The most apparent drawback of legal marijuana is its high cost. Sales taxes can be as much as 35 percent of the retail price, depending on what city or state you live in. In addition, all types of taxes imposed on growers and manufacturers force them to include higher costs in the final price of their products, making the retail price higher than what is offered illegally before sales taxes are imposed.
On the other hand, consumers have benefited significantly from the legalization of marijuana. Quality control, variety of strains and products, and accessibility have markedly improved since the days when buying marijuana from “a guy” was the only option.
Of course, manufacturers are also aware of the high cost and have adapted. Several products offer excellent quality in today’s market while keeping prices low. For example, did you know that there are buds called “smalls” that you can buy at a lower price?
Soon we will cover everything customers need to know about cheap marijuana brands, their quality, and some helpful tips on spending less on flowers.
Value Marijuana: Quality Weed at a Low Cost
If people can not afford it, they will not buy it. As a result, “value brands” or “value strains” have emerged to appeal to budget-conscious cannabis customers. It’s worth noting that, as with booze, some of the inexpensive strains are just plain awful. However, the best in the business always find inventive ways to make the supply chain work in their favour. That means you can find quality weed even on a budget!
Small & Popcorn Buds
Smalls, sometimes known as popcorn buds, are often less expensive than larger buds from the plant’s top. Smalls offers premium lower canopy fruit from high-quality farmers. The term “canopy” refers to the area of the plant from which growers harvest the buds. Valuable buds don’t resemble the dense, bulky nugs in high demand in the cannabis market. Therefore, they sell for less money and save costs (presumably) passed on to you.
Only in direct comparison with high-end designer cannabis could the excellent value brands be considered “less than.” As far as THC content goes, there will never be a good value bud with more than 30% THC. However, some beautiful products still work even better than expensive alternatives. Take Tuna (popcorn), Bud, as an example.
Insider Tip: Change Consumption Method
Stop smoking joints if you’re still doing it! Any smoking method that requires regular expenses (e.g. rolling papers!) is likely to be abandoned. When you’re on a tight budget, opt for an intake technique that gives you the most bang for your buck. Joints are popular, but they are also one of the least efficient ways to inhale marijuana! We suggest bongs and vapes.
Get a Bong
Pipes have a harsher hit on the throat and are less effective than a bong hit. But in general, either one is the first choice for consumption! Pipes are inexpensive; you can usually get one for $20, and with proper care, they can last for years.
We recommend a bong if you smoke more than once a week. You will find a bong for less than $40 if you go to a local smoke store.
Bongs can last for years if they are cleaned regularly. They are probably the most efficient technique to inhale marijuana. As a result, you usually need to use less flowers to get the same high. This $40 investment may be the best one you will ever make!
A high-quality vape can be worth the money if you’re a regular cannabis user or simply enjoy the finer things in life. Many people associate vapes with concentrates, but many dry flower vapes deliver a pleasant puff of your favourite strain.
Also, did you know that vaping is far less harmful than smoking joints and blunts? The Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England agrees.
Vapes cost between $60 and $600, so it may be a few months before you save up for one, but it’s worth the wait. The Pax 3 is a particular favourite because it can hold concentrated and dried flowers. Its different colours are also a great bonus!
Best Budget Buds
Are you a medicinal marijuana user or a “connoisseur” who smokes a lot of flowers? In that case, you are probably searching for ways to save money any way you can. Here are the eight best Budget Buds and brands on the market without you having to sacrifice quality.
Doesn’t that sound like a gambler or a gunslinger? Cactus Jack is an excellent strain for price-conscious consumers who already admire the Jack Herer Sativa strain. Of course, that’s all in addition to the silly-sounding name!
Users can expect enhanced creativity, motivation, and cerebral euphoria. However, Cactus Jack also relaxes the body and puts you in a sluggish state of mind without completely knocking you out. You can treat pain, stress, melancholy, migraines, and mood swings with this budget bud.
Cactus Jack is an extremely rare strain developed by an anonymous breeder. Sweet lemons, pine cleaner, and spices are among the most commonly reported scents of Cactus Jack.
Stone Road’s Roll Your Kit contains 1/2 ounce of biodynamic, sun-grown California flowers. It is available in three fruity-tasting and fragrant varieties, making it ideal for any summertime retreat. The packs also include natural leaf and crutch to tear open and use. Manufacturers make these packs entirely from recyclable materials.
