Black market cannabis is a toss up because of the lack of lab testing

I was lucky to have a friend with good access to quality cannabis when I started smoking the plant 10 years ago.

The flower buds were always sticky and pungent in their dank aromas.

Unfortunately, that friend moved to another state after college and I suddenly had to grapple with a terrible weed supply that varied in quality all of the time. I remember asking friends if I could accompany them to parties so I could attempt to network with new people I hadn’t met before. At the time marijuana use was nearly as popular as it is now, but most people had to buy it illegally and only ever mentioned it in private among other weed smokers. You’d think it would be simple to spark a joint, pass it around, and ask where everyone gets their bud from. Unfortunately, most of the people I met during those years only had access to Mexican brick weed which was always called “mids,” or mid-grade. It’s between ditch weed and sensimilla, which is cannabis that was never pollinated during the flowering stage. All of the energy that usually goes toward seed production instead goes toward flower bud potency and quality. It took serious effort to find good sensimilla on the streets consistently. You could ask someone if they knew a friend with a connection for dank weed, but the connection could “dry up” at any point if someone gets sketched out and starts ghosting you when you request weed again. On top of that, it’s not always clean weed and can absorb a number of contaminants during its time in transit, wherever it goes. That’s why I’m happy to pay higher prices for legal weed as it’s all lab tested in my state.

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