Interpening® Devil's Advocate


Some people are skeptical about Interpening®, and if it's real. We love being put to the test and wowing disbelievers. There are a few things that can make Interpening® seem harder than it is. Interpening® takes lots of practice or years of cannabis experience particularly growing and curing. This is the Devil's Advocate of the Interpening® process. 


Is Interpening® Perfect?

No, and for many reasons. Interpening® is easy for people who have grown cannabis for years because they are attuned to the tiniest of details about and within the plant. Spotting very minute insects or mold splotches takes a trained eye and nose. Like a wine sommelier, or a beer cicerone, Interpening® has many subtleties that are judged by an individual's personal senses; some people pick up different smells than others. Some people have a much stronger sense of smell and taste than others too.


Interpening® also isn’t perfect due to the astonishing number of hybridized plant types that share similar qualities. There are a handful of quirky aspects of the uniqueness of cannabis that can make Interpening® tricky. However, Level 3 Interpeners® are so advanced, they know these trickeries and they don’t take away from the process or accuracy. 


Cannabis plants are one of the most naturally diverse plants on earth. Cannabis plants geographically span across the globe and come in dozens of shapes, colors, smells, and effects. These heirloom or (landrace) variations have been crossbred by thousands of people who are obsessed with experimenting how far they can push the plant's potential. Because cannabis has been deemed illegal all over the world, there has been no pedigree tracking systems. We have an infinite amount of plants we don’t know what they have been crossed with, how many times, by who, how long, and where the original parents came from.  


Bud structure:

In the legal and regulated cannabis industry, poorly grown cannabis is still for sale. Indica buds should be very tight and dense; but if the grower was careless or doesn’t understand  the chemistry of mixing nutrients, the indica bud can easily turn out light and fluffy. This faulty bud structure is due to poor growing factors rendering it sativa in appearance. 


On the flip slide there are a few wild plant genetics out there such as Durban Poison and types of OG Kush that do not abide by Interpening® visual normality’s. Durban Poison is a sativa from Durban South Africa as the story goes. It has a very unique and unforgettable scent and grows large, round, denser buds that appear like an indica; yet it is a sativa variety. Some OG Kush type plants have huge spacing between the nodes like a sativa, but grow little rich indica tufts. Learning these little quirks takes a lot of time, practice, and experience. 


Pungency = potency:

If you come across flower that has almost no smell what so ever, will it get you high or medicated? Yes it will, especially if you have a very low tolerance. Just because the smell is inert doesn’t mean the effect is. Ask any connoisseur, when you smell a jar of product that almost punches you in the face, you know it’s going to have a very strong psychoactive effect. Pungency does indeed indicate potency; learn why in an Interpening® class. 



If you see some bananas in your bud does it mean there is a seed? No, it just means there could be one. If you didn’t grow the product you will have no way of knowing when the plant started to hermaphrodize. If the plant started to hermaphrodize in the first 3-4 weeks of flower it will mostly likely have seeds and no one wants to smoke a seed. 


Odor perception: 

People’s brains and olfactory perceptions can be very different from one another. Smell is something scientists and doctors still don’t fully understand. If you sniff very gently you will most likely smell towards the bottom of your nose. If you sniff very hard you will most likely smell at the top of your nose. It is important when Interpening® to smell soft at first, smell strong second, and then take 3 quick sniffs lastly; so the strength of your sniff doesn’t confuse where you perceive the odor in your nose. Remember, because the majority of what your interpreting are hybrids, the smell perception is more general (middle of your nose) most of the time but not always. Where you perceive the smell in your nose is very subtle and so it takes a lot of practice, focus, and care paying attention to this feature. 



Again, because cannabis is so hybridized dozens of terpenes are mixed with dozens of other terpene combinations. Therefor Indicas and Sativas will have mixes of the same scents in both variations. The smell of skunk, dank, pine, and flowers are commonly found in both Indica and Sativa. Try to smell around the skunk and go deeper in your investigation. If you smell deep, dark, rich, scents like chocolate or fresh tobacco, you know it’s an indica. The same way if you smell sharp grapefruit, you know its sativa, but both may also smell a bit like skunk. If you crossed the two plants together its true you may smell a skunk, earth, citrus, and chocolate, but which smells stronger and where do you perceive this smell? The stronger scent and where you perceive it will indicate the dominance of the hybrid. Use your Interpening® tools to guide you in this process. 


Ripe trichomes:

Most commercial warehouse operations grow both Indica and Sativa in the same room. Indica takes 8 weeks to ripen where many Sativa’s take around 10 weeks. It’s very common that grow operations harvest the entire room when all the Indica’s are finished so they can rotate the whole room and start the next flower cycle. Therefor sometimes the Sativa varieties are harvested a few weeks too early. If you take a trichome magnifier and notice that all your trichomes are still pre-ripe, will that product still get you high or medicated? Yes it will because even though the trichomes are not at their maximum potential, there is still enough magic in there to feel something. But, if you let the trichomes fully ripen its possible the effect may be much stronger. Seeing a few post-ripe trichomes is a very good indication that the rest of the trichomes are ripe. If you smoke a plant that has only post ripe trichomes will it still give you an effect? Yes it will but the effect will be a little different due to the cannabinoids breaking down and the effect wont be as strong. 

Leaf Shape: 

Most people never see the plant growing before they smoke the flower, and so leaf shape isn’t relevant for most people. In Colorado anyone over 21 and any medical patient can legally grow a minimum of 6 plants year round. Because growing is becoming more common we wanted to provide some Interpening® in the growth phase for those who do grow. The overall theme of playing devil's advocate with Interpening® is the hybrid dilemma. Because the majority of the plants have been hybridized so many times the majority of them have a standard and typical leaf size and shape with no drastic features. The more pure and rare landrace genetics have more drastic leaf shape features. We have seen some leafs with 11 fingers, We’ve seen indica leafs the size of a human torso, and we have seen sativa leaf fingers thinner then a pencil. 



Interpening® is meant to be serious so that patients and connoisseurs have a method to ensure they are getting the variety and effect they are looking for regardless of what the product is named. When you are with friends, Interpening® is very fun to see what your buddies come up with when judging product, so have fun with it.  Bragging and arguing what’s true about cannabis is a part of cannabis culture. The industry needs to do what ever it can to limit the spread of misinformation and that is the goal of the Trichome Institute.