Types of phytochemicals
The colors in each nug are dependent on strain genetics. Each strain’s growth process triggers genes that connect to specific color ranges, meaning that each color we see has its own phytochemical:
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Purple can also be provoked out of strains by causing chlorophyll deficiencies with temperature and other techniques.
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Phytochemicals and color
Purple leaves aren’t an indicator of strength, so what makes this color appear? A phytochemical (a biological compound in plants) called anthocyanin, a water-soluble flavonoid, appears in different hues depending on pH levels; it can fall anywhere on a spectrum of blue or purple, and occasionally red. Anthocyanins are prevalent in fruits and vegetables like plums, pomegranates, blueberries and eggplants.
There are antioxidants in phytochemicals
While phytochemicals and pistils are essential to each nug , they aren’t indicators of THC content. Pistils have a place in the maturation process of each bud but produce no cannabinoids or other psychoactive factors. Phytochemicals in fruits and veggies affect color, taste and smell, but they affect only color in cannabis.
When the plants feel it’s harvest time, nature invokes the change, allowing marijuana flowers to mature into color like autumn leaves until they’re ready to be plucked. This is when each phytochemical blooms, showing us the full-color spectrum of what each strain has to offer.
Marijuana comes in a smorgasbord of hues. Each nug, hair and leaf is splashed with its own color palette. But appearances can be deceptive; brighter colors do not necessarily mean stronger strains.