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How to Grow Pink or Purple Cannabis Buds

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Would you like to grow colorful cannabis buds? You may have seen marijuana buds that are pink, purple, red, orange, or possibly even blue! But how do you grow colorful buds at home?

If you want to grow buds that are pink, red, or purple, you must choose the right genetics!

The tendency to turn colors is almost 100% determined by strain/genetics, so you can’t force any plant to produce colorful buds. However, you can purchase seeds of strains that naturally turn vibrant colors, and there are tricks to maximize their genetics and bring out the colors of your buds.

You cannot produce buds this purple without a strain that has been bred to makes purple buds. There are tricks to maximize the natural color of your genetics, but you have to start with good genes!

4 Different “Parts” of Cannabis Can Become Colorful

When people are talking about “colorful” buds, most people imagine brightly colored buds in their hands. But there are actually different parts of cannabis plants that can display non-green colors, and sometimes people will lump all them all together. Each one is a little different from each other, and some have a significant effect on the final looks of your bud, while others don’t make much difference.

Many different parts of a cannabis plant can turn purple, including the whole plant!

The parts of the plant that can become colorful are…

  • Pistils (Hairs) – some of the color remains after drying/curing
  • Calyxes (Buds Themselves) – very strong effect on final color
  • Leaves – relatively small effect on final bud color since many are removed by trimming
  • Trichomes – small effect on final color

Buds are made up of different parts and are usually more than one color

Colorful Pistils / Hairs

Most growers want the buds themselves to appear colorful, so the color stays even after the buds are dried and cured.

There are two parts of the buds that can turn color. One part is the pistils/hairs that stick out. There are several strains where the pistils turn pink or purple.

Sometimes just the pistils/hairs turn pink or purple, while the leaves and buds may still be green.

When buds are dried, they retain some of their pistil color, but you will still be able to see the color coming through underneath.

Colorful Calyxes (Buds Themselves)

Calyxes are what make the buds themselves. Cannabis “buds” are actually made of hundreds of calyxes stacked on top of each other, and some or all of them may become colors other than green.

This fantastic picture shows how the overall appearance of buds changes with the ratio of colorful vs. green calyxes.

Nearly all Smooth Smoke buds (by Tropical Seeds) produce at least a few pink calyxes here and there, and some plants in the right conditions can produce buds where almost every calyx is a deep purple.

Calyxes are what give the most color to your buds. Even a few purple calyxes can give the buds an overall purple tint, and when you break open the buds there will be some pieces that are completely purple.

This nug contains several purple calyxes.

After being ground up, you can see the purple pieces distributed throughout. The higher the percentage of purple calyxes, the more vibrant your final bud color will be.

Colorful Leaves – Sometimes It’s Not the Buds That Turn Color!

With some strains, the leaves may turn purple while the buds stay mostly green. This can make for absolutely gorgeous plants, but since leaves mostly get trimmed off after harvest, usually, a lot of the purple will no longer be visible on the buds after the trimming process.

For some strains, the leaves may turn purple while the buds stay green. This often happens after the plant gets exposed to chilly night temperatures (but not always). The leaves exposed to direct light are most likely to turn purple, while leaves in the shade often stay green.

Although the leaves have turned purple, the buds themselves are mostly green.

Only the tops of buds exposed to direct light have any purple left after trimming off all the leaves. Trimming removed almost all of the purple coloring.

Colorful Trichomes

In general, cannabis trichomes go from clear (not ready) to white (highest THC) to amber/yellow (more of a mellow effect) before they eventually wither and die. These color changes are often used to determine the best time to harvest cannabis.

However, sometimes, trichomes can turn purple or pink, making it difficult to know when to harvest. In that case, you want to also look at the pistils to determine the best harvest time!

Purple or pink trichomes can make it tough to know when to harvest, but they’re exotic and beautiful! The color of trichomes may leave a slight tint on the buds after they’ve been dried and cured, but the bud color underneath will be the dominant color.

Now on to making purple buds at home!

How to Maximize Color and Genetics

Before you do anything else, you need to begin with the right genetics. If the genes of your plant don’t make colorful buds, there’s nothing you can do! So, you must start with a colorful strain to get the best results with maximizing color.

