TL;DR: Legal Buds are a popular first choice for herbal smoke newbies, but they’re one of the worst choices you can make. While visually enticing, Legal Buds are only out for your money, and they leave a trail of sour opinions wherever they go. If you’ve ever considered giving Legal Buds a try, be sure to read this review first!
Everyone does something incredibly stupid at one time or another. I consider the day I ordered Legal Buds to be one of those times. Legal Buds, or Legal Herbal Bud, is a product you’ve more than likely seen advertised on the internet, or in the back of a legal high magazine. It was a magazine ad that convinced me to open my wallet and place my first, and last, order for Legal Buds through an online vendor. At the time, I had very little experience with herbal smoking blends and legal high alternatives. Looking back, I should have taken the time to do the research, but my eyes got the better of me, and that’s exactly what Legal Buds depends on.
Legal Buds has overwhelmingly succeeded in presenting an herbal product which just begs to be smoked. Visually, it’s quite appealing! The herbs are tightly packed together, either grown or later formulated, to appear so similar to Ms. Mary Jane that a novice would never know the difference. They vary in color, from deep and dank looking greens, to silvery whites, and some varieties are even covered in blazing orange hairs. The Legal Bud I purchased was pure green, but it was when I started to take a closer look at the herb matter that I first I realized I’d made a huge mistake.
Up close, without a stunning camera lens and a naked woman serving as the background, Legal Buds look like tightly bound wads of hay. I’m pretty sure the marijuana-like coloring is the result of carefully applied food coloring, or some other coloring alternative. The smell was off; there were some perfume-like flowery scents, but also this underlying scent of a dirty, wet dog. The Legal Buds weren’t sticky, but did feel a little funky. They were dry, but it was obvious they’d been treated in some way. The smell though…that dog smell was definitely not natural, and not appealing in the least, but in the name of money already spent, I trudged onward to find out just how deceiving looks can really be.
I distinctly recall making sure to use a glass water pipe to smoke Legal Buds, the scent was making me weary, and I wanted to filter out as much as the “junk” as I could. I’ve since learned that the jury is still out on whether or not using a water pipe makes much of a difference, but the method was worth noting because, spoiler alert, it didn’t help. The smoke was a harsh one, burning the back of my throat for every puff, and yet puff I did! I wanted it to work, and being inexperienced at the time, I thought I just needed to smoke more. So I kept going. After an hour of packing, smoking, waiting, and cursing, I came to the sad realization that I’ve gotten more relaxation, and a smoother smoke, from a pack of cigarettes than Legal Buds.
Herbal smoking blends do work, they absolutely work, but not when they’re contrived from fantasy. Over the last few weeks, I’d received a couple of inquiries about Legal Buds, their word-of-mouth popularity and overwhelming online presence have created the perfect trap for newcomers to the herbal smoke world. Don’t get fooled like I did. There’s a huge variety of herbal smokes out there, but there’s also a few jerks who think they can repackage their old lawn clippings, add a little dye, and make a mint off our monies. Legal Buds is one of those jerks, and you’re better off steering clear of an herbal disaster like this one. I’m sure I’m not the only one who made the mistake of giving Legal Buds a chance, and Burn One With Us welcomes any and all to share their Legal Bud experience in the comments. Stay safe and happy burning!