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Cannabis Plants’ Structure
In general, cannabis plants are of the same structure as all other flowering species. Three main elements can be singled out:
- Stems (long and thin);
- Leaves (the pentagonal shape familiar to everybody);
- Buds (of rather a specific form, too).
Visually cannabis is quite catchy. The famous pentagonal-shaped leaves have been a cultural marker for a long time by now, exploited by many subcultural groups. However, apart from what everybody knows, there’s also scientific knowledge about cannabis plants’ anatomy.
Cannabis plants’ structure in more details:
- Cola (more widely known as the collective term “buds”). Normmally there’s one main cola and several smaller ones surrounding it. The main bud is a prolonged flower at the very top of a stem. Using the right growing technique noticeably increases the amount and size of buds.
- Sepals that constitute calyx. From the looks of it, the whole complex seems to be just a bunch of medium-size leaves, but this is the most important part of buds. It is in sepals that trichomes are located. Trichomes are the THC producing part of cannabis.
- Pistilas and stamina are the main reproductive organs of cannabis. Pisitilas are the female organ. They variate in color depending on the age. Their main fnction is getting pollen from stamina.
- Trichomes can be regarded as separate structures. They are a kind of exocrine glands that produce specific resin onto leaves (or stem, or sepals). In fact, this resin is meant to keep pests away or to help the plant overcome harsh weather conditions. Resin contains THC and other cannabiods, whose unique combination creates the magic mood that each plant conveys to smokers.
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