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In the classification of potent strains, top-shelf buds reign supreme. The majority of colorful, mind-blowing weed pics online are of top-shelf plants. Sadly, many people have heard of, seen, or been in the same room with a commandingly potent strain; but most have never had the golden opportunity to smoke the greenest of green cannabis buds.

The first step in smoking a top-shelf strain, like Shango and Chong’s Choice buds, is distinguishing the herb from a sea of mediocre, bottom-shelf variants. Keep reading to find out the exclusive characteristics of iconic buds that deliver fairy-tale highs.

1. Trichome Count is Off the Charts

shango trichome count

Strains with 30 percent or higher potency levels come with a ridiculous amount of trichomes. The buds should be caked on with tiny crystals and sparkly, thick hairs. “Despite celebration of the plant’s green leaves and buds, it is actually the nearly invisible sugary crystalline trichomes that provide all medical or recreational value,” explained Gooey Rabinski from Whaxy.

2. It Came From a Top-Shelf Seed

shango seeds

Bad seeds or clones cannot generate top-shelf cannabis. When in doubt, ask your local budtender about the origin of the weed selection in the dispensary. Most legendary buds come from well-known seed banks.

Not sure where to buy top-shelf buds? Check out Chong’s Choice selection of flowers, oil cartridges, pre-rolls and THC strips. The Shango-grown products offer a wide range of highs, from intense and cloudy to vibrant and energetic!

3. The Buds are Slightly Leafy

shango leafy buds

Leaves are typically cut away from the bud in low-quality strains or during mass cultivation. For top-shelf buds, the trimmer purposely retains some of the leaves surrounding the bud. This practice is only common when trichomes build up on the actual leaves. When this happens, the trimmer keeps those parts with the bud. By comparison, low and mid-grade weed rarely generate thick trichomes on their leaves.

4. Your Neighbors can Smell your Stash

shango smell

Top-shelf buds are extremely pungent and dense. With above-average terpene levels inside the bud, most fire strains have one or two dominant odors (usually musky or sour). The smell should be so strong the odor goes through small, plastic pouches. Because of this, top-shelf buds must be stored in sealed jars or odor-proof bags.

5. It Takes you Higher than your Current High

shango high

Here’s a simple quality assurance test for potent weed. First, smoke a strain that you consider dank. Next, light up the top-shelf strain in question. The second batch of marijuana should completely overtake or mask the first strain. This is one (very effective) way cannabis judges shortlist premium strains during a competition. They’ve been smoking some of the best stuff all day, and a strain that can take them higher than they already are would suggest that the entry is superior.

Shango is an Oregon-based premium cannabis producer, distributor and seller. The company’s products include specialty buds, potent edibles, rubs and cartridges. The brand also offers its own in-house selection of Shango Flower strains. Shango is the exclusive grower for Tommy Chong’s Choice flowers and extracts.

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