Bud size is something that is frequently mentioned among cannabis users, often with the viewpoint that “bigger is better”. When it comes to quality testing of Licensed Producer product under Health Canada guidelines, focus is on accurate cannabinoid values, terpene profiles, acceptable moisture content, and the absence of contaminants. While big buds may be impressive, there is another rule at play…the bigger the bud, the larger the stem. A container full of smaller buds will generally yield more usable cannabis and have more value than one containing two or three large buds, and bud size should not impact efficacy.
Sativa dominant cultivars tend to produce flowers that are generally longer and thinner, along and away from the length of the branch, while indica cultivars produce more dense, compact buds that flower in clusters around branch nodes. For this reason, indica buds often appear to be shorter and smaller. Dense and compact buds also tend to break less. Any material that does break off from a bud still contains trichomes and active medicinal ingredients and should still be effective. Additionally, not all plants, buds, and flowers grow the same and therefore will yield all different sizes of “final bud” products. The variety of sizes, shapes, and aromas of each cultivar are some of the many unique qualities of the cannabis plant family that we have come to know, love, and use as medications.