Since cannabis plants can produce trichomes as a response to certain types of stress, some growers try to stress cannabis in a “good” way to trigger that natural reaction. The only proven way to stress plants in a good way is to lower the humidity and control the environment/lighting as stated above, but there are other unproven techniques that may or may not work. Since they are so popular, I think it’s important to mention them at least. Some techniques like supercropping (bending stems without breaking the skin) may increase trichome production when done correctly.
Stressing your plants can have negative consequences, like bud discoloration, re-vegging or hermies so it’s important to watch your plants closely. However, it’s usually safe as long as you save any major stress for the last week or two before harvest (so you’re not accidentally damaging your plant when it still has a long time to go). It’s also a good idea to ever avoid stressing plants that are already unhealthy or damaged. Some strategies to stress plants to increase trichome production: Supercropping – Bending/snapping plants in a way that stresses them without “breaking the skin” (if done right this can increase yields, too) Other Physical Stress – I’ve heard of growers cutting leaves and putting nails though stems the last day or two before harvest. The later option makes me sad 🙁 Give 24-48 hours of darkness just before harvest – Be careful because if you don’t have a lot of green healthy leaves, this may discolor your buds. Water plants with ice water just before harvest – I’ve heard of some growers giving plants icy water just before harvest to try to shock their roots. Again, this is an unproven method… It’s not proven that these methods increase trichome production (though supercropping can certainly increase yields) but they are common strategies without much downside if they don’t work. If anyone has done a side-by-side comparison for any of these techniques, let us know! Some supplements claim to actually increase either the number of trichomes on your buds, or the potency of your buds.
Although there are lots of “snake oil” products out there in the supplement world, some supplements have proven themselves time and again. Rhizoflora Terpinator is one of the most popular supplements to help increase trichome production and is used by both hobbyist and commercial growers to increase both the number of trichomes and terpene (smell) production. There are probably other great supplements that do this, too, but this particular one has been tried and tested by many real cannabis growers. 5.) Choose a Strain That Naturally Grows Lots of Trichomes. If your strain doesn’t have the genetics to produce a lot of trichomes, there’s not a whole lot you can do to change that. Although the tips in this article will help you maximize the genes your plant already has, it can’t make up for mediocre/poor genetics. With that being said, there are some strains that don’t show much glitter even though they are very potent (for example some Sativas and Hazes, Sour Diesel) so if you think glitter is important you have to pick the right strain. Here are some strains known for their glitter: Not only does this strain make beautiful, sparkly buds, it also gets exceptional yields. Check out a grow journal from one of our readers featuring Critical Hog. This strain is often featured on the top shelf of dispensaries (at least here in Southern California) because the buds are particularly potent and pretty. These buds are so covered in frost they look almost white! At this point, you’ve been armed with all the information you need to grow your own encrusted, trichome covered buds! Sativa Selector, Indica Indicator: Your Premier Marijuana Strain Guide. Seems like everybody’s smoking something these days. With medical marijuana now legalized in 33 states (and recreational marijuana legalized in 10), the cannabis industry is showing no signs of going away anytime soon. As the marijuana industry grows (no pun intended), so too do the varieties of strains available. With so many different weed flavors, types, aromas, and effects, it can be hard to keep track of so many different marijuana strains. To help you answer these questions, we’ve created a handy marijuana strain guide to give you a taste of the many weed strains that are available on the market today! How Many Strains of Weed Are There and What Are the Differences Between Them? There are two main different types of marijuana: sativa and indica . There are also many hybrid varieties of marijuana — that is, blends between the sativa and indica strains. Among these three main types of weed (sativa, indica, or hybrid), there are literally hundreds of different strains. The different strains have slightly different appearances, aromas, flavors, and effects.
It would be impossible to list every marijuana strain in just one weed chart, but in this article, you will find a few of the most popular strains. We’ve sorted them below according to their various purposes and effects. Keep in mind that there may be some overlap in the effects produced by different strains — i.e., a strain that is listed as a “sleep aid” might also be a great pain reliever.
As always, remember that different people’s bodies will interact with marijuana in different ways. Marijuana can also interact with other prescription drugs, so use caution and stay open with your doctor about your marijuana use. That way you’ll ensure the maximum pleasurable experience with marijuana! As the cannabis industry grows, marijuana is becoming available in many different forms.