HAVE YOU EVER GAZED DOWN AT A BEAUTIFUL LOOKING BUD OF WEED, PRISING IT BETWEEN YOUR FOREFINGER AND THUMB, PONDERING ITS BEAUTY WHILE THINKING, “WHY THE HELL IS MY WEED HAIRY?”
Well to begin with let’s just call the weed hairs little cannabis vaginas. They’re actually called pistils, but I like the name I came up with better. They’re a very important part of the plant and the name “cannabis vaginas” fits their role very well.
The pistils grow from the calyxes and extend outwards sometimes reaching 10mm or more in length. When they first start to grow they have a white, yellowish colour which progressively turns into a variety of darker colours once the flower has matured. The hairs can be orange, red or brown depending on the strain of cannabis being grown. Strains like Blue Dream tend to have bright orange hairs, whereas big hitter indicas like Master Bubba have much darker hairs.
Does more hair mean stronger weed?
You may think that when you’re bud is covered with lovely orange hairs, it’s going to pack more of a punch. This isn’t necessarily the case however. The hairs are most important during the flowering stage and are far more important during that stage of the plants life. When it comes to consuming, the most important thing to look at is the amount of trichomes, or crystals, which appear on the bud.
What even are they?
Pistils are one of the first signs that tell you that a cannabis plant has begun flowering. They grow outwards from the bud, or calyxes, which are the female flowers of the plant. Plants that are being grown from seeds that aren’t auto-flowering will usually need a change of light cycle to begin the process.
When the plant is putting all of its energy into flower production clumps of pistils will soar from the main bud. Their job is to collect pollen as it floats by, and at this point they will have reached their maximum height.
The weed hairs suck all the pollen back into the plant and fill up the newly formed resin glands. By the time the bud has reached its final stage, the pistils have dried up and turned much darker. They will also have receded slightly into the plant.
Little Orange Vaginas
So there you have it. The hairy little weed hairs, or vaginas, suck in lots of lovely pollen into the female flowers and make them grow bigger so that we can all consume and enjoy baby sized nugs!
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