I shop different cannabis dispensaries across the state, always searching for the best quality flower. While I’ve tried the various consumption methods, including vapes, edibles and dabs, I prefer old-school smoking. I like to roll my own joints. I’m able to suit my preferences for how thick or thin the joint, how tightly packed and the potency of the bud. I don’t buy shake and trim, preferring to pay more to avoid sticks and leaves. I like a dense, mature bud with a texture somewhere between sticky and dry. Just by looking at the dried flower, I can tell if it was harvested at the peak time and cultivated properly. The hair-like pistils should be a bright orange. If they are white, the flower was picked too early. If they are brown or gray, the weed is old. I also look for an abundance of trichomes. They are crystal-like, mushroom-shaped and very tiny but contain the important cannabinoids and terpenes. They are responsible for the high sensation, flavor, aroma and curative properties. The pungent smell is proof of the freshness and integrity of the flower. Because of the popularity of dried flower, there are hundreds of different strains on the market. They range in THC potency and are available in sativas, indicas and hybrids. I’m always happy when I can take advantage of a daily deal or special, try something new and save a little money. I’ve enrolled in a loyalty program at most of the nearby dispensaries. I earn reward points for my purchases that add up to savings on future purchases.