indica strains. However, this strain averages $50 a gram.
It is no doubt why there is a sense of elitism once someone smokes loud weed, as the experience of it cannot compare to those whose quality is below it.
How to Tell the Difference Between Mid and Loud
There is a considerable line that highlights the difference between mids and highs, and it sure is not just because of the price tag. Mids are quite suitable for everyday consumption and can be considered a bang for the buck.
Mid-grade marijuana, as mentioned earlier, is the middle of the road on the spectrum of weed quality. Mids will taste good, smell alright, and still pack an intoxicating punch for a fraction of the cost of top-shelf marijuana.
Parties, where the presence of weed is required, will most likely have mids going around; more weed for everyone without emptying your pockets to get everyone appropriately high.
Another benefit of marijuana legalization is open market competition for the products. Different dispensaries in a state will have to compete with one another for buyers, just like any other product. This means that another store will have to produce good stuff for all price ranges for any customer to outsell one rival store. From the consumer’s perspective, this allows for preferences to decide what to buy – allowing anyone to mix and match their budget to the weed that satisfies them most.
Many, then, will argue about the experience that high-grade marijuana can provide. As mids are already properly cultivated and well maintained, cultivators of loud marijuana take it a step further.
As mentioned earlier, loud marijuana is closely monitored, with every material used to cultivate them is absolutely top-shelf. Dispensaries that offer highs will always be confident that their product can produce its desired effect on consumers all the time.
The difference in smoking the product is another delineator for both mids and highs. Mids will most commonly have a smooth, earthy flavor with just the right amount of intoxication coming a while later. The desired effects of the strain chosen follow after smoking, whether relaxing or energizing. The smoke’s aroma is as earthy and full as it tastes, and a smell that every marijuana smoker will recognize.
Dank weed is on another level, of course, with the taste, smell, and effects curated by the cultivators. Many dank weed strains are hybrids with different strains bred and crossed together over many generations to get a specific flavor and smell.
While smoking, loud weed will always have a full punch in smell and flavor, with desired effects coming almost instantly. Some dank weed hybrids will have stages of effects, too, switching from Sativa to Indica and vice-versa.
But not all the good stuff comes in dank quality form as high mid-grade marijuana does exist too.
As mids are considered the stairway to the dank stuff, high mids are the bridge. High mids will boast a moderate THC level of about 17% on average with primarily Sativa effects. High mids are a great combination of effects from both dank and mid strains. High mids can provide that smooth, relaxing effect and give that burst of creative energy – perfect for a short relaxing session before grinding back to work.
High mids are the perfect step-up for people who commonly smoke mids, just enough of an extra kick to show what dank weed is like. Likewise, it is also a tremendous step-down for those who usually smoke highs.
The Table is Set
The research scene on the medical benefits of cannabis is vast and ready to be explored, with its promising benefits already peeking on the horizon. So too is the market for recreational and medical marijuana. There are different choices to choose from in levels that offer a great variety. It is all up to consumer preference now as the market allows everyone to mix and match. Anyone can look for marijuana that can suit their needs and budget, with mids and high-mids offering a broad and exciting playing field.