The question of whether or not cannabis plants want to be touched is a controversial topic. While many people claim that they do, others claim that they do not. In fact, the plant has several facets that make it more difficult to touch than most. These facets include the glands in the leaves, the stems, the stem-to-leaf ratio, and the shape and size of the leaves.
Hermaphrodite marijuana plants
Hermaphrodite marijuana plants are weed plants that have both male and female reproductive organs. This means that they can produce male and female flowers.
Hermaphrodites are very scary and have the potential to ruin crops. However, they can be prevented by knowing what they are and how to handle them.
The male and female parts of a cannabis plant are separated by the root system. Male and female flowers grow separately and have separate sex organs.
Unlike most other weed plants, hermaphrodite plants are not very potent. They are smaller in size and are likely to be of inferior quality to mature flowers.
True hermaphrodites are not all that common. However, there are strains that are genetically predisposed to hermaphroditism.
Several factors can cause hermaphroditism in a cannabis plant. These include high temperatures, drought, and hydric stress.
To avoid hermaphroditism, you should never touch a plant when it’s flowering. You should also be careful about pruning during the flowering process.
If you do happen to come across a plant that has both male and female sex organs, you can remove the male reproductive organs by gently pulling on the pollen sac. Alternatively, you can use your fingertip to wiggle the pollen sac.
One of the most common reasons that hermaphrodites develop is light poisoning. In this case, you will notice that the pollen is only touching white hairs on the flower.
Pistils and stigmas
The pistil and stigma are the reproductive organs of a female cannabis plant. They help collect pollen from male plants and become seeds. These two structures can help you distinguish between male and female plants, and when to harvest your weed.
Pistils and stigmas on cannabis plants change colour during their maturation. In early cannabis flowering, they are white. This is a sign of immaturity. However, some strains will have pink and red pistils.
Pistils are oval-shaped, with a single ovule at the center. Their hair-like strands catch pollen from male plants. Depending on the strain, the pistils will gradually darken to orange, brown or red.
Stigmas are hair-like strands that catch pollen from male plants and are attached to the ovule. As the cannabis plant matures, the stigmas will turn yellow and eventually a red or orange color.
While the pistil and stigma are important parts of the cannabis flower, they have little effect on potency. That’s why most growers try to prevent pollination.
When a plant’s pistils and stigmas start to resemble their mature color, it’s a good time to harvest it. Depending on the genetics of the strain, the pistil hairs may switch from red to orange or pink. It’s a good idea to check the trichomes for milkiness at this stage.
If you don’t have experience with growing cannabis, it can be a daunting task to learn how to identify male and female plants. With some patience and practice, you’ll soon be able to recognize them from their flowers.
Trichomes are tiny outgrowths of cannabis plants that are filled with cannabinoids. They help the plant protect itself from light and harmful environmental conditions. There are many kinds of trichomes, but they all serve the same basic functions.
The majority of trichomes are glandular, with one or more cells attached to the surface of the plant. When trichomes are exposed to light, they will begin to degrade. In addition, they will also begin to degrade when exposed to heat.
While these trichomes may seem like an unnecessary feature on a cannabis plant, they are actually very important. This is because they contain the majority of the plant’s cannabinoids. These compounds are responsible for the plant’s effects and the smell of its fragrance.
As the plant grows, the number of trichomes increases. During flowering, the trichomes are more visible. Their appearance is often an indication of the time to harvest.
It is very important for a budtender to understand the timeline of trichome development. This is because trichomes play a key role in the quality of cannabis buds.
Initially, trichomes are milky white. Eventually, they change into an amber-like shade. If you notice the trichomes are cloudy, it means the plant is not ready for harvest.
A high-quality bud will have trichomes that sparkle like crystals. The best way to identify this is by examining them under magnification. Most dispensaries have microscopes installed in their containers.
It may seem as though cannabis plants want your touch. However, some research suggests that touching seeds with bare hands may cause damage.
Some people use disposable gloves when handling seeds. This helps provide more dexterity and sensory feedback.
There are also many growers who claim that they have cultivated cannabis seeds by touching them with an oil. While this is true, scientists and botanists disagree with this claim.
If you are a growing enthusiast or are preparing to grow your own marijuana, you should be aware of some of the dangers involved. Besides the obvious potential for toxicity, marijuana plants can contain biological hazards, such as mold and fungi.
Mold and fungi can irritate the skin and throat and can lead to respiratory issues. They can also lead to an increased risk of allergic reactions.
In addition, corrosive chemicals can burn the inner lining of the lungs. For this reason, you should avoid breathing any vapors emitted by a marijuana plant.
You can prevent mold growth by controlling moisture levels. Proper irrigation can help reduce the accumulation of standing water.
Another safety precaution to take is to lock the door to your growing room. You can also install a security system to minimize exposure.
When handling cannabis, it is best to wear disposable gloves. This helps prevent contaminants from being absorbed into the skin.
You can also use long metal tweezers to inspect seeds. These can be held near the eye or held in a magnifying glass.
Exposure to UV rays
UV rays play a critical role in the growth and development of cannabis plants. However, the effect of UV on your plant may vary depending on the type of plant you are growing and how it is exposed to it.
The proper wavelength of UV can encourage your cannabis plant to produce terpenes and cannabinoids. These compounds will protect your plant from pests and help to control mildew and mold.
Although UVB is less harmful than UVA, it is still important to ensure that your plant is receiving the appropriate amount of light. Exposure to the wrong type of UV can cause harm to your grow room, as well as your crop.
You may want to consider using a combination of UV-A and UV-B. Using two different wavelengths will help you to maximize the benefits of each. For instance, low levels of UVA are known to increase photosynthesis, allowing for higher concentrations of cannabinoids during the flowering stage.
In addition, the right combination of UV-B and PAR may increase the concentrations of defense compounds in your plant. This will deter pests and make your plant less desirable to them.
While there is no definitive proof that a specific wavelength of UV will benefit your cannabis plant, it is a good idea to look for the most efficient way to use UV-A and UV-B in order to maximize the health of your plant.
Symptoms of a weed allergy
You might be allergic to cannabis if you experience symptoms such as rashes, swellings, or runny nose after touching marijuana. If you are allergic, avoid the plant until you get medical advice. Symptoms can vary according to the type of cannabis you are allergic to.
Cannabis allergy is triggered by the proteins found in the plant. These proteins are similar to the allergens found in tomato and hazelnuts.
Symptoms can appear within minutes of exposure. Some people may experience anaphylactic shock. This life-threatening condition occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts. When this happens, a shot of adrenaline, like an EpiPen, should be used.
Although there is no standardized testing method, the best way to determine if you are allergic to cannabis is to ask your doctor. He may also recommend you keep a record of your symptoms. Keeping a diary of the onset and severity of your allergy can help you track your symptoms.
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition that can lead to coma and death. Fortunately, it is treatable with an EpiPen and other medications.
Identifying your allergy involves a skin test, blood testing, or intradermal testing. The intradermal test involves injecting diluted extracts into your skin. It is less invasive than the skin test, and advocates point to it as a better option.
A medical history is one of the most important elements in diagnosing a marijuana allergy. Patients with higher than expected antibody counts are more likely to have an allergic reaction.