You’ll thank yourself for paying attention early, after your harvest is the dankest weed! Of course, the right place to start is by choosing to grow a strain that has higher THC levels. The genetics of what you finally decide to grow is probably going to play the biggest role in your final THC levels. In fact, the strain you choose sets the bar as to how much THC you can expect – if you do everything right, of course. Most first-time growers don’t achieve the full potential of THC that their plant is capable of.
This is because simple errors can be made in the growing process that don’t allow for maximum THC expression. Having said that, if a strain has a general THC level of 20%, that’s probably as high as it will ever get – even if you’re the most badass grower out there. All of this means that if you don’t choose a high-THC-strain to begin with, there’s almost nothing you can do that’s going to give you the levels you’re looking for. Girl Scout Cookies is one of the most popular US strains with a high THC level, measuring in at around 28%. Bruce Banner is another high scorer when it comes to potency, at almost 29% THC. Things have started to get serious when it comes to THC levels in the world of cannabis genetics. It means that wherever you are in the world, there’s a cannabis seed that you can grow with the purpose of reaching THC potency. 9 Savoury CBD-Infused Edibles You Can Make at Home.
One of the reasons that marijuana is called a “weed” is because it grows in pretty simple conditions. Even if you don’t give it a lot of light, it will still grow. So, the “grow hack” here is to give it a lot of light. That’s how we make it bigger, stronger and more powerful. For the purpose of increasing THC, you can give your plants UV light. To understand what’s behind this, we have to do a very basic geography class. When we think about where cannabis grew the best and the strongest, it starts to become quite obvious why UV light helps. The hightest THC sativas have always been discovered around the equator and the most potent indica strains have always come from mountains. These geographical locations have a greater exposure to ultra-violet light. Trichomes, which are the anatomical part of cannabis containing the most THC, also happen to be a defence mechanism. A marijuana plant produces trichomes (the resinous part of the plant) to defend itself against strong UV rays as well as herbivores. So, by exposing your plant to UV light, you are encouraging the expression of this defence mechanism. Growers can buy UV lighting and start exposing plants to them in the flowering stage. Remember – a marijuana plant doesn’t start developing trichomes until this growth stage, so there’s no point using UV lighting before the flowering stage. A process that is familiar to many growers, not just of marijuana, is the ripening process. It is the same process as ripening fruit, where the resin glands of plants are stimulated to produce all of the sugary goodness that humans love. The ripening process takes place in the final stage of flowering, where your cannabis plant is producing its trichomes, terpenoids and flavonoids. Decreasing carbon dioxide at this stage encourages the production of ethylene. In fact, ethylene is the natural gas that is given off by ripening fruit. When you decrease the CO2, the plant will give all of its remaining energy to the production of ethylene and ripening, and will produce more trichomes. This process should elevate the levels of THC for your final harvest.
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