Black Ash Headaches
November 12, 2019
The quality of your buds may not be conclusively and simply determined from clean white ash. And yet, cannabis consumers “know” good weed never burns black. Dark ash seems to be a more apt descriptive than the simple white burn. In fact, the black ash headache effect is in itself infamous among consumers.
Good resins of the plant itself will burn white which is generally indicative of quality. Yet, degraded material would contain depleted chlorophyll content, which could mean a whiter ash colour as well. It would seem that the burn cannot be judged as clean quite so easily, on first glance. White ash can be created from either clean cannabis or hot dirty buds filled with headache-producing pesticides and fertilizers…a discerning headache in itself.
A greener black
Charred black remains is not so simple of a qualifier. Rather, it is a measure for multiple factors, such as moisture or chlorophyll content. Buds rich in chlorophyll, or ones not cured to perfection, can certainly burn dirty. Incomplete thermal degradation of chlorophyll will produce complex secondary compounds, however these are not headache-inducing. Chlorophyll itself promotes oxygen. Other factors that can effectively reduce oxygen do play an important role with respect to ash colour as well, including carbon and nitrogen.
Temperature, quality, and a common denominator