Sticky Weed: What Is It And Is It Good?
Usually, when it comes to sticky, we are not a fan (sticky fingers, sticky hands, sticky floors, sticky counters…). But give us some sticky weed, and we’re happy as a clam at high tide (no scrubbing required).
Those of you new to the canna-experience — and even some long-time canna-enthusiasts — may not be familiar with sticky weed. That’s okay. It doesn’t make you a bad person.
We’re here to help. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about sticky weed and why you should get ahold of a few gooey nugs for yourself.
What Is Sticky Weed?
Sticky weed (or “sticky icky”) is a slang term for marijuana flowers that still contain a good deal of resin in their trichomes. It’s this resin (or essential oil) that gives sticky weed its name.
Think of it like the sap of a plant. Or like maple syrup for those of you who’ve already had enough biology for the day. Either way, it’s what makes this type of weed sticky to the touch.
So is that stickiness a good thing? Or should you smoke something dryer instead?
Is Sticky Weed Any Good?
Usually, with something sticky, we’d tell you to drop it like it’s hot. But with sticky weed, all we can say is, “Hold on to that sticky icky like your life depends on it!”
Put another way — and to answer the question directly — “Yes! Yes! Yes! Sticky weed is good.”
In fact, it’s the best of the best. It’s the holy grail of cannabis if the holy grail was available for sale in your local dispensary and not hidden away in some warehouse somewhere.
If you have the good fortune to try some sticky weed, do it. It just may change your life forever.
Why Sticky Weed Is Top-Shelf Cannabis
Sticky weed is all about the resin. But that resin doesn’t just appear out of thin air (unfortunately). And there’s actually more to the resin than first meets the eye.
To help you understand, we’ll start from the top and work our way down.
It all begins with flowers. Cannabis flowers (or “buds” for short) grow on the female pot plant. At full maturity, they’re often orange, purple, or some combination of the two.
The flowers will also be covered with what look like tiny hairs. But don’t grab your razor just yet. Those “hairs” have a purpose.
“Trichomes” is a fancy word for the glands of the pot plant. You’ve got glands. I’ve got glands. The pot plant has glands. We’ve all got glands.
The job of those glands is to produce and secrete stuff. In humans, that “stuff” is hormones. In the pot plant, that “stuff” is resin.
There are actually three different kinds of trichomes on the cannabis plant, but capitate-stalked are the largest and most common of the bunch. They’re where the bulk of the resin production takes place.
You can find the trichomes if you look closely at the flowers of a mature female cannabis plant. At first glance, they’ll look like small hairs.
But on closer inspection, you’ll see that they’re actually a stalk with a round head at the top. This is where all the action occurs.
The cannabis plant produces flowers. Those flowers produce trichomes. The trichomes, then, produce resin.
And, as we’ve mentioned, it’s the resin that gives sticky weed its name and makes the cannabis plant the ninth wonder of the world (at least according to us, anyway).
As you’ve probably guessed from all the sticky talk, the resin in the cannabis plant is gooey and adhesive. It ranges in color from translucent to cloudy reddish to orange depending on where the cannabis plant is in its lifecycle.
But that may leave you with the question, “Why are you making resin out to be like an orgasm wrapped in powdered ecstasy with endorphins drizzled on top?”
You can find the answer to that very creative question in the next section.
In simplest terms, cannabinoids are chemicals. More specifically, cannabinoids are chemicals that interact with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain.
They have names like:
These chemicals are the stuff that gets you high, relieves your pain, and takes the edge off your anxiety after you smoke a doobie or devour some brownies.
You can only find cannabinoids in the resin produced by the trichomes of the marijuana plant. Sounds like a familiar children’s song: the cannabis plant that sprouted the flower that grew the trichome that produced the resin that contained the cannabinoids.
Ah, if only our childhood were that much fun.
Let’s Put It All Together
So cannabinoids are what you come to cannabis for. They’re what you’re looking for when you blaze a blunt or nosh a hemp gummy. And they can only be found in the resin produced by the trichomes of a flowering pot plant.
So if you want to get as many trichomes out of your marijuana experience as possible, you want a nug with lots of resin. You want sticky weed.
Are you starting to see why sticky weed is such a good thing? Basically, it’s because you’re going to have more fun — or feel more medical benefits — with sticky weed than you would with the dry alternative.
Sure, it’s kind of a pain (to clean) when you’re all done, but the trip is well worth that inconvenience. Plus, cleaning is one of the top 15 fun things to do while high (seriously), so bonus.
But before you run out and blow your wad on all the sticky weed you can find, let’s discuss how sticky weed compares to dry weed.
Sticky Weed vs. Dry Weed
We’ve been talking a lot in this article about the wonders of sticky weed. But that may have left you with the impression that dry weed is the equivalent of regs and should be avoided at all costs.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Dry weed has its place. In fact, it’s more the norm than anything else. It’s very much like the old adage about pizza and sex: even when it’s bad, it’s still good.
Here’s how sticky weed and dry weed stack up side-by-side.
They’re Both Dried
Don’t get us wrong, both sticky weed and dry weed are both dried — meaning they’ve both been cut from the stem of the cannabis plant, hung in a cool, dry place, and allowed to…dry (the beginnings of the decarboxylation process).
The dry weed may have been left hanging longer, or it may have had fewer trichomes (or less resin) to begin with. The fact that it’s dry and not sticky doesn’t mean that it won’t get you righteously high. It just means that the dry weed might have a harsher smoke or that it might not have a full, tasty flavor like the sticky weed.
Sure, it might diminish the initial experience a bit, but it will have very little effect on the psychedelics you’re searching for.
Think of sticky weed as the highest quality you can get. The trichomes are literally bursting with resin, so you’re going to get more cannabinoids.
Dry weed still has plenty of cannabinoids. Just not as many as its sticky relative. But the impact of quality doesn’t just stop there. The high quality of sticky weed will affect other variables as well.
The high cannabinoid content of sticky weed means that you’ll need less to get good and truly high. In this case, a little goes a long way.
Other than quality (and cannabinoid count), price is the biggest difference between sticky weed and dry weed. So let’s say you have $75 to spend. You could get a quarter of an ounce of dry weed, or you could get an eighth of an ounce of sticky weed.
What you choose depends on your goals.
If you’re throwing a party for all your ganja friends, buying an eighth of sticky weed probably isn’t the best idea. That small amount isn’t going to cover your needs (even though the quality is higher).
You should probably opt for the higher quantity (the quarter) even though the quality suffers just a bit. Your friends really probably won’t notice anyway. They’ll just be happy for a toke of whatever you’ve got.
Similarly, if you want to put as much time as possible between trips to the dispensary, go for a dry strain instead of the sticky weed.
So what you choose — sticky weed or dry weed — depends in large part on the experience you’re looking for and the dough you’ve got in your wallet.
Whichever you choose, you’re going to have fun. We promise.
Don’t Fear The Sticky Icky
So the next time someone offers you some sticky icky, don’t be afraid. There’s really nothing to fear (certainly not like a sticky floor or counter). All we can say is jump on that opportunity like a nine-figure lottery ticket!
Sticky weed is the cream of the crop, the best of the best, and you’ll likely see, hear, and feel things you’ve never experienced before with dry weed. So give it a go.
Even if you only do it once, at least you can say you’ve tried it. That’s the fun of the marijuana experience: there’s always another option just around the corner.In this article, the experts at Honest Marijuana reveal everything you need to know about sticky weed, including what it is and why it’s so good. ]]>