pink weed buds
When people are talking about “colorful” buds, most people imagine brightly colored buds in their hands. But there are actually different parts of cannabis plants that can display non-green colors, and sometimes people will lump all them all together. Each one is a little different from each other, and some have a significant effect on the final looks of your bud, while others don’t make much difference.
Nearly all Smooth Smoke buds (by Tropical Seeds) produce at least a few pink calyxes here and there, and some plants in the right conditions can produce buds where almost every calyx is a deep purple.
After being ground up, you can see the purple pieces distributed throughout. The higher the percentage of purple calyxes, the more vibrant your final bud color will be.
The leaves exposed to direct light are most likely to turn purple, while leaves in the shade often stay green
Purple Trainwreck buds are usually purple-tinted, with purple leaves or pistils.
For some strains, the leaves may turn purple while the buds stay green.
Calyxes are what make the buds themselves. Cannabis “buds” are actually made of hundreds of calyxes stacked on top of each other, and some or all of them may become colors other than green.
There are two parts of the buds that can turn color. One part is the pistils/hairs that stick out. There are several strains where the pistils turn pink or purple.
How can you grow colorful buds that turn purple or pink? Learn which strains to get, as well as what you can do to maximize color during your grow.
When people are talking about “colorful” buds, most people imagine brightly colored buds in their hands. But there are actually different parts of
This is Why Weed is Pink
Look a little more closely, you’ll see your weed’s not all green. Depending on the strain, it could also be purple, yellow, red, black, or even pink.
A strain’s color is contingent both on its genetics and the way it was cultivated. And while the color of cannabis may seem incidental to its effect on you, more than 90 percent of purchasing decisions are made in light of the bud’s appearance.
The color of weed is based on the plant’s maturity and its anthocyanins, or water-soluble pigments found in cannabis and other plants, such as eggplants or blueberries. The weed’s pH or acidity levels influence the anthocyanins, causing them to manifest as various colors. The temperature of the plant’s cultivation environment also has an effect on its hue. Warmer temperatures correlate with higher levels of chlorophyll, or the green pigments that facilitate photosynthesis, during which energy is absorbed from light.
If you grow weed, you can manipulate the plant’s color — and its effects — by adjusting the amount of light or acidity it’s exposed to.
Want your weed to be pink, like the sativa dominant strain Pink Lady? Keep the cultivation environment cool and use high quality lights you can adjust meticulously. A neutral pH environment will give your cannabis a more purple shade, which can also be achieved through basic aging when it begins to lose chlorophyll. Rosier shades of weed are often influenced by the plant’s nutrients, especially a lack of the mineral phosphorus.
The darker, almost black-ish strains, like the hybrid Black Tuna Kush, have excess pigmentation and were raised in cooler environments. Meanwhile, strains that have yellow pigmentation, such as Lemon Kush, result from higher alkalinity (a more basic, less acidic environment). Yellow hues can also appear as the plant matures and its chlorophyll levels drop. Fewer anthocyanins can lead to more golden bud, too, while carotenoids, or pigmentation molecules seen in carrots and autumn leaves, are also responsible for weed’s yellow pigmentation.
Of course, manipulating the chemistry of a cannabis nursery can be tricky. If you want to smoke all the colors of the rainbow, perusing your local dispensary will help you learn about the various colored strains and their effects. Don’t be fooled though into thinking all pink strains, for instance, will affect you the same way. They run the gamut from indica to sativa, with various hybrids in between. Pink Berry and Pink Panties are both indica strains, while Pink Mango and Pink Lady are sativa dominant hybrids. And with that said, the color of weed only really applies to the bud. If you’re buying vape oil or dabs, best to focus on the product’s effects, rather than the plant’s color before it was concentrated.
Cannabis is generally green, but can also have hints of pink, red, black, purple, yellow, and so on based on strain genetics and cultivation environment.