The Most Delicate Part of Your Cannabis
Trichomes are highly volatile components of cannabis, whether they have been harvested or are still intact. However, due to their delicate nature, trichomes run the risk of being destroyed or degraded by a variety of catalysts, including but not limited to:
- Agitation or physical touch
- Heat (store your cannabis in a dry, cool location)
- Light (over exposure to UV rays)
- Oxygen (oxidization)
- Time (cannabinoids and terpenes begin depleting 3-6 months after harvest)
One of the most known culprits associated with trichome depletion is agitation. This is why many cannabis connectors and master growers prefer hand-trimmed cannabis over machine trimmed. Machine-trimmed cannabis runs a more considerable risk of losing trichomes through a more aggressive form of preparation. That being said, machine-trimmed cannabis is more efficient for larger batches.
The essential oils contained within the trichomes also risk deterioration when exposed to these factors and the trichomes themselves. By carefully managing cannabis flowers both during multiplication and after harvest, it is possible to slow down the breakdown of trichomes significantly. Trichomes can stay on the plant for more extended lengths if only the flowers themselves are subject to physical touch and stimulation. As a result, trichomes can be kept viable for longer, which will retain the cannabinoids and terpenoids they contain, with the help of proper trimming, drying, and curing processes.