Mid range bud normally has a decent appearance but might contain a seed or two, general smoke will be above average and the high will depend on the genetics and strain type. Great for every day use.
Premium bud has nearly all the characteristics needed when grading good bud. Top shelf bud might be down graded to premium if it contains a seed or if the bud density is not consistent.
Top shelf bud is exactly what the name suggests : this bud can compete with the best in terms of smoke, bud formation, terpenes and overall high.
Boutique bud is the best of the best : these beautiful buds are grown in optimal conditions using only the best genetics. This category provides a connoisseur experience in all departments of the grading system.