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All about popcorn weed

Have you ever heard of popcorn weed? If not, then you just might be missing out on some of the amazing benefits you could gain from incorporating popcorn weed into your rotation of favorite marijuana products. Here you will find out what it is, how to grow popcorn weed and some of the differences between it and its more robust counterparts.

What is popcorn weed?

Popcorn weed is two different things. The first is a cannabis strain that is known for its small tight nuggets, and the second is the product of a marijuana plant that has been starved of essential nutrients so that it is not able to produce large colas. Instead, the tiny bud flowers never fully develop resulting in a grade-B weed that is less potent and has smaller buds.

Big buds vs small buds

If you were to compare the differences between popcorn weed and the product provided by a marijuana plant of the same strain under ideal conditions, you would notice a few things. The first is that popcorn weed is much, much smaller than the average bud. The second thing you will see is that the product will be a very low THC content. A good example would be comparing shake vs bud as far as the expected effects. It can get you high but will be a more mellow buzz than if you were to ingest large colas instead.

Pros and cons of using popcorn weed

There is a dramatic difference just in the quality of popcorn weed vs big bud, with smaller nugs often being referred to as grade B weed. This is for a couple of reasons. The yield will not be very substantial which isn’t ideal for most cannabis growers, and the potency will be lacking for those seeking a more intense high. However, there are benefits to using popcorn weed vs big bud cannabis. The most significant is the ability to microdose, without changing the amount you are smoking. Another advantage is the lighter more energetic buzz that popcorn weed tends to produce which is beneficial for those who need to medicate while staying active. Popcorn bud also sells at a discounted price making it an affordable option for those who need to stretch their money.

Uses for popcorn weed strains

Popcorn weed is commonly used because it is cheap. But also, because it works just as well as any other bud for creating different marijuana-infused products of your own, such as edibles, capsules, tinctures, drinks, rosin, etc. It’s perfect for those seeking the same benefits of marijuana without a couch locking high which makes it an ideal medicinal alternative.

Popcorn weed strains

Popcorn weed strains are cannabis strains that are known for their ability to produce smaller than average buds and are often from a sativa lineage. The most popular popcorn weed strain on the market today is Popcorn Kush, which is a sativa dominant hybrid that tastes and smells just like popcorn and produces tiny condensed nuggets.

How to grow popcorn weed

The key to growing a successful popcorn weed crop is to restrict the nutrients your plants are receiving as much as possible without killing it. Much of the time popcorn weed is grown by accident under harsh outdoor conditions. You can control the overall yield of a plan by giving it more or less of what it likes. Try dialing back your light hours by half and not providing additional nutrients. Marijuana prefers a temperature that is above 23 to produce large colas but when you are after popcorn buds than less is often better. The recommended temperature for popcorn weed strains is between 16 C and 20 C. Unfortunately, the art of growing popcorn weed hasn’t exactly been perfected as the results are the opposite of what most cannabis growers want, so finding the best conditions for producing tiny nuggets will rely on you consistently working with the same strains to gauge their reaction to the difference in nutrients.

Here you will find out what it is, how to grow popcorn weed and some of the differences between it and its more robust counterparts.

What are Popcorn Nugs?

Saturday September 26, 2020

M oney can get tight for anyone and there’s no shame in making a monthly budget and sticking to it. Knowing how to stretch your stash and your dollars while shopping for the essentials is an invaluable life skill, and that includes getting the most product that you can for your budget at your local dispensary. While keeping your eyes on discounts and sales items is one approach to getting more for less, it can sometimes feel like you’re giving up on quality just to save some cash. This can be especially true when it comes to the less expensive flower.

For the money-conscious cannabis consumer looking for the best bud for their limited bucks, popcorn nugs are a fantastic option for purchasing low-cost flower without sacrificing quality.

What are Popcorn Nugs?

Popcorn nugs are the smaller, cheaper buds you can find at most dispensaries. They get their name from the size of the buds, which are about as big as the popped kernels that they overcharge you for at the movie theater. Because they lack the A-plus, showroom-quality appearance of full-price bud, many producers and dispensaries will sell them at a discounted price in order not to waste any product.

How are Popcorn Nugs Formed?

Cannabis producers are always looking to maximize the number of quality buds that grow on each plant. This means arranging the grow room so the plants each have enough space, as well as carefully tending to each individual plant. Growers have to make sure that every part of their plant gets the correct amount of light, water, nutrients, and air flow. With enough care and attention, each plant’s resources will be fully devoted to adorning their upper branches (called colas) with fat, dank buds glittering with THC and terpene-rich trichomes.

