Schwag is a term for low-quality, low-potency cannabis often found on the black market. Schwag weed frequently contains seeds and stems that would be discarded from higher grade marijuana. The name comes from schwagstock, referring to the cheap cannabis bundled for sale at some music festivals. Schwag is considered bottom shelf weed not fit to be sold in legal dispensaries.
The quality of schwag can vary, but it is generally mass-produced cannabis grown and cured hastily for the illicit bulk market. It tends to be harvested too early without proper curing, retaining moisture that makes harsh, subpar smoking. Schwag may come compressed for easier transport. The effects tend to be mild and short-lived.
While too low grade to enjoy recreationally, schwag can have its purposes. The affordable price makes it suitable for extraction or cooking. Schwag trim can be used to make hashes and concentrates or infused into oils and butter for edibles that tend to mask the poor taste. Overall, schwag serves a niche purpose but lacks quality for cannabis connoisseurs.