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The anatomy of a cannabis plant is something more people are learning about. For most consumers of cannabis, they're familiar with the buds and leaves of the cannabis plant. This, however, is only a tiny portion of what makes up this miraculous medicinal herb.

Cannabis plants contain seeds, stems, leaves, hairs, flowers or buds, trichomes, and roots.

Breaking it All Down

Starting out as a seed, a cannabis plant will begin to develop a stalk and root system. Tiny hairs along the root system and stalk provide nutrients and water from the soil.

Leaves then begin to form utilizing sunlight for photosynthesis. Different varieties of cannabis have different leaf structures. They also produce different buds.

Stems are the next phase of the cannabis plant that are vital. They will be the support for the leaves and buds to come.

Once the stem system grows to a good thickness and the right height, the plant is then ready for buds to start forming.

Through the introduction of a change in the lighting cycle plants switch from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage.

This is when they develop the buds that so many people love. These buds are packed with resin and covered in a blanket of sparkly trichomes.

Much More Than Seeds and Stems

When it comes to the anatomy of a cannabis plant there's much more to it then stems and seeds. The complex biological profile of the cannabis plant offers hundreds of phytocannabinoids and dozens and dozens of terpenoids.

When we think about the anatomy of a cannabis plant, often we only think about what we see. We neglect to remember there are hundreds of compounds working together to create the plant we love.

What may start as a seed that ends in a sesh, is much more complicated than just that. This miraculous plant has so much more to offer us than just sticky icky buds.

It stands to provide us with a new understanding of just how intricate and incredible nature can be.

  Posted: Tuesday, November 20th, 11:00am 25 days ago
Profile PictureWritten By: Ashley Priest

Ashley is a freelance cannabis writer and the co-owner of CannaLance. Her passion for sharing education and truth surrounding cannabis stems from a personal loss. Ashley has always had an elevated relationship with cannabis but it wasn't until 2015 that she turned that passion and relationship into a career as a cannabis writer.


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