Updated: Apr 21, 2021
Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the world, and it comes in a few different forms. Each form can vary in strength and appearance. We have put this blog post together to help you understand a bit more about them.
Herbal cannabis is the flowering buds of the female plant Cannabis Sativa. These buds are trimmed off the plant and dried for use. Herbal cannabis is the most common form found in Lanarkshire and is often smoked in a joint with tobacco. This is the most harmful way to use cannabis, as you are at risk of developing the diseases, illnesses and cancers that smoking tobacco causes. To learn more about this, read our other cannabis blog post, 'Is there a safe way to use cannabis?'.
What does it look like?
As you can see in the picture above, herbal cannabis has many different shades of green in it. It often also has orange/ brown hairs (pistils) weaved throughout and coated in white sugar-like crystals (trichomes). To learn more about the anatomy of the cannabis plant and what all these different terms mean, check out this blog post by Leafly.
Herbal cannabis has a distinctive smell which is made up of over 100 different terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that are naturally created by plants giving them their scent.
Like any other drug, the strength can vary from one cannabis plant to the next. It's hard to put an exact measurement on the average strength of herbal cannabis, as there has been no recent, regulated testing done in the UK. But generally, cannabis bud can range from 5% to 20%+ THC.