What are Popcorn Buds?


The art of growing weed is a complex but ultimately rewarding one. It’s amazing to see nature in full form, especially expressed as such a versatile plant like hemp. 

Of course, depending on the laws of your state, it may now be legal for you to grow some of your own plants in limited supply. It’s important to note, however, the very many ways by which you can grow weed and what their different strains may mean. Of course, opting to grow your own full yield crop is the first and most important step, before you move oto more complex matters.

What are popcorn buds?

Popcorn buds are small flower formations you find near the bottom of a grown cannabis plant. They’re called that (and also b-buds) because of their small size and fluffy texture. Some consider them to be a flaw in the yield of a grown crop, because they don’t represent the larger, more impressive nugs that are easier to pick and sell.

That said, popcorn buds shouldn’t be thrown out, as they still provide every effect you would hope for when consuming larger weed nugs. In fact, some people prefer them because they have almost no stem ratio, meaning they’re easy to work with and consume. 

Those looking to reduce the amount of popcorn buds in their yield will usually use efficient airflow, trimming and thorough air conditioning to achieve that effect.

However, as the popcorn buds are usually near the base of the plant (where the large leaves shroud this area in shade do to the overhead lighting setups), it’s almost always likely that some will remain. 

Are popcorn buds okay to consume?

Yes! In fact, many brands proudly sell their popcorn buds for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the most enjoyable include strains like Pugs Breath, noted for its calming scent and refined taste (not, neither of those are like actual Pugs Breath).

You can consume popcorn buds how you would your standard weed flower, rolling them into pre-rolls or simply using them to bake into brownies or other home-based edibles. They can also come in both Indica and Sativa strains, and so it’s good to browse your options and see what’s available.

What can you make from popcorn buds?

Popcorn buds are popular flowers used for the creation of hash and resins. While they may not be as potent as the main flower nugs, they’re still enjoyable and perfectly fine to consume.

It’s also possible to use popcorn buds as a top-up for processing into THC or CBD oil, which can then be used in a wide variety of products like tinctures, food supplements, and more. They’re also commonly less expensive because of their lower THC and trichome content, but that doesn’t mean they should be thrown away, or that they’re not useful!

In fact, popcorn buds are often a great first starting point for those getting into cannabis use. While they might not be a first choice for those who need a specific strain for medical purposes, for inexperienced recreational users, they can provide the perfect starting off point.

What are the benefits of popcorn buds?

There are quite a few benefits of popcorn buds worth considering:

  • Small, pleasant, easy to consume.
  • A great starting off point for anyone hoping to ease into cannabis products.
  • They taste and smell great.
  • They can contribute to certain oils and be used in edibles.
  • They’re cheaper and often readily available thanks to how crops tend to grow.
  • Can be sold at a discount thanks to how small they are (it’s easier to purchase an exact amount of grams compared to other, larger weed nugs).
  • Popcorn buds can also be considered a smaller ‘sample’ of a main flower hybrid, almost like a sample paint can you might purchase when deciding on the color of a room. With a small investment, you can see if a certain strain (including its flavor and effects) is right for you, or if you’re prefer something different. Be sure to speak to the dispensary staff about this, or contact the online sales team for any questions.

What are the detriments of popcorn buds?

There are a few detriments of popcorn buds worth knowing about (which is why growers tend to trim and prevent them from growing as much as possible), but none of them are a deal breaker for a consumer:

  • Smaller size, this could be a benefit for some people.
  • Lower trichome and THC content, which makes them a better starting off point for newcomers (this might not satisfy long-term cannabis users however).
  • From the retailers side, they generally have to be sold for a discount thanks to their small size.
  • Popcorn buds quality will highly depend on the skill of the grower in question.

Can I buy popcorn buds?

Yes! In fact, we’d recommend you do so that you’re fully familiar with what they are and how they can be used. Crophouse are confident that their popcorn bud flowers are more than worth your time, as they provide all strains including Indica, Sativa and hybrid blends

How to find great popcorn buds:

If this post has piqued your curiosity, then it might be that the next step is finding the best popcorn buds for you.

Here are a few techniques you can use to source them properly:

  • Use verified retailers and approved retailers only.
  • Speak to the staff or online sales team about what popcorn buds may be right for you.
  • Inspect them before purchase if you can – are they vivid in color or do they look washed out and unhealthy?
  • Try different strains to know your taste preferences so that you can ask for more accurate recommendations in the future.

With that, you should feel confident in your cursory understanding about what popcorn buds are, how they can be enjoyed, why you should enjoy them, and of course, why the investment is worth it.

Feel free to ask us if you have any questions going forward, we’re always happy to help!

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