  • Choose Colorful Strain (Most important!)
  • Choose Strain that Produces Very Dark Colors (if you want buds to maintain color after being harvested and dried)
  • Temperature – Warm days & cool nights
  • Bright Light – Strong light levels can help bring out color
  • PH at the Roots – Some strains may express colors at higher or lower pH ranges

Choose Strains with Brightly Colored Buds and Pistils If Possible – This maximizes the overall colorful appearance of your buds.

For the most significant final effect on your dried and cured buds, you want to choose a strain where as many parts of the plant as possible are colorful. So ideally, you want buds where the pistils and calyxes (which make up most of the final color) are both vividly colored. If the leaves and trichomes are also colorful, that will improve the effect even further.

In this case, the buds are purple, but the pistils are orange.

To maximize the final color, you want to choose a strain with brightly colored buds and pistils. For example, this bud has purple calyxes, mostly purple pistils and even some purple leaves. This combination makes the entire bud appear bright purple.

Choose Deep Purple Buds for Maximum Color After Drying/Curing – Deeply colored buds (sometimes called “black” strains) tend to be the most vibrant after drying/curing.

To produce the most colorful buds, you need to make sure the color goes all the way through the buds, and ideally, also through all the surrounding leaves. This level of color-penetration is most likely to happen with intensely dark colored buds. Buds that are paler in color tend to lose a lot of their vibrancy in the post-harvest processing.

These buds were mostly pink at harvest, but the color doesn’t go all the way through the buds.

There was still a lot of green on the parts of the buds that didn’t get direct light.

After they’re trimmed and dried, the pink color has become more subtle.

You will “keep” the most color after drying/curing by choosing strains that are dark purple through and through, from buds to pistils to leaves if at all possible. Deeply colored buds keep more of their color after drying and curing than pale purple or pink buds.

These buds were deep purple at harvest…

When buds are darkly colored, they tend to keep more color after being dried and trimmed.

Note: Your buds will naturally lose some of their overall vibrancy and color during the drying/curing process (but not any of their potency!). That’s why you will likely never run into neon purple buds that have already been dried and cured for 2+ weeks. Even green buds go from being bright green to a more muted green color by the time they’ve cured for a few weeks. When you see very brightly colored buds, it almost always means the buds are still relatively fresh.

Although color is determined primarily by genetics, there are a few things you can do to help your plant express its natural colors…

Temperature – Some Strains Express Colors When the Night Temperature is a Few Degrees Cooler than the Day

If you’re growing a strain that turns color, some strains will only show their colors when night temperatures are at least a few degrees cooler than during the day in the flowering stage, especially towards the end. However, some plants don’t react to cool night temperatures, and many strains (like Panama) nearly always turn color no matter what the temperature.

Certain strains like Querkle turn color more easily when the temperature is warm during the day as opposed to cool at night. So, it’s always a good idea to aim for nice warm days, and cool, comfortable nights, because that contrast seems to help bring out colors for many strains.

How to Maximize Color with Temperature

  • Warm Days (75-80°F / 24-27°C)
  • Cool Comfortable Nights (65-70°F / 18-21°C)

Note: Some strains turn color no matter what the temperature. You can sometimes contact the breeder and ask if they have advice on how to bring out colors for a particular strain. I’ve found that most breeders will get back to you quickly if you go to their website and ask questions!

Temperature makes a difference! Some strains need contrast between day/night temperatures for their buds to turn colors. For example, the buds of this Auto Frisian Dew turned bright purple after it started getting below 70°F (21°C) temperatures at night.

Strong, Direct Light may help bring out colors

In some cases, a plant may produce purple tones in response to intense, direct light (on buds and leaves). Although we’re not sure exactly why it’s possible this may act as a sort of sunscreen for the plant! The importance of light levels varies on a strain by strain basis.

The pH at the Roots may affect cannabis bud color expression

Outside the cannabis world, there are a few species of plants with flowers that are known to turn different colors based on the pH at the roots.

For example, the flowers of specific types of hydrangeas can turn blue in very acidic soil but may turn pink if exposed to neutral or only slightly acidic soil (though this type of variation is rare in the plant world).

Yet there have been occasional reports of cannabis strains that produce different bud colors based on the pH at the roots, though unfortunately, more testing is needed!

If growing multiple plants of the same strain, you might consider giving plants different pH ranges to see what effect it has on the final bud color!

Pictures and Examples of Colorful Strains

Here are some pictures of cannabis strains that sometimes grow colorful purple and pink buds.

