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Pot leaves

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Moreover, before smoking them or extracting the resin, you can use the leaves for something very important: checking your plant’s health. If the leaves begin to take on a dark brown tone, the pH of the water you’ve used to irrigate may not be right. If they turn yellow they have suffered stress from the source of light and heat that they are receiving. Brown or yellowish spots on the surface, meanwhile, may indicate a lack of calcium. Some of these problems may be corrected with the right nutrients, or by modifying the heat source, whether the sun or a lamp. Only when a leaf is very damaged should it be discarded; for example, if it has been overrun by insects.
This is something that many cannabis users have wondered about at some point. In the past they were smoked, and in some cultures they still are. But today they are mainly mashed and mixed with the material acquired from the bud, which is where most of the cannabis’ psychoactive components are found. But they are also used for many other things, like obtaining resin to prepare tea, or to gauge the plant’s health. We will share a few of them with you here.

If this option is just not your “cup of tea,” you can always make juice. On the Internet you can find a number of recipes to put the other parts of your plants to use. Some people mix green leaves in a blender with a store-bought or previously-prepared juice, as seen in the video above. This is precisely the advantage of this drink: you can mix them with whatever fruit flavours you like.
Once again, make sure that the plant that you use for the tea has not been exposed to many fertilisers. If your leaves are not from home-grown plants, confirm that they proceed from organic cannabis plants.
In addition, many have found cannabis leaves to have medicinal properties. Former cricket player Viv Richards shared that on one occasion when he travelled to Jamaica he told friends about some vision problems that he had been experiencing. They took him to a herbologist, who recommended a green tea prepared with fresh marijuana leaves. “Whenever I drank that tea, I knew that it was going to do wonders for me.”
It should also be noted that not all leaves should be smoked. In fact, one must be very careful with the largest leaves. If a plant has been treated with fertilisers it is important to avoid them, as they will contain the greatest amounts of the chemicals used. The same is not true of the leaves closest to the bud, which are loaded with resin; it is best to set them aside to extract this important element. This has been known ever since antiquity, when in some areas of Asia, like in Nepal, the resin was extracted by rubbing the buds or leaves in one’s hands to obtain top-quality charas, a practice that has survived all the way down until today.
If you’re not convinced about smoking it, don’t worry: the rest of the cannabis plant is still good for much more. For ages its leaves have been used as a remedy against many diseases. With them you could, and still can, make a rubbing alcohol. For three or four weeks, in a well-covered glass bottle, macerate a litre of alcohol with rosemary and 20 – 30 g of marijuana leaves. Keep it in a cool and dark place.

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Can Cannabis Leaves Be Smoked?

Pot leaves

Ruderalis leaves are quite thin and only develop 3-5 slender fingers. Most growers describe them as comparable with the leaves of young sativa plants. Think of them as miniature sativa leaves with fewer fingers. These leaves are special as they have evolved to give autoflowering cannabis the ability to flower independent of the hours of light it receives.

Cannabis can display leaf mutations. Some of these mutations are initiated by breeders to better camouflage the plant and make it less identifiable as marijuana. Other times, mutations are a minor defect inherent to some strains. Apart from the common, gnarly-looking sets of leaves that appear on young plants, widespread leaf mutations with even numbers of fingers and ugly deformities are very rare. Excessive mutations are indicative of bunk genetics and poor breeding practices.
Three kinds of cannabis species are generally agreed upon. Although all three are often lumped together under the official classification of Cannabis sativa L., for practical purposes, it helps to make distinctions between sativa, indica, and ruderalis. That being said, most cannabis you encounter these days is a hybrid. Thus, what you will typically see in the grow-op are weed leaves that express a blend of genetic traits.

Every cannabis cultivator needs to be able to interpret the signals weed leaves send. The grower that can read cannabis leaves correctly will crop healthy plants with fantastic buds. Here is your go-to overview of the weed leaf.
Fan leaves have very low cannabinoid content and are best added to the compost heap for next season’s super soil mix. Sugar leaves, or the resinous trim leaf that a grower accumulates during the harvest process, is excellent raw material for homemade cannabis concentrates.
Fluctuations in pH are responsible for the majority of yellow leaves. When the water pH is outside of the optimal ranges for your growing medium, the roots cannot access all the nutrients they need. Nutrient lockout is perhaps the most common cause of yellow leaves in cannabis plants.
Sativa leaves are long and slender-fingered. Some can develop as many as 13 fingers. Usually, sativa plants will have a lighter, lime green shade. It is believed that the reduced chlorophyll is partly responsible for the longer flowering period of sativa strains.
Indica leaves are short and wide, typically with 7-9 fat fingers. The heaviest indicas of Afghan origin can have oversized, extra-wide fan leaves. Indica leaves are a darker, deeper shade of green. The higher chlorophyll content is believed to accelerate the bloom cycle of indica varieties.

You don’t need to be a shaman or a tree-hugger to communicate with your cannabis plants. You just need to be informed. The leaves on your cannabis plants can send you an SOS, but you must have the knowledge to decode it and take appropriate measures to fix the problem.

Marijuana is coveted for her resinous flowers. It’s about time the humble weed leaf got some recognition. Let’s discuss the importance of cannabis leaves.