The very highest-quality cannabis flower is sold under the title private reserve and is the very best product offered in a dispensary. This title often means that the dispensary itself plays a role in the cultivation, selection and preparation of this prime product.
If you are looking to buy “private reserve” it is important to know that this is not only the brand of this item, but also a name for a specific strain. Make sure you explain clearly to the budtender what it is you are looking for before making your purchase.
The term “top-shelf” refers to a high-quality cannabis flower that is almost as good as “private reserve” but slightly behind for various reasons. There are many other terms for this top-quality product including loud, chronic, piff and artisanal flower. To properly cultivate such a top-quality cannabis flower takes special growing conditions, extensive knowledge of the crop and meticulous care and attention during the growing process.
For this reason, you can expect to pay more for this category of cannabis flowers. When cultivating “top-shelf” cannabis flowers, growers focus on the quality of their crop rather than the overall yield. Top-shelf buds can be dark green or very light-green with purple or orange shoots.
Upon close inspection, you will find that top-shelf buds also feature a large number of trichomes completely intact. You may also notice that this type of flower is very sticky, kind of like cotton candy. But the real indication of a top-shelf item is the rich pungent aroma.
Then there is “bottom-shelf” cannabis flower that is basically the lowest quality herb you can buy. Also called brick-weed, popcorn, schwag, ditch weed and dirt weed, you can expect a considerable difference in the quality of bottom-shelf weed.
For example, bottom-shelf weed will have to be thoroughly cleaned from sticks, twigs and seeds before it can be smoked. The smoke is also much harsher than better quality weed and lacks the pungent fragrance and intact trichomes.