Photoperiod (Regular) Strains

Frisian Dew

The next two pics are of the strain Frisian Dew, a popular strain by Dutch Passion, who specifically designed the strain for growing outdoors. It is exceptionally hardy, high yielding, and is also mold and pest resistant. About 50% of the time, Frisian Dew buds will turn bright purple instead of green!

The plant in the middle with the dark purple buds is Frisian Dew.

Purple Trainwreck

Purple Trainwreck buds are usually purple-tinted, with purple leaves or pistils.

This Purple Trainwreck plant is growing purple pistils.

For this Purple Trainwreck cola, it’s mostly just the leaves turning purple. In either case, the effects are the same!

This Purple Trainwreck bud turned particularly purple.

Panama

The following plants with pink pistils are from the strain Panama by Ace Seeds

This is what Panama buds may look like when they’re first growing in.

beautiful pink pistil pic by trippergreenfeet

As the Panama buds develop, the pistils and even the buds themselves may intensify their pink color

Smooth Smoke

Smooth Smoke buds (by Tropical Seeds) can become quite colorful, with colors from hints of pink to deep purple!

Auto-Flowering Strains

Auto Frisian Dew

Auto Frisian Dew by Dutch Passion (this is an auto-flowering version of the original famous marijuana strain) – Unlike the regular Frisian Dew which gets about 50% purple bud plants, the breeder claims only 10% of the plants from this strain produce purple buds. Still, some growers are getting far better odds than that. When purple does appear, the color is incredibly vibrant and spills out onto the nearby leaves!

This Auto Frisian Dew plant got a little stunted at first, but still ended up producing beautiful purple buds!

Auto-Flowering Bloody Skunk

Auto-Flowering Dark Devil

Dark Devil Auto is another fabulous auto-flowering strain by Sweet Seeds that turns a gorgeous purple or even a deep red.

This Dark Devil Auto bud turned completely purple from top to bottom.

Purple Kush Auto

Brilliant color on Purple Kush Auto plants! The buds turn almost black after being dried!

pics by kingkola1

Colorful “Duck” Strains (Stealth Leaves)

“Duck” strains are characterized by their oddly shaped leaves. The idea is that the plants look less like cannabis with 3-finger leaves. The bright colored buds also help make them look less like cannabis.

Frisian Duck

One of the most popular variations of the Ducksfoot (Ducksfeet?) strains is called Frisian Duck by Dutch Passion. This strain thrives outdoors and grows with the traditional stealthy leaves. This strain also often makes bright, beautiful purple buds (with cold enough temperatures) that have a fresh scent that is sometimes even a little fruity.

Frisian Duck plants react well to growing in a living soil that’s been composted and amended with slow-release organic ingredients.

This is a Frisian Duck plant in the vegetative stage.

This Frisian Duck plant was grown outdoors in a greenhouse. More than half of Frisian Duck plants grow bright purple buds!

Frisian Duck is based on the famous Frisian Dew strain which also produces purple buds and has been bred for generations specifically for growing outdoors. The Frisian genes thrive under sunlight, and buds are resistant to bugs and mold!

This Frisian Duck plant is just about ready to harvest!

However, even with stealthy strains, be aware that they still smell like cannabis in the budding stage!

Why Do Cannabis Leaves and Buds Turn Purple?

Sometimes you’ll see purple leaves because of a nutrient deficiency, but oftentimes purple leaves are actually caused by natural plant processes!

There are many species of plants that make purple leaves. The leaves appear purple due to high levels of a purple pigment called anthocyanin. Anthocyanin may act as a sunscreen for plant leaves because it protects against damage caused by UV-B rays. Anthocyanin is also known to help protect against cold or heat stress on the cellular level.

It’s not just cannabis plants that grow purple leaves. Here’s an example of a False Shamrock plant, which has glorious purple leaves from top to bottom!

With some cannabis strains, the leaves may turn purple while the buds stay green. Just like with buds, the leaves are more likely to turn color when the plants are getting cool night temperatures in the late flowering stage.

The leaves most likely to be affected are the top leaves and other leaves getting direct light. With this purpling, the leaves in the shade of the plant usually stay green.

For some strains, the leaves may turn purple while the buds stay green.

The leaves of this plant turned purple overnight after that plant was exposed to chilly night temperatures.

The leaves exposed to direct light are most likely to turn purple, while leaves in the shade often stay green

In this case, all the leaves that are exposed to the light have turned purple, including the sugar leaves. However, once the leaves are trimmed off, the buds will be mostly green.