The quality of this flower is excellent for a pre-ground pack. Customer reviews say that the buds are sticky rather than dry. They also felt that the flavour and scent were distinct from the first sniff until the bag was lit. Impressed? So are we.
We’re not sure if Las Vegas has a signature cannabis strain, but Neon Night is undoubtedly worth considering. This potent Indica calms the mind first before turning to the body. It is ideal for people who have had their fill of Vegas for a night and are ready to relax and get a good night’s sleep.
The flowers are beautiful and densely built, with dark green and purple buds, amber hairs, and a frost layer. Classic earthy musk blends with sweetness, fruit, and a peppery finish. The aroma is a complex interplay of ingredients.
Old Pal is the original low-cost brand that takes high-quality tiny buds, grinds them up, and puts them in a convenient package that has become the model for other budget brands. Rolling papers and crutches are included in each beautiful 1/2 ounce Ready to Roll package.
There are three types of Old Pal’s Ready to Roll packs: Indica, Sativa and Hybrid. Consumer reviews indicate that it has neither a strong head high nor an intense body high but is more cerebral and less couch-locking. With a THC content of around 20%, it offers a robust, working high ideal for getting ready for any activity.
Kosher Kush is a popular strain of indica marijuana widely known as “Kosher OG.” It was developed as a pure clone strain in Los Angeles and is now available. It has a distinct but recognizable aroma reminiscent of rich soil and fruit. Kosher Kush is often considered one of the best-tasting smokes on the market.
A close relative of OG Kush, Kosher Kush won the Cannabis Cup award for Best Indica in 2011 and 2010 and the Best Variety award in 2011. This pungent Indica is known for its remarkable ability to treat pain and promote tranquility. With THC content as high as 29 percent in some samples, Kosher Kush is a fantastic offering.
Baker’s is a budget cannabis brand that produces high-quality indoor cannabis. Baker’s brand is of the same high quality, with 1/2 ounce pre-ground packs containing 40 rolling sheets and crutches and available in indica, hybrid and Sativa strains. It is mechanically ground like all pre-ground cannabis strains, but Baker’s isn’t quite as refined as other companies. This helps to maintain a decent texture, smell, and taste.
Baker’s sells the whole flower and shake packs in addition to pre-ground 1/2-ounce packs. The high is centred in the head, almost like an electric cloud, with a cerebral hit concentrated in the face. With a THC content of 14.62 percent, it’s great for midday or high-energy smokers.
Roots is a value brand part of Flow Cannabis Co. (formerly known as Flow Kana). This company sources sun-grown cannabis from the Emerald Triangle in Northern California. Roots sell live resin carts and dabs in addition to ounces, eighths and pre-rolled joints.
One of the advantages of smoking sun-grown cannabis is that plants grown entirely or partially outdoors (in greenhouses) get their energy from light. This allows the plant to produce more terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids. As a result, the high becomes more dynamic and multi-faceted, just like Roots.
Look Out for Bad Weed
It’s relatively easy to find good, inexpensive weed in California or Colorado, where cannabis is entirely legal. If you live in these states, you have to find a certified dispensary. Because of the fierce competition in these states, those who sell low-quality marijuana are quickly out of business.
However, not everyone is so lucky. Users in states where marijuana is prohibited or where you need an MMJ card to purchase it will have to do with what they can get. You may have to obtain cannabis from a black market dealer. In doing so, you risk rip-offs and low-quality goods, as well as the possibility of incarceration.
You must learn to distinguish between high-quality ‘awesome,’ mediocre marijuana, and low-quality junk. Here are some simple guidelines for distinguishing between good and harmful cheap marijuana.
Fewer Stems, Better Smoke
Many of the pots sold on the street will be full of stems and seeds. Imagine paying $50 for an eighth and learning that half of it is made up of substances you can’t even smoke! When you buy pot, remember that a good weed can be smoked.
The stems of the cannabis plant are useless in this regard, so the less, the better. Seeds are even worse. They explode when set on fire, perhaps destroying your joint or blowing up an entire bowl. Even low-grade ganja dealers will not sell you anything that contains seeds. So if your dealer gives you a few in each pack, it’s probably time to rethink a few things.
Smell Before You Buy
If you grow an excellent strain of marijuana and then harvest, dry, and cure it properly, it will smell and taste like delicious musk.
