Brick weed. Dirt. Mids. Schwag. It goes by many names, but they all mean the same thing: reggie. Reggie weed, simply put, just means regular weed, but regular is not something strived for in the cannabis industry. This sativa dominant strain of weed does not have high levels of THC and therefore doesn’t have the power to produce strong psychoactive effects. Instead this weed is known for being a dry, low-grade, C level strain that’s riddled with seeds and barely produces a high for those of us who aren’t smoking for the first time.
This type of weed isn’t cultivated and cared for by experienced and tender loving growers, but instead typically grown outside with no attention. Where most growers try to breed the most beautiful, aromatic, and potent strains, there’s reggie weed at the opposite end of the spectrum. Moisture levels, sunlight, and temperature are not taken into account and you can tell by the brittle brown flakes breaking off - this weed is weak. So how did something so terrible become so infamous in the industry?
How Did Reggie Weed Get Its Name
Reggie doesn’t refer to any one strain. Instead, it’s an umbrella term for all the low-grade, “no brand” strains that get commercially shipped around the country from questionable sources. Those in rural areas face this oregano dirt weed issue a lot. When you ask the dealer for a strain name, or even if its sativa or indica and they respond with, “bro, it’s fire, this is loud,” it’s probably reggie weed that they don’t have a name for. The idea behind reggie weed is quantity over quality, hence the term “brick weed”. You ever watch an episode of Cops where they find 10lbs of the driest, brownest, seediest weed you’ve ever seen in some guy’s trunk? It’s usually stored in suffocatingly tight cling wrap bricks and you may think, Is that even weed? The answer is yes, it’s reggie weed.
How to Identify Reggie Weed
At this point, you may wonder if you’ve ever smoked reggie weed or maybe if you’re smoking it right now? You might be asking, “What makes weed “reggie?''
Well, Reggie weed is easy to spot. Unlike legit buds sold in dispensaries from hand-selected crops of lovingly attended plants, reggie weed is not pretty. The buds are usually dry and flat from being compressed into bricks for travel or by being left out too long. The color resembles dying grass, varying from brown to dark, muddy green. You won’t find many hairs or trichomes on reggie weed either as most have broken off the brittle plant. This is a low-THC bud that’s filled with seeds and dry stems.
What’s worse is it smells and tastes the same as it looks. A bag of reggie typically smells like skunk compressed in a stale basement or just old vegetation. The taste is usually a bit grassy, though some say they don’t notice much of a flavor at all. The smoke it produces is harsh, throwing many into coughing fits when it hits their throat.
Even sadder, reggie is still readily available in many states where weed isn’t legal. Although it’s popularity is dwindling as better strains become more widely available, reggie is still the backbone of many rural communities who don’t have access to better options, for medicinal use or otherwise.
Where Does Reggie Weed Come From?
In defense of reggie weed, it’s hardly ever the plant’s fault. Like we briefly touched on above, reggie weed bad because of its growing conditions. Grown with little care or control (usually outside), this bud is a victim of circumstance. It doesn’t help that the female variety of this weed is fertilized, which means it generally produces more seeds than leaves and the energy that would be used to nourish the leaves is now being used to grow the seeds.
Due to this, most reggie growers will plant the strain, and then leave it until it produces enough leaves to harvest. All this culminates in a stunted, low-potency bud that’s full of seeds and tastes like a swamp. Combined with terrible shipping and storing methods, reggie weed never stood a chance. That said, should you be interested in testing your green thumb, planting reggie seeds can sometimes give you flowering plants. With a little care and attention, these plants produce decent pot that far exceeds the original batch.
Should You Smoke Reggie Weed?
Denouncing reggie weed is easy. Yes, it tastes bad. Yes, it looks like it spent 6 months inside a tire. Yes, there’s more seeds than pot. But for some people, that’s their unfortunate reality. If reggie weed is all you have, smoke reggie. You shouldn’t be made to feel like a bad stoner for living in a dry community. Not everyone has access to exotic strains and at the end of the day, reggie weed gets the job done even if it takes a bit longer.
That said, if you have a choice between reggie and decent pot, spend the extra cash for better weed. You’ll smoke less and it’ll be an all-around better experience from bag to bong hit. Besides, nicer buds show that the grower put more effort into the plants. That means less chance for pesticides, molds, or other impurities in your pot.
No one wants to smoke reggie but most stoners have had the misfortune of buying a bad bag or two. There’s no real shame in smoking reggie, but know that it’s the bottom of the barrel. Substandard growing and shipping conditions produce a woeful plant that’s downright unappealing. Avoid reggie at all costs unless it’s your only option, and instead pay a little more for something better whenever possible. As legalization makes its way across the country, we’re hoping reggie’s days are numbered.