Buds may still be purple-tinted from leaves that weren’t completely trimmed off.

If there’s a lot of purple leaves, there may be a lot of color left even after trimming.

Case Study – Super Purple Haze plant

The top leaves of this Super Purple Haze plant have turned a vibrant purple

Here are the buds from that Super Purple Haze plant drying – you can see that the parts of the buds that were exposed to the light have strong hints of purple

A closer look at those buds so you can better see how much bud is purple and how much is green after being trimmed and dried (click for a closeup!)

This cannabis plant has grown vibrant red and purple leaves.

This outdoor cannabis plant has turned purple everywhere it received direct sunlight. Splendid!

Cannabis sometimes has neat mutations, like this two-tone plant where only half the leaves turned purple!

These Swiss Cheese plants by Nirvana exploded with red, pink and purple leaves when it got cool at night right near harvest time, but the buds themselves did not change color. Unfortunately, when just the leaves turn color, the buds themselves will often look mostly green once they’re trimmed. But this beautiful picture lives forever!

Bright purple stems may be a sign of a phosphorus deficiency, but this “symptom” is sometimes actually caused by genetics, just like purple leaves, pistils or buds!

Blue Dream (rare deep purple phenotype)

Blue Dream buds usually don’t turn this deep purple, so if you want to see buds like this you’re better off with a strain that’s bred to always grow dark purple buds. However, the pictures were so beautiful I just had to share!

How can you grow colorful buds that turn purple or pink? Learn which strains to get, as well as what you can do to maximize color during your grow.

THE COLOR OF WEED – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Cannabis – What does the cover tell you about the book?

Can you tell what’s in your weed just by looking at it? The answer is a firm yes and no.

Sure, sometimes you can tell what the variety is, say Sativa or Indica, but it is not always straightforward figuring out the potency from the color of the bud. Certainly some smart growers have mislabeled Hybrid strains from time to time, due to a misinterpretation of visual appearance in combination with inaccurate “starting” information, urban myth about parentage.

“The most solid visual for potency of bud is an abundance of crystals. Very dark bud is quite often very potent as well. Other visual indicators, colors are more challenging to figure.” – Budsman#3

It’s somewhat like judging a book by its cover; appearance may mean something,then again, it may mean nothing. In the case of marijuana there are some things you can take away from the appearance, if it sparkles, then that surely means it is either doped with glass (this happen can happen with street weed) or it contains crystals packed with cannabinoids. In other words, crystals = potent, more crystals more potent. Mega bright colors usually mean something good is going on . Moldy weed, which should never be smoked, looks and smells moldy.

Before the advent of commercial cannabinoid testing (1990’s), people had to rely mostly on their senses. How did it smell and taste? Nice bud trims and aromas are attractive, but it is the wild colors that really create a lusty impression and blows people away.

THE SCIENCE OF BUD COLOR

Is there any difference between Red Green, Purple- Purple, Red & Green.

Often strains, change color as they flower due to the action of enzymes that produce new molecules. White light is composed of every color in the rainbow. Different molecules absorb certain colors and reflect others. It is the reflected color that the eye sees. Most purified cannabinoids do not have any color at all, but some of the other things in the bud go hand in hand with THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.

Blueberries, grapes and cannabis can contain Anthocyanins, a group of more than 400, water-soluble blue-purple pigmented molecules. Flavonoids are yellow and have an extremely bitter taste. These ingredients are very desirable in nutritional edibles and beverages.

Cannabis THC and CBD rich flowers don’t change color until they are in the fall of their life cycle Think of the tree leaves in fall. Like leaves on a tree ( cannabis is actually a giant herb), colors change from green to red,through orange to yellow. Once the green fades, the enzymes kick in and the buds blossom colorfully ..

MARIJUANA WITH A SKUNKY SMELL – IS IT GOOD?

There are three popular marijuana species in common use for recreational and medical purposes. Other varieties are used for agricultural and industrial purposes. Sativa is tall and thin, while Indical is short and fat, and the mystical ruderalis is rather scrawny. As accurate DNA test information comes in, we are learning a lot more about the genetics.

HOW CANNABIS AFFECTS EVERYONE DIFFERENTLY

MARIJUANA GENETICS – SECRETS OF ANCESTRY REVEALED

Marijuana Scientists now have the ability to look at the genetics of cannabis strains and determine with incredible precision, ancestral information. DNA is used to code proteins which form and build cells and ultimately the entire organism.

