Shop a curated list below of some of Canada’s top Cannabis flowers. Cannabis has become increasingly popular among both the medical and recreational communities. In 2018, Canada became the second country to legalize cannabis for recreational use, next to Uruguay. For those interested in pain-relieving, nausea-relieving, or creative-speaking effects, learning about the marijuana plant flower is essential before you dive in
Why Is It Called ‘Cannabis Flower’ or ‘Marijuana Flower’ and Not Plain ‘Marijuana’?
When it comes to cannabis, also commonly known as ‘marijuana’, ‘green’, ‘Mary Jane’, or even just ‘weed’, there is a rich and complex history to its actual name. Today, if you visit a flower cannabis dispensary, seek out a new strain, or even follow various brands, you are more likely to see the term ‘cannabis flower’ instead of ‘marijuana’ or ‘marihuana’.
In the past, the terms ‘marijuana’ or ‘marihuana’ were used as slurs and, in some cases, pejorative words that were meant to label those who consumed the plant as outcasts. Throughout the years, the term ‘marijuana’ has accumulated a negative stereotype of lazy stoners or ‘dope heads’, hence why so many have migrated to the official cannabis flower names.
What is a Cannabis Flower?
Cannabis flowers refer to any part of the cannabis plant that is smokable, typically the trichome-covered bud section of any female cannabis plant.
The anatomy of cannabis flowers is just as important to understand when familiarizing yourself with cannabis itself. Understanding the makeup of the cannabis plant can help you to find strains that provide the exact desired effects and/or relief you are seeking.
With cannabis, trichomes are essentially referred to as ‘crystals’, and appear as translucent bubbles and dots that form along the actual plant. Trichomes attached to cannabis buds are functional digestive traps, which can help to provide greater effects when consumed or smoked.
When referring to cannabis bracts, the female cannabis flower’s reproductive parts are highlighted. Bracts appear similar to the shape of a leaf or standard petal but will be highly individualized to fit the specific strain of cannabis. Bracts are typically part of the leaf structure of a flower, but can also be a part of the flower itself.
Along with traditional leaves that grow from any cannabis plant, sugar leaves are smaller but will also appear to grow toward the base of a plant. Sugar leaves may appear covered in white dust, crystals, or trichomes, giving a brighter and white appearance to the leaves themselves.
Sugar leaves are not always kept on the plant as they do not offer any smokable value, but some horticulturists prefer to keep them to protect the plant and streamline its natural drying process.
Calyxes are known to provide cannabis plants with an additional layer of production. They are built of sepals and may be confused with bracts, depending on the size of the cannabis flower and where it is at its maturity. Calyxes are considered the most resinous section of the flower as it holds most of the plant’s trichomes and pistils.
Cannabis has had a vast and rich history, from typical use cases of using it in the hopes of providing pain-relieving effects to helping others boost their creative thinking or improve their inability to sleep. Some of the most common uses of cannabis flower, both medically and recreationally, providing pain-relieving effects apply to:
- Nausea (including nausea associated with chemotherapy treatments)
- Seizures (in those with epilepsy)
- MS/Multiple Sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions
- Muscle spasms
- Tingling or numbness commonly associated with nerve damage
When it comes to consuming cannabis, it is likely that each individual will have a highly personalized experience. The effects you experience from cannabis will also greatly depend on the cannabis strain you have available as well as your preferred method(s) of consumption. Some of the most notable and common psychological effects of consuming cannabis include:
- A feeling of heightened senses and the ability to see, feel, hear, or taste more intensely
- Euphoric or creative urges
- Introspection and metacognition are not uncommon
- Stress reduction
- Increased sense of humor
- Distortions of perception of time
- Illusions/hallucinations (only typically occur in newer users at extremely high dosages)
In some cases, when too much cannabis is consumed or when an individual feels that they have taken a high dose, it is possible to feel the following effects:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased anxiety
- Nausea/vomiting (this is an extremely rare side effect when dosing properly)
In addition to psychological effects, it is also not uncommon to experience a range of physical effects when consuming cannabis, such as:
- Increased heart rate
- Fluctuations/unpredictability of blood pressure
- Dilation of blood vessels
- Dry mouth (also commonly referred to as ‘cotton mouth’)
- Slowed perception of time/slower cognitive responses
Before getting started with any dried flower cannabis, tinctures, or edibles, it is important to understand that not all marijuana flower Canada provides the same potency and effects.
