Q&A with Jorge
Leaves and Resin
While Jonesing for a buzz, I clipped some fan leaves from a plant. The plant had just started budding. I know it was silly, and tasted bad, but it was something to smoke on an otherwise dreary day. However, to my amazement, I did catch a small buzz that didn’t last long. My -wife claims it was all in my head (no pun intended). I swear I got high, but when I do the research on THC and cannabis, it doesn’t seem likely that I would’ve gotten high. ‘What did ? Is there a small amount of THC in small young plants? Was it another chemical?
Wild eye werewolf
This Avalon variety is very resinous. During manicuring the larger leaves are cut off. These resin-laden leaves make great hash!
Hola Wild Eye,
Yes leaves do contain THC, not much but they do contain a little. Small seedling and young vegetative leaves have very low levels of cannabinoids that contain THC, the dominant active ingredient in marijuana that gets you high. The longer a plant grows the higher the accumulation of volatile resins that appear on leaves. Small leaves that grow around buds are often packed with resin. As you can see, it really depends upon where you plucked the leaves from and how far the plant was into the flowering process to figure out where the most potent leaves are. Large “fan” leaves growing near the bottom of the plant will not be as potent as leaves located half way up the plant. However, leaves should be fully developed before comparing.
The small leaves on this resinous bud do not have as much resin and will not render as much hash.
Mila from the Pollinator in Amsterdam, Holland has turned leaves into kilos of “pollen” or trichomes pressed into hash. The “Pollinator” machine tumbles dry, often chilled cannabis leaves, in a drum made from a fine mesh. Resin glands are knocked from the leaves in the process and fall through the sieve and collect on the bottom. The product known as “pollen” in the Netherlands is gathered and pressed into pieces of hash. Good stuff!