What Is Reggie Weed? What It Looks, Smells, and Tastes Like

The world of cannabis is nothing if not rich with slang terms. From “schwag” to “blunts” to “doobies” and beyond. The sheer variety of code names for types of weed (and ways to ingest it) can feel overwhelming, especially to newcomers to the culture.

Today, we want to introduce you to one that may have a real impact on your cannabis experience (and your wallet). It’s regs or reggies. You may have heard it before—it’s a term is typically used to refer to low-quality weed.

In today’s post, we’ll answer the burning question: “What is reggie weed?” We’ll also share the story behind these less-than-perfect buds. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how you can spot them and what the best uses for them are.

Ready? Let’s roll!

What Is Reggie Weed?

There are countless types and strains of cannabis, and countless factors help determine its overall quality. Was it grown indoors or outside? Was it treated with pesticides or grown biodynamically?

These are all important things that the folks here at Mission Dispensaries consider when we source the top-shelf cannabis we sell at our dispensaries. That’s why we always include important information like the name of the strain, the grower, the cannabinoid content, and other facts to help you make an informed decision about your purchase.

Even if you don’t have authoritative information on exactly where your cannabis came from, there are still many ways to tell if you’re handling a low-quality weed or not. We’re going to go over the most common FAQ about reggies weed and when we’re done, you’ll be able to spot low grade bud a mile away.

What Does Reggie Weed Smell Like?

Cannabis—like countless other plants and natural products—contains aromatic oils called terpenes. In addition to lending their characteristic aromas and flavors to different cannabis strains, they impart important medicinal effects.

Terpenes are also fragile, meaning that they degrade over time. If you’re sampling cannabis and notice a lack of rich aroma, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with mid-grade weed strains—at best.

While most cannabis will have a potent aroma that can fill a room the moment you crack open a jar, reggies just… don’t. Not only is it lacking in trichomes and cannabinoids, but terpenes as well, creating a lackluster scent along with taste and experience.

To put it simply, reggies often smell more like the dirt it was grown in than the plant itself. Or, bud considered to be reggies may have hardly any scent to it at all.

What Do Reggie Strains Taste Like?

Another common question is whether reggie weed tastes different from higher-quality bud—and as you might expect, the answer is yes. When you’re smoking premium cannabis, you can expect a combination of flavors from fruity and citrusy to minty and earthy to even a hint of spice, musk or diesel.

But just like the underwhelming aroma, reggies don’t usually have the best flavor profile. It’s often a more earthy—usually described as grassy or soil-like—taste that you’ll get when smoking a reggie strain.

You’ll probably also notice that the smoke produced by these strains is harsher than the smoke you get from a more high-quality strain. Sometimes, this is also the effect of bud that was kept too long after being cured or stored improperly.

How Can You Spot Reggie Weed?

High-quality marijuana should be a vibrant green, possibly with orange, yellow, red, or purple accents from the characteristic pistillate hairs.

If the color is a dark green (not a forest green, but more a dull green like a wilted plant or aging spices) with significant areas of brown, it’s a good sign that male plants were allowed to mingle with the female ones.

On the same note, healthy and carefully tended cannabis should show a visible quantity of trichomes. A dusting of these alluring, crystal-like structures—they often appear as a silvery-white powder on the cannabis flower—signals the presence of the potent, cannabinoid- and terpene-rich resins we look for when we’re sourcing high-grade cannabis.

Since unpollinated female plants produce the best and most potent resin-filled trichomes, lacking trichomes and pistillate hairs is a sign that you’re dealing with some improperly cultivated weed. Often, this produces a lower-quality bud that gets dubbed “regs” when sold.

And finally: If you see a high proportion of stems and seeds, we suggest you avoid this cannabis. It’s not necessarily bad for you, but then again, with so many options for world-class cannabis at your fingertips, why mess around with low-quality weed that doesn’t have the full benefit profile?

Is Reggies a Strain of Weed?

If you’re new to the world of cannabis, you might have heard the term regs or reggies and assumed it was another strain of weed, but there is no specific “reggie strain.” Rather, it’s a nickname given to strains that are often improperly cultivated or cured (or both), resulting in a less-than-stellar final product.

While you can often get this kind of bud for a big discount, it’s not your best option for savings when the quality won’t measure up. You’re better off buying a higher quality on-sale strain at a similar price point, even if you’re not getting as much quantity.

Most of the time strains that would be considered reggies are bought up to be decarboxylated and turned into homemade edibles and topicals, or to mix into better quality bud to stretch a stash out.

Skip the Reggies and Get Premium Cannabis at Mission

So, now that you have the answer to this common new consumer question, you won’t feel lost and confused the next time someone uses the term. You even know how to spot it by look, smell, and even taste, which will help you shop and smoke socially with confidence.

We’re glad we were able to help you learn how to spot reggies weed compared to quality bud—but don’t stop learning now! If you have any other questions, just ask! We’re just a click or phone call away. Or get started browsing high-quality frosty flower right now, just select your local Mission Dispensary to get rolling.