Capitate-Stalked trichomes

Capitate-stalked trichomes are the largest glandular trichomes found on cannabis plants measuring 150–500 micrometres.

Capitate-stalked trichomes produce large quantities of cannabinoids and terpenes. Capitate-stalked trichomes structures are a stalk with a waxy head and are visible to the naked eye.


What are trichomes?


Trichomes are tiny, hair-like structures that are found on the surface of cannabis plants. These structures contain resin glands that produce and store cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds that give the plant its unique characteristics and effects.


What part of the cannabis plant produces trichomes?


Trichomes are found in the largest quantity covering the flowers and 'sugar leaves', although they are also present in much smaller amounts on other parts of the plant, such as the stems and fan leaves.


What do trichomes look like?


Trichomes can vary in appearance depending on the stage of plant growth and the strain being cultivated. They can be clear, milky, or amber in colour and can range from a small dot to a larger bulbous structure. The more mature the plant, the more amber the trichomes will be.


How do trichomes affect the potency of cannabis?


Trichomes are responsible for producing cannabinoids, including CBD and THC. These compounds are what give cannabis its psychoactive and medicinal effects. The more trichomes a plant has, the higher the potency of cannabinoids it will contain.

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