What are Popcorn Buds and How to Avoid Them
Popcorn buds are the smaller flower formations that develop on the lower branches of the cannabis plant. They are not full-grown flowers and often have a hairy and fluffy appearance.
1. What are Popcorn Buds?
Popcorn buds are those tiny fluffy flowers that don’t quite develop like the denser main flowers. Usually, the popcorn buds are situated on the lower bud sites on a cannabis plant.
That is because when growing bushy or tall plants sometimes the excess growth or big fan leaves can shade and keep light from reaching them, this way the bud sites don’t get enough light and underdevelop.
Even though the quality of your flowers will be the same, they certainly won’t look the same. Popcorn buds are usually considered B-grade flowers because of their fluffy and airy consistency.
Either they are too small, too leafy or too hairy, growers tend to avoid these smaller flowers.
2. How to Avoid Them?
There are different ways to avoid the underdevelopment of lower buds. If your plants are too bushy, have too big fan leaves or are growing too tall, you can use the following techniques:
Low Stress Training
Low Stress training is a technique that involves tying down or using a net to even canopy level, doing this allows light to reach all bud sites equally so they develop even and avoid the underdevelopment of buds.
This method usually takes a lot of work because you have to train your plant little by little every couple of days to have good results.
High Stress Training
High Stress training is the most aggressive method, you damage your plant directly by removing or mutilating the stems to achieve a more even canopy. This way there are no lower branches and all buds receive the same amount and intensity of light. When done correctly, this method takes usually 3-4 times to achieve good results so it takes less work than LST but can seriously shock your plants if done aggressively.
Pruning and/or Trimming
Pruning or trimming consists of plucking off any number of fan leaves to remove the plant material that is shading the lower branches and lower bud sites, this is a slightly more aggressive method than the ones said above and can shock your plants if you don’t do it carefully.
To avoid shocking your plants you should remove a couple of leaves or branches every 3-4 days to let your plant recover if done correctly you can achieve good results by performing it less than 4 times during the whole vegetative stage.
If you’re new to growing and don’t want to do any of that yet you don’t have to worry, the popcorn buds will have the same potency, smell, flavor, and high just won’t be as dense as the other flowers.
3. What to Do With Popcorn Buds?
Popcorn buds may be small and airy but they’re still good. Being a flower from the same plant as the more dense buds, they have the same potency, smell, flavor, and high, just aren’t dense like the others.
This means you can still smoke or vaporize them normally like you would with denser buds.
More experienced growers usually perform training to avoid them but when buds underdevelop anyway we usually make concentrates with them, like hashish or rosin.
4. In Conclusion
Popcorn buds are nothing more than undeveloped buds but they keep all the qualities of the rest of the buds except for their density. These buds can still be smoked and shouldn’t be a problem if you just started growing.
As said above, they won’t go to waste as you can ultimately make hashish and edibles with them. If you’re a more experienced grower and want to achieve the biggest yield possible there are several ways to avoid popcorn buds. We recommend taking a look at our articles about pruning and low stress and high stress training.
Popcorn buds are the smaller flower formations that develop on the lower branches of the cannabis plant. They are not full-grown flowers and often have a hairy
All about popcorn weed
Have you ever heard of popcorn weed? If not, then you just might be missing out on some of the amazing benefits you could gain from incorporating popcorn weed into your rotation of favorite marijuana products. Here you will find out what it is, how to grow popcorn weed and some of the differences between it and its more robust counterparts.
What is popcorn weed?
Popcorn weed is two different things. The first is a cannabis strain that is known for its small tight nuggets, and the second is the product of a marijuana plant that has been starved of essential nutrients so that it is not able to produce large colas. Instead, the tiny bud flowers never fully develop resulting in a grade-B weed that is less potent and has smaller buds.
Big buds vs small buds
If you were to compare the differences between popcorn weed and the product provided by a marijuana plant of the same strain under ideal conditions, you would notice a few things. The first is that popcorn weed is much, much smaller than the average bud. The second thing you will see is that the product will be a very low THC content. A good example would be comparing shake vs bud as far as the expected effects. It can get you high but will be a more mellow buzz than if you were to ingest large colas instead.
Pros and cons of using popcorn weed
There is a dramatic difference just in the quality of popcorn weed vs big bud, with smaller nugs often being referred to as grade B weed. This is for a couple of reasons. The yield will not be very substantial which isn’t ideal for most cannabis growers, and the potency will be lacking for those seeking a more intense high. However, there are benefits to using popcorn weed vs big bud cannabis. The most significant is the ability to microdose, without changing the amount you are smoking. Another advantage is the lighter more energetic buzz that popcorn weed tends to produce which is beneficial for those who need to medicate while staying active. Popcorn bud also sells at a discounted price making it an affordable option for those who need to stretch their money.
Uses for popcorn weed strains
Popcorn weed is commonly used because it is cheap. But also, because it works just as well as any other bud for creating different marijuana-infused products of your own, such as edibles, capsules, tinctures, drinks, rosin, etc. It’s perfect for those seeking the same benefits of marijuana without a couch locking high which makes it an ideal medicinal alternative.
Popcorn weed strains
Popcorn weed strains are cannabis strains that are known for their ability to produce smaller than average buds and are often from a sativa lineage. The most popular popcorn weed strain on the market today is Popcorn Kush, which is a sativa dominant hybrid that tastes and smells just like popcorn and produces tiny condensed nuggets.
How to grow popcorn weed
The key to growing a successful popcorn weed crop is to restrict the nutrients your plants are receiving as much as possible without killing it. Much of the time popcorn weed is grown by accident under harsh outdoor conditions. You can control the overall yield of a plan by giving it more or less of what it likes. Try dialing back your light hours by half and not providing additional nutrients. Marijuana prefers a temperature that is above 23 to produce large colas but when you are after popcorn buds than less is often better. The recommended temperature for popcorn weed strains is between 16 C and 20 C. Unfortunately, the art of growing popcorn weed hasn’t exactly been perfected as the results are the opposite of what most cannabis growers want, so finding the best conditions for producing tiny nuggets will rely on you consistently working with the same strains to gauge their reaction to the difference in nutrients.
Here you will find out what it is, how to grow popcorn weed and some of the differences between it and its more robust counterparts.