Many marijuana consumers today ask for dank weed. By the sound of it, you’d assume it refers to something pleasant or positive. Or perhaps, you’re more inclined to want to think the term ‘dank’ refers to something moldy and unpleasant. Well, for us to be unbiased in providing a well-rounded answer to the question: ‘What is Dank Weed?', the dictionary (along with Google) is a necessary utility.
Dank Origins & Definitions
As per the history of cannabis, the word ‘dank’ was first used in Middle English, and is thought to be of Scandinavian origin. Originally referred to a ‘marshy spot’, over time, dank became to be regularly described as a ‘disagreeably musty, damp, or cold place.’
The word ‘dank’ first made its way onto the website Urban Dictionary in 2003 as a slang word that generally means “sticky, hairy, stinky, and highly potent marijuana.” For this first definition of dank seems a bit ironic, in so much as good marijuana equals ‘stinky’… We do beg to differ!
Moreover and (not so!) surprisingly, as per the Oxford Dictionary, dank is “unpleasantly moist.” Could it be; These definitions convey dankness as something negative and positive at the same time?! We need to investigate the word further.
How Dank Became Dank as We Know it
Or to rephrase the above question, since then, how did this word end up describing the holy grail of marijuana? It starts to make sense when you think about it. But then, no one really knows who first used the word in relation to cannabis.
Did a skater or surfer ask his or her buddies to smoke some dank? Did a dad or mom walk into their basement and ask their son what that dank smell was? Is it from the show Netflix show Disjointed? No one really knows.
With that said, one thing is for sure: High-grade cannabis is indeed stickier, greener, and more pungent smelling than average weed. Dank weed has evolved to be the popular descriptor for high-quality, desirable cannabis that most consumers know today. You’d better know that when your friend says they’re coming over with some dank weed, they’re setting expectations real high!
The word “dank,” though a possibly ubiquitous word, has become synonymous with amazing bud. Dank weed is becoming extremely popular and basically sets the standard for good weed. However, it’s still a matter of personal taste and preferences; which brings us to the next section.
What Makes Dank Weed Good?
While the quality of a particular strain of marijuana is always subject to the consumer's preference, many share the sentiment that dank weed is indeed desirable.
Interestingly enough, recent research has actually isolated the compounds that make up dank weed, by determining what terpenes, cannabinoids, and other chemicals make up what we call the gassy smell of dank weed that can be quantitively measured.
The research reveals how strains like OG Kush and Sour Diesel has been identified as consisting of over 200 compounds that work together to create the complex smell of the dankest weed on earth.
Another important reason why dank weed is highly sought-after, is because it has been cured perfectly, hence retaining maximum humidity and stickiness. Dank cannabis buds have perfect give when lightly squeezed, and smells amazing all because they have been grown to perfection and diligently dried and cured.
Furthermore, what makes dank weed really stand out from the rest, is its high cannabinoid content. Most notably, THC is known to produce the psychoactive high and dank weed produces it in abundance. Take note of the trichomes covering the surface of your dank buds.
Cannabis that has a higher concentration of cannabinoids will carry more trichomes than weaker and lower quality buds. To spot trichomes, look for the clear crystal-like bulbs on the surface of your bud.
The Look, Feel and Smell of Dank Weed
What does dankness, excellence and high quality have in common? The traits of dank weed are evident by the look, feel, and smell of it. But dank is more than just the physical traits; it is a combination of aroma and effect – something experienced both internally and externally…
When it comes to the scent, marijuana strains all have different scents, but dank marijuana has a fresh, yet unmistakable, pungent – and ‘gassy’ – aroma which you can smell a mile away.
Texture-wise, dankness means heady buds that don’t crumble when broken apart and don’t tear like a flimsy branch either. Dank cannabis buds have perfect give when lightly squeezed, and smells amazing according to its many users.
When it comes to the feel and taste of it, you won’t know until you smoke it. When you take a hit of some dank weed, the draw should be smooth with the smoke causing minimal irritation to your lungs. The effect from consuming dank weed is rated by some as the ultimate cannabis experience.
Some Particularly Danky Strains
As established, dankness is subjective since everyone has their own preferences. However, in general, there could be talks about the dankest strains of the past and current generation. These are the strains that make our list of potentially, the dankest strains out there:
Indica Dank Weed Strains:
– Grandaddy Purple
– Blue Cheese
– Master Kush
– Northern Lights
– Purple indicas
Sativa Dank Weed Strains:
Although the notion of good weed is a subjective experience, the word dank can currently be used to describe a high-quality cannabis bud as based on several internal and external or objective factors, as discussed in this article. The dankest of marijuana should resemble the healthiest of vegetation with its buds are in perfect and appealing condition.
You might be on the hunt for dank weed. Next time you buy weed, pay attention to the smell and appearance and go with your instincts. Use your senses, because after all, it’s our human cannabinoid prerogative. Happy danking!