Whether you're growing for personal use or for a mega cultivation facility, the best cannabis is born from premium genetics, innovative cultivation, timely trimming, and, finally, a thorough curing process.
If you're a horticulturist, then you're already familiar with what glandular trichomes (GT's) are and how they work to protect plants. But for the rest of us, it's a mysterious and complex science.
All flowering plants have thousands of tiny hairs that appear to be crystalized dots covering the surface area. Some people mistake trichomes for terpenes, but terpenes are manufactured in the secretory cells inside glandular trichomes. Somewhere along the way, people dropped the 'glandular' part of the name and referred to them as trichomes. Let's look closer at what they're all about.
Are you interested in growing hemp? Why wouldn't you be?! Hemp is revered the world over for being the only plant with the power to feed, clothe, and heal us. And thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the controlled substances act, it is legally recognized as an agricultural commodity.
All plants are made up of a multitude of chemicals and compounds, and cannabis is no different. The science behind the plant is complex and compelling. The cannabis plant has an unusually high number of organic, aromatic hydrocarbons called terpenes. Let's take a closer look at how terpenes form during growth and how they impact your final product.