Weed Grades: AAAA vs AAA vs AA vs A

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Most people are familiar with cannabis through the classification of Sativa, Indica and Hybrid along with the cannabinoids THC and CBD. These are great ways to distinguish different types of weed but way of  grading different types of weed. When grading cannabis it can fall under a grading scale from A all the way to AAAA, with AAAA-grade weed being the highest quality available. There are various factors that come into play when giving a certain strain a specific grading, from how the weed was grown and crafted along with the potency and concentration of its cannabinoid and cannabis terpene profiles. All of these factors play into the actual physical characteristics of the different weed grades for things like flavors, aromas and the benefits it provides. Here we dive into the different grades of weed, how to understand weed grades and how to grade marijuana.

There are so many diverse strains of cannabis with new types being created all the time so making a definitive weed grade chart aaaa – a is next to an impossible task. Despite this it is still possible to learn about the grading system and why particular strains are awarded certain grades. Let’s dive in without the aid of a weed grade chart! Read on to learn all about cannabis grades and cannabis grading.

Weed Grades : AAAA TO A

AAAA Grade

AAAA weed is the best of the best of the rest when it comes to weed grades. AAAA marijuana is the cannabis you need in your life, it ticks all the boxes. Each bud is hand crafted and makes the quad A category only if it’s perfect. It will have fresh, thick buds and will have an overwhelming amount of trichomes. When looking for an AAAA grade strain you need to look for a variety of factors such as:

Smell: Appealing and pungent

Aroma: No unintended notes like musty or moldy

Structure: The highest amount of trichomes

Buds: Dense and presentable

Color: Strong vibrant colors of purple and orange

AAAA cannabis strains are the cream of the crop, it’s what the Snoop Dogs and Willie Nelsons are smoking on a daily basis and if it’s good enough for those two it should be good enough for anyone. There are a wide variety of strains that falls under the AAAA grade category, here are 5 strains we highly recommend if you’re looking for best weed in Canada:

Sour Budda (Indica) – A 100 pure indica strain, Sour Budda is a cross between Sour Diesel and Budda Kush. This strain contains an abundance of delicious flavors along with a strong euphoric feeling. It is commonly used for those sleepless nights, this strain is great for providing a full-bodied sedative effect that any indica lover can dream of.

Blue Widow (Hybrid) – Crossed between the famous B.C. bud White Widow and the Blueberrt from Hawaii. Blue Widow will leave the muscles relaxed and will allow the user to get relieved tension when at the same time providing a cerebral high. This could be ideal for the pain-related symptoms like cramps and sprains.

Holy Grain (Hybrid) –Holy Grail is perfect for treating a wide range of conditions such as anxiety, cramps, nausea, nerve pain and chronic pain, the body high, which is both relaxing and euphoric, is a sure ticket to a good night’s sleep

Scout Master (Sativa) – Scout Master, also known as “Master Scout,” is a sativa dominant hybrid strain created through crossing Girl Scout Cookies and Master Kush. The high starts with a lifted effect that fills your cerebral state with pure happiness and ease, pushing out any negative or racing thoughts. As your mind settles into a state of focus and creativity, you’ll begin to feel a light physical relaxation wash over you, leaving you completely calm in body without causing any sort of sedation in the slightest.

Each of these high end strains can be found at Haute Health where you can find the highest quality cannabis in Canada for the best prices around. Each of these strains starts at the low low cost of $9 a gram which in comparison to the recreational cannabis stores is a fraction of the price.


AAA Grade

What does AAA weed mean? Triple A weed is the most common cannabis strain found online and in the stores, it is considered to be the most standard strain available when it comes to weed grades. The quality is usually excellent and can be relied on when looking for a strain that will meet all your needs. AAA grade cannabis should posses many of the same qualities that AAAA cannabis does, the biggest difference in quality will comes from the buds being less dense and a discoloration can be expected, but not to the point where the colour doesn’t include any brown or tan. The THC factor do not come into play when determining the grade, it’s mainly all about how it smells, how it looks and how it tastes. Potency is a good indicator when determining the quality of the grade of cannabis, AAA cannabis will deliver maximum potency similar to Quad A, with the full effects of the THC being felt.

