Know Your Weed Colours
The Appearance of Cannabis
Many think that cannabis is simply green. Cannabis is a plant of many colours. Its leaves and flowers vary greatly in hue. There are as many varieties in colour as there are in taste and effect. As you see more strains or grow a variety of strains, you’ll see that cannabis plants can develop a range of colours including red, yellow, purple, and even black.
Marijuana is as colourful as the people who consume it, although most people wouldn’t know what factors affect their colour. When plants reach maturity and begin to flower, they can attain a range of other colours. Several conditional factors determine what those other colours are, including the quality of light, the acidity or alkalinity of the growing medium, nutrient levels, and particularly temperature.
If you are consuming cannabis orally, like say in capsules, edibles, or tinctures, you may be benefiting from the nutritional value of flavonoids, anthocyanins, and carotenoids. There is also some activity at CB1 and CB2 receptor sites that may have a synergistic or entourage effect with cannabinoids and terpenes.
Although colour does not determine the potency of a strain, it may certainly be a characteristic of that strain.
- Greens: This is an indication of a photosynthetic process. Much like deciduous trees, the presence of chlorophyll powers the process that combines carbon dioxide and water to create sugars. These leaves turn to oranges and reds just like deciduous trees in the fall as temperatures lower.
- Reds, Purples, and Blues: These colours result from more mature plants containing anthocyanins. These flavonoids have antioxidant properties like blueberries, eggplant, and blackberries, among others.
- Orange and Yellows: These colours are caused by the group of carotenoids. Some carotenoids in the diet can be converted into vitamin A. These carotenoids are important for eye health, and muscular degeneration. Other plants containing carotenoids are tomatoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, squash, and carrots.
- White: Some buds are so covered in trichomes, that they appear white. These frosty trichomes are packed with cannabinoids and terpenes and can be very potent.
What does Weed Colour Reveal?
Even if different colours are not an indication of potency, they are an indication of the unique quality of that strain or plant, its growing conditions, and the flavour. Different colours don’t necessarily make these varieties of cannabis different from the standard green varieties, aside from their hue. They do, however, indicate genetic properties that can impact the flavour and other aspects of the cannabis experience.
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