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Is Your Weed Fake? (Signs To Look Out For)



You're in your smoking area, you've rolled the perfect joint, and have just sparked up. Only when you take that first hit you immediately notice a bitter taste unlike any you've ever tasted. Immediately you realize that all is not what it seems and the weed you are smoking is potentially fake. In this blog I will go through some of the more common warning signs of fake weed and hopefully help you to identify whether or not yours has been swapped!


When it comes to purchasing cannabis, there's no worse feeling than when you come home only to realize that the stuff you bought and paid for was “fake” weed. Whether it be a baggie or just some shake, it can leave your wallet lighter and send you into a rage. Don't worry, we've all been there!


In the modern era of cannabis, there has been a rise in fake weed. Fake weed goes by many names, including synthetic marijuana and legal weed. Adulterating weed is a real problem, and it can be difficult to spot the difference between fake weed and the real thing with your naked eye. Although there are many ways to spot fake weed, certain signs become evident once you smoke or vape it.


What is Fake Weed?


Fake weed is an herbal product, also referred to as "fake pot," "synthetic marijuana," "legal weed," or "natural herbs." While fake weed is sold as a legal high, its use has been linked to serious health problems, including seizures and psychosis. Fake weed can be addictive, leading some users to seek help from drug rehab programs. What makes fake pot such an appealing substance for young people? The answer lies in the fact that it's cheap and easy to get.


It is a dangerous drug that has gained popularity in recent years. It was originally marketed as a safe alternative to marijuana and was sold legally online, in gas stations, and at convenience stores. After the Drug Enforcement Administration banned it in 2012, fake weed products were reformulated to get around the law. Today these substances are still widely available and remain popular among high school and college students.


Fake weed is nothing but a mixture of herbs that are sprayed with chemicals. The chemicals used for the purpose are also not legal and so there is no saying what they might be doing. These chemicals help in producing the same feeling as real weed and hence it is sold by some drug dealers as real weed. The effect of fake weed is similar to that of real weed which you get after smoking marijuana.


What Does Fake Weed Look Like?


The first thing that you should do when buying your weed is to make sure that you buy it from a reliable dealer. This way, you can protect yourself from being cheated and also save your money which you may have spent on buying fake weed.


Fake weed usually looks like dried plant material and may have a color similar to marijuana. It often smells like potpourri or other herbs and spices. Like real cannabis, fake weed can be smoked in pipes or joints or vaporized in e-cigarettes and other devices. Although it's packaged in small bags, each bag of fake weed contains enough for multiple uses, making it more affordable than real marijuana.


How Do I Know If My Weed Is Fake?


Fake weed can be identified by the following signs:


  • Smell - Perhaps one of the easiest ways to identify fake weed is from its smell. Since fake weed has not been grown naturally, it will often have an odd chemical smell. The smell is often due to one of the chemicals used to make fake weed called JWH-018. Other chemicals used in fake weed include HU-210 and CP 47,497. All of these synthetic cannabinoids are not found in traditional cannabis.

  • Color - If you suspect your weed is fake, look at its color. Fake or synthetic cannabis will be either brown or green in color and often looks like tobacco or other herbs that were shredded up. The color may also change depending on the amount of fake THC added to the substance.

The Internet is full of articles with titles like "Top 5 ways to tell if the weed you're smoking is fake". The problem is that they all give the same advice, which boils down to:

  1. It doesn't smell like weed.

  2. It doesn't taste like weed.

  3. It doesn't get you high.

  4. It doesn't look like weed.

Do you think we are going to tell you any different? No, because those aren't fake signs, they are real signs. If you are buying bud and it isn't smelling and tasting like pot, it probably isn't pot (or maybe it's a bad strain). If it doesn't get you high, it probably isn't pot either. If it looks anything but green, brown or black, then it's not pot.


Sure, there are other things that can be done to see if the weed you're buying is real or not. But if it isn't green and doesn't smell or taste like weed, then why would you want to go any further? There are much better ways to spend your time than trying to figure out if the green stuff in your bag is real or not.


Mixing marijuana with fillers and sometimes even chemicals, fake weed can contain some of the same psychoactive effects of marijuana. Spotting fake weed and recognizing its symptoms is important because you want to make sure you know what it is that you're putting into your body.


These methods can be a little difficult to detect at times, but it is possible, and with a little observation, you should eventually be able to spot not only whether you have fake weed but also what strain it is. Make sure you're smoking the real deal by taking the time to familiarize yourself with the traits of connoisseur grade marijuana. Trust me – it'll be well worth your time.


One thing you can be sure of, is that you won't find any fake weed at Steady Eddy's. Interested in checking out some of our newest flower? Check the link below. We have new strains every week, and a whole lot of deals you don't want to miss out on!






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