When you’re new to the cannabis game, you’ll have a lot of questions. And that’s ok. It’s the only way to learn. One of those questions will surely be, “What are mids?” because you’ll hear the term here and there in conversation and when it’s time to buy your ganja.
In this article, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana discuss mids in all their glory and reveal the pros and cons of this cannabis category.
The Cannabis Quality Spectrum
Most cannaseurs divide marijuana flowers into four categories:
Starting with regs, the quality of the weed improves as you go down the list. So, mids are better than regs, beasters are better than mids, and headies are the best of the best.
To help you understand this spectrum of quality, it’s sometimes beneficial to divide things along the following lines:
- Low quality
- Medium quality
- High quality (subdivided into low-high quality and high-high quality)
When you look at the spectrum from that perspective, it becomes easier to answer the question, “What are mids?”
What Are Mids?
Using the three-tier scale in the previous section, we can answer the question, “What are mids?” thusly:
Mids represent the halfway point between low grade and top-shelf cannabis.
Mids go by many names — including middle, middle shelf, B+, middies, thirties, work (your guess is as good as ours on where those last two came from) — but they all boil down to a set of variables that distinguish them from the other categories on the spectrum.
Variables That Make Mids Moderately Good
Most domestically grown U.S. cannabis will fall into the mids category (except for Honest Marijuana’s offerings, of course). The buds will come separate, not smashed into bricks or bags.
Mids contain very few stems and seeds (or none at all), and they’ll be green with colorful pistils and orange hairs. You may even see a few trichome crystals if you’re lucky.
Mids present a pretty normal flavor profile. They’re certainly less harsh than regs, although they can make you cough and hack fairly easily.
Mids contain a higher cannabinoid concentration than regs. Because of that, you’ll get a better recreational high or better medicinal effects than you would with regs.
Depending on your experience with the wacky weed, you can get anywhere from high to blazed to completely blasted with mids.
Side effects will depend on the predominant cannabinoid the strain contains. For CBD-dominant strains, you can expect a bit of dry mouth, but that’s about it. For THC-dominant strains, watch out for paranoia and the munchies.
With the legalization of marijuana across most of these United States, the cost of mids has become more standardized than it once was. Check out this guide to weed prices for details.
What Are Mids Pros And Cons?
One of the best things about mids is the price. It’s not super cheap, so you won’t be able to buy some with the loose change you find in your couch. But it’s not so expensive that you have to take out a second mortgage on your house.
Check out this article from the HMJ blog for more info on the price of mid-grade weed: What Does Weed Cost? Weed Price Breakdown.
Mids are usually a brighter shade of green than regs. This more attractive color makes them easier to look at.
While mids aren’t as vibrant as beasters and headies, they’re definitely more colorful than the cardboard appearance of regs.
Depending on your level of experience, you’ll have a different type of high with mid-quality weed. Here’s how it breaks down.
- First-time tokers: blasted to very blazed
- Regular tokers: very blazed to semi-blazed
- Seasoned tokers: semi-blazed to very high
- Veteran tokers: high
Even though the color of mids is typically better than regs, mids are still not the prettiest things to look at. Some strains may have a few orange hairs, but the majority of the plant matter will still be greens and browns.
And, even though the buds will be distinguishable from one another (unlike regs), they may be slightly compressed.
May Contain Seeds And Stems
Mids may also contain seeds and stems which can harsh the overall experience of your buzz.
May Be Moldy
Depending on where you buy, your mids may be moldy.
It certainly won’t (or shouldn’t) be all-over mold, but, if you break apart the bud, you may see the beginnings of a fungus.
If you do see some growth, we advise against consuming it. Learn why in this article from the HMJ blog: The 5 Best Ways To Check For Moldy Weed, Plus How To Avoid It.
Mids Compared To Other Qualities Of Weed
In the What Are Mids section of this article, we described mid-grade cannabis in terms of appearance, flavor, cannabinoid concentration, effects, and price.
To help you distinguish mids from everything else, we’ll describe the other three qualities of weed using the same five variables.
Because regs are the bottom of the barrel, marijuana sellers often pre-package them in large quantities (usually bricks).
Those bricks are usually rife with visible stems and seeds. Similarly, regs will be more brown than green and give off an earthy, dirt-y (dirt-like?) aroma.
Regs are best described as harsh or spicy. Even seasoned smokers get throat burn when they wrestle with the regs.
Because of the over-abundance of CBN, regs tend to produce a somewhat mellow high (if you can even call it a high). More often than not, you’ll just get sleepy and want to go to bed.
Regs also have some nasty side effects — like headache, upset stomach, and trouble breathing — due to the presence of contamination (dirt, mold, mildew, insects, and pesticides).
The only “good” thing about regs is the price. You can get a lot for a little, but the lack of a decent high and the potential for “un-fun” side effects may make you think twice.
With vivid, tropical greens with more oranges and purples than mids, beaster buds are nicely shaped and attractive to look at. No stems and minimal seeds and more noticeable trichome crystals.
While still not the best, beaster weed is by no means low-grade. Flavors are much improved over mids (and certainly regs) and are described as “smooth” and “delicious.”
Beasters contain cannabinoid concentrations on the higher end of the scale (e.g., between 15 and 20 percent for THC strains). That makes beasters much more potent than mids.
You’re going to get a good high when you use beasters. Many describe the experience as kind of a lower-body high where you become one with your couch.
Because the potency of beasters is so much higher, the side effects will also be more severe.
Beasters are more expensive than mids of the same amount. So, if you’re paying $50-$60 for a quarter of an ounce of mids, you might pay the same price for an eighth of beasters.
Bright greens, oranges, and purples. No stems. No seeds. Covered with trichome crystals and terpenes.
All we can say is wow! Delicious! Smooth with no hint of harshness. Chock-full of flavors that you can taste individually, they are an experience unto themselves.
Very high cannabinoid concentration (upwards of 25 percent for THC strains).
This is where the headies really distinguish themselves. As the name suggests, headies provide more of a “heady” high when compared to beasters. This allows for more physical function and less couch lock when riding a headies high.
Side effects could be potent because of the higher cannabinoid concentration, but some report that the higher quality of the headies actually reduces unpleasant side effects. Try it and see.
Expensive…but well worth it.
The Best Experience Comes From High-Quality Cannabis
If you want the best possible experience from your next smoke sesh, fill your bowl, joint, or Backwoods blunt with high-quality, sustainably-sourced, organically-grown cannabis bud like those from Honest Marijuana.
Remember, it’s not about quantity — your high won’t get better the more you toke — it’s about the quality of the bud you smoke.
When you’re shopping for cannabis, opt for beasters, or, better yet, headies — the two highest qualities of weed — if you can afford it.
Your stash will last longer (because you don’t have to use as much), you’ll get more mileage from a small amount, and the experience will be out of this world.
If you can’t find or afford the first two, mids will do just fine. That said, always, always, always shy away from regs (the literal bottom of the barrel) unless you have no other choice.
And, whenever possible, insist on purchasing organic marijuana and organic marijuana products (like those grown and produced by Honest Marijuana).
At our Rocky-Mountain-based grow facility, we employ world-class organic growing methodologies that provide cannabis connoisseurs with the purest and best marijuana experience on the planet.
We grow our plants the way Mother Nature intended: in organic soil without chemicals or pesticides. We even hand-trim our plants so that they’re organic from the ground up.
So, if you’re looking for the best cannabis experience bar none, don’t settle for anything less than a high-quality organic marijuana strain from Honest Marijuana.
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