- Provide as much light as possible
Curing has its own advantages apart from imparting a great flavor. It reduces the harshness of the smoke because the amount of chlorophyll reduces significantly, but it also produces more THC. To understand this better, imagine smoking a freshly harvested bud. Apart from coughing your lungs out, you don’t receive a lot of benefits.
The buds impart THC or the desired psychoactive effects only when the THCA is broken down to THC, and a great deal of that occurs during curing. Decarboxylation is another way to convert THCA to THC instantly, which is why you heat the buds before making edibles.
It’s possible to decrease THC by keeping the plant unhealthy, but you’re not likely to go above the levels especially when the amounts of THC are already set at a certain level. So, it’s recommended that you choose strains with strong genetics. And you don’t need anyone to tell you that it’s crucial to purchase seeds only from selected breeders with years of experience.
- Choose the right strain
As long as the temperatures range between 20–30° C, you have a greater chance of protecting the trichomes. Autoflowers are resistant to heat, but only to a certain extent, making it difficult to preserve the trichomes when temperatures fluctuate wildly. Similarly, the trichomes begin to degrade when the temperatures go below 15 to 18° C, so keep that in mind when growing cannabis plants.
Growing cannabis is an amazing art that gets better in time. Many growers love growing marijuana at home simply because it allows them to get the best out of their plants. From selecting a specific strain to the amount of buds produced, you can train the plant to grow according to your wish. But, a question that most growers ask is “How to increase THC?”
Trichomes are the bulbous projections found on the leaves and buds. They resemble antennae and contain many cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and THC. Most of the THC found in the plant is concentrated in the trichomes, so it makes sense to protect them. The only problem is they are fragile and can be easily destroyed.
Of course, THC does induce psychoactive effects but considering that the positive effects outweigh the negative ones, it does make you wonder if THC is really the ‘evil’ like it’s often projected to be. People have been enjoying the psychoactive effects for centuries, and it isn’t going to stop now. Not when studies indicate that the psychoactive effects may actually protect the brain and stimulate brain growth!
Growing cannabis is an amazing art that gets better in time. Many growers love growing marijuana at home simply because it allows them to get the best out of th
Every cannabis plant has a mission, and that mission is to reproduce and make sure its genetics live on. Once the female flowers have been pollinized, they start growing seeds. During this process the plant will have to defend its progeny from insects, animals, fungi, light contamination etc. This caused marijuana plants to evolve and develop trichomes that, thanks to their sticky resin, protect the plants from all sorts of attacks. The resin in these plants is where you’ll find the cannabinoids that we all love. CBG is the first cannabinoid that will develop, and the enzymes in the plant then degrade once they come into contact with oxygen, turning CBG into other cannabinoids like THCa, which is the acidic form of the famous THC cannabinoid. Once THCa has been decarbonized, it becomes THC, and THC will also degrade to CBN due to plant maturity or the fact that the resin can degrade due to atmospheric issues. Either way, the longer you wait the more of a narcotic effect you’ll get from your plant as the CBN count will raise.
According to William. A. Embodem, insects can be used to deliberately attack the plants so that they raise their defenses in response to the stress, creating more trichomes and THC. This is similar to the legend about putting a nail in your plants stalk, which we do not recommend as you can cause your plant to get an infection and you might lose it. In theory it works because there’s a hormonal change in your plants whenever they’re extremely stressed; they would stop growing flowers but they’d also increase resin production as well as more terpenes and cannabinoids.
Now, it’s time to talk about some other myths that people use when trying to get more THC in their plants:
Factors that influence how much resin a plant will produce are the temperature, the lighting, humidity and water quality. The temperature is a basic factor for decent resin production and it should be between 28 and 17ºC. Some people say that lowering the temperatures as much as possible will increase resin production; it might make shorter and more compact trichomes but it will put a halt to bud production, although your plant will continue to mature it just won’t grow any new flowers. If temperatures reach 28º then some vital substances will be lost in the resin, like essential oils and some terpenes. The trichome will become taller to defend the buds from the heat, but they’ll be much weaker and more likely to fall off therefore reducing resin production. These parameters define exactly how the resin is going to develop.
THC potency is decided, like we said before, by UV rays. There are three kinds of UV rays: UV-a, UV-b and UV-c. Like we said before, the more UV-b rays that your plants get the more production they’ll have but with a lower quality resin than expected, as these rays are extremely damaging to the resin’s composition. A 12 hour light period will give your plants a much more potent THC level than a 10 hour flowering period. The more intense the light, the more THC your plants will have.
Another important factor for resin production and THC grading is environmental humidity. Plants that have a dry environment tend to produce more resin as well as have a higher concentration of THC due to the fact that they have to protect their buds from dehydration. This pushes the plant to produce more protective trichomes and terpenes, increasing both intensity and taste. Of course these natural reactions happen because the plant wants to product the seeds inside the flowers, but it will still happen even if you’re growing all feminized plants with no pollinator due to how ingrained it is in the plants natural defense system. Generally, plants that are grown in higher and dryer areas tend to produce more resin and more THC, and those that are grown in humid conditions don’t fair nearly as well. Of course there are strains that do incredibly well in humid areas like Thailand and Cambodia.
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It’s possible to increase resin and THC production in your plants, although only when they’re still alive; to do so when they’re dry would involve an alchemic process that we might deal with later on in a different article. Today we’re going to talk about how to raise the THC percentage in your plants. It’s known that there are no other plants in the world that are capable of producing THC; some can produce similar cannabinoids to CBG and CBD but there’s nothing similar to THC. This chemical composition is found in the resin from cannabis plants which serves the purpose of protecting the buds from UV-B rays. It’s been proven that plants grown at higher altitudes show much more THC; sativa plants from Ecuador or plants high in the mountains of India have more THC than those grown much lower down; the difference in these crops is, apart from air pressure, the quantity of UV-B rays.
The quantity of resin and degradation of THC depends half on the strain that you’re growing and half on the actual crop conditions. This means that you can have the best strain in the world but if it isn’t grown properly the results won’t be that good, compared to a less well-regarded strain that has been grown in perfect conditions which can give an amazing resin yield.
Learn how to increase resin and THC production, and how not to. It is possible to do as long as you respect your plants needs.