From Purple Pot To Blue Bud: Why Cannabis Comes In Different Colours


With names like Purple Punch, Pink Panther and Lemon Kush, many of the most popular cannabis cultivars offer an eye-catching departure from the typical green coloration that is generally associated with marijuana. And while the uninitiated may be surprised to learn that not all varieties of bud are entirely verdant, any experienced cannabis connoisseur knows that there’s a riot of colour to choose from. This is largely thanks to the work of some dedicated and talented breeders, who have helped to refine the genetics and develop the growing techniques that are necessary to bring out the many tones and hues that are present in marijuana. Welcome to the colourful world of cannabis. Related Post Top 5 Strains For A Big And Purple Grow Reds, Purples and Blues The red, purple and blue tones that predominate in certain strains are produced by pigmented compounds called anthocyanins, which are a type of flavonoid. Also found in blueberries, aubergines and an array of other plants, anthocyanins are known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and as such are often present in so-called superfoods[i]. Certain cannabis cultivars are genetically predisposed to contain high levels of anthocyanins, which means they have the potential to express a range of different pigments. However, the intensity of these tones is always influenced by environmental conditions, so there’s a fair amount of work for a grower to do in order to bring out the colour of these flavonoids. Generally speaking, these hues won’t be visible until fairly late in the flowering stage, as plants continue to produce chlorophyll in order to photosynthesise throughout their development, and therefore appear green. Yet as the temperature drops in autumn, mature cannabis plants naturally cease their production of chlorophyll and devote more of their energy to the development of cannabinoids, terpenes and…

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