There are not many plants that grow on earth that have more variations when regarding flavours, smells, and of course, effects. These flavours are constantly evolving through an ongoing process of hybridization. One can’t simply estimate a number of how many flavours there are. It’s an infinite array of different organic and chemical notes.

There are more than 100 terpenes that delight our palate with many different tastes. There are way more flavours, and variations within these flavours, that the number of adjectives of most languages is actually not large enough to accurately describe the complex aromatic situation. When the evaluation process is done correctly, we have a good chance to get closer to the truth, meaning the true aromatic character or soul of a cannabis strain.


Before it’s time to do the evaluation of the bud, we must ensure that there are no factors that can influence our senses during the evaluation. The first thing is that you need to choose a particular way of consumption and stick to it. It’s best to consume the bud like you would normally do, using a bong, bowl, vaporizer, rolling paper or a non-flavoured blunt. Blunts are already kind of critical due to the tobacco flavours that are not desired in our evaluation process, even if you normally smoke your bud in a spliff. Make sure you have a clean mouth that is free of any tastes of drinks and food.


The physical examination of our bud is almost equally important as the smoking evaluation. The outer appearance of a cannabis flowers can tell us a lot about what the bud is like, not only in terms of flavour. It can give us insights about the genetic composition of indica and sativa genetics, the expected potency, and in some cases, the growing method and fertilizers that the grower used to produce the bud we smoke. You have to train your senses like a Jedi knight, closely inspecting anything than can potentially be of interest. Here are some quick points that one could follow:

1. Look at the bud: Glossy/matte, rough/fine, clean/dirty, compact/loose, old/fresh

2. Touch the bud: Hard/soft, doughy/crispy, sticky/dry, heavy/light, dense/airy

3. Smell the bud: Acidic, citrus/lemon-like, sweet, light, hazy, skunky, pungent, musky, earthy, woody, flowers, incense, cheese, wine, fresh/ripe/rotten fruit, exotic/traditional, etc.

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The process should always contain tests on the psychoactive/physical effects of THC and CBD, as well as further evaluation of the taste and overall aromatic performance. Following aspects can be considered:

• The individual type of high (cerebral/relaxing, activating/narcotic, creative/contemplative)

• The overall duration of the high (How long does it take to come down from the high and how does it feel? How many minutes does it take to reach the highest point of the effect, or the peak? What are the quantities needed?

• The tolerance range (Some weed doesn’t do nearly anything to you after smoking it for a while, other strains are very consistent in reaching the same effect over and over again.)

• The medicinal effect (If you have a disease or sickness and experiment with different kinds of cannabis, it’s very important to be relaxed and to carefully listen to what your body is telling you while being effected by you medicine of choice. If it’s not working for your individual health problem, be honest about it and try something else, meaning a different strain or a completely different therapeutic approach.

• Last but not least, the flavour and taste! You can use the adjectives from describing the smell, or really try to make up your mind on how to describe these flavourful blossoms of cannabis that so many people seem to appreciate.

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