However, some lower parts of the plant, especially areas close to the soil, will not get the same amount of light, water, space, or nutrients. Instead of producing dense, dank flowers, these shaded, undernourished branches will produce airy, smaller buds.

These are popcorn nugs, which are also known as larf cannabis. Because they were unable to fully develop due to overshading, overheating, crowding, or fewer resources, these smaller buds also don’t produce as many trichomes as their higher up brethren.

Most cultivators try to trim off or prevent popcorn buds from growing, since they’re less valuable and take resources and energy away from the top colas. However, nearly every plant will produce at least a couple branches of popcorn buds and growers are always seeking out ways to maximize their return on investment. Most cultivators will harvest the popcorn buds, package them, and sell them at a discount to shops, who pass that lower price onto the consumer. Anything smaller than popcorn buds will be gathered as trim to be processed into concentrates or edibles.

Are Popcorn Nugs Worth Your Money?

As with normal bud, the dankness of the popcorn nugs depends on the quality and talent of the grower. Think of the nugs that come from the colas as the A-plus flower, which comes at a premium price. Popcorn nugs, on the other hand, are somewhere in the B to B plus range. They still contain the same terpene/cannabinoid inspired effects as the full price bud, but they’re not the top of the class. However, they’re not going to make you cough or give you a headache like low quality “cheap” weed will either. This isn’t to say popcorn nugs should only be considered as a last budgetary resort. These nugs have their fans among those weed consumers who have plenty of money to burn.

Because they come from the same plant and share the same genetics, the effects of popcorn nugs are often simply the lighter, mellower version of their more developed, Grade-A brethren.

Popcorn buds are still the same quality product, and smoking slightly lower potency flower has its advantages. Sometimes you would rather take a slow, scenic drive through Stoned Town rather than a high-speed drag race through it. Popcorn buds can be a great choice for medical marijuana patients who want the benefits of treatment without it rushing to their head and interfering with their tasks for the day. They are also preferable for daytime smokers who just want to make their morning and afternoon a little more enhanced or their evening wind down a little smoother.

Popcorn nugs have plenty of uses outside of packing them into a bowl or bong. They’re the perfect size and density for rolling into blunts without having to break them up or constricting airflow. They are also frequently added into edibles or pressed into rosin. Of course, some popcorn nugs out there are basically on par with the potency of the A-plus buds that the producer is selling. These are the real deal–you’re basically getting A-minus quality for B-grade prices.

How To Pick Out Quality Popcorn Nugs at a Dispensary

Just like with regular nugs, appearance tells you a lot. Look past the size and density of the popcorn nugs. Are the leaves a consistent, vivid color or do they look spotty and washed out? Is there a sugary coating of trichomes or does it look pretty flat in the light? Are the buds springy with a little give or do they crunch under your fingers?

If the dispensary lets you, smelling the bud is another way to check for quality, even in popcorn nugs. Is it a dank, powerful mix of terpenes or does it kind of smell like hay? Is your nose telling your brain to reach into your wallet and buy it? If so, you’ve got quality popcorn nugs.

A third way is to ask about the grower. If you have a favorite producer that consistently cultivates absolute fire no matter what the strain, their popcorn bud is going to contain those same marks of quality, even if it is smaller and a little less potent. While popcorn nugs may be the runts of the litter, if the plant was given plenty of TLC, that quality will show up in them as well.

Finally, ask your budtender. If you have a quality budtender behind the counter, let them know your budget and tell them what you’re looking for. Your budtender should be able to direct you to the popcorn buds that will give you the best bang for your buck. They’ll even know the best growers to choose from if you are unsure. Just be sure to spare a buck for their tip jar if you can afford it.

The Takeaway

Finding yourself with lighter pockets for a month or a few can be tough, but there are ways to adjust. Luckily, dropping the quality of flower you buy doesn’t have to be one of them. So the next time you’re in a dispensary with less money to burn on some bud to burn, ask if they have any popcorn nugs available and enjoy.

Have you purchased popcorn nugs before? If so, tell us about your experiences in the comments!

Knowing how to stretch your dollars is an invaluable life skill. However, it can sometimes feel like you’re giving up on quality just to save some cash. If you're looking for the best bud for your buck, popcorn nugs are a great option for low-cost flower without sacrificing quality.