Cannabis plants have a palmate leaf with serrated leaflets. While there are plants with similar leaves, the serration pattern for Cannabis is distinctive. Marijuana is dried and chopped up to prepare it for use and sale. If your child is using marijuana, you may be likely to find rolled joints of marijuana cigarettes.
Your child may claim that these are hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes, which would also be a concern. You may find a small amount of marijuana your child has acquired for personal use to smoke. It is probably readily available in your community. You may also find larger quantities of marijuana in a plastic zip-lock bag. You might find smaller plastic bags with residue inside. This can trigger concerns that your child is transporting or selling marijuana rather than obtaining it for personal use. Marijuana buds are higher in THC than other parts of the plant and are sold at a premium. As marijuana has been increasingly bred to produce more buds, you may find this type of marijuana in your home. It is probably much more potent than the average street-grade weed. If you look closely at a marijuana bud, you will see the fine "hairs" and leaves that make up the bud after it is dried.
If you find a larger quantity of processed marijuana buds in your home, someone either has an expensive habit or they are selling weed to their friends. If you see this many marijuana plants growing indoors, you have stumbled upon a major indoor marijuana grow operation. Leave the scene immediately and call 9-1-1 if it is not a legal operation. Before you force your child into a professional drug treatment program that you may not be able to afford and they may not even need, take a step back and try to evaluate the situation. It may be that your child has experimented with marijuana use or tried it a couple of times with their friends. That happens a lot more these days than it may have happened when you were in school. Forty-four percent of all students have tried weed by 12th grade according to the National Institutes of Health. That means that your child probably has friends who are smoking marijuana or at least know someone who is. Your child's involvement in marijuana may have just been a passing curiosity, or it may be more than that. Before you react, you need to assess just what your child's level of involvement is with marijuana. The best advice available is the simplest—ask your child. Whether or not adolescents become involved in drugs—or stay involved—may be related to their parents' attitudes about drug use. Having a matter-of-fact, rational discussion with your child about marijuana may be the best way to approach the situation. Of course, your child's use of marijuana may be more involved than simple experimentation, depending on how much of the drug you found. If so, they may not be as willing to talk to you about it. In this case, you will need to educate your child on the legal risks of transporting or selling marijuana. Harvest cannabis buds at the right time for the highest potency, yields, and best effects! Although variety is the spice of life, it can make it a little confusing to know when to harvest your buds based on how your plants look. But if you harvest when buds are ready, you’ll get the best yields and potency, so it’s a good idea to try to harvest at the right time if you can! We have a full harvest tutorial, but this article is mostly just a picture gallery 🙂 When buds first appear on your plant, they look like little round puffs of hair. Each bud is made up of many white hairs (“pistils”) that stick straight out. Baby buds (budlets) look like a ball of white hairs. As the marijuana plant buds get closer to harvest, they thicken, and those white pistils start to darken and curl up. You’ll notice your buds are slowly getting thicker and denser.
However, if you still have a lot of straight white pistils, like this bud, you know you still have a few weeks to go. You’re in the weed harvest window when most of the pistils have darkened and curled in. However, sometimes it’s a little challenging to identify when buds are ready since each plant is different, and buds can look very different at harvest time. So today, I want to share lots and lots of pictures of many different cannabis buds that are ready to harvest so you can see the full gamut of variation! A bud is ready to harvest when most of the hairs darken and curl in. Without further ado, here’s the gallery of “ready for harvest” cannabis buds! Some buds kind of look almost white at harvest due to either lots of trichomes or the buds themselves may be pale. This type of coloring is how strains like “White Widow” got their name 🙂 If you look closely, the actual pistils/hairs have all darkened and curled in, so this bud is ready to harvest! A few more examples of pale buds that are ready to harvest.
This cannabis bud keeps putting out new white pistils right when it looks like it’s about ready to be harvested! Some plants keep doing this over and over during the flowering stage, and you may eventually have to decide to make the chop. This picture is right before the grower decided to harvest this plant.