When searching for the perfect strain, consider using a labeling and grading system, such as the one below. From traditional strains that are more affordable and budget-friendly to strains for experienced smokers (including Super Quads 5A), finding the perfect flower for you can come down to abiding by a standard grading scale.
Super Quads (5A)
Super Quads, or 5A, are known as the top-tier strains available for only the most experienced of smokers. Super Quads, or 5A strains, are known as the very best marijuana strains available on the market. These strains include impressive attributes that do not compete with any other level of grading on the scale.
Typically, for casual cannabis users, Quads, or 4A strains, are known as the best type of strains available medically and recreationally. Quads will have an incredible terpene profile with increased levels of both THC as well as CBD, depending on the strain. When it comes to “True Quads”, the label refers to people and companies trying to pass off a trip for a quad. Quads will always have the proper cure that was ensured for the strain. This allows for better storage, smoother and cleaner burning, and can result in a much more potent and pleasant experience.
Before medical and recreational cannabis became legal and mass-produced, Trips, or 3A strains, were often known as some of the highest-quality cannabis flowers that were around. As breeders and time evolved, new categories like Quads and Super Quads needed to be created as some genetics and farmers were producing quality beyond what the typical categories of the past were representing. Trips, or 3A strains, are still powerfully potent but are not as densely packed with visible trichomes.
For those seeking dried flower cannabis that is standard or budget-friendly, 2A, or Dubs strains are most fitting. Although 2A strains are not as potent, or effective as Trips, Quads, and Super Quads, they can still be perfectly suitable strains for beginners and even casual users that don’t have as much of a tolerance built up. It is important to note that most Dubs strains are lower in THC when compared to cannabis strains of higher quality like Trips, Quads, and Super Quads.
You can read more how we grade our product through here: BMWO 5A Grading System Explained
Finding the perfect cannabis flower in Canada is not always as simple as choosing the first strain you find and going for it. In fact, learning the differences between the types of strains that are available can help point you in the right direction if you are using cannabis for any health condition or ailment you are experiencing.
Cannabis Indica is known for its relaxing and sedative properties. In many circles, Indica strains may be referred to as an “In the couch” strain to help users remember that Indicas tend to lean towards relaxation, rather than cerebral or creative highs. Indica strains are typically grown much faster than Sativa or hybrid strains, and the origins of the genetics are found around various regions throughout Afghanistan, Asia, and Tajikistan. If you are looking for a way to unwind and relax in the evening, reduce anxiety, and help you to get to sleep, an Indica strain may be the way to go. Some of the most popular and cutting-edge Indica strains known can be found on our indica cannabis page. The cannabis category as a whole continues to evolve and adapt with breeders constantly striving to breed newer and better strains
Sativa strains, which come from the Cannabis Sativa plant, can be found in various regions throughout Asia, Central America, and even in different areas in Africa. Typically, Sativa plants thrive best in climates that are hot, dry, and arid. In most cases, a Sativa cannabis plant will grow up to be much thinner and taller than a standard Indica cannabis plant, which may be wider and more full in its appearance.
With a Sativa cannabis plant, cerebral effects and a boost to productivity and creativity are not uncommon. Individuals who prefer to consume Sativa cannabis plants and strains over Indicas typically do so to prevent feeling too tired or sleepy, which can be a result of a powerful and potent Indica strain. When you hear others referencing “couchlock” after smoking or consuming cannabis, they are often referring to Indica strains, not Sativa strains.
Popular and cutting-edge Sativa strains can be found on our Sativa cannabis page.