Look for marijuana with a distinct “marijuana musk” because that is a sign that the buds are fresh and contain a high terpene concentration. Bad weed typically has no “cannabis aroma” or, worse, it smells like something not even close to marijuana.
Suppose someone is trying to sell you a bud that smells like freshly cut grass or hay. In this case, it’s usually a sign that the weed was poorly grown and incorrectly dried and cured. It’s worth noting that cannabis with an aromatic chocolate bitterness is often an Indica strain. Citrus overtones, on the other hand, usually indicate a Sativa-dominant strain.
Look for Trichromes
This advice certainly requires the use of a magnifying glass, but an adequately grown strain of high-quality marijuana should produce buds densely packed with trichomes. This is important because trichomes contain the terpenes and cannabinoids that give marijuana its aroma, flavour, and, most importantly, its high or medicinal effect.
Trichomes are like iridescent crystals that cover high-grade buds. You can probably see the trichome density with the naked eye, but you’ll need a jeweler’s loupe or something similar to see the full amount and get a good look. Growers should harvest cannabis when the trichomes have turned a milky white colour. They resemble small colourful mushrooms when viewed through a magnifying glass.
Stay Away from Mouldy Cannabis
Watch out for mold and rot, just like food in your pantry or refrigerator. Even good marijuana can be infested with them. They look like mold and rot on bread or cheese – fuzzy discolorations on the surface. Don’t put this junk in your bong if you don’t want to get sick.
Larger marijuana leaves sticking to your nugs are another visible red flag, indicating a poor “cut” when the grower took the buds off the plant. Cannabis that has been machine-trimmed (rather than carefully hand pruned) can lose its potency, and the leaves themselves can lack the cannabinoid components that users look for in marijuana.
Heed the Dispensary Shelf
This tip is for people who can get their marijuana from a dispensary. Even though it is unlikely that the staff will cheat you, it is still beneficial to know the different varieties of marijuana. In a typical dispensary, you should see three different shelves. Not to insult your intelligence: The marijuana on the top shelf is usually the best.
This marijuana has a high THC content (some strains have up to 22 percent) and is produced with great care before being perfectly dried and cured. The marijuana on the bottom shelf of a dispensary is usually the cheapest and least potent of its kind. Sometimes it is even a mixture of clippings from various other strains.
Falling into the Low-quality Budget Weed Trap
Finding high-quality buds is not as easy as it seems. You may fall into the trap of low-quality weed and experience an alarming high. But first, the good news: unpleasant highs may be scary but rarely life-threatening. Cannabis overdose has never resulted in death. As magical as it may sound, science shows that it’s virtually impossible to take a significant risk by consuming too much cannabis, whether low or high quality.
However, suppose you have a full-blown panic attack. In this case, you may end up in the emergency room, which can be very dangerous. Also, remember that buying cheap weed isn’t the only way to lead you to inferior weed. A bad trip can occur simply because you have consumed too much of it, are not familiar with it, or the environment is not correct.
In case you experience a bad trip with weed, there are some points you should keep in mind. But first, let’s see what a “bad high” really is.
What is a Bad Trip
A bad trip is the most accurate description of an adverse reaction to marijuana use. The substance increases your feelings and thoughts. Being high can be a pleasant experience if you’re already in a good mood. You might feel more energetic, inventive, and cheerful.
On the other hand, marijuana can worsen anxiety, nervousness, and paranoia. A bad high is similar to a panic attack or anxiety attack. Therefore, a bad high is often accompanied by a racing heart, frightening thoughts, and sweating.
Consume Calories & Stay Hydrated
Before using cannabis, drink plenty of water. Consuming marijuana on an empty stomach can also cause some health problems. You may not want to eat when you feel queasy, but that is often the first step toward feeling better. See if you can eat a light snack after drinking a glass or two of water.
Many cannabis users believe that a diet high in carbohydrates and fats will help reduce the intensity of the high. However, such reports are based on anecdotal evidence and are not scientifically proven. So it’s generally better to get high on a full stomach.
Just accept that you are anxious, but nothing terrible will happen to you. Remember that no one has ever died from the effects of a cannabis overdose. Remind yourself that this is just a reflex that will pass.
It’s also a good idea to go to a quiet place and listen to some soothing music. Confide in someone you trust. Tell them what’s going on if you can, preferably a friend who can help you calm down. Physical interaction can also be helpful. So if you feel comfortable around your smoking friends, ask your buddy for a hug.