Chromosomes are a long chaning of DNA containing many genes (sections of DNA) which code specific proteins that instruct the organism to grow. In humans, there are 23 pairs of chromosomes while the Sativa species has 9 pairs. Each chromosome contains thousands of genes. Genes themselves can contain a million base pairs. A gene test is far superior to what comes out of the grape vine.

For example, before DNA testing was possible in humans, it was thought the Ainu people of Northern Japan of Samurai fame were a lost tribe of Caucasians, due to their robust frames, hairy and white skin features. However, these visual features are only skin deep, and only account for a fraction of the thousands of traits found in humans (blood type, immune cells, etc.). When the geneticists looked under the hood, and inspected Ainu DNA in detail, it was concluded that Ainu are of neither Japanese nor “Caucasian” origin.

AINU of Japan – Some of their genetic features are closer to natives of Tibet and Negroid tribes in the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. Similarly, in marijuana, the genes turning on and off code the production of proteins and enzymes that instruct the plant to make various portions of terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc.

How do you tell if your bud is INDICA or SATIVA?

“Sativa bud is generally more leafy/fluffy, light green while Indica tends to be dense/solid dark green, Sill it can be hard to tell with some varieties. You have to smoke it and feel what kind of high you’re experiencing. If your body is relaxed and you’re zoned out, it’s most likely an indica, or an indica dominant strain. If you have a head rush and you’re completely mindfucked, it’s a sativa.” – Street Expert:

CLIMATE – TEMPERATURE A MAJOR FACTOR IN COLOR

Lack of light will produce a sickly looking plant and bud.

Chlorophyll is a plant pigment that sustains life pretty much for the entire food chain for plants and animals. Strangely, the color green is toxic to plants and interferes with photosynthesis, the making of sugar from thin and water. Plants absorb every color and reflect green, which obviously accounts for its color. At the end of its life, as the plant prepares to bear seeds, toxic green light is allowed to penetrate the plant, at which time the genes switch on to code enzymes to produce chemicals that turns the foliage to yellow.

“Trials done with lettuce showed that light with 5% green wavelengths had little impact on total mass, but that when green light levels were increased, it was not only a waste of energy, but it significantly hindered plant growth.” (Kim et al., 2004).

Green light, however can be very useful to stimulate plants to grow denser and hardier in the early stages of growth. Later in the cycle, green light can be used to accelerate maturation. If you want to try this, we suggest you research further into this very interesting field. Lower temperature inhibits chlorophyll production. Temperature and lessening the light tells plants that a change of season is coming, summer to fall. The plant detects these changes and tells itself to get busy maturing buds and making babies (seeds) before it’s too late.

Most medical pot growers find that soil pH should be a little on the acidic side, around 6.0 plus or minus 0.5 pH units. Adjusting the pH also signals the plants enzyme system to produce more or less anthocyanins, flavonoids and cannabinoids? This is an exciting area for researchers in their quest to produce strains rich in certain cannabinoids like CBG, CBC. THCV and others.

Certain strains have so much that you don’t even need to drop temperatures to see the change, as the plant naturally starts to lose chlorophyll at the end of its life. Purple Orangutan has some of the strongest blue and purple hues in the world. Purple hues come to the fore in more neutral pH environments. Blues also enjoy higher pH levels than most cannabis strains.

THE COLOR OF BUD – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

RED AND PINK

Red hairs are common, but red buds are rare actually. Pink Flower Shaman, a potent energising strain carries dominant red tones. Predator Pink on the other hand is pink in appearance and is smooth and relaxing. Starving plants of phosphorus can cause leaves and bud to redden too. It would be interesting to know if phosphorus can be used to manipulate cannabinoid content.

“Red hairs indicate that a plant has not been pollinated. Therefore, the plant has more potential for psychoactivity. No seeds= larger, more potent buds, as the plant’s energy is directed to THC/flower production and not seed production. HOWEVER- Red hairs don’t always mean that a particular bud is potent. It seems that years ago, Dutch seed companies picked their breeding stock by appearance,ie plants that had large amounts of hairs. This has let to a widespread dilution of the gene pool, as nearly every stain now has some dutch genetics. This poor decision has set back breeding programs.The proof is always in the puff! ” More

YELLOW AND ORANGE

Natural pigments Carotenoids give plants, vegetables and cannabis their distinctive hues of yellow, gold, and orange. Growing in alkaline conditions 5.0 or less will increase the concentration of carotenoids. Near the end of the growth cycle, these molecules dominate as chlorophyll disintegrates.

