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Let’s Talk Tricombs

Are you trying to understand all the convoluted online conversation about cannabis trichomes? What are they? How are they grown? How are they harvested? What’s the best way to consume them?

This post will also help you wrap your mind around the biology of trichomes, their importance to you and to the rest of the cannabis plant.

Trichomes are the resin glands of the pot plant which contain THC, CBD and other active medicinal cannabinoids. Trichomes are literally the cream of the cannabis crop. Trichomes are the basis of the smokeless revolution in cannabis consumption which has saved the lives of countless medical marijuana users such asCharlotte Figi.  Charlotte was cured from suffering over 300 seizures a week induced by dravet’s  syndrome with a tincture of trichomes from a CBD rich strain of marijuana now known as Charlotte’s Web named after the girl’s miraculous recovery.

Extracting trichomes from the cannabis plant also preserves terpenes which create an entourage of health benefits and helps fully expose and express the ganga’s unique aromatic and euphoric character. Additionally, and maybe most importantly, certain THC dominant strains of concentrated trichomes can get you really, really high! This is why trichomes are the  basis of the thriving cannasseur celebrity subculture of dabbing.

So what’s going on inside the gooey stuff on the ganga that’s fueling the modern medical marijuana and recreational reefer revolutions?

A Little Trichome Talk

Cannabis Anatomy

Source: https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/cannabis-anatomy-the-parts-of-the-plant

THC and other medicinal cannabinoids are only found inside the heads of three different types of trichomes, the most common of which being the capitate-stalked trichome. Scientists used tobelieve that essential cannabinoids such as THC were created in the calyxes or green plant tissue which serves as the womb from which the mushroom shaped trichome glands secrete. Scientists now observe that the trichomes themselves create the cannabinoids and terpenes. The anatomy of the cannabis buds you typically smoke is also comprised of the “pistils,” or the double strands of hair that grow out of the calyx material to catch cannabis pollen from male pot plants.

Trichome is Greek for ‘growth of hair’ and it is the pot plant’s phalanx of little shields responsible for the developing pot plant’s triumphs against fungus and pesky pot-loving insects that would otherwise destroy entire crops of cannabis plants. Trichomes are also the “sunscreen” of growing marijuana plants protecting it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays as well as high wind and low humidity. Thick layers of sticky wet trichomes also help protect pot plants from hungry edible loving animals such as rabbits and other rodents.

How the Groovey Gooey Stuff Grows

Trichome Anatomy

Source: http://www.hightimes.com/read/anatomy-trichome

Trichomes have their own cycle of growth within the overall marijuana plant’s lifecycle. The theory is that photosynthetic cannabinoid precursors are transported and transformed into THC, CBD, additional cannabinoids and terpenes in the secretory vesicles of the trichome gland head as pictured above. Cannabinoids and terpenes accumulate between the outer cuticle of the trichome which grows thicker with oil as the secretory vessels push it towards the cuticle. The gland head eventually matures and falls off as the budding process nears completion.

The gland heads of trichomes are typically clear or slightly amber at the beginning of the plant’s growth cycle which usually become cloudy or opaque when the cannabinoids levels are ripe enough for harvest. Your bud won’t necessarily blast you off to the moon with THC just because it is covered in trichomes. The trichome resin on your bud could also contain counter psychoactive CBD cannabinoids as well. The euphoric potency of the trichomes in cannabinoids is largely determined by the moment in time when the marijuana is harvested. You can tell the cannabinoids are reaching full maturity when the trichome gland heads go opaque. This is why many growers suggest harvesting the crop when half the trichomes on their plants are opaque in order to get the most highest level of THC with the lowest level of CBD cannabinoids, which counteracts the euphoric effects of the THC (unless of course you want to grow CBD rich strains such as Charlotte’s Web for a sober medical stoned feeling).

Read More – https://honestmarijuana.com/trichomes/?age-verified=0c0fb582e0

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