All about popcorn weed

Published Mar 5, 2019 02:00 p.m. ET

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.

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