AAA weed grades are the most sought after strains on the market, each strain is high in quality but also sells for a reasonable price. At Haute.Health the choice for AAA grade cannabis is plentiful and in abundance, each strain ranges between $8 a gram to $5 per gram and is some of the best cannabis anywhere in Canada. If you’re looking for top quality AAA grade cannabis, here are a few we recommend that we know you will love!

 Purple Kush (Indica) – A cross between Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani strain, this dank strain known as “Purple Hindu Kush” is a unique Indica with its vibrant colors and pleasant flavor. Purple Kush is known for having an uplifting euphoric head high that relieves pain and provides a slight introspective effect. Accompanied by a numbing body sensation its affects work its way through the body, providing a relaxed and sedated feeling. Following the peak of the initial high, the come down provides a strong, pain free sleep that lasts for hours. Emerging from the Oakland, California region, this slow and relaxing full body stone was named Top 10 Kush Strain by High Times magazine in 2016.

Skywalker OG – This dank strain offers a relaxed high with the perfect mix of Indica and sativa. The lovechild of Skywalker and OG Kush, Skywalker OG provides an instant high that’s super heavy, leaving you feeling properly stoned after a hit or two. Skywalker OG is perfect for anyone suffering from chronic pain, providing a temporary relief to things like stress, anxiety, and depression.  Your body will completely fuse to the couch and leaving you relaxed and happy. A happy high is coupled with intense munchies, so keep the snacks right next to you to avoid having to move.

Platinum Cookies (Hybrid) – Platinum Cookies also known as Platinum GSC or Platinum Girl Scout Cookies is a well balanced hybrid created through OG Kush and Durban Poison strains. The buds are frosty in appearance and have a sweet kush flavor. This strain produces a euphoric boost, providing energy and a pleasant sense of ease and happiness.The smell of the strain is a pungent aroma, an interesting blend of earthy spiciness with hints of sweetness and berry undertones. While the effects of this strain are balanced between a mind stone and body stone, the potential does exist for heavy sedation and heavy drowsiness.

Laughing Buddha (Sativa) – Laughing Buddha is a dank strain that offers an energizing effect with the chance of visual distortions. A a cross of sativas that are grown in Jamaica and Thailand, Laughing Buddhas name originates from Theravada Buddhism in Thailand. This strain is a great option if you are looking to feel calm and want a high that’s great for spending time outdoors in a social setting. Laughing Buddha is known to help with things like stress, anxiety and depression while providing a focused feeling to help with getting tasks done.

We guarantee these strains will meet all the needs you are looking for when purchasing a AAA grade strain. There are dozens more AAA grade strains available are some of the finest herbs in Canada, everything can be found over at Haute Health

AA Grade

AA grade cannabis is a very common choice among tokers, particularly those who are on a budget. Commonly seen as a budget choice, AA grade gets the job done without offering the additional frills you get from the AAAA and AAA weed grades. It’s good to keep expectations to a certain level when purchasing AA grade, you may at times find a very solid AA grade strain, but more then often this grade falls under standard. AA grade comes from a lesser quality cultivated marijuana. Identifying AA grade is fairly straight forward, the colour of the buds will look a little different then the higher quality buds, with less greens and orange colours and more brown. The aroma will be another indicator as it will not have the strong pungent smell you get from the AAA and AAAA grade buds, you’ll also notice while smoking the double A buds that the ash will become darker as your smoke. AA grade is a great budget option and a common choice, but when you purchase AA there is always going to be a dip in quality. When buying AA grad cannabis you get what you pay for.

Haute Health offers a wide variety of very affordable AA grade cannabis. Each strain remains a high quality and though it might not meet all the needs of a AAAA or a AAA grade, it will certainty get the job done while not breaking the bank. Haute’s AA weed grades go from $4 a gram to $5 a gram, with a range of Indicas, Sativas and Hybrids. Here are some of our favorite AA grade strains we recommend: Just because you have to buy lower cannabis grades like aa weed meaning slightly cheaper and less potent it doesn’t have to mean not having a wide variety of great options. Having Cannabis grade systems just gives you a tool to understand exactly what it is you are buying before you pay! AA+ weed is almost always a surefire good deal as long as you are aware of what you are getting beforehand and the price is set fairly.