For cannabis aficionados who enjoy exploring both Indica and Sativa cannabis strains, a hybrid may be just right for you. Hybrid cannabis strains are typically grown with a combination of both Indica and Sativa cannabis plant genetics, resulting in unique strains and lineages that are difficult to find. Hybrid cannabis plants can provide physical relaxation effects while also providing a boost of creativity and a cerebral high that is unmatched. When it comes to hybrid cannabis strains, some of the newest most notable, and well-known strains can be found directly on our hybrid cannabis page. It’s amazing to see what the prized breeders come up with as they continually push the boundaries of what’s possible by mating together prized cannabis strains and putting together the best of both the Indica and Sativa worlds.
How Do You Smoke Marijuana Flowers?
Consuming and/or smoking marijuana flowers can be done in various ways, whether you prefer an old-school “joint” or if you prefer water filtration with a modern water bong.
Blunts and Joints
How to smoke a blunt or joint is relatively simple.
Joints are typically small smokable papers that are used to roll up dried flower cannabis, which can then be lit, smoked, and inhaled. Blunts, on the other hand, work similarly to joints but typically use hollowed-out cigar wraps instead of thinner consumable paper.
Blunts are often much larger in appearance than joints, although an oversized joint may also be referred to as a blunt, depending on who you are with at the time.
There are other different ways of smoking marijuana flowers without rolling out a blunt. You can read below to learn more about it.
Bongs and Pipes
Bongs and pipes are another common and popular method of consuming or smoking cannabis in Canada. Pipes, steamrollers, and chillums can also refer to smoking tools that are used to consume cannabis, whether it is made from glass, wood, ceramic, or even metal. Pipes do not typically require water or any other attachments in order to easily put your dried flower cannabis into the pipe itself.
When it comes to bongs, there are many different makes and models on the market today. From traditional plastic and glass smoking pipes (that stand vertically) to water bongs that offer additional filtration, bongs are optimal for heavier smokers and those who have plenty of experience with consuming cannabis.
For those who are concerned about smoking cannabis in a traditional manner, the option of using a vaporizer is also one to consider. Whenever you smoke cannabis via a pipe, bong, or joint, you are inhaling combustibles and causing irritation to the throat and lungs. Even if you are smoking the cleanest strains available, you are still providing excessive heat to your throat and lungs. Instead, opting for a vaporizer is a way to consume cannabis without causing additional damage to the lungs or throat.
Vaporizers work to heat cannabis using various forms of combustion without requiring a user to inhale first. Once the cannabis concentrate has been heated to the appropriate temperature, users can then immediately begin to inhale the cannabinoids and terpenes from the strain without inhaling potential carcinogens and tar.
How Do You Know If Your Cannabis Flowers are Degrading?
Over time, cannabis flowers may begin to degrade in terms of their color, taste, smell, and ultimately, their potency.
As your cannabis flower becomes less potent, its smell will begin to dissipate. You may also notice that cannabis flowers can start smelling musky if they’re older. Be careful of smoking older marijuana that smells bad. You want your cannabis to always smell fresh and have strong, potent-smelling terpenes emanating from the flower.
When cannabis is no longer good quality or is degrading, you will immediately notice it by its taste. The taste may seem stale, and you might feel effects such as a slight headache if the cannabis is not properly cured or is too degraded.
As cannabis flowers degrade, they lose the brightness of the visual trichomes and buds it produces. A once bright green strain may appear to turn brownish-orange as it degrades over time.
How to Properly Store Cannabis Flowers
Properly storing your cannabis can extend its lifespan without allowing its potency to decrease. Some tips to keep in mind when storing marijuana flowers include:
Ensure your cannabis is stored in an area that is temperature-regulated. Ideal temperatures for storing cannabis range between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid exposing your cannabis buds and flowers to direct sunlight. Use a covered and sealed jar to prevent overexposure.
Ensure you use a closed and sealed jar to prevent oxidation from degrading your cannabis in a shorter period of time.
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