Black pepper is a Good Choice.
Remember that anxiety and paranoia are possible side effects of a bad trip. It is said that eating or inhaling a pinch of black pepper can help with these problems. DO NOT inhale the pepper if you choose to sniff it. If you do, you will be sorry. Chewing on a few peppercorns is another alternative.
In this case, there’s little science involved. Researchers found something unusual in a 2011 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. The authors discovered that caryophyllene is a highly selective antagonist of CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. It can enhance the sedative effects of THC and help you relax. Caryophyllene is abundant in pepper.
Tips for Budget Growers
Saving money on your next harvest can be a lot easier than you think. Here are a few key money-saving tips for growing cannabis indoors or out.
Choose the Bud Cautiously
While it may seem illogical to spend money on cannabis seeds when you can produce bag seeds for free, investing in quality cannabis seeds from the start will save you money (and worry) in the long run. You pay for guaranteed quality when buying seeds from a reputable seed bank. Teams of dedicated breeders and growers are constantly working to improve the genes of established seed banks.
In other words, after your seeds germinate, you can be sure that the plants in your garden will grow robust and healthy (with proper care, of course) and will give you high harvests of premium buds.
Another great way to save money on growing weed is to buy auto-flowering seeds. Auto strains these days can produce impressive yields and buds with strength and flavour that rivals any photoperiod strain if you are a budget-conscious grower, plant auto-flowers.
Buying new seeds after each harvest can add up quickly, especially if you have a large garden and produce several plants at once. Cloning can help you offset some of these costs by allowing you to re-grow your favourite varieties without buying new seeds each time.
Keep in mind, however, that cloning is not without its drawbacks. You’ll need to grow your clones from a robust and healthy mother plant, which you’ll need to keep in regular vegetative status to get good results. To keep a mother plant alive, you’ll need plenty of space, a steady 18/6 light cycle, and a lot of fertilizer. In return, however, you can grow several clones from your mother every few weeks, perhaps even for years.
It’s worth noting that the yield potential of mother plants diminishes over time. Most growers deal with this by renewing their mother plants every 6-12 months. In general, we advise buying seeds, keeping the healthiest plant as the mother plant, cloning it for six months then repeating the process. This way, you can always work with healthy plants.
Recycle & Reuse
Let’s face it; you will probably grow marijuana more than once in your life. Therefore, try to reuse and recycle as many products/tools as possible in your growing area. Below are some prominent growing tools you can use.
Pots: Unless they are broken, you should be able to reuse your cannabis pots for multiple growing sessions. Just make sure each pot is thoroughly disinfected before planting a new one.
Soil: One of the most expensive aspects of cannabis cultivation/gardening is good soil. Fortunately, you can easily reuse old soil. Just remember to add some fresh material to improve your old soil’s nutritional value and structure.
Garden tools: do not spend more money on other tools for your cannabis garden if you already have garden tools for other plants. To avoid transferring pests and diseases from your cannabis plants to the rest of your garden, simply sterilize your tools before each use.
Don’t Overdo It with Supplements.
Stick to the basics. It’s cheaper and usually keeps your plants healthy from seedling to harvest. Ignore the fancy labels and choose a feed that encourages leaf growth during the growing season and flower production.
Homemade compost is inexpensive and effective. Most bloom boosters and soil conditioners are overpriced and ineffective. Overfeeding to increase growth or bud production is a mistake. Too many supplements will burn your plants and waste your money. Unless a cannabis plant is known to eat a lot, you should feed it sparingly.
The most apparent disadvantage of legal marijuana is its exorbitant price. Suppose you’re a medical marijuana patient or a flower enthusiast who smokes a lot of weed. In that case, you’re probably looking for ways to save money on marijuana.
You’re not alone, either. Value brands and strains have just exploded to appeal to the cannabis consumer on a budget. Of course, producers are aware of the high prices and have made adjustments. There are various products of excellent quality in today’s market while being reasonably priced. For example, did you know that there are buds known as “Smalls” that can be purchased for a reduced price?
And no, they don’t have inferior quality compared to premium flowers. This makes Small Buds an excellent choice for those looking for high-quality strains at a low price! In conclusion, we hope this blog post can help you find the best budget brands and buds. Next time you go shopping for cheap marijuana, do not forget to give Smalls a chance!