Though not well understood, this is likely due to chemical changes that happen during the curing phase that “intensify” the effects of THC and other cannabinoids.
If the plant is allowed to keep maturing, the cannabinoid profile continues to change. Buds harvested on the later side tend to produce more of a relaxed “body” effect, though the psychoactive effects of THC may be somewhat reduced.
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So as a really rough example, let’s say your strain/plant genetics can only produce 20% THC at most. That means you may get less than 15% THC in your buds if you don’t grow the plant right, but no matter what you do you’ll never be able to increase it above 20%.
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In addition to manipulating the temperature, expert growers like to reduce the amount of CO2 in the grow space.
This process of producing sinsemilla (Spanish for “without seed”) buds can give rise to a highly potent product that fetches top dollar.
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Topping involves cutting the top of the cannabis plant, so it grows bushier rather than taller. This results in the plant developing two apical buds, also known as colas. They are the largest blooms on the plant, so having two will increase the yield.
For example, let’s assume that your particular cannabis strain has a THC upper limit of 10%. This means that under optimum growing conditions, the highest potency level that can be achieved is 10%. No amount of growing techniques or tricks can make a plant exceed its genetic boundaries as far as potency is concerned.
This is by far the most important factor in determining how much potency your plant can achieve. The particular strain and genetics of your plant determine the individual qualities and potency limits.
A plant with strong genetics and a high potency benchmark can easily produce buds of really high quality. However, a plant with poor genetics for potency will never perform beyond its genetic limits.
Many growers often talk about boosting the resin production of a plant as being equal to raising potency. You should know that this isn’t always the case. However, if you’re growing a strain that has the genetics for high THC content, boosting resin production will usually translate to an increased cannabis potency of such a plant.