Introducing the chemical substances present in marijuana plants

Have you ever stopped to consider what substances are included in your weed smoke? Read on and find out what makes marijuana plants special in terms of the substances that come with it. It will also help in terms of determining what strain of weed plants you want to grow.

Introducing the chemical substances present in marijuana plants

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

This is present in varying levels in cannabis plants. It is higher in sativa marijuana plants and lower in indica varieties. The THC content is what gives an energetic cerebral high when weed plants are smoked.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is the opposite of THC. It is dominant in indica varieties because the THC level is lower. Higher CBD content produces the stoned effect to smokers. It induces a heavy physical feeling that can lead to sleep in most cases. Relaxing is how the effect is described by smoker who smoked a pot with more CBD than THC content.

Cannabinol (CBN)

When the THC content has aged and wanes, it is converted into CBN. The transformation is called oxidization. CBN is not like THC because it is actually the rotten version of the latter. If more CBN is smoked, it will give a terrible headache. To prevent THC from becoming a CBN, marijuana should be stored in a dark and cool environment free from humidity.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)

This is normally found in cannabis varieties grown in Africa and Asia. It is one of the substances that hasten the effect of THC to the smoker but also wanes after a short while. Those with a one-hit wonder but wears down easily are high in THCV substance. Growing weed plants that have strong scent or aroma are mostly high in THCV

Cannabichromene (CBC)

This substance pairs with THC to enhance the effect of marijuana when smoked. The high is amplified because of CBC.

Cannabicyclol (CBL)

When the CBC of marijuana is exposed to light during the processing stage like drying and curing, it degrades and transforms into CBL.

Are all of these substances present in all marijuana plants?

Some of them are present only after the pot plant has been dried like CBL and CBN. They are the result of mishandling during storage, drying and curing.

How can I increase the presence of CBC in my marijuana plant?

It is all about genetics and therefore available only in specific contents with each strain. It cannot be increased easily just like THC and other substances. The only way is by crossing your marijuana plant with one that has high CBC content.

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