At this stage, there are probably thousands of different marijuana strains as breeders continue to cross existing strains to create ‘new’ forms of weed. Yet for all the rich variety, you can still place cannabis in one of three types, and I’m not talking Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis! For experienced weed lovers, there is bad, adequate, and awesome weed.
Also known as schwag or reggie, low-quality dirt weed should be avoided at all costs. It was a staple of the ‘good old’ days, because pot was illegal and users were happy to get their hands on just about anything. It is the kind of weed that a novice would grow without following guidelines and is typically full of everything barring the good stuff. If you can’t spot it by sight, you’ll know it is bad when you start wheezing and coughing after using it.
Reggie weed is usually extremely dry and full of seeds. Indeed, it can look like the clippings left over after you cut the grass. It could also be so brown that it looks as if it has been dug out of the ground five minutes previously.
Better known as ‘mids,’ this is middle of the road marijuana. There is nothing especially wrong with it, and it should either get you high or help alleviate a medical symptom. It is a good and realistic option if you can’t afford the best.
It should have bright green patches and a few darker green notes. There may also be a few orange or red hairs on there. It feels dry but doesn’t crumble in your fingers like schwag. It isn’t unusual for the THC of mids weed to be around 15% which is definitely potent enough for novices.
Top Shelf Weed
Also known as ‘dank,’ this is the cannabis all users want to get their hands on. When you have premium-grade marijuana in your hand, you will notice vibrant colors and glistening trichomes. Depending on the strain, the orange, red or purple hues will be a wonder to behold.
The smell absolutely fills the room, and you will get a really nuanced taste. Finally, the THC levels will be well above 20%, and the effects should last for hours.
What Category Does ‘Kine’ Weed Fit Into?
First and foremost, we have to point out that while it is often called ‘kind’ weed, the correct spelling is ‘kine.’ If you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that it is a term that originated in Hawaii. ‘Kine’ means ‘excellent’ in the Hawaiian language. If you haven’t heard of it before, don’t feel bad; there are only around 24,000 speakers of the Polynesian language!
‘Kine’ weed typically refers to sinsemilla (also a high-quality weed known for its lack of seed bodies). However, it is also normal for people to describe above average marijuana as ‘kine.’
Kine Bud For Everyone!
Marijuana legalization is booming in the United States. Up until 1996, cannabis was completely illegal across the country. Finally, California broke the mold and legalized medicinal marijuana in that year. Since then, state after state has followed California’s lead an at the time of writing, an incredible 33 states allow medical cannabis, and 10 of them allow recreational use. If that isn’t enough, our neighbor, Canada, recently legalized Mary Jane across the country.
It has got to the stage where home growers can cultivate top-shelf marijuana. If you follow these five quick tips, you could grow kine weed of your own:
Research the kind of strain you are looking for. Do you want high THC or high CBD? Are you seeking a relaxing strain or one that gives you an energy boost? All strains have their own attributes so choose the one that fits your needs. You can’t go wrong with strains such as OG Kush, AK-47 and Northern Lights, for the record.
Regardless of genetics, your plants must be exposed to plenty of the right kind of light if grown indoors. While you may not need 1000-Watt HPS bulbs to generate a monster yield, don’t expect miracles with a small CFL bulb! In most cases, more is better as long as you monitor your plants, don’t allow them too close to the light, and increase CO2 if possible.
Each strain has its own flowering time so find out before you start growing. There is a 2-3-week window where your cannabis must be harvested. Keep a close eye on trichomes and pistil color change.
Drying and Curing
If you get this part wrong, you could waste months of hard work! The classic drying method is to hang your trimmed buds upside down from hangers. The key is to allow moisture to drain away from the plants slowly. Don’t be afraid to spend 10 days drying your crop.
After drying, store your buds in airtight containers; preferably glass Mason jars. At this stage, it is up to you to decide when to use your weed, but the longer you cure the buds, the better tasting, and more potent, your weed will be. Make sure you periodically open your jars to prevent mold from forming.
Kine Bud Overflow
Just a decade ago, finding kine bud was a difficult task. Today, there is a surplus in certain states! In Oregon for example, where recreational weed is legal, prices of marijuana are falling like a stone. In May 2017, the average price of pot in the state was $2,500 per pound. Within five months, it had more than halved to $1,200. The good news is that kine bud is affordable to most people. The bad news is that thousands of pounds of it are going to waste.
If you live in a state where marijuana is legal recreationally, consider helping your local dispensary by purchasing its kine weed instead of growing your own. Although it is always a joy to see the fruits of your hard labor, we fervently believe that too much good weed is going to waste due to overproduction. And of course, you’ll thoroughly enjoy benefitting from the “fruits” of your own labor as well!