Orange Bud Varieties include: Olive Oyl, Kandy Skunk, Alien OG. Yellow Wicked OG, Grapefruit, and Lemon Kush.

BLACK / DARK

An abundance of anthocyanins (same pigment found in blueberries).accounts in part for the dark color of the bud. Very dark usually means very potent. Super dark red, green, and purple hues are said to come from Vietnamese landraces such as Vietnamese Black. Black Willy (high CBD) and Black Tuna (super high THC) share the ebony signature.. UV light from the sun or LED lighting is known to increase the production of anthocyanins.

RED / GREEN / PURPLE MIXTURES

While dark varieties are usually potent, bold colors don’t necessarily correlate. However, bright colors mean the plant is rich in pigments, like anthocyanins and carotenoids which have antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties.

Research indicates that some anthocyanins have an affinity for CB1 or CB2 receptors, as do the Cannabinoids THC and CBD; and contribute to the entourage effect. This means that the color of the bud could play a role in selection when a patient finds that a certain color relates to a preferred medicinal effect.

Purple, Red & Green Weed: – A Guide To Bud Colors

HIGH POTENCY MEDICAL (GREEN) vs DODGY STREET WEED (SCHWAG)

There are a million types of schwag, which is slang for low quality street weed obtained from strains that might be better used for making rope. Then again, some schwag could be OK. It’s like a cross between a harsh cigarette, with a little pot and if you’re unlucky, it’s cut with the cheapest street drugs and sprayed with god knows what. If you grew the schwag yourself, and did not use chemicals on it and it works for you, it might actually be beneficial. You would want to confirm your beliefs in the medicinal quality through lab testing; parameters include cannabinoid profile, d8, d9 THC, CBD.

“Going from a smooth, chronic (THC medical grade) high to a thick, rough schwag high has been known to cause shock and stress disorders in visitors from the north who were unaware that cannabis also came in the flavor nasty! Having just returned from Vancouver, British Columbia, where I smoked the best buds of my life, I couldn’t help but close my eyes and try to feel the difference in the hits. The schwag is harsh and thick, similar to smoking a Marlboro Red, with the smoke settling in the back of the throat. Reggie smokers agree that the harshness grows on you, and after smoking southern “regs”, you can smoke just about anything.” – Kat McCloud, Cannabis Culture

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This 100% online process complies with the guidelines for Telemedicine set by the California Board of Medicine. Documents are valid in both California and Nevada for one year at dispensaries, cannabis clubs, cooperatives, delivery services, MMJ clinics and online suppliers. Cannabis ID cards are especially useful to prove that you’re legal to smoke at events, and to possess and transport marijuana legally.

FURTHER READING

pH affects plant growth and nutrient availability. pH can affect the availability of nutrients. pH can affect the absorption of nutrients by plant roots pH values above 7.5 cause iron, manganese, copper, zinc and boron ions to be less available to plants. pH values below 6 causes the solubility of phosphoric acid, calcium and magnesium to drop. pH values between 3 and 5 and temperatures above 26 degrees Celsius encourage the development of fungal diseases.

Every indoor gardener knows the important role blue and red light both play in plant development and growth. But how about green light? Chris Bond investigates whether green light may be helpful in some situations.

What Colors mean What? User Discussion Group Highlights

Okay, I’ve smoked a fair share of different strains and the ones of particular quality always seem to have a unique color. I always thought that red hairs and white crystals serve as the storage for the THC, and yet there are certain weed variants that are famed for being dark, or purplish (purple haze, black widow, etc.), and then you’ve got some strains of Kush.

As far as I know, different colors of the weed are due to different levels of photoreactive pigments in the plant pigments are not psycho-active–as only the D-9-THC is the psychoactive compound in the weed. I too have seen exotically pigmented buds in magazine such as High Times and in real-life—and wondered if the exotic colors conferred any “special” potency. To date, I have concluded that the exotic colorations are only superficialities that lend a fancy appearance of the bud/leaf.

Plant pigments are just by-products of the particular strain—think of the analogy like a red rose, yellow rose, pink rose—they all smell like rose–if you were blindfolded– but have a different color. Plant pigments in and of himself do NOT confer any psychoactive effect.

What does the color of your weed mean? What is the most medicinal or potent ? Are bright colors or dark colors better, how about shiny particles ]]>