 OG Kush – OG Kush is a head-focused high, with less of a physical high. The high provides a sudden headrush providing a more focused feeling, with the environment around you intensifying. There is a combination of mental stimulation and uplifting in mood, resulting in a social high which makes it perfect for parties and social events. Best enjoyed during the day or early in the evening. OG Kush can be harsh and cough-inducing. The smoke tastes like a heavy hash with a classic spicy Indica flavour when inhaling and exhaling. OG Kush is very pungent with the smoke smell lingering for a while after lighting up, not a very discreet smoke so make sure to take the proper precautions.

Chem Fruit – This sativa-dominant hybrid comes from a cross between the ever popular Blue Dream and Green Crack, its name is attributed to the fact it has a mild taste of green tea. Used predominantly for stress, this out of body experience can also help with depression as well. Green Dreams aroma resembles a musky and earthy tone, similar to wet soil, with a  citrus undertone that spices up the overall flavour. A quick acting strain, there is a change in sensory perception, sharper external stimuli, visual distortion and a shift in cognitive thinking. A great option to enhance brainstorming and working on creative projects, Green Dream is most effective for stress, fatigue and being productive tasks need to be completed. Recommended for those looking for an energy boost in the morning and best consumed during the day.


Trainwreck – Trainwreck is a seriously potent sativa, producing a mellowing body high with a mental stimulant. Created from both a Mexican and Thai sativa then blended with a Afghani indica, this strain packs a lot of punch. This sativa dominant strain is best consumed during the day, providing an intense cerebral uplifting high. The reason this strain is so popular is due to it’s perfect balance of energy induced sativa and its Indica pain numbing buzz. Created in California by two brothers in the 70s, the name comes from when the two brothers had to pull their crop early because of a train wreck that happened near their grow and they didn’t want the police to discover their stash. Trainwreck helps alleviate such things like pain, stress and depression. When smoked, it produces a spice taste similar to peeper, with a earthy aroma.
Each one of these strains will provide a quality high with a more affordable cost, with dozens of AA grade strains we guarantee you be asking yourself “is this AAAA grade”?

A Grade

Single A grade cannabis is truly for the penny pinchers out there, strains that fall under the category of A grade cannabis are sometimes better used for making things like edibles and Cannabis extracts then smoking. Most cannabis distributors won’t even sell grade A ,mainly selling it as a bag of shake as a wholesale option. If grade A is an option that you are considering, it’s recommended you opt for less in quantity to get more in quality from either AA grade or higher. The prices are definitely worth it if you’re looking for cannabis to brew up a batch of brownies or create an extract, but for smoking you will definitely be getting what you pay for.

Although we recommend going with our AA grade options  if you are considering A grade cannabis, Haute Health offers great Premium Grade Shake and Basic Grade Shake for those looking to save money and create things like edibles or extracts. This shake comes from premium grade flowers for a fraction of the price.

Final Grade

There is a huge difference in quality between AAAA and A grades of cannabis. The main factors between the different grades comes down to three main variants, taste, smell and presentation. For those who are a more experienced cannabis connoisseur you will notice the difference between each grade, especially when it comes to the double and single grade A strains. The difference between the high quality buds that fall under AAAA and AAA may not be that noticeable but the gaps becomes noticeable the lower you go. For those not as experienced, you may not notice the vast difference between the different grades but you will notice the high you get from each different grade, with strength falling off the lower you go.

It all comes down to preference and overall tolerance. Each user will have their own preferences and the lower weed grades might be perfect for you where some will only buy AAAA grades and nothing lower. The grading system can be subjective in nature and is a great starting point for those trying to decide what cannabis is the right fit for them. This grading system is a benchmark in which you can start with in helping you decide what cannabis strain is the perfect choice for your needs.

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