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Clear trichomes

Since trichomes cannot be seen by the naked eye, they must be looked at with a magnifying glass or jewelers loupe. If the trichomes are still translucent, they are not ready. At this point, they’re still producing cannabinoids, something you don’t want to interrupt. Buds will grow exponentially in the last 2 weeks, so be patient. When trichomes start turning milky white, it’s an indication they’re close. The buds still won’t be ready, but this is the time to be most attentive. Around half of the pistils should’ve darkened to an amber-brown colour by now.

For the best yields, it’s crucial that you know how to identify when it’s time to harvest by the colour of the trichomes. This is something you should start doing in the last couple weeks of the flowering stage.
Today, we offer you a guide on how to get the most out of your cannabis trichomes.

Every grower is looking to get the most out of her/his cannabis plant. Whether this involves feeding it the proper nutrients or giving the right amount of light, it all comes down to trichomes. These tiny “hairs” seem to be the most common indication of a healthy and potent plant. While trichomes do not always signal a successful crop, they are essential in developing top-shelf marijuana.
There are two predominant factors that influence a plant’s yield and general health: genetics and environment. We can’t stress enough how crucial genetics are to start off with. If you want to achieve the best and most trichomes you can, choose genetics that are known to produce an abundance of them. When you get the best seeds, you’ve done everything possible for one of the factors. Now you only need to worry about environmental conditions. Remember, though, trichomes aren’t everything when it comes to potency. Make sure you fully understand what each strain has to offer before purchasing seeds.
This will be the most important environmental factor to consider regarding trichome development. Light exposure has a heavy influence on a plant’s trichome yield. Cannabis tends to develop more resin when grown in equatorial regions. These are areas with high exposure to UV rays. As mentioned above, cannabis uses trichomes to protect the buds from too much light. By exposing the plant to UV-B light for 2-3 weeks, you’ll be able to observe a difference in trichome yield.
Sometimes, your level of growing experience isn’t enough. The best nutrients and watering cycles will only get you so far. Make sure you know what to do when looking to grow a trichome-covered plant.
Humidity and temperature can also alter the trichome yield of a cannabis plant. With the right combination of these, you can simulate a more stressful environment where the plant believes it should increase trichome production. In the last 2-3 weeks of flowering (around the same time you should increase UV-B exposure), toggling humidity and temperature will be key. Try decreasing the relative humidity (RH) levels to around 30%. Some very resinous plants grow in the Middle East where the weather is quite dry and arid.

The trichomes will transition from a milky white to a cloudy white tonality. Harvesting during this stage will give the most psychedelic/mental effects, but it will yield less hash than if you wait. It all depends on the grower’s preference. When trichomes finally start to turn amber, there’s no more time to waste. Harvesting during this stage will create more of a body high associated with indica strains.

Getting your buds to produce loads of trichomes on your next harvest might not be as hard as you think! With a few techniques, you’ll be on the right track.

That might be, but the high is not dependent on just thc. There is more than 60 cannabinoids and thc is just one. That is why if you actually harvest at all clear, it will be early and the high will suck.

That might be, but the high is not dependent on just thc. There is more than 60 cannabinoids and thc is just one. That is why if you actually harvest at all clear, it will be early and the high will suck.
I’ve harvested sativas while trichromes were still clear and the results were fucking stellar. I pretty much always hate cannabis that has a lot of yellow trichromes. I tend to like it more when the majority are still on the clear side.

I have experience of harvesting too early also. I took a lemon skunk at 56 days one time and it should have went to about 70 days . The high was just a tease if you know what I mean. There was hints of a killer body high that *could * have been there to go with the head high, but I only got it in a few of the buds. I was left thinking. damn if i had waited 2 weeks I would be getting this high every time. Tolerance was also quick to build.
I’ve always harvested when the majority of my trichs were cloudy and about 10-20% were amber. Does anyone have any experience with buds that were harvested when the majority of trichs were still clear? Other than the fact that the bud was probably a lot fluffier, how was the high like?
I have experience of harvesting too early also. I took a lemon skunk at 56 days one time and it should have went to about 70 days . The high was just a tease if you know what I mean. There was hints of a killer body high that *could * have been there to go with the head high, but I only got it in a few of the buds. I was left thinking. damn if i had waited 2 weeks I would be getting this high every time. Tolerance was also quick to build.
Here’s a segment from a high times article I recently discovered
I think some folks like the buzz from CBN a lot. And yes, the terpenes definitely play their part – and some plants the terpene profile changes as they mature. I’d say it’s really going to depend on the plant and the effects you’re looking for. There’s no one size fits all here IMO.

“Dr. Paul G. Mahlberg who found that THC in the resin head is at it’s peak when it’s still clear – not opaque and certainly not amber. Dr. Mahlberg stuck a tiny syringe into the bulbous head of the trichome and extracted it’s contents, then analyzed it for THC. The result: Without a doubt, THC is at it’s highest before the trichome turns opaque.”

Here's a segment from a high times article I recently discovered "Dr. Paul G. Mahlberg who found that THC in the resin head is at it's peak when it's still…