How to grow cannabis for concentrate production

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Cannabis is most commonly consumed in the form of a flower, so many growers focus on getting high yields to increase profits. But some prefer to focus on the thriving concentrate market.

Cultivating  for concentrates is slightly different from growing for flowers because the ultimate goal is to have a plant that produces many trichomes, so that the flower is then processed. Trichomes are the glandular crystals that form on cannabis buds that contain cannabinoids and terpenes. They can also be referred to as resin, crystals or sugar.

The cost of shipping the material to be processed for concentrates can be a financial deterrent for some growers, however, with rosin technology, many growers are now able to process their concentrates to obtain high-end oil.

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What makes a good plant for concentrates

If you plan on concentrating the flavors of a variety, it is best to start with something that already has a delicious, high flavor that you like.

To get a good concentrate, you need to start with a good flower. The best concentrates are extracted from a quality flower that produces bulbous trichome heads.

Plants that produce large trichome heads will have more oils, which in turn may contain more cannabinoids and terpenes, making them capable of producing more flavorful concentrates.

It is especially important to have large trichome heads when performing solventless hash because they will break off more easily in the hashmaking process.

Strains with complex terpene profiles with multiple terpenes can produce unique flavors. Sometimes it is worth exchanging a high yield for the novelty: complexity and rarity can be a great concentrate.If you have a particular effort, transforming it into a concentrate can make you further appreciate its subtle qualities.

How to improve the quality of your plants

Since concentrates focus on the terpene and aromatic profile of a strain, you don’t want unwanted compounds like those found in pesticides and nutrients to end up in your concentrates. Here are some ways to improve the quality of your plants by protecting and preserving terpenes.

Use full soil

This soil _nbsp is loaded with most of the nutrients the plants need, all in organic form, making it easier for the roots to absorb them.

Avoid leaf spraying

Leaf spraying helps fight nutritional deficiencies and pest problems, but you want to avoid this practice when plants are in bloom, as the residue will present itself as a contaminant in your concentrate. If you need to spray the plants, do it before flowering and use only organic sprays.

No pesticides

Stay away from dangerous chemicals that cannot be eliminated from your crop. These will take you to your concentrates and are dangerous to consume. Consider using integrated pest management strategies,   dear predators  or organic foliar sprays to keep your garden healthy without affecting the flower.

Flush Your Crop

If it grows with fertilizers or non-organic nutrients in a water-based soil or soil, give your plants only water in the last two weeks of flowering before harvest. This will give them time to flush out impurities, making the flower cleaner and therefore a cleaner concentrate.

Tips and tricks to increase trichome production

These simple methods can have a big impact and greatly improve the quality of the final product.

Room temperature

The specific terpenes begin to disintegrate at room temperature, making climate control in your grow room essential for the quality of the flavor of your concentrate. You can use an air conditioning system and even an infrared heat reader to observe the temperature of your colas when plants bloom. Ideally, you want your hair to be below 75 degrees.

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CO2 is an essential part of photosynthesis and without it your plants will not be able to make full use of the nutrients. Give your plants a boost with a CO2 burner to increase the size of your plants both during the vegetative and flowering phases. Larger plants will have more surface area and therefore more resin due to higher yields.

Cold finishing

This is open to debate, but some growers claim that lowering the temperature in the growing room just before harvest can lead to cannabis plants increasing trichome production.

The idea is that the stress created by lowering the temperature will cause a cannabis plant to produce multiple trichomes in an attempt to protect itself. When a plant is about to die, it will produce more resin to attract more insects to pollinate. Some growers will even stop watering a plant a few days before being harvested to induce stress

Consider lowering the temperature to low 60 ° no more than 2 weeks before harvest, when the shoots are mostly grown.

What to do after the harvest

The last step in accentuating delicious terpenes in your cannabis comes to harvest. Some growers freeze their buds without hardening before making concentrates, while others prefer to heal before making concentrates.

Here are some different approaches on how to store terpenes after harvesting.


Freezing prevents terpenes and cannabinoids from breaking down and captures the fresh profile of a plant when its terpenes content is the highest.

If you are planning to focus within a couple of weeks of the harvest, you can skip the healing process altogether and freeze your buds. You will have to remove the fan leaves and lower the colas until all the buds are bigger than a golf ball or other and then pack the buds.

Drying and hardening

If you are unsure of turning your flower into concentrate at the time of harvest, properly drying and caring for your plants is a must to protect trichomes. Hang your plants in order to have plenty of space to breathe in a room with good air circulation, at a temperature between 60-70 ° F with a humidity of 45-55%.

When the drying is complete, put your buds in glass jars where they can heal slowly, blinking   a few times a day at first to let the buds breathe and release the moisture. The extra time by opening the jars will become less necessary and the buds will continuously improve, usually up to 6 months.

As mentioned above, some terpenes will decompose at room temperature (70 ° F). So keep the curing temperatures between the high 50s and 60s with 55% humidity to maintain quality.

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