If you’d like to try your hand at growing your own marijuana plant, there are a few things which you need to be familiar with before you start. Know and be able to identify when the female plant is ripe. Look at the white pistils (hairs). They will turn brown when the plant is mature. As a good rule of thumb, when approximately 50% to 80% of the pistils (hairs) have turned brown, now is a good time to harvest. When the sticky clear trichomes have turned to an amber colour, this is another way to tell the plant is ripe and it’s time to harvest.
The precise time when you harvest your plant will determine the maximum bud growth and will produce the greatest potency in its THC level. Beyond this precise moment, the THC will start to degrade and it will lose it freshness and quality and more importantly its potency.
You should also take into consideration if your crop was grown indoors using a grow tent or if it was grown outside. Also whether the plant is of a Sativas strain or an Indicas strain, this will also affect when you should harvest. There can be an early and a late harvest date. This will determine if the marijuana buzz will produce a head (cerebral) or total body high. The plant’s chemistry plays an important factor too when gauging the plant’s ripeness as it relates to its chemical nature and the state of the plant’s health at the time of its harvest.
For the “cannabis connoisseur”, some growers feel that the time when they harvest is a simple matter of their own personal preference. If the glandular trichomes are clear with very little, if any noticeable colouration, the THC levels are at their maximum peak potency with CBD at levels that will not overly influence the THC with their sedative mellowing effects.
Then there are those who prefer a more overwhelming, “gonna get you messed up” narcotic type effects, allowing the resin glands to cloud and begin to darken to an amber shade to increase its overall cannabinoid potency content.
The method in which you harvest is by first cutting the whole plant at its bottom. Or alternatively you can cut only the branches off. Be mindful not to excessively touch the buds. Each time you touch them you loose a bit of the wonderful THC as it sticks to your fingers. Lastly, while the plants are still wet, manicure them to ensure that they will produce a pleasant wonderful smoking up experience.