Cannabis is a plant that grows to produce beautiful buds. These buds are packed full of flavor, smell, and medicinal benefits. When you look at cannabis that has been flowered to perfection, you’ll notice that the buds are sparkly.

When cannabis is grown properly, the buds will look like they are covered in diamond dust or perhaps a fresh blanket of snow. The sparkle that you see isn’t from precious metals or ice, that sparkle comes from tiny little hair-like crystals called trichomes. Trichomes hold cannabinoids and terpenes. They help make the plant we love, even better.

Why Trichomes Are Important

Trichomes are the regulatory parts of plants responsible for a multitude of different functions. They help repel insects and help prevent the growth of fungus.

Trichomes also help regulate temperature and help protect the cannabis plant from dangerous UV radiation. Trichomes are also present in the root system of the cannabis plant helping to feed the plant by facilitating water and mineral consumption.

Three Basic Types of Trichomes

Bulbous trichomes are the tiniest ones on the cannabis plant. They have a tiny stalk and a gland that produces resin.

Capitate Sessile trichomes are larger with globe-shaped heads. They are more numerous and tend to grow much more densely.

Capitate-Stalked are the ones most of us see. They’re often called “crystals.” They hold all the good stuff including the highest levels of terpenes such as myrcene, linalool, pinene and more. They are also one of the primary sources for phytocannabinoids like THC, CBG, CBD, and others.

When you are out scouting the town for the best nuggs to be found, remember a dense coverage of trichomes is essential. The heavier the trichome coverage is, the tastier and more potent the buds tend to be. Look for buds that’ll light up your life, look for buds covered in trichomes.

  Posted: Tuesday, October 30th, 10:00am 16 days ago
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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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