Want to grow high-quality cannabis? The active ingredient in the plant concentrates on the resin. This will increase the amount of resin (trichomas) in the plant:
We all like to see them covering the flowers, glinting at us with every look as if inviting us to come closer, to look, to smell. Trichomes - the same sugar-like resin that is abundant on the female cannabis inflorescence when it reaches adulthood and that contains the active substance in the plant (THC) in addition toOther cannabinoids. These trichomes are one of the most fascinating parts for cannabis consumers and many growers have developed various methods over the years in an attempt to increase their yield in the plant.
It is important to emphasize that despite what people often think - a large amount of resin on a Cannabis flower does not necessarily indicate a higher amount of THC, because in the resin there are hundreds of different cannabinoids besides THC. These cannabinoids do not "scale" and therefore may be a situation where a flower with very little "sugar" visible will affect stronger than a flower with a greater amount of resin.
The theory of the "production of trichomas" in cannabis has not yet been sufficiently studied, and therefore it is important to say that some of the methods presented here have been examined and considered reliable, but some of them are considered almost superstitious.
Method #1: High UVB rays
It is estimated that one of the most important uses of cannabis resin is protection from the burning sun radiation and especially from high UVB rays (275-315 nm). In a study in Switzerland researchers took cuttings from the same plant and raised them at different heights. They found that in high areas the amount of THC obtained is greater and at the same time there is a certain reduction in crop yield. Although there are quite a few parameters that influence how the plant grows at different heights, it is estimated that the strong UVB rays at high altitudes play a significant role.
Indeed, some growers give their plants a few hours of UVB rays with the help of light bulbs, assuming that the plant will have to produce more resin to protect itself from these light rays. Although this method is accepted by a certain percentage of the growers, there are quite a few differences of opinion on this issue, and some growers claim that the method has not yet been proven effective and that it may even damage the plant. High-level UVB rays can be very dangerous in long exposure, and therefore growers decide to "spoil" their plants UVB rays make sure to light the bulb for only a few hours a day.
Humans also have dangerous UVB rays and the usual HID bulbs widely used by cannabis growers almost completely block them. Towers with an UVB bulb should not be exposed to these light rays while handling plants.
Method #2: Low amount of water and humidity
Another important role attributed to the cannabis resin is the preservation of fluids. Therefore, some argue that when cannabis is sprayed with a low percentage of moisture while maintaining a minimal irrigation regime, the plant actually causes more resin to prevent it from "sweating" and lose important fluids. Some growers adopt only part of the system and keep the humidity low without saving water.
Cannabis, which has been released under conditions of high humidity, will produce resin with a longer "tail" - giving the flower a more crystalline and attractive appearance, but a better chance of having a THC than a similar plant that grows under improved conditions. Another disadvantage is that the long "tail" of the resin may cause the head to break down faster when you deal with it, and so the plant may lose the active ingredient.
Method #3: insert the plant into a "shock"
Some growers believe that when a plant is in a state of "pressure" or "shock" it produces a greater amount of resin. The same breeders perform a number of activities during the flowering phase, which are supposed to damage the plant in a minimal way, in order to put it in a "shock" state. Some of these activities include, among other things, "inconvenient" tying of the plant, small shaking and even physical damage to the stem with a sterile knife or thumbtack. Although there are quite a few reviews and controversies surrounding this method - there are still Cannabis growers who regularly use the technique in question and are convinced that this is why they get results that satisfy them.
Method #4: 48 hours of darkness before harvest
The active substance in marijuana - THC - breaks down into other chemical compounds in light exposure. Therefore, there is a theory that harvesting early in the morning is preferable to harvest later in the day after the plant has been exposed a few hours to the light. The proponents of this theory estimate that immediately after the "dark time" of the plant - cannabis is at its peak in terms of the amount of THC and that this is the best time to cut. Following this assumption developed a method that spread among different breeders who give the plant 48 hours of darkness in the past two days - and then harvest. Some even turn off the light for 72 hours. Many breeders believe that when cannabis is found in a long number of dark hours, it begins to "think" that it is about to die, and as a desperate survival instinct it tries to Remove as much resin as possible so that it can absorb stamens that may occur on the way, or alternatively protect the existing seeds (seed protection is evaluated as another of the main reasons why cannabis produces its resin).
Method #5: "Neighboring Plants"
Of course, plants react to their environment, and they also react to plants that are nearby. There are a number of plants that some cannabis growers believe their presence has a direct effect on the amount of resin that cannabis produces. One of the most prominent is the Utica - Dioca, and more than once you can find in the heart of a fragrant Ganja garden a number of nettles scattered in the growing space.
It is likely that there are several other ways and techniques to increase the amount of resin in the cannabis plant that have not appeared in this article, and some of you are probably very skeptic in light of some of the methods listed here. It is therefore worth noting that in the next few years, most cannabis growers in the world will focus on a number of techniques that will prove effective and give up on other methods. Take all that is written here in limited liability and activate your healthy logic before any action you are going to make on your precious girls ...
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