If you’ve ever taken a look at a high quality cannabis bud, you might have wondered why it looks like it’s sprinkled with sugar and what actually makes the bud so sticky.
The answer is trichomes – the tiny, hair-like bumps that cover the cannabis plant.
These outgrowths evolved to protect the plant from external threats and they are what allow cannabis to survive in extreme conditions. Trichomes are rich in both terpenes and cannabinoids which are the compounds that provide the plant with protection from UV rays and predators.
Luckily for us, the plant’s protection system is also extremely beneficial to our health, and cannabis growers have developed mechanisms to maximize the production of these tiny parts of the cannabis plant.
This current era of growing techniques has given birth to the more than 800 cannabis strains we enjoy today, which all have different cannabinoid and terpene profiles.
Since trichomes are so important to our cannabis-enriched lives, it’s super important to fully understand them and their place in the botanical world.
I’ll explore the functions and types of …