Rolling a half to one gram joint in the unflavored rolling paper would be the number one choice for cannabis tastings because it allows the taster to physically see the oil resin build-up and ash color as it burns.
Typically a pipe would not lend itself well to cannabis tastings because they are difficult to clean and the resin build-up between flowers muddles the flavor of the tasting.
However, the Genius Pipe is becoming the smoking accessory of preference for many certified cannabis sommeliers looking for a quick way to conduct tastings because sometimes joints are simply not time and cost-effective.
This innovative pipe is officially endorsed by CannaReps—the world’s oldest Cannabis Sommelier school—as their ‘official tasting pipe’ due to its unique design which filters and cools air without the use of water, allowing the taster to experience the full essence of the flower.
Assessing Cannabis Flower
Before the burn, the cannabis sommelier must carefully examine the physical attributes of the flower. For this reason, the Cannabis Sommelier Toolkit includes a hand-held microscope for looking at trichomes up close and personal.
After all, trichomes are where the bulk of the terpenes and cannabinoids are contained and hence, it is key to develop a good understanding of what healthy trichome expression looks like according to cultivar type.
To the cannabis sommelier, practice is really the key to expanding their sensory skills, and having a toolkit to work with is essential.
The CannaReps Cannabis Sommelier Toolkit provides you with 3 identical air-tight jars, a microscope, tweezers, portable rolling tray and storage pockets for your papers, grinder and lighter.
The Cannabis Sommelier Toolkit
Quality Grading Exercises
The increase in overall quality in the cannabis industry makes it so that everyone (not just those that are ‘well connected’) can access the most important tool required to be able to learn what excellence means in our field: good weed.
Quality is most certainly not defined by cannabinoid or even terpene content. These are factors to be weighed and considered but they do not in themselves define the endeavour of cannabis quality grading. Quality grading is a complex multi-factor analytical process.
Aroma strength will always be the most important indicator of quality, alongside the inhalation experience which is judged by a multitude of factors like flavor, endurance and smoothness.
Other factors like trim, bud integrity and moisture are also hugely important indicators of quality, but these types of factors are somewhat easier to determine and grade due to their more obvious physical nature.
CannaReps provides a free Quality Grading Tool for anyone wanting to learn the basic steps of quality grading.