The active components of cannabis are mainly found in the trichomes of the plant. Trichomes occur on all plants.
The name trichome comes from the Greek (thrix, trichos), which translates to “hair” and that’s a pretty apt description of what they look like. If you have a microscope and take a closer look at these features, you will see that they have a distinct mushroom shape with a slightly bulbous tip. Each tiny trichome on a cannabis plant is a manufacturing powerhouse, producing a whole range of different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. It is important to take special care not to disturb the trichomes too much when harvesting. Trichomes can have different functions depending on the type of cannabis and where it is grown. It offers the plant a number of survival mechanisms, such as protection against insects, fungi, bacteria, UV radiation and extreme weather conditions.

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