What is sticky cannabis? Is it any good? How does it compare to dry herb? These are some of the most common questions for new consumers. They’re also excellent questions. First, let’s discuss what sticky weed is. You may have heard the term sticky-icky. This term refers to good weed. It means the weed is moist enough to the touch to give you sticky fingers but cured long enough to smoke smoothly still.
The weed must also taste amazing and have a good buzz with it. If it doesn’t live up to these qualities, then it’s not sticky weed. It’s just some round town brown, Reggie (meaning regular weed), swag, or one of a handful of other slang names given to crappy weed. Just look at it this way, do you think Snoop Dogg is smoking on some swag or do you think he’s blazin on some sticky icky? You pegged it. He blazes nothing but the finest sticky icky around.
Sticky weed is better than dry weed almost every time. That’s because sticky weed has a higher resin profile richer in cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the essential compounds in cannabis like THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, and others that give us the effects we feel. A higher cannabinoid profile allows for a better buzz via the entourage effect (cannabinoids working together vs. isolated or singled out).
Resin and Trichomes
Resin and trichomes are essential to have good sticky weed. They go hand and hand together. Trichomes are the resin glands of the cannabis plant. A trichome looks like a tiny hair under a microscope. It has a liquid in it that is clear until it’s ready for harvest. When this time comes, the liquid becomes a light brownish color and begins to move in the trichome.
Most growers harvest plants when the resin inside the trichomes has reached the midway point between the top and bottom of the trichome. You don’t need a microscope to see trichomes. They can be seen with the naked eye too. Sometimes, people call trichomes, crystals. You’ll want to see a heavy coating of trichomes covering your buds if you’re looking for some good sticky weed.
Don’t be fooled though. Not all trichome covered weed is good. If it’s to dry, then your weed will not have a sufficient cannabinoid profile to produce good results. If you get high, it will most likely be a short-lived one that only lasts a few minutes.
Here are a few legendary strains of weed that are known almost always to be sticky.
Grand Daddy Purp
Gorilla Glue #4
Sticky bud vs. Dry Bud
Both sticky buds and dry buds can produce a buzz for consumers. Typically, sticky buds are of higher quality. Dry bud will yield you more nugs and can still catch you a nice buzz. They’re also usually on the budget side of the spectrum price wise.
Dry buds are more often used to make edibles due to their ease of being ground finely. Dry bud also can still carry a good flavor profile. It does tend to burn a little hotter, faster, and harsher than some good sticky weed. If when you go to crumble a bud up, the weed you’re breaking up, starts to float away, you have dry swag weed.
When you break your bud up, it puts a sticky, tacky feeling on your fingertips, falls into a lumpy pile, and crawls, you most likely got your hands on some sticky icky fire! A crawl is when you break up a bud into a pile, and that pile begins to move slightly on its own as the trichomes start to settle.
Now you know the difference between dry weed and sticky weed. Use your newfound knowledge to score some fire the next time you pick up some bud. Get some dry weed and sticky weed and make a comparison of the two for yourself. When flowered to perfection, sticky weed is better than dry, dusty weed every time.