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Understanding Trichomes and Their Function in Cannabis

There is much more to cannabis than just what you see. Those tiny crystals that smatter buds and leaves are of particular interest. Sticky, shiny, and with a delightful aroma, these little droplets are called trichomes, defined as “fine outgrowths or appendages on plants, algae, lichens and certain protists.” The word, translated from Greek, means “growth of hair,” and that is exactly what they are.  These microscopic protuberances resemble mushrooms, a truly science fiction appearance. However, they are extremely valuable, according to the U.S. National Library of medicine, they are the very factories where hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids originate, and they are what make our favorite strains unique, effective, and potent.  The Role of Cannabis Trichomes When one types “dispensary near me” into their favorite search engine, they are not thinking about trichomes. However, they should. Many plants produce trichomes, not only cannabis. They all appear different and …

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