Chemical factories: cannabis trichomes under the microscope

Chemical factories: cannabis trichomes under the microscope
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A recent study has revealed the internal structures of cannabis’ biochemical factories – trichomes – and note that these hairs can be used as a measure of potency.

Cannabis flowers with the most mushroom-shaped trichomes pack the biggest cannabinoid and fragrance punch, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

It is these tiny, frosty hairs are where the chemicals are produced and are what gives the plant its psychoactive and medicinal properties and distinctive smell.

In a study published in The Plant Journal, UBC researchers have revealed the unique structures and chemical outputs of the different types of hairs, or glandular trichomes, for the first time.

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