Strong smelling and tasting cannabis is not as easy as it sounds to get right the first time. But with a bit of practice and some good advice, you will be on the right track for growing cannabis that blows your socks off and tantalizes your taste buds.
I am sure if you are looking for good quality cannabis seeds you have once or more in your life tried some really good marijuana. In the article below we are going to discuss good quality seeds and bud, as well as the important terpenes that go hand in hand with taste and aroma. Like the old farmer saying goes:” You reap what you sow”. Buying top quality cannabis genetics will set you on the right journey from the start. You may consider growing “bagseed” for your first grow, and you may be pleasantly surprised. But with all the advances in technology and the development of the cannabis industry, it’s a good idea to buy quality seeds from the start.
It never ceases to amaze me to think that a small cannabis seed, which is usually smaller than a teardrop, can produce a cannabis plant that will give you many pounds of a top-quality flower. The seed when sprouted initially requires very little light, nutrition and water when you first get it going. But as it grows bigger its requirements change. In its vegetative state it uses up the element nitrogen and in flowering, it adjusts its requirements and uses the element phosphorous. If it lacks any of these nutrients during this period, it could have a devastating outcome on your final product.
There are many other micro- and macro-nutrients that go into a healthy and vigorous cannabis plant during its lifecycle and if you can provide it with a decent environment, the plant usually can sort itself out. A good outdoor environment would include, but not limited to, clean water, good sunlight, fresh air and rich soil. These are all the basic building blocks for a quality cannabis grow.
If you can provide all the basic necessities for your cannabis plants, you will see and taste at the end of your harvest season, some skunky, funky cannabis, dripping with cannabinoids, smelling like a dream and a rich flavoursome smoke. The flavor and aroma of cannabis is given off by volatile oils found in different combinations in each strain.
Over 100 cannabinoids have been identified by researchers. Two major cannabinoids are THC ( Tetrahydrocannabinol ) and CBD ( Cannabidiol ). THC is the active psychoactive compound found in cannabis and responsible for the “high”, while CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and actually works as a THC inhibitor.
Terpenes are found in many other plants and they are what gives them their flavor and aroma. They also protect plants against herbivorous animals and act as semiochemicals, interact with other living things. In cannabis, terpenes interact and modify with cannabinoids,encouraging different medicinal properties and recreational effects. Linalool is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis and is the principle compound that gives lavender its aroma. Terpenes only make up 5 – 10% of the essential oils found in cannabis trichomes but make a world of difference to flavor and aroma. Another common terpene is Pinene and produces a taste reminiscent to pine needles.
Like cannabinoids, terpenes have many different medicinal properties and work hand in hand when delivered to our bloodstream. Cannabis plants with high levels of Pinene, for example, are often used and infused with topical antiseptics and bronchodilators. Linalool like other terpenes also has many beneficial therapeutic properties, such as a natural soporific, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, and topical skin application.
To get the best out of your bud you will need to give your prized cannabis seeds a good start. There are many tips and tricks to improve the terpene and cannabinoid profile and I will discuss this a bit later. Some tricks many growers use, besides a good environment, are as follows:
1 – restrict the nutrient schedule at the end of flowering. Nitrogen inhibits the bud and phytocannabinoid formation in plants if used in excess during the flowering period.
2 – Giving your plants low levels of stress can improve the quality of your cannabinoid and terpene profiles. LST (Low-Stress Training ) is a great way to improve your growing skills in a limited space or area. This method of growing can change the direction of plant growth, expose more light to plant and improve the bud formation and strong flavor.
3 – Keeping temperatures low during flowering can improve the quality of terpenes, as due to their volatility, these oils could evaporate in higher temperatures.
4 – Harvesting and curing is probably the most important part of the cannabis growing cycle. Just like anything in life, patience and taking your time during curing is essential to maintain good quality cannabinoid and terpene profiles.
Back to the Beginning
Starting with good seeds will ensure your grow has the best start you can give it. And if you are looking for specific terpenes, researching top quality seeds profiles is paramount. One of the most unique strains on the market is Durban Poison. It was found and bred during the 1970’s and was located south of a shipping port in Durban, KwaZulu Natal South Africa. It’s unique in the sense that its major carpenter is terpinolene and makes up over 70% of its profile. It also contains terpenes such linalool, humulene, amongst a couple others. Durban Poison is a sativa strain, well known for its potency, sweet and citrusy flavor, with an uplifting high.
Another very popular strain is Blue Dream that has featured in the top winners of cannabis cups all over the world. The strain is a hybrid of the indica Blueberry and sativa Haze. Blue dream delivers a calming effect and creative euphoria without the usual sedative effect of indica. Although a predominately sativa strain due to the Haze genetics, Blue Dream has a high volume of the terpene myrcene amongst others like pinene, alpha- and beta-. The fragrance is sweet berries with earthy undertones.
With all the technological advancements in the cannabis industry, we are only just understanding the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of cannabis plants. Don’t forget no matter how you grow, it all starts with good genetics and buying top quality seeds is the right way of putting your best foot forward.