Have you ever wondered what the sugar-like substance covering your cannabis is? It’s actually a very important part of the plant and contributes to the therapeutic value of your smoking experience. It’s comprised of trichomes, from the Greek word “Tríchōma” meaning “growth of hair”. Let’s go over their function, benefits, and uses.
These tiny mushroom-shaped crystals provide protection to the cannabis plant. They deter animals from consuming the plant through a bitter flavor, protect the plant from weather conditions, and even fight fungal growth. A good grower knows – the more trichomes, the healthier the plant.
When it comes to how trichomes help us stoners out it boils down to the elements they create. They produce cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids which help to give cannabis its potency, flavor, and amazing smell. Without them, the therapeutic value of cannabis drops significantly.
Trichomes are important to protecting the plant but also to creating concentrates we all love so much. When collected they are called “kief”(that stuff your grinder catches) and when treated with butane or propane can be used to create hash and hash oils alike.
Without trichomes, our beloved plant would lack some of its luster. So next time you go to buy some new weed to look out for a good coating of them.
Shasta Nelson is a California Native and a cannabis connoisseur. She's been involved in the industry at every level since she was a teenager. Currently she provides content for Roottie, DOPE Magazine, and Terpenes and Testing. She's also a creative writer, with a graphic novel underway.