Do you have those friends that try and tell you the exact smell, taste or texture of your weed? Do they make fun of you for not understanding why terpenes make a difference? They may take a deep inhale from a cannabis filled jar and tell you it has a “pungent flavor with a subtle earthy undertone.” We’ve all known at least one weed “cannasseur.” They’re usually masked by a thick beard and constantly wears an expression that seems as if they’ve just sucked on a lemon.
Unfortunately, they’re keeping the industry alive
Weed snobs are making a rise within the marijuana industry. Much like a wine connoisseur, weed snobs enjoy bettering themselves by feeding off your silent expressions and hurt egos. These people truly believe it’s possible to bring class and sophistication to the cannabis industry. Unfortunately, we need weed snobs. Their obsession for high-class cannabis is what keeps the industry alive.
We’ve come a long way…
In the 1970’s, there were basically two types of weed: good and bad. It was grown underground, in basements or in a distant field. In legal states today, there are thousands of strains, strains for pain, strains for hunger, strains for sleep, strains for basically any condition you can think of. Consuming cannabis has also completely taken off. Whether you want to dab, vape, eat or drink your marijuana, it is right there at your fingertips.
With this much variety, it’s nice to have people that respect the plant. However, the difference between weed snobs and intellectually understanding the ins and outs of marijuana are two distinct concepts. California is a great example of this.
The true “cannasseur”
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In the Bay area, vineyards are fruitful and beaches are trash free; it is a land where many cannasseurs truly believe they can taste the difference in fertilizer and soil that are used in growing marijuana. The necessity for holistic cannabis is in high demand in these areas. These cannasseurs pride themselves on creating designer strains harvested by grows such as Om, an all female grow-op located in Northern California.
To people like Ed Rosenthal, this entitlement seems shamefully lacquered on. A medicinal marijuana activist and long-time grower, Rosenthal describes the pure essence of cannabis in his book, “The Big Book of Buds.” From a grower’s standpoint, marijuana is a plant that exceeds its leafy family through an intricate growing system, but nonetheless, it is still a plant.
Cannabis consumers should enjoy flower for what it is. Becoming overly obsessed about the detailed qualities of cannabis and showing off your knowledge could be considered a bit snobbish.
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