Get More THC From Your Medical Marijuana With Proper UV Light


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UV-B light produces trichomes that look like they are dripping of the plant with THC.
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" Many gardeners add UV-B specific bulbs to their indoor gardens to maximize trichome production. "

Ultraviolet light is a wavelength of the light spectrum that is shorter than that of visible light. UV is on the far end of the violet part of the color spectrum, hence the name ultraviolet. Although humans are unable to see UV light we are aware of its existence and its effects. Sunburn is the most common result of UV light directly effecting humans, and once you’ve had a good sunburn there is no need for additional convincing that the rays are real. To block this harmful electromagnetic radiation, we put on sunscreen or find a way to shade ourselves on sunny days. Medical marijuana plant’s process the different types of UV light in different ways, including producing their own sort of sunscreen in trichomes. Let's examine the different types of UV light and their direct effects on plants.

UV-A is the long wave UV light—most commonly seen in a black-light. Its primary effect on plant growth comes at a hormonal level. This wavelength will eliminate or limit certain hormones within the plant, effecting the plant’s growth. Over millions of years, plants have created a synergistic relationship with their hormones and UV light. UV-A wavelengths can effect the structural growth in plants due to the hormones it helps to regulate.

UV-B light is the medium UV wavelength. This wavelength will effect trichome production in medical marijuana the most. A medical marijuana plant will create trichomes to protect itself from the would-be harmful rays of UV-B.

Trichomes are mostly made up of water, which acts as an absorber of the UV-B radiation. It also contains the majority of cannabinoids, found in a medical marijuana plant, including THC, CBN and CBD. In other words, the more trichomes a plant produces, the more cannabinoids (medicine) in the plant.

Many gardeners add UV-B specific bulbs to their indoor gardens to maximize trichome production. You can purchase UV-B bulbs at any pet shop where they are used for keeping reptiles. Another way to ensure your indoor garden has enough UV-B is to use metal halide bulbs in your blooming room because they naturally have a higher UV light output than high pressure sodium bulbs.

UV-C is the short wave UV wavelength. This frequency can cause adverse effects on plant growth. Receiving an abundance of UV-C light will cause severe radiation poisoning resulting in deformed growth, color loss or even death. 

As biological creatures are concerned, UV light can be good or bad. I believe moderation is key when supplementing UV light in your indoor garden. If you want to add UV-B specific bulbs, I recommend supplying around 1/10th of the wattage in your garden. For example, if you have a 1000 watt flowering room, add 100 watts of UV-B. Another rule of thumb is to run 1/3rd of your blooming watts in metal halide. For example, in a 3000 watt bloom room, have 1000 watts metal halide and the remaining 2000 watts high pressure sodium. By adding additional UV-B light,t you should see an increase in essential oil production and, in turn, an increase in potency of your medical marijuana.

 

Take an ultra-close look at some Trichomes packed with THC.

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Article by Lee G. Leissett, on Jun. 21st 2011

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