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Top shelf

There are various qualities of flower sold in dispensaries, usually graded as low shelf, mid shelf, top shelf, and Private Reserve. As many dispensaries do not have a Private Reserve grade, top shelf is usually the most expensive cannabis available. Top shelf buds are high quality, often high in potency, and usually harder to find strains.

“Did this nug run use top-shelf buds or just mids?”

What is top shelf cannabis?

“Top shelf” means cannabis flower of the highest quality, so it lives on the highest shelf in the store, with more visibility, rather than hidden below on the low shelf. Top shelf strains are produced by quality growers, with high potency and great flavors and aromas. They are usually grown indoors, which allows a grower more control over the final product. 

Nowadays there is also “Private Reserve” cannabis flower, which is a step above top shelf. Private Reserve strains are different in that they are usually exotic and grown by influential growers or brands.