When To Harvest Weed
Harvesting your plants at the precise time will allow for maximum bud growth and THC production (potency). After a certain point, THC will begin to break down losing quality and potency.
There are several important points to consider when choosing the optimum time to harvest your weed crop. There are different factors to consider between indoor and outdoor weed plants. There is a difference between Sativas and Indicas in bloom duration and final effect. There is a difference between early and late harvest to encourage the head to a body high. There is also the issue of chemistry because what we are really considering in terms of the ripeness relates directly to the chemical nature and state of the plant at harvest.
Some growers feel that harvest timing is a matter of personal preference. When the glandular trichomes are clear with very little, if any colouration, THC levels are at their peak with CBD and CBN both at levels that will not overly influence the THC with their sedative effects. Some prefer more overwhelming narcotic type effects, allowing the resin glands to cloud and begin to amber or darken to increase overall CBD content. The resin glands appear and therefore will mature at different times. A compromise is made when determining the desired overall maturity level to harvest. It depends on the grower's